Faculty News

Summer 2011

Joaquin Avila, Distinguished Practitioner in Residence and Director, National Voting Rights Advocacy Initiative

  • He was honored by the California Latino Legislative Latino Spirit Awards for his Achievement in Civil Rights.  The Spirit Awards recognize individuals who exemplify the spirit of the Latino community and have contributed to the State of California.  The honorees have furthered the understanding and acceptance of Latino values, culture and traditions through leadership and service. 
  • He will receive the Ohtli Award from the Government of Mexico in recognition for his work in the United States and its impact in Mexico.  The Ohtli Award is given to individuals who promote the rights of Mexicans living in foreign countries.  His work affects the descendants of Mexicans who have migrated to the United States and are engaged in a struggle to secure access to the political process.  The award will be presented during the annual Hispanic National Bar Association Convention. 

Monika Batra Kashyap, Associate Director, Access to Justice

  • She was selected to join the Equal Justice Works National Advisory Committee, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a just society by mobilizing the next generation of lawyers committed to equal justice.  To achieve this, EJW offers a continuum of opportunities for law students and lawyers that provide the training and skills that enable them to provide effective representation to underserved communities and causes, including the EJW Fellowships programs, which fund hundreds of public interest attorneys each year to close the justice gap on issues such as foreclosure, community economic development, immigration, civil rights, homelessness, access to healthcare, and domestic violence.

Bob Boruchowitz, Professor from Practice

  • He addressed the East King County Bar Association on "Law and the Holocaust-Remembrance and Application to Today's Challenges in Public Defense."
  • He spoke at the Washington District and Municipal Court Judges Association Conference on "CrRLJ 4.1, The Right to Counsel, and the Impact on Court Budgets." 
  • He made two presentations to the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy 38th Annual Public Defender Education Conference on "Misdemeanor Right to Counsel in Kentucky is in need of attention"  and "Ethics: Misdemeanor Right to Counsel."  He also spoke to the Commission on Public Advocacy. 
  • He moderated a panel on "Padilla Pushback:  Overcoming Obstacles that Prevent Expansion of Padilla's Impact" at a conference at Cardozo School of Law in New York on Padilla and the Future of the Defense Function.
  • He spoke on "Caseload Standards and Ethics Opinions-Strategies for Coping and Obtaining Funding" at an ABA-NACDL National Defender Training conference at Indiana University School of Law. 
  • He also co-led small group sessions at the conference for defenders and assigned counsel on handling cases with forensic science issues.  He is one of three national co-chairs for this training program, which will have four sessions in different parts of the country. 
  • He was interviewed for a KUOW story about the impact of 300,000 suspended drivers in Washington, many of whom are charged with misdemeanor offenses for driving with a suspended license.

Deirdre Bowen, Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills

  • She presented her work in progress, "DOMA's Irrelevancy: A Study of How Heterosexual Marriage Is Not Strengthened by Banning Gay Marriage," at the Emerging Family Law Scholar's Conference in San Francisco.  She was also the commentator for Professor Clare Huntington's work in progress, "Flourishing Families: Harnessing Law to Foster Positive Relationships."

Lisa Brodoff, Director, Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic and Associate Professor

  • She presented a segment on Time Management for new clinicians at the CLEA New Clinicians Conference at Seattle University Law Annex.  Assistant Professor Jane Stoever served as a small group leader at the same conference. 
  • She and Externship Program Director Gillian Dutton (with Deborah Maranville and Esther Park at the University of Washington) presented a concurrent session at the AALS Clinical Legal Education Conference in Seattle titled, "Applying Decision Making Theory to Experiential Learning Choices:  Students as Our Clients."  In this session, they considered how best to counsel students as they choose among experiential courses.

Robert Chang, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Professor of Law

  • His book, "Preliminary Report on Race and Washington's Criminal Justice System," was accepted for publication by Gonzaga Law Review, Seattle University Law Review, and Washington Law Review (forthcoming 2012 in all three journals, led by Research Working Group).
  • His book, "The Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality and Its Vision for Social Change," was accepted for publication by Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties (forthcoming 2011). 
  • His book, "Joan Williams, Coalitions, and Getting Beyond the Wages of Whiteness and Maleness," was accepted for publication by 34 Seattle University Law Review 825 (2011).
  • He was a panelist at the 6th Annual Statewide Diversity Conference in Seattle where the topic was "Race & the Criminal Justice System:  Where Do We Go From Here?" 
  • He was a panelist on the 2011 Equity & Social Justice Lecture Series for the King County Department of Community & Human Services in Seattle on the topic of "Race and the Criminal Justice system." 
  • He was also a panelist at the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties at Stanford Law School on the topic of "Multi-Disciplinary Approaches to Advancing Civil Rights" as part of a symposium on "Beyond Bias, Beyond Courts:  New Approaches to Racial Justice.
  • He presented "So, Do People of Color Really Commit More Crimes?" at the opening plenary session of the Statewide Conference of the Washington Association of Superior Court Judges. 
  • He presented "Bias" at the Washington State Supreme Court.
  • He was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Korean American Bar Association of Washington.
  • He published a guest column, "Taking to Task Race and the Criminal Justice System," in the June 2011 issue of the Washington State Bar Association Bar News. 
  • He presented "Compounding Bias:  An Analytical Framework" on the plenary panel, "Eliminating Bias in the Justice System," at the 2011 Washington State Access to Justice Conference/WSBA Bar Leaders Conference.  He presented an extended version of that presentation at a CLE organized by the Washington Defender Association and the University of Washington School of Law on "Building Real Skills for Real Problems:  Race and (In)Justice for Low Income Clients."  
  • His essay, "Joan Williams, Coalitions, and Getting Beyond the Wages of Whiteness and the Wages of Maleness," published in the Seattle University Law Review, made three top ten download lists on SSRN.

Richard Delgado, University Professor

  • His paper, "Race, Sex, and the Division of Labor," which appeared in a recent symposium issue of Seattle University Law Review on a book by Joan Williams, made two top-download lists of SSRN. 
  • His article, "Rodrigo's Reconsideration," which ponders the usefulness of the concept of intersectionality, appeared in the latest issue of Iowa Law Review.
  • His article, "Centennial Reflections on California Law Review's Scholarship on Race:  The Structure of Civil Rights Thought," was accepted by California Law Review.  The article reviews 100 years of scholarship published in that review on the topic of race and civil rights and identifies a number of trends and overlapping paradigms.
  • He had a second article accepted by UCLA Law Review Discourse on the impact of money and wealth on American politics.  He posits a psychological explanation for why certain extremely wealthy and powerful tycoons back ultraconservative causes and oppose social spending, even on education, though it benefits the economy as a whole. 
  • He also published a chapter in a Routledge Press book on race, class, and gender, and he had three others accepted by different presses on a range of topics.

Richard Delgado, University Professor, and Jean Stefancic, Research Professor

  • They were keynoter speakers at Western Washington University, Woodring College of Education's Center for Education, Equity & Diversity's "2nd Annual Multicultural Education in the 21st Century:  From Theory to Action" symposium.  They spoke on "Recognizing Critical Moments:  An Educator's Perspective" and participated in a panel discussion. 
  • They received book contracts from Temple University Press for a new edition of "Critical Race Theory:  The Cutting Edge." 
  • They co-authored, with Professor Carmen Gonzalez, an op-ed column on the value to American society of immigration, which appeared in The Seattle Times. 
  • They had an article accepted by English Language Notes, a journal of criticism, for a special fall issue on the disappearance of the subject in literature and law.
  • They created a new class, "Latinos & the Law," to be offered this fall.  It will be one of the nation's first on the legal history and problems affecting this large and growing group.  The course features lectures, notes, TWEN entries, and class exercises on immigration, legal definitions and identity, education, employment discrimination, English Only, rebellious lawyering, and other topics.
  • They and student Jason McLeod sponsored a critical race theory reading group.  The group read a variety of texts on race, civil rights, and immigrant families.

Eric Eberhard, Distinguished Indian Law Practitioner in Residence

  • He addressed the National Indian Law Workgroup Annual Conference on "The U.S. Supreme Court and Governance in Indian Country:  The Transformation of the Doctrine of Inherent Tribal Authority, the Rise of Implied Divestiture and Delegated Federal Authority."  The National Indian Law Workgroup is comprised of lawyers working for the federal government in EPA, and the Departments of Justice, Interior, HHS and Energy.  The conference was held at the Suquamish Tribe's Casino Hotel Resort.
  • He gave a presentation on the "Implications of the 2010 Elections for Federal Indian Policy and the Prospects for the 2012 Elections" at the Tribal Leaders Forum sponsored by the American Indian Resources Institute on the Pchanga Reservation in Temecula, California. 
  • He addressed the Annual Meeting of the Navajo Nation Bar Association in Phoenix, Arizona, on "Understanding the Ethical Balance Between Effective Representation and Your Role As An Officer of the Court."  Other presenters included Judge William Canby from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; Herb Yazzie, Chief Justice of the Navajo Nation Supreme Court; Albert Hale, former President of the Navajo Nation; and Troy Eid, former United States Attorney for Colorado.

Anne Enquist, Professor of Lawyering Skills and Associate Director of the Legal Writing Program

  • She was a plenary speaker at the AALS Beginning Legal Writing Faculty workshop in Washington, D.C.  She presented "Critiquing Law Students' Writing" and organized a team of 9 senior faculty from around the country who conducted small group sessions with new legal writing professors on critiquing law student writing.

Thomas Fischer, Senior Faculty Fellow with the Center for Global Justice

  • His latest book, "Legal Gridlock; A Critique of the American Legal System," will be published by Carolina Academic Press.

Christian Halliburton, Associate Professor

  • He conducted an on-air interview with KIRO news radio in which he provided an overview and some detailed discussion of the Supreme Court's recent decision in Kentucky v. King.  In King, the Court permitted a warrantless search of the defendant's home, in the absence of a warrant and in the absence of any previously-recognized exception, and signaled its willingness to accept officer-created exigencies as sufficient justification for non-compliance with the warrant requirement.  During the on-air interview, Professor Halliburton was able to situate the opinion within the doctrinal context to which it relates, highlight the ways in which this opinion marks a departure from previously-established norms, and suggest some ways in which privacy expectations may be impacted by this most recent decision.

Lily Kahng, Associate Professor

  • She was appointed to the inaugural Advisory Board of the Korean American Bar Association of Washington.

Lily Kahng, Associate Professor, and Mary Louise Fellows, Visiting Professor

  • They presented their paper, "Costly Mistakes:  Undertaxed Business Owners and Overtaxed Workers," at the 2011 Annual Law & Society Meeting.  They also presented it at the 2011 AALS Workshop on Women Rethinking Equality.

John Kirkwood, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Associate Professor

  • He presented his working paper, "Buyer Power and Merger Policy," at the Loyola Antitrust Colloquium in Chicago.  The paper made SSRN's Top Ten Lists for Antitrust, for Organizations and Markets, and for Vertical and Horizontal Integration.  
  • His article, "A Prudent Approach to Climate Change," was accepted for publication by the Seattle Journal of Environmental Law. 
  • He gave a detailed presentation on "Antitrust Law and Sports" at the 2011 Sports Law CLE, an event sponsored by Foster Pepper to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Kelly Kunsch, Reference Librarian

  • He spoke at a CLE called "Do Legal Research Like A Pro" for the Asian Bar Association of Washington.

Tayyab Mahmud, Professor and Director, Center for Global Justice

  • His article, "Is it Greek or Déjà vu All Over Again?:  Neoliberalism and Winners and Losers of International Debt Crises," was published by Loyola University Chicago Law Review.
  • He presented "Caught Between the Lines: Colonial Cartographies and Postcolonial Insecurities" at the Annual Conference of the Law & Society Association. 
  • He chaired a session of the International Research Collaborative (IRC) of the Law & Society Association titled, "Race, Colonialism and Law," at the Annual Conference of the Association. 
  • He was an invited speaker and commentator at the Annual Faculty Development Workshop of Law and Humanities Association at USC. 
  • He appeared on Voice of America International Service and KPFK (Los Angeles) to discuss the current situation of the Middle East and the war in Afghanistan.
  • He was appointed to the Board of Advisors of a new book series by Routledge titled, "Laws of the Postcolonial: Ethics and Economy." 
  • His article, "Law of Geography and the Geography of Law: A Post-Colonial Mapping," was published by Washington University Jurisprudence Review.
  • He was appointed to the International Activities Committee of the Law & Society Association. 

Natasha Martin, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Associate Professor

  • She made the following presentations during June 2011:  "Dilution, Distortion, and Deference:  How Employment Discrimination Law Operates against Inclusion in the Contemporary Workplace" on a panel of employment discrimination scholars titled, "The Counterintuitive Development of Employment Discrimination Law," at the 2011 Law and Society Association's Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California; "Muslim Womanhood and the Paradox of Covering in the American Workplace at the Intersection of Gender, Race, and Religious Identity" at the AALS 2011 Workshop on Women Rethinking Equality in Washington, D.C.; and "Puppets on a String:  Workplace Avatars, Performance Identity, and the Expanding Boundaries of Workplace Etiquette" at Freedom Writers-the 2011 Lutie A. Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop at Texas Southern University's Thurgood Marshall School of Law, which commemorated the emancipation of slaves in Texas two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. 
  • She was invited to deliver the opening address "Slaves No More - Searching for Sojourner Truth in the Spirit of Lutie A. Lytle."  The Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality is a co-sponsor of this annual gathering.  Visiting Professor Catherine Smith was honored as this year's Lutie A. Lytle Lecturer.  

John McKay, Professor from Practice

  • He instructed Georgian judges in Tbilisi, Georgia, on "Presiding Over Complex Organized Crime and Terrorism Cases" at the behest of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Justice.

Douglas Nash, Director of the Center for Indian Law and Policy

  • He gave a presentation on Indian Estate Planning and the American Indian Probate Reform Act to the Northwest Regional Council of Elder Advocates at the Upper Skagit Tribe's Cultural Center. 
  • He was also invited to participate in the national Indian radio show "Native America Calling" to talk about the need for estate planning among Indian people.

Douglas Nash, Director of the Center for Indian Law and Policy, Erica Wolf, Managing Attorney for Indian Estate Planning Projects, and Lupe Ceballos, staff member

  • They were invited to provide an Estate Planning workshop on the American Indian Probate Reform Act and tribal probate codes Muckleshoot Tribal Council.  After this presentation to the Muckleshoot Tribal Council, it appears that the Center for Indian Law & Policy may be asked to develop a tribal probate code under contract with the tribe.  At present, there is only one tribal probate code approved under the American Indian Probate Reform Act.  The Center for Indian Law & Policy also provided an Indian Estate Planning Training for attorneys and incoming Summer 2011 Indian Estate Planning Interns.

Mark Niles, Dean and Professor

  • He presented the Keynote Address at the 10th Academy for IDEA Administrative Law Judges and Impartial Hearing Officers.  The 4-day program, organized and managed by Jim Rosenfeld, Director of Education Law Programs, was largely devoted to developing recommendations for improving the special education due process hearing system through amendment of the IDEA when that statute is reauthorized.

Mark Niles, Dean and Professor, and Stephanie Nichols, Director of the Study Law in Alaska Program and Attorney for Native American Projects

  • They spent several days in Anchorage, Alaska, meeting with various constituents about our Alaska program.  These meetings included Alaska Governor Sean Parnell, a 1987 graduate of the Law School, and his Chief of Staff; the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska, Ralph Beistline, an alum from the Law School's first graduating class; and the Chief Justice of the Alaska State Supreme Court and two other Supreme Court Justices.  While in Anchorage, Dean Niles presented an ethics CLE titled, "Creating Collegiality Among Adversaries," and Chief Justice Walter Carpeneti gave the introductions.  A reception immediately followed the CLE.  Dean Niles, University of Alaska Anchorage Provost Michael Driscoll, Stephanie Nichols, and the keynote speaker Governor Parnell, provided remarks at the reception where there were over 100 in attendance during a beautiful evening in Anchorage.

Laurel Oates, Professor and Director, Legal Writing Program

  • She attended the Association of Legal Writing Directors' meeting, which was held at Pacific McGeorge School of Law in June. 
  • In July, she participated in the Legal Writing Institute Board of Directors' Retreat, which was held at Denver College of Law.

Laurel Oates, Professor and Director, Legal Writing Program, and Anne Enquist, Professor of Lawyering Skills and Associate Director of the Legal Writing Program

  • They published the third edition of "Just Research" both as a traditional book and as an e-book.   In addition to providing students with an overview of sources and strategies for legal research, "Just Research" walks students through the process of researching 10 different types of issues using Westlaw, WestlawNextTM, LexisNexis®, Lexis® Advance, and free sources.  The book is published by Aspen and is part of a four-part series on legal research and writing. 

Catherine O'Neill, Professor

  • She spoke on a panel at the National Indian Law Working Group conference at Suquamish.  The title of her presentation was "Water Quality Standards in the Pacific Northwest:  Taking Care of the Fish." 
  • She was a co-presenter for a webinar on Adapting to Climate Change in the Puget Sound.  The webinar presented the results of a year-long project, the centerpiece of which was a symposium hosted earlier this year at Seattle University. 
  • She is among the co-authors who published "Climate Change and the Puget Sound:  Building a Legal Framework for Adaptation," under the auspices of the Center for Progressive Reform. 
  • She is among the co-authors of an article, "Environmental Justice, American Indians and the Cultural Dilemma:  Developing Environmental Management for Tribal Health and Well-being," which will be published in an upcoming special edition of the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Justice. 

Kara Phillips, Associate Director / Collection Development Librarian

  • She co-authored a book with Amy Sommers titled, "Real Property Law in China: A Guide to Foreign Investment," which was published by the American Bar Association.

Sara Rankin, Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills

  • Her article, "Tired of Talking, A Call for Clear Strategies for Legal Education Reform:  Moving Beyond the Discussion of Good Ideas to the Real Transformation of Law Schools," was accepted for publication by the Seattle Journal for Social Justice (forthcoming 2011) as part of SALT's Transformative Law presentation series.  The article is based on an earlier working paper posted on SSRN.  As of June 2011, her working paper has made several top ten lists and has been downloaded 99 times. 

Chris Rideout, Professor of Lawyering Skills and Associate Director of the Legal Writing Program

  • He presented a paper at the Applied Legal Storytelling conference held at the University of Denver.  The paper was titled "The Sense of an Ending: Narrative and Normative Closure in Legal Storytelling." 
  • He also served as a facilitator for the Writers' Workshop, a scholarly writing workshop sponsored by the Legal Writing Institute.

Darren Rosenblum, Visiting Professor

  • He was named a Fulbright Research Scholar for France to work on his project, "Gender Balance, Equality and the French Corporate Board Quota: A Comparative Analysis."

Jim Rosenfeld, Director, Education Law Academy

  • He addressed a special education training program, "How to Protect and Preserve Education for Students with Disabilities," focusing on "Some Thoughts and Observations on the Special Education Due Process Hearing System."  This program was sponsored by the Los Angeles firm, Newman.Aaronson.Vanaman.

Mimi Samuel, Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills

  • She presented "Unwitting Propagandists:  Are We (and Should We) Be Promoting U.S. Values Abroad Through the Teaching of Legal English and Legal Writing to Non-U.S. Lawyers?" at the Global Legal Skills Conference VI held at John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

Julie Shapiro, Professor

  • She organized and participated in a round table discussion at the Law and Society conference in San Francisco.  The round-table, "Losing When You Win," considered inter-lesbian custody disputes from a variety of perspectives, including those of institutional lawyers, individual lawyers and clients.
  • She will be moderating a panel on surrogacy at the Family Law institute of the national meeting of the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association, held in Los Angeles in September.

Ada Shen-Jaffe, Distinguished Public Interest Practitioner in Residence

  • She was appointed to serve on the ABA's Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants.

Diana Singleton, Director, Access of Justice

  • She presented at the ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference on pro bono partnerships with the private sector.

Jean Stefancic, Research Professor

  • She published "Talk the Talk, but Walk the Walk" in the current issue of Seattle University Law Review's colloquy on Joan Williams's book "Reshaping the Work-Family Debate."  
  • Her poem, "Good Friday," appeared in the Spring 2011 issue of J Journal: New Writing on Justice, published by John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Department of English (CUNY).  She also published a poem with a civil-rights theme in "J," a literary journal.  
  • She completed an article on Supreme Court cases for a symposium issue of Nevada Law Journal.
  • Her chapter on discerning critical moments, co-authored with Richard Delgado, was accepted by Handbook of Critical Race Theory in Education (Marvin Lynn & Adrienne Dixson eds., Routledge Press forthcoming 2012).  She also completed final editing of Critical Race Theory: An Introduction 2d ed. (NYU Press forthcoming 2011).

Jane Stoever, Assistant Professor

  • She chaired the panel "Conceptualizing and Hearing the 'Victim' or Survivor" and gave a presentation titled, "Pedagogical Breakthrough:  Using the Stages of Change Model to Teach Lawyers to Represent Abuse Survivors," at the Law & Society Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco. 

John Strait, Associate Professor

  • He was elected President of the University Academic Assembly for 2011-2012. 
  • He was elected to the Board of WSBA Criminal Law Section, and was reappointed Adjunct Investigative Counsel by WSBA. 
  • He was appointed to the Review Committee for proposals by outside counsel to the City of Seattle and Seattle Police Dept on police misconduct litigation.

George Van Cleve, Adjunct Professor

  • His book, "A Slaveholders' Union: Slavery, Politics, and the Constitution in the Early American Republic," was listed at No. 9 on the US history bestsellers list published by Library Journal. 
  • For the 2011-12 Academic Year, he will be at the Law School as Distinguished Scholar in Residence.  He will be working on, among other things, his current book project, "The Critical Period in America, 1783-1787," a study of the factors that led Americans to decide that they wanted to abandon the Confederation and instead adopt a completely new form of government.

Erica Wolf, Managing Attorney for Indian Estate Planning Projects

  • She traveled to Oklahoma City to speak at the Annual Sovereignty Symposium.  Topics included the work of the Center for Indian Law and Policy, the American Indian Probate Reform Act, and tribal development of their own probate codes.

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