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Law school leaders in intellectual property law

The National Jurist

The National Jurist recognized Seattle U Law in a piece highlighting leading law schools for intellectual property law.

Detained in a Foreign Country

KING 5 News

KING 5 covered Seattle U Law's Human Rights Clinic's effort to vindicate a man imprisoned abroad for crimes he didn't commit.

What's next: Donald Trump found guilty in hush money trial

FOX 13's Good Day Seattle

Professor Deborah Ahrens, a criminal law expert, broke down the verdict in Donald Trump's trial on FOX 13's Good Day Seattle.

What's next: Donald Trump found guilty in hush money trial

FOX 13's Good Day Seattle

Professor Andrew Siegel appeared on FOX 13's Good Day Seattle to answer questions following the verdict in Donald Trump's trial.

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Seattle U criminal law professor talks possible Trump sentencing outcome

KING 5 News

Just hours after the verdict was announced, Professor Deborah Ahrens talked to KING 5 about what may come next for former President Donald Trump now that he has been found guilty of all 34 counts in his hush money trial.

May 30, 2024 | In the News


How to Choose a Civil Rights Law School

U.S. News and World Report

U.S. News and World Report highlighted Seattle U Law as a law school with a special emphasis on civil rights law and spoke to Matt Etter '12, assistant dean for the Center for Professional Development, about how to choose a civil rights-centered law school.

May 22, 2024 | In the News


Common Ownership in the Merger Guidelines

Competition Policy International

In an essay published by Competition Policy International, noted antitrust expert Professor John Kirkwood examines common ownership, where investors own shares in two or more competitors, and explains that this practice may cause these competitors to raise prices or compete less aggressively, raising antitrust concerns.

May 21, 2024 | In the News


Thomas, Alito: Two Originalists, Two Takes On CFPB Case

Law360

Professor Andrew Siegel was quoted by Law360 in an article examining a difference of opinion between U.S. Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito. Siegel analyzed the two justices' different ideologies over the way that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is funded.

May 16, 2024 | In the News


Dozens arraigned on misdemeanor charges after protest blocked traffic

KING 5

Professor Danieli Evans, who specializes in constitutional law, discussed with KING 5 the First Amendment rights of protesters facing criminal charges for blocking the road leading to Sea-Tac Airport in April.

May 15, 2024 | In the News


What would the reclassification of cannabis mean for Washington state?

Soundside on KUOW

Professor Deborah Ahrens, a criminal law expert who studies drug decriminalization, spoke to KUOW Public Radio's Soundside about the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's move to reclassify cannabis as a less serious drug. She observed that this may signal to federal judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement that cannabis should not be treated in the same way as more serious drugs.

May 6, 2024 | In the News


An Attempt to Ban Abortions in Idaho

Seattle's Morning News on KIRO Radio

Professor Erin Carr, a reproductive rights expert, spoke to Seattle's Morning News on KIRO Radio about the U.S. Supreme Court case challenging Idaho's abortion ban on the basis that it violates federal emergency care law.

May 2, 2024 | In the News


Fatal Tesla crash raises questions on driver distraction, autopilot

KOMO 4

Distinguished Practitioner in Residence and tech law expert Steve Tapia, who teaches courses that are part of the new Technology, Innovation Law, and Ethics Program, spoke to KOMO News about a fatal car accident involving a Tesla driver who claimed to be using the autopilot feature. Tapia said the revolutionary car company should rethink how it markets the technology, as people using autopilot may be led to believe they themselves don't need to pay attention to driving.

April 25, 2024 | In the News


SCOTUS hears case that pits ID abortion ban against federal protections

The Spokesman-Review

Professor Deirdre Bowen, director of the Seattle U Law Family Law Center and an expert in reproductive rights, spoke to The Spokesman-Review about the case before #SCOTUS challenging Idaho's abortion ban.

April 24, 2024 | In the News


Supreme Court to hear arguments on Oregon homelessness case

KOMO 4

KOMO 4 spoke with Professor Sara Rankin about Grants Pass v. Johnson, a Supreme Court case centered on cities' power to issue civil penalties for sleeping outside.

April 22, 2024 | In the News


With homelessness rising, Supreme Court weighs bans on sleeping outdoors

KING 5

Professor Sara Rankin talked to KING 5 about oral arguments in Grants Pass v. Johnson, a #SCOTUS case centered on cities' power to issue civil penalties for sleeping outside.

April 22, 2024 | In the News


The U.S. Supreme Court released a code of ethics. Here’s what’s missing

The Seattle Times

An op-ed for The Seattle Times quoted Professor Andrew Siegel, a constitutional law expert, in a discussion of the Code of Conduct released by the U.S. Supreme Court last year.

April 12, 2024 | In the News


Strike enters Day 4: Paraeducators, district continue to bargain

The Peninsula Daily News

Professor Elizabeth Ford spoke to the Peninsula Daily News about the Port Angeles Paraeducators Association's strike after a Clallam County judge granted an injunction filed by the Port Angeles School District to force the educators back to work. Ford says injunctions are increasingly becoming a common tactic on the part of school districts during strikes.

April 11, 2024 | In the News


Wage theft victims are owed $5.4 million that WA hasn’t collected

The Seattle Times

In an investigation into wage theft in Washington, The Seattle Times quoted Professor and Workers' Rights Clinic Director Elizabeth Ford. She and her students worked with legislators on the newly-passed House Bill 2097, which creates a work group to help victims of wage theft recover money owed to them.

April 7, 2024 | In the News


New alternatives to WA bar exam level the field for law licensing

The Seattle Times

In an editorial, the The Seattle Times praises reforms to the bar licensure process for new attorneys recently ordered by the Washington Supreme Court. Dean Anthony Varona, who served as co-chair of the Washington State Bar Licensure Task Force that recommended reforms, such as creating alternative pathways to obtaining a law license, was quoted in the editorial.

April 1, 2024 | In the News


“The people”/personhood paradox

Los Angeles Daily News

In this op-ed for the Los Angeles Daily News, Professor Erin Carr notes that by ignoring the will of the majority, courts are narrowing the definition of 'the people' while expanding the definition of 'a person' to include non-viable fetuses.

March 27, 2024 | In the News


Supreme Court seems likely to preserve access to mifepristone

KING 5

Dr. Deirdre Bowen spoke to KING 5 about the oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that could restrict access to the abortion drug mifepristone.

March 26, 2024 | In the News


Shoreline children receive 1,000 new helmets for cycling, scooters

KING 5

KING 5 featured 3L Schuyler Peters' project with Seattle Children's Hospital to donate 1,000 free bike helmets to kids at her childhood alma mater, Ridgecrest Elementary School, as well as Meridian Park Elementary, both in Shoreline.

March 25, 2024 | In the News


City of Everett charges ‘event fee’ for mayor’s annual State of the City

FOX 13

Seattle U Law Professor Erin Carr spoke to FOX 13 Seattle about the City of Everett's decision to charge people to attend the mayor's State of the City address in-person. While online streaming was free, Carr said that the cost to attend in-person would be prohibitive for many Everett residents.

March 21, 2024 | In the News


Seattle shoppers cheer FTC action on Kroger-Albertsons merger

The Seattle Times

Professor and antitrust expert John Kirkwood spoke to The Seattle Times about the Federal Trade Commission's attempt to block the Kroger and Albertsons merger. If the merger moves forward and becomes final before the case is decided, Kirkwood said retroactively undoing it would be challenging.

February 26, 2024 | In the News


Woman killed stepdad after years of sexual abuse

The Oregonian

Professor Deirdre Bowen, director of the Family Law Center, spoke to The Oregonian about a case involving an Oregon woman who killed her stepfather, who had sexually abused her and her sister for years. Bowen says these cases should be considered differently than other homicides.

February 23, 2024 | In the News


Washington lawmakers debate new supports for striking workers

KING 5 News

Professor Elizabeth Ford, who leads Seattle U Law’s Workers' Rights Clinic, spoke to KING 5 about two bills in the WA State Legislature that would provide unemployment benefits and other support to striking workers.

February 20, 2024 | In the News


From ‘Fish Wars’ to legal triumph: The Boldt Decision, 50 years later

FOX 13 Seattle

50 years after the Boldt Decision, FOX 13 interviewed Brooke Pinkham, director of the Center for Indian Law & Policy, about the monumental ruling that upheld and cemented historic treaty and tribal fishing rights.

February 14, 2024 | In the News


Court Hears Case On Federal Agencies’ Regulatory Power

OSV News

Professor John Kirkwood spoke to OSV News about two Supreme Court cases that could undo the "Chevron deference," which gives more powers in certain circumstances to federal agencies, rather than the courts, to interpret the law.

January 24, 2024 | In the News


WA suit to block Kroger-Albertsons merger gets cheers, raised eyebrows

The Seattle Times

Professor and nationally-renowned antitrust expert John Kirkwood spoke to The Seattle Times about Washington State Attorney General's suit over the proposed Kroger-Albertsons merger, and why AG Bob Ferguson may have chosen to take action before the Federal Trade Commission decides whether or not to file a suit.

January 18, 2024 | In the News


Disciplinary Decision Expected for Acquitted Tacoma Officers

KOMO 4

Seattle U Law Professor Deborah Ahrens, a former public defender and criminal law expert, spoke to KOMO News just before news broke that the three police officers acquitted in Manuel Ellis' death resigned from the Tacoma Police Department.

January 15, 2024 | In the News


Can we defend the defenders? On the safety of human rights workers

Just Security

In this op-ed for Just Security, Professor Thomas Antkowiak, director of Seattle U Law's International Human Rights Clinic, sheds light on the important and often dangerous work that human rights defenders are performing on the ground in Latin America, and illustrates what allies in the U.S. can do to help.

January 12, 2024 | In the News


Outdated green card laws hurt workers from India

The Seattle Times

In this The Seattle Times op-ed, Professor Sital Kalantry, director of Seattle University's RoundGlass India Center, writes that the country's green card system, which allocates permanent residency through a quota system rather than on a first-come, first-served basis, disproportionately hurts immigrants from India who come to the U.S. for work.

December 22, 2023 | In the News


Outdated green card laws hurt workers from India

The Seattle Times

In this The Seattle Times op-ed, Professor Sital Kalantry, director of Seattle University's RoundGlass India Center, writes that the country's green card system, which allocates permanent residency through a quota system rather than on a first-come, first-served basis, disproportionately hurts immigrants from India who come to the U.S. for work.

December 22, 2023 | In the News


SCOTUS rejects appeal over bans on conversion therapy for LGBTQ+ kids

KING 5 News

In a KING 5 interview, Seattle U Law Professor Deirdre Bowen, director of the school's Family Law Center, explained what it means that the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to Washington state's ban on conversion therapy, thereby allowing the ban to stand, for now.

December 12, 2023 | In the News


Lina Khan’s Rough Year

New York Magazine

Professor and antitrust expert John Kirkwood spoke to New York Magazine about Lina Khan's first two years leading the FTC, reasons that certain antitrust cases brought by the FTC failed, and what could lie ahead for the agency in the new year.

December 12, 2023 | In the News


What happened during Week 8 of the trial for the death of Manuel Ellis

KING 5

Professor Deborah Ahrens joined a KING 5 panel to discuss week eight of the Manuel Ellis trial. Ahrens, a former public defender, discussed delays in the trial of three police officers charged with killing Ellis in 2020, the impact of jurors' life experiences, and ways the defense may prepare the officers for their upcoming testimony.

December 1, 2023 | In the News


Cities crack down on encampments. Advocates say that’s not the answer.

The Associated Press

In a video by the Associated Press, Seattle U Law Professor Sara Rankin, an expert in issues relating to homelessness, talks about the increase in encampments, sweeps, and laws criminalizing camping on the street in cities across the U.S.

November 28, 2023 | In the News


Antitrust Agencies Should Take Stronger Approach to Common Ownership

The Sling

In this blog post for The Sling, noted antitrust expert Professor John Kirkwood examines common ownership, where investors own shares in two or more competitors. He explains that this practice may cause these competitors to raise prices or compete less aggressively, raising antitrust concerns.

November 22, 2023 | In the News


Kroger/Albertsons: Proposed Deal Could Suffer from Affiliate's Reliance

The Capitol Forum

Professor John Kirkwood, a nationally-renowned antitrust expert, recently spoke to The Capitol Forum about a proposed fix in the Kroger/Albertsons merger - and the questions the FTC may have about it.

November 13, 2023 | In the News


Climate Disaster Is Here—and the State Will Never Save Us

In These Times

In an op-ed for In These Times, Professor Dean Spade writes that irreversible effects of climate change are already happening - and the policies being implemented by governments around the world are too little, too late.

November 1, 2023 | In the News


New video shows deadly Bellevue crash; driver still wanted

KING 5

A driver who prosecutors allege caused a deadly crash in Bellevue recently fled to her home country of China, which does not have an extradition treaty with the U.S. Seattle U Law Professor Ron Slye, an international law expert, spoke to KING 5 about the likelihood that she is extradited to face vehicular homicide charges.

November 1, 2023 | In the News


WA among 41 states suing Meta claiming its platforms harm mental health

KOMO News

Tech law expert and Distinguished Practitioner in Residence Steve Tapia, who teaches courses that are part of the new TILE Program that launched this semester, appeared on KOMO News speaking about the lawsuit filed against Meta by more than 40 state attorneys general, alleging its products are addictive and harmful to children. The story was shared by many of KOMO's sister stations across the country.

October 24, 2023 | In the News


SpaceX blasts FAA for warning of falling Starlink satellites

FOX 13

Distinguished Practitioner in Residence and tech law expert Steve Tapia, who teaches courses that are part of the new TILE Program that launched this semester, talks to FOX 13 Seattle reporter Lauren Donovan about space junk in the wake of the Federal Aviation Administration's report concerning satellite fragments such as those from SpaceX - and explains who could be held liable if a piece of satellite debris were to ever fall onto someone on Earth.

October 19, 2023 | In the News


Judge tosses case against WA man beaten by police

The Seattle Times

Grant County tried to prosecute Joseph Zamora for the second time for assaulting a police officer, even after Zamora had been convicted of the crime once, served time, and then had the conviction overturned by the Washington Supreme Court. Now, a judge has thrown out the new case, ending a legal process that has been going on for nearly seven years. Professor Robert Chang, executive director of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, is one of five attorneys who has been representing Zamora pro bono.

October 18, 2023 | In the News


I still pinch myself to see if this is all real

Bar and Bench

In this interview with Indian legal news site Bar and Bench, Seattle U Law international LLM student Ashok Kumar recounts his transformative journey, from growing up on a farm in rural India to earning the opportunity to study law in the U.S. through Seattle U Law's Remala Family Scholarship.

October 15, 2023 | In the News


NTSB report says fatigue caused ferry crash

KING 5

Employment law expert and Professor Elizabeth Ford, who directs Seattle U Law's Workers' Rights Clinic, spoke to King 5 after an NTSB report revealed that the 2022 ferry crash at the Fauntleroy terminal was caused by the captain falling asleep at the helm. Ford says mistakes like this are a big risk when employees are overworked and stretched thin.

October 12, 2023 | In the News


Yale, Harvard Among Law Schools Eliminating 'Diversity Statements'

Law.com

In an interview with Law.com, Dean Tony Varona reaffirmed Seattle U Law's commitment to admitting diverse students in the wake of the Supreme Court's affirmative action ruling, while ensuring that the law school’s admission procedures are fully in compliance with the law.

October 10, 2023 | In the News


Woman whose case changed Washington drug law passes away

KNKX

Professor Pilar Margarita Hernández Escontrías spoke to KNKX Public Radio about the impetus for the Blake decision – the 2021 Washington Supreme Court ruling that overturned the state's felony drug possession law.

October 9, 2023 | In the News


An amnesty for reconciliation

EL PAÍS

In this article for Madrid-based newspaper El País, Professor Ronald Slye, who directs Seattle U Law's International and Comparative Law Programs, explains the demands made for amnesty from the Spanish government toward those who pushed for the secession of Northeast Spain's Catalonia region six years ago.

October 5, 2023 | In the News


Why is liberal Seattle appealing to the conservative U.S. Supreme Court?

KUOW

KUOW interviewed Seattle U Law Professor and Homeless Rights Advocacy Project Director Sara Rankin about the request to SCOTUS by Seattle and other Western U.S. cities to overturn two federal court rulings protecting people who sleep on the street.

October 2, 2023 | In the News


Amazon sued by FTC and 17 states

KING 5

Professor John Kirkwood, a nationally renowned antitrust expert, shared his insights on the Amazon suit.

September 26, 2023 | In the News


Police nearly beat this WA man to death. Will the prosecution continue?

The Seattle Times

Grant County is trying to prosecute Joseph Zamora for the second time for assaulting a police officer, even after Zamora had been convicted of the crime once, served time, and then had the conviction overturned by the Washington Supreme Court. Professor Robert Chang, executive director of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, is one of five attorneys who is representing Zamora pro bono.

August 28, 2023 | In the News


Woman stabbed over 100 times highlights domestic violence statistics

KING 5

Professor Deirdre Bowen explains just how lethal the risk is for those who intervene in domestic violence incidents.

August 24, 2023 | In the News


Supreme Court ruling opens door to limit LGBTQ+ civil rights

Crosscut

Professor Andrew Siegel says a recent U.S. Supreme Court case could let businesses circumvent anti-discrimination laws.

August 23, 2023 | In the News


Who I'm Hurting By Shopping At Walmart

TIME

Professor John Kirkwood talks about the likelihood of the FTC enforcing a 1930s-era law meant to help small businesses.

August 23, 2023 | In the News


Supreme Court: Why India's top court is in a 'crisis'

BBC News

BBC News says Professor Sital Kalantry's new book contains "striking findings" about the Supreme Court of India.

July 31, 2023 | In the News


Federal public defenders could lose staff, be unable to handle caseload

KING 5

Proposed budget reductions from Congress could mean staffing cuts for federal public defenders. Seattle U Law Professor Paul Holland described to KING 5 what that could look like for these attorneys and the people who rely on them.

July 28, 2023 | In the News


SC reflects India’s religious diversity but not gender & caste diversity

ThePrint

In a new book she helped write, Seattle University School of Law Professor Sital Kalantry took a look at the diversity of the Supreme Court - the Supreme Court of India, that is. Our professors are active in legal issues across the globe. Kalantry, who is associate dean of Graduate Studies and International Programs, founded Seattle U Law's India Center for Law and Justice, and helps students from around the world connect with the university.

July 26, 2023 | In the News


Families Will Feel Impact of SCOTUS Ruling Against Affirmative Action

South Seattle Emerald

SCOTUS' decision to strike down affirmative action in college admissions will impact more than just higher education, says Seattle University Law Professor Deirdre Bowen. She told the South Seattle Emerald about the effects we are likely to see at all levels of schooling.

July 24, 2023 | In the News


Can a program to help homeless people with biggest needs pay off?

The Seattle Times

The homelessness crisis is one of Seattle's biggest challenges. Seattle U Law Professor Sara Rankin is a national expert on issues related to people experiencing homelessness - and she explains in this story from The Seattle Times why housing can be a cheaper alternative to jails or hospitals for someone having a severe crisis.

July 21, 2023 | In the News


What are reparations for? In Brazil Amazon community, its culture.

The Christian Science Monitor

Companies engaging in rampant logging in Brazil destroyed an Indigenous community's forests. But the Ashaninka people fought back in court - and won millions in reparations. Seattle University Law Professor Thomas Antkowiak spoke to The Christian Science Monitor about other efforts in the Americas to obtain reparations for Indigenous communities.

July 12, 2023 | In the News


The forthcoming Florida brain drain | Opinion

The South Florida Sun Sentinel

In an op-ed, Professor Erin Carr writes that Florida's policies may cost the Sunshine State its best and brightest.

July 2, 2023 | In the News


Victims seeking protection steer clear of a judge accused of DV himself

InvestigateWest

Professor Deirdre Bowen, director of Seattle U Law's Family Law Center, talked to InvestigateWest about the challenges for judges when they are facing protection order requests.

June 30, 2023 | In the News


Why prosecutors in WA are recharging a man police nearly beat to death

The Seattle Times

Grant County tried to prosecute Joseph Zamora for the second time for assaulting a police officer, even after Zamora had been convicted of the crime once, served time, and then had the conviction overturned by the Washington Supreme Court. Now, a judge has thrown out the new case, ending a legal process that has been going on for nearly seven years. Professor Robert Chang, executive director of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, is one of five attorneys who has been representing Zamora pro bono.

June 5, 2023 | In the News


WA transgender youth bill targeted in national culture war

Crosscut

Professor Deirdre Bowen reflects on the fear and outrage that resulted from misinformation about the bill.

May 1, 2023 | In the News


New Task Force Aims to Increase Latinx Representation in Law

Law.com

Dean Anthony Varona and Seattle U President Eduardo Peñalver discuss ways to increase representation in legal academia.

April 28, 2023 | In the News


Jury deliberating seditious conspiracy case against Proud Boys

KING 5

Professor Danieli Evans says seditious conspiracy is rarely used and can be hard to prove.

April 27, 2023 | In the News


Fact check: False claims about Washington bill, gender surgery

USA Today

Professor Deirdre Bowen explains that parental custody rights remain intact.

April 26, 2023 | In the News


New Seattle University campaign hopes to help violence survivors

KING 5

Professor Deirdre Bowen explains how protection orders help survivors of domestic violence.

April 20, 2023 | In the News


Posts distort Washington estranged minors law

Associated Press

“It is not remotely what this bill says," according to Professor Deirdre Bowen.

April 20, 2023 | In the News


Fact Check: Bill Does NOT Allow Government To Take Minor Children Away

Lead Stories

The bill actually encourages family reunification, says Professor Deirdre Bowen.

April 18, 2023 | In the News


Dueling abortion-pill rulings show expanding role of judiciary

The Spokesman-Review

Professor Deidre Bowen predicts "a trend towards destabilization of what the three branches of the government are."

April 13, 2023 | In the News


Who is Thomas Rice, the Washington judge who ruled mifepristone is safe?

The Washington Post

Professor Deirdre Bowen says different legal strategies led to opposite rulings on abortion medication mifepristone.

April 8, 2023 | In the News


Police nearly beat him to death. Six years later, he’s being prosecuted.

The Seattle Times

Professor Robert Chang signed an amicus brief in support of Zamora, saying the repeated prosecution is not in the interest of justice.

April 2, 2023 | In the News


Ferry captain lost 'situational awareness' before vessel's landing

KING 5

Professor Elizabeth Ford explains that criminal charges aren't likely when actions are related to workplace negligence.

March 30, 2023 | In the News


Trying to count unhoused people is 'like nailing water to the wall'

KUOW

Professor Sara Rankin says the counts miss thousands of people and that point-in-time counts are especially inaccurate.

March 29, 2023 | In the News


Jury selection begins in trial for suspect in Everett police shooting

KING 5 News

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

March 14, 2023 | In the News


Restraining orders can 'create a false sense of security'

KING 5 News

Professor Deirdre Bowen discusses the limitations of protection orders.

March 10, 2023 | In the News


Washington lawmakers are trying to protect abortion patients

The Spokesman-Review

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

March 6, 2023 | In the News


Seattle City Council bans caste discrimination

KUOW

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

February 23, 2023 | In the News


UFOs and CRT: Republicans are in a constant state of panic

Salon

This piece features an extended excerpt from our Profs Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic's Colorado Law Review article responding to Derrick Bell's provocative "Space Traders."

February 17, 2023 | In the News


Families of 2 men killed by WA police wait years for officers’ trials

The Seattle Times

Professor Robert Boruchowitz says these cases are the first applications of a new deadly force law in WA and it's important to get it right. "The key to all of this is effective and sensitive communication."

February 13, 2023 | In the News


The Wash. Labor Developments That Experts Are Watching

Law360 (PDF)

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

February 9, 2023 | In the News


With rulings against racial bias, court starts 'hard discussions'

KUOW

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

February 7, 2023 | In the News


Washington Cases to Watch in 2023

Law360 (PDF)

Professor Deirdre Bowen says a pending sexual assault case could have massive implications for universities.

February 3, 2023 | In the News


Jeff Bezos wants the world to know he’s a philanthropist

Vox

Professor Sara Rankin says the most sympathetic homeless population gets more money than the population most in need.

January 24, 2023 | In the News


Kohberger attorney represented parent of victim in Moscow homicides

Idaho Statesman

Professor Robert C. Boruchowitz says lawyers must consult state ethics codes and other attorneys to decide conflicts of interest.

January 23, 2023 | In the News


Want to understand L.G.B.T.Q. Life in America? Go to Alabama.

The New York Times

The only social movements that have won liberation are made up of millions of ordinary people "gumming up the works" and helping each other survive, says Professor Dean Spade.

January 6, 2023 | In the News


SCOTUS case from Washington could have implications for unions

Washington News Service

Professor Elizabeth Ford comments on a pending U.S. Supreme Court case and says a ruling could shift the cost of striking onto unions.

December 28, 2022 | In the News


Rail strike averted, but workers left without sick leave

KUOW

Professor Liz Ford explains what happened to the tentative agreement railway workers had reached with the Biden administration and why workers were blocked from striking.

December 1, 2022 | In the News


Wage Recovery Funds

California Law Review

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

The National Jurist

"The sad truth is that the U.S. News law school rankings have hurt, and not helped, American law students, the legal profession and, thus, society as a whole," Dean Varona wrote.

November 29, 2022 | In the News


The Law School Promise

Law360

Dean Anthony Varona offers his thoughts on what the LSAT can and can't do in identifying successful law students and great lawyers.

November 21, 2022 | In the News


Realty company offering cash after locking homeowners into deal

KIRO 7

Professor Steven Bender weighs in on the case of a realty company's 40-year grip on listing rights and whether homeowners were scammed. "If that's not a lien, I don't know what is."

November 17, 2022 | In the News


Railway strike averted after tentative agreement reached

KOMO News

Professor Elizabeth Ford says she sees a pent-up demand for more voice in the workplace.

September 15, 2022 | In the News


Seattle Pacific University trustees sued by students and faculty

KUOW

Professor Elizabeth Ford says this is an unusual case because it's a school.

September 13, 2022 | In the News


The invisible side of abuse: Inside the mind of a manipulator

Q13 FOX

Emotional abuse has always been part of domestic violence, Prof. Deirdre Bowen says. But now it has a name - coercive control - and victims have legal protection.

September 6, 2022 | In the News


Seattle Children's nurses would get $10 per hour raise

KING 5

Professor Elizabeth Ford says the negotiations included measures that could become trends in the future.

August 30, 2022 | In the News


Criminalization of Homelessness

The Doorway Project

Ashley Karlstad '21 of the law school's Homeless Rights Advocacy Project discusses why criminalization is a failed approach at dealing with homelessness.

August 22, 2022 | In the News


Starbucks says labor board helping pro-union workers in Seattle

The Seattle Times

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

OPB Think Out Loud

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

VICE

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

July 14, 2022 | In the News


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

KING 5

Professor Deirdre Bowen said Biden’s executive order is more of a policy statement, with the goal of bolstering what the federal government can do with laws already on the books.

July 10, 2022 | In the News


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

Law.com

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

The Seattle Times

The state supreme court's ruling in State v. Zamora harmonizes the court's efforts to counteract racial bias, says Professor Robert Chang.

June 30, 2022 | In the News


What does Idaho's pending ban on abortion mean for Washington state?

KUOW

States will realize quickly they can't regulate travel for abortion care, says Professor Sital Kalantry.

June 29, 2022 | In the News


Will case of praying Bremerton coach affect other public employees?

KOMO News

Activities on an employee's personal time are protected, says Professor Andrew Siegel.

June 27, 2022 | In the News


Opponents say SCOTUS decision could impact more rights than abortion

KIRO 7

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

USA Today

Professor Paul Holland says efforts to improve children's confidentiality in court are motivated by awareness of lifelong impacts and concerns about disparities.

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

Whether the ruling affects police behavior remains to be seen, says Professor Robert Chang.

June 9, 2022 | In the News


Cargo loaders are exempt from the Federal Arbitration Act

SCOTUSblog

Professor Charlotte Garden's analysis of a workers' rights case at the U.S. Supreme Court.

June 7, 2022 | In the News


Apple to Boost Retail and Corporate Pay in Face of Inflation

Bloomberg

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

The Stranger

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

SCOTUSblog

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

KREM

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

Bloomberg

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

JOTWELL

Professor Brooke Coleman reviews a scholarly critique of how data is gathered and used.

May 13, 2022 | In the News


Years of court changes led to weakening of Roe v. Wade

New Day NW

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

KING 5

"Everything is up for grabs," Professor Sital Kalantry predicts, saying the leaked ruling impacts four decades of constitutional law.

May 5, 2022 | In the News


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

KUOW

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'

KING5

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

Bloomberg

Professor Liz Ford says Washington's new law mandating benefits for app-based drivers could face a legal challenge similar to the one brought against California's law.

April 4, 2022 | In the News


Ukrainians get aid from Seattle law students for asylum applications

KING 5

Professor Deirdre Bowen describes the challenges of an asylum application.

April 3, 2022 | In the News


Seattle U law students help Ukrainian refugees in Wash. state

KOMO News

Professor Deirdre Bowen says it's important for future lawyers to learn empathy.

April 3, 2022 | In the News


How data can inform policies to end homelessness and housing insecurity

Crosscut

Professor Sara Rankin says there isn't enough investment in housing, the only real solution to homelessness.

April 2, 2022 | In the News


Workers at N.Y. warehouse vote to unionize

GeekWire

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

April 1, 2022 | In the News


Airport ramp agents are probably excluded from federal arbitration

SCOTUSblog

Professor Charlotte Garden analyzes the high court's oral argument in an employment dispute.

March 30, 2022 | In the News


Are airline cargo loaders engaged in interstate commerce?

SCOTUSblog

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

March 25, 2022 | In the News


Arbitration clauses, prejudicial delays, and one justice’s contract-law

SCOTUSblog

The high court seems poised to deter strategic delays, says Professor Charlotte Garden.

March 24, 2022 | In the News


Is turnabout fair play under the Federal Arbitration Act?

SCOTUSblog

A U.S. Supreme Court case looks at the issue of delayed arbitration and Professor Charlotte Garden offers a preview.

March 18, 2022 | In the News


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

KUOW

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

KING 5 News

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

Law & Political Economy Project

Professor Charlotte Garden joins other scholars in analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the recent vaccine-or-test mandate case.

January 26, 2022 | In the News


U.S. Labor’s Watershed Year Failed to Boost Union Memberships

Bloomberg

Professor Charlotte Garden says labor law makes it difficult for worker activism to translate into union membership.

January 20, 2022 | In the News


Steeped in two worlds, law professor crusades for women’s rights

NW Asian Weekly

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

January 20, 2022 | In the News


Hundreds of Portlanders Are Living in Their Cars. Here’s How They Do It.

Willamette Week

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

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


Texas schools rethink gender-based dress code policies

The Texas Tribune

Prof. Andrew Siegel comments on how the burgeoning legal movement to protect students' rights lost steam in recent decades.

December 30, 2021 | In the News


'They Were Spying On Us': Use Surveillance Technology to Bust Unions

Newsweek

Professor Charlotte Garden says companies set a generous baseline for acceptable surveillance practices.

December 13, 2021 | In the News


Implicating Washington's abortion laws, Supreme Court debates Roe v Wade

MYNorthwest

Professor Sital Kalantry addresses potential changes in states' abortion laws if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

December 2, 2021 | In the News


Free Press roundup: Alden's turkey surprise

The Seattle Times

John Kirkwood said antitrust law doesn't allow for standards based on public interest.

November 24, 2021 | In the News


What Native American parents tell their own kids about Thanksgiving

Yahoo

Brooke Pinkham explains how her family has meaningful conversations about Thanksgiving.

November 23, 2021 | In the News


Kitsap Mall – Foreclosure sale postponed

Kitsap Sun

Professor Steven Bender speculates on foreclosure proceedings for the Kitsap Mall.

November 12, 2021 | In the News


Vehicle Residency: Homelessness We Struggle to Talk About

The Nation

Professor Sara Rankin says vehicle residents are the fastest growing subpopulation among people experiencing homelessness.

November 11, 2021 | In the News


How companies use predictive analytics to get ahead of union drives

Morning Brew

Professor Charlotte Garden's scholarship on employer surveillance is cited in this article.

November 3, 2021 | In the News


Can either of the candidates for Seattle mayor truly tackle the crisis

Independent.co.uk

Professor Sara Rankin says politicians focus on popular, short-term solutions.

November 1, 2021 | In the News


Can a New Mayor Fix Seattle's Downtown?

Bloomberg

Professor Sara Rankin says the next mayor of Seattle should work to solve homelessness rather than hide it.

October 28, 2021 | In the News


Inside Nick Rolovich's downfall at Washington State

ESPN Enterprises

Professor Charlotte Garden analyzes a potential First Amendment defense for noncompliance with a vaccine mandate.

October 27, 2021 | In the News


Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich's status unclear

ESPN Enterprises

Professor Charlotte Garden says applying the usual standards for religious belief accommodation is considerably more complicated with a vaccine mandate.

October 16, 2021 | In the News


Boruchowitz receives the Innovation in Criminal Justice Education Award

Facebook

Professor from Practice Robert C. Boruchowitz received the Innovation in Criminal Justice Education Award for 2021 from the Seattle U Crime and Justice Research Center.

September 25, 2021 | In the News


The Census Bureau’s first ever data on LGBTQ+ people indicates deep disp

The 19th News

Professor Dean Spade says smaller studies that look at specific issues are often the most helpful.

September 24, 2021 | In the News


Arizona breaks new ground in nixing peremptory challenges

Reuters

Professor Robert Chang said he expected a more incremental approach to address jury diversity.

September 1, 2021 | In the News


Dems' Bid To Ban Workplace Arbitration Faces Uphill Fight

Law360

Professor Charlotte Garden says arbitration makes it more difficult to resolve unsettled employment law issues.

August 5, 2021 | In the News


Be careful, getting fired over a vaccine mandate may cost you

PolitiFact

Professor Charlotte Garden says workers could forfeit unemployment benefits if they're fired for refusing a vaccine.

August 5, 2021 | In the News


Medical cannabis data remain limited, leaving physicians reluctant

Healio

Steven Bender's insights on racial disparities in marijuana law enforcement are included in this article.

July 1, 2021 | In the News


The dark history of the Chinese Exclusion Act - Robert Chang

TED-Ed

Robert Chang is the educator behind this animated video explaining the Chinese Exclusion Act.

July 1, 2021 | In the News


Washington's antitrust push could limit Amazon, Google's health care

STAT

John Kirkwood is quoted in this article about efforts to break up big tech companies.

July 1, 2021 | In the News


Amazon's reported $9B bid for MGM likely wouldn't be blocked

Yahoo Finance

Professor John Kirkwood says federal regulators are busy with other big cases.

May 26, 2021 | In the News


Compassion Seattle has a plan for a tent-free city. Does it hold up?

Crosscut.

A new campaign to address the city’s homelessness crisis says existing funds are all we need. That’s doubtful.

April 29, 2021 | In the News


Opioid Overdoses, Hidden Homeless Crisis, and Teen Trials

NoiseFilter

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April 1, 2021 | In the News


Lawmakers Look to Spruce Up Gig Work Rather Than Replace It

Bloomberg

Professor Charlotte Garden says the compromise measure in Connecticut has serious shortcomings.

March 18, 2021 | In the News


The Tech Industry Is Abuzz About the PRO Act. What Is It?

The Markup

Professor Charlotte Garden says the PRO Act wouldn't override other definitions of "employee."

March 18, 2021 | In the News


The Impact and Legacy of Mutual Aid

Bloomberg

Professor Dean Spade says mutual aid is the "bread and butter" of all social movements.

March 2, 2021 | In the News


State was 'actually an outlier' before court ruling on drug possession

MyNorthwest

Professor Deborah Ahrens says Washington was the only state with strict liability for drug possession.

February 26, 2021 | In the News


Washington cities may offer shelter, then crack down

Seattle Times

Professor Sara Rankin says public health concerns provide a loophole the "size of the grand canyon" for homeless camp sweeps.

February 20, 2021 | In the News


As Ted Cruz travels, mutual aid groups are stepping up in Texas

LA Times

Professor Dean Spade explains the difference between charity and mutual aid.

February 18, 2021 | In the News


Dean Spade On Mobilization And The Limits Of The Law

Soundcloud

Dean Spade joins the podcast to discuss building the movement for single payer.

February 12, 2021 | In the News


more people are living in cars and RVs and it's getting worse

USA Today

Professor Sara Rankin said vehicle residency is one of the fastest growing forms of homelessness.

February 12, 2021 | In the News


Mutual Aid (With Dean Spade)

Apple Podcasts

Dean Spade joins the podcast to talk about his new book on mutual aid.

February 10, 2021 | In the News


Fight to Win

Fifth Estate

Professor Dean Spade's new book on mutual aid provides a "critical framework" for movements.

February 1, 2021 | In the News


Biden Reverses Trump's Trans Military Ban, But Assault Continues

Democracy Now

An excerpt of Professor Dean Spade's interview about trans military service is included in this piece.

January 26, 2021 | In the News


Concern for US homeless population as street counts cancelled

The Guardian

Tallies help politicians pay attention to homelessness issues, says Professor Sara Rankin.

January 21, 2021 | In the News


Mutual aid providing better grounds for serving the community

Daily Beacon

Mutual aid is empowering and participatory, says Professor Dean Spade.

January 20, 2021 | In the News


Addressing the reactionary fight for the unsheltered

McGill Tribune

This opinion piece quotes Professor Dean Spade's warning that activists should avoid being self-congratulatory.

January 19, 2021 | In the News


9 out of 10 WA. Representatives vote to impeach President Trump

KOMO News

Professor Andrew Siegel discusses whether the move is more than symbolic.

January 13, 2021 | In the News


Parler CEO complains about backlash from tech world

KOMO News

Professor Steve Tapia says a negative image creates a barrier for tech companies hosting conservative sites.

January 12, 2021 | In the News


Seattle author says 'mutual aid' will be crucial in 2021 and beyond

CrossCut

Professor Dean Spade's new book is featured in this article about pooling resources and building a more just society.

January 7, 2021 | In the News


Google Union's Future Likely Hinges on Tech Giant's Response

Bloomberg Law

The union can work creatively to put pressure on Google, says Professor Charlotte Garden.

January 6, 2021 | In the News


Over 1,000 New Lawyers Get Licenses Without Taking Bar Exam

Bloomberg Law

Professor Robert Chang discusses the educational benefits of diploma privilege.

January 4, 2021 | In the News