Faculty News

Compiled by: Moriah Blake

October 2007

Dean Testy has been invited to speak at the ABA's Annual Dean's Workshop, to be held February 7-8, 2008. The Workshop is part of the ABA Mid-Year Meeting and is the most heavily attended annual gathering of law deans (yes, you might fairly ask: is there a room big enough?)

Melinda Branscomb presented “Mediation Rewind: What Would You Have Wanted? What Would You Have Done?,” a workshop showing mediator techniques and interventions based on a simulation that she wrote and that, along with her Co-presenter Sue Ann Allen, she produced in DVD format and directed. The workshop was shown as part of National “Conflict Resolution Day” at Seattle University, on Oct. 18.

Cecelia Burke presented legislative and regulatory updates on the American Indian Probate Reform Act at the 7th Annual California Bar Association Indian Law Conference in Temucula, California on October 11, 2007.

Tayyab Mahmud participated in the South Asian Legal Studies Workshop at University of Wisconsin Law School on October 11. On October 12, he spoke at the National Latina/o Law Students’ Association’s Annual Meeting at Madison. On October 13, he spoke at the 36th Annual Conference on South Asia in Madison. Because no good deed goes unpunished, it took him 31 hours to fly back to Seattle from Madison.

Douglas Nash testified before the United State Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on October 4th in Washington, D.C. Mr. Nash, along with the Honorable Carl Artman, Asst. Secretary U.S. Department of Interior, Honorable William Rhodes, Governor of Gila River Indian Community, Honorable Ron His Horse Is Thunder, Governor of Standing Rock Sioux, Honorable Robert Chicks, Vice President of the National Congress of American Indians, each provided testimony on the backlogs in probate, land title transfers, fractionation, leasing and potential solutions for addressing these federal issues. Title, probate and land management processes are federally managed by the U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Catherine O'Neill has been asked to author a chapter in a forthcoming book on regulatory analysis, tentatively titled Alternative Approaches to Regulatory Impact Analysis: A Dialogue Between Advocates and Skeptics of Cost-Benefit Analysis. The lead authors and editors are Lisa Heinzerling (Georgetown Law School), Richard D. Morgentstern (Resources for the Future), and Winston Harrington (Resources for the Future). O'Neill will author a chapter examining regulatory analysis in the context of mercury regulation, focusing on the Environmental Protection Agency's recent "Clean Air Mercury Rule." The book will be published in 2008.

Gwynne Skinner will have a chapter appear in the upcoming book The Nuremberg War Crimes Trial and Its Policy Consequences Today, published by the German publishing house, Nomos, a division of C.H. Beck. The Chapter is entitled, “The Nuremberg Precedents and Their Impact on Civil Claims of War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity in U.S. Courts under the Alien Tort Statute.” Her related but more expansive article, “Nuremberg’s Legacy Continues: The Nuremberg Trials’ Influence on Human Rights Litigation in U.S. Courts,” will be published in Volume 71 of the Albany Law Review, December 2007. Professor Skinner also recently spoke before the Washington State Attorney General’s annual conference at their invitation about how she developed her human rights practice.

David Skover invites members of the School of Law to attend “The Boys Do the Girls (This Show Won’t Be a Drag)” Nov. 2-3, 9-10, and 16-17 at the Crèpe de Paris in Rainier Square, 1333 5th Avenue, 2nd Floor. David Skover (tenor) and Martin Buff (pianist) will perform the music of Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, & Barbara Streisand in a songfest. The restaurant serves French cuisine in advance of the show and offers a complete dining/show package. The price is $20 for the show only ($12 for Seattle University students); and $50 for a 3-course dinner/show package ($42 for Seattle University students). Meals can also be ordered a la carte off the menu. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., and the show at 8 p.m. For details and reservations, call (206) 623.4111.

Mimi Samuel, Connie Krontz, Kelly Kunsch, Joaquin Avila, Heidi Mair, Jamie Kitzman, Diana Singleton, all participated and volunteered in the Seattle University Day of Service on October 20.

Kathleen Koch has been selected to serve as the Washington State representative for the regional Western Association of Student Financial Aid Administrator’s Scholarship and Awards Committee. Also, last week at the Washington Financial Aid Association (WFAA) state conference in Wenatchee, Kathleen was the moderator and a participant in a panel discussion on preferred lender lists. This session was repeated by request after a favorable response to the same presentation she participated in at the WFAA Summer Workshop in July.

Dean Kellye Testy has been appointed to the Seattle City Council Police Accountability Panel to help examine the legal and organizational aspects of Seattle’s civilian oversight of law enforcement. City Council President Nick Licata formed the panel to review the work of the mayor’s Panel on Police Accountability, which is looking at the effectiveness of the city’s system of police accountability police chief’s role.

Maggie Chon gave a keynote address at the University of South Carolina conference on the Future of Copyright, held on October 12, 2007.

Kara Phillips moderated a presentation on Chinese, Japanese and Korean Legal Systems and Research for the WESTPAC conference (Western Pacific Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries) in Honolulu, Hawai’i.

Janet Ainsworth presented a paper, “Framing the Architecture of Coercion: Discursive Context in Police-Citizen Street Interactions ” at the 4th Conference on Discourse, Communication and the Enterprise held at the University of Nottingham. She also attended the conference, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Culture, Language and Social Process, hosted by the University of Colorado’s Linguistics Department, where she made a workshop presentation “Ideology of Language in Legal Doctrine and Practice: Ethnographic, Sociolinguistic, and Discourse Analytic Perspectives (University of Colorado, October 2007).

Sheldon Frankel and Carol Frankel, Professor Emeritus and former Dean of Education at the University of Puget Sound, continued their research on public school foundations by publishing an article, “The New Fundraising”, in the American School Board Journal. The article discusses the use of dedicated 501(c)(3) entities to provide supplemental funds to local school districts and the resulting impact on school funding and on related educational and social goals.

Tayyab Mahmud spoke at the opening plenary of the Twelfth Annual LatCrit Conference in Miami, on October 5, 2007, at this plenary, entitled “Negotiating Critical Locality,” he argued that such negotiations by the subordinated must take into account salient features of the global in the age of resurgent Empire.

Hank McGee was saluted in Seattle’s Real Change, the newspaper sold nearly everywhere by homeless vendors, on the first page of its issue for October 10 - 16, 2007 as a "Change Agent." The Change Agent Column is a weekly feature of the weekly and quotes Professor McGee as saying, "Housing is a Human Right."

Ron Slye will serve as a panel speaker on “Mechanisms Other than Tort Law for Dealing with Grave Breaches” on Friday, November 16, 2007 at the Brooklyn Law School Symposium on Corporate Liability for Grave Breaches of International Law.

Bob Boruchowitz spoke on a panel at the state Bar Criminal Justice Institute in Tacoma on September 7, 2007 on the Report of the Committee on Public Defense and what it means for the Criminal Justice System. Professor Boruchowitz was also was on the steering committee for the CJI. Professor John Strait spoke on Ethics at the Institute.

Tina Ching’s program proposal, Exploring Initiative and Referendum Law: Origins of the “Oregon System,” Political Realities, and Research Tips (co-coordinated with Beth Williams from Columbia Law School), has been selected for presentation at the 2008 American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon. Ms. Ching’s articles on Alaska and Arizona Initiatives and Referenda will be published later this fall in Volume 26 of Legal Reference Services Quarterly. They will be concurrently published in the book Exploring Initiative and Referendum Law.

Annette Clark spoke at the “Promoting Diversity in Deanships” Workshop at SU on Friday on the difference between the role of the Dean and the Associate Dean. As a result of that presentation, Vice-Dean Clark has been invited to speak at an Associate Deans Workshop in Englewood, CO in June on the topic of strategic planning within law schools.

Jack Kirkwood has been named Chair of the Buyer Power Committee of the American Antitrust Institute. This committee will help prepare a Transition Report on antitrust policy for the new administration. AAI will unveil the report and Professor Kirkwood will speak at a conference in Washington, D.C. next summer.

Natasha Martin presented The Presumption Superhighway to Nowhere and Back: The Same-Actor Inference as a Subterfuge to Equality In the Contemporary Workplace at the Annual Colloquium on Current Scholarship in Labor and Employment Law sponsored this year by University of Denver, Sturm College of Law and the University of Colorado Law School.

Catherine O'Neill and Jamie Donatuto, of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, delivered a presentation entitled "Treaty Rights and Fish Consumption: Honoring Tribes' Rights in Practice," on September 27, 2007 at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Region X office in Seattle. The presentation was the first of a workshop series on Risk Assessment in the Tribal Context; Catherine, Jamie, and others were asked to craft the interdisciplinary series, which will consider legal, scientific, social scientific and other questions. The series will include contributions from Barbara Harper (Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation), Anna Harding (Oregon State University) and Elaine Faustman (University of Washington).

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