2009 News Archives

Mark Niles named dean at Seattle University School of Law

Mark Niles, an outstanding legal scholar and experienced academic leader, has been appointed dean of Seattle University School of Law, effective July 1, 2010. 

Graduate wins fellowship with Veterans Affairs in D.C.

Tiel Keltner, a 2009 graduate of Seattle University School of Law, was named a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C. 

Ainsworth installed as John D. Eshelman Professor

Janet Ainsworth was installed as the John D. Eshelman Professor of Law with a compelling lecture, 'English Only' Policies in the Workplace: Linguistic Ideology in Action," Nov. 19. 

Law school joins Legal Studies paper series

Seattle University School of Law has started a Law School Research Papers - Legal Studies series within the Legal Scholarship Network (LSN).  

Clinic team argues before Inter-American Commission in D.C.

Assistant Professor Thomas Antkowiak and three students from his International Human Rights Clinic presented oral arguments before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, D.C.  

Search committee names dean finalists

The Dean Search Committee at Seattle University School of Law is delighted to announce four finalists for the deanship. 

Dorsey & Whitney Foundation awards grant to Korematsu Center

A $10,000 grant from the Dorsey & Whitney Foundation will help the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality continue its work to advance justice through knowledge and advocacy. 

Legal Writing Institute founders Oates and Rideout honored

Professors Laurel Oates and Chris Rideout, founders of the Legal Writing Institute at Seattle University School of Law, will be honored and speak at a symposium on Legal Writing in November. The event marks the LWI 25th anniversary celebration at Mercer University School of Law, which has housed the institute since 2003. 

Mark Chinen to be installed as Oltman professor

Professor Mark Chinen presented a lecture to mark his installation as the William C. Oltman Professor of Teaching Excellence. His talk, "Teaching as a Form of Love," showed why he was chosen for the prestigious professorship. 

Law school awards first Native American Law Scholarship

Stacy DeMass receives Seattle University School of Law's first Native American Law Scholar Award. 

Professor Rafael Pardo testifies before Congress

Professor Rafael Pardo testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law on September 23, 2009, at its hearing on "Undue Hardship? Discharging Educational Debt in Bankruptcy." 

Law school receives endowed labor law scholarship of more than $200,000

A new endowed scholarship will benefit Seattle University School of Law students interested in labor and employment law. 

Korematsu Center files amicus brief in racial bias case

Seattle University School of Law's Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, joined by the Asian Bar Association of Washington (ABAW), the South Asian Bar Association of Washington (SABAW), and Washington Women Lawyers (WWL), filed its first amicus brief in Turner v. Stime. 

Law school leads efforts to diversify deanships

Thhe School of Law will host a workshop on Promoting Diversity in Law School Leadership Sept. 25 and 26. A joint project of the law school's Fred T. Korematsu Center on Law and Equality and the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT), this biennial workshop assists members of underrepresented groups to pursue deanships and other university and law school leadership positions. 

Alumni receive 2009 awards from the Washington State Bar Association

The state bar association recognized five graduates of the law school for their outstanding community service and contribution to the legal profession. 

Sandra Day O'Connor calls for judicial independence

Former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor called for an end to judicial elections at a conference at Seattle University School of Law that sparked conversation about the critical issue of how judges are chosen. 

Roundtable brings scholars to law school

Seattle University School of Law will host the second West Coast Roundtable on Language and Law on Sept. 25. 

Sandra Day O'Connor headlines judicial independence conference

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will headline a national workshop to explore the symptoms of a serious national problem: the financial and political threats to state judicial impartiality and independence. 

Law school expands with annex construction

An expansion at Seattle University School of Law will provide a new home for the law school's thriving clinical and externship programs and needed classrooms and offices. The Law School Annex, located at 1215 E. Columbia St., also will have a multipurpose room for law school events and a larger space for student publications. 

Scholars for Justice share passion for human rights

2009 recipients Meghan Casey and Annie DeVoe are both devoted to working to end injustice.  

Law school welcomes exciting entering class

The School of Law welcomed students to Sullivan Hall for the start of the fall semester this week, including 330 first-year students. 

New faculty bring broad experience

Five new faculty members bring a breadth of experience and talent to the law school faculty. 

Graduate selected for human rights court internship

A recent graduate who is deeply committed to helping immigrants, women and children is Seattle University School of Law's first intern with Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica. Maria Fernanda Parra-Chico, who graduated in May, will be the only American among 23 interns this winter. Others chosen come from throughout Latin America and Europe. 

Legal Writing Institute celebrates 25 years

Scribes - The American Society of Legal Writers - paid tribute to the 25th anniversary of Legal Writing Institute, which was founded at Seattle University School of Law. 

Lee Lambert '92 named top community college president

Lee Lambert, a 1992 graduate of Seattle University School of Law and president of Shoreline Community College, has been named one of the top five community college leaders in the country.  

EJW names student Summer Corps standout

Jeni Garber, a Seattle University School of Law student, is one of only 10 students in the country to be named an Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Standout Award Winner.  

Professors assume administrative roles

Several faculty members have assumed new leadership roles within the law school this academic year. 

Dean Seach Committee announced

A distinguished committee will help find the next dean of Seattle University School of Law.  

Clinic team argues before Inter-American Court

A team from Seattle University School of Law’s Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic had the rare opportunity to argue before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the highest tribunal for human rights matters in the hemisphere. 

Slye appointed to Kenyan reconciliation commission

Professor Ronald Slye has been appointed to the newly formed Kenyan Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission, which will investigate human rights abuses that occurred in that country between 1963 and 2008. 

Equal Justice Works Summer Corps includes 10 SU students

A record 10 students from Seattle University School of Law were selected as Equal Justice Works Summer Corps members this year. The program provides $1,000 education vouchers to first- and second-year law students working at least 300 summer hours at a nonprofit organization. 

Graduate wins Berkeley Law Foundation Fellowship

Riddhi Mukhopadhyay, a 2009 graduate of the law school, received a fellowship from the Berkeley Law Foundation. 

Graduate named Presidential Management Fellow

A May graduate of the law school has accepted a prestigious position with the Presidential Management Fellows Program. 

Annette Clark assumes role as interim dean

Annette Clark '89, who has served as vice dean of the School of Law for several years, was appointed interim dean, effective July 1. 

NJP's Gillian Dutton named Externship Director

With two decades of experience in the battle to ensure access to justice across Washington, Gillian Dutton will join the faculty at Seattle University School of Law as the new director of the Externship Program. 

Students honored for outstanding work

Among the many awards and honors conferred on Seattle University School of Law students, two students received national recognition for their work this spring. 

Joaquin Avila to lead National Voting Rights Advocacy Initiative

One of the country's foremost authorities on voting rights issues will lead a major national initiative at Seattle University School of Law to address issues of minority vote dilution. 

International Human Rights Clinic team to argue before Inter-American Court

Two students and a professor from the law school's International Human Rights Clinic will present oral arguments this summer before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the highest tribunal for human rights matters in the hemisphere. 

Indian Law program expands to offer more opportunities

Seattle University School of Law will significantly expand its curriculum and programming in Indian law and welcomes expert Eric Eberhard as a distinguished practitioner in residence. 

Law school names first Leadership for Justice Fellow

A new lawyer committed to improving access to the court system for people with limited English skills and Deaf and hard of hearing individuals was named the first Leadership for Justice Fellow from Seattle University School of Law. 

Law school honored for its commitment to equal justice

The School of Law will receive the Civil Equal Justice Community Partnership Award in recognition for its commitment to improving access to the justice system for low-income people. 

Law school honors outstanding graduates at Alumni Weekend

Three distinguished graduates of Seattle University School of Law received awards at the 2009 Alumni Weekend celebration. 

Taxpayers' millions down the drain - along with Constitution

First-ever national report finds massive waste, injustice in misdemeanor court system, recommends ways to unclog courts, improve public safety and save money 

Korematsu Center launch inspires work toward equality

Seattle University School of Law formally launched The Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality with an inspiring program that included a moving tribute to the man for whom the center is named. 

U.S. News rankings recognize law school's rise

Legal Writing No. 1 and part-time program makes first-ever list 

School of Law marks launch of Korematsu Center

A conference and celebration will mark the formal launch of Seattle University School of Law's Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality Saturday, April 18. 

Students spend Spring Break in court fighting for immigrants

While many of their faculty and student colleagues were enjoying sun or snow, Professor Won Kidane and the students from Seattle University School of Law’s Immigration Law Clinic were hard at work in Immigration Court, fighting to prevent the deportation of three clients. 

Law school honors Women's Funding Alliance

The Women's Funding Alliance, an organization devoted to promoting opportunity, health and justice for women and girls, received the Women of the Year Award from Seattle University School of Law and the Women's Law Caucus. 

Team takes third in nation in mock trial competition

Seattle University School of Law's Black Law Student Association team finished third in the national finals of the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition in Irving, Calif. 

Professor Lori Bannai honored

Professor Lori Bannai was honored with a Spirit of Justice award in recognition of her work in challenging Fred Korematsu’s conviction for refusing to comply with orders that resulted in the World War II internment of Japanese Americans. 

Scholar for Justice receives post-graduate fellowship

One of the law school’s first Scholars for Justice is also the first student this year to win a post-graduate fellowship to complete a public interest project. 

Law school honors legacy of George Sundborg

Seattle University School of Law mourns the loss of George Sundborg, who paved the way for Alaska’s statehood and helped ensure that Alaskan students could go to law school. 

Dean speaks to Association for Women in Communications

Dean Kellye Testy will speak to the Association for Women in Communications Wednesday, Feb. 18, at McCormick and & Schmick’s Harborside on Lake Union, 1200 Westlake Ave. N., Seattle. 

ATJI cosponsors 2009 Trina Grillo Retreat at Stanford

Seattle University School of Law’s Access to Justice Institute will cosponsor the annual Trina Grillo Retreat with the Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law at Stanford Law School Feb. 20 and 21. 

Judge Mary Yu hears calendar at law school

King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu will hear her motion calendar at Seattle University School of Law’s Courtroom Friday, Feb. 13, starting at 9 a.m. Students are encouraged to attend. 

Dean speaks on corporate accountability at Seattle Town Hall

School of Law Dean Kellye Testy will be part of a panel on the film "Access Denied: The Fight for Corporate Accountability." 

South African judge visits law school

Justice Zak Yacoob of the South African Constitutional Court is sharing his expertise in international law and socio-economic rights with students and faculty at Seattle University School of Law. 

Law school launches post-graduate fellowship

Seattle University School of Law is the first law school in the state to provide a post-graduate fellowship to a new lawyer to work on a project related to social justice. 

Law school takes part in Rwanda Tribunal project

A group including a contingent from Seattle University School of Law will participate in a compelling presentation, "Voices from the Rwanda Tribunal: Genocide and Justice," Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the University of Washington. 

Students win Best Brief at international competition

Natalya Kasyanyuk and Gregory Morphew, both 2Ls, were awarded Best Brief at the Thomas Tang International Moot Court Competition. 

ATJI plays vital role in producing film for litigants representing themselves

Seattle University School of Law students, through the Access to Justice Institute, helped King County Superior Court develop an instructional film aimed at helping self-represented litigants navigate their way through court. 

Professor Robert Chang receives prestigious Ferguson award

Professor Robert Chang honored for excellence in teaching 

Law school launches Korematsu Center for Law and Equality

A new law school center will study and combat discrimination through research, advocacy and education projects. 

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