Dean's Leadership Team

Annette Clark

Annette E. Clark '89

Dean and Professor of Law

B.S., summa cum laude, Washington State University, 1981; M.D., with Honors, University of Washington School of Medicine, 1985; J.D., summa cum laude, first in class, Seattle University School of Law, 1989

Annette Clark became dean of Seattle University School of Law July 1, 2013. She previously served as interim dean, vice dean and  associate dean for academic affairs, overseeing the academic program, including the curriculum, centers and institutes and faculty.

She teaches, writes and consults in the areas of medical liability and bioethics and is a frequent national and local lecturer on these topics. She is a respected health law scholar nationally and has published articles in the New York University Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, and the Tulane Law Review, among others.

 Dean Clark was Seattle University's 2008-09 James B. McGoldrick Fellow and has received the Seattle Journal for Social Justice Faculty Award, the Dean's Medal, and the Outstanding Faculty Award.  

Paul Holland

Paul Holland

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Law

B.A., cum laude, Harvard University, 1988; J.D., magna cum laude, New York University, 1991; L.L.M., Georgetown University, 1996

After joining the faculty in 2004 to teach in the Youth Advocacy Clinic, Professor Holland was named Director of the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic in 2006. As Director, he oversaw the expansion of the Clinic's offerings and its increased integration with the Legal Writing Program and other components of the Law School's curriculum. He was appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 2009.

Professor Holland continues to teach in the Youth Advocacy Clinic. He is also active in the field of juvenile justice as a scholar and policymaker. His article, Schooling Miranda: Policing Interrogation in the Twenty-First Century Schoolhouse appeared in the 2006 edition of the Loyola Law Review. Governor Christine Gregoire appointed him to the Governor's Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee in 2005 and named him Chair in 2008.

Before joining the Seattle University faculty, Professor Holland taught in clinics representing youth at Georgetown University Law Center (1994-99), Loyola University (Chicago) School of Law (1999-2001) and University of Michigan Law School (2001-04).

Donna Deming

Donna Deming

Associate Dean for Student Affairs

B.A. Yale University, 1976. J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1979. Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Dean Deming oversees Admissions, Student Financial Services and Student Affairs and is responsible for enforcing school policies and the Student Conduct Code. Dean Deming also helps oversees orientation, examinations and graduation. Prior to joining the law school’s administrative staff, she was assistant dean for admission and student affairs at Temple University. A former member of the board of trustees of the Law School Admissions Council, she has also chaired the Association of American Law Schools Section on Pre-legal Education and Admission to Law School, and serves on the executive committee for the Administration of Law Schools Section. Dean Deming holds responsibility for admissions, financial aid, and student affairs. She joined the law school in 1991.

Richard Bird

Richard Bird

Associate Dean for Finance and Administration

B.A., Pacific Lutheran University, 1982; M.B.A., Pacific Lutheran University, 1984

Dean Bird oversees the Business Office, Event Administration, Faculty Administrative Assistants, Technology Helpdesk and Network Services, and is responsible for the School of Law's Finances, Sullivan Hall, and is the staff Human Resource liaison. Prior to joining the School of Law he was the Director of Auxiliary Services and Associate Director for Residential Life at Seattle University. While at Pacific Lutheran University he was a Residence Hall Director and Conference Coordinator. Dean Bird has served as an active member on University and ABA committees.

Carol T. Cochran

Carol T. Cochran

Assistant Dean for Admission

B.A., Pacific Lutheran University, 1991; M.A., Seattle University, 2004

Assistant Dean Cochran has worked in higher education since 1991, when she became an admission counselor at her alma mater. In 1994, she joined the staff of Seattle University School of Law as the assistant director of admission. She became the director of admission in 1999 and was appointed assistant dean in 2005. She is the advisor to the Black Law Student Association. Ms. Cochran has served on numerous information panels at the Law School Admission Council Law School Forums and has presented at the LSAC Annual Meeting and Educational Conference. She previously served on the LSAC Minority Affairs Committee for 2001-03 and was a member of the 2003 LSAC Annual Meeting and Educational Conference Planning Work Group.

Kathleen Koch

Kathleen Koch

Assistant Dean for Student Financial Services

B.A., University of Puget Sound, 1975; M.A., Seattle University, 1999

Assistant Dean Koch has been involved in the financial aid field for nearly 16 years and holds many leadership positions in the field. She serves on Congressman John Sarbanes’ Education for Public Service Advisory Committee and participated in negotiated rulemaking for the College Cost Reduction and Access Act Student Loans Committee with the Department of Education. She is president of the Washington Financial Aid Association, is a Washington State Bar Foundation Loan Repayment Assistance Advisory Board member and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Student Financial Aid for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. She sits on the Presidents’ Committee and the Graduate/Professional Committee for the Western Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and is a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the Washington State Association of Student Employment Administrators.

Andrew Siegel

Andrew Siegel

Associate Dean for Planning and Strategic Initiatives and Associate Professor of Law

B.A. in history, summa cum laude, Yale University, 1993; M.A. in history, Princeton University, 1997; J.D., summa cum laude, New York University School of Law, 1999, New York University Law Review executive editor

Professor Andrew Siegel is a tenured Associate Professor at the Seattle University School of Law. He joined the law school in the fall of 2007, after five years teaching at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Before entering the legal academy, Professor Siegel served as a law clerk to Judge Pierre N. Leval of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and to Justice John Paul Stevens of the United States Supreme Court and practiced as a litigation associate in the New York office of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering.

Professor Siegel researches and writes about constitutional theory, contemporary constitutional and public law, American legal history, and criminal procedure. His work on these subjects has appeared in a variety of journals, including the Texas, Fordham, and UC-Davis Law Reviews and the American Journal of Criminal Law. He is currently at work on a variety of projects including a sourcebook for classes on the United States Supreme Court forthcoming from Aspen in 2013 (with Rich Seamon, Joe Thai, and Kathryn Watts), a cultural history of the first generation of American law schools, and articles exploring the structure of due process doctrine and the concept of "constitutional culture." His writings for the popular press include "Nice Disguise: Alito's Frightening Geniality," (The New Republic, November 15, 2005) and "Farewell to Justice Stevens from those who Knew Him Well" (Washington Post, April 9, 2010) (with Joe Thai and Eduardo Penalver).

Steve Bender

Steve Bender

Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Professor of Law

B.S. in political science, University of Oregon, 1982; J.D., University of Oregon School of Law, 1985

Professor Bender joined the faculty from the University of Oregon in 2011, where he taught for twenty years, serving as James and Ilene Hershner Professor of Law, Director of Portland Programs, and Director of the Green Business Initiative. He is the author of many law review articles, a casebook on real estate transactions, a national two-volume treatise on real estate financing, a book on Latino stereotypes titled Greasers and Gringos: Latinos, Law, and the American Imagination (NYU Press 2003), a book on politics titled One Night in America: Robert Kennedy, Cesar Chavez, and the Dream of Dignity (Paradigm Publishers 2008, winner of the 2008 Oregon Book Award for General Nonfiction), a book on language policy titled Comprende?: The Significance of Spanish in English-Only Times (Floricanto Press 2008), a book on housing policy titled Tierra y Libertad: Land, Liberty, and Latino Housing (NYU Press 2010), and the co-author of Everyday Law for Latinos (Paradigm Publishers 2008). NYU Press published his latest book on border policy, Run for the Border: Vice and Virtue in U.S.-Mexico Border Crossings, in 2012.

He is an elected member of the American Law Institute, the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. During 2009-2011, Bender served as co-president of the 700-member national association SALT (Society of American Law Teachers).