School of Law in the News

April 11, 2014

Hearing Set For T-Mobile Workers' Unfair Labor Practice Claims

What can companies demand in confidentiality agreements? Professor Charlotte Garden spoke to KPLU-FM about a dispute between T-Mobile and its workers.

April 9, 2014

Evans Jury Biased By 'White People' Remark, 9th Circ. Told

The Korematsu Center is filing an amicus brief in a sexual harassment suit against Evans Fruit Co., arguing that a new trial should be granted after defense attorneys revealed the racial identity of the company's owners.

April 3, 2014

Foreword: It's all forward now

Professor David Skover, with Ron Collins, analyzes the U.S. Supreme Court's decision about campaign finance in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. The two co-authored the upcoming book "When Money Speaks."

March 24, 2014

Steel boycott case: Judge denies second defense motion for a directed verdict; jury hears closing arguments

Policy and Regulatory Report
Antitrust expert Professor John Kirkwood said jury instructions will be key in a case against companies that boycotted MM Steel.

March 20, 2014

New Machinists leader says he's focused on healing divisions

Everett Herald
A feature story about the newly elected head of the Machinists union quotes labor law expert Professor Charlotte Garden about the challenges facing organized labor.

March 13

Anti-union group files federal lawsuit against UAW and Volkswagen

Detroit Free-Press
Professor Charlotte Garden explains why the case between the United Auto Workers, Volkswagen, and the National Right to Work Foundation could have ramifications for all organized labor.

March 12

Book excerpt: Before McCutcheon – The ACLU position in the early years

This popular Supreme Court news site published an excerpt of Professor David Skover's book, When Money Speaks: The McCutcheon Decision, Campaign Finance Laws & The First Amendment, co-authored with Ronald Collins. It is the first in the SCOTUS Books-in-Brief series. The ebook will be available shortly after the Supreme Court issues its ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC.

March 11, 2014

US judge reinstates nurse wage antitrust class; says US Supreme Court Comcast opinion not relevant

Policy and Regulatory Report
Antitrust expert Professor John Kirkwood explains the legal issues at play in a case where Detroit area nurses are charging hospitals with antitrust activity.

March 7

Space Needle Owners Violated Federal Labor Law, Administrative Law Judge Finds

Professor Charlotte Garden explains a labor law ruling against the owners of the Seattle Space Needle in a report on KPLU-FM.

March 2014

Moving Forward: An interview with Seattle University School of Law Dean Annette Clark

NW Lawyer
Dean Annette Clark discusses her history with the law school and her plans for the future in this extended interview with the Washington State Bar Association's magazine.

Feb. 14

The Real Cost of Litigation Reform: Justice, Not Discovery Costs, Are at Stake

In a piece for the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, Professor Brooke Coleman argues that basic access to courts shouldn't be sacrificed in the name of cost savings.

Feb. 7, 2014

AMC abuse-of-dominance case likely to pass Twombly test, analyst says

Policy and Regulatory Report
Antitrust expert Professor John Kirkwood said a case against move theater chain AMC will hinge on the company's behavior in suburban Atlanta.

Jan. 27

Alito’s cynical political payback theory

Labor law expert Professor Charlotte Garden analyzes the oral arguments in Harris v. Quinn, and explains why collective bargaining is good for employers, not just unions.

Jan. 24

Seattle Voices with Ada Shen-Jaffe

Seattle Channel
Ada Shen-Jaffe teaches equal justice law and leadership. She ran a civil legal aid program and helped build a statewide equal justice system serving poor and disadvantaged communities.

Jan. 22

ICTJ Forum Series on Truth Commissions and Peace Mediation: Ron Slye

ICTJ Forum
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.

Jan. 21

What George Will Gets Wrong about Unions, Home Healthcare Aides, and the First Amendment

Huffington Post
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.

Jan. 21

NLRB Once Again Caught In The Middle Of A Thorny Boeing-Machinists Dispute

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.

Jan. 20

Day off becomes day of action on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Members of the Black Law Students Association were featured in this piece about community service projects on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Jan. 16

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.

Jan. 7

MM Steel's distributor boycott case kept alive by 'smoking gun' email ahead of February trial

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.

Jan. 7

Some Machinists seek new vote on Boeing offer

Everett Herald
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.

Dec. 23

Wait, Are You Sure You Want to Plead Guilty?

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.

Dec. 17

Understanding The Boeing Labor Disputes

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.

Dec. 14

Transgender rights movement building a public identity

Associated Press
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.

Dec. 12

Foster Care, Public Defense Among Justice Chambers' Legacies

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.

Dec. 12

Lawsuit Threatens $15 Minimum Wage At SeaTac Airport

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.

Dec. 11

Daughter Of Jailed Renton Woman: Mom Is Political Prisoner In Mexico

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.

Dec. 9

Steel boycott case headed for rare jury trial in January 2014 in Houston

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.

Dec. 8

Seattle council to vote on stronger whistle-blower protections

Seattle Times
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.

Dec. 5

Judge Finds Public Defense In Mount Vernon And Burlington Inadequate

"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.

Nov. 26

Family wants US woman detained in Mexico released

Washington Post
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.

Nov. 22

Human Trafficking

City Inside/Out
3L Yasmin Christopher and other human rights advocates answered questions about human trafficking in Washington and what can be done to stop it.

Oct. 31

Behind The Twelve (Unbiased, Diverse) People That Decide Trials

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.

Oct. 27

An inspirational odyssey: From Chattanooga to East Africa, with faith and love

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.

Oct. 15

Documentary offers personal stories of families struggling to avoid foreclosure

Seattle P-I
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.

Oct. 8

Seattle U. law school rated high in new survey

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.

Oct. 5

ACLU: Equal justice for poor remains unfulfilled in SC municipal courts

Island Packet
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."

Oct. 3

Kenya's Chance to Lead the Way

The Star
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.

Oct. 2

Seattle U. law school gets grant to improve public-defender system

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.


SU Law Launches Low Bono and Solo Initiative

Bar Bulletin
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.


SU Alaska J.D. Satellite Program Moves Ahead

Bar Bulletin
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.

Sept. 29

Police officials fear court ruling will have chilling effect on officers

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.

Sept. 24

Kent says it will ban recreational pot sales

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.

Sept. 16

Jason Puracal files petition against Nicaraguan government

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.

September 2013

Legal Incubators: Helping to Hatch Solo Practices

NW Lawyer
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.

Sept. 9

Meet The Trans Scholar Fighting Against The Campaign For Out Trans Military Service

Is military inclusion a top priority for the trans community? Professor Dean Spade says no.

Aug. 25

Guest: State and schools should deliver on supporting veterans

Seattle Times
Law school alum John Tymczyszyn writes that colleges and universities should follow Seattle University's proactive approach when supporting veterans in higher education.

Aug. 12

Symposium: McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission

Professor David Skover sets the stage for an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case about campaign finance restrictions.

Aug. 7

'What the Best Law Teachers Do'

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."

Aug. 6

What Can Be Done To Combat Racism On Juries?

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.

July 31

Gender Trenders: Changing Courses In College

What happens when a student at an all-female college changes gender? Professor Dean Spade says colleges should accommodate trans students.

July 29

The racial self-policing that African-American men already do

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."

July 22

What Supreme Court decisions could mean for the states

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.

July 1

King County: Throwing its public defense baby out with the bathwater?

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.

June 28

Affirmative Action’s Long, Slow Death

ACS Blog
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."

June 27

The Windsor & Perry Opinions Offer a Glass about Twenty-Five Percent Full

ACS Blog
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.

June 26

Local reaction to Supreme Court ruling on Defense of Marriage Act

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.

June 26

Supreme Court's DOMA ruling marks a historic day for gay couples in Washington

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.

June 26

Supremes dump DOMA: Score one for gay marriage

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.

June 19

Does Jailing Juveniles Lead To More Crime?

Professor Paul Holland is featured in this radio program about efforts to create alternatives to jail for youth offenders.

Justice statue, Sullivan Hall