2006 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.

December Graduation:
Baccalaureate and a graduation reception will be held on Friday, December 15. Graduation will be held on Saturday, December 16 at the Westin Hotel...(Graduation Schedule)

Sullivan Hall open Friday December 15, 2006:
The School of Law is open today for exams and for turning in papers and take-home exams. The Criminal Law final is being given at both 8:30 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m. (please report at 1 p.m.) in order to accommodate students who were not able to arrive at the University by 8:30 a.m. Please note that due to a fallen tree and compromised power line that access to the School of Law is through the west (campus mall) entrance only. Tonight’s graduation mass (6 p.m.) and reception (7 p.m.) will proceed as scheduled. We will post any necessary updates on those events to the University’s and the Law School’s Web sites and on e-mail. We look forward to seeing our faculty and our December graduates and their families this evening. As always, please make safe travel decisions based upon your circumstances and let us know if we can assist with any matters. Please call our main line (398-4300) for information and assistance.

Distinguished Alumnus:
Law school recognizes graduate Charles Swift '94, lawyer behind historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Guantanamo Bay tribunals...(Swift Award)

Swift, Avila Put Law School in the Press:
The law school visit by Distinguished Alumnus Charles Swift, and a voting rights case filed by Professor Joaquin Avila, generated regional print and broadcast coverage...(Swift/Avila Voting Rights Coverage)

Leadership Award:
Women’s Law Caucus honors law school graduate Sharon K. Sakamoto for her leadership and service...(Women's Leadership)

Classes in Session Today:
Classes and university offices are open Wednesday, November 29. Updates will be made via e-mail, the Seattle University and Law Scool Web sites, and on the Seattle University Hotline at (206) 296.2200. Though the University has decided to be fully open today, some of you may continue to have difficult weather conditions in the area from which you are traveling. Please make safe travel decisions based on your circumstances. Students, as always, but especially at this busy end-of-semester time, we are here to assist you through our Associate Dean for Student Affairs Office at (206) 398.4302 or (206) 398.4300.

School Closure on Tuesday, November 28:
All offices are closed and all day and evening classes have been cancelled on Tuesday, November 28 due to snow. Sullivan Hall will be open through the west entrance, and the library is open with limited staffing. Please check e-mail and the law school and Seattle University Web sites for updates.

Juvenile Justice Community Forum:
Law students will hold a community forum on the juvenile justice from 4-6 p.m. Friday, November 17, at the law school...(Juvenile Justice)

Center for Professional Development Changes:
To better meet the needs of students and the legal community, the law school has revamped its career services division...(Center for Professional Development)

Charles Swift to Speak at School of Law:
Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift '94, whose fearless defense of his client led to the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld denying the president’s power to try detainees held at Guantanamo Bay by military tribunals, will be honored by the School of Law and give the keynote address at a forum on Presidential Powers November 2 and 3...(Alum Swift Recognized)

Lessons I Never Learned in Law School:
Paula Boggs, executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of Starbucks Coffee Company and a leader in the equal justice community, will speak to students and faculty at noon Wednesday, November 1...(Conversations with Paula Boggs)

The latest issue of the law school's online newsletter is available: Find out more about the exciting work being done by faculty and students, upcoming events and more...(Newsfl@sh)

Corporations and the First Amendment:
The Center on Corporations, Law & Society hosts a national seminar examining the health of democracy on Friday, October 20...(First Amendment Seminar)

State Bar Honors ARC Program:
The Washington State Bar Association awarded the 2006 Excellence in Diversity Award to Professors David Boerner, Paula Lustbader and the Alternative Admission Program and Academic Resource Center. This award is made to a lawyer, law firm or law-related group that has made a significant contribution to diversity in the legal profession...(ARC Program Honored)

Prospective Student Open House:
Come visit the Law School on Friday, 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 70 people. Please RSVP in advance.

Professor from Uruguay Addresses International Issues:
Alejandro Pastori, a professor of law at the University of the Republic School of Law in Montevideo, Uruguay, will address important international issues facing Uruguay at Seattle University School of Law on October 4 and 12...(International Issues in Uruguay)

Legal Writing Program Number One Again:
U.S. News & World report again ranked SU School of Law's program best in the country and also ranked the law school as among the most diverse...(U.S. News Rankings)

Trial of Donald Rumsfeld:
Professor Ron Slye will speak about the government’s approach to torture at an October 7 event...(Rumsfeld Trial)

Master of Laws in American Legal Studies:
The Master of Laws (LL.M.) in American Legal Studies is designed for students who have received their law degrees from institutions outside of the United States, and who now wish to study the American legal system. We invite you to learn about this new program…

Fall Open House:
Prospective students can get a primer on applying to law school and hear about the exciting opportunities at SU School of Law at a workshop September 16.

Scholars for Justice:
Two students earn prestigious, full-tuition awards that will allow them to continue their commitment to public service after law school...(Scholars for Justice Recipients)

Human Rights:
The president of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, one of only two such courts in the world, will speak at the School of Law at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, September 8...(Human Rights Speaker)

PILF Summer Journals:
Read about the real-world experience of students conducting public interest work with the help of grants from the Public Interest Law Foundation. Their journal entries provide insight into the world of public interest law...(PILF Journals)

Candidate Forum:
Candidates for the open 43rd District seat in the State House or Representatives will debate at a forum hosted by the university and moderated by Law School Dean Kellye Testy on Monday, August 28...(Candidate Forum)

Welcome New and Returning Students!
The School of Law is pleased to have you here and encourages you to take part in Orientation and other new semester activities, including a special program on Friday, August 18, and a picnic on Tuesday, August 22...

Access to Justice Institute Garners National Award:
The American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law selected the ATJI’s Seattle Unemployment Insurance for Battered Women Project for the 2006 Frances Perkins Public Service Award...(ATJI Award)

Prospective Student Open House:
Come visit the Law School on August 3, or August 10 to learn more about the School of Law. Space is limited to 45 people, and RSVPs are requested in advance.

Graduate Wins in U.S. Supreme Court:
The court ruled June 29 that the president cannot try enemy combatants in military tribunals, in a case brought by Navy lawyer Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift ’94. Swift called the ruling “a return to our fundamental values. That return marks a high-water point. It shows that we can’t be scared out of who we are, and that’s a victory.”..(Charles Swift Profile)

Professor Plays Crucial Role in National Case:
Professor Joaquin Avila assisted with the arguments in the Texas redistricting case, which was ruled on by the U.S. Supreme Court June 28. "This case has national ramifications,” Avila said...(Avila on Redistricting)

Professor Tapped for Federal Panel:
John Kirkwood will speak on antitrust issues at hearings before the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission...(Kirkwood Antitrust Hearings)

Business Ethics in the Corporate Governance Era:
The Center of Corporations, Law & Society and the SU Albers Business Ethics Initiative will sponsor a two-day conference focusing on U.S. and international trends in transparency, regulation and corporate governance July 6 and 7. Speakers and participants from Korea, Africa, Japan, India and other developed and developing nations will explore programs and policies designed to combat corporate and political corruption...(Business Ethics Information and Registration)

Bridge the Gap:
Handouts and PowerPoint presentations from the 11th Annual Bridge the Legal Research Gap program co-hosted by the School of Law May 24 are now available. The program is designed to give law students a refresher course on key research skills needed for summer legal employment. Sessions taught by law school reference librarians included Administrative Law, taught by Stephanie Wilson; Advanced Internet Legal Research, taught by Kerry Fitz-Gerald and Lawyers Practice Materials, taught by Barbara Swatt Engstrom. The conference drew more than 160 participants representing 25 law schools and 100 employers...(Bridge the Gap Conference Materials)

Assisted Dying Legislation:
Former Governor Booth Gardner and State Senator Thibaudeau are among those slated to discuss the ramifications of assisted dying legislation at the law school on Friday, June 23...(Assisted Dying)

SU Law Students Share Online Journals:
This year, several law students will again chronicle their law school experiences in our online journals and share them via the Web with prospective law students and the SU law school community...(Student Diaries)

Access to Justice/Starbucks Partnership:
Free legal advice will be available to residents of Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood and surrounding areas at a new Community Justice Center located at Starbucks headquarters, created in partnership with the Access to Justice Institute...(Starbucks Partnership)

Directors Training Academy:
Corporate board members, senior executives and their counsel can learn from some of the most experienced business and legal minds at the Fourth Annual Corporate Directors Training Academy on Friday, June 9...(Directors Training Academy)

Bricks and Bytes:
You can now view online sessions from the law school facilities renovation conference co-hosted by the University of Washington Law School and Seattle University School of Law. You can view video and other materials from presenters from Seattle University School of Law, including Dean Kellye Testy and Associate Dean Eric Chiappinelli...(Bricks and Bytes Conference Materials)

Indian Estate Planning Institute Opens at Seattle University School of Law:
The new Institute for Indian Estate Planning & Probate will help ensure that Native Americans receive needed legal services to help preserve their lands. It will assist Indian people in making informed decisions about their property by providing free and reduced-cost estate planning services to individuals and provide estate planning and probate training to tribes, government officials and the legal community...(Indian Estate Planning Institute)

Graduation 2006:
The Spring 2006 graduation ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 13. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at Safeco Field...(Graduation Information)

Ethics and the Law:
Father Robert S. Drinan, a leading authority on legal ethics, will be at the law school this week for a series of events and a major CLE examining ethical issues...(Hear from Legal Ethic Expert)

Study Away in Germany:
Up to two Seattle U Law students may spend the fall 3L or 4L semester at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg acquiring up to 12 credits toward their J.D. The application deadline is March 20...(Study in Germany)

Reunions are Here!
Come and join your classmates, deans and faculty for your law school reunion. Help gather a crowd – invite your friends from law school. The more the merrier! Registration is now open...(Upcoming Reunions)

Women of the Year:
Three remarkable women will be honored for their contributions to the community at an event that also will feature one of the icons of the women’s movement: Gloria Steinem...(Women of the Year)

Congratulations to SU's Winning Teams!
Seattle University won first place in the Northwest Region in both the Negotiation Competition and the national Mediation Advocacy Competition this year, going on to represent the Northwest Region at the national level in both of these ABA dispute resolution competitions. SU also took first place in the Western Region in the BALSA Frederick Douglass Moot Court competition...

Law School Starts Study Abroad Program in Brazil:
Students will soon have the chance to study international and comparative law outside the country in the school’s first-ever study abroad program in Rio de Janiero. Courses include international trade law, international and comparative environmental law and alternative dispute resolution and will be co-taught by prominent U.S. and Brazilian faculty. Classes will be grounded in the actual issues facing Brazil, a complex and beautiful country that confronts daunting social problems...(Study in Brazil)

Anonymous Donor Bolsters Alternative Admission Program:
Another generous gift from an anonymous donor committed to providing access to legal education has raised the scholarship endowment for students admitted to Seattle University School of Law’s Alternative Admission Program to $3.5 million...(Anonymous Donation)

Who's Making History Now?
A panel of African Americans who have broken ground in their fields will address a Black History Month celebration on Wednesday, February 22...(Black History Month Celebration)

Law School Announces New Social Justice Scholarship for Students Committed to Public Interest Law:
A new full-tuition scholarship will be available to outstanding law students committed to social justice and to working in public interest law upon graduation. The Scholars for Justice Award is a three-year, full-tuition scholarship supporting students committed to public interest law, service and leadership, academic excellence, community and global awareness...(Social Justice Scholarship Announcement)

Remembering the Japanese American Internment:
The Seattle Journal for Social Justice and the Asian Pacific Islander Law Student Association will recognize those affected by the internment, including those forced to leave their homes, those who served in the military and those who resisted at an event on Wednesday, February 15...(Honoring Courage Event)

Judge Downing to Hear Motions at Law School:
On Friday, February 10, Judge William Downing of the King County Superior Court will bring his motion calendar to the law school courtroom. There will be two summary judgment hearings, one at 9:45 a.m. and one at 10:45 a.m. Please read the memorandum regarding courtroom protocol and etiquette prior to attending the hearings...(Motion Calendar and Court Documents)

Newsfl@sh! First Edition of Law School’s Newsletter Now Online:
Find out more about the exciting work being done by faculty and students to promote social justice and enhance academic distinction. You will also find information about upcoming events and schedules for CLE courses and class reunions...(Newsfl@sh)

Environmental Challenges for Brazil in the 21st Century:
Professor Fernando Walcacer of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro will speak at 1 p.m. on Friday, January 27, in room 109...(Challenges for Brazil)

Civil Rights: New Issues and Perspectives:
Hear from activists, lawyers and politicians about laws related to race and sexual orientation at a panel sponsored by Washington Women Lawyers on Friday, January 20...(Civil Rights Program)

Corporate Accountability in the Global Economy:
Dr. Kevin Danaher, cofounder of international human rights organization Global Exchange, will speak at the law school at 5 p.m. Thursday, January 19. His visit is sponsored by the Center on Corporations, Law & Society.

Judge Pillay Presentation:
Judge Pillay will give a presentation to the larger law school community on the subject of constitutionalization of labor law in South Africa, which will be an update on a presentation she gave at New York Law School. This event will take place on Thursday, January 12, from 12 to 1:30 p.m., in the Court Room...(Constitutionalisation of Labour Law Paper)

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