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2011 News

Her biggest case

Janis Puracal '07 devoted to freeing her brother from Nicaraguan prison  

Graduate builds a community of social justice lawyers

Three 2011 graduates have received AmeriCorps fellowships to work with another alumnus in providing legal services to the poorest and most vulnerable people in Arkansas. 

Law school hosts Law and Development Institute conference

The Law and Development Institute and Seattle University School of Law will host a conference about global economic topics on Saturday, Dec. 10. 

Food safety lawyer William Marler and author to speak Nov. 17

The School of Law will bring William Marler ’87, the country’s most prominent foodborne illness lawyer, to campus to discuss the importance of food safety on Thursday, Nov. 17. 

Law school launches Pledge Pro Bono program

Seattle University School of Law launched a new Pro Bono Pledge Program to provide students the opportunity to help meet the needs of underserved communities and contribute to a more just and humane world 

Graduate earns fellowship to prevent domestic violence

Elizabeth Tonti, a May 2011 graduate of Seattle University School of Law, has earned a fellowship to provide legal services and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence. 

Red Mass recognizes legal community and honors Justice Mary Fairhurst

Seattle University School of Law’s annual Red Mass celebrated the contributions of the legal community, paying a special tribute to State Supreme Court Justice Mary E. Fairhurst for her steadfast commitment to justice. 

State Supreme Court visits law school Oct. 18

The nine justices of the Washington State Supreme Court will travel to Seattle University School of Law on Tuesday, Oct. 18, to interact with students and hear arguments on three cases.  

‘Out of the Ashes’ plays at the Gig Harbor Film Festival

Professor Emeritus Marilyn Berger’s compelling film, “Out of the Ashes: 9/11,” was selected to play at the Gig Harbor Film Festival. Alumni are invited to a special reception before the screening on Friday, Oct. 14.  

School of Law celebrates Red Mass Oct 6

The School of Law will celebrate Red Mass 2011 on Thursday, Oct. 6 in the Chapel of St. Ignatius at 5:30 p.m. A reception honoring Supreme Court Justice Mary Fairhurst will follow at Sullivan Hall.  

Author of Japan's Women's Rights Clause to speak

Beate Sirota Gordon, who wrote the women's rights clause in Japan's Constitution, talked about her experiences at a special lecture sponsored by the law school.  

ARC celebrates 25 years of access and diversity

The anniversary celebration, Sept. 9 and 10, recognized the law school's uninterrupted commitment to access and diversity in the legal profession through the ARC Access Admissions Program and its Early-entry predecessor and honored the more than 700 alumni who have enhanced the profession with their service. 

Law school marks Constitution Day with father of law-related education

The School of Law will mark Constitution Day with a program that celebrates the 100th birthday of the Dr. Isidore Starr, the father of law-related education, and explores the future of civics education. 

Margaret Fisher receives 2011 Angelo Petruss Award for Lawyers in Public Service

Margaret E. Fisher, a distinguished practitioner in residence at the law school who has run its Street Law Program for three decades, will be presented with the 2011 Angelo Petruss Award for Lawyers in Public Service by the Washington State Bar Association. 

Faculty and staff break giving record

The 2010-2011 Faculty and Staff Annual Fund Campaign was the most successful in law school history with over 56% participation. 

'Out of the Ashes' plays in NYC

As the nation commemorates the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Professor Emeritus Marilyn Berger is showing her film, "Out of the Ashes: 9/11," in and around New York City. 

Scholars work to effect societal change

Seattle University School of Law is proud to announce its three full-tuition scholarship recipients for the 2011-12 year. 

Law school joins consortium to innovate education

Seattle University School of Law has joined a consortium aimed at innovating legal education. 

Law school welcomes class of 2014

The School of Law welcomed a diverse class of 2014 with the start of the fall semester August 22.  

Uri Matsuda finally wears SU cap and gown

Nearly 70 years after she was unjustly forced from school and ordered to an internment camp, Uri Matsuda finally wore a Seattle University cap and gown. 

Joaquin Avila to receive prestigious award from Mexican government

Joaquin Avila, director of the law school’s National Voting Rights Advocacy Initiative, will receive a prestigious award from the Government of Mexico in recognition for his work in the United States and its impact in Mexico.  

Law school hosts symposium on improving domestic violence response

The School of Law will host the third annual comprehensive symposium examining problems related to domestic violence on Sept. 8 and 9. 

Law school marks 25th anniversary of summary judgment trilogy

A colloquium and lecture at the law school will reflect on the 25th anniversary of the trilogy of summary judgment cases and how they changed litigation.  

Graduate earns fellowship to bridge medical-legal gap

2011 graduate Kevin De Liban has earned a fellowship to create medical-legal partnerships to serve poor and disabled people in eastern Arkansas.  

Law Alumni Board thanks outgoing member, welcomes new

The Law Alumni Board bid farewell to a former president and welcomed a new member July 1. 

Academic Resource Center marks 25th anniversary

Seattle University School of Law will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Academic Resource Center, a life-changing program that exemplifies the law school's commitment to educating leaders for justice and its goal of increasing access to and diversity in the legal profession.  

Legal writing professors offered path to tenure

In a move that recognizes and reinforces the strength of its nationally acclaimed Legal Writing Program, Seattle University School of Law has created an opportunity for those teaching in the program to attain tenure.  

Honoring courage

Law school leads effort to award honorary degrees to Japanese Americans forced from school during WWII 

Leaders for Justice

Three fellows will work for underserved communities after graduation 

Pioneering professors

Professors Berger and Branscomb retire 

Ethics CLE and reception set for Anchorage

As part of its longstanding Summer in Alaska Program, the law school is cosponsoring a CLE and reception in Anchorage June 23.  

10 students part of Equal Justice Works Summer Corps

Ten Seattle University School of Law students were named to the Equal Justice Works Summer Corps, which provides law students with the opportunity to dedicate their summer to a legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization. 

May graduate wins national fellowship

Reyna Ramolete Hayashi, May graduate who has dedicated her life to working with poor, immigrant and underserved communities, earned a prestigious two-year fellowship to combat the growing problem of wage theft - the systematic underpayment of workers' wages. 

Law school graduates 265 at May Commencement

Seattle University School of Law conferred degrees on 265 graduates at 2011 Commencement Sunday, May 15, at KeyArena. 

Law school offers alumni spots at ATJ conference

The law school offers alumni the change to attend the annual Washington Access to Justice/Bar Leaders Conference in Kennewick June 3-5. 

Law school launches Summer in D.C. Program

Seattle University School of Law launched a new Summer in D.C. Program to provide students vital career experience and the opportunity to network with legal professionals in the nation's capital. 

Law school backs effort to honor Japanese American students forced from studies during WWII

Japanese American students whose educations were unjustly interrupted by the internment and incarceration will receive honorary degrees from Seattle University. 

Law school mourns death of Professor Tom Holdych

Professor Emeritus Tom Holdych, a founding faculty member at the law school, died of ALS on Easter Sunday, April 24. He taught the very first class at the law school on Sept. 5, 1972, and he helped shape the law school into what it is today.  

Professor Annette Clark accepts deanship at St. Louis

Associate Professor Annette Clark has been named dean at St. Louis University School of Law. 

Grant aids law school's voting rights work

The National Voting Rights Advocacy Initiative received a $100,000 grant from the Open Society Institute. 

Law Review's Colin Prince honored for legal writing

Colin Prince '10 received a prestigious 2011 Burton Award for Legal Writing 

Law school co-sponsors in-depth CLE on civility in Italy; info session May 26

Seattle University School of Law will continue its series The Civility Promise with an in-depth seminar in Tuscany, Italy in October. 

'Out of the Ashes' selected for Politics on Film festival

Professor Marilyn Berger's documentary chronicling the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund will be featured at the 2011 Politics on Film festival in Washington, D.C. 

Fellowship recipients will work for underserved communities

Fellowships awarded by Seattle University School of Law will allow two 2011 graduates to tackle difficult social justice problems.  

John Mitchell installed as Oltman Professor of Teaching Excellence

Seattle University School of Law celebrated the installation of John Mitchell as the William C. Oltman Professor of Teaching Excellence. 

Law school announces alumni award winners

Seattle University School of Law is proud to announce the recipients of the 2011 Alumni Awards. They will be recognized at a luncheon at noon Friday, April 15, in the second floor gallery of Sullivan Hall. 

Law review spring 2011 issue available online

The Spring 2011 issue of the Seattle University Law Review features a colloquy among distinguished legal scholars commenting on issues related to Joan Williams's latest book, "Reshaping the Work-Family Debate: Why Men and Class Matter." Their approaches result in surprising, sometimes provocative, new ideas for cultural, legal and policy reform at the nexus of work and family.  

U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan named Woman of the Year

Seattle University School of Law and the Women's Law Caucus presented the 2011 Woman of the Year Award to Jenny A. Durkan, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington. 

Law school presents annual Latina/o Alumni Awards

The School of Law recognized two outstanding graduates and a friend of the law school at the second annual Latina/o Alumni Awards reception on March 24. 

Former U.S. attorneys will discuss counter-terrorism

Capt. David C. Iglesias and Professor from Practice John McKay will discuss counter-terrorism efforts at a panel from noon – 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 29.  

Teach-in, exhibit honor Japanese American students forced from school

A daylong seminar will help tell the story of the Japanese American incarceration and the Seattle University students whose educations were unjustly disrupted by it. The teach-in "Honoring Courage," is Tuesday, May 17.  

Law school honors the life of Ramona Writt '91

The School of Law will host a reception on March 22 to honor the life of accomplished and beloved graduate and former faculty member Ramona Writt.  

BLSA presents awards to accomplished lawyers

Two outstanding graduates of Seattle University School of Law and a committed friend of the law school were honored by the Black Law Student Association Feb. 22. 

SU to honor students forced to leave during WWII

The Seattle University Board of Trustees will grant honorary degrees to 15 Japanese American former students whose educations were disrupted by their forced removal in 1942.  

Diversity Week offers wide range of events

Seattle University School of Law invites you to participate in a full schedule of events for Diversity Week 2011. 

Freedom restored

Professor and students help transformed man win clemency 

Changing the face

Law school celebrates commitment to diversity and Academic Resource Center 25th anniversary  

Professor Mahmud receives prestigious fellowship

Professor Tayyab Mahmud has been awarded a prestigious Princeton University Law and Public Affairs Fellowship for 2011-12. 

Law school joins State Bar to increase access to legal services

The three law schools in Washington have joined forces with the Washington State Bar Association to address the systemic problem of access to the legal system. 

Law school tackles civility in groundbreaking program

Professor Paula Lustbader has launched a pioneering program to promote civility in the legal profession. 

Law school marks 25th anniversary competition named for former Dean Tausend

The School of Law marks the 25th anniversary of the Fredric C. Tausend Moot Court Competition this year, honoring past winners, judges and the man for whom the competition is named. 

International Human Rights Clinic expands focus to Africa

Building on his experience with other human rights courts, Professor Tom Antkowiak and his students are helping a fledgling human rights court in Africa. 

Student honored for social justice work

2L Alex West was named one of Seattle University's UnSUng Heroes for his work with the law school's Social Justice Coalition. 

Seeking justice

Graduate fights for the rights of accused war criminal 

Student scholars

Law school's full-tuition scholars work to effect societal change 

Law making

Senators leave politics out of the classroom 

The promise of civility

Professor Paula Lustbader calls for lawyers to raise the bar