Faculty News

Compiled by: Junsen Ohno

September 2006

During the month of August, Rafael Pardo was a guest blogger at “Concurring Opinions” where his archived posts on bankruptcy can be read. Also, he and co-author Jonathan Nash of Tulane Law School have been invited to present their paper entitled, “An Empirical Investigation into Appellate Structure and the Perceived Quality of Appellate Review,” at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Law & Economics Association, to be hosted by the University of Kansas. School of Law on October 20 and 21.

Lily Kahng has been named to the Board of Directors of the Washington State Budget and Policy Center. The Center is part of a fifty state initiative dedicated to developing responsible budget and tax policies that take the needs of low-income families into account. The Center's mission is to use research and analysis to advance the well-being of Washington communities, improve the economic security and social opportunity of all Washingtonians, and support the essential role of government in promoting a just and prosperous society.

Julie Shapiro has been invited to address the New England Fertility Society at its quarterly meeting in Waltham, Massachusetts in December. She will speak about legal issues confronting lesbians and gay in using assisted reproductive technology.

Bryan Adamson’s essay, ”The Haint in The (School) House: The Interest Convergence Paradigm in State Legislatures and School Finance Reform” will appear in Volume 43, Number 1 of the California Western Law Review for Fall 2006.

Laurel Oates presented two CLEs last week. One is titled, “The Ethical Advocate for Members of the Attorney General’s Office,” and another is on “Effective Advocacy for the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (WDTL).

Elizabeth Townsend-Gard has been awarded a third year of non-resident fellowship at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School for 2006-07.

S. James Rosenfeld coordinated the SU Law School’s co-sponsorship of the National Association of Administrative Law Judges (NAALJ) annual conference and the reception held in Seattle September 5 – 8. During the reception, the Washington Association of Administrative Law Judges (WAALJ) awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Jessica Mitchell. At the conference, Professor Rosenfeld moderated a presentation by Dr. Wendy Marlowe on special education testing and assessment.

Douglas Nash and Cecelia Burke, in their attempt to meet demand for training on American Indian Probate Reform Act, gave three presentations on the Confederated Salish-Kootenai Tribes’ reservation in Montana September 11 – 12. Presentations are currently scheduled for the Walker River Tribe in Nevada on September 26, and the Morongo Band of Mission Indians in California October 27 – 28. In addition, the Institute for Indian Estate Planning and Probate has helped organize an Indian Law Conference at the University of Idaho College on October 24 – 25. The American Indian Probate Reform Act will be the subject of one day of presentations and panels there.

Our Academic Resource Center (ARC) program, together with it's leaders -- Professors Dave Boerner and Paula Lustbader -- received this year's Washington State Bar Association "Excellence in Diversity Award." They were nominated by six Seattle University alumni who wrote letters of recommendation to accompany the School's submission. The award was presented at the WSBA Annual Dinner last Thursday evening where Dean Kellye Testy was invited to address the attendees upon presentation of the award. Dean Testy and Professors Boerner and Lustbader were treated to a standing ovation from the crowd as they accepted the award.

Professor Julie Shapiro presented at the plenary panel “Marriage and Other Families Structures: How Did We Get Here, and by the Way, Where Are We” at Lavender Law, the national annual conference of lesbian and gay lawyers, academics and law students. She was also co-presenter at a panel session entitled “Beyond Marriage."

Adjunct Professor Bob Pauw was honored by the Northwest Immigration Project (NWIRP) this past Saturday night as his firm was awarded NWIRP's Amicus Award at the annual gala. The program also prominently featured one of our alums, Diana Moller, for her outstanding work with NWIRP.

Professor John A. Strait has been invited to give ethics presentations in two upcoming CLEs of the Washington State Bar Association. First he will present "Ethical Dilemmas in Handling Civil Settlements on Essentials of Civil Settlement Strategies" on September 21, then present "Essentials of Drafting and Using Trusts" on September 22. Both will be held at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle.

The Report of the King County Sheriff's Blue Ribbon Panel, of which Professor Dave Boerner is a member, was released on September 11. The Panel's charge was to review and research management systems for addressing employee misconduct and discipline in the Sheriff's Office, to gain an understanding of best management practices in other police departments; and to make recommendations for improvements to the accountability system for misconduct and discipline.

On Friday, September 15, Associate Dean Annette Clark gave a presentation entitled "Overview of the Constitutional and Legal Issues Surrounding Physician Assistance in Dying" at the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) Elder Law Section Annual Fall Conference and CLE in Seattle. Her presentation followed a point/counterpoint presentation by former Governor Booth Gardner and Sister Sharon Park on the wisdom of Washington legislation to allow physician aid-in-dying, which Booth Gardner plans to propose and which will be modeled after Oregon's Death with Dignity Act.

David Boerner has been invited to participate in the Stanford Executive Sessions on Sentencing and Corrections, a policy roundtable hosted by the Stanford Criminal Justice Center. The goal is to bridge the gap between academic researchers and policymakers with the hope of reforming California's sentencing and prison systems. The work product will be a series of publications.

Catherine O'Neill was one of three expert panelists invited by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation to speak at the EPA - Tribal Leaders' Summit, held August 22-25 in Pendleton, Oregon. The summit's theme was "Protecting Our Tribal Harvest." Professor O'Neill delivered a presentation entitled "Protecting the Tribal Harvest: The Right to Catch and Consume Fish."

Laurel Oates presented two CLEs during the past couple of weeks. The first CLE was for the Washington Bar Association in conjunction with Judge Michael Spearman as part of the bar’s Lawyer’s Toolbox series entitled, “Effective Writing.” The second one was for the National Association of Administrative Law Judges and titled, “Legal Research on the Web.”

Lisa Brodoff spoke twice at the National Administrative Law Judge Conference held in Seattle September 7 - 8. She spoke on a panel at the plenary session on "Career Bridges for ALJs: Teaching Law and Becoming a Tribal Court Judge." She also presented a training at the conference for judges and management on "Access to the Administrative Courts for Appellants with Disabilities."

Librarians Kara Phillips, Kelly Kunsch, Kent Milunovich, and Stephanie Wilson recently authored "Sleepless in the Placement Center" published in 30 Westpac News: Newsletter of the Western Pacific Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries 4 (2006). The article provides humorous, yet practical advice to interviewees and interviewers participating in the placement process at the annual American Association of Law Libraries conference.

Carol Cochran was a panelist at the National Black Pre-Law Admissions & Preparation Conference and Law Fair and at the LSAC Dallas Forum on September 8 and 9. The panel topics are “Help! I Didn't Get into Any of the Law Schools I Applied to! What Do I Do Now” and “Issues for Minority Applicants.”

Amira Siegel joined the Student Financial Services office this week as the new Program Assistant. Amira, a University of Puget Sound graduate, worked in student services at the University of Washington for three years before joining the SU team.

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