Dean announces chair and professorships

Seattle University School of Law's first endowed faculty chair honors equal justice champions Donald and Lynda Horowitz, and two new professorships recognize Provost John Eshelman and former Dean Fred Tausend.

The Donald and Lynda Horowitz Chair for the Pursuit of Justice, named in honor of former Judge Donald Horowitz and his wife, Lynda, honors both the mission of the law school to educate outstanding lawyers to be leaders for a just and humane world, and the life's work of Don and Lynda Horowitz.

"This is the highest honor a law school can bestow on a scholar, made possible by two individuals who have dedicated their lives to pursuing and ensuring equal and high quality justice for all," Dean Kellye Testy said when announcing the news at the law school's 35th anniversary gala celebration April 25.

Don and Lynda Horowitz met while working in the justice system - he as a King County Superior Court judge and she as a psychiatric social worker doing evaluations and recommendations for the clients of Associated Counsel for the Accused, a private, not-for-profit public defender firm providing legal representation to indigent persons accused of crimes in King County.

Horowitz has long been a leader in the equal justice movement and has been an adjunct professor and mentor at the law school for years. Most recently, he collaborated with Professor from Practice John McKay on a year-long series devoted to encouraging students and lawyers to make public interest work a part of their lives - no matter where their careers take them.

"Justice must be a staple on everyone's kitchen table," Horowitz said. "It must be concrete and practical, as common and daily as bread or rice or yams."

The first recipient of the chair will be Professor Margaret Chon, a prolific scholar and dedicated teacher whose current scholarly interests include technology, law and critical theory. She is exploring the encounters between intellectual property and development on the terrain of global legal frameworks.

This work draws upon the insights of critical race, feminist and post-colonial theory, public health perspectives and development economics. She is a co-author of "Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment," as well as numerous articles and essays on race and law. A frequent speaker at national and local conferences, she emphasizes the social justice dimensions in each of her areas of inquiry.

The law school also established two professorships in honor of retired University Provost John Eshelman and former Dean Fred Tausend. Eshelman, a strong and effective advocate for academic quality, served Seattle University in many different roles over many decades, and retires as provost this year. The Fredric Tausend Professorship honors former Dean and Professor Fred Tausend, one of the finest trial attorneys ever and an early advocate of diversity in the legal profession.

"John and Fred have been wonderful friends and advocates for the law school, and I'm thrilled that we can honor each in this way." Dean Testy said.

The first recipient of the John D. Eshelman Professorship is Janet Ainsworth, an outstanding teacher and accomplished scholar. She teaches torts, criminal procedure, child, family and state law and law, language and linguistics. A former public defender, Ainsworth is active in numerous pro bono activities and served as a consultant to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, which awarded her its Outstanding Service Award.

The first recipient of the Fredric Tausend Professorship is Professor David Skover, a nationally renowned constitutional law scholar and prolific author who recently co-authored "The Trials of Lenny Bruce." In 2003, Professor Skover and his co-author Ron Collins successfully petitioned Governor Pataki of New York State to posthumously pardon Lenny Bruce. Professor Skover is currently working on a book on the First Amendment jurisprudence of Justice Louis Brandeis.

"The strength of the law school will continue to depend on the quality of its faculty," Dean Testy said. "These forms of faculty support make it possible for us to recognize and retain our outstanding faculty and continue to recruit the nation's best teacher-scholars to Seattle University School of Law."

Details from "Triumvirate," by William Morris Robinson