Margaret Chon installed as Horowitz Chair for the Pursuit of Justice

(March 8, 2010) Professor Margaret Chon was installed as the Donald and Lynda Horowitz Chair for the Pursuit of Justice March 4 with a lecture on Intellectual Property Equality. She holds the first endowed chair at Seattle University School of Law.

Professor Margaret Chon smiles at remarks from Professor Ruth Okediji of the University of Minnesota School of Law. Provost Isiaah Crawford is at right. Photo by Steve Shelton.

Since joining the Seattle University faculty in 1996, Chon has been a dedicated teacher as well as a prolific scholar in both intellectual property and critical race theory. She serves as Associate Dean for Research and Centers, responsible for nurturing the law school faculty's academic excellence and showcasing its rapidly growing scholarly reputation. She has published intellectual property-related works in the Cardozo, DePaul, Fordham, Mercer, Michigan State, Oregon and Seattle law reviews, as well as Cambridge and Oxford University presses. Her race-related pieces appear in Iowa Law Review, Oregon Law Review, Michigan Journal of Race and Law and NYU Press, among other places. In addition, along with several co-authors, she is working on a second edition of "Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment," to address post 9-11 challenges. This textbook was the first in Aspen's Elective Series, and was underwritten by the national Civil Liberties Public Education Fund. Many of her articles have been adapted into book chapters. She has also taught civil procedure to legions of first year students since 1991.

Her lecture explored how intellectual property and equality are mostly non-overlapping legal fields but have different discourses, epistemic communities and pedigrees. She illustrated some of the complex ways in which distributive justice may be encouraged or constrained within global intellectual property regulatory frameworks.

Ruth Okediji, the William L. Prosser Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota School of Law, provided the introduction, calling Chon an inspiration. Okediji is one of the county's leading authorities on international intellectual property law. Her scholarship focuses primarily on international intellectual property issues with an emphasis on the relationship between multilateral trade law and intellectual property policy. Her work addresses the relationship between developing and developed countries in the international intellectual property system, including economic analysis of the bargaining strategies that facilitate harmonization of intellectual property rights.

Donald and Lynda Horowitz established the chair to assure that pursuing justice will be an enduring value and ongoing activity at the School of Law. Don Horowitz has been practicing law and working in the justice system since his graduation from Yale Law School in 1959, including serving as a King County Superior Court Judge. He is a member of the Seattle University Board of Trustees. Lynda Horowitz worked as a psychiatric social worker for clients of Associated Counsel for the Accused.

View the video from Chon's presentation.