School of Law in the News
Professor Ron Slye, who served on Kenya's Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission, reflects on the work of such groups and the difficulties facing peace talks as they negotiate amnesty and accountability.
Professor Charlotte Garden offers a point-by-point rebuttal to George Will's analysis of Harris v. Quinn, a labor law case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Machinists union is seeking relief against Boeing from the National Labor Relations Board, but Professor Charlotte Garden says this dispute isn't as politically explosive as previous scuffles.
Members of the Black Law Students Association were featured in this piece about community service projects on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Allergy 'turf war' plaintiffs in the right ballpark, but complaint is short on specifics — antitrust specialist
Policy and Regulatory Report
A Texas dispute between primary care doctors and board-certified allergists over testing and treating allergies might not stand up to rigorous analysis in court, says Professor John Kirkwood.
Policy and Regulatory Report
A Houston steel distributor may have a tough time proving that rivals conspired illegally to force it out of business, but an email admitted into evidence helps explain why the judge did not grant summary judgment. Professor John Kirkwood said that the email, which according to the court describes pressure that steel distributors brought to bear on a steel mill as part of an alleged conspiracy to force a competitor out of business, alters the complexion of the case in his view.
Some members of the Machinists union filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board over a recent union vote to approve a contract with Boeing. Professor Charlotte Garden provided insight on what the board will consider.
Professor Bob Boruchowitz, a powerful advocate for public defense, describes ways to divert cases from the court system, such as paying fines and taking classes.
Elizabeth Ford, visiting assistant professor at Seattle University School of Law, talks with Marcie Sillman about the strategies and laws behind the Boeing labor negotiations.
As transgender Americans work for civil rights, activists should focus on relief for those living in poverty or unjustly incarcerated, according to Professor Dean Spade.
NW News Network
Professor from Practice Bob Boruchowitz remembers Washington Supreme Court Justice Tom Chambers, who died of cancer, saying that a ruling he authored in 2010 was one of the most important rulings on indigent defense in the country in the last decade.
The $15 minimum wage passed by the City of SeaTac is being challenged in court. Professor Bill Sherman comments on the legal issues at play in this case.
The jailing of Nestora Salgado, held in Mexico for her community activism, clearly violates international law, according to Professor Tom Antkowiak with the International Human Rights Clinic. His comments were made at a rally for Salgado, which was also covered by KPLU.
Policy and Regulatory Report
Professor John Kirkwood analyzes a Houston case in which several local steel distributors have been sued by MM Steel for illegal restraint of trade. The trial is set to start next month.
Visiting Professor Bill Sherman, who also serves as chairman of the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission, welcomes revisions to the city code that would protect workers from retaliation if they report misconduct in the workplace.
"You can't treat people whose lives and liberties are at stake in that way." Professor Bob Boruchowitz discusses a federal judge's ruling that Mount Vernon and Burlington municipal courts have not provided adequate public defense services to low-income clients.
Dozens of news outlets picked up the story of the law school's International Human Rights Clinic and its efforts to free a Renton woman unfairly imprisoned in Mexico.
3L Yasmin Christopher and other human rights advocates answered questions about human trafficking in Washington and what can be done to stop it.
In an extended radio interview, Professor Anna Roberts talks about the importance of seating an unbiased, diverse jury and why that's difficult to achieve.
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Professor Ron Slye, who served on Kenya's Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission, comments about the problem of sexism in property rights disputes in that country.
Seattle University School of Law's Foreclosure Mediation & Outreach Project is co-sponsoring a screening of "American Winter," a documentary that tells the stories of real Northwest families facing foreclosure. The screening was also highlighted on KING 5.
Puget Sound Business Journal
Seattle University School of Law ranked in the top 10 for law schools with diverse faculty and appeal for older students, according to student surveys compiled by The Princeton Review. This story was also picked up by Q13 Fox.
Professor from Practice Robert C. Boruchowitz comments on the crisis in public defense in South Carolina, calling the case load in the state court system "out of control."
Earl Sullivan, a 2L who worked in Nairobi as the law school's first paid intern to the Kenya Section of the International Commission of Jurists, wrote an op-ed in Kenya's Star newspaper calling for the government to protect the rights of those accused in the mass mall shooting.
The Seattle Times
The Department of Justice awarded Seattle University School of Law, along with the Sixth Amendment Center, a $450,000 grant to continue work on improving indigent defense.
A new program at Seattle University School of Law will help new lawyers who want to start their own practices and help clients of moderate means. The initiative is a collaboration between the law school's Access to Justice Institute and Center for Professional Development.
Alaskan students are a step closer to being able to earn law degrees from Seattle University School of Law without spending three years outside their home state, thanks to unanimous approval by the law school faculty.
Yakima Herald Republic
Constitutional Law expert Prof. Andrew Siegel explains why decisions in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals are more likely to be overturned as he comments on this free speech case.
Judges will have to weigh in when state law conflicts with municipal law on the issue of legally selling marijuana, according to Bill Sherman, a visiting professor who teaches administrative law.
Federal Way Mirror
With the help of Seattle University School of Law's International Human Rights Clinic, a local man files a petition demanding an end to abusive treatment of detainees by the Government of Nicaragua.
Seattle University School of Law's program to help graduates start solo practices is featured in this article about blending small business entrepreneurship with efforts to clients of moderate means.
Is military inclusion a top priority for the trans community? Professor Dean Spade says no.
Law school alum John Tymczyszyn writes that colleges and universities should follow Seattle University's proactive approach when supporting veterans in higher education.
Professor David Skover sets the stage for an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case about campaign finance restrictions.
Inside Higher Ed
Professor Paula Lustbader is featured in a new book, "What the Best Law Teachers Do." One of her students says of her, "When you're getting something, she's happy. I don't think anything makes her happier than to see that light bulb go off."
Oregon Public Broadcasting
In deciding a recent case, the Washington State Supreme Court offered its thoughts on preventing both purposeful and unconscious racism in jury selection, according to Assistant Professor Anna Roberts.
What happens when a student at an all-female college changes gender? Professor Dean Spade says colleges should accommodate trans students.
The Seattle Times
In a guest editorial for The Seattle Times, Professor Bryan Adamson discusses the George Zimmerman verdict in the context of racial self-policing, "a deplorable fact of life for men of color."
State Net Capitol Journal
In this review of the major decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013, Professor Deirdre Bowen explains that Fisher v. University of Texas will mean that universities still wanting to maintain affirmative action will have to come up with complicated, detailed policies.
Professor from Practice Bob Boruchowitz, who directs the Defender Initiative at the Seattle University School of Law, says it's "tragic" that King County is changing its system of defending people who can't afford lawyers in criminal cases.
Professor Deirdre Bowen thinks the U.S. Supreme Court's opinion in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin "appears to invite further attack of affirmative action."
In this piece for the American Constitution Society, Professor Deirdre Bowen dives deeper into the SCOTUS marriage equality rulings and finds more compromise than revolution.
Seattle Times (Registration required)
Professor Julie Shapiro was one of several local leaders who shared their thoughts about the Supreme Court's rulings on same-sex marriage.
KIRO 7 Eyewitness News
When the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, it meant same-sex couples could be considered married in one state but not another, explains Professor Deirdre Bowen in this interview.
In a guest column, Professor Julie Shapiro explains what the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings in two marriage equality cases mean for same-sex couples in Washington and other states.
Professor Paul Holland is featured in this radio program about efforts to create alternatives to jail for youth offenders.