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David Skover at the outside entrance of Sullivan Hall

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

Composite headshots of new faculty 2022

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

Ukraine flag

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

Equal Justice Initiative

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

Diane Lourdes Dick

A student’s favorite tax master

Diane Lourdes Dick receives Oltman award for excellence in teaching.

February 24, 2022 | Announcements

Stan Perkins and incubator attorneys

Incubator Program welcomes seven new attorneys for 2022

Participants build solo and small law practices with mentorship and other support for one year.

February 10, 2022 | Announcements

A tiny model of a house and a set of keys

Pro Bono Day clinic helps area residents stay housed

For the second straight year, law students and alumni teamed up to hold a one-day Housing Justice Clinic, helping residents at risk of losing their homes. Twenty clients received valuable legal counseling on issues such as the eviction moratorium, disputes with their landlords, confusing legal notices, and questions about their leases or federal housing vouchers.

November 15, 2021

Dean Annette Clark '89

Dean Annette Clark receives Passing the Torch Award

Washington Women Lawyers (WWL) selected Dean Annette Clark '89 as the 2021 recipient of the Justice Mary Fairhurst Passing the Torch Award, which recognizes an individual who has gone above and beyond in mentoring women lawyers and making a difference in the legal community.

October 8, 2021

Tarra Simmons ’17 being sworn in to the Washington State Bar

New scholarship helps formerly incarcerated students come full circle

Thanks to Amanda DuBois's advocacy and generosity, Seattle University School of Law launched the Full Circle Scholarship, which provides $5,000 each year for a student whose life has been directly impacted by the criminal justice system, with a preference for students who have been incarcerated themselves.

October 6, 2021

Zulen Pantoja-Ortega, Ana Hernández-Zamudio and Molly Gunther

Scholarship recipients find motivation close to home

Ana Hernández-Zamudio and Zulen Pantoja-Ortega were named the 2021 Scholars for Justice, an honor that goes to students committed to working in public interest. Molly Gunther received the 2021 Douglas R. Nash Native American Law Scholarship, given to an enrolled member of an Indian tribe (or lineal descendant of an enrolled member). The awards are three-year, full-tuition scholarships that recognize outstanding law students.

October 1, 2021

Dean Clark with Seattle University President Eduardo Peñalver and incoming law school students (8/19/2021)

President Peñalver welcomes law students to Seattle University

In his first address to students since becoming Seattle University’s leader in July, President Eduardo Peñalver welcomed the School of Law’s incoming students with an inspiring reminder about the role lawyers play in society.

August 19, 2021

Photo of Dean Annette Clark '89

Seattle U Law dean announces departure

Annette Clark ’89 will leave her position next June after almost a decade at the helm

August 16, 2021 | Announcements

Professor Lorraine Bannai

Bannai, now retiring, combined teaching skills with zealous advocacy

As a professor of lawyering skills and director of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, Lorraine Bannai spent 25 of her 41 teaching years at Seattle University School of Law. As a lawyer, she helped reopen the case of Fred Korematsu and often speaks on the atrocity of Japanese American incarceration during World War II.

June 14, 2021

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April 4, 2022 | In the News

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April 3, 2022 | In the News

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February 25, 2022 | In the News

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Law & Political Economy Project

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January 26, 2022 | In the News

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January 20, 2022 | In the News

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NW Asian Weekly

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January 19, 2022 | In the News

Homeless must meet specific criteria for emergency, transitional housing

Florida Today

Research by Seattle University law students is cited in this story about barriers to shelter.

January 18, 2022 | In the News

The Paradox of Predatory Pricing

Competition Policy International

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

January 5, 2022 | In the News

Halliburton granted emeritus status

Christian Halliburton joined the faculty in 2002 and served as the faculty director of the law school's Alaska Program.

July 1, 2021