Faculty and staff directors and associate deans start new roles

July 01, 2014

Changes in key faculty and staff leadership positions at Seattle University School of Law take effect today.

Erica Wolf is the new executive director of the Center for Indian Law and Policy. Wolf is a 2005 graduate of Seattle University School of Law and has served as the center's managing attorney and supervising attorney of the Indian Estate Planning Project since 2006. She teaches the Indian Trusts and Estates Clinic course and is admitted to practice in Washington, California, and Alaska. 

Professor Catherine O'Neill and Distinguished Indian Law Practitioner in Residence Eric Eberhard will be co-faculty directors of the Center. Eberhard is a nationally known Indian Law expert and practitioner.  O'Neill's research focuses on issues of justice in environmental law and policy, particularly the effects of contamination and depletion of fish and other resources relied upon by tribes and their members, communities of color and low-income communities.

Founding Director Doug Nash, who originally brought the Indian Estate Planning Project to the law school in 2005, has retired.

 At the law library, Kara Phillips has assumed the director role. She joined the faculty in 1997 and most recently served as associate director. As the recipient of a Blakemore Fellowship, she studied Mandarin Chinese at the Stanford Center in Taipei, Taiwan and was a visiting scholar at the Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Law in 2007.

Associate Dean for Library and Educational Technology Kristin Cheney retired after 20 years with the law school.

Dean Annette E. Clark also appointed two new faculty associate deans. Professor Steve Bender will serve as associate dean for faculty, and Andy Siegel will take on a new role as Associate Dean for Planning and Strategic Initiatives.

Bender is a widely published author and a national academic leader on immigration law and policy.  He received the 2014 Clyde Ferguson Award from the Minority Groups Section of the Association of American Law Schools. Siegel is a constitutional law scholar who served as a clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens of the United States Supreme Court and practiced as a litigation associate in the New York office of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering.