Local, National, and International Leadership

Not only are our Legal Writing faculty excellent teachers and scholars but they are also involved with their local communities, the national legal writing community, and the international legal skills community.

Emeritus Professor Connie Krontz receives
the 2018 BLSA Amicus Award.

Locally, our faculty run or serve on the boards of a number of social justice-oriented organizations.

  • Here at Seattle University, Emeritus Professor Connie Krontz has been teaching in our Access Admission Program for over 9 years. Professor Krontz teaches the Legal Writing component of the summer program for the students who are admitted through the Access Admission Program. In addition, Professor Krontz works with local communities to develop a pipeline to law school for students from underrepresented groups. She also serves as Faculty Advisor to our moot court teams, helping prepare them to compete in a variety of advocacy competitions.
  • Professor Sara Rankin is the founder and Director of the Homeless Rights Advocacy Project (HRAP) at the Korematsu Center. Through HRAP, Professor Rankin oversees various projects to advance the civil, constitutional, and human rights of visibly poor people. Each year, HRAP releases a series of new reports that continue the group's groundbreaking research into laws that unfairly target the visibly poor. HRAP's reports examine the impacts of increasingly popular laws and policies that criminalize homelessness, such as prohibitions on sitting, standing, and sleeping in public; living in vehicles; sweeps of tent encampments; pet ownership standards; and barriers to access at emergency shelters. HRAP's research not only identifies problematic laws and policies, but also offers effective, legally sound alternatives. 
  • Professor Janet Dickson, serves as the Vice President for Development for Legal Voice, a progressive feminist organization using the power of the law to make change in the Northwest. She is also part of SU's Global Advisory Team, which supports various efforts of the broader Seattle University community to provide hands-on learning and service projects for SU students around the world.
  • Professor Lorraine Bannai is Director of Seattle University's Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, an organization that aims to advance social justice by fostering critical thinking about discrimination in U.S. society and through targeted advocacy to foster equality and freedom.

Nationally, our faculty are active in organizations committed to excellent legal writing and to improving the legal academy.

Professor Laurel Oates at St. Joseph’s College
of Law in Bangalore, India.

Internationally, our faculty have presented at conferences, run study abroad programs, provided training sessions for lawyers and judges, and consulted with law faculties in other countries.

  • For the last 15 years, Professors Mimi Samuel and Laurel Currie Oates have conducted training sessions for lawyers, judges, law students, and law faculties in Uganda, South Africa, Botswana, Ethiopia, Liberia, Kenya, India, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Russia, and China. Most recently, Professors Oates and Samuel conducted a one-week training session at St. Joseph's College of Law in Bangalore, India, working with faculty members on improving their teaching methods. In 2016, Professors Oates and Samuel received two awards in recognition of their international work: the Global Legal Skills Award and the LWI Terri LeClerq Courage Award.
  • In addition, Professor Oates offers an online certificate course called Effective Legal Writing Drafting for a Global Audience. While the course is intended for legal professionals from outside the U.S., it is open to anyone who wants a review of the basics of legal writing. Building on her work on that course, Professor Oates will travel to South Africa in spring 2018 on a Fulbright Specialist Award to work with faculty members there to create online legal writing course to be used at colleges and universities throughout that country. 
  • Professor Deirdre Bowen runs our popular study-abroad summer program in Madrid, Spain. In that program, students spend two weeks in July taking a three-credit course in English with English-speaking Spanish and other law students from the European Union, at the country's top law school.