Alumni, Faculty and Students Gather for 35th Anniversary Gala

Dean Kellye Y. Testy and Seattle University School of Law invite alumni and friends to toast the foundation and the future of Seattle University School of Law at a gala celebration and special Seattle Symphony performance Friday, April 25, at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle. Directions to Benaroya Hall and parking information can be found online.

5:30 - 7 p.m. Reception
7 p.m. Performance
8:30 p.m. Dinner and dancing with the band Second Wind

View a list of deans and law faculty who plan to attend the 35th Anniversary Gala.

Registration is now closed. For more information, contact 35th anniversary coordinator Eva Mitchell at or (206) 398.4210.

Other Gala Activities

A day of activities will set the stage as the law school commemorates 35 years of standing for excellence and reaching for justice.

10 a.m. Continental breakfast and tours of Sullivan Hall, second floor gallery. Tours begin at 10:15 and 11 a.m. No RSVP required.
12 - 4 p.m. Legal and Professional Ethics CLE with Networking Lunch: Three of the Law School's most distinguished faculty will examine and discuss the implications of the new Washington Rules of Professional Conduct in three specific contexts. The presenters include Professor Janet Ainsworth, Associate Professor Sidney DeLong, and Associate Professor John Strait. Three CLE ethics credits anticipated...(Legal & Professional Ethics CLE Agenda)

You may also read about the 35th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration in Tacoma on October 17, 2007.

Anna Deavere Smith, Guest Narrator

Anna Deavere Smith is an actress, playwright, author and teacher. When her work was recognized with a prestigious MacArthur Award, it was described as “a blend of theatrical art, social commentary, journalism and intimate reverie.”

Among her many honors, Ms. Smith received the 2007 Kitty Carlisle Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts from Americans for the Arts and the 2007 New York Mayor’s Award for Art and Culture. She was the recipient of the 2006 Alphonse Fletcher Fellowship, which recognizes work by scholars, writers and artists who address and carry out the broad social goals of the Brown v. Board Supreme Court decision of 1954. She was twice nominated for the NAACP Image Award. She will receive the prestigious New York Women in Communication's Matrix Award for her remarkable achievements and outstanding leadership roles in her field in Spring 2008.

Her work in the theater has been her intellectual focus, but she also has performed in film and television. She is well-known for her role as National Security Advisor Nancy McNally on the hit show, “The West Wing,” and has been featured in several films, including “The American President,” “The Human Stain,” “Dave,” and “Rent.” She co-starred in HBO’s 2007 film, “Life Support.”

Ms. Smith is University Professor at New York University, where she is appointed in the Tisch School of the Arts and affiliated with the New York University School of Law. She was Ann O’Day Maples Professor of the Arts at Stanford University, where she taught from 1990 – 2000. She also taught at Carnegie Mellon and the University of Southern California and was a visiting professor at Yale School of Medicine. She recently taught, at the invitation of Oprah Winfrey, at Oprah Winfrey's Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.

Her theater combines the journalistic technique of interviewing her subjects with the art of interpreting their words through her performance. Among her works are the critically acclaimed Broadway Show “Twilight: Los Angeles,” about the 1992 Los Angeles riots, and “Fires in the Mirror,” which examined a race riot that occurred in Crown Heights, Brooklyn (1991) when age-old racial tensions between Black and Jewish neighbors exploded. It received an Obie Award, numerous other awards and was a runner up for the Pulitzer Prize. She is developing a new play on the subject of the resilience and vulnerability of the human body, which was inspired by her work at Yale.

Her book, “Talk to Me: Listening Between the Lines,” is based on her observations of time she spent in Washington, D.C. To prepare for that book, she followed both President Clinton and Bob Dole on their 1996 campaign trails. Her articles and writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, The New Yorker, O Magazine, O Home, Elle, The Atlantic, A Public Space, Essence, Fortune, and The Drama Review. Her latest book is “Letters to a Young Artist.”

Gala Steering Committee

Honorary Co-Chairs: The Honorable Richard and Leslie Jones; Co-Chairs: Marlys ’82 and Ralph Palumbo; Members: Joe and Terri Gaffney, Lem and Pat Howell, Lucy ’77 and Paul Isaki, Laura Newton Kimball ‘95 and Bob Kimball, Martha Kongsgaard ’84 and Peter Goldman ’84, John McKay, Sim Osborn ’84 and Monica Hart, Tony ’07 and Mitra Ravani, Stu ’78 and Lee Rolfe, Professor Emeritus Dick and Trish Settle, The Honorable Mary Yu.

35th Anniversary Tacoma Kickoff Committee

Co chairs
Justice Charles Johnson ‘76, Washington State Supreme Court
Lucy Clifthorne ‘97, Vandeberg, Johnson & Gandara
P. Craig Beetham 1989
Judith Billings 1987
Hon. Frank Cuthbertson 1993
Janina Duling 1994
Gregory Duras 1982
Tracy Flood 1999
Charles Granoski 1974
Erik Grotzke 2005
Lara Herrmann 2000
James Holman 1976
Bradley Jones 1979
Colleen Klein 1985
Peter Kram 1976
Amy Lewis 1992
James Lopez 1978
Thaddeus Martin 1998
Michael McKasy 1976
Joan Mell 1991
Stuart Morgan 1996
Aaron Owada 1983
Tanya Pemberton 1991
Laird Pisto 1979
Christine Quinn-Brintnall 1980
Rodney Ray 1976
Vonda Sargent 1994
D. Michael Shipley 1988
Sabrina Smith-Ahrens 2001
Shelly Speir 1997
Wendy Zicht 1991
Candace Zygar 1987


The School of Law is grateful to the following sponsors for their generous support.

Platinum Level

  • Foster Pepper
  • Dorsey & Whitney
  • Bon Appetit
  • Microsoft
  • Van Ness Feldman

Gold Level

  • BarBri
  • Summit Law Group
  • McCallum Print Group
  • Aoki Sakamoto Grant
  • Ogden Murphy Wallace
  • KPMG
  • Peter Goldman and Martha Kongsgaard
  • Gordon, Thomas, Honeywell, Malanca, Peterson & Daheim
  • Davis Wright Tremaine
  • Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects

Sponsorships are available at the following levels:

  • Presenting sponsor, $25,000
  • Platinum sponsor, $10,000
  • Gold sponsor, $5,000

For more information, contact Susan Ahearn, Associate Dean for Development, at (206) 398.4306 or or John McKay, Professor from Practice, at (206) 398.4051 or

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