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.

Professor Carmen G. Gonzalez holds a B.A. in political science from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She practiced law for many years in the private sector and in government before joining the faculty of Seattle University School of Law in 1999. Following graduation from law school, Professor Gonzalez clerked for Judge Thelton E. Henderson of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. From 1994-1998, she was assistant regional counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in San Francisco, California. In addition to her experience in U.S. environmental law, Professor Gonzalez has worked on environmental law projects in Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Ukraine and Moldova.

In 1998, Professor Gonzalez was a Fulbright Scholar in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she taught international environmental law. During 2004-2005, Professor Gonzalez is serving as one of four Supreme Court fellows selected by a distinguished panel of lawyers and judges appointed by the Chief Justice. Professor Gonzalez teaches Torts, Environmental Law, Hazardous Waste and Toxics Regulation, and International Environmental Law. Her scholarship focuses on the relationship among international trade law, environmental protection, and economic development. Her articles include Seasons of Resistance: Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security in Cuba, 16 Tul. Envtl. L.J. 685 (2003); Institutional Inequality: The WTO Agreement on Agriculture, 27 Colum. J. Envtl. L. 433 (2002); and Beyond Eco-Imperialism: An Environmental Justice Critique of Free Trade, 78 Denv. U.L. Rev. 979 (2001).

Professor Catherine O’Neill teaches in the areas of environmental justice, environmental law, natural resources law, and property. Her work considers questions of risk and justice in environmental policy, focusing in particular on issues of environmental justice for Native peoples. She has published numerous articles in the areas of environmental justice and environmental policy, including Variable Justice: Environmental Standards, Contaminated Fish, and “Acceptable” Risk to Native Peoples, 19 Stan. Envtl. L. J. 3 (2001); Risk Avoidance, Cultural Discrimination, and Environmental Justice for Indigenous Peoples, 30 Ecology L. Q. 1 (2003); and, most recently, Mercury, Risk and Justice, 34 Envtl. L. Rep. 11,070 (2004). Professor O’Neill has testified before a congressional subcommittee on mercury regulation. She is a Member Scholar at the Center for Progressive Regulation, a group of university-affiliated academics who work to inform public debate on environment, health and safety regulation. Professor O’Neill has worked on issues of environmental justice with various tribes, advisory committees, and grassroots environmental justice groups, among them the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, the Fish Consumption Workgroup of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, and Tucson’s Environmental Justice Action Group.

Professor O’Neill received her J.D. from the University of Chicago, and her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. Following graduation from law school, she was named a Ford Foundation Graduate Fellow in Public International Law at Harvard Law School. She then worked for the Washington State Department of Ecology as an Air Quality Planner and Air Toxics Coordinator. Prior to joining the faculty at Seattle University in 2001, Professor O’Neill taught at the University of Washington and the University of Arizona.

Professor Gregory Silverman joined the Seattle University faculty in 1999. He teaches Electronic Commerce, Intellectual Property, Property, and Jurisprudence. Professor Silverman received his A.B. cum laude from Vassar College in 1978; he was a Graduate Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1978-79; and he received his M.A. (1984), M.Phil. (1991) and J.D. (1987) from Columbia University, where he was a President’s Fellow; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; and a member of the Columbia Law Review. After law school, Professor Silverman clerked for Judge Raymond J. Pettine, U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts; U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts; and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Professor Silverman was managing partner for the Cape Cod-area law firm of Kearney & Silverman from 1991-97, where he practiced admiralty defense, corporate, intellectual property, estate planning, and civil litigation, and played a significant role in the largest fisheries fraud litigation in American history. He was a Bigelow Fellow and lecturer in law at the University of Chicago School of Law from 1997-99. A former Max Rheinstein Research Fellow, Professor Silverman was a summer associate for the Manhattan law firm of Cahill, Gordon & Reindel. He is an enrolled member of the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut. Professor Silverman has also coauthored two books, Internet Commerce, The Emerging Legal Framework, and Intellectual Property and the Internet, and several articles in journals such as the Connecticut Law Review and Columbia Law Review.