2015 News

Tarra Simmons receives prestigious Goldmark Internship

December 18, 2015

Law student Tarra Simmons has received the prestigious 2016 Goldmark Equal Justice Internship from the Legal Foundation of Washington. The award will allow her to spend next summer helping clients re-enter society after incarceration.

Bryan Adamson wins award for excellence in clinical education

November 20, 2015

In recognition of his scholarship, service, and educational excellence, Professor Bryan Adamson will receive the William Pincus Award from the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). The award is one of the highest honors bestowed on a clinical educator.

Law school program helps Tacoma residents prevent foreclosure

November 16, 2015

Seattle University School of Law's Foreclosure Mediation and Outreach Project has partnered with the City of Tacoma to launch a canvassing effort called HOME - Home Ownership Mediation and Education.

Homeless Rights Project welcomes state of emergency for homelessness

November 02, 2015

Professor Sara Rankin responds to declaration of state of emergency for homelessness in Seattle, King County.

Law school hosts Social Justice Hackathon to bridge services gap

October 22, 2015

Law students, lawyers, and software developers will collaborate on ways to better serve low-income clients by improving access to legal services at Seattle University School of Law's first-ever Social Justice Hackathon Nov. 6-7.

Homeless advocates praise action by HUD

September 18, 2015

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is asking public and private agencies that receive federal homelessness grants to describe how their efforts help combat the criminalization of homelessness.

Korematsu Center defends teacher protections in California case

September 17, 2015

State laws that protect teachers from arbitrary or discriminatory dismissal should be retained because they help students, especially those in underprivileged schools, according to an amicus brief filed by our Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, the American Association of University Professors, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and 17 award-winning California teachers.

Professor Brooke Coleman honored for teaching excellence

September 14, 2015

Known for her compassion, her humor, and her unwaveringly high academic standards, Professor Brooke Coleman has been named the new William C. Oltman Professor of Teaching Excellence.

Life lessons guide scholarship recipients to law school

September 03, 2015

A former special education teacher with a passion for service, a personal trainer reconnecting with his Native American heritage, and an avid skier who oversaw one of the most complex foreclosures in Idaho's history are all recipients of Seattle University School of Law scholarships this year.

Law school welcomes diverse class of new students

August 27, 2015

The Class of 2018 continues to uphold the school's standing as the most diverse law school in the Pacific Northwest, with 38 percent minority students. Fifty-three percent are female. The newcomers were born in 16 different countries; before starting law school they lived in 23 states and two countries.

Top-ranked Legal Writing Program welcomes next generation of leadership

August 25, 2015

Professor Mary Bowman, a distinguished leader in the legal writing academy, is the new director of Seattle University School of Law's nationally acclaimed Legal Writing Program.

Advocacy groups warn local officials on anti-homeless laws

August 19, 2015

Seattle University School of Law's Homeless Rights Advocacy Project, the ACLU of Washington, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, and other advocacy organizations are warning local officials throughout Washington state about enforcing unconstitutional bans against sleeping and camping by individuals experiencing homelessness.

Homeless Rights Advocacy Project welcomes DOJ action

August 07, 2015

Professor Sara Rankin, director of the Homeless Rights Advocacy Project, said the Department of Justice statement that anti-homeless laws are unconstitutional reinforces the project's important work.

Korematsu Center opposes trademark registration of disparaging marks

July 27, 2015

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), the South Asian Bar Association of Washington, D.C., (SABA-DC) and the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality (Korematsu Center) jointly filed an amicus brief to support the U.S. government's denial of trademark registration to an Asian American rock band in a case before the Federal Circuit.

Ninth Circuit Court ruling favors law school legal team

July 08, 2015

A Ninth Circuit panel reversed the district court decision and held that a challenge to the Arizona law prohibiting Mexican-American studies courses raises claims that should go to trial. Professors Lorraine Bannai, Robert Chang, and Charlotte Garden led the efforts of the Korematsu clinic.

Law school welcomes new ARC director

July 06, 2015

Professor Jeff Minneti is the new faculty director of Seattle University School of Law's Academic Resource Center, a nationally renowned program that aims to increase access to the legal profession by helping under-represented students achieve academic success.

Seattle U mourns passing of Fr. William Sullivan

June 17, 2015

A statement by Dean Annette Clark '89 on the death of Fr. William Sullivan, S.J.

Jesuit Refugee Service, Jesuit law schools identify legal challenges facing Central American migrants

June 16, 2015

In recognition of World Refugee Day, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and 13 U.S.-based Jesuit law schools, including Seattle University School of Law, announce the release of a report that captures efforts by Jesuit law schools to assist asylum seekers and migrants from Central America and challenges they face in delivering these services.

Rep. Adam Smith rallies support for release of Nestora Salgado

June 05, 2015

Congressman Adam Smith joined Professor Tom Antkowiak, director of our International Human Rights Clinic, to once again demand the release of client Nestora Salgado-García, a Renton woman illegally imprisoned in Mexico for almost two years.

Russell Powell named to Seattle U international role

May 27, 2015

Professor Russell Powell, an expert on religious jurisprudence and a member of the law school's faculty since 2005, will serve as Seattle University's associate provost for global engagement, a position he has held on an interim basis for seven months.

Clinic achieves Salgado's transfer from max-security prison

May 20, 2015

In the midst of a 16-day hunger strike, Nestora Salgado-García, the Renton woman who has been illegally imprisoned in Mexico since August of 2013, will be moved from a remote, maximum security prison to a detention facility in Mexico City where she'll be able to receive crucial medical care.

Bob Boruchowitz testifies before U.S. Senate on misdemeanor defense

May 13, 2015

Professor for Practice Bob Boruchowitz testified before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee May 13 about the Constitutional right to counsel for indigent misdemeanor defendants.

Daniel Hsieh receives Seattle U Hunthausen Award

May 13, 2015

Law student Daniel Hsieh '15 received Seattle University's Hunthausen Award, given each year to one undergraduate and one graduate student who demonstrate the university's most treasured values — integrity, faith, leadership, and passion for learning.

Law school names Perkins fellow at Unemployment Law Project

May 12, 2015

When Andrés E. Muñoz worked labor-intensive jobs in retail, food service, and at warehouses during high school and college, he saw injustices in the workplace that shaped his career goals. He earned the inaugural Seattle University School of Law Frances Perkins Fellowship at the Unemployment Law Project.

Nestora Salgado protests illegal detention with hunger strike

May 11, 2015

Nestora Salgado-García, the Renton woman who has been imprisoned in Mexico since August of 2013 and a client of the law school's International Human Rights Clinic, is on her sixth day of a hunger strike to protest her illegal detention.

Law school project releases briefs critical of criminalizing homelessness

May 06, 2015

The first statewide analysis of laws criminalizing homelessness finds those laws are expensive, ineffective, and disproportionately impact already marginalized individuals.

Professor Diane Dick chosen for prestigious forum at Harvard

May 05, 2015

Professor Diane Lourdes Dick will participate in the highly competitive 2015 Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum this summer. Her work was selected from among hundreds of submissions nationally.

Students on hand as governor signs bill they worked to pass

April 22, 2015

Two Seattle University School of Law students had a remarkable opportunity to stand by Gov. Jay Inslee as he signed a bill they had a hand in creating during legislative externships with Adjunct Professor Pam Crone.

Professors analyze SCOTUS same-sex marriage arguments

April 20, 2015

A day after the United States Supreme Court hears arguments in four consolidated cases challenging state laws restricting access to marry to different sex couples only, Seattle University School of Law Professors Julie Shapiro and Andrew Siegel will provide analysis and commentary

1L selected for Native American Congressional Internship

April 20, 2015

Elisabeth Guard will spend her summer in Washington, D.C., interning at the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the office of Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn. She is one of just 12 students in the country to be selected for the Native American Congressional Internship Program.

New post-grad unemployment law fellowship available

April 16, 2015

A unique fellowship will be available to a graduating student, thanks to a creative partnership between Seattle University School of Law and the Unemployment Law Project.

Two students selected for federal fellowship program

March 27, 2015

Seattle University School of Law students Melanie Pugh and Robert Wilke received Presidential Management Fellowships.

Jesuit law schools unite in effort to help child refugees

March 18, 2015

Seattle University is one of 13 Jesuit law schools across the country that have formed a united front to help unaccompanied minors and families crossing into the United States from Central America in unprecedented numbers.

U.N. human rights authorities condemn treatment of Nestora Salgado

March 16, 2015

Seven United Nations human rights experts have appealed to the Government of Mexico to protect Nestora Salgado-García, the Renton woman who has been imprisoned in Mexico and is represented by the law school's International Human Rights Clinic.

Students go for the gold at national appellate advocacy finals

March 12, 2015

Students from Seattle University School of Law are headed to the Super Bowl of appellate advocacy after besting the competition at Seattle regionals last weekend.

Students take third place in national Indian law moot court competition

March 09, 2015

Team Steel Eyes — also known as Seattle University School of Law students Jocelyn McCurtain and Drew Pollom — took third place at the National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Competition this past weekend.

Law school honors Latina/o alumni Romero and Mendoza

March 09, 2015

While one works in private industry and the other is a civil servant, both Catherine Romero '96 and David Mendoza '07 are steadfast allies of the Latina/o legal community and will be honored by the Latina/o Law Student Association this week.

Seattle U law students target anti-homeless laws

March 06, 2015

In an effort to protect the rights of homeless people, a group of Seattle University School of Law students are creating a comprehensive analysis of nuisance laws and other municipal measures that effectively make it a crime to be homeless.

Justice Mary Yu named law school's Woman of the Year

February 27, 2015

Washington State Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu is the School of Law's 2015 Woman of the Year. She will be recognized by the law school and the Women's Law Caucus at a luncheon March 6.

Law school hosts prominent IP scholars

February 07, 2015

The Pacific Northwest IP Law Scholars Conference (PIPS) provides a forum for IP law scholars from the Pacific Northwest to present their works in progress. The conference was held February 6-7, 2015 at the Seattle University School of Law and the University of Washington. Professor Margaret Chon helped organize the event.

Low Bono Incubator attorneys get their practices off the ground

February 04, 2015

Four recent graduates are starting their own practices and serving clients of moderate means with the support of the Low Bono Incubator Program. The program, now in its second year and run by the Access to Justice Institute, provides selected new attorneys financial assistance and guidance as they "incubate" a law practice for 12 months.

Comisión Interamericana emite decisión sobre Nestora Salgado

February 02, 2015

La Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos ordenó a México proteger de forma inmediata la vida e integridad personal de Nestora Salgado García.

International commission ruling could help free American woman in Mexico

February 02, 2015

The hemisphere's primary human rights monitor has called on Mexico to act immediately to protect the "life and physical integrity" of Nestora Salgado-García of Renton, Wash.

Indian law center Director Erica Wolf asked to participate in ULC tribal code project

January 30, 2015

Erica Wolf, a 2005 graduate of Seattle University School of Law and a national expert in Indian trusts and estates law, was asked to participate in the Uniform Law Commission’s Tribal Probate Code Committee.

BLSA honorees give back to the law school as mentors

January 29, 2015

James Armstrong, a specialist in workers compensation, and Jamal Whitehead, a prominent federal litigator, will be honored for their continuing dedication to Seattle University School of Law’s students and the legal community.

Traveling Washington Supreme Court visits law school

January 28, 2015

The law school's Fred Dore Courtroom will serve as a substitute Temple of Justice in February as the nine justices of the Washington Supreme Court visit campus.

Law school fights to defend ethnic studies in Arizona

January 16, 2015

Students and faculty from Seattle University School of Law were in federal court in San Francisco for the long-awaited arguments in a case defending ethnic studies in Tucson, Arizona.

Support continues to grow for release of clinic client Nestora Salgado

January 15, 2015

Support continues to grow for the release of Nestora Salgado, who has been imprisoned in Mexico for 18 months and who is represented by the International Human Rights Clinic at Seattle University School of Law.

Seattle University study finds Washington death penalty cases cost at least $1 million more than when death not sought

January 07, 2015

An in-depth study by four Seattle University professors found costs related to pursuing the death penalty are about 1.4 to 1.5 times more than when a prosecutor does not seek death.

NACOLE and law school hold symposium on police accountability

January 06, 2015

In response to growing interest around the nation in police accountability, as well as the need for more evidence-based research about independent oversight of the police, the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) is partnering with the law school and Seattle University's Criminal Justice Department to host its inaugural academic conference.