Seattle University School of Law : Student Life

Transformational leader
Laurel Oates '78, accepts an award recognizing the important role she has played at the law school in creating our No. 1 Legal Writing Program and teaching thousands of students the art and skill of writing. Oates called up students, former students and colleagues to help her celebrate. The award is named for the late Professor Tom Holdych, whose family attended the event at the Tacoma Art Museum. Professor Annette Clark '89, paid tribute to Holdych's outstanding teaching. (Photo by Matt Hagen.)

Student argues before Ninth Circuit
Will Witherspoon, a 4L, argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, challenging policies at the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island. It was the first time an SU student appeared before the appellate court.

Bordering on Hate
Professor Steve Bender will give a timely lecture on immigration reform, "Bordering on Hate," at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 8. Among other things, he will give his take on how the outcome of the election could reshape immigration policies.

Thanking our veterans
The School of Law will recognize those in our community who have served our country at a special Veterans Day Reception Nov. 15. If you are a veteran, please let us know about your military service.

Youth Traffic Court wins civics award
Seattle Youth Traffic Court, in which law students advise high school students hearing traffic infraction cases, is among the programs recognized with a Colleen Willoughby Youth Civic Education Award.

Janis Puracal welcomes brother home
Wrongfully convicted, Jason Puracal was released from Nicaraguan prison this fall thanks in large part to the determination of his sister, Janis '07. The law school’s International Human Rights Clinic is now working to keep him safely in America.

Looking for great students
The law school provides a waiver of the $60 application fee for applicants referred by an alumnus. If you know of someone who would be great for us, simply e-mail Carol Cochran, assistant dean for admission with your name, year of graduation and the applicant's name and e-mail.

November 2012

From Dean Mark Niles

It was great to see so many of our alumni at the Tacoma celebration honoring Professor Laurel Oates and the late Professor Tom Holdych. They both have played critical roles in making the law school the robust place it is today. Our annual Red Mass, which this year recognized the work of Supreme Court Justice Steve Gonzalez, was another chance to acknowledge alumni and other leaders in our legal community who are working with us to establish justice. I hope many of you will take the opportunity to hear Professor Steve Bender’s timely and important lecture on immigration reform next Thursday, Nov. 8.

Upcoming Events

November 2
Annual Ethics CLE

November 11
Redhawks basketball season opener

November 13
Sidebar Happy Hour at Columbia Tower

November 14
Sidebar Happy Hour, Olympia

November 15
Veterans Day Reception

December 14
The Intersection of Nursing and Law (CLE)

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