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BLSA honors first African American graduate
The Black Law Student Association honored Colorado Eighteenth Judicial District Court Judge Robert H. Russell II ’75 at the annual alumni awards celebration. He and his wife, Catharyn Baird ’74, enjoyed seeing friends and faculty from their law school days, including Professor John Weaver, who joined them at the bar across the street every week for the entire first year in 1972. From left:  Professor John Weaver, Patrick Pressentin ’75, Catharyn Baird ’74, Judge Russell ’75, Carol Teather ’75, Franklin Dennis ’75 and Jane Noland ’75. (photo by Jennifer Richard.)

Clinic helps free man in Mexico
The International Human Rights Clinic taught by Professor Tom Antkowiak helped secure the release of a 63-year-old man who had been held in a Mexican jail for 12 years for a murder he did not commit. They now seek relief for him and his family, who were tortured during interrogation.

Lori Bannai testifies before Congress
Professor Lorraine Bannai, director of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality at the law school, testified before the United States Senate in favor of a law that would ban indefinite detention of Americans suspected of terrorism.

Youth Traffic Court launches
Teen drivers who admit they committed their traffic offense will have the opportunity to have their punishment set by their peers instead of a judge through a new Youth Traffic Court alliance among Seattle University School of Law, Seattle Municipal Court and Garfield High School.

Events highlight whistleblowing
A series of events will focus on understanding the phenomenon of whistleblowing. Whistleblowers from Hanford, Citigroup and the beef industry will talk at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, at a Government Accountabilty Project event organized by Dana Gold '95.

LRAP applications due April 1
Alumni working in public interest and nonprofit legal jobs can apply for Loan Repayment Assistance Program. The LRAP is designed to provide financial assistance to graduates who accept lower paying public interest jobs and need help with student loan debt. The deadline for applications is April 1.

March 2012

From Dean Mark Niles

The semester is in full swing, and our faculty and students are doing exemplary work, as always. From students who took part in an international human rights case to a professor testifying before Congress about protecting civil liberties, the law school’s commitment to education for justice is clear. I’m sure our students and faculty are looking forward to Spring Break before returning to their academic and scholarly pursuits. I hope our alumni will join us at the law school for one of our many upcoming events and find the best way to become involved with the law school.

Upcoming Events

March 6
Sixth Annual Solo, Small, and Mid-Size Firm Information, Networking, and Career Fair

March 9
Rethinking 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

March 15-16
Northwest Immigration Law Conference

March 23
Whistleblower Events

March 27
Latina/o Community Awards

March 29
Beyond the Traditional Fair

Visit the School of Law website for more events.

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