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Study break
Even in the last days of classes, students, including Sam Leonard '13 and J. Bailey Bertram '13, could find a reason to smile. Though they are in the thick of exams right now, 3Ls and their friends are looking forward to celebrating graduation May 12 at KeyArena. (Photo by Kerry Dahlen.)

Transformational professors honored
Professor Laurel Oates will receive the new Tom Holdych Award for Meritorious and Transformational Service. The award was announced as she prepares to step down as director of the law school's acclaimed Legal Writing Program after 28 years of outstanding leadership. She will continue teaching.

Student wins congressional internship
Bree Blackhorse was one of just 12 students nationwide selected for a 2012 Native American Congressional Internship from the Udall Foundation. She will complete her 10-week internship with the U.S. Department of Justice in the Office of Tribal Justice in Washington, D.C. this summer.

Law school toasts its donors
All donors will be invited to a special evening of wine tasting and music, featuring samples from area wineries and jazz by Standard Deviation, including Ken Masters ’92 on guitar. If you haven’t made a gift yet, visit

May 2012

From Dean Mark Niles

We are just days away from congratulating our Class of 2012, and it's exciting to hear about the opportunities that await them – from those who have secured jobs at top firms, to those who will be entering judicial clerkships and working for social justice agencies. We know some of our graduates are still looking for jobs, and we appreciate the many alumni leaders who serve as mentors and employers for our outstanding students. I want to take a moment to acknowledge two people who have helped transform the law school over the past decades. Professor Laurel Oates '78 has been awarded the first Tom Holdych Award for Meritorious and Transformational Leadership. Named for the late Tom Holdych, a founding faculty member and beloved professor, the award recognizes an individual whose skill and dedication has resulted in institutional development that has advanced and enhanced the long-term stability and reputation of the law school. It's a privilege to honor both Laurel and Tom this way.

Upcoming Events

May 5
Volunteer Intake at Foreclosure Outreach on May 5th in Tacoma

May 11
Baccalaureate and Reception

Human Trafficking, Forced Labor & Corporate Responsibility (CLE)

May 12
Spring Commencement

May 14
Spring Visit Day

May 15
Spanish for Lawyers Registration

June 7
Washington D.C. Alumni Reception

Save the Date

August 3
Early Brain Development (CLE)

August 13 - 17
Mediation Workshop and CLE

Visit the School of Law website for more events.

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