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Twyla Carter

NYC Legal Aid Society CEO and alumna to deliver commencement address

Twyla Carter ’07, a nationally renowned public defender and advocate for bail reform and pretrial assistance to low-income clients, will address Seattle University School of Law’s Class of 2023 graduates at commencement on May 13.

March 1, 2023 | Announcements

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Professor, multiple alumni earn recognition at Pierce Co. awards banquet

Seattle University School of Law alumni and a longtime professor earned nearly every honor at the 115th Annual Lincoln Day Awards Banquet, held by the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association at the Tacoma Convention Center earlier this month.

February 22, 2023

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Seattle U Law recognized as top school for international law

Seattle University School of Law earned an “A” grade in international law from National Jurist’s preLaw magazine, as reported in the Winter 2023 issue.

February 9, 2023

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Law school welcomes five new teacher-scholars to career faculty

The new professors, whose positions begin July 1, 2023, are Erin Carr (legal writing), Jeremiah Chin (constitutional law), Elizabeth Ford (law clinic), Kip Hustace (civil procedure), and Luke Maher (tax law).

February 6, 2023

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Seattle U Law suspends participation in U.S. News law school rankings

Seattle University School of Law remains committed to providing prospective students with the information necessary to make an informed decision about where to undertake their law studies.

January 24, 2023

Law school faculty share expertise, insight at U.S. law schools meeting

Seattle University School of Law faculty scholars and administrators provided valuable leadership and academic insight at the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) annual meeting in San Diego, California, last week.

January 10, 2023

Law students condemn gender policing in solidarity with Iranians

In a show of solidarity with human rights protesters in Iran, Seattle University School of Law students issued a statement condemning gender policing and discrimination by the governing Islamic regime and are working to educate the law school community about the country’s laws and history.

November 28, 2022

Amazon GC emphasizes need for writing skills and pro bono engagement

Speaking at Seattle University School of Law as part of Dean Anthony E. Varona’s Luminaries in Law Lecture and Conversation Series, David Zapolsky said Amazon is notorious for banning PowerPoint presentations in its meetings.

October 24, 2022 | Events

A dynamic new dean: Anthony E. Varona

With abundant enthusiasm and a bold strategic vision, Anthony E. Varona looks to take Seattle U Law to new heights of achievement. (From fall 2022 Lawyer magazine)

October 11, 2022

Task force issues recommendations to combat racism in justice system

A statewide task force examining race and the criminal justice system in the state of Washington has developed a comprehensive set of 140 recommendations aimed at reducing or eliminating the disproportionate impact of the legal system on people of color.

October 10, 2022

Dean Anthony E. Varona of Seattle University School of Law and Vice-Chancellor Prof. C. Raj Kumar of O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) holds up signed partnership agreements during a virtual signing ceremony.

Seattle U Law partners with O.P. Jindal Global University in India

On September 22, 2022, Dean Anthony Varona, Seattle University School of Law, and Vice-Chancellor Prof. C. Raj Kumar, O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU), signed two key agreements creating new opportunities for law students in India and the United States to pursue a global education.

September 22, 2022

Workshop promotes diverse leaders in legal education

The workshop assembles law school deans and executive university leaders from across the country to serve as presenters and panelists, providing a venue for them to share advice, wisdom, and mentorship with the attendees. Workshop attendees are primarily current law faculty members and assistant or associate deans who aspire to apply for deanship positions in the future.

September 16, 2022

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Five Gregoire Fellows welcome chance to diversify legal profession

The program, named in honor of former Washington Governor Christine Gregoire, recognizes students for their academic and professional achievements, unique perspectives, and leadership potential to diversify the legal profession in Washington. Five first-year students at Seattle University School of Law were named Gregoire Fellows: Kali Clark, Gabriela Dionisio, Ania Kamkar, Kalina Spasovska, and Sarah Yoon.

September 15, 2022

Brooke Coleman named Fredric C. Tausend professor

This professorship is named for Dean Tausend, who led the law school from 1980 to 1986 and is widely credited with strengthening the school’s commitment to social justice, academic excellence, and access to legal education, as well as diversity in education and the profession.

September 7, 2022

Law school welcomes diverse class of entering first-year students

There are 224 students in the class, with 178 full-time students and 46 in the hybrid online Flex JD program for part-time students. Students of color comprise 37 percent of the entering class, an increase from 35 percent last year. Thirty-two percent were the first in their family to attend college.

August 17, 2022

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Calhoun Fellows author amicus brief in support of jury diversity

Inspired by their visit to civil rights sites in Alabama earlier this summer, Seattle University School of Law’s Calhoun Fellows assisted in writing a moving and persuasive legal brief to encourage jury diversity. The case aims to strengthen the right of defendants to have a jury drawn from a jury pool that reflects a fair cross section of the community.

August 12, 2022

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Student sees Native American legal history in the making as Udall intern

Jessica Pouley is one of only 11 students nationally who were selected for the prestigious Native American Congressional Internship, a program run by the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation and the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy.

July 22, 2022

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Bar Studies and ATJI receive grant to study bar exam interventions

Isabel Freitas Peres, director of Bar Studies, and Lily Su, associate director of the Access to Justice Institute, were awarded an 18-month grant to study the effectiveness of bar exam interventions as part of the Professionals in Legal Education Developing Greater Equity (PLEDGE) Fellowship.

July 20, 2022

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Acclaimed legal scholars and professors return to Seattle U Law

Acclaimed law professors Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic will return to Seattle University School of Law’s faculty as distinguished professors this year. As leading authors and theorists on race and social change in the United States, they have published numerous books and articles over their distinguished careers that have explored groundbreaking legal frameworks, including critical race theory.

June 21, 2022

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Singing scholar: David Skover retires from teaching, legal scholarship

'My experience as a teacher of bright, dedicated, and hard-working students is quintessential to my role as a professor. It has been a pleasure and privilege to work with so many young men and women who graduated from this institution and became distinguished leaders in their respective fields,' Skover said.

May 18, 2022

Lisa Brodoff

Lisa Brodoff’s righteous legacy of mentorship and advocacy

Lisa Brodoff considers herself lucky. That's because for the past 25 years, she's held her dream job as a professor and director of Seattle University School of Law's nationally ranked Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic. Alongside her academic career, Brodoff has been a fierce advocate for laws and policies to protect the state's most vulnerable populations.

April 21, 2022

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Highly accomplished new faculty join Seattle U Law

The law school welcomes an accomplished cohort of new tenure-track faculty members, each of whom brings a wealth of teaching, practical, and scholarly expertise.

April 12, 2022 | Announcements

Sidney DeLong at graduation

Signing (off) on the dotted line

Professor Sidney DeLong retires after 37 years of teaching.

April 10, 2022 | Announcements

Sydney Lopes, Tarra Simmons, Dean Annette Clark

Tarra Simmons ’17 receives 2022 Woman of the Year Award

In accepting the 2022 Woman of the Year award, Tarra Simmons ’17 thanked the many women in the legal profession who helped her along the way and encouraged those who will come after her.

March 31, 2022 | Announcements

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Law students help Ukrainian refugees start asylum applications

Seattle University School of Law has partnered with Refugee & Immigrant Services Northwest to provide legal assistance to more than 30 Ukrainian refugees fleeing their war-torn home country. Thirteen student volunteers, overseen by professors and licensed attorneys, will help the refugees complete the initial paperwork required to seek asylum in the United States.

March 29, 2022 | Announcements

Janet Ainsworth

A tale of forks and torts: Janet Ainsworth reflects on her career

As Ainsworth prepares to retire after 34 years of teaching, first at University of Puget Sound School of Law and then at Seattle University School of Law when the law school moved north, she reflected on the forks in the road that led her to what she calls “the best job in the world.”

March 29, 2022 | Announcements

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Law school names five Calhoun Fellows for 2022

Five dedicated students and equal justice advocates will undertake a summer of skills training and race equity work as part of Seattle University School of Law’s Calhoun Family Fellowship. The 2022 fellows are Marcel Baugh ‘24, Leslie Burnett ‘24, Naomi Rothenberg ‘24, Jean Russell ‘24, and Talia Starr ‘24.

March 22, 2022

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Jury selection begins in trial for suspect in Everett police shooting

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Professor Deborah Ahrens comments on the challenges of defending someone charged with killing a police officer.

March 14, 2023 | In the News

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Professor Deirdre Bowen discusses the limitations of protection orders.

March 10, 2023 | In the News

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Professor Deirdre Bowen discusses the legal challenges yet to come for out-of-state abortion care.

March 6, 2023 | In the News

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Professor Sital Kalantry offers legal analysis and important historical context to the issue of caste discrimination.

February 23, 2023 | In the News

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February 17, 2023 | In the News

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Professor Robert Boruchowitz says the outrage is real and understandable.

February 13, 2023 | In the News

The Wash. Labor Developments That Experts Are Watching


Professor Elizabeth Ford explains new and groundbreaking labor laws in Washington state.

February 9, 2023 | In the News

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Professor Robert Chang explains how unfair treatment due to race prevents due process.

February 7, 2023 | In the News

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February 3, 2023 | In the News

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January 24, 2023 | In the News

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January 23, 2023 | In the News

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Professor Dean Spade is quoted about social movements against oppression.

January 6, 2023 | In the News

SCOTUS case from Washington could have implications for unions

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Professor Elizabeth Ford says the ruling could shift the cost of striking onto unions.

December 28, 2022 | In the News

Rail strike averted, but workers left without sick leave


Professor Liz Ford explains what happened to the tentative agreement railway workers had reached with the Biden administration.

December 1, 2022 | In the News

Wage Recovery Funds

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Hear Prof. Ford discuss Wage Recovery Funds at this podcast produced by the California Law Review.

November 29, 2022 | In the News

Top law schools rebel against U.S. News’ annual rankings

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Dean Anthony Varona's 2014 essay on the harms of law school rankings is quoted in this article.

November 29, 2022 | In the News

The Law School Promise


Dean Anthony E. Varona is featured in Episode 1: The Pipeline to the Legal Profession.

November 21, 2022 | In the News

Realty company offering cash after locking homeowners into deal


Jesse Jones spoke with Professor Steven Bender in this investigation.

November 17, 2022 | In the News

Railway strike averted after tentative agreement reached


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September 15, 2022 | In the News

Seattle Pacific University trustees sued by students and faculty


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September 13, 2022 | In the News

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September 6, 2022 | In the News

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August 30, 2022 | In the News

Criminalization of Homelessness

The Doorway Project

Criminalization of Homelessness: An Interview with Ashley Karlstad '21

August 22, 2022 | In the News

Starbucks says labor board helping pro-union workers in Seattle

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Professor Elizabeth Ford explains the role of the National Labor Relations Board in union votes.

August 16, 2022 | In the News

Cities continue to pass homeless camping ordinances

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Professor Sara Rankin discusses the current legal framework for cities addressing homelessness.

August 11, 2022 | In the News

Anti-Abortion Leader Says a 10-Year-Old’s Abortion Wouldn’t Count


Professor Deborah Ahrens says the hope of a governor's pardon might not be enough to reassure abortion service providers.

July 14, 2022 | In the News

How Biden's executive order to protect abortion access impacts WA


Professor Deirdre Bowen said Biden’s executive order is more of a policy statement.

July 10, 2022 | In the News

Law Schools Mull How to Address 'Dobbs' and a Changing Court


Law schools must figure out how to teach as well as how to help students cope, says Professor Sital Kalantry.

July 5, 2022 | In the News

Prosecutor who asked jury about immigration committed misconduct

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Prosecutor who asked jury about immigration committed misconduct

June 30, 2022 | In the News

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June 29, 2022 | In the News

Will case of praying Bremerton coach affect other public employees?


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June 27, 2022 | In the News

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Professor Sital Kalantry describes the potential fallout on same-sex marriage, privacy, and contraception.

June 24, 2022 | In the News

Are juvenile records public? There's a movement to make changes

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Professor Paul Holland describes concerns about legal system's impact on children.

June 19, 2022 | In the News

SpaceX firings likely violate US labor law, experts say

The Verge

The employees have a strong case for retaliation claims, says Professor Charlotte Garden.

June 17, 2022 | In the News

Why is Starbucks’ union drive speeding ahead while Amazon’s stumbles?

The Guardian

Professor Charlotte Garden says one company isn't more pro-union than the other.

June 14, 2022 | In the News

Race must be considered in determining legality of police stops

The Seattle Times

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June 9, 2022 | In the News

Race must be considered in determining legality of stops and seizures

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June 9, 2022 | In the News

Cargo loaders are exempt from the Federal Arbitration Act


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June 7, 2022 | In the News

Apple to Boost Retail and Corporate Pay in Face of Inflation


Companies often introduce improvements during union-organizing efforts, says Professor Charlotte Garden.

May 25, 2022 | In the News

Seattle Human Rights Commissioners Feel “Gagged” by City Attorney

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Professor Emeritus John Strait weighs in on a conflict regarding the consent decree governing Seattle police.

May 25, 2022 | In the News

Courts may not “make up” new procedural rules to favor arbitration


Professor Charlotte Garden says this case does not undo the court's previous pro-arbitration rulings.

May 24, 2022 | In the News

Tiny home villages a potential solution to Spokane's homeless crisis


Large congregate shelters are the least effective way to address homelessness, says Professor Sara Rankin.

May 19, 2022 | In the News

Clashing Abortion Laws in US Northwest Show Chaos of Post-Roe Care


There are “no very clear answers” about aiding out-of-state abortions, says Professor Sital Kalantry.

May 16, 2022 | In the News

Data-driven procedural inequality


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May 13, 2022 | In the News

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Professor Andrew Siegel discusses the ramifications of the leaked draft ruling that could overturn abortion rights.

May 9, 2022 | In the News

Was it something I said? Legal protections for employee speech

Economic Policy Institute

Professor Charlotte Garden traces the legal rules governing freedom of speech at work.

May 5, 2022 | In the News

What the overturning of Roe v. Wade could mean for marriage equality


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May 5, 2022 | In the News

If Roe v Wade falls, what does that mean for Washington?


Professor Sital Kalantry discusses the "new battleground" of interstate jurisdiction if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

May 4, 2022 | In the News

Seattle law clinic helps target 'wage theft'


Professor Liz Ford and students describe their advocacy on behalf of low-wage workers.

April 20, 2022 | In the News

Washington Lyft, Uber Driver Deal Not Safe from Court Challenge


Professor Liz Ford speculates on Washington's new law mandating benefits for app-based drivers.

April 4, 2022 | In the News

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April 3, 2022 | In the News

Ukrainians get aid from Seattle law students for asylum applications


Professor Deirdre Bowen describes the challenges of an asylum application.

April 3, 2022 | In the News

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April 2, 2022 | In the News

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Professor Charlotte Garden outlines the next step between Amazon and its new union.

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Airport ramp agents are probably excluded from federal arbitration


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March 30, 2022 | In the News

Are airline cargo loaders engaged in interstate commerce?


Professor Charlotte Garden previews an employment dispute that will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

March 25, 2022 | In the News

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March 24, 2022 | In the News

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March 18, 2022 | In the News

Mark Chinen discusses Big Tech's involvement in the Ukraine war.


Professor Mark Chinen discusses Big Tech's involvement in monitoring cyber threats associated with the Ukraine war.

March 10, 2022 | In the News

Seattle legal experts react to Supreme Court nomination

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Professors Natasha Martin and Andrew Siegel react to the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court.

February 25, 2022 | In the News

Seven Reactions To NFIB v. Department of Labor

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January 26, 2022 | In the News

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January 20, 2022 | In the News

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Professor Sital Kalanty discusses how her bicultural upbringing influences her legal scholarship.

January 20, 2022 | In the News

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Professor Sara Rankin says vehicle residency is a "hidden crisis in plain sight."

January 19, 2022 | In the News

Homeless must meet specific criteria for emergency, transitional housing

Florida Today

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January 18, 2022 | In the News

The Paradox of Predatory Pricing

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An essay by Prof. John Kirkwood explores effective options for legal challenges to predatory pricing.

January 5, 2022 | In the News