Gonzalez Selected as Supreme Court Fellow

Carmen Gonzalez one of only four people chosen nationwide for the 2004-2005 academic year

Seattle University School of Law Associate Professor Carmen Gonzalez is one of only four people chosen nationwide for the 2004-2005 U.S. Supreme Court Fellows Program. Fellows are selected each academic year from a pool of highly qualified applicants, by a panel of lawyers and judges appointed by the Chief Justice. The program solicits professionals who are interested in improving both the operation of the federal judicial process and the public's understanding of it.

Fellows conduct research and participate in special projects in support of the work of the Supreme Court of the United States and the federal judiciary. Professor Gonzalez will work, among other projects, on assessing the relevance of transnational legal developments to U.S. judicial practice. Gonzalez will interact with judges and other foreign officials studying the American judicial system and the Supreme Court of the United States.

“Over the course of my legal career, I have had the good fortune to work on long-term and short-term legal reform projects in Latin America and in the former Soviet Union,” said Gonzalez. “This work has sparked an interest in the successes and failures of U.S.-sponsored rule of law programs in other countries. The Supreme Court fellowship will give me the opportunity to query foreign judges about this issue and to develop my own insights and understanding – bringing that knowledge to the classroom.”

Professor Gonzalez teaches torts, environmental law, international environmental law, and hazardous waste/toxics regulation at Seattle University. She has worked on environmental law projects in Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Ukraine, and Moldova, and served on an EPA team addressing U.S./Mexican border environmental issues. The Fulbright Scholar lectures and writes on the relationship between environmental law and the international trade regime. Gonzalez graduated magna cum laude from Yale University in 1985 and J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1988.

The Supreme Court Fellows Program was founded by Chief Justice Warren Burger in 1973. The program is administered by the Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Chief Justice in cooperation with the Federal Judicial Center, the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, the United States Sentencing Commission and the Supreme Court Historical Society. For more information, visit: www.fellows.supremecourtus.gov.

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