2005 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.

Holiday Closure:
The administrative offices of the Law School will be closed, with services unavailable, from Friday, December 23, until Tuesday, January 3. Enjoy the season and watch for news and updates in the new year.

Equal Justice Advocate Joins SU to Spearhead Legal Aid Training Program:
Ada Shen-Jaffe, an expert dedicated to providing quality legal services for all, is a distinguished public interest practitioner in residence. She also will advise the university provost on leadership development for a more just and humane world and will anchor the West Coast headquarters of Legal Aid University. Seattle University School of Law is the first law school in the nation to partner with Legal Aid University...(Legal Aid University Partnership)

Teams Take Top Honors at Negotiation Competition:
SU’s teams took first and fifth places in the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition in Missoula, Montana, the weekend of November 12. First-place winners Hagen Ganem and Jimmy Anderson will go on to represent SU and the Northwest Region in the ABA National Negotiation Competition in Chicago in February. Matt Johnson and John Fetters came in fifth. All four are first-year law students. The teams were coached by Professor Melinda Branscomb, along with Student Coach Davin Chin and Assistant Student Coach Andy Han.

Letter from Dean Testy Regarding Washington Bar Exam:
Please join me in congratulating the 175 SU Law graduates who passed the exam and will now enter the next phase of their legal careers. The overall pass rate for the State was 69%, and first-time applicants from SU passed at a rate of almost 74%...(Summer 2005 Bar Letter)

Seattle University School of Law Responds to Hurricane Katrina:
Seattle University School of Law expresses its sympathy, concern, and care to all those who have lost loved ones and are otherwise suffering from the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. The Seattle University Law community is responding to the disaster in several ways, including offering admission on a visiting student status to upper-level students displaced from the New Orleans law schools, offering to support displaced faculty from the New Orleans law school community in any way possible, internally working to support our own students from the affected region and assisting with numerous volunteer efforts with, and financial contributions to, organizations involved in hurricane relief efforts. Our deepest sympathies to our colleagues and fellow citizens at this time of great loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you...(SU Law Helps Katrina Victims)

In Memory of Professor George Nock:
Seattle University School of Law is deeply saddened by the sudden death of George Nock, a beloved professor at the law school from 1974-1997...(In Memory of Professor Nock)

Prospective Student Open House:
Come visit the Law School on Thursday, October 13 to talk with the current students and to learn more about the School of Law. We hope to keep this gathering intimate therefore space is limited to 50 people. Please RSVP in advance...

State Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments at School of Law:
On Tuesday, October 11, the State Supreme Court will hear oral arguments from three cases in the courtroom at the School of Law. All students are encouraged to attend. However, once the courtroom seating is filled to capacity, students will need to view the proceedings on the student lounge television, next to the sidebar. Judges in attendance will be: Chief Justice Gerry Alexander and Justices Charles W. Johnson, Barbara A. Madsen, Richard B. Sanders, Bobbe J. Bridge, Tom Chambers, Susan Owens, Mary Fairhurst and James M. Johnson...(Supreme Court Itinerary)

Schwartzbach as Distinguished Visitor at Law School:
Seattle University School of Law is pleased to announce that M. Gerald Schwartzbach will be a distinguished visitor of the law school in October. Mr. Schwartzbach will be at Seattle University School of Law the week of October 3, visiting specific classes, meeting with students, faculty and alumni during the week, followed by presenting “Planning and Preparing the Cross-Examination: An Afternoon with Robert Blake’s Attorney, M. Gerald Schwartzbach” for a Seattle University School of Law Continuing Legal Education seminar on Friday, October 7, from 1 to 4:15 p.m...(Schwartzbach Visit)

New Web Site Makes Legal Information Easier to Find:
Access to legal information is essential to the civic participation of Washington’s citizens, and a new Washington State Web site helps to connect the public to the information they need. Lawforwa.org, a public service of the Council on Public Legal Education, provides free public access to the law and legal information. The Web site’s easy to use search engine and menu give users quick access to a variety of legal resources. The Web site was created through a unique partnership that included the Seattle University School of Law, various units at the University of Washington, the Washington State Bar Foundation, and the Access to Justice Board. Development of the site was funded by the Paul G. Allen Foundation, and support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation allows the Web site to remain operational and available to the public...(WSBA Press Release)

Constitution Day Celebration:
Seattle University joins schools across the country to sponsor educational events focused on the U.S. Constitution. The Law School will sponsor an event that will engage some of law school's most distinguished scholars in a discussion around the issues inherent in balancing national security with protection of civil rights. The panelists will be Professors Margaret Chon, Christian Halliburton, David Skover and Professor Emeritus James Bond. The panel discussion will focus on a hypothetical policy to improve Homeland Security by installing cameras in a broad range of public places; expanding undercover infiltration operations into various domestic groups; and authorizing temporary detention of persons suspected of (1) membership in terrorist organizations; (2) plotting to commit terrorist acts; or (3) aiding either, financially or otherwise. Panel members will offer comment upon the constitutional implications of such a policy from their diverse perspectives, engaging the audience in a lively discussion of the Constitution and public policy. The panel discussion will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 22, in Room C6...(Constitution Day)

Judge Yu Motion Calendar at SU Law:
On Friday, September 16, Judge Mary Yu of the King County Superior Court will be holding her motion calendar in the law school courtroom. At present, arguments are scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., although the specific times may change. Students are asked to read Judge Yu's memorandum regarding courtroom etiquette and protocol prior to attending the hearings...(Motion Calendar and Courtroom Etiquette)

Prospective Student Workshop:
The School of Law will be hosting an information session for prospective students on Saturday, September 17 from 8:45 a.m. until noon. This session will cover general topics (the application process, financing your legal education, etc.) - and some specifics (such as how to make your application stand out from the rest). More information regarding the school's programs and tours of Sullivan Hall will be provided...

SU Law Faculty News:
A news digest of the scholarship, appointments, awards, accomplishments, and professional activities of the faculty of the School of Law...(SU Law Faculty News)

New Faculty for 2005-2006:
The School of Law is pleased to announce changes to its faculty ranks for the 2005-2006 academic year…(New Faculty Profiles)

PILF Summer Journal Project:
The School of Law is pleased to announce the third annual “What I Did for My Summer Vacation” Journals, an online journal venture featuring excerpts from various 2005 Public Interest Law Foundation summer grantees, based on their summer public interest work experience…(PILF Journal Entries)

Prospective Student Open House:
Come visit the Law School on Thursday, August 4 or Thursday, August 11 to talk with the Admission's staff and current students, and to learn more about the School of Law. We hope to keep this gathering intimate therefore space is limited to 30 people per session. Please RSVP by Tuesday, August 2...

King County Washington Women Lawyers Recognize Dean Testy and Sudha Shetty:
Dean Kellye Y. Testy was awarded the President’s Award by the King County Washington Women Lawyers at their 2005 Judicial Appreciation and Honors Luncheon on June 15. Also honored was Sudha Shetty, Director of the Access to Justice Institute at Seattle University School of Law. Sudha received the award for Special Contribution to the Judiciary. Other awards included Judge of the Year: Judge Michael Spearman and Vanguard Award: Judge Glenna Hall, who is an Adjunct Faculty member at SU School of Law. The purpose of the Judicial Appreciation Luncheon is to honor women members of the judiciary and to give special awards to individuals who have made contributions to the integration of women and minorities into the legal profession. The King County Chapter of Washington Women Lawyers (KCWWL) was founded in the 1970’s and is devoted to the interests of women attorneys and judges in Washington State and strives to further the full integration of women in the legal profession, promote equal rights and opportunities for women and prevent discrimination. KCWWL specific goals include: enhance the recognition and effectiveness of women lawyers and judges in the professional community; increase interaction between women lawyers of diverse backgrounds and practices; and provide a forum for informing members and the community about issues of social and legal concern to women.

SU Law Students Share Online Journals:
This year, several law students are helping us launch an ongoing online journal venture where they will chronicle their law school experiences and share them via the Web with prospective law students and the SU law school community...(Read the Student Diaries)

Cheney Named 2005 Winner of the Spirit of Law Librarianship Award:
The award committee is pleased to announce that Kristin A. Cheney, Executive Law Librarian at Seattle University Law Library, is this year's recipient of the Spirit of Law Librarianship Award for outstanding contributions in serving the elderly and their pets in Pierce County, Washington. In 1998, Ms. Cheney established the Seniors With Pets Assistance (SWP) Program www.seniorswithpets.org, which provides vital support to low income seniors with pets. Ms. Cheney developed the program due to her passionate belief that seniors like all others should be able to benefit from the friendship and companionship of a pet. It is the only service of its kind in the Puget Sound region and serves as a model for similar volunteer efforts in other areas. Ms. Cheney will be honored at a ceremony at AALL's Annual Meeting, to be held this summer in San Antonio. This award is given to a law librarian, or group of librarians, who have used their position and skills as a law librarian to make a meaningful contribution to a social cause, or used their professional training in service of others in some significant way...(Law Librarianship Award Information)

Successful First Installment of Tenth Annual Bridge the Legal Research Gap:
On May 25, the law libraries of Seattle University and University of Washington offered the first installment of their popular half-day free legal research program to over 80 summer associates and law clerks working in the Seattle area this summer. One attendee wrote to say "This was a valuable experience that I highly recommend to all of my fellow Law Clerks." The workshop covered Research in the Real World, Legislative History Research, Administrative Law Research, Advanced Internet Legal Research, and Lawyer's Practice Materials. If you missed this first offering, the program will be repeated on Tuesday, June 21 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the University of Washington School of Law, William H. Gates Hall...(Registration Now Open)

School of Law Ranks Among Top Graduate Schools:
In its 2006 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Seattle University School of Law’s Legal Writing program as number one in the country. Seattle shares the number one ranking with Mercer Law School’s legal writing program. In the same U.S. News issue, Seattle’s Trial Advocacy program was ranked fifth in the country. In ranking specialty programs, U.S. News uses peer review from faculty who teach in the field. Overall, the Law School continues to be ranked in the top 100 law schools in the country...(Rankings Press Release)

Washington State Supreme Court Adopts Access to Justice Technology Principles:
On May 20, 2005 at Seattle University School of Law, the Washington State Access to Justice Technology Bill of Rights Committee celebrated the Washington State Supreme Court's adoption of the Access to Justice Technology Principles. That Order, No. 25700-B-449, is the first of its kind in the U.S. and sets forth fundamental principles to guide the use of technology in the justice system to prevent barriers to access. Key speakers at the event included the Honorable Gerry Alexander, Chief Justice of the Washington State Supreme Court; the Honorable Rob McKenna, Attorney General of Washington State; the Honorable Jorge Madrazo, Consul General of the Republic of Mexico; Jean Holcomb, King County Law Librarian; and the Honorable Donald Horowitz, Chair of the Access to Justice Technology Bill of Rights Committee...(Event Photos)

Graduation 2005:
The Spring 2005 graduation ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 14. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at Safeco Field...(Graduation Information)

Tenure for Law School Faculty Members:
The School of Law is pleased to announce that the President of Seattle University, Father Stephen V. Sundborg, SJ, has conferred tenure, effective fall 2005, on three of our law school faculty: Associate Professor Carmen Gonzalez, Associate Professor Catherine O’Neill, and Associate Professor Gregory Silverman. Please join us in extending our congratulations to these three outstanding faculty members...(New Tenured Faculty)

Shetty to Receive 2005 NALP Award of Distinction for Public Service:
Ms. Sudha Shetty, Director of our Access to Justice Institute, has been selected to receive the 2005 NALP Award of Distinction for Public Service. NALP is the National Association for Law Placement. According to the chair of the selection committee, Sudha was selected for the award “in recognition of [her] work with the Access to Justice Institute, and [her] cooperative work with community-based legal organizations and in-house legal service projects, which are dedicated to the promotion of the public good.” Sudha will receive this award Wednesday, April 20 at the NALP Annual Education Conference in Chicago. Dean Deming and our career services staff, including Director Erika Lim who is active in NALP, will attend the conference, and the award will be presented to Sudha during the opening plenary session. This conference is widely attended by the nation’s largest employers, and thus this will be an excellent opportunity to enhance the law school’s visibility and reputation. Please join us in congratulating Sudha on this achievement and recognition.

Upcoming Symposiums: Mexico-U.S. Exchange:
Several symposiums on legal issues concerning Mexico’s relationships with the United States have been scheduled for January, March, and April of 2005. Experts on Mexico will be featured speakers in events sponsored by the School of Law’s México U.S. Program on Academic and Judicial Exchanges (México-U.S Programma de Intercambios de Académicos y Magistrados)...(Mexico-U.S. Exchange Program)

Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction:
On Friday, April 22, the Seattle University School of Law Access to Justice Institute will present a program to discuss the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and its impact on battered mothers and their children seeking safety in the U.S. The Convention was drafted at The Hague, the Netherlands, in 1980 and put into effect in the U.S. through passage of the International Child Abduction Remedies Act (“ICARA”) passed by Congress in July 1988. Countries party to the Convention are expected to help quickly return abducted children to their country of habitual residence, where other issues, such as custody, can be resolved by local jurisdictions...(International Child Abduction)

Woman of the Year Award:
In celebration of Women’s History Month, Seattle University School of Law recently presented the annual Women’s Law Caucus Woman of the Year Award to Governor Christine Gregoire at the fifth annual award ceremony and reception in Sullivan Hall, on the Seattle University campus, on Monday, March 28. The award celebrates the accomplishments of women for their leadership, their work on a myriad of women’s issues, and their place as role models for young women across the state...(Woman of the Year Award)

Where's My Vote? Lessons Learned from Washington State's Gubernatorial Election:
The experience of the last two presidential elections and Washington State’s gubernatorial election has made many worry. Did my vote count? Was the process fair? Why is the election out of the hands of the voters and now in the court system? Do we need to reform our election process? To address these concerns, Seattle University School of Law and the Seattle University Law Review are sponsoring an election reform symposium on Saturday, April 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The purpose of the symposium is to discuss the events surrounding the State’s gubernatorial election and to review potential election reforms...

New Dean Takes Office at School of Law:
Kellye Y. Testy, selected in December to lead Seattle University’s School of Law, takes office on Monday, February 14, 2005. She succeeds Rudolph C. Hasl, who has served as dean for the past five years. A member of the law faculty, Hasl will serve as a Senior Advisor to Dean Testy for the balance of the academic year...(New Dean Takes Office)

Lawyering and Leadership:
On Friday, April 1 from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., the law school continues its successful Hope for the Profession and the Practitioner series with an all-day CLE that will focus on Lawyering and Leadership. At a time when the legal system is redefining itself to find ways to be more responsive to both client and lawyer needs, lawyer leadership is needed...(Lawyering and Leadership)

Film Presentation of Tying the Knot:
The Women's Law Caucus is sponsoring this presentation of Tying the Knot, along with co-sponsors PILF and OUTLAWS; this is the third of a short film series. Tying the Knot digs deeply into the meaning of marriage today. From an historical trip to the Middle Ages, to gay hippies storming the Manhattan marriage bureau in 1971, this eye-opening exploration of the embattled institution looks at rights, privilege and love as gay activists and right-wing politicos lock horns in the fight for marriage. Please join us in Wycoff Auditorium on Wednesday, March 30 at 5 p.m...(Film Series Announcement)

Film Presentation of The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter:
The Women's Law Caucus is sponsoring this presentation of The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter, along with co-sponsors PILF and LELA; this is the second of a short film series. This documentary presents the women's experiences as they developed during WWII, and after, when the men came marching home. Lives of several women are juxtaposed with government propaganda films which told women to be war workers and then "return to their homes" after the war was over. Please join us in Wycoff Auditorium on Wednesday, March 23 at 5 p.m....(Film Series Announcement)

The Judges' Benchguide on Sexual Orientation and the Law:
The Judges' Benchguide was produced by Seattle University Law School for a Gender and Justice Commission judicial education program in 2004. For further information, contact: Gloria C. Hemmen, Gender and Justice Commission Executive Director, Administrative Office of the Courts, P.O. Box 41170, Olympia, WA 98504. Phone: (360) 705.5290. Web: www.courts.wa.gov...(Judges' Benchguide on Sexual Orientation and the Law)

Notes from South Africa:
Seattle University law student Matthew Burnett’s experiences during a spring semester 2005, Judicial externship with the Constitutional Court of South Africa...(Externship in South Africa)

Film Presentation of Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice:
The Women's Law Caucus is sponsoring this PBS Documentary, Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice, along with co-sponsors PILF and BLSA; this is the first of a short film series. The film will be introduced by Dean Kellye Testy and will be followed by a moderated discussion by Professor Christian Halliburton. Please join us in Wycoff Auditorium on Wednesday, March 9 at 5 p.m. Wells was an African-American teacher and journalist, and worked through the NACW and NAACP to secure anti-lynching legislation in the 1890's...(Film Series Announcement)

New Dean Announced:
Seattle University School of Law is pleased to announce that Kellye Testy has been named as the next Dean of the School of Law. Dean Testy currently serves as the law school's Associate Dean for Academic Administration and Faculty Director of the Center on Corporations, Law and Society...(Dean Appointment Press Release)

Summit Borrowing Now Live:
In January, the Seattle University's Lemieux and Law libraries launched a new service called "Summit Borrowing". This services provides access to over 27 million books, DVDs, videotapes, sound recordings, government documents and significantly expands access to resources for faculty and student research. Direct borrowing is available to students and faculty at member institutions and materials will be delivered to campus from member libraries within 2 - 3 business days. Summit is the shared Web-based library catalog of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium of 31 colleges and universities in Washington and Oregon. The online catalog, Summit, is easy to use and with a single search, a patron can quickly determine what member libraries own and which items are currently available. You’ll find a link to the Summit catalog, a graphic image resembling a mountain range on the SU Law Library catalog. For more information, read the FAQ or contact the Seattle University Law Library at (206) 398.4221.

Judge Mary Yu to Hear Motions at Law School:
Judge Mary Yu of the King County Superior Court will be hearing motions in the law school courtroom from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Friday morning, January 28, 2005. At present, the calendar includes a motion to certify a class, as well as two or three motions for summary judgment. The law school community is invited to observe. Information about the arguments, including the docket, summary of the cases, and the court’s expectations of those in attendance, will be posted here as available. This is a unique opportunity that is being provided by Judge Yu, her staff, and counsel, and we hope you will attend...(Judge Yu's Related Documents)

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A news digest of the scholarship, appointments, awards, accomplishments, and professional activities of the faculty of the School of Law...(SU Law Faculty News)

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