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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


Sullivan Hall statue artwork

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


Calhoun Fellows from 2000-2022 visit Southern Poverty Law Center

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


Jessica Pouley Deb Haaland

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


Isabel Freitas Peres and Lily Su

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


Sullivan Hall brick wall exterior with 'Seattle University School of Law' lettering.

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


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


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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


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


Dean-Designate Tony Varona

Seattle University selects new dean to lead law school

Former Miami Law dean Anthony E. Varona brings strong legal background, leadership experience to position

February 17, 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


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