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Alumnus named outstanding adjunct faculty member

June 26, 2013

Chris Cunningham, a 1993 graduate of Seattle University School of Law, is this year's Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member. The award will be presented at the adjunct faculty convocation June 26.

Chris CunnhinghamCunningham is a partner at K & L Gates, with nearly 20 years of experience in corporate and transactional law. He has substantial experience in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, the representation of start-up organizations and emerging growth companies, general business, and capital markets. In the area of capital markets, his practice includes private and public offerings of equity and debt securities of U.S. and international issuers, with an emphasis on transactions involving clients based in Asia.

Cunningham has taught Business Law Drafting Lab, a two-stage course with one stage in the fall and the second in the spring, for several years. This past spring, he also co-taught the Securities Regulation course.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Paul Holland said Cunningham is an outstanding teacher who is committed to sharing his experience and knowledge with students in a way that prepares them for practice.  "Students in the fall Business Law lab get so fired up by the work they do with Professor Cunningham that we often wind up having to expand the enrollment cap for the spring," he said.

The law school relies upon the subject-matter expertise of the adjunct professors to complement the work of the career faculty, introducing students to many of the most complex and cutting-edge issues they will soon see in practice.  

"We are very proud to have an excellent adjunct faculty drawn from across the profession, with teachers from the public and private sectors, from large and small-office settings, in litigation, transactional work, dispute resolution and other practice areas," Holland said. "We are especially grateful to K&L Gates for the support the firm has provided to the school by encouraging so many of its outstanding lawyers to share their experience and knowledge with our students."

Others adjunct professors from K&L Gates are: Philip Guess, (Securities Regulation); Eric Laschever, (Climate Change, Environmental Law Fundamentals); Todd Nunn (Conflicts of Laws, Complex Civil Litigation); Jessica Pearlman (Corporate Acquisitions); and Mark Wittow (Arts Legal Clinic,  Advanced Copyright Law). Norm Milks will teach Pensions and Benefits Law next spring.