2014 News Archives

Professor Kirkwood testifies before congressional committee

Professor John B. Kirkwood testified before a U.S. House Judiciary subcommittee on April 3 about a proposed bill that would require the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to challenge mergers in the same way. 

Professor Won Kidane wins Fulbright Award to study, teach in Ethiopia

Professor Won Kidane, who is fast becoming one of the most well-known and prolific scholars in the areas of immigration law and international arbitration and litigation, has earned a prestigious Fulbright Award. 

Law students help refugees stay in the United States

In mid-March, when many students were taking a welcome break from their studies, eight Immigration Clinic students were fighting for their clients in hearings at the federal Immigration Court at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. It was a week well spent: All five of their clients were granted the right to stay in the United States. 

Corporate Counsel Awards honor law alumni

Alumni of Seattle University School of Law are leaders within the local legal community, and the Puget Sound Business Journal has recognized their talents and contributions in the latest 2014 Corporate Counsel Awards. 

Clinic announces breakthrough in Renton woman's jailing in Mexico

Nestora Salgado-García of Renton, who has been illegally detained by Mexican authorities since August 2013, won an important victory in her struggle for freedom when a Mexican federal judge dismissed significant criminal charges against her.  

Law school thanks Appeals Court Judge Robin Hunt for supporting externs

Judge J. Robin Hunt, an appellate court judge who has been devoted to nurturing aspiring lawyers through the Externship Program, will be honored by Seattle University School of Law.  

Lorena González '05 selected for leadership fellowship

Nationally recognized civil rights attorney M. Lorena González '05 will travel the world as a Marshall Memorial Fellow. Dean Annette E. Clark '89 was among those who supported González's application for the competitive fellowship program.  

Social justice champions Jim Degel '80 and Jeanne Berwick support equal justice leadership academy

Thanks to the generosity and laser-like focus on social justice of Jim Degel '80 and his wife, Jeanne Berwick, the Washington State Equal Justice Community Leadership Academy will complete its four-year plan to graduate over 100 individuals trained in the art and science of leading some of the state's most far-reaching equal justice programs. 

Professor Anne Enquist honored with national legal writing award

Professor Anne Enquist, director of Seattle University School of Law's top-ranked Legal Writing program, is the 2014 recipient of the Burton Award for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education.  

Legal Writing No. 1 again; Clinic ranked 18, and law school moves up overall

For the sixth consecutive year, Seattle University School of Law has the top Legal Writing Program in the nation, and its clinical and Part-Time Programs also are among the best, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2015 edition of Best Graduate Schools. 

Seattle U students reach top eight teams for NALSA moot court

Jocelyn McCurtain and Drew Pollom advanced to the "Elite Eight" teams at the National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Competition. 

Judge Anita Crawford-Willis '86 named Woman of the Year

Judge Anita Crawford-Willis '86, a respected member of the legal community who is devoted to nurturing student leaders, is the law school’s 2014 Woman of the Year. 

Latina/o Community Awards honor friends, alumni

The three people honored by the Latina/o Law Student Association this year are powerful advocates and friends of the Latino community, whether they're fighting for a diverse curriculum in Arizona schools, helping families at risk of deportation, or volunteering time and expertise at a Spanish-English Legal Clinic. 

Law school hosts Solo, Small, and Mid-Size Firm Career Fair

The event is an ideal way for practitioners to connect with talented law students seeking career advice and insight about practice areas. The fair is also an easy way to recruit legal interns. 

New clinic to help parents in prison stay connected to kids

Moms and dads serving time in prison will get legal assistance to keep their families together, as part of a new clinical course starting this fall at Seattle University School of Law.  

Foreclosure documentary airs in Olympia

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

Seattle University honors Lorena Gonzalez with Community Service Award

Nationally recognized civil rights attorney M. Lorena Gonzalez '05 will receive Seattle University's Community Service Award. A partner at Schroeter, Goldmark and Bender (SGB), she has built a successful career representing clients who have been persecuted by those in authority or seriously injured by negligence or misconduct. 

Law student wins state approval for charter school

A state commission has approved seven new charter schools for Washington and one of them is the brainchild of a Seattle University School of Law student. 

U.S. Sen. Murkowski, other experts confront challenges in the Arctic

Leading experts, lawmakers, scientists, and environmentalists, confronted the complicated and critical issues facing the future of the Arctic at a two-symposium hosted by Seattle University School of Law. 

Associate Dean Paul Holland receives university's McGoldrick Fellowship

Professor Paul Holland, associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Law, is the 2014 recipient of the prestigious McGoldrick Fellowship.  

Black Law Student Association honors alumni, friends

A federal judge devoted to enriching the lives and careers of students. A corporate lawyer working to improve labor relations. An administrative law judge building ties to South Africa. And a public defender who's spent considerable time giving back to her law school. 

Law school hosts meeting with EPA and community groups

The School of Law will host an important public meeting with senior staff from the Environmental Protection Agency and community groups working on environmental justice issues.  

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. 

Generous gift will fund two-year Leadership for Justice Fellowship

Thanks to the tremendous generosity of social justice champions Jim Degel '80 and his wife, Jeannie Berwick, Seattle University School of Law will offer a two-year Leadership for Justice post-graduate fellowship. 

Civil rights pioneer Diane Nash visits law school

Civil rights pioneer and peace activist Diane Nash will visit Seattle University School of Law Jan. 17 in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

Experts will debate future of the Arctic at symposium Feb. 7-8

Leading experts, lawmakers, scientists, and environmentalists will gather at Seattle University for an in-depth symposium Feb. 7-8 to address the critical and complicated issues facing the Arctic.  

Fe Lopez '06 appointed to new post in mayor's office

Fé Lopez, director of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund and a 2006 graduate of Seattle University School of Law, is the new director of the Seattle Community Police Commission. 

Natasha Martin named one of most influential minority law professors

Associate Professor Natasha Martin has been named to Lawyers of Color's "50 under 50" list of minority law professors under age 50 making an impact in legal education. The magazine's 2014 issue is scheduled to be released in April. 

Amy Pritchard '09, and Stacey Lara, Center for Professional Development