Influential Voices Series presents thought-provoking scholars

(September 1, 2010) Seattle University School of Law proudly announces its 2010 lineup of speakers, including the introduction of Dean Mark Niles and the installation of John Mitchell as the William C. Oltman Professor of Teaching Excellence. We are also pleased to welcome outstanding scholars Pat Chew, Robert Kelley and John Williams to speak.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Pre-Empting Justice: Pre-"Crime" in Fiction and Fact
Sullivan Hall, C-5 - 4:30 p.m.

Dean Mark Niles
Seattle University School of Law

Dean Niles

Dean Niles will kick off this year's Influential Voices series with a thought-provoking lecture exploring questions related to the new focus on preventing future crime.

A reception will follow in the second floor gallery. Dean Niles looks forward to meeting alumni and other members of the legal community. He will be introduced by Seattle University Provost Isiaah Crawford. Commentary on Dean Niles' lecture will be provided by Jan Ainsworth, the John D. Eshelman Professor of Law, and Chris Rideout, Professor of Lawyering Skills and Associate Director of the Legal Writing Program. The event is open to all, but an online RSVP is required.

Pre-Empting Justice: Pre-'Crime' in Fiction and Fact
Immediately after the September 11 attacks, the United States government took a significant turn in the focus of its domestic law enforcement and international security policy from investigating crimes and pursuing criminals to preventing potential criminal acts. This focus on preventing future acts raises serious practical, legal and moral questions: What mechanism will government officials use to make these predictions of future threats and what will ensure the reliability of these predictions? What punishment or sanction, if any, is appropriate when it is determined that someone would have committed a harmful act but is apprehended (or otherwise derailed) before they have the chance to do so?

Dean Niles' lecture will address these and other questions with an analysis of Philip K. Dick's 1956 science fiction short story "The Minority Report," and Steven Spielberg's 2002 film "Minority Report," in which a near future law enforcement agency relies on predictions to incarcerate potential criminals before they are able to commit their crimes. The analysis of these stories, of the assumptions involved in both, and of some very different structures and conclusions in the two texts suggests something about the authors and the different times when they were produced. It will cast light on the current societal response to ongoing pre-emptive incarcerations in Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere and provide a basis for discussion of the proper role, if any, that "pre-emptive justice" can play in this or any society.

About Dean Niles
Mark Niles joined Seattle University School of Law as Dean and Professor of Law in July 2010. He was previously associate dean for academic affairs and professor at American University, Washington College of Law. He has taught and specializes in civil procedure, administrative law, constitutional law, governmental liability, and law and literature. As associate dean for academic affairs, he spearheaded significant developments in the first-year curriculum and in academic skills instruction.

After graduating from Stanford Law School, Dean Niles served as a clerk for the Honorable Francis Murnaghan, Jr., of the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, as an associate at the D.C. firm of Hogan and Hartson, and as a staff attorney in the civil appellate division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he argued cases in several federal circuit courts. He has served as the Reporter for the Maryland Civil Pattern Jury Instructions Committee of the Maryland State Bar Association.

Dean Niles has published numerous articles and essays on subjects including the Ninth Amendment, federal tort liability, airline security regulation, the first decade of the tenure of Justice Clarence Thomas, and the depiction of law and justice in American popular culture.

October 12, 2010

Jump-starting the Stalled Revolution: Including Men and Class in the Work-Family Debate

Professor Joan C. Williams
Hastings College of Law

Professor WilliamsProfessor Joan C. Williams is Distinguished Professor of Law, 1066 Foundation Chair, founding Director of the Center for WorkLife Law at University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and Co-Director of the Project on Attorney Retention (PAR). She is a prize-winning author and expert on work/family issues. Her book, "Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What To Do About It," won the 2000 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award.  She has authored or co-authored four books and more than 50 law review articles. An article she co-authored, "Beyond the Maternal Wall: Relief for Family Caregivers Who are Discriminated against on the Job," in Harvard Women's Law Review was prominently cited in Back v. Hastings on Hudson Union Free School District.  She also has played a central role in organizing social scientists to document maternal wall bias, notably in a special issue of the Journal of Social Issues, co-edited with Monica Biernat and Faye Crosby, which was awarded the Distinguished Publication Award by the Association for Women in Psychology. In 2006, she received the Margaret Brent Award for Women Lawyers of Achievement.

March 8, 2011

Diversity on the Bench:  Does Race Make a Difference?

Professor Pat Chew
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Professor Robert Kelley
Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business

Professor ChewPat Chew is a Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a University Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award recipient.  In addition to Pitt, she has taught at the University of Texas, University of Augsburg, the University of California (Hastings), and the Semester-at-Sea Law Program.  Her numerous presentations, both in the United States and abroad, have focused most recently on judicial decision-making in racial harassment cases, subtly sexist language in the legal profession and law schools, the role of culture and race in legal disputes, and empirical research in civil rights laws.  She was the featured speaker at the ABA Judicial Division 2010 Midyear Meeting Program "Is the 'Wise Latina' a Myth?"

Named one of the first Law School Distinguished Faculty Scholars in 2001‑2004 and then again in 2010-2014, Professor Chew's research is diverse, both in subject areas and methodologies including empirical research. Her books include "International Conflict Resolution: Consensual ADR Processes" (coauthored casebook); "The Conflict and Culture Reader" (editor); "Directors' and Officers' Liability" (treatise with annual supplements); "Corporations and Other Business Organizations" (coauthored casebook in multiple editions); and "Directory of Asian American Law School Faculty and Professionals." She has written dozens of articles in both general interest and specialized law journals. Most recently, she published "Myth of the Color-Blind Judge" in Washington University Law Review 2009 (co-authored) and is completing "Judges' Gender and Employment Discrimination Cases: Evidence-Based Empirical Conclusions" for a symposium issue of the Iowa Journal of Gender, Race & Justice (2010) and "Seeing Subtle Racism" in Stanford Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Journal.  

Professor KelleyDr. Robert Kelley teaches at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is consistently rated one of the top teachers and was nominated by students for Carnegie Mellon University's Doherty Teaching Prize. By leveraging his leading-edge research, Kelley has pioneered a series of innovative courses on developing star performers, followership-leadership, managing intellectual capital, and designing customer-driven strategies and services.  His research currently takes four directions: 1) how organizations become customer-centric; 2) how to cultivate successful follower-leader partnerships; 3) how minorities and women can avoid career de-railers and become star performers at work; and 4) the implications of intellectual capital on the individual, the company, and the economy.

Author of the national best-seller, "How to Be a Star at Work: Nine Breakthrough Strategies You Need to Succeed," Robert Kelley has attracted international attention, appearing on NBC Today Show, CNN, CBS, and National Public Radio. The book was honored as one of "The 100 Best Business Books of All Time" and the No. 1 career book by the New York Daily News. His other best-sellers include: "The Power of Followership," "The Gold-Collar Worker," and "Consulting."

Dr. Kelley is an intellectual entrepreneur in the marketplace of ideas. Widely considered the founder of "followership" studies, he legitimated the topic and, in the process, changed the prevailing view of leadership. Likewise, he coined the term "gold-collar worker" which brought national recognition to brainpowered workers and spurred research on intellectual capital and the "creative class."

His articles include: "Secrets of the Stars," American Lawyer, November, 2009 (with Pat Chew) "Myth of the Color-Blind Judge: An Empirical Analysis of Racial Harassment Cases," Washington University Law Review, 86, 1117-1166, 2009 (with Pat Chew); "Unwrapping Racial Harassment Law," Berkeley Journal Of Employment and Labor Law  (with P. Chew); "How Bell Labs Creates Star Performers" and "In Praise of Followers" published in the Harvard Business Review; "How to Be a Star Engineer," IEEE Spectrum; and "Self Management at Work," Training and Development.  His ideas have appeared in The New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, Business Week, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, People, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and other major magazines and newspapers. 

April 4, 2011

Teaching and the Three Gifts

Professor John Mitchell
Installation as Seattle University School of Law's William C. Oltman Professor of Teaching Excellence

John MitchellProfessor John Mitchell is a respected and beloved teacher and respected scholar, whose expertise lies in trial advocacy, criminal law and evidence.

Professor Mitchell is co-author of "Pretrial Advocacy: Planning, Analysis, and Strategy," "Trial Advocacy: Planning, Analysis, and Strategy" and "Trial Advocacy: Assignments and Case Files." He has written extensively for professional journals on such topics as professional responsibility, learning and educational theory, training of lawyers, constitutional law, legal process, and criminal procedure.  He also wrote "Understanding Assisted Suicide: Nine Issues to Consider," and co-authored of "Washington Evidence Trial Book: Objections, Offers of Proof, Rulings on the Record, and Limiting Instructions." He recently co-authored "Can the Professor Come Out and Play?  Scholarship, Teaching, and Theories of Play," in the Journal of Legal Education.

Professor Mitchell's wide-ranging career has included private practice in his own law firm in San Francisco, where he specialized in criminal litigation (1970-75); consultant to public and private defense attorneys concerning trial, motions and appellate strategies (1973-1982); and director of legal training for the Seattle office of Perkins Coie where, while away from the law school, he developed a two-year training curriculum for new associates in business and litigation (1988-90).  

Over the past two decades, Professor Mitchell has taught courses in Evidence, Forensics, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Advocacy. He was also a member of the Law Practice Clinic for six years, the last two as Director.

The professorship was created to honor excellence in teaching and is named for Professor William C. Oltman, who retired in 2008 after 34 years of outstanding teaching in the areas of property and trusts and estates. Professor Oltman demonstrated an unwavering commitment to excellence, demanding the best of himself, his students and his colleagues. He is also co-author of the leading treatise on wills and trusts under Washington law.

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