2014 News Archives

Diverse class brings breadth of experience to law school

Seattle University School of Law remains the most diverse law school in the Northwest, with an incoming class that is 38 percent students of color and 52 percent women. 

Rep. Adam Smith continues to push for release of clinic client Nestora Salgado

Congressman Adam Smith continues to push for the release of Nestora Salgado, who is represented by the law school's International Human Rights Clinic. Congressman Smith today spoke with U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Earl Anthony Wayne about Nestora Salgado's case 

Faculty and staff directors and associate deans start new roles

Changes in key faculty and staff leadership positions at Seattle University School of Law take effect today. 

Corporate law experts visit for Berle Symposium

Two internationally recognized experts in corporate law will headline a symposium next week hosted by Seattle University School of Law's Adolf A. Berle, Jr. Center on Corporations, Law & Society. 

Latino students learn IP law through Microsoft program in D.C.

Three Seattle University School of Law students had an extraordinary opportunity to explore intellectual property law and make valuable career contacts through the HNBA/Microsoft IP Institute in Washington, D.C. in early June. 

Rep. Adam Smith visits law school to demand justice for Nestora Salgado

Congressman Adam Smith joined advocates at Seattle University School of Law today to speak in strong support of Nestora Salgado-García, the U.S. citizen from Renton who has been illegally detained by Mexican authorities since August. 

Professor Anne Enquist receives writing award at D.C. event

Receiving a prestigious national award for legal writing education, Professor Anne Enquist credited Dean Annette Clark and her colleagues at Seattle University School of Law. 

Anchorage satellite campus will be at Alaska Pacific University

n another major step toward bringing legal education to Alaska, Seattle University School of Law has reached an agreement to house its satellite campus at Alaska Pacific University (APU). 

Bree Black Horse '13 selected for federal clerkship

Bree Black Horse, a 2013 graduate of Seattle University School of Law, has received a prestigious federal clerkship working for the Honorable Brian Morris of the U.S. District Court in Great Falls, Montana. 

Professors collaborate to examine costs of the death penalty

Professors from Seattle University and the School of Law received a $50,000 grant from the ACLU of Washington.  

Lorena Gonzalez '05 named counsel to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray appointed civil rights attorney Lorena González '05 as Counsel to the Mayor. 

Distinguished Jurist in Residence Mary Yu appointed to Supreme Court

Gov. Jay Inslee today appointed King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu to the Washington State Supreme Court. Yu will fill the seat of Justice Jim Johnson, who retired from the court earlier this week due to health issues. 

Presidential fellowship allows law student to give back

Fatima Dilek dreamed of a career in the Foreign Service where she could use her abundant language skills. Now she's one step closer to that goal after winning a Presidential Management Fellowship.  

Professor celebrates Philippines typhoon recovery on Earth Day

Cliff Villa, an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law and an attorney for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, traveled to the Philippines to mark the reopening of the School of the SEA (Sea and Earth Advocates). 

Unjust arrest leads law student to work for public defense

Law school might seem like an unusual place for a rebel. But Chinn's experiences as an active anti-war protestor — including a false arrest by state police and the discovery of a double agent among his anarchist buddies — led him directly to Seattle University School of Law.  

Law student receives prestigious Harvard fellowship

This fall, equipped with a newly earned J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, 3L Quinn Dennehy will begin a prestigious Zuckerman Fellowship at Harvard University, working toward a master's in education policy. 

Foreclosure outreach project receives national recognition

A national clinical legal organization has recognized Seattle University School of Law's outstanding work in helping distressed homeowners facing foreclosure. 

Leadership for Justice Fellow will reach out to incarcerated youth

Marisa Ordonia, who will graduate in May, was selected for the two-year fellowship to work with TeamChild on The ReConnect Project, which will work to help incarcerated youth returning to their communities through direct legal representation and policy work to break down legal and societal barriers to success. 

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. 

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. 

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