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Tired of waiting on the government, hungry Americans turn to one another

Washington Post

Professor Dean Spade's book on mutual aid is cited in this article detailing the history of the movement.

Project Homeless FAQ: We've answered your questions

Seattle Times

Sweeps won't end even if the Navigation Team is gone, Professor Sara Rankin says.

Legal costs in protest lawsuit stack up for Seattle, could top $600,000

Seattle Times

The law school's Korematsu Center is part of the legal team suing the City of Seattle for treatment of peaceful protesters.

Councilmember Lewis proposes exceptions to build supportive housing

Real Change News

Professor Sara Rankin says the region should be creative and nimble in making such housing a reality.

'Solidarity, Not Charity': A Visual History of Mutual Aid


Professor Dean Spade says mutual aid projects build new social relations that are more survivable.

Seattle Asks Court to Reverse Contempt Decision

South Seattle Emerald

The law school's Korematsu Center is on the legal team challenging the City of Seattle's police behavior.

Dean Spade: 'Mutual Aid Always Pops Up Where Disasters Are'


Mutual aid went mainstream during the COVID-19 pandemic, says Professor Dean Spade, because the crisis wasn't isolated.

Diploma Privilege and the Future of the Bar Exam

GPSolo Magazine (PDF)

Dean Annette Clark '89 tells the story of how Seattle U Law students and faculty advocated for diploma privilege in Washington.

Jurisdictions with COVID-19-related diploma privilege are going back

ABA Journal

Dean Annette Clark says states have now had more time to plan for an online exam in 2021.

Federal judge holds Seattle Police Department in contempt

Seattle Times

The Korematsu Center for Law and Equality partnered with the ACLU and Perkins Coie in this legal action.

Homeless Authority's Implementation Board Asks Renton Not to Evict

King County RHA Implementation Board (PDF)

Professor Sara Rankin is a member of the regional board.

Homelessness Authority Weighs In On Battle Over Future of Renton Shelter


Renton's actions undercut the spirit of a regional approach to homelessness, says Professor Sara Rankin.

County officials discuss future of Renton hotel


Professor Sara Rankin called on the regional board to act to protect access to shelter.

The Giving Apps: How Venmo, Cash App Upended a Century-Old Charity Model

One Zero

Professor Dean Spade says direct giving acknowledges widespread racism and exploitation.

A Black Seattle family couldn’t bury their young son where they wished

Seattle Times

Professor Robert Chang says a court apology has important symbolic meaning.

How to Counteract the Court


Congress hasn't had the political energy to override the U.S. Supreme Court, says Professor Charlotte Garden.

From the Black Panthers to the No-Cop Co-op


Professor Dean Spade argues that social movements are the key to creating lasting change.

'Salt Bae' Tips Memo Shows Where Labor, Wage Laws Meet


Professor Charlotte Garden comments on a case involving a celebrity chef.

Where Housing, Not Jails, Is the Answer to Homelessness


Professor Sara Rankin explains how minor tickets can lead to serious legal problems for unsheltered people.

3 Takeaways As Gig Cos. Prevail At Polls On Worker Status


Professor Charlotte Garden says the California vote isn't likely to affect legislators in other states.

Rules for federal court procedure are written by almost all white men

Federal News Network

Professor Brooke Coleman discusses the lopsided make-up of the federal rules committee.

Dean Spade in TruthOut: Mutual aid is essential


Dean Spade in TruthOut: Mutual aid is essential

Mutual Aid Is Essential to Our Survival



Brooke Coleman comments on the future of the U.S. Supreme Court


Brooke Coleman comments on the future of the U.S. Supreme Court

Local professors see new era taking shape for Supreme Court


Professor Brooke Coleman says the U.S. Supreme Court will "perform as advertised."

Uber, Lyft Legal Blow Widens Door For Labor Law Challenges

Bloomberg Law

California's new law regulating gig companies didn't solve the issue of mass arbitration, says Professor Charlotte Garden.

Understanding the landscape of Facebook's dominance

Seattle Times

Professor John Kirkwood discusses the challenge of proving that Facebook is a social media monopoly.

How to Boost Unions' Power? Sectoral Bargaining.

In These Times

Professor Charlotte Garden says sector-based bargaining allows employers to focus on quality of services.

King County sales tax to help homeless is passed over by city councils

Real Change News

Professor Sara Rankin comments on cities' failure to invest in regional solutions to homelessness.

What Prop. 22's defeat would mean for Uber and Lyft

LA Times

California's Proposition 22 would take the teeth out of the state's ability to challenge companies that misclassify workers, say

Protesters accuse Seattle police of 'retaliation.'

Seattle Times

The Korematsu Center and other organizations say Seattle police are still using violent tactics against protesters.

LISTEN: What Amy Coney Barrett will mean for the High Court


KOMO News Radio

The current pandemic might be a “stress test” of the IP regime


Professor Margaret Chon discusses intellectual property issues surrounding a COVID19 vaccine.

Interview with law professor about Trump's Supreme Court nominee


Professor Andrew Siegel discusses Judge Amy Coney Barrett's judicial history and her approval process.

For civility, we should restore filibuster and not pack the court

My Northwest

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg advocated for incremental, lasting change, says Professor Brooke Coleman.

NYT: Attorney General explored possible criminal charges against Durkan


It's ludicrous to suggest Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan should face prosecution for how she handled Seattle protests, says Professo

Seattle police have declared riots during recent protests.

Seattle Times

Professor Robert Chang says a riot declaration isn't a license to use indiscriminate force.

Transparency will be key as four regional police agencies get new leader


The public's current interest in policing could affect top cop decisions in Western Washington, says Professor Deborah Ahrens.

Uber, Lyft Win Delay on Converting Drivers to Employees

Bloomberg Law

The court may have had the interests of drivers and riders in mind, says Professor Charlotte Garden.

October Online Bar Exams Spark Technology, Privacy Concerns

Bloomberg Law

Professor Robert Chang reacts to the last-minute cancellation of the Florida bar exam.

Motel eviction exposes gaps in Seattle's low-income housing options


Professor Sara Rankin says Seattle's low-income housing plans are a drop in the bucket.

Does America Need a Truth and Reconciliation Commission?


Professor Ron Slye says these commissions give victims a chance to tell the truth in their own words.

The Sick Hero of Free Speech


Profesor David Skover says comedian Lenny Bruce firmly believed no topic was off-limits.

Neighbors helping neighbors

Montana Free Press

Professor Dean Spade offers a definition and history of the mutual aid movement.

Uber, Lyft Must Convert Drivers Into Employees, Judge Rules

Bloomberg Law

Professor Charlotte Garden says California law doesn't preclude flexible employment.

GrubHub Ruling Draws New Line in Battles Over Driver Arbitration

Bloomberg Law

Professor Charlotte Garden weighs in on whether gig drivers can be considered transportation workers.

Uber Confronts California in Turning Point for Gig Workers

Bloomberg Law

Professor Charlotte Garden explains the significance of a labor law hearing for Uber and Lyft.

Defunding Seattle's Navigation Team stop the removal of homeless camps?

Seattle Times

Professor Sara Rankin says the sweeps will likely evolve rather than end.

King County’s plan to fix homelessness put power in homeless

Seattle Times

Professor Sara Rankin said people who have lived experience with homelessness should have authority in deciding policy.

Hundreds become lawyers in Washington state without taking bar exam

The Spokesman-Review

Dean Annette Clark's letter to the Washington Supreme Court is quoted in this article.

America wanted its first look at Jeff Bezos, the world's richest person.

Business Insider

Professor John Kirkwood said the testimony was a missed opportunity to defend Amazon's practices.

What homeless encampments can teach us about the state of nature


Research by the Homeless Rights Advocacy Project is cited in this essay about civic-minded behavior.

Uber Takes Shot at Lyft in Defense to Gig Worker Suit


Are business models for Uber and Lyft different enough for labor law? Professor Charlotte Garden says probably not.

A national evictions cliff is coming

The Appeal

Scholarship by Professor Brooke Coleman is cited in this article calling for right to counsel in civil cases.

Religion, LGBT Rights Again on Collision Course at High Court

Bloomberg Law

Professor Charlotte Garden explains which laws might allow for religious exemptions.

The fight over monuments asks who is an American hero

USA Today

Professor Ron Slye says anti-racist movements need broad political support and go beyond toppling statues.

Behind America's Mutual Aid Boom Lies A History Of Government Neglect


Professor Dean Spade says mutual aid works when government relief doesn't.

After appearing to drop, homelessness rose last year in King County

Seattle Times

Professor Sara Rankin says the yearly count of homelessness is a haphazard process.

Let's Finally Get the Police Out of Pride


Professor Dean Spade says efforts to reform police departments have failed.

King County Labor Council expels Seattle police union


Police unions should align member interests with community interests, says Professor Charlotte Garden.

LGBT Ruling Paves Way for Bathroom, Religious Battles at Work

Bloomberg Law

A Supreme Court ruling helps more people understand that such discrimination is illegal, says Professor Charlotte Garden.

Seattle to create 500 new units of permanent supportive housing

Seattle PI

Professor Sara Rankin says chronic homelessness "can be solved."

Second State Lets Law Grads Skip the Bar Exam Amid COVID-19

Dean Annette Clark says the decision takes into account the emotional and physical toll of recent events.

Get Ready for Janus 2.0, Which Could Devastate Labor More Than the First

In These Times

Lower courts were unanimous, so there's no reason for the U.S. Supreme Court to take this case, says Professor Charlotte Garden.

Workers' Collective Power in the Pandemic


Professor Charlotte Garden writes that unions are especially valuable in tough times.

Protesters and ACLU sue Seattle, blame mayor and police chief

Seattle Times

The Korematsu Center helped file the lawsuit on behalf of Black Lives Matter, a current law student, a law alumna, and others.

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda unveils her own proposal for taxing

Seattle Times

Professor Sara Rankin says it makes sense to use tax money for affordable housing.

'Outside agitator' narrative not supported by Seattle arrest data


Professor Deborah Ahrens says the narrative has roots in the civil rights movement.

Crisis demands Congress check Trump's leadership failure

Seattle Times

Professor John McKay's suggestion for limiting the use of federal troops is included in this editorial.

The Case For Sectoral Bargaining Is Now Stronger Than Ever

In These Times

Bargaining by sector is better for wages and safety standards, says Professor Charlotte Garden.

Local "unlikely alliance" proposes plan to solve chronic homelessness


A coalition led by Professor Sara Rankin proposes a solid plan for supportive housing.

A new $1.6B proposal to house thousands experiencing homelessness


Professor Sara Rankin says it's clear that a public-private partnership is required to solve the problem.

Businesses, advocates and academics unite to end chronic homelessness

Real Change News

Ending homelessness is "our collective responsibility," says Professor Sara Rankin.

Businesses and homeless advocates offer plan to create housing

Seattle Times

Professor Sara Rankin, co-founder of the Third Door Coalition, unveils $1.67 billion plan to create permanent supportive housing

Third Door Coalition crafts plan to solve chronic homelessness emergency


Professor Sara Rankin found allies in the business community to create a viable plan to reduce homelessness.

Proposal: King County can solve chronic homelessness in 5 years

Seattle PI

Professor Sara Rankin says this proposal will build momentum toward solving all homelessness.

New tools to help WA abuse victims put to the test during coronavirus


Pairing law students with domestic violence victims is a win-win, says Professor Deirdre Bowen.

Uber, Lyft Sued by California in Major Gig-Economy Crackdown

Bloomberg Tax

Professor Charlotte Garden says the legal action might finally determine drivers' employment status.

Shelter From the Storm

On Labor

Professor Charlotte Garden asks what policies would help people find economic shelter at work.

For The Homeless, Virus' Threat Also Brings Hope For Reform


Professor Sara Rankin predicts a "very interesting suite of legal challenges" relating to homelessness and shelter-in-place orde

Uber Budges, a Bit, on Virus Sick Pay for California Drivers


Drivers might get sick pay, but employment status isn't settled, says Professor Charlotte Garden.

Students helping domestic violence survivors file protection orders

King 5

Professor Deirdre Bowen says the online system allows students to help immediately and safely.

From Monroe to Rikers, how COVID-19 spreads in prison


Releasing non-violent, at-risk prisoners protects us all, says Professor Deborah Ahrens.

Cities Cut Back Homeless Sweeps During Crisis.


Easing up on homeless sweeps is something that should have happened before COVID-19, Professor Sara Rankin says.

COVID will trigger staggering increase in number of homeless


With COVID-19, society's failure to address homelessness will come home to roost, Professor Sara Rankin says.

As virus batters government, US mutual aid groups step up

France 24

Professor Dean Spade explains why mutual aid groups make up for government failings.

Now Is the Best and Worst Time for Workers to Go on Strike


Professor Charlotte Garden says city and state laws can protect workers who speak out for safety.

Federal employees need not show “but-for causation”


Professor Charlotte Gardens looks at the Supreme Court's ruling in Babb v. Wilkie.

Why Every LL.M. Student Needs Entrepreneurial Thinking

LLM Guide

Professor Steve Tapia says changing business models have driven demand for lawyers with a different mindset.

Pandemic-Stoked Instacart Strike Exposes Risks for Gig Workers

Bloomberg Law

Striking Instacart workers likely won't be fired, says Professor Charlotte Garden.

Union-Busting in the Name of God

The Nation

Professor Charlotte Garden says religious values may be secondary to financial motives.

Solidarity Not Charity: Mutual Aid & How to Organize in the Age of COVID

Democracy Now

Professor Dean Spade says there's a long history of U.S. social movements providing vital services when governments fail.

homeless feel the effect of social distancing from coronavirus

Seattle Times

Professor Sara Rankin discusses social distancing's effect on people experiencing homeslessness.

Gov. Inslee Urged To Release Certain Prisoners Amid Coronavirus


Our Korematsu Center, led by Professor Robert Chang, joined groups calling for the release of at-risk prisoners.

Seattle Uber, Lyft drivers say their earnings are plummeting

Seattle Times

The risk of a company disappearing is borne by the workers in a gig economy, says Professor Charlotte Garden.

Judge's Instacart Ruling Draws First Blood in Contractor Battle

Bloomberg Law

Professor Charlotte Garden says other companies will play for time before reacting to the ruling.

What’s Next For Labor Law Reform?


Professor Charlotte Garden writes that the Clean Slate for Worker Power is an ambitious plan for systemic labor law reform.

Kickstarter Union Vote Could Spark More Tech Organizing


Professor Charlotte Garden says more union drives could be on the way.

DoorDash's multimillion-dollar arbitration mistake

Washington Post

Professor Charlotte Garden says clever workers have turned an arbitration policy into a nightmare for their employer.

Seattle-Area Bikini Baristas Take Fight All the Way to the Supreme Court

Seattle Eater

Professor Charlotte Garden says there's a very small chance SCOTUS will hear the case.

Uber Urges California Court to End Law That Gives Gig Workers Benefits


Professor Charlotte Garden calls the legal maneuver "an extreme long shot."

Uber Falters in First Legal Attack on California Gig Worker Law


Professor Charlotte Garden said the companies were likely hoping for a regulation-averse judge.

McKinsey Bankruptcy


Professor Diane Lourdes Dick explains what precedent is set by a complicated, high-profile bankruptcy case. (At 1:09:38)

After Judge's 'Troubling' Behavior, Lawmakers Question Court Misconduct

NY Times

A letter from lawmakers is a "big step" toward judiciary reforms, Professor Brooke Coleman says.

Public Space, No Exceptions

Landscape Architecture Magazine

Professor Sara Rankin explains that when cities make it illegal to be homeless, they make it more difficult for people to escape

'Scared for my life': why more Indians are joining migrants

The Guardian

Professor Tayyab Mahmud says the economy, not persecution, drives global migration.

We ended race discrimination at the lunch counter

News Observer

North Carolina's Supreme Court should end discriminatory juror strikes, writes Professor Robert Chang.

State proposal would let King County tax large businesses to pay for hom


Professor Sara Rankin says people are hungry for a solution to chronic homelessness.

A West Coast union faces bankruptcy. Here's why unions are unnerved

LA Times

A Chapter 11 bankruptcy forces disclosure of private financial information, says Professor Diane Lourdes Dick.

Duquesne Exempt From NLRA, Beats Adjunct Faculty Union Push

Bloomberg Law

Professor Charlotte Garden is quoted in this story about whether national labor law applies to religious schools.

May a federal employer say "OK, boomer" to a job applicant?


Professor Charlotte Garden analyzes oral argument in Babb v. Wilkie.

close relationship with judge raises concerns with House Speaker vote

The Advocate

Judges should tell litigants when their former law partners appear before them in court, says Professor John Strait.

Argument preview: What counts as discrimination "based on" age?


Professor Charlotte Garden analyzes Babb v. Wilkie, a case pending at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Amazon employee group says company threatened to fire climate activists


Professor Charlotte Garden says speech protections are different for private-sector workers.

How Local and Federal Policies are Criminalizing Homelessness

WNYC Studios

Professor Sara Rankin calls these policies "anti-survival laws."

Uber, Postmates Sue California to Block Gig-Worker Law


Professor Charlotte Garden says the lawsuit is likely dead on arrival.

Labor & Employment In The Courts: A Decade In Review


Professor Charlotte Garden comments on major labor law cases from the last 10 years.

Driving while Indian? You're more likely to be searched.

Investigate West

Professor Robert Chang comments on the human toll of state patrol searches.

U.S. government is, yet again, unhelpful

Real Change News

Editor Timothy Harris quotes Professor Sara Rankin in evaluating the new head of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.

The Supreme Court won't hear a case on a 'constitutional right to camp.'

Seattle Times

Professor Sara Rankin says the high court justices "did not buy the hype" from cities.

Seattle to invest a record $110M in affordable housing

Seattle Times

This story cites a 2019 study by the Homeless Rights Advocacy Project on permanent supportive housing.

'No place to go': How Kitsap is responding to a federal court ruling

Kitsap Sun

Professor Sara Rankin says cities need to be thoughtful in how they handle homelessness.

When Shelters Are Full, Sleeping Outside Can Be the Only Option


The U.S. Supreme Court's reaction to the Martin v Boise appeal will send a powerful message to cities about homelessness

Uber, Lyft Drivers Could Form Unions Under New York Proposal

Bloomberg Law

Professor Charlotte Garden says a court ruling left open the possibility of legislation at the state level.

The Homeless Fund: In Seattle, rapid rehousing with private sector


Professor Sara Rankin says she wants to see more investment in long-term supported housing.

These Judges Can Have Less Training Than Barbers


Professor Robert Boruchowitz reviewed audio and court records for this investigation of the magistrate system in South Carolina.

Uber Drivers Who Make Airport Runs Get a Boost in Pay Fight

LA Times

Regulators are increasingly skeptical that ride-share companies can police themselves, says Professor Charlotte Garden.

Uber Accused of Cheating the Public in Driver's Suit Over Pay


Uber's legal conflict calls into question public policy about workers in general, says Professor Charlotte Garden.

More Seattleites are housing homeless people in their backyards

Seattle Times

Professor Sara Rankin says the BLOCK Project is a bright light in how society talks about homelessness.

If you are a unionized journalist, this labor ruling should worry you


Professor Charlotte Garden explains how a labor law interpretation could apply to political reporters.

Affirmative-action measure: Are Washingtonians voting

Seattle Times

Professor Deirdre Bowen says the state's earlier affirmative action measure was framed in a confusing way.

City council candidates are making big promises on homelessness.


Professor Sara Rankin says the city needs to be more transparent in its spending decisions.

Courts Dent Gig Companies' Shield Against 'Existential' Threat

Bloomberg Law

Court rulings create new opportunities for app-based drivers to appeal their status, says Professor Charlotte Garden.

Seattle police increasingly involved in moving homeless people

Seattle Times

Professor Sara Rankin says she's concerned about using police officers for homeless outreach.

Washington State Voters Decide Whether to Reinstate Affirmative Action.


Professor Deirdre Bowen says international student recruitment makes higher ed admission tougher for underrepresented minorities

Uber: The ride-hailing app that says it has 'zero' drivers

Washington Post

Professor Charlotte Garden says Uber often uses "colorful language" to describe its business.

A lot of homeless people referred to shelters in Seattle don’t go.

Seattle PI

Professor Sara Rankin explains why permanent supportive housing is better than temporary shelter.

Navigation team efficacy


Professor Sara Rankin explains that offering services without housing is ineffective at reducing homelessness.

Caffé Vita Employees Say They're Getting Fired

The Stranger

It's a myth that feeding homeless people encourages homelessness, says Professor Sara Rankin.

How privacy regulation has fragmented the internet


We've broken the internet in the name of privacy, says Professor Steve Tapia.

Federal Judge in Kansas City Is Reprimanded for Sexual Harassment

New York Times

A reprimand against a federal judge is an example of newly revised code of conduct in action, says Professor Brooke Coleman.

Legal experts say affirmative-action measure won't permit racial quotas


Professor Deirdre Bowen explains why the new affirmative action referendum isn't about quotas.

John McKay on impeachment


Professor from Practice John McKay explained what a president can and can't do on matters of foreign policy.

Voters this election will decide whether to keep affirmative action

Seattle Times

Affirmative action has always been divisive, says Professor Deirdre Bowen. Will Referendum 88 be any different?

Judge Alsup's Class Settlement 'Gag Rule' May Be Invincible

Bloomberg Law

Professor Brooke Coleman offers ideas on how a gag rule might be appealed.

Government has tough hill to climb in case against Google


What's critical in proving an antitrust violation is showing that a company hurt both competitors and consumers, says Professor

Seattle and King County announce plan for repeat offenders

Seattle Times

Professor Sara Rankin supports new measures to help prolific offenders among Seattle's homeless but says those folks are a tiny

A New Assault on Organized Labor


Professor Charlotte Garden's scholarship on union membership as a free speech issue is cited in this article.

Netflix Documentary Causes Headaches for Fuyao Glass

Bloomberg Law

Professor Charlotte Garden says statements in the film are "hallmark violations" of labor law.

Space colonialism


Professor Tayyab Mahmud says the move to colonize space bears the same hallmarks as other destructive colonization efforts throu

The Boss Can Tell You to Show Up for a Trump Rally

The Atlantic

Professor Charlotte Garden explains how employers can influence workers' political choices.

Rest-Stop McDonald's Are New 'Fight for $15' Target


Professor Charlotte Garden says states have more leeway when they act as landlords for fast-food franchises.

Dean Clark speaking

Law school welcomes incoming class

The 2019 cohort of first-year students includes former college athletes and a certified yoga instructor.

Homelessness is on the Rise, Despite Efforts at Intervention

WNYC Studios

Professor Sara Rankin talks about the factors leading to an increase in homelessness.

They can't decide your gender identity. So why should they track it?


No gender marker at all would be better than an X for trans and non-binary people, says Professor Dean Spade.

Class Action Lawsuit Challenges Grants Pass Homelessness Policies


Professor Sara Rankin discusses a lawsuit against Grants Pass, Oregon, for cruel and unusual treatment of its homeless residents

case shows how a judge's misbehavior can remain hidden

The Advocate

Professor John Strait says the public deserves to know when judges are disciplined.

America's Homeless Crisis Is Inspiring New Acts Of Cruelty


Nuisance laws are meant to hide poverty, not alleviate it, says Professor Sara Rankin.

Lawmakers Debate Sweeping Plan to Amend Federal Labor Law

Morgan Lewis

Federal law should protect workers against "workplace fissuring," says Professor Charlotte Garden in testimony before Congress.

Pot Luck


When legalizing marijuana, states should focus on racial justice and not just revenue, says Professor Steven Bender.

'Crowdworking' provides the humans who train artificial intelligence

Seattle Times

Workers are left vulnerable when companies use "crowdworking" for tasks that would otherwise be done by employees, says Professo

Homelessness top of mind for Seattle voters as ballots start dropping


Concerned voters should choose candidates who know what works, says Professor Sara Rankin.

Stevens Clerks Tell Us Their Strongest Memories of One of a Kind Mentor

National Law Journal

Professor Andrew Siegel says Justice John Paul Stevens offered a "master class in grace and tenacity."

Cities Are Now Building Their Own Camps

Vice News

Professor Sara Rankin says encampments aren't ideal but people have nowhere else to go.

Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Who Led Liberal Wing, Dies at 99

New York Times

Professor Andrew Siegel remembers U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, for whom he clerked in 2000-01.

Amazon Workers Plan Prime Day Strike at Minnesota Warehouse


Professor Charlotte Garden says punishing workers who strike is a violation of federal labor law.

'Why should I have to work on stilts?': the women fighting sexist dress

The Guardian

Professor Janet Ainsworth discusses her research into racist and sexist expectations for female employees.

Op-ed: Honor Stonewall Veterans by Being Your Most Queer Militant Self


Professor Dean Spade calls for collaborative work to help unmet survival needs in queer communities.

What Pete Buttigieg Has and Hasn't Done About Homelessness in South Bend

New Yorker

Professor Sara Rankin explains how the city's policies don't do enough to help unsheltered people.

Low level drug prosecutions


Professor Deborah Ahrens explains the reasons why prosecuting minor drug offenses don't help anyone.

Is a stepfather still a father? Court says yes

Seattle Times

Professor Deirdre Bowen says a woman's connection to her step-dad should be a "no-brainer."

7 Seattle hotels sued for violations of Americans With Disabilities Act

Kiro 7 News

Professor Brooke Coleman says lawsuits are an effective enforcement mechanism but are vulnerable to "perverse incentives."

Court carves out narrow role for state law on the outer shelf


Professor Andrew Siegel analyzes the Supreme Court's decision in a conflict between state and federal law.

Amazon Led a Tax Rebellion. A Year Later, Seattle Is Gridlocked


Professor Sara Rankin says Seattle has failed to unite the community around a plan for homelessness.

Seattle U prof on what to expect from government's antitrust crackdown


Professor John Kirkwood says political pressure is mounting from both sides.

Protecting Trans Rights In 2019


Professor Dean Spade compares the Trump and Obama administrations in the treatment of trans people.

Administrative exhaustion is not jurisdictional for plaintiffs


Professor Charlotte Garden recaps an employment discrimination ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court.

What is the most humane, cost effective way to end homelessness?


Professor Sara Rankin explains how homelessness is deeper than what most people can see.

'Seattle is Dying' panel agrees city's actions not working


Professor Sara Rankin says evidence-based strategies, not emotional responses, are the solution to homelessness.

How Sylvia Rivera Created the Blueprint for Transgender Organizing


Professor Dean Spade says Sylvia Rivera pushed for democratization of the movement.

Why America Can't Solve Homelessness


Professor Sara Rankin said public officials are pressured to choose ineffective approaches to homelessness.

Scabby the Rat Is Under Attack—And Needs Our Help

In These Times

Professor Charlotte Garden says the U.S. Supreme Court has reliably protected activities like picketing.

Where abortion could be illegal if Roe v. Wade were overturned


Professor Deirdre Bowen says politicians feel the time is right to challenge constitutional precedent.

Labor Law Safeguards for Worker Lawsuits Imperiled at NLRB

Bloomberg Law

Professor Charlotte Garden explains how the National Labor Relations Act protects workers from employer retaliation.

Justice Kavanaugh's Apple decision has 'shaken up' antitrust law

Yahoo Finance

Professor John Kirkwood says antitrust enforcement got an unexpected boost from Justice Brett Kavanaugh in Apple App Store case.

Third Door Coalition plans to end chronic homelessness in King County


Professor Sara Rankin's advocacy on homelessness inspired creation of the Third Door Coalition.

Uber and the doublespeak at the heart of Silicon Valley

Fast Company

Professor Charlotte Garden says federal labor law isn't affected by how states classify drivers.

Seattle U Law hosts Annual AASE Conference

Law school academic support educators from across the country will gather at Seattle University School of Law this month.

Uber's Arbitration Addiction Could Be Death by 60,000 Cuts


Professor Charlotte Garden says Uber might cry uncle on negotiating with individual drivers.

Uber, Lyft Driver Strike Could Set Off Misclassification Minefield

Professor Charlotte Garden says employees are allowed to strike, but not independent contractors.

Bonney Lake Walmart's robot zips along in tech revolution

Seattle Times

Professor Charlotte Garden says unions are even more vital as robots transform jobs done by humans.

These LGBTQ Activists Don't Want Queer and Trans People in the Military


Professor Dean Spade says queer and trans military service is nothing to celebrate.

Boeing prepares for lawsuits


Professor Janet Ainsworth explains what liability corporate officers face on behalf of the companies they lead.

State universities may consider race and gender in admissions, hiring

Seattle Times

Professor Deirdre Bowen explains how the U.S. Supreme Court has refined the use of race in higher education admissions.

Opinion analysis: The meaning of consent to class arbitration


Professor Charlotte Garden analyzes the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Lamps Plus v. Varela.

Argument analysis: Employment discrimination law’s “natural experiment”


Professor Charlotte Garden looks at Fort Bend County v. Davis, a U.S. Supreme Court case about Title VII.

Citizenship Question On the 2020 Census Reaches the Supreme Court

Professor Robert Chang explains how the promise of census anonymity failed Japanese Americans in World War II.

Accountability Requires Tenacity


Professor Brooke Coleman reviews proposed changes to the code of conduct for federal judges.

Mueller Report a hot topic on university campuses

Komo News

Professor Andrew Siegel says the consequences of the Mueller Report will depend on political will.

Local officials say Mueller report may be just the start of saga

Komo News

Professor Andrew Siegel comments on the extent to which the Mueller Report will likely be redacted.

Incarceration Survivors, Muslim Group Oppose Census Question


Professor Robert S. Chang explains why Japanese American and Muslim communities oppose a citizenship question on the U.S. Census

Martin v. Boise confronts excuses and demands action

Real Change News

Professor Sara Rankin debunks the myth that homelessness is a choice.

The interplay of state and federal law on the outer continental shelf


Professor Andrew Siegel previews and analyzes a states' rights case at the U.S. Supreme Court.

2019's Best Cheap Car Insurance in Washington


Professor W.H. (Joe) Knight offers thoughts on what affects insurance rates in Washington.

Korematsu Center files Supreme Court amicus brief

The Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality joins American citizens in filing an amicus brief in the Supreme Court.

Lawmakers hear from experts after KOMO special

Real Change News

Professor Sara Rankin tells lawmakers that ending homelessness is a shared interest.

Seattle Has the Solution to Chronic Homelessness

The Urbanist

Professor Sara Rankin co-authors an essay calling for more permanent supportive housing.

Judge Helen Whitener '98 named Woman of the Year

Women’s Law Caucus honored Pierce County Superior Court Judge Helen Whitener ’98 as Woman of the Year for 2019 this week.

Seattle Labor Unions Then and Now

Seattle Met

Professor Charlotte Garden offers observations on the current state of labor organizing in Seattle.

King County prosecutors help cut 'breathtaking' prison sentence


This story profiles a woman whose sentence was cut in half with help from Vice Dean Paul Holland and his clinic students.

Franchisers Ask EEOC for Anti-Harassment Guidance Post #MeToo

Bloomberg Law

Professor Charlotte Garden says franchisers want to avoid joint employer liability when dealing with anti-harassment

Homeless Bill of Rights Fizzles Out This Session

The Urbanist

Story cites Professor Sara Rankin as an early proponent of protective legislation.

Legal pot: Why minorities say they're being left out of the money


Professor Steven Bender says the third generation of marijuana legalization is race consciousness.

Why a Big Tech Breakup Looks Better to Washington

New York Times

Public sentiment toward Amazon has changed, says Professor Julie Shapiro.

Dozens of Class Actions Build on Supreme Court's 'Janus' Union Ruling

Refunds of dues would be an existential threat to unions, says Professor Charlotte Garden.

Someone's Going to Get Killed Charging Those E-Scooters


Professor Charlotte Garden says workers need companies to create better working conditions.

Breaking up Amazon: Is it even possible?

Geek Wire

Professor John Kirkwood comments on the difficulty of breaking off businesses from Amazon.

Uber to Pay $20 Million to Settle Driver Classification Suit


Professor Charlotte Garden says the settlement is reasonable but doesn't resolve driver status.

Judges' trips to Costa Rica have the 'potential to be very serious,'


Ethics expert Professor John Strait says there's a high burden of proof in ethics investigations.

From 'evil empire' to model citizen? How Microsoft's good deeds work

Geek Wire

John Kirkwood said the collective reach and power of the country's top five tech companies warrants "careful scrutiny."

Google Will Stop Making Employees Waive Class Action Rights


Professor Charlotte Garden says the company's move is a "major step forward."

In Seattle, 1 in 5 people booked into jail are homeless


Social services would be more effective and less costly than jail, says Professor Sara Rankin.

What does a federal lawsuit mean for Seattle's safe injection sites?


Professor Deborah Ahrens contrasts support for marijuana legalization with attitudes toward opioids.

Amazon Workers Are Denouncing Unions by Using Suspiciously Similar Tweet


Professor Charlotte Garden says recruiting anti-union Twitter ambassadors would violate labor law.

Kelso teacher-student conflict poses question: Is online criticism bully


Professor Andrew Siegel says schools can discipline students for speech that disrupts the classroom.

Howard Schultz’s Presidential Run Could Hurt Starbucks


Professor Charles O'Kelley says Starbucks should aggressively separate from Howard Schultz to avoid politics.

Those Who Can Do — and Choose to Teach


Professor Steve Tapia describes how teaching can be more rewarding that working in business.

Death to Scabby: Trump Labor Counsel Wants Protest Icon Deflated

Bloomberg Law

Scabby the giant inflatable rat has a venerable history in the labor movement, says Professor Charlotte Garden.

America's Teachers Are Furious

The Atlantic

Professor Charlotte Garden says the L.A. teachers' strike could be a pivotal moment in modern labor activism.

Could WA politicians force Trump's hand on tax returns?


Professor Andrew Siegel says Washington could lead the way on requiring the release of presidential tax returns.

Women Now Run the Military-Industrial Complex.

In These Times

Professor Dean Spade says feminism is being co-opted to sell a violent institution.

Restaurateur Chad Mackay sees opportunity for nimble, regional players


Feature story mentions Seattle U Law's Third Door Coalition to end homelessness.

More Minority Women Ascend to Law Dean Jobs

A conference established by Seattle University School of Law has helped minority women prepare for law school leadership.

divorce could make MacKenzie Bezos one of Amazon's biggest shareholders

Business Insider

Professor Deirdre Bowen says Washington law would likely govern the Bezos divorce.

Does Gov. Inslee's marijuana pardon measure not go far enough?


Professor Deborah Ahrens says the state should be more proactive in clearing marijuana convictions.

Director's Corner: We care more about optics than homeless people

Real Change News

Professor Sara Rankin is quoted in this editorial criticizing Seattle's strategy to combat homelessness.

Seattle U Law remembers former dean

Fredric C. Tausend, a former dean of the law school, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 18. He was 85 years old.

Midterm elections inspire voting rights class

Expecting an increased interest in elections, Seattle University School of Law added a new constitutional law class.

Law school hosts hate crimes enforcement training

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and state Sen. Manka Dhingra of Redmond are featured speakers at a Nov. 9 event for law enforcement

Law school leaders visit area firms, companies

Dean Annette Clark and other administrators work to build stronger connections with law firms and companies with inhouse counsel

Law school co-sponsors visit by James Comey

Former FBI Director James Comey spoke to a large group of students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests at Seattle University.

Advance your career with a knowledge of law

Seattle U Law’s Master of Legal Studies degree can prepare you to tackle a range of on-the-job challenges

Court releases opinion in Tarra Simmons’ case

The Washington Supreme Court today published its opinion in the case of a Seattle University School of Law graduate.

New endowments honor legacy of Seattle U alumni

The family, friends and co-workers of two alumni who passed away last year have worked to create endowments to honor them.

Founding professor John Weaver retires

Professor Weaver, the last of the law school's founding faculty members, is retiring just four years shy of its 50th anniversary

SU Hoops Supports Equal Justice

School of Law is pleased to partner with the SU men's basketball team to call attention to issues of disparity and injustice

Derek Frank, 2015 Douglas Nash Scholar talks

Red Arrow Lands Federal Clerkship

Frank will work as a law clerk for the Honorable Brian M. Morris of the U.S. District Court of Montana

Seattle U Law welcomes incoming students

In welcoming new students today, Dean Annette E. Clark '89 affirmed the university’s commitment to diversity.

Lee Earns Frances Perkins Fellowship

Lee and her clinic partner won a grant of asylum for a Salvadoran woman, who fled her country due to gang violence, in 2016.

Louisiana's Public Defender System is Broken

Louisiana's public defender system fails to meet the constitutional right to counsel for indigent defendants.

Two law grads receive Seattle U Alumni Awards

Two law alums honored for work on behalf of children living in areas of conflict and on behalf of immigrants and women.

Korematsu Center Condemns President Trump

Korematsu Center condemns President Trump's executive order restricting immigration