Faculty News

Summer/Fall 2008

Visiting Legal Writing Professor Edwin Abuya published two articles: "Reinforcing Refugee Protection in the Wake of the War on Terror", in the Boston College International and Comparative Law Review, and "Past Reflections, Future Insights: African Asylum Law and Policy in Historical Perspective" in the International Journal of Refugee Law.

Professor Janet Ainsworth had two papers accepted for publication by peer-reviewed linguistics journals. Register and Context will publish "Linguistic Features of Police Culture and the Coercive Impact of Police Officer Swearing in Police-Citizen Street Interaction," and the Journal of Speech, Language, and the Law has accepted "'You Have the Right to Remain Silent. . . But Only If You Ask for It Just So': The Role of Linguistic Ideology in American Police Interrogation Law." She also spoke at Brooklyn Law School on linguistic ideology in law and its impact on criminal procedure caselaw.

Assistant Professor Tom Antkowiak published "Remedial Approaches to Human Rights Violations: The Inter-American Court of Human Rights and Beyond," in the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law.

Professor Joaquin Avila co-authored "Voting Rights in California: 1982-2006" in the USC Review of Law and Justice. His comprehensive report was presented at the Western Regional Hearing of the National Commission on the Voting Rights Act.

Legal Writing Professor Lorraine Bannai and Associate Director of Legal Writing Anne Enquist presented "Cultural Consciousness: Awareness of the Experiences of ‘Others' as an Essential Professional Skill" at the 2008 SALT Teaching Conference at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Their presentation included video re-enactments with Professors Mark Chinen, John Mitchell, and Janet Dickson appearing as appellate judges.

Professors Marilyn Berger and John Mitchell and Distinguished Practitioner in Residence Ronald Clark have completed a second edition of their book, "Trial Advocacy: Planning, Analysis, and Strategy." The teacher's manual includes a DVD with a movie of trial demonstrations, a video crime scene tour and trial visuals.

Visiting Professor Bob Boruchowitz was re-appointed to the Washington Minority and Justice Commission. He spoke at the Washington Defender Association CLE on "How Defenders with Too Many Cases Can Raise Ethical Issues with Their Supervisors." He also wrote a short article called, "Enough is Enough! Defenders Act on Excessive Caseloads", published in the NLADA Cornerstone magazine, and he moderated a panel on "Case Overload - Ethical and Political Considerations," at the American Bar Association Summit on Indigent Defense Improvement in Los Angeles. He wrote an article called, "At 45, Gideon Right to Counsel Remains Elusive" in the March issue of the King County Bar Bulletin, and he spoke at a symposium at the State Supreme Court on the anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright.

Legal Writing Professor Deirdre Bowen wrote, "The Imprisoned Parent: Differential Power in Same-Sex Families Based on Cultural and Legal Understandings of Parentage," which was accepted for publication by the William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law. Her article, "Calling your Bluff: How Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys Adapt Plea Bargaining Strategies to Increase Formalization" has been accepted by the peer-reviewed journal, Justice Quarterly, one of the top-ranked journals in criminology and criminal justice.

Clinical Professor Lisa Brodoff spoke at a QLaw CLE about how gay and lesbian couples can plan for financing long term nursing home and in-home care, and how the Medicaid program discriminates against GLBT couples. She also spoke at the law school's Planning for End of Life CLE about how lawyers can work with clients and their families on planning through Living Wills, Medical Powers of Attorney, Disposition of Remains documents, and by advising them on the Medicare Hospice benefit.

Reference Librarian Tina Ching published "Alaska Initiatives and Referenda" in Legal Reference Services Quarterly. The article was published simultaneously in Exploring Initiative and Referendum Law: Selected State Research Guides, published by the Haworth Press. She also has been appointed to a two-year term on the Access to Electronic Legal Information and Citation Committee, a standing committee of the American Association of Law Libraries. This committee works with court and government agencies in improving access to authentic and official legal information to the public. She and librarian Kerry Fitz-Gerald spoke at the full-day continuing education seminar, "Find it Free and Fast on the Net: Strategies for Legal Research on the Web", sponsored by the National Business Institute.

Professor Maggie Chon co-authored "Slouching Towards Development in International Intellectual Property," which was published in the Michigan State Law Review. She also moderated a session on "Exceptions for Preservation and Education Exceptions for Government," for the Cardozo Law School Conference on Developing International Norms for Limitations to Copyright.

Vice Dean Annette Clark is the 2008-09 James B. McGoldrick, S.J., Fellow. Named for the former president who was known for his generosity of spirit and dedicated service to Seattle University, the fellowship is awarded to a faculty member or administrator who exemplifies commitment to students and to the values of the Jesuit educational tradition.

University Professor Richard Delgado published several articles, including "Law Enforcement in Subordinated Communities: Innovation and Response," in the Michigan Law Review, "Rodrigo's Corrido: Race, Postcolonial Theory, and U.S. Civil Rights" in the Vanderbilt Law Review and "The Myth of Upward Mobility" in the Pittsburgh Law Review. He and Research Professor Jean Stefancic jointly published "What if John Calmore Had a Latina/A Sibling?" in the North Carolina Law Review and
"Can Lawyers Find Happiness?" in the Syracuse Law Review.

Distinguished Academic in Residence Thom Fischer conducted a training session for the Washington State Judiciary concerning international child abduction. His most recent article, "An American Looks at the European Union," was published in both the United States and Europe. As chairman of the Bainbridge Island Planning Commission, he hosted visitors from Turkey, Lebanon, and Burma, as part of the World Affairs Council's international visitors program. The visitors wanted to learn how local citizenry participates in, and has an impact on, decision-making in small municipal governments. Also, at the request of the State Department and the Seattle World Affairs Council, Professor Fischer hosted a law delegation from South Korea (labor, management and migrant-worker officials).

Reference Librarian Kerry Fitz-Gerald moderated a panel on "Harmonizing United States and Canadian Gun Control Legislation" at the Crossing Borders - Issues and Resolutions conference held at the University of Washington. She wrote a piece in the Spring 2008 WWL State Reporter called "This Blawg's for You: Using the Right Law Blog."

Associate Professor Jack Kirkwood was named chairman of the Buyer Power Committee of the American Antitrust Institute. The committee is drafting the chapter on buyer power for the transition report on antitrust enforcement that AAI is preparing for the next administration. His article, "The Fundamental Goal of Antitrust: Protecting Consumers, Not Increasing Efficiency," co-authored with University of Baltimore School of Law Professor Robert H. Lande, was accepted for publication by the Notre Dame Law Review. His paper, "The Fundamental Goal of Antitrust Law: Protecting Consumers, Not Increasing Efficiency," was featured in the latest issue of FTC: Watch, the Washington, D.C. newsletter that covers the Federal Trade Commission and antitrust enforcement. His article, "The Robinson-Patman Act and Consumer Welfare: Has Volvo Reconciled Them?", was reviewed in Antitrust, the magazine of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association.

Legal Writing Professor Connie Krontz was added as a third author, along with Professors Anne Enquist and Laurel Oates, on the second edition of "Just Briefs" published by Aspen Publishers. She also helped write the new chapter on drafting appellate briefs for the federal courts.

Associate Professor Paula Lustbader wrote "You are Not in Kansas Anymore: Orientation Programs Can Help Students Fly Over the Rainbow," which was published in Washburn Law Journal.

Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Professor Tayyab Mahmud made a presentation to the faculty of Villanova Law School on "Laws, Limits and Exceptions: Lessons of the Constitutional Crisis in Pakistan." He also presented "Colonial Designs and Limits of Constitutionalism: The Rule of Exception in Pakistan" at a plenary session of Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty and Western Law Teachers of Color at University of Denver College of Law. He also spoke on the "Law & Global Minorities" plenary session of the Annual Meeting of the Cultural Studies Association at New York University. He presented "Migration, Identity and Resistance along I-5: Lessons of the Ghadar Movement" at the Ethnic Studies Colloquium of University of California, San Diego. Using video-link he presented "Permanent Emergency & the Role of Courts" at Emergencies in Asia Conference at Singapore National University. He presented "Global Constitutional Code Red & the Constitutional Crisis in Pakistan" at the After Empire: Global Governance Today Conference at Brown University.

Associate Professor Natasha Martin presented a faculty workshop at the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her article, "Immunity for Hire: How the Same-Actor Doctrine Sustains Discrimination in the Contemporary Workplace" was published in the latest issue of the Connecticut Law Review. She also was invited to moderate a panel titled "E-racing the Color Line in Sports" at the AALS Annual Meeting in New York. The papers from the panel will be published in the Virginia Sports & Entertainment Law Journal. She also will serve on this year's executive committee of the AALS Section on Employment Discrimination Law. She presented a faculty workshop at the University of Cincinnati College of Law and was invited to be a part of their 2007-2008 faculty workshop series.

Professor John Mitchell moderated a panel exploring the moral and ethical arguments on both sides of the assisted suicide debate at Seattle's Town Hall. Mitchell is the author of the new book, "Understanding Assisted Suicide: Nine Issues to Consider."

Professor Hank McGee was nominated by the Diversity Committee at his alma mater, DePaul University College of Law, to serve as the inaugural scholar for the "Last Lecture" series. The series is designed to have an established scholar deliver a "last lecture" representing the collective wisdom of one's body of work. The lecture will take place this fall in Chicago. He also spoke on gentrification in the U.S. Northwest cities at a conference at the University of California, Irvine, sponsored by the UCI sociological society.

Professor from Practice John McKay was a panelist, along with senior Ninth Circuit Judge Stephen Trott, at the Federal Bar Association of Los Angeles on the topic, "Politics & Prosecutors: Maintaining the Independence of Federal Prosecutors." He presented his Seattle University Law Review article, "Train Wreck at the Justice Department: An Eyewitness Account" to a consortium of student groups at Stanford Law School. He and his brother Mike shared the Charles A. Goldmark Award from the Legal Foundation of Washington in recognition of their exceptional work toward ensuring equal justice.


Douglas Nash, director of the Institute for Indian Estate Planning and Probate, and Deputy Director Cecelia Burke participated in the U.S. Office of Hearings and Appeals National Judicial Training in Albuquerque, N.M.

Legal Writing Director Laurel Oates, along with Legal Writing Professor Mimi Samuel and Visiting Legal Writing Professor Edwin Abuya, sat on the closing plenary for the Global Legal Skills Conference III held at the Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. The panel was titled "After the Conference: Developing and Maintaining Connections Made at International Conferences."

Associate Professor Catherine O'Neill's article, "No Mud Pies: Risk Avoidance as Risk Regulation," was selected for inclusion in volume 39 of the Land Use and Environment Law Review. She gave a presentation titled "New Jersey v. EPA: Mercury Regulation in the Bush Administration" at the law school's Environmental Law Roundup CLE.

Associate Professor Rafael Pardo spoke on a panel on "Transparency and the Selection of Judges" as part of a symposium "Tradeoffs of Candor: Does Transparency Erode Judicial Legitimacy?" at New York University School of Law. He was selected to present "Anatomy of An Adversary Proceeding: An Empirical Study of Undue Hardship Discharge Litigation" at the Houston Higher Education Finance Roundtable and to present "An Empirical Investigation into Appellate Structure and the Perceived Quality of Appellate Review" at the Annual Meeting of the American Law and Economics Association at Columbia Law School. The paper is co-authored with Professor Jonathan Nash and has been accepted for publication in Volume 61 of the Vanderbilt Law Review.

Legal Writing Professor Mimi Samuel had her article "Focus on Batson: Let the Cameras Roll" accepted for publication by the Brooklyn Law Review. Her article has also been selected to be the first recipient of the Bronson Dillehey Award by the American Society of Trial Consultants. She has also been invited to do a magazine version of the article for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' publication. She co-conducted a five-day seminar on clear and effective legal writing at the International Law Institute's African Centre for Legal Excellence in Kampala, Uganda. The seminar was attended by attorneys in private practice and from government agencies in Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria, Rwanda and Malawi.

Associate Professor Ron Slye was a panelist at the conference, "Justice Delayed? The Impact of Time on the Trials of Gross Atrocities," which was the annual Robert L. Bernstein International Human Rights Fellowship Symposium at Yale Law School. He was also a roundtable participant on "Feminism v. Feminism: What is a Feminist Approach to Transnational Criminal Law," as part of the annual meeting of the American Society of International Law. He gave a talk to law students, faculty, alumni, and administrators at the University of Indonesia on the advantages of clinical legal education and spoke at the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association on "Confessions: The Rule of Law and the Rule of Truth." He also spoke at the opening night of the Seattle Human Rights Film Festival in connection with the film, "New Year Baby," about Cambodia and a family that survived the Khmer Rouge atrocities.

Dean Kellye Testy was named to the Board of Trustees of The Northwest School, an independent college preparatory school for grades six through 12 on Capitol Hill.

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