2003 News Archives

Items in the archive are preceded with the date they were removed from the main news page, and are listed in reverse chronological order.

Moot Court Teams Sweep Regional Competition Awards:
This past weekend our two Moot Court Teams participated in the National Western Regional Moot Court Competition at the University of Montana and came away with the three major awards: First Place and Best Brief went to Phil Kasin, Karen Schack, and Kimberlee Thornton. This team now advances to the National Finals in New York in February. Best Oralist went to John Prendergast on the team of Kelli Johnson, John Prendergast, and Chris Wyant. These three awards completed the sweep of the major awards for the Seattle University School of Law participants. The advisors for this competition were Professors Bond and Delong and alumna Shelby Frost. Laurel Oates provided the pre competition workshop. In addition, many faculty and alumni have supported the teams throughout the training process as pre competition judges. Please take the time to congratulate these students on their success.

Catalog Request Error:
Unfortunately from approximately November 21 through December 2 catalog requests were not logged. If you believe you may have requested a catalog during this timeframe, please re-request a catalog. We apologize for any inconvenience and/or delays.

Prospective Student Open House:
Come visit the Law School on December 17 to talk with the Admission's staff and current students, and to learn more about the School of Law. RSVP by December 12, attendance is limited to 75.

School of Law Initiates Mexico-U.S. Exchange Program:
Exchange visits by Mexican and U.S. judges and legal scholars will soon be facilitated by a new program underway at Seattle University. Based at the School of Law, the new effort has been named the Program on Mexico-U.S. Judicial and Scholar Interchanges. The interchange will be inaugurated October 10 with the visit to Seattle of Dr. Diego Valadés, Director of the prestigious Institute of Juridical Studies at the National Autonomous University of México (UNAM). Dr. Valadés’ lecture will compare the institutional roles in national governance of presidential cabinets in Mexico and the United States...(Mexico-U.S. Exchange Program)

PILF Summer Grantee Shares Tehran Experience with Nobel Laureate's Organization:
Mozhdeh Oskouian, 2L, a 2003 PILF grantee, spent her summer in Tehran, Iran, working for the Society for Protecting the Rights of the Child, an organization founded by Ms. Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian activist, and recipient of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize. Ms. Oskouian found that her experience working with Afghani refugee children surpassed her expectations…(Mozhdeh's Experiences)

Center on Corporations, Law & Society's Film Series:
The recently launched Center on Corporations, Law & Society successfully kicked off its Film Series on Thursday, October 29 with a viewing of "Secrets of Silicon Valley," a 2001 film that explores the hidden costs of the internet revolution. The Center was established in 2003 to foster non-partisan, interdisciplinary scholarship and dialogue about the extent to which corporations operate in a manner that maximizes their positive contributions while also protecting the interests of other stakeholders and public interest values. For more information about the Center and upcoming activities, visit the Center’s Web site.

ATJI Received Grant:
On October 2, the Access to Justice Institute received the official word that they have been funded for a $292,464 grant from the Department of Justice Violence Against Women Office. The grant is a part of the Legal Assistance to Victims program, and will establish a new project at ATJI that will serve battered women who have left their jobs due to DV or stalking, but have been denied unemployment benefits. The proposal was conceived in response to June 2002 legislation in Washington State that grants unemployment benefits to victims under these circumstances. The project will be carried out in conjunction with the Unemployment Law Project and several other legal service agencies and will include the addition of a full-time project attorney to the ATJI staff. The highly competitive application process took nearly a year to complete. This is the first time ATJI has been awarded federal funding...(ATJI Web site)

Dean Receives Honorary Degree:
Dean Rudolph C. Hasl has been selected to receive an Honorary Doctor of Law from the Far Eastern National University (FENU), the oldest and largest university in eastern Russia. Hasl was awarded the degree on September 30 in Vladivostok, Russia...(Russian Exchange Program)

Environmental Law Society Hosts Gubernatorial Candidate Phil Talmadge:
In an event hosted by the Environmental Law Society on October 2, Washington state gubernatorial candidate and former Washington State Supreme Court Justice Phil Talmadge addressed what he believes to be the current and future critical issues in environmental law. Talmadge has taught appellate advocacy at Seattle University School of Law and University of Washington School of Law...(Watch the Video)

Prospective Student Open House:
Come visit the Law School on October 25 to talk with the Admission's staff and current students, and to learn more about the School of Law.

Angelin Chang Gives Recital:
On September 5, Professor Angelin Chang gave a short recital at the School of Law. Dr. Chang is a colleague of our visiting faculty member, Tayyeb Mahmud, at Cleveland State...(Recital Story and Photos)

Law Library Receives Excellence in Marketing Award:
The Seattle University Law Library has been chosen as the recipient of the AALL 2003 Excellence in Marketing Award for Best Use of Technology. The award recognizes the newly redesigned Law Library Virtual Tour, which debuted in January of this year…(Virtual Tour Award)

Microsoft Warns of New Windows Flaw:
Software maker says security flaw is similar to one that hackers exploited to create Blaster worm. Microsoft Corporation warned computer users Wednesday about a new critical security hole in its Windows operating system that could allow an attacker to gain control over a computer, delete data and install unwanted programs. To help prevent continued virus outbreaks on campus, please make sure you download and install security patches from Microsoft...(Full Story from CNN)

Tablet PCs Now Available:
The School of Law is now offering students discounted pricing on Toshiba Tablet PCs in addition to the existing Dell purchase program. Tablet PCs are full featured laptops that offer pen-based computing in addition to a standard keyboard and mouse input. For more information, please see the Toshiba site and our PC purchase program site.

Prospective Student Open House:
Come visit the Law School on September 29 to talk with the Admission's staff and current students, and to learn more about the School of Law.

PILF Summer Journal Project: The School of Law is pleased to launch a new pilot program, an online journal venture featuring journal excerpts from various 2003 Public Interest Law Foundation summer grantees, based on their summer public interest work experience…(PILF Summer Journal Project)

Prospective Student Open House: Come visit the Law School on July 24 to talk with the Admission's staff, current students, and to learn more about the School of Law.

Access to Justice Pro Bono Internship Recipients Announced:
The Access to Justice Institute and Dorsey & Whitney LLP are pleased to announce the winners of the first ATJI Pro Bono Internship. The two recipients of the summer internship are Barbara McKinstry, 2L and Sophia Chao, 3L. Each student will receive $5,000 for their 8-week internship, in which they will assist Dorsey & Whitney attorneys working on pro bono cases. Barbara and Sophia were chosen among a pool of 28 students who originally applied for the internship. Of these 28, four students were chosen to interview with David Goodnight, Dorsey & Whitney's Pro Bono Partner, and Sudha Shetty. Mr. Goodnight was so impressed with everyone we interviewed that he had difficulty narrowing it down to just one student. With the generosity of Dorsey & Whitney, Seattle Partner in Charge Joe Gaffney and Dean Hasl, we were able to extend the internship to two students. Congratulations to Barbara and Sophia, and to the other two students who made such a positive impression on Mr. Goodnight and represented the School of Law so well.

8th Annual Bridge the Legal Research Gap
: Seattle University School of Law will host the annual Bridge the Legal Research Gap program on Thursday, June 19, 2003, from noon to 5 p.m. This free program, taught by law librarians from Seattle University Law Library and University of Washington Gallagher Law Library, is designed to give students a refresher course on key research skills needed for summer legal employment. Bring your lunch and enjoy an afternoon of learning. Registration is limited to 150 people, so sign up soon...(More information and registration)

Study Law in Alaska:
In cooperation with the University of Alaska Anchorage, Seattle University School of Law will offer classes in Anchorage, Alaska during the summer of 2003. Designed for law students at ABA-approved law schools who have an interest in exploring career options in Alaska, the program includes courses that examine aspects of Alaska law and practice in the context of traditional course offerings. Summer is the perfect time to visit Alaska, and Anchorage is the perfect place to start…(Alaska Summer Study)

Study Law in Seattle:
Seattle University School of Law has designed an expanded summer program for students at ABA-approved law schools who would like to study in the Northwest this summer. Summer is a great time to be in Seattle, to explore the exciting environs of the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier…(Seattle Summer Study)

Law Firm Hiring, Retention and Productivity: New Tools for Success
is a unique CLE for managing partners that will be presented at the Seattle University School of Law on Wednesday, May 21, 2003 from 1:00-5:45 p.m. in room C5. The program will focus on the importance for law firms to create a diverse workforce. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. and a reception will follow the CLE...(Online registration and more detailed information)

Virus Alert:
There’s a new virus currently circulating through e-mail and the Kazaa file sharing application. Most of the harmful files are blocked by the SU e-mail system but you may be unprotected elsewhere. Please be cautious about what you download and don’t open any attachments from people you don’t know. For more information or removal instructions, vist McAfee's Web site.

2003 Krug Award Winner:
J. Page Scott (3L) has been awarded the 2003 Mary Ellen Krug Award…(About the Award)

Graduation 2003:
The Spring 2003 graduation ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 17. The ceremony will begin at 1:00 p.m. at Safeco Field...(Graduation Information)

LRAP Awards Announced: The School of Law is pleased to announce the names of the inaugural Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) award recipients: Holly Johnson ('02), Maria Puccio ('01), and Karla Zamora ('01). Consistent with the School of Law's mission of preparing students who are committed to contributing to the common good by shaping an equitable legal system, the Loan Repayment Assistance Program assists graduates who choose full time public interest legal careers, and are licensed attorneys.

PILF Summer Grants Awarded:
In early April, 13 law students were notified that they had been chosen to receive 2003 grants to pursue public interest work…(PILF Awardees)

Barrister's Ball:
On Saturday, April 12, the Student Bar Association celebrated the conclusion to another school year with its Annual Barrister's Ball at the Four Seasons Olympic Hotel. With almost 400 people in attendance, the Barrister's Ball was a huge success and ushered in a new SBA administration. Photos from the event can be viewed at www.gradphoto.com.

Anonymous Donor Contributes to Summer Program:
It is with extraordinary pleasure that the School of Law announces that an anonymous donor has contributed another $550,000 to support the students in the Summer alternative admissions program. $500,000 will be added to the endowment, and the additional $50,000 will be available to provide scholarship support to the students this summer. The gift follows a specific request for funding to support the students in this program.

Future Lawyers Get a Look at Tools for Tomorrow's Law Office:
Some of the brightest minds in U.S. law schools work on law reviews, quarterly publications of scholarly legal writing. The students write and edit articles that shape the nation's legal fabric, providing analysis of recent court cases, legal theory, public policy and jurisprudence read extensively within the professional legal community...(Microsoft Press Release)

NCLR Conference Rousing Success:
The Seattle University Law Review hosted the National Conference of Law Reviews (NCLR) from March 26-29, 2003. Each year, NCLR provides an exciting opportunity for incoming and outgoing editors to share experiences toward the improvement of scholarly legal writing. This year's program emphasized two themes that personify the Seattle University School of Law: access to cutting-edge technology and a commitment to social justice. .

NCLR Conference Media Available:
Photos of this year's Thursday night Scribes Dinner and Saturday's closing dinner are available on our site, as well as a video of Professor Anne Enquist's Substantive and Technical Editing workshop.

Seattle Inn of Court Chapter Established:
Seattle University School of Law and University of Washington Law School have jointly established a Seattle Chapter of the American Inns of Court. The Inn is an educational and mentoring organization comprised of federal and state judges, practicing litigation attorneys representing a broad range of practice backgrounds and experiences, and law students. There will be places for twelve third year Seattle University Law Students in the Inn as of fall, 2003...(More About the Inn of Court)

Immigration Court Project's First Victory:
On April 8, Immigration Judge K. Josephson of the Executive Office for Immigration Review granted political asylum to our client, a young Russian woman who suffered severe persecution in the Russian Far East on account of her Jewish race and nationality. Congratulations to pro bono attorney Sooaa Yoo (2001 SU Law graduate) and student volunteers Jena Robinson, Jeremy Clason and Erin Hall. The case was so well-prepared and so strongly presented that the Department of Homeland Security has waived appeal of the judge’s decision. Thank you to all the faculty, staff, and students who have supported this project this year, and to Career Services for graciously letting us use their interview rooms.

Student-Faculty Forum on the Grutter v. Bollinger Affirmative Action Case:
On April 1, the same day as the oral arguments before the Supreme Court, approximately 250 law students and faculty held a school-wide forum on this historic case examining the constitutionality of law school policies that include race as a basis for admission. Audio transcripts of the oral arguments may be heard on C-SPAN's Web site.

Women of the Year Awards:
The Seattle University School of Law Women’s Law Caucus and the Washington Women’s Lawyer Foundation hosted their Washington’s Women of the Year awards on Thursday, March 6 at the School of Law. The reception honored the five women Supreme Court Justices from the State of Washington: Justices Faith Ireland, Barbara Madsen, Susan Owens, Mary Fairhurst, and Bobbe Bridge. Deans Rudy Hasl of Seattle University School of Law and Joe Knight of the University of Washington School of Law made welcoming comments. Chief Justice Gerry Alexander presented the awards and each of the recipients present made comments. Governor Gary Locke and several other dignitaries were also in attendance...(View the Comments)

Updated Library Virtual Tour Released:
The Law Library recently released a completely redesigned and updated Virtual Tour that was created using the latest Macromedia Flash technology. Please take a moment to look around our Library using the Flash-enhanced virtual tour...(Enter Virtual Tour or Read the Press Release)

The Seattle University Law School Releases a New Web Site Design:
The newly designed Web site raises the bar for all academic Web sites with its cutting edge use of XML technology, allowing users the choice of three versions: Flash, Standard HTML, and Text Only. And that’s not all. The new design includes not only a new look, but a new feel and new navigational features...(New Web Site Release)

PILF Cell Phone Drive:
Thanks to everyone who donated a cell phone to the drive! PILF was able to collect over 50 phones, and donate them to domestic violence victims. To stay abreast of upcoming projects, visit the PILF Web site.

NCLR Conference:
The Seattle University Law Review will host the National Conference of Law Reviews (NCLR) from March 26-29, 2003. Each year, NCLR provides an exciting opportunity for incoming and outgoing editors to share experiences toward the improvement of scholarly legal writing. This year, the conference will emphasize two themes that personify the Seattle University School of Law: access to cutting-edge technology and a commitment to social justice. Three compelling keynote speakers will highlight these themes.

Off Campus Seattle University Web Access Disrupted:
During the weekend of March 15, Seattle University's internet provider moved locations, and caused an unplanned outage to the Web site from off campus. Connection has been restored, but there could be some residual problems related to this downtime. If you are experiencing problems connecting to Web mail, the School of Law Web site, or other Seattle University Web resources from off campus, please read more about the Web downtime to reestablish your connection.

Takings Conference:
The Asian Pacific American Law Faculty and the Western Regional Law Teachers of Color will hold their second joint conference on March 21-23, 2003 at the Edgewater Hotel in Seattle, Washington. The joint conference immediately follows a one-day conference held by the APA beginning on March 20. All are welcome to attend each conference...

Mediation Competition Results:
The Dispute Resolution Board would like to congratulate all those who competed last Friday, March 14, in the Mediation Competition. Following is the list of winners for this year's competition: 1st Place: Collin McKean and Courtney Erwin, 2nd Place: Kathy Hardy and Kate Shaw, 3rd Place: Billy Jessee and Denise Farnsworth, 4th Place: Marcus Brown and Brandon Popovac, The top two teams will represent SU next year at the regional competition. Congratulations again to all those who competed!

Important Notice to Flash Users:
Macromedia has announced a security flaw in their Flash 6 Player. If you use Macromedia Flash, download the secure version of their latest Flash player immediately so that the security flaw cannot be exploited on your system. You can read the full story online. To download an updated, patched version of the Flash 6 Player, go to www.macromedia.com and click the downloads button. If it does not start automatically, click Flash Player and follow the instructions.

Human Trafficking Panel:
The International Law Society presents a discussion on International Human Trafficking with a distinguished panel of community leaders on Friday, March 14, from 6-8 p.m., in Pigott Hall room 103...(Trafficking Flyer)

SU Team Wins 2003 ATLA Regional Mock Trial Competition
that was held in Phoenix, Arizona on the weekend of March 1st. The team went 5-0, never losing a trial, and brought home to Seattle University the Regional Championship for Mock Trial in the Pacific Region. This means the team will be advancing to the Nationals in New Orleans on March 20-23...(Mock Trial Results)

The Seattle University Chapter of ABA/LSD made a huge impact at the annual meeting of the 12th circuit. Melody Crick was elected as the next Circuit Governor of the 12th Circuit and the SU Chapter was awarded three prestigious “Bronze Key” membership awards...

King County Superior Court Holdings Now Available: The holdings in Nelson v. Lozier Homes, presided over by Judge Mary Yu in the Fred H. Dore Courtroom at Seattle University School of Law, are now available…(Superior Court Holdings)

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