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Alumni on the Move
The appointment of Annette E. Clark ’89 as interim dean marks the first time a graduate of the School of Law is at the helm. But for years, she and other alumni have contributed to the vitality and success of the school as faculty and staff members. A total of 15 alumni work for the law school, bringing considerable talent and experience – along with a deep devotion to the school.
Dean Clark joined the School of Law faculty in 1989 and served as associate dean for academic affairs from 1997-2001 and 2005-2007 and Vice Dean from 2007-2009, overseeing the academic program, including the curriculum, centers and institutes and faculty. She was Seattle University’s 2008-09 James B. McGoldrick, S.J., Fellow and has received the Seattle Journal for Social Justice Faculty Award, the Dean's Medal, and the Outstanding Faculty Award. She received an M.D. with honors from the University of Washington School of Medicine and her J.D. summa cum laude from Seattle University School of Law.
Laurel Oates ’78, professor of law and director of the law school’s top-ranked Legal Writing Program, has worked for the law school the longest – nearly 30 years. In the last five years, Laurel has made several trips to Africa, and recently to India and Afghanistan, to share her knowledge and training with law professors there. Janet Dickson ’88 and Connie Krontz ’89, both associate professors of lawyering skills, are also making significant contributions to the program that has become a model for legal writing programs across the country for its innovative, practice-oriented curriculum and use of cutting-edge technology.
Associate Dean for Library and Educational Technology Kristin Cheney ’84 has worked for the law school for 15 years, most recently as director of the library. She received the law school’s 2009 Champion for Social Justice Award for the Seniors with Pets Assistance Program she founded, and she received the 2009 Dean’s Medal.
Associate Professor Paula Lustbader ’88, director of the Academic Resource Center (ARC), knew as a student that she wanted to work with students herself and joined the faculty immediately after graduation. With Professor Emeritus David Boerner, Paula has built both the Access Admission and ARC programs into vital pathways for success for promising students who don’t meet traditional criteria for admittance. Brendon Taga ’08, himself an ARCie, as ARC graduates are affectionately known, is assistant director.
Another critical program that offers practical experience and skills training is the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic, where Clinical Professor Raven Lidman ’77 has taught since 1988. She teaches in the International Human Rights and Youth Advocacy clinics and has expanded her outreach to colleagues in Central and Latin America. She is also the key contact for students spending a summer in Nicaragua working with law students from the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) in the university’s pre-eminent law clinic.
Cecelia Burke ’05 has served as the deputy director for the Institute for Indian Estate Planning & Probate, which provided training on the American Indian Probate Reform Act and estate planning services to Indian Country. She and her colleagues are expanding the Institute’s offerings in the area of Indian Law through the School of Law’s Center on Indian Law and Policy. Lupe Ceballos ’08 provides key administrative and technical support to the Institute and now the new Center.
The Access to Justice Institute is the bridge between academics and action, encouraging students to be leaders for justice. Directing this pivotal program is Diana Singleton ’98, a long-time public interest advocate. Stephanie Nichols ’06 works with both ATJI and the Indian Center as the attorney for Native American Projects. She also directs the Study Law in Alaska program and is an adjunct faculty member in the program, teaching the Alaska Native Law portion of the nation's only substantive law course titled "Alaska Natives and Environmental Law."
Lisa Young ’00 is director of the Bar Studies Program, providing students with guidance during their studies to prepare them for success on the Bar examination. The program also offers free non-credit workshops, graduate panels and discussions to all law students. As a member of the adjunct faculty, Lisa teaches the Bar Exam Skills Lab.
Also working with students is Fé Lopez ’06, assistant director of Student Life. A past Student Bar Association president, she works with the student organizations, serves as a liaison between the students and the administration, and supports part-time, evening students. Paula Nagel ’94 has been serving students for nearly four years in Student Financial Services, helping them navigate this important process.
Along with these full-time employees, many alumni provide invaluable service to the law school and students as adjunct faculty members, teaching a variety of courses.