Faculty News

Compiled by: Leann Wagele

September 2005

Carmen Gonzalez gave a presentation on September 30 at a Continuing Legal Education program sponsored by Seattle University School of Law. The topic of the CLE program was Recent Developments in International Trade: China, Latin America and Europe. Professor Gonzalez’ presentation was entitled “Implications of the U.S.-European Union Dispute in the WTO over Genetically Modified Organisms.”

Professors Carmen Gonzalez and Catherine O’Neill contributed to a report just published by the Center for Progressive Reform entitled An Unnatural Disaster: The Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (Sept. 2005). They also contributed to the section of the report entitled “The Two Americas”, discussing issues of race, class and justice, available at www.progressivereform.org/Unnatural_Disaster_512.pdf.

Laurel Oates made a presentation on September 7 at the LSAT, U.S. News and World Report and Minority Admissions conference sponsored by St. John’s Law School. Her presentation focused on strategies law schools can use to help students develop their reading skills. An article based on her presentation will be published in an upcoming issue of the St. Johns Law Review.

On September 9, Professor Laurel Oates made a presentation at the Northwest Legal Writing Conference held at the University of Washington. In her presentation, she described the literature relating to the transfer of learning and ways in which legal writing professors can construct their courses and classes to enhance the likelihood that students will transfer what they learn in class to the practice of law.

Gwynne Skinner gave a presentation on September 28 about the case of Corrie et al v. Caterpillar to a capacity-filled room of law students and other law school community members. It was sponsored by the Center for Human Rights and Justice and the International Law Society. Ms. Skinner recently make a CLE presentation about the case to the World Peace Through Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association. The CLE, “Corrie et al v. Caterpillar-A Civil Suit Concerning Aiding and Abetting International Human Rights Violations.” The case was filed by the law school’s International Human Rights Clinic and the New York based Center for Constitutional Rights last spring.

Dean Kellye Testy presented on a panel entitled Finding Your Voice In Leadership at the recent Washington Women Lawyers 2005 CLE & Leadership Conference, Finding Your Voice in Life & in the Law.

Melinda Branscomb and Dana Gold organized and presented a CLE on September 16, in collaboration with the Center on Corporations and the Albers Business Ethics Initiative entitled, “ Cutting Edge Meets Bottom Line: New Conflict Resolution Strategies for Better Business”, focused on how companies can promote ethical cultures, prevent problems, and resolve conflicts by using alternatives to litigation. Professor Branscomb also conducted a 2-hour training on Client Counseling and Mediation for the Access to Justice Institute volunteers on September 14, 2005.

Annette Clark gave a presentation entitled, “Access to Genetic Information: Privacy Rights and Responsibilities” as part of the Genome Justice Program at the Washington Judicial Conference in Tacoma.

Connie Krontz participated in Seattle University’s Day of Caring on Saturday, September 17.

John Mitchell’s book, Suicide, Assisted-Suicide and Euthanasia-The Nine Debates, has been accepted for publication by the University of Michigan Press. Evaluating Brady Error Under Narrative Theory appears in Volume 53 (2005) of the Drake Law Review (2005) (Criminal Law Reform Symposium); while In (Slightly Uncomfortable) Defense of ‘Triage’ by Public Defenders appears in Volume 39 (2005) of the Valparaiso Law Review.

Ada Shen-Jaffe has recently been appointed by ABA President Mike Greco to the ABA’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, and to his newly-created Special Presidential Task Force on Access to Justice Initiatives. As part of her Pro Bono Committee service, she ahs also been appointed to serve on the ABA/NLADA (National Legal Aid & Defender Association) Equal Justice Conference Design Team for the March, 2006 conference to be held in Philadelphia.

David Skover presented at the plenary session, the “Supreme Court Roundup”, in the 48th Washington State Judicial Conference on September 21. He spoke on the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2004-2005 constitutional decisions in civil law areas. On September 24, he participated as a member of the “Chilling of Speech in America” panel as part of the September Project sponsored by the Seattle Public Library.

Dean Kellye Testy reports that the Law School has been awarded an additional $12,500 grant from the King County Bar Foundation (in addition to the $56,000 received in August) to be devoted to a Dean’s Diversity Discretionary Fund and to be used to have the “greatest impact on the ethnic diversity of the student body”.

Additionally, Dean Testy was the guest speaker at the Washington Employment Lawyers Association (WELA) for their recent lunch program on September 23rd. She addressed a few questions that she was given in advance and then answered questions from the group regarding corporate issues that they are faced with in their practice.

Carol Cochran was recently a faculty member for the Law School Admission Council’s Newcomers Workshop in Philadelphia. The workshop is to train new admission professionals. There were more than 80 participants in the workshop.

Jan Ainsworth made a paper presentation to the law faculty at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles on September 1, as part of their visiting scholars series. The paper was entitled, “Is Attorney Misconduct Gendered? The Surprising Prevalence of Male Attorneys in Disciplinary Proceedings”.

Mary Bowman gave a CLE in July entitled, “Writing Clearly and Concisely” for the Claims Officer’s Workshop for employees of Washington’s DSHS and the Washington State Attorney General’s Office.

Steve Calandrillo presented “Sports Medicine Conflicts: Team Physicians vs. Athlete-Patients” at the St. Louis University Sports Doping Law Conference. He will publish the resulting paper in the symposium issue of St. Louis University Law Journal.

Carmen Gonzalez delivered a presentation at the Ninth Circuit Pretrial Services Conference in Seattle. The subject of the presentation was U.S. compliance with the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and the implications of the Supreme Court’s Medellin v. Dretke case.

Christian Halliburton will be presenting “The Supreme Court’s 2005 Term,” at the 48th Washington Judicial Conference in Tacoma in September. He also recently presented about scholarship at Seattle University’s New Faculty Institute.

Paul Holland has been appointed as a member of the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee.

Natasha Martin spoke about pedagogical techniques that reflect the mission and that help her students excel at Seattle University’s New Faculty Institute.

Mimi Samuel, Susan Ahearn, and Joan Tierney participated in Seattle University’s Day of Caring on Saturday, September 17.

Ron Slye spoke about how the diverse ways in which scholarship and teaching are part of the University’s mission at Seattle University’s New Faculty Institute.

Maggie Chon, Janet Chung, and Lily Kahng were featured on the front page of the August 25 Seoul and Seattle editions of the Korea Times.

Janet Dickson spoke on “Teaching Law Students Who Suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder” at the Northwest Regional Conference for teachers of Legal Methods, Writing, and Research at the University of Washington.

Shelly Frankel participated in a CLE program on Charitable Organizations, put on by the Washington Law Institute. The subject of the talk was Basic Charitable Deduction Planning.

Paula Lustbader will be speaking on Teaching Methods and Grading at the upcoming AALS Workshop on Search for Balance in the Whirlwind of Law School on January 5, 2006 at the AALS Annual Meeting.

Laurel Currie Oates spoke on “Fortresses, Tumors, and Legal Research”, at the Northwest Regional Conference for teachers of Legal Methods, Writing, and Research at the University of Washington.

Mimi Samuel had an article published in the August edition of The Second Draft, the Legal Writing Institute’s biannual newsletter. “Teaching Students to Recongnize Bias in Legal Language and Arguments”, builds on the work done by Anne Enquist and Lori Bannai in this area. An electronic copy of the newsletter can be found on the LWI Web site.

Julie Shapiro will be giving a talk on “Issues for Lesbian and Gay Clients using Reproductive Technologies” at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Department of Reproductive Endocrinology on May 9, 2006.

David Skover will be presenting “The Supreme Court’s 2005 Term,” at the 48th Washington Judicial Conference in Tacoma in September. He will also present, “The Chilling Speech in America” as a panelist at the Washington ACLU Conference in Seattle, occurring in September. Forthcoming publications include: The Death of Discourse (Carolina Academic Press, 2nd edition, 2005); “A Curious Concurrence: Justice Brandeis’ Vote in Whitney v. California,” 2005 Supreme Court Review; “What is War? Reflections on Free Speech in ‘Wartime’”, 36 Rutgers Law Journal (with Ronald Collins) and “Lenny Bruce,” article in Yale Bibliographical Dictionary of American Law (Yale University Press).

Kellye Testy has been asked to join the ABA Law School Facilities Committee. Additionally, she will be speaking on a Contracts Panel at the upcoming AALS Workshop on Integrating Transitional Legal Perspectives on January 5, 2006 at the AALS Annual Meeting.

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