2012 News

Mural shows importance of civility in the courtroom

There will be lasting evidence of the importance of civility in the legal profession when a mural is installed in Judge Mary Yu's King County courtroom in March. A reception marking the installation is set for 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in Yu's courtroom at the King County Courthouse.

Foreclosure mediation project continues with $100,000 grant

More distressed homeowners will have help navigating the foreclosure mediation process through a program at Seattle University School of Law funded by a grant through the Legal Foundation of Washington.

Korematsu Center takes lead in brief challenging indefinite detention

The Fred T. Korematsu Center has joined the challenge to the National Defense Authorization Act with the filing of a critical amicus brief in Hedges v. Obama, a case pending before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Students volunteer on immigrant worker project in Mississippi

Students Diego Rondon Ichikawa and Leticia Hernandez spent four days in Mississippi this fall, volunteering with the National Employment Law Project to interview low-wage immigrant workers who are victims of abuse and exploitation by their employers.

Graduate selected for fellowship to assist veterans

Alex West '12, was selected as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow with the Veterans Project at the Northwest Justice Project.

Law school honors veterans at reception Nov. 15

The School of Law will recognize those in our community who have served our country at this special Veterans Day Reception. Paula Boggs, an experienced lawyer, social justice advocate and Army veteran, will be the keynote speaker.

Jason and Janis Puracal talk about fight for freedom

Jason Puracal told a packed house at the law school about his nightmare in the Nicaraguan justice system and thanked his sister Janis '07 and other supporters who never gave up on freeing him from prison.

Professor Lisa Brodoff named a Woman of Courage

Professor Lisa Brodoff, director of the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic, will be honored as a Woman of Courage by the University of Washington Women's Center.

Jason Puracal speaks about life after prison

Jason Puracal, who was freed after spending two years in a Nicaraguan prison, will tell his story at Seattle University School of Law Monday, Oct. 22, at noon in room C-5 of Sullivan Hall.

Student argues before Court of Appeals

Will Witherspoon, a fourth-year student at Seattle University School of Law argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, challenging policies at the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island.

Youth Traffic Court wins civics award from CityClub

Seattle Youth Traffic Court, in which law students advise high school students hearing traffic infraction cases, is among the programs honored with a Colleen Willoughby Youth Civic Education Awards presented by CityClub.

Student to argue before Court of Appeals

Will Witherspoon, a fourth-year student at Seattle University School of Law, argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, challenging policies at the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island.

Symposium explores problem of domestice violence Sept. 6 and 7

Lawyers, judges, law enforcement, social workers, victim advocates, scholars and experts from around the country will explore the complex problem of domestic violence and potential solutions at "Intersections, Insights & Interventions: Fourth Annual Domestic Violence Symposium," at Seattle University School of Law on Sept. 6 and 7.

New Equal Justice Leadership Academy ready to launch

A new Washington State Equal Justice Leadership Academy co-sponsored by the law school will bring together members of the state equal justice community and leaders from community-based organizations to create a broader, more diverse, skilled and effective community of equal justice leaders.

Red Mass celebration honors Justice Gonzalez

Seattle University School of Law's 2012 Red Mass will honor Washington Supreme Court Justice Steven González, an advocate for equal justice.

Justice Charles Johnson honored for commitment to legal education

Washington Supreme Court Justice Charles Johnson '76 received the 2012 John J. McAulay Legal Educator Award, a national award presented by Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity for "contributions to legal education upon a lifetime of dedication to the principles and ideals of integrity, compassion, courage and professional service."

John McKay honored by American Jewish Committee

Professor from Practice John McKay received the American Jewish Committee's Judge Learned Hand Award, which honors leaders in the legal profession who embody the vital importance of individual rights and democratic values for an orderly society.

Legal writing winners announced

The winners of the Reutlinger and Berger scholarships have been announced.

Law school introduces 12-13 Scholars

Seattle University School of Law is proud to introduce its 2012-13 full tuition scholars. The law school gives two Scholars for Justice Awards annually to students who have a proven commitment to working in the public interest before and after law school and a Native Law Scholar Award to a member of federally recognized tribe.

Joaquin Avila receives Harvard Law Alumni award

Joaquin Avila, director of the National Voting Rights Advocacy Initiative, has received the Harvard Law School Association Award - the law school's highest alumni award.

Annette Clark rejoins tenured faculty

Former Interim Dean and Vice Dean Annette Clark will rejoin the tenured faculty at Seattle University School of Law on September 1.

Law school welcomes class of 2015

A diverse Class of 2015 joins Seattle University School of Law this fall.

Korematsu Center joins fight to save ethnic studies in Tucson

Professor Robert S. Chang and Anjana Malhotra of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality are among a team of lawyers seeking to have declared unconstitutional the Arizona statute that has led to the elimination of Tucson's Mexican American Studies Program and the removal of books from its classrooms. They have filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice.

Law school hosts Supreme Court candidate forum Aug. 1

Seattle University School of Law will host a forum to educate voters about the candidates running Washington State Supreme Court on Wednesday, Aug. 1

Student earns national diversity scholarship

Daniel Lee was one of two students in the country to receive a $10,000 Law Student Diversity Scholarship from DRI.

Grad wins award for paper submitted to International Trademark Association

Sarah Hopkins '12 received the 2011-2012 Ladas Memorial Award for her paper on trademark law.

Fe Lopez named director of Alumni Relations

Fé Lopez '06, is the law school's new director of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund in the Office of Advancement.

Fund established to benefit Nash family

Donations will assist the family of Doug Nash, whose daughter and two grandchildren died in car crash.

Law student receives KCBA Mary Ellen Krug Award

Isabel Cole, a 4L evening student, received the KCBA Mary Ellen Krug Award for excellence in labor and employment law.

"Tribute to Gordon Hirabayashi" is on display in the law library

"Ancestry is Not a Crime: A Tribute to Gordon Hirabayashi," is on display at the Seattle University Law Library.

Class of 2012 celebrates Commencement May 12

The law school awarded 271 degrees to the Class or 2012 Saturday, May 12 at KeyArena.

Sid DeLong named Oltman Professor of Teaching Excellence

Professor Sid DeLong has been named the William C. Oltman Professor of Teaching Excellence at Seattle University School of Law for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years.

Law school honors Legal Writing Director Laurel Oates with Holdych Award

The School of Law has established a new award in memory of Professor Emeritus Tom Holdych to honor exemplary service and transformational institutional building. The first recipient of the Holdych Award is Professor Laurel Oates.

Alumni can apply for free spots at ATJ Conference

Alumni can apply for a limited number of free registrations for the Access to Justice and Bar Leaders Conference.

Student awarded Native American Congressional Internship

Bree Blackhorse, a 2L at Seattle University School of Law, received a 2012 Native American Congressional Internship from the Udall Foundation.

Foreclosure project plans events to help prevent foreclosure

The law school's Pre-Foreclosure Mediation Project has two upcoming events in Tacoma: a free CLE April 20 and a May 5 legal clinic.

Women's Law Caucus honors Sen. Patty Murray

The Women's Law Caucus at Seattle University School of Law presented its 2012 Woman of the Year Award to U.S. Sen. Patty Murray.

Leadership for Justice Fellow will help women after prison

Elizabeth Hendren ’12 was awarded the 2012 Leadership for Justice Fellowship to help mothers being released from prison rebuild their families through legal advocacy.

Law school honors Joaquin Avila with Latino Amicus Award

Joaquin Avila, director of the law school’s National Voting Rights Advocacy Initiative, will be honored by the law school for his lifelong work to ensure fairness in voting.

Legal writing ranked No.1; law school on the rise

Seattle University School of Law continues to rise in the overall rankings released today by U.S. News and World Report, and the Legal Writing Program was ranked No.1 in the country. The Part-Time program and clinical program also were ranked among the best in the country in the 2013 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools.

BLSA honors Colorado Judge Robert Russell

The Black Law Student Association presented its annual alumni award to Judge Robert Russell, of Colorado's Eighteenth Judicial District Court.

Professor testifies before Congress against detention law

Professor Lorraine Bannai testified before the United States Senate in favor of a law that would ban indefinite detention of Americans suspected of terrorism.

Law school hosts international academic whistleblower conference

The law school will host an academic conference focusing on scholarship and practical perspectives on whistleblowing from around the world March 23 and 24.

Events highlight importance of whistleblowing and whistleblower protection

A series of events at the School of Law will focus on understanding the phenomenon of whistleblowing and the role whistleblowers have in promoting accountability in government and business.

Law school partners with city to launch Youth Traffic Court

Teen drivers who admit they committed their traffic offense will have the opportunity to have their punishment set by their peers instead of a judge through a new Youth Traffic Court alliance among Seattle Municipal Court, the School of Law, and Garfield High School.

International Human Rights Clinic secures release for man unjustly imprisoned in Mexico

Mexican federal government representatives and officials from the state of Chiapas, in southern Mexico, released a 63-year-old man who had been incarcerated for more than 12 years for a crime that he did not commit.

Author to speak on Citizens United case that changed election spending

The author of a new book on the controversial 2010 Supreme Court decision in "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission" will speak at Seattle University on March 5.

Diversity Week 2012 focuses on election issues

An election year offers an opportunity to understand how diversity plays a role on the election issues.

Law school hosts Sixth Annual Solo, Small and Mid-Size Firm Fair

The Center for Professional Development at the School of Law invites lawyers to attend the Sixth Annual Solo, Small and Mid-Size Firm Information, Networking and Career Fair on March 6.

Workshop explores cultural importance of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

Scholars from around the country will discuss the implications of the classic novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird," at a workshop at the School of Law on March 9.

Spy the Lie

Michael Floyd '92, a leading authority on interviewing, detection of deception, co-wrote "Spy the Lie," which teaches people how to detect lies in their everyday lives.

Law school honors courage of Gordon Hirabayashi at Feb. 11 event

The law school’s Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Ninth Circuit opinion in the Hirabayashi v. United States coram nobis case at a day-long conference Feb. 11.

International CLEs offer lawyers chance to earn credit in Italy, South Africa

Seattle University School of Law continues to extend its global reach and now offers two international CLE opportunities.

ATJI, Clinic launch foreclosure mediation project

new project through the Access to Justice Institute at Seattle University School of Law will help distressed homeowners involved in foreclosure mediation.

Learn more about Africa CLE at info session Jan. 25

The law school will offer a CLE in South Africa this summer.

Civil rights leader Andrew Young visits law school

Former Congressman and U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young will meet with students and faculty at the School of Law on Friday, Jan. 13.

A strong argument

Will Witherspoon argued before the Ninth District Court of Appeals.

Truth, justice and reconciliation

Professor Ron Slye spent three years serving on the Kenyan Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission.

Finally free

International Human Rights Clinic secures release for man unjustly imprisoned in Mexico

A jury of their peers

Law students advise high schoolers in city’s first Youth Traffic Court

A twin passion for teaching

Grads take their legal skills into the classroom