Seattle U Law is comprised of highly competent and compassionate students, faculty, staff, and alumni who are committed to advancing equity, dignity, and justice. Their impact is creating stronger and more just communities at home and around the world.
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Under the direction of faculty directors, Seattle U Law’s centers explore critical legal issues in society and the economy.
Professor Robert Chang leads the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, dedicated to advancing justice and equality and combatting discrimination. See Korematsu Center Turns 10 (PDF) in Lawyer Magazine, Fall 2019
Professor Sara Rankin and her students advance the rights of homeless individuals through the Homeless Rights Advocacy Project. See Poverty Warriors (PDF) in Lawyer Magazine, Fall 2018
Professor Charles R.T. O’Kelley’s Berle Center facilitates the study of corporations and the economic system. See Berle Center Marks 10 Years (PDF) in Lawyer Magazine, Spring 2020
The scholarship of Seattle University School of Law’s accomplished faculty goes to the heart of fundamental legal questions on important social justice issues of our day. Below are samples of their incisive analysis:
In recent years, dramatic changes in the use of technology in law practice and recognition of the impact of bias on the justice system have influenced legal education, including externship courses. While there are a number of excellent books on how to design and teach in-house clinical courses, to date there is no comprehensive book on best practices for designing and teaching externship courses. This book fills that gap.
Gillian Dutton, Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills
Externship Pedagogy and Practice, Carolina Academic Pres (2023).
The flaws in the Robinson-Patman Act are well known. It protects competitors at the expense of consumers and rarely stops the buyer-induced discrimination it was meant to prevent. This article proposes reforms that would greatly reduce both problems and explains why adopting those reforms would be preferable to repealing the Act altogether.
John Kirkwood, Professor of Law
Reforming The Robinson-Patman Act, Competition Policy International (CPI) (2023).
Around the globe, people are faced with a spiraling succession of crises. As governments fail to respond to each crisis, ordinary people are finding bold and innovative ways to share resources and support the vulnerable. Mutual aid — which is survival work when performed alongside social movement demands for transformative change — is a crucial part of powerful movements for social justice, and offers concrete tools for organizing.
Dean Spade, Professor of Law
Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (And The Next) (Verso Press 2020).
For comparative and international scholars, one striking feature about Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is that foreign law was used by the conservative justices in their majority opinion. If international and foreign law can be used to expand rights, it can also be used to retrench them. Dobbs underscores that judges and lawyers need to develop a principled framework for when and how to use foreign and international law sources.
Sital Kalantry, Associate Dean for International and Graduate Programs and Associate Professor of Law
Foreign Law in Dobbs: The Need for a Principled Framework (ConLawNow, 2023)
Numbering 11,000+ strong, our alumni fill crucial roles as attorneys, prosecutors, public defenders, judges, entrepreneurs, and many others in the Puget Sound region and around the globe.
Our alumni are using their legal education to bring positive change to our communities. Learn more about our accomplished alumni.
Archie Roundtree, Jr. ’18 earned a spot in a national program, launched in 2020 by Equal Justice Works, to help victims of elder abuse and exploitation.
Persis Yu ’09 becomes leading voice for student borrowers.
Son’s struggles inspire Mary Griffin ’17 to build a career as a special education lawyer.
Novelist Kristin Hannah ’86 parlayed legal skill set into blockbuster success.
Rita Irvin ’91 and Sands McKinley ’90 created a firm where attorneys thrive in the field of family law.
Laurie Jinkins ’90, our 2021 Woman of the Year Award recipient, is Washington state’s first woman and first out lesbian Speaker of the House.
Bree Black Horse ’13 honors her heritage by fighting for tribal sovereignty.
Frank Cuthbertson ’93 blazed a trail for Black jurists as the first Black judge in Pierce County.
Vincent Bryan ’90 has developed a unique technology to save salmon species while forging a path to cleaner energy.
Nikolas Peterson ’12 fights to ensure the Hanford Nuclear Reservation clean up follows the law and keeps workers safe.
Verónica Quiñónez ‘11 uses her family law practice to advocate on behalf of the underserved, Spanish-speaking community.
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