2014 Archives

Dec. 10

ABA OKs First Outpost of Legal Academia in Alaska

National Law Journal
Several media organizations covered news that the American Bar Association had approved the law school's plans for a satellite campus in Anchorage, including the National Law Journal and Alaska Business Monthly.

Nov. 26

Bank gives financial relief to families affected by Oso mudslide

The Everett Herald
Professor Bryan Adamson, an expert in consumer protection, explains the tax ramifications for Snohomish County families that receive loan forgiveness after a devastating mudslide.

Nov. 25

Steel boycott defendants exit case; 'rare' USD 156m verdict pending appeal

Policy and Regulatory Report
Antitrust expert Professor John Kirkwood offers insights on the MM Steel boycott case in the wake of a settlement with two steel service centers.

Nov. 25

Guest: After Ferguson, crawl out of safe comfort zones

The Seattle Times
In an op-ed piece, Professor Bryan Adamson urges readers to leave their comfort zones and talk to one another about racism after a racially charged killing in Ferguson, Missouri.

Nov. 13

Battle for trans equality in the military

Al Jazeera
Professor Dean Spade joins a discussion on a program called The Stream about U.S. policies banning transgender people from serving in the armed forces.

Nov. 13

King County's Proposed Cuts to Department of Public Defense Threatens a Crucial Safety Net

The Stranger
Professor from Practice Bob Boruchowitz says King County budget cuts threaten a long history of effective legal representation for the poor people who need public defense.

Nov. 13

U.S. Supreme Court should uphold promises made to retirees

Alliance for Justice
In a guest blog post, Professor Charlotte Garden offers her thoughts on a Supreme Court case dealing with bargained-for, but expensive, retiree health benefits.

Nov. 7

Gov. Inslee announces appointment of Gretchen Leanderson to Pierce County Superior Court

Office of the Attorney General
Gov. Jay Inslee appointed 1987 alum Gretchen Leanderson to Pierce County Superior Court. Leanderson has served in the Washington State Office of the Attorney General since 1988.

Nov. 7

A.C.L.U. in $50 Million Push to Reduce Jail Sentences

The New York Times
Alison Holcomb, an adjunct professor and criminal justice director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, will lead a national effort to reform criminal sentencing and reduce mass incarceration.

Sept. 22

Evidence in Taiwanese auto parts litigation suggests no whistleblowers

Policy and Regulatory Report
Antitrust expert Professor John Kirkwood is quoted in this article about a Taiwanese sheet metal auto parts company accused of price fixing and anti-competitive conduct.

Sept. 19

Seattle market rebounds, foreclosure remains in the API community

Northwest Asian Weekly
Law student Diana Chen wrote this commentary about her work with the law school's Foreclosure Mediation Outreach Project, and how her community's suffering inspired her to go to law school.

Sept. 18

Can the Ray Rice domestic violence incident lead to more survivors?

The Seattle Times
In an opinion piece about social media's role in the prevention of domestic violence, writer Blanca Torres quotes Professor Sara Ainsworth about the legal protections available to victims of violence.

Sept. 18

NYCLU Report on Public Defense Provides Fuel for Trial

New York Law Journal
Professor from Practice Bob Boruchowitz will be one of three expert witnesses in an upcoming trial in which the New York Civil Liberties Union challenges the constitutionality of New York state's public defense system.

Sept. 17

John McKay thinks Ireland's experience might help Palestine

The Seattle Times
Columnist Jerry Large describes Professor John McKay's thoughts on peace in the Middle East.

Sept. 17

John McKay Evolves Once More Into a Passionate Advocate for Palestinians

Seattle Weekly
Visiting Professor John McKay returned to campus and offered a powerful, personal recounting of his experiences implementing the rule of law in Palestine.

Sept. 1

Home-care aides don't owe union fees, but court stops short of overruling a key precedent

ABA Journal
Labor law experts are divided on whether the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Harris v. Quinn invites further challenges to organized labor's ability to collect fees. Professor Charlotte Garden offers her opinion that it does not.

Aug. 21

Education: Class-size reduction necessary to McCleary compliance

The Seattle Times
In this letter to the editor, James Rosenfeld, director of Education Law Programs at Seattle University School of Law, refuted an earlier editorial in the newspaper and clarified that a state Supreme Court ruling will in fact require smaller class sizes in Washington classrooms.

July 28

Is it the Fish, or the Water?

The Olympian
In this opinion piece, writer Emily Lardner echoes Professor Catherine O'Neill's concerns that Gov. Jay Inslee's plan to increase the daily fish consumption rate won't really help make Washington's water any cleaner.

July 25

Simon Property Group case highlights rare 'tying' claim

Policy and Regulatory Report
Antitrust expert Professor John Kirkwood, consulting on a case against a mall developer, called it a good example of an entity exerting its market power over a rival by pressuring their potentially shared customers to prefer its goods or services.


Seattle U Moves Forward with Anchorage Satellite

Bar Bulletin
In another major step toward bringing legal education to Alaska, Seattle University School of Law has reached an agreement to house its satellite campus at Alaska Pacific University (APU).


SU Trial Advocacy Institute Trains New Generation

Bar Bulletin
Twenty lawyers had the opportunity to receive in-depth training and personalized critiques from some of the Puget Sound area's best trial attorneys and judges during the inaugural Advanced Trial Advocacy Institute at Seattle University School of Law in June.


Low Bono: Serving Those with Real Needs but Limited Means

NW Lawyer
Nearly 1 million potential clients in Washington State have real legal needs but limited means. Incubator programs like ours help serve that population. Diana Singleton, director of the Access to Justice Institute, co-wrote this article.

July 14

Give Them an Inch … And They'll Take Twenty Years

Professor Catherine O'Neill finds a major flaw in Gov. Jay Inslee's plan to update Washington State's water quality standards, writing that "what appears to be a significant step forward ... is nearly undermined by a significant step backward."

July 2

Harris v. Quinn symposium: Decision will affect workers & limit states’ ability to effectively manage their workforces

Professor Charlotte Garden offered analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the labor law case Harris v. Quinn for several media outlets, including SCOTUSblog (linked above), KPCC public radio in Los Angeles, KPLU and KUOW in Seattle, Crosscut, Wonkblog (Washington Post), and ACSblog.

June 20

Outcome of Boeing-SPEEA dispute could have major implications

Everett Herald
Professor Charlotte Garden explained the labor law concepts behind an unfair labor dispute between Boeing and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace.

June 20

Chinese law student seeks to help others

NW Asian Weekly
Born and raised in southwest China, Emilia Liu hopes that a law degree from Seattle University School of Law will help her build a career in social justice.

June 20

What One Former U.S. Attorney Knows Now About Making Her Case

Recent graduate Philip Chinn chats with former U.S. Attorney Kate Pflaumer about the joys and challenges of litigation in a special KPLU-FM series, "Senior Thesis."

June 17

Support Grows for Renton’s Nestora Salgado, Imprisoned in Mexico, Victim of Machismo

Seattle Weekly
Rep. Adam Smith and Professor Thomas Antkowiak of the law school's International Human Rights Clinic renewed an ongoing plea for the release of Renton woman Nestora Salgado, help illegally in a Mexican prison. A press conference at the law school received wide attention in the media, including the Seattle Weekly (linked above), KOMO 4, The Stand, and KPLU.

June 11, 2014

Seattle University Plans Branch Law Campus in Alaska

National Law Journal
The law school's plan to house a satellite campus at Alaska Pacific University, where students could spend summers and the entire third year of law school, was covered widely in the media. Stories appeared in the National Law Journal (above), the Anchorage Daily News, The Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.), Your Alaska Link, and the Alaska Dispatch.

June 9, 2014

Women’s Colleges Are on the Wrong Side of History on Transgender Women

Professor Dean Spade explains why women's colleges should admit transgender women, calling refusal a "fundamental denial of trans people's identities."


But I Have a J.D.! Kickstarting Your Career with a Nontraditional Legal Job

NW Lawyer
Angeline Thomas, staff attorney with the Access to Justice Institute's Foreclosure Mediation Outreach Project, says the right non-traditional job can be rewarding and educational.

June 5, 2014

Liberty Christian Academy seeks level playing field for school athletic teams

Policy and Regulatory Report
Professor John Kirkwood comments on a case in Virginia, in which a Christian school alleges that a Virginia High School League (VHSL) ban on athletic competition between public and nonpublic schools constitutes a boycott of non-public high schools.

June 2, 2014

Fight Amazon by recognizing its teeth

Al Jazeera America
Antitrust expert Professor John Kirkwood explains that laws meant to prevent anti-competitive business behavior exist but aren't enforced anymore. His thoughts provided background to a piece about online retailer Amazon and its dispute with Hachette Book Group.

May 19, 2014

United Biologics' boycott case may not trigger antitrust claim

Policy and Regulatory Report
Professor John Kirkwood told an industry journal that United Biologics faces an uphill fight to prove that board-certified allergists in Texas engaged in an illegal boycott against them.

May 16, 2014

Guest: Protect water and health by updating state’s fish-consumption rate

Seattle Times
Professor Catherine O’Neill argues that Washington state should make water-quality standards more protective of health by adjusting the fish-consumption rate.

April 20, 2014

How to lighten slide victims' financial burden

Everett Herald
Professor Bryan Adamson offers his thoughts on how Oso mudslide survivors can navigate the legal and financial challenges ahead.

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 9, 2014

'It was like a horror movie' – the undocumented Latinos living in fear

The Guardian
Our law students' report, Terror in Twilight, about fear and intimidation faced by Latinos living on the Olympic Peninsula, is highlighted in this gripping article.

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."


The best schools for public interest law

National Jurist
Seattle University School of Law ranked #18 on this magazine's list of the top schools for public interest law.

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.

Amy Pritchard '09, and Stacey Lara, Center for Professional Development