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.

Krug group

(From left, Associate Dean Susan Ahearn, Geoff Boodell, Professor Melinda Branscomb, Cliff Freed '84, Judge Anne Senter, James Andrus, Dean Annette Clark. Photos by Ken Shook.)

King County Bar Association President James A. Andrus presented a check for nearly $209,000 to establish the Mary Ellen Krug Award. The late Ms. Krug, a Seattle attorney, was a distinguished labor law practitioner and chair of the Labor Law Section of the American Bar Association. The scholarship will be awarded each year to a Seattle University School of Law student who has both a strong interest in and ability or promise in labor and employment law and who embodies the professionalism and collegiality for which Mary Ellen Krug was known.

Dean Annette Clark accepted the check from Andrus on behalf of the law school at a luncheon at the law school. Other members of the KCBA's Labor & Employment Law Section joining them were Cliff Freed '84, who has for many years been the driving force behind the establishment of this award; the Honorable Anne Senter, who chaired the section, Professor Melinda Branscomb; and Geoff Boodell, current chair of the section.

The gift is one of the largest scholarship endowments the law school has received.

"The timing is especially fortuitous because the development of scholarships for our students is a top priority, particularly during these difficult economic times," Clark said. "It is particularly heartwarming to recognize the advocacy and generosity of alumni like Cliff Freed."

Associate Dean for Advancement Susan Ahearn noted the ongoing, significant and important partnership between the school and the local bar.

The Mary Ellen Krug Award will be conferred at the annual Pacific Coast Labor and Employment Law Conference in May, 2010.