Seattle University School of Law

Friends, alumni gather to celebrate BLSA family
Marilyn Sherron '80, U.S. District Judge Richard Jones, Twyla Carter '07, and Administrative Law Judge Ruperta Alexis '81 of the Social Security Administration received awards from the Black Law Students Association at a reception Feb. 6. (Photo by Jennifer Richard) Read more.

Murkowski headlines Arctic event
Experts and stakeholders addressed critical and controversial issues around a rapidly changing Arctic at an in-depth symposium hosted by the law school. Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and other distinguished speakers addressed the audience. Read more.

Grant boosts social justice mission
The generosity of donors Jim Degel '80 and his wife, Jeannie Berwick, will allow our law school to continue offering the state's only post-graduate social justice fellowship this year. The Leadership for Justice fellowship has been in place since 2009. Read more.

Yerxa returns for Influential Voices
Bringing insights from a long and distinguished career in international trade, Rufus Yerxa '76 will visit the law school Feb. 24 to deliver an Influential Voices lecture on lawyering in an international age. Yerxa is the former deputy director general of the World Trade Organization. Read more.

Defenders convene for special CLE
Case weighting, race bias in jury selection, false confessions – these topics and more are all on the docket for the Fourth Annual Conference on Public Defense, hosted by the Defender Initiative. Register now for this March 7 event. Read more.


Join us for 'Justice Beyond Borders'
The law school wraps up Diversity Week on Feb. 27 with a reception to celebrate diversity and discuss how diverse communities can overcome barriers to justice, featuring keynote speaker Jorge Barón, executive director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Read more.


South Africa CLE adventure awaits
You can earn CLE credits and have the experience of a lifetime by signing up for South African Law, Policy, and History: Apartheid, Democracy, and the Future. Learn from experts, visit historical sites, and enjoy a visit to a game park. Contact Professor Laurel Oates for more information.


Help wanted: Direct our alumni
Do you want to energize other alumni to become involved with and support the law school? Check out the exciting job opportunity we have to become the director of alumni relations and annual fund. Read more.

February 2014

Annette Clark From Dean Annette Clark

We have had much to celebrate around the law school in recent weeks. First, we are very grateful for the generous gift from Jim Degel '80 and his wife, Jeannie Berwick, which will fund a two-year post-graduate, social justice fellowship. Jim and Jeannie are true champions for equal justice, and I'm so impressed with their unwavering commitment to support a new generation of lawyers to work for justice. We'll be announcing the recipient of the 2014 Leadership for Justice Fellowship soon.

The excitement continued last week. Over the course of two few days, we welcomed distinguished speakers, including U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Fran Ulmer, chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, for a thought-provoking Arctic Encounter Symposium. The event drew dignitaries and stakeholders from around the country to address the critical issues facing the Far North.

We also had the opportunity to honor four outstanding graduates and friends of the law school at our annual Black Law Student Association Alumni Awards. It is gratifying to see the good work our graduates do, and the dedication to students from people like Judge Richard Jones, who was recognized with the BLSA Amicus Award.

Later this month we will welcome another distinguished graduate, Rufus Yerxa '76, former deputy director of the World Trade Organization, for an Influential Voices lecture. We look forward to his insights as he speaks on the timely topic "Lawyering in an International Age."

With all these events at the law school and our Sidebar Happy Hours in different cities, we hope to provide alumni as many opportunities to connect with us as possible. We welcome your participation and ideas for other programs.

Upcoming Events

Feb. 15
African American Alumni breakfast

Feb. 18
Boldt Decision at 40

Feb. 21
CLE: Divorce and Business Assets

Feb. 24
Influential Voices with Rufus Yerxa '76

Feb. 27
Justice Beyond Borders: Jorge Barón

Feb. 28
10 Mistakes New Lawyers Make

March 6
AILJ Spring Panel: Reconciling Interests

March 7
Conference on Public Defense

March 13
Latina/o Community Awards

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