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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.

Wage Recovery Funds

California Law Review

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

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

The National Jurist

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

The Law School Promise

Law360

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

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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


Race must be considered in determining legality of stops and seizures

The Seattle Times

The question is whether the ruling will affect police behavior, 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


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


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


Mutual Aid (With Dean Spade)

Apple

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