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Student volunteers with the Youth Education and Advocacy Project

A Day in the Life of Youth Education & Advocacy Project Volunteers

Zulen Pantoja-Ortega ’24 and Tiana Pereira ’24 regularly volunteer at the King County Juvenile Detention Center as part of the Youth Education & Advocacy Project (YEAP). Here, Pantoja-Ortega and Pereira share their experience working with incarcerated youth.

April 15, 2024


Woman of the Year Bree Black Horse

Bree Black Horse ’13 named 2024 Woman of the Year

Bree Black Horse '13, the first Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington, was named Seattle U Law's 2024 Woman of the Year.

March 22, 2024 | Events


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

Nationally-renowned UCLA professor headlines inaugural Delgado/Stefancic

Seattle University School of Law has announced that Devon Carbado, the Honorable Harry Pregerson Professor of Law at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law, will deliver the inaugural Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic Distinguished Lecture on April 12, 2024, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Sullivan Hall.

March 21, 2024 | Events


Students studying

Seattle U Law leaders helped spark bar exam reform

Seattle University School of Law leaders and alumni played key roles in developing and advocating for reforms to the state’s licensure process for new attorneys that culminated in sweeping changes ordered by the Washington Supreme Court

March 15, 2024


Sullivan Hall, spring evening, Seattle University School of Law (2015)

Berle Symposium brings leading corporate law experts to Seattle U Law

Internationally renowned academics, scholars, legal practitioners, and other distinguished experts will convene at Seattle University School of Law this Friday and Saturday to attend the 16th Berle Symposium.

March 6, 2024 | Events


Sullivan Hall behind spring cherry blossom tree

American Bar Association president to address Seattle U Law Commencement

American Bar Association President Mary Smith, a pathbreaking national leader in law and in STEM education and accessibility, will deliver the keynote address at Seattle University School of Law’s Spring Commencement on May 18.

February 29, 2024 | Announcements


Robert Chang Award Reception 2024

Professor named 'Mentor of the Year' by Korean bar association

Seattle University School of Law Professor Robert Chang was presented with the Mentor of the Year Award by the Korean American Bar Association (KABA) of Washington during its 33rd Annual Banquet at Benaroya Hall this month.

February 29, 2024


Nazune Menka

Seattle U Law hires first Alaska Native professor

Seattle University School of Law has selected Professor Nazune Menka to become the next faculty director of the Center for Indian Law & Policy. Menka, who will also serve as a tenure-track assistant professor of law, is Seattle U Law’s first Alaska Native faculty member.

February 8, 2024 | Announcements


Professor Steven Bender

Professor Honored with SALT 2024 Great Teacher Award

Seattle U Law Professor Steven Bender, an associate dean, is the recipient of the 2024 Society of American Law Teachers’ (SALT) Great Teacher Award for his significant contributions to teaching, legal education, and mentoring.

December 15, 2023


The panelists at the Hate Crimes Overview

Law school event explores hate crime stats, characteristics, reporting

A Sullivan Hall event featuring speakers from the U.S. Department of Justice and the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office provided a deep-dive into hate crimes, including proper identification, most commonly reported types in King County, reasons for underreporting, and much more.

December 4, 2023 | Events


The panel consisted of Kasha Roseta ’14, Sarah Elerson ’12, Kiran Griffith ’13, Joan Miller ’12, Seattle U Law Professor Brooke Coleman, and Maria Wiederkehr ’21.

Brooke D. Coleman celebrated as Fredric C. Tausend Professor of Law

Seattle University School of Law celebrated the installation of Brooke D. Coleman as the Fredric C. Tausend Professor of Law. The title, named for a former Seattle U Law dean and professor, honors a Seattle U Law faculty member for their scholarly pursuits, teaching ability, and service work.

November 30, 2023 | Events


University of Washington School of Law student James Stafford (left) and Seattle University School of Law alumnus David Fernández Antelo ’23 (right) visit the Capitol in Olympia the day the wage theft bill is signed into law.

From Advocacy to Action

Students in Seattle U Law's Workers' Rights Clinic score a victory against wage theft with passage of legislation.

November 16, 2023


L-R: Professors Steven Bender and Margaret Chon, TILE faculty directors, Gigi Sohn, director of the American Association for Public Broadband, and Dean Tony Varona

Seattle U Law launches TILE Program

Seattle U Law celebrated the launch of the new Technology, Innovation, Law, and Ethics (TILE) Program with a speech from nationally-renowned tech evangelist Gigi Sohn.

October 26, 2023


L-R: Dean Anthony E. Varona, Professor Sital Kalantry, director of the RoundGlass India Center, Professor C. Raj Kumar, founding vice chancellor of Jindal Global University and Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, a member of the Parliament of India and India's leading Supreme Court litigator.

Seattle U Law welcomes member of Indian Parliament for Luminaries in Law

Seattle University School of Law, in collaboration with the RoundGlass India Center, welcomed Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, a member of the Parliament of India and India's leading Supreme Court litigator, to give a lecture on the Supreme Court of India.

October 26, 2023 | Events


Seattle U Law Professor Deirdre Bowen (left) interviews Dahlia Lithwick (right).

Nationally renowned author, Dahlia Lithwick visits Seattle U Law

New York Times bestselling author and legal journalist Dahlia Lithwick, whose journalism has appeared in Slate, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, CNN, and other prominent media outlets, kicked off Seattle U Law’s 2023-24 Dean’s Luminaries in Law Lecture & Conversation Series.

October 3, 2023 | Announcements


Law Library, Sullivan Hall, Seattle University School of Law

Seattle U Law professors publish impactful scholarship

Seattle University School of Law professors have been hard at work producing scholarship on a variety of important legal topics and issues.

August 25, 2023 | Announcements


Dean Tony Varona

Dean headlines event aimed at supporting legal scholars of color

Anthony E. Varona, dean of Seattle University School of Law, recently delivered the keynote address at the second annual Michael A. Olivas Writing Institute, a one-day international online event created to provide support and encouragement to junior and senior academic scholars of color in their writing projects.

August 14, 2023


Supreme Court building in New Delhi, India

Law professor’s new book examines Supreme Court of India

“Court on Trial,” co-authored by renowned India legal expert Sital Kalantry, is getting global media attention for shedding light on the inner workings of India’s highest court.

August 14, 2023


Decorative image: Supreme Court affirmative action webinar graphic

Legal experts weigh in on affirmative action ruling

A webinar hosted earlier this month by Seattle University School of Law attracted nearly 2,000 registered viewers, who listened to top experts from Seattle U Law and across the country analyze the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on affirmative action, which ruled that race-conscious admissions in higher education is largely unconstitutional.

July 24, 2023


Sullivan Hall building exterior

Law school hosts preeminent constitutional law expert

Seattle University School of Law is hosting a renowned legal scholar and professor, Ronald J. Krotoszynski, as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Residence this summer.

July 10, 2023


Exterior of the Sullivan Hall building on the Seattle University campus

Seattle U Law ranked among top schools for academic impact

Seattle University School of Law is the top law school in the Pacific Northwest for academic impact, according to a soon-to-be published article in the Florida State University Law Review.

July 7, 2023


2023 Stevens Public Interest Fellows

Three students earn Stevens Public Interest Fellowships

Three Seattle University School of Law students have been chosen to receive Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowships, enabling them to spend this summer working in public interest law.

June 20, 2023


Kelli Rodriguez Currie

New program aims to develop sports law practitioners

Seattle University School of Law is set to launch a new Sports Law program this fall to provide its students with the knowledge, expertise, and resources needed to navigate the many legal issues that arise in the fast-paced sports industry.

June 7, 2023


Ates Serifsoy, right, and Connor Trapp

Students awarded prestigious labor law fellowships

Two Seattle University School of Law students have been awarded prestigious fellowships by the Peggy Browning Fund, a Philadelphia-based organization dedicated to educating the next generation of workplace justice advocates.

June 2, 2023


Lori K. Smith, chief judge of the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division One, administered the oath of office to Leonard J. Feldman. He will serve as one of 10 judges on the court.

Ceremony honors law professor appointed to state appeals court bench

Professor from Practice Leonard J. Feldman’s appointment to the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division One, was recognized and celebrated last week during a swearing-in and robing ceremony that was hosted by Seattle University School of Law, his professional home for the past three years.

May 22, 2023


Sullivan Hall statue artwork

Law student earns prestigious post-graduation fellowship

Charla Boley, who graduates this month from Seattle University School of Law, was awarded a prestigious Equal Justice Works (EJW) fellowship to continue her advocacy for economic justice and the legal rights of people with disabilities.

May 10, 2023


 A technology inspired artistic illustration of Sullivan Hall, home of Seattle University School of Law. The building is depicted as part of a circuit board. Illustration by Neil Griffith.

Move fast and build things

Seattle U Law prepares lawyers for opportunities, challenges in technology sector. (From the spring 2023 issue of Lawyer magazine.)

May 9, 2023


University administrators sit at a table and sign documents

Going global

Dean Varona launches effort to internationalize Seattle U Law. (From the spring 2023 issue of Lawyer magazine.)

May 8, 2023


James Stafford and David Fernandez

Inslee signs bill championed by Seattle U Law Workers’ Rights Clinic

Assistant Professor Elizabeth Ford, the clinic’s director, called the bill “an incredibly important step forward.” The measure allows the Department of Labor and Industries to collect 12% interest on all meritorious claims of wage theft, which is when an employer illegally withholds or reduces the pay a worker is due.

May 4, 2023


Woman with cell phone in urban setting

New program prepares law students to confront future tech challenges

A new Seattle University School of Law program aims to prepare a cadre of diverse legal professionals to help guide the development and implementation of current and future technologies in lawful and ethical ways.

May 2, 2023 | Announcements


Bree Black Horse addressing guests at Dean Varona's community brunch

Building belonging with brunch

Dean Anthony E. Varona hosts a series of gatherings to cultivate community for underrepresented law students.

April 24, 2023


Dean Tony Varona

Varona to lead national task force on Hispanic representation

HNBA President Mariana Bravo announced the formation of the National Task Force on Hispanic Law Faculty and Deans on Monday and will elaborate on the task force’s mission at a reception hosted by Seattle University School of Law on Tuesday, April 25.

April 24, 2023


Equal Justice Initiative

Six students join Calhoun racial justice fellowship

Six first-year law students committed to equal justice were selected for this year’s Calhoun Family Fellowship and will embark on a summer of advocacy, education, and inspiration. The students are Francis Argueta, Hallie Conyers-Tucker, Nora Gunning, Jeremiah Noonan, Laurissa Stokes, and Jane Thomas.

April 20, 2023


Sullivan Hall building exterior

Three law students selected as liaisons to state commission

Seattle University School of Law has chosen three outstanding law students to serve as student liaisons to the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission (MJC): Leslie L. Burnett Locke (2L), Stephanie Chavez (3L), and Mónica Mendoza-Castrejón.

April 14, 2023


Judge Janet Chung

Law school honors Judge Janet Chung as Woman of the Year

Judge Janet Chung reflected on what she called her “anti-resume” – opportunities missed, choices not made, offers rejected – encouraging the audience to embrace their full stories, not just their successes.

March 31, 2023 | Events


Centennial Fountain on the Seattle University campus

New campaign aims to help sexual assault/DV survivors

For the first time, campus community can obtain protection order filing assistance from Seattle U Law’s Family Law Center.

March 30, 2023 | Announcements


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 Sital Kalantry writes that the country's green card system disproportionately hurts immigrants from India.

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November 28, 2023 | In the News


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November 22, 2023 | In the News


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Professor John Kirkwood spoke to The Capitol Forum about a proposed fix in the Kroger/Albertsons merger.

November 13, 2023 | In the News


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November 1, 2023 | In the News


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October 24, 2023 | In the News


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October 15, 2023 | In the News


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October 12, 2023 | In the News


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October 10, 2023 | In the News


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October 9, 2023 | In the News


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October 5, 2023 | In the News


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