Engage with Seattle U Law at AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

January 2, 2024 · By Nicole Jennings
SeattleULaw at #AALS2024 | 1/4/2024 6-8 p.m.

Seattle University School of Law faculty and staff will be playing a major role at the Association of American Law Schools’ Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., this week, offering many opportunities for alumni and friends in D.C. to engage with the Seattle U Law community.

Seattle U Law’s AALS Reception — The Seattle Tastes and Sounds Soirée — will be on Thursday, Jan. 4th from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Rock Creek Ballroom, Salon C, at the Westin Washington, D.C. Downtown. The law school will announce and celebrate the inaugural Seattle U Law Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic Distinguished Lecturer, Devon Carbado (University of California, Los Angeles), at the reception. Join the celebration and enjoy plenty of Seattle-rooted drinks and tunes on tap.

Of special note this year, Seattle U Law’s own Professor Steven Bender will be honored with the 2024 Great Teacher Award from the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) at a ceremony at American University on Friday, Jan. 5 at 6 p.m, during the Annual Meeting. Bender is also chairing the Latinx Law Professors Dinner at Mintz Levin and helping to facilitate the LatCrit Hospitality Suite Thursday and Friday during AALS. Varona and Bender also will be helping convene the National Hispanic Bar Association Task Force on Law Faculty and Deans during the Annual Meeting.

Additional Seattle U Law engagements during AALS 2024 include:

  • Professor Steven Bender, Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives
    • Moderator, “Does ABA Standard 303 Compliance Require Criticality," Critical Theories. Saturday, Jan 6, 8 a.m.
    • Moderator, “Teaching Critical Theory: Resources, Resilience, and Reflection,” Critical Theories. Saturday, Jan. 6, 3 p.m.
    • “Stepping Out of the Ivory Tower: How Academic Activists Can Make a Difference in the Real World,” SALT/American Constitution Society 2024 Cover Workshop. Friday, Jan. 5, 10 a.m.
    • “Organizing for Critical Inclusion in the Legal Academy,” Georgetown University Law Center. Saturday, Jan. 6, 12 to 2:30 p.m. (RSVP requested: benders@seattleu.edu).
  • Associate Professor Danieli Evans
    • “Beyond Equality to Belonging,” Law and the Social Sciences. Saturday, Jan. 6, 10 a.m.
    • “Institutionalized Ostracism and Inequality,” Public Law Junior Scholars.
  • Professor Robert S. Chang, Executive Director, Fred T. Korematsu Center on Law and Equality
  • Professor Sital Kalantry, Associate Dean of Graduate and International Programs
  • Professor Tayyab Mahmud
  • Dean Anthony E. Varona
  • Colin Watrin, Director of Institutional Engagement & Special Assistant to the Dean
    • “Embracing Alternatively Scheduled Students: Unexpected Benefits for Faculty & the Legal Profession,” Part-Time Division Programs. Wednesday, Jan. 3, 8 a.m.
  • Professor Deborah Ahrens, Vice Dean of Intellectual Life, is chair-elect of the Evidence Section.
  • Associate Professor Seth Katsuya Endo is chair of the Civil Procedure Section and received Honorable Mention in the Inaugural Junior Scholarship Award for the Section.
  • Professor Steven W. Bender is chair of the Critical Theories Section.
  • Professor Sital Kalantry is chair of the Law and South Asian Section and treasurer of the Human Rights Section.
  • Seattle U Law Bar Studies Director Isabel Freitas Peres and Lily Su, Director of the law school’s Access to Justice Institute, completed an 18-month research project, sponsored by AccessLex Institute and the Southern Education Foundation, which analyzed the effect of students’ past testing experiences on their future law school and bar exam performance. Dean Anthony E. Varona will share some of their findings during his presentation at the AALS Hot Topic Session, titled “Legal Education in a World Without the Bar Exam.”

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