2016 News

Student Tarra Simmons wins prestigious Skadden Fellowship

December 02, 2016

Student Tarra Simmons has received a prestigious Skadden Fellowship. She is the first law student from Seattle University to join this elite group of dedicated social justice professionals working on behalf of people who are poor, elderly, disabled, or otherwise deprived of human or civil rights. 

Korematsu Center asks SCOTUS to deny federal registration of disparaging trademarks

November 17, 2016

The Korematsu Center was joined by national affinity bar associations in filing an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States addressing federal registration of racially disparaging trademarks. 

Clinic wins clemency for Everett man

November 09, 2016

The law school’s Youth Advocacy Clinic recently won clemency for Robert King, a 63-year-old Everett man sentenced to life in prison without parole.  

Attorney Melissa Lee joins Korematsu Center staff

November 08, 2016

Once an undergrad here studying Spanish and international studies, Melissa Lee now returns to Seattle University as a staff attorney at the law school's Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality.  

Korematsu Center weighs in on juror exclusion due to skin color

October 24, 2016

The Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality (Korematsu Center) joined 19 other bar associations and non-profit organizations, and 32 law school professors in filing an amicus brief with the New York Court of Appeals, urging the Court to recognize that excluding an individual from jury service based on the color of her skin violates the Equal Protection Clause of the United States and New York Constitutions. 

Nestora Salgado thanks law school for support

October 04, 2016

For almost three years, Renton resident Nestora Salgado-García suffered in a Mexican prison while Seattle University School of Law students worked to free her. This week, she returned to say thanks. 

Real Change honors law school's homeless rights advocacy

September 14, 2016

The law school's Homeless Rights Advocacy Project, an endeavor fueled by passion and filled with purpose, will receive the 2016 Change Agent award this week from Seattle's Real Change. 

Scholarship recipients driven by passion to help others

September 12, 2016

The recipients of Seattle University School of Law's most prestigious scholarships have different passions — immigration, at-risk youth, and tribal representation — but all three share the same devotion to helping others and the same belief in the power of a legal education to give them the skills they need to do so. 

Seattle U Law welcomes diverse incoming class

August 19, 2016

Representing 26 states and a wide variety of undergraduate studies as well as previous careers, the newest group of Seattle University School of Law students started their first full year of legal education this week. 

Center for Indian Law and Policy welcomes new staff director

August 11, 2016

Attorney Brooke Pinkham has joined the Center for Indian Law and Policy as the new staff director. A member of the Nez Perce tribe who grew up within the community of the Yakama Nation in south central Washington State, she brings a lifelong commitment to Indian people and tribes throughout Washington State. 

Legal writing professors win Courage Award

July 06, 2016

The Legal Writing Institute Board of Directors will present the Terri LeClercq Courage Award to Professors Laurel Oates and Mimi Samuel in July at the 2016 LWI Biennial Conference in Portland, Oregon.  

Fellowship allows new grad to help unemployed workers

June 29, 2016

Lillian Kaide, a 2016 graduate of Seattle University School of Law, was recently awarded the Frances Perkins Fellowship at the Unemployment Law Project. 

Adamson, Spade win Provost's Awards for Excellence

June 14, 2016

Professors Bryan Adamson and Dean Spade received Seattle University Provost's Award for Excellence at Seattle University's graduation ceremony in June. 

Innovative clinic sets bar for better representation of jailed parents

May 20, 2016

Over the course of two years clinic students directly represented 10 clients, supported four cases in front of the Washington Supreme Court, visited women's prisons monthly to deliver "know your rights" presentations, and provided sample briefs to the Washington Defender Association's clearinghouse of helpful documents that practicing attorneys can use in dependency hearings. 

Immigration Law Clinic students win asylum for refugees

May 19, 2016

Seattle University School of Law clinic students won asylum for two clients this year and secured release under bond for five others.  

New reports debunk common myths about homelessness

May 09, 2016

Six new reports examine the impacts of increasingly popular laws and policies that criminalize homelessness, such as prohibitions on living in vehicles, sweeps of tent encampments, pet ownership standards, and barriers to access at emergency shelters. 

Law school launches immersive program in state capital

May 04, 2016

Law students interested in legislation, administrative law, and public policy will be able to study and work full-time in the state capital of Olympia as part of a new program at Seattle University School of Law. 

Student takes inmate's civil rights case to federal court

April 29, 2016

As a student in the law school's Civil Rights and Amicus Clinic, Katie Loberstein has a rare opportunity to argue a case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, May 2. She hopes her diligent preparation will pay off for her client, Anthony Merrick. 

Legal Writing Program leader Anne Enquist retires

April 04, 2016

After more than three decades of teaching legal writing and elevating its prominence as a discipline within legal education, Professor Anne Enquist will retire from Seattle University School of Law at the end of this academic year. 

Clinic client Nestora Salgado freed from prison

March 18, 2016

After over two and a half years of illegal detention, clinic client Nestora Salgado is finally free. Mexican courts cleared her of remaining charges and ordered her release.  

Seattle U offers advanced law degrees

March 14, 2016

After more than 40 years of bestowing juris doctor degrees, the law school will offer a master of laws (LLM) in two fields – tribal law and technology – as well as a master of legal studies (MLS). The American Bar Association has also acquiesced in an LLM program in elder law, which will be added soon. 

LLSA honors advocates for access to justice

March 09, 2016

Two attorneys who have worked to extend legal access to immigrant and migrant communities will be honored by the Latinx Law Student Association (LLSA) this week at the group's annual Latinx Community Awards. 

Labor attorney honored as Woman of the Year

March 01, 2016

In recognition of a career spent fighting for the powerless and voiceless in society, Seattle University School of Law will honor Tracey A. Thompson ’94 as the Woman of the Year for 2016. 

Conference activates academics to fight poverty

February 18, 2016

A conference at Seattle University School of Law this weekend aims to take academics out of the ivory tower and into the streets. 

Korematsu Center lends support to fight against racist football team name

February 12, 2016

In a powerfully written call for racial justice, the Korematsu Center for Law and Equality has filed an amicus brief to support five Native American activists who are challenging a federal trademark for Washington, D.C.'s football team.  

Human Rights Clinic wins Salgado case before United Nations

February 03, 2016

The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has ruled that Mexico's detention of Nestora Salgado-García, a client of the law school's International Human Rights Clinic, is illegal and arbitrary, and that she must be released immediately. 

Seven alumni get help starting low bono practices

February 02, 2016

Now entering its third year, the Low Bono Incubator program has expanded to support seven new attorneys as they build solo practices to serve moderate-income clients with criminal charges, debt, divorce, immigration issues, and child support, among other legal challenges. 

Margaret Chon elected to prestigious legal institute

February 02, 2016

Respected intellectual property scholar Professor Margaret Chon has been elected to The American Law Institute (ALI), the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. 

BLSA Alumni Awards honor public interest champions

January 28, 2016

Two public interest attorneys — one who's built a career in government service and the other who's devoted to non-profit legal work — will be honored by the Black Law Student Association at the BLSA Alumni Awards on Feb. 11. 

Law school welcomes new alumni director

January 12, 2016

Eric Hornik joined Seattle University School of Law last month as the new director of Annual Fund and Alumni Relations.