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Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic
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Seattle, WA 98122-4340
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Clinic News

Clinic wins clemency for Everett man

November 09, 2016

The law school’s Youth Advocacy Clinic recently won clemency for Robert King, a 63-year-old Everett man sentenced to life in prison without parole.  

Nestora Salgado thanks law school for support

October 04, 2016

For almost three years, Renton resident Nestora Salgado-García suffered in a Mexican prison while Seattle University School of Law students worked to free her. This week, she returned to say thanks. 

Adamson, Spade win Provost's Awards for Excellence

June 14, 2016

Professors Bryan Adamson and Dean Spade received Seattle University Provost's Award for Excellence at Seattle University's graduation ceremony in June. 

Innovative clinic sets bar for better representation of jailed parents

May 20, 2016

Over the course of two years clinic students directly represented 10 clients, supported four cases in front of the Washington Supreme Court, visited women's prisons monthly to deliver "know your rights" presentations, and provided sample briefs to the Washington Defender Association's clearinghouse of helpful documents that practicing attorneys can use in dependency hearings. 

Immigration Law Clinic students win asylum for refugees

May 19, 2016

Seattle University School of Law clinic students won asylum for two clients this year and secured release under bond for five others.  

Clinic client Nestora Salgado freed from prison

March 18, 2016

After over two and a half years of illegal detention, clinic client Nestora Salgado is finally free. Mexican courts cleared her of remaining charges and ordered her release.  

Human Rights Clinic wins Salgado case before United Nations

February 03, 2016

The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has ruled that Mexico's detention of Nestora Salgado-García, a client of the law school's International Human Rights Clinic, is illegal and arbitrary, and that she must be released immediately. 

Bryan Adamson wins award for excellence in clinical education

November 20, 2015

In recognition of his scholarship, service, and educational excellence, Professor Bryan Adamson will receive the William Pincus Award from the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). The award is one of the highest honors bestowed on a clinical educator. 

Professor Brooke Coleman honored for teaching excellence

September 14, 2015

Known for her compassion, her humor, and her unwaveringly high academic standards, Professor Brooke Coleman has been named the new William C. Oltman Professor of Teaching Excellence. 

Jesuit Refugee Service, Jesuit law schools identify legal challenges facing Central American migrants

June 16, 2015

In recognition of World Refugee Day, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and 13 U.S.-based Jesuit law schools, including Seattle University School of Law, announce the release of a report that captures efforts by Jesuit law schools to assist asylum seekers and migrants from Central America and challenges they face in delivering these services. 

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Mexican governor urges release of law school clinic client

Nestora Salgado-García of Renton, a client of the law school's International Human Rights Clinic who has been illegally detained by Mexican authorities for almost a year and a half, could be closer to release after the governor of the state of Guerrero asked prosecutors to drop charges against her.

International Human Rights Clinic joins fight to stop Nicaragua canal

A petition, submitted to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, D.C, demands that Nicaragua perform comprehensive impact assessments and obtain the full consent of indigenous and Afro-Caribbean communities who live along the planned route.

Clinic helps innocent client obtain reparations from Mexican government

The Mexican government officially apologized to a man who was unjustly imprisoned for 12 years and was freed through the work of the law school's International Human Rights Clinic.

Rep. Adam Smith visits law school to demand justice for Nestora Salgado

Congressman Adam Smith joined advocates at Seattle University School of Law today to speak in strong support of Nestora Salgado-García, the U.S. citizen from Renton who has been illegally detained by Mexican authorities since August.

Professor Won Kidane wins Fulbright Award to study, teach in Ethiopia

Professor Won Kidane, who is fast becoming one of the most well-known and prolific scholars in the areas of immigration law and international arbitration and litigation, has earned a prestigious Fulbright Award.

Law students help refugees stay in the United States

In mid-March, when many students were taking a welcome break from their studies, eight Immigration Clinic students were fighting for their clients in hearings at the federal Immigration Court at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. It was a week well spent: All five of their clients were granted the right to stay in the United States.

New clinic to help parents in prison stay connected to kids

Moms and dads serving time in prison will get legal assistance to keep their families together, as part of a new clinical course starting this fall at Seattle University School of Law.

Legal Writing No. 1 again; Clinic ranked 18, and law school moves up overall

For the sixth consecutive year, Seattle University School of Law has the top Legal Writing Program in the nation, and its clinical and Part-Time Programs also are among the best, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2015 edition of Best Graduate Schools.