Seattle U Law is comprised of highly competent and compassionate students, faculty, staff, and alumni who are committed to advancing equity, dignity, and justice. Their impact is creating stronger and more just communities at home and around the world.
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Under the direction of faculty directors, Seattle U Law’s centers explore critical legal issues in society and the economy.
The scholarship of Seattle University School of Law’s accomplished faculty goes to the heart of fundamental legal questions on important social justice issues of our day. Below are samples of their incisive analysis:
Labor unions make American democracy stronger and more representative, yet the Supreme Court has treated unions’ political advocacy in cases involving union agency fees with suspicion and disdain. The time will soon come when scholars and advocates can realistically begin rebuilding a First Amendment that recognizes labor unions as democracy-enhancing.
Charlotte Garden, Co-Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Professor of Law
Unions and the Democratic First Amendment, in The Cambridge Handbook of Labor and Democracy (Angela B. Cornell & Mark Barenberg eds., forthcoming 2022).
There is no topic in regulatory policy that is more pressing and more controversial than what to do about the tech giants — Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple. The tech giants should not be broken up. Congress should instead amend the Sherman Act to prohibit exclusionary conduct that significantly reduces competition. This careful expansion would make it much easier to deter tech giant exclusion that harms consumers or workers.
John Kirkwood, Professor of Law
Tech Giant Exclusion, Fla. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2022).
Around the globe, people are faced with a spiraling succession of crises. As governments fail to respond to each crisis, ordinary people are finding bold and innovative ways to share resources and support the vulnerable. Mutual aid — which is survival work when performed alongside social movement demands for transformative change — is a crucial part of powerful movements for social justice, and offers concrete tools for organizing.
Dean Spade, Professor of Law
Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (And The Next) (Verso Press 2020).
Numbering 11,000+ strong, our alumni fill crucial roles as attorneys, prosecutors, public defenders, judges, entrepreneurs, and many others in the Puget Sound region and around the globe.
Our alumni are using their legal education to bring positive change to our communities. Learn more about our accomplished alumni.
Laurie Jinkins ’90, our 2021 Woman of the Year Award recipient, is Washington state’s first woman and first out lesbian Speaker of the House.
Attorneys in Attorney General's Office
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(solo to 501+ attorneys)
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