2013 News Archives

Law school will help four new attorneys incubate a practice

Four recent graduates will have support from the law school over the next year to develop solo practices and serve clients of moderate means as the inaugural Low Bono Incubator attorneys. 

'Terror in Twilight' report shows impact of Border Patrol activity in Forks

Seattle University School of Law students tell the story of how Border Patrol enforcement affects the lives of Latinos living on Washington's Olympic Peninsula in a new report released by the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality. 

New director Lucas Cupps takes over Center for Professional Development

Lucas Cupps, the new director of the Center for Professional Development, is familiar to many students and alumni who took Legal Writing from him. 

Law school, student honored with Human Rights Awards

The social justice work of Seattle University School of Law and one of its students will be honored with Human Rights Awards from the City of Seattle.  

Professor Steven Bender recognized for teaching and service

Professor Steven Bender, a widely published author and a national academic leader on immigration law and policy, will receive the Clyde Ferguson Award from the Minority Groups Section of the Association of American Law Schools. 

Human Rights Clinic seeks release of woman illegally jailed in Mexico

The International Human Rights Clinic at Seattle University School of Law filed a petition today seeking the release of Nestora Salgado, who has been illegally imprisoned in Mexico for more than three months. The petition to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention was filed by Professor Tom Antkowiak, director of the Human Rights Clinic and an expert in international law.  

Law school launches international legal writing certificate program

Professor Laurel Oates, who directed the Legal Writing Program for 30 years, has created an online certificate program for international lawyers called "Effective Legal Writing: Drafting for a Global Audience." Materials for the first course will be available with start date options of Feb. 1, March 1, or April. 1 

Law school hosts national Indian Law writing competition

Seattle University School of Law, through its Seattle University Native American Law Students Association and the Seattle University American Indian Law Journal, is proud to host the 13th annual Indian Law Writing Competition.  

Law school seeks ABA approval of Alaska satellite campus

Plans for a satellite campus of Seattle University School of Law in Anchorage, Alaska, continue to solidify, with an agreement between the law school and the Alaska Court System and growing support from the legal community.  

Summer Practice Academy for attorneys will launch in 2014

Lawyers will gain valuable expertise and skills through intensive and interactive certificate programs to be offered through Seattle University School of Law's new Summer Practice Academy, launching in 2014.  

Law student-parents balance books and babies

Balancing the demands of law school with the demands of raising a family can be challenging. That's why students Brianna Johnston-Hanks and Erin Lecocq, both 2Ls, founded Parents Attending Law School (PALS), a group that meets occasionally to share stories, ideas, and support. 

New programs offer job hunting secrets

Seattle University School of Law is helping students develop the job-hunting savvy they'll need in a competitive marketplace with two new programs — the Find a Job series of panel discussions and a robust mentoring plan for 3Ls.  

Law school celebrates Pro Bono Week

Seattle University School of Law celebrates Pro Bono Week this week by highlighting the school's steadfast commitment to equal access to justice and community service. 

Governor speaks to diversity conference at law school

Lawyers committed to increasing diversity and equality gathered at Seattle University School of Law for the 2013 Statewide Diversity Conference and a keynote address by Gov. Jay Inslee. 

Incubator program will help alumni start low-bono practices

Recent graduates who want to start their own practices and serve clients of moderate means can apply for assistance from the law school's new Low Bono Incubator Program. 

FMOP sponsors screening of foreclosure documentary

A film highlighting the personal stories of Northwest families facing foreclosure will be shown in Tacoma as part of a program at Seattle University School of Law aimed at helping distressed homeowners.  

Professor Robert Chang honored for his work on race and criminal justice

Professor Robert Chang, along with State Supreme Court Justice Steven González, will receive the 2014 Charles A. Goldmark Distinguished Service Award from the Legal Foundation of Washington for powerfully confronting racial disparity in the state's criminal justice system.  

DOJ awards grant for Defender Initiative to improve public defense

The Defender Initiative at Seattle University School of Law and The Sixth Amendment Center in Boston have been awarded a $450,000 grant from the United States Department of Justice to continue their efforts to respond to the crisis in the public defense system. 

Alumni director Fe Lopez honored for diversity efforts

Fe Lopez, the director of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund at Seattle University School of Law, is the recipient of the 2013 Excellence in Diversity Award from the Washington State Bar Association.  

Faculty publish new books on range of topics

Faculty members at Seattle University School of Law have published compelling books on topics ranging from the Supreme Court and immigration to the Beat Generation. 

Human Rights Clinic files petition in Puracal case

A petition filed on behalf of Jason Puracal by the International Human Rights Clinic demands an end to ongoing abuses by the Government of Nicaragua and redress for the many violations suffered by Puracal and his family. 

Law school launches Low Bono and Solo Initiative

The Low Bono and Solo Initiative at Seattle University School of Law helps lawyers who want to start solo practices and help clients of moderate means. The program, which kicks off this fall, provides training, guidance, and resources. 

Scholarship recipients bring broad backgrounds

A world-class gymnast determined to pursue land rights for the world's poor. A legal outreach worker who relied on "the coconut wireless," or word of mouth, to communicate with homeless clients on the beaches of Oahu. An international businessman eager to learn more about the laws that govern corporations.These are the 2013-14 full-tuition scholarship winners at Seattle University School of Law.  

Law school welcomes Class of 2016

This year's incoming class of about 230 students includes students from the full-time and part-time programs. As always, the School of Law draws students from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.  

Annette Clark '89 begins deanship at law school

Annette Clark, a 1989 graduate of Seattle University School of Law and a highly accomplished scholar, teacher and administrator, formally becomes dean today. She is the first alumna of the law school to be chosen to lead it 

Breakthrough law book addresses Asian American rights

Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment, coauthored by Law Professors Margaret Chon, Eric K. Yamamoto, Jerry Kang, Carol Izumi and Frank H. Wu, has been published in its second edition. 

Alumnus named outstanding adjunct faculty member

Chris Cunningham, a 1993 graduate of Seattle University School of Law, is this year's Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member. The award will be presented at the adjunct faculty convocation June 26. 

Alaskan students closer to earning law degrees without spending three years outside state

Alaskan students are a step closer to being able to earn law degrees without spending three years outside their home state, thanks to the unanimous approval by the Seattle University law faculty and a long-standing partnership between Seattle University School of Law and the University of Alaska Anchorage. 

Law student selected to attend elite IP institute

Alejandro "Alex" Villegas is one of only 25 law students nationwide invited to participate in an immersive, weeklong intellectual property seminar this summer in Washington, D.C. 

Professor Kirkwood wins award for antitrust article

Professor Jack Kirkwood won a Jerry S. Cohen Award for the best antitrust scholarship of 2012 for his article, "Powerful Buyers and Merger Enforcement," published in the Boston University Law Review. 

Law students complete thousands of pro bono hours

Hundreds of students at Seattle University School of law have contributed thousands of volunteer hours through the Pledge Pro Bono Program. In just its second year, the program reported that 214 students – nearly a quarter of the student body – have taken the Pro Bono Pledge and completed more than 9,500 hours this academic year. 

Law school honors contributions of two retiring faculty

An accomplished constitutional law scholar and a clinical professor whose work ranged from courtrooms in Seattle to rural Latin America retire from Seattle University School of Law this year.  

Graduate takes Street Law to Zambia

A 2012 graduate of Seattle University School of Law, Nathan Nanfelt received an $18,000 grant from The World Justice Project to create a pilot program of legal education in Zambia.  

Student earns prestigious Congressional internship

Charisse Arce ’14, is one of just 12 students throughout the country selected for the highly regarded Udall Foundation Native American Congressional Internship. She will work with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Division of Indian Affairs. 

Civil rights clinic asks high court to protect employees from retaliation

The Civil Rights Amicus and Advocacy Clinic at Seattle University School of Law filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court asking the Court to safeguard anti-retaliation protections for employees who report discrimination. 

Law school professors pursue appeal of Tucson ethnic studies ban

Attorneys for two Tucson High School students have appealed a decision that upheld a ban on the acclaimed Mexican American Studies classes in their school district. Among their attorneys are Anjana Malhotra, co-director Seattle University School of Law's Civil Rights Amicus and Advocacy Clinic, which is also representing plaintiffs, and Professor Robert Chang, executive director of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality. 

Annette Clark '89 appointed dean

Professor Annette Clark, a 1989 graduate of Seattle University School of Law and a highly accomplished scholar, teacher and administrator, will be its next dean, effective July 1. She is the first alumnus of the law school to be chosen to lead it. 

Technology links students with classrooms on East Coast

Two Spring 2013 law classes at the law school are taking advantage of technology to enhance students' academic experience, using Skype every week to link up with a classroom on the East Coast.  

Michele Radosevich '94 named Woman of the Year

Michele Radosevich, a leader in the Washington legal community, received the 2013 Woman of the Year Award from Seattle University School of Law and its Women's Law Caucus. 

Latina/o Community Awards honor two alumni, judge

Two Seattle University School of Law graduates and a King County judge who supports the law school will be honored at the Latina/o Community Awards Thursday, March 14.  

Law school names Leadership for Justice fellow

Diego Rondon Ichikawa has received Seattle University School of Law's prestigious Leadership for Justice fellowship, which will allow him to pursue wage justice for workers in Washington State and around the country. 

Symposium explores the legacy of the Beat Generation

Professor David Skover and others will discuss his new book at a symposium, Mania: The Lives, Literature, and Law of the Beats, Friday, April 5, at Seattle University School of Law. 

Mural shows importance of civility in the courtroom

There will be lasting evidence of the importance of civility in the legal profession when a mural is installed in Judge Mary Yu's King County courtroom in March. A reception marking the installation is set for 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in Yu's courtroom at the King County Courthouse. 

Margaret Fisher receives national civics award

Margaret E. Fisher, distinguished practitioner in residence and court program analyst with the Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts, is the 2012-2013 recipient of the Sandra Day O'Connor Award for the Advancement of Civics Education by the National Center for State Courts. 

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