2013 Archives

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. 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

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.

May 31

Income-Based Diversity Lags at Many Public Universities

The New York Times
Efforts to replace affirmative action with programs that identify and nurture promising poor students are still largely nonexistent, comments Professor Deirdre Bowen.

May 30

Former U.S. attorney John McKay to aid Palestinian courts

The Seattle Times
John McKay, former U.S. Attorney and professor at Seattle University School of Law, will lead a State Department team implementing rule of law programs in the West Bank.

May 28

Is Seattle Being Buzzed By Drone-Equipped Peeping Toms?

Professor Deborah Ahrens discusses the legal implications of civilians using drone-mounted cameras on public property.

May 28

The TJRC Report: We Need To Hear All The Voices

The Star
In an op-ed piece for Kenya's third largest newspaper, Professor Ron Slye discusses reaction to the release of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission's Final Report. Slye is a former commissioner with the TJRC.

May 13

Is a More Humane Border Policy Possible?

ABC News / Univision
Law professor Steven Bender says a solution to the tension between immigration agents and detainees should stem from a change in the way immigrants are viewed, and not from policy tweaks.

May 13

The Academic Feminist: Women of Color, Racism and Resilience in Academia

Professor Carmen González explains how women of color in academia build resilience based on the discrimination they've faced.

May 9

Leading activist talks discrimination

The Dartmouth
In a lecture at Dartmouth College, Professor Dean Spade explains why the legal system is ineffective in alleviating discrimination against underprivileged groups.

May 2

Kenya TJR Commissioner Ron Slye says report on political violence can heal

BBC World Service Radio Newsday
Professor Ron Slye, former commissioner with the Truth, Justice & Reconciliation Commission in Kenya, hopes the commission's upcoming report helps Kenyans know they're not alone.

May 2

Overcoming trauma, women reach new heights

Northwest Asian Weekly
Law student Yasmin Christopher, who survived human trafficking as a child, will be honored at the Women of Courage Luncheon.

May 1

51% The Women's Perspective

WAMC Northeast Public Radio
What if you went to work every day knowing you would be presumed incompetent? Professor Carmen Gonzalez answers that question and talks about bias against women of color in academia.

May 1

Annette Clark Named SU Law Dean

Bar Bulletin
Professor Annette Clark, a 1989 graduate of Seattle University School of Law and a highly accomplished scholar, teacher and administrator, will be the law school's next dean, effective July 1.

May 1

SU Fellowship Forwards Work To Stop Wage Theft

Bar Bulletin
Recognizing Diego Rondon Ichikawa's commitment to ending wage theft, Seattle University School of Law has awarded him the 2013 Leadership for Justice Fellowship.

April 30

Seattle still fighting for an NBA team

Professor Jack Kirkwood talked with Essex Porter of KIRO TV about whether Chris Hansen and his group have an anti-trust case with the NBA.

April 30

Unionization push by PLU faculty could have national implications

Assistant Professor Charlotte Garden explains how new rules could block unionization efforts at religious colleges and universities.

April 18

Defending the defenders

Real Change
In this article about non-profit public defender agencies becoming part of King County government, Professor From Practice Robert Boruchowitz offers options to allow the agencies to retain independence.

April 10

Immigration reform: It's not just for men anymore

Law school student Yasmin Christopher is featured in this piece about efforts to frame immigration reform as a women's issue.

April 8

Four Burning Questions for Dean Spade, professor, lawyer, civil rights activist

McGill Reporter
Professor Dean Spade talks about why his advocacy work focuses on poverty and racism.

April 3

Resistance to Reform

KPFA, Against the Grain
When it comes to hate crime, is more legislation the answer? Professor Dean Spade argues that putting more laws on the books may only detract from efforts to achieve real racial and social justice.

March 29

What will Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decisions mean for WA?

Professor Julie Shapiro offers her thoughts on the U.S. Supreme Court cases dealing with same-sex marriage and the implications for Washington, where same-sex marriage is already legal.

March 26

Who Has the Right to Mine an Asteroid?

Popular Mechanics
Andrew G. Tingkang '12 and his article in the Seattle University Law Review are cited in this piece about asteroid mining rights and the future of space law.

March 23

Conservatives cry ‘activism’ after losing pair of major court cases

Seattle Times
John Strait, Associate Professor of Law, weighs in on whether recent controversial rulings by the Washington Supreme Court constitute judicial activism.

March 18

50 years later, fulfilling right to counsel

Robert C. Boruchowitz, Professor from Practice, joined Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson in this editorial about the state of public defense 50 years after Gideon v. Wainwright.

March 6

25th Anniversary of Civil Liberties Act Marks New Redress Opportunities

International Examiner
Lori Bannai, director of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, spoke at "A Day of Remembrance" to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the enactment of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988.

March 1

Lawyers Giving Back

ABA Journal
Seattle University School of Law's financial literacy training for at-risk high school students is featured in this photo spread.

March 1

SU Mental Health Court Clinic Plays Critical Role

Bar Bulletin
The Mental Health Court Clinic at Seattle University School of Law is featured for its groundbreaking efforts to train and inspire lawyers to practice in this important area of the law.

March 1

SU Law Student Argues Before Ninth Circuit

Bar Bulletin
Will Witherspoon, a fourth-year student at Seattle University School of Law, is featured in this story about his rare opportunity to argue before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

March 1

SU Law School Sets 40th Anniversary Fete

Bar Bulletin
The King County Bar Association announces Seattle University School of Law's 40th anniversary celebration.

Feb. 25

The Onion's hipster misogyny

"Words That Wound," Professor Richard Delgado's groundbreaking law research paper on hate speech, is cited in this story about an offensive tweet targeting African American actress Quvenzhané Wallis.

Feb. 25

U.S. Justice Department selects Auburn judge to lead international training

Auburn Reporter
Adjunct professor Matt Williams will conduct anti-corruption and counter human trafficking training for judges and prosecutors in Albania.

Feb. 19

Today in history

HuffPost Live
Professor Lorraine Bannai takes part in a discussion about the 71st anniversary of the signing of the order that led to the Japanese American internment.

Feb. 18

Cruise passengers wave goodbye to rights once ship sails

KING 5 News
Professor Sidney DeLong says cruise ship contracts strip passengers of many legal rights, even when the cruise becomes a disaster.

Feb. 16

Putting a face on human trafficking

Seattle Times
Student Yasmin Christopher details the suffering she and her family faced while held captive on a remote farm by her father, after being brought to the United States from Bangladesh.

Jan. 31

Seattle law dean leaving after three years

The National Law Journal
Mark Niles, dean of Seattle University School of Law, announces his plan to step down and return to Washington, D.C.

Jan. 7

New rules for disputes with American Express and Instagram

Life Inc., The Today Show
Adjunct professor Paula Selis explains the drawbacks of dealing with an arbitration company when a consumer has a dispute with a company.


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