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2016 Press Coverage

Civil Rights Groups Hail Appeals Court Ruling in Case Challenging Exclusion of Dark-Skinned Juror

December 30, 2016 | New York Law Journal

Professor Robert Chang welcomes a NY court ruling on skin color discrimination.  

Rethink juvenile detention center

December 29, 2016 | The Seattle Times

Professor Paul Holland writes about flaws in King County's plan for juvenile detention. 

The Force Behind Minimum Wage Protests Is Slashing Its Spending

December 28, 2016 | BuzzFeed

Professor Charlotte Garden describes challenges facing the Service Employees International Union. 

SDCI Approves Youth Jail, Opposition Contemplates Appeal

December 27, 2016 | The Urbanist

Professor Dean Spade comments on whether Seattle Mayor Ed Murray can block the new youth jail. 

ICYMI: Why Hotel Groups Say Seattle's New Worker Protections Are Illegal

December 23, 2016 | The Stranger

A legal challenge to Seattle's worker protection laws is an "uphill climb," says Professor Charlotte Garden. 

Minneapolis needs its own Homeless Bill of Rights

December 22, 2016 | Twin Cities Daily Planet

An op-ed cites Professor Sara Rankin's 2015 Homeless Bill of Rights research. 

Lee v Tam Symposium: Market failure

December 20, 2016 | SCOTUSblog

Professor Robert Chang writes that racially disparaging trademarks represent a failure of the free market. 

Will Seattle's drug policy experiments survive Trump?

December 03, 2016 | Crosscut

Professor Deborah Ahrens speculates on marijuana legalization and safe consumption sites. 

Labor Law Faces Dire New Threats From Supreme Court Under Trump

December 03, 2016 | Truthout

Professor Charlotte Garden predicts that Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominees will bring bad news for organized labor. 

Earlier and more often: Washington teachers seek broad boost to civics education

November 28, 2016 | The Seattle Times

Professor Margaret Fisher sees a need for better education about how government works. 

Donald Trump's Supreme Court will be a real threat to labor — and that’s going to hurt the Democrats

November 17, 2016 | Salon

Professor Charlotte Garden breaks down the major labor law issues and how they will fare under President Trump. 

Report: Cities Passing More Laws Making Homelessness a Crime

November 15, 2016 | Associated Press

Research by our Homeless Rights Advocacy Project is included in a new national report and "hall of shame." 

Roberts Rules for Protecting Corporations

November 14, 2016 | The American Prospect

Professor Brooke Coleman's research on civil procedure rules that favor elite litigants is featured in this piece. 

The Influence of Exile: Human Consequences of Homelessness

November 10, 2016 | City Club of Boise

Audio recording of Professor Sara Rankin's remarks to the City Club of Boise. 

City Club Speaker Rips Boise 'Anti Camping' Law, Says 'We Are All Complicit'

November 10, 2016 | Boise Weekly

Professor Sara Rankin urges Boise residents to fight homelessness on several fronts. 

ACLU warns Yakima about lawsuit risk on homeless policy

November 10, 2016 | Yakima Herald Republic

The Homeless Rights Advocacy Project is cited in this article about the constitutionality of Yakima's homeless policy. 

Forum addresses solutions to homelessness in Boise

November 10, 2016 | Northwest Cable News Network

Professor Sara Rankin shares her thoughts on confronting homelessness with compassion. 

When helping homeless people hurts more than helps

November 06, 2016 | Idaho Statesman

Professor Sara Rankin explains the psychology behind anti-homelessness laws. 

SPU Shooting Trial: Compromise of Jurors' IDs Could Have Resulted In Mistrial

November 03, 2016 | KIRO 7

Professor Deborah Ahrens explains why it's so important to protect jurors' identities.  

Uber's Drivers Win the Backing of U.S. Labor Watchdog

November 02, 2016 | Bloomberg

Professor Charlotte Garden discusses the National Labor Relations Board's involvement in the class-action case against Uber by its drivers. 

Bankole: America needs post-election healing

October 28, 2016 | The Detroit News

Professor Ron Slye calls for national healing after a divisive presidential election. 

DOJ: Seattle Encampment Sweeps Legislation Recognizes Homeless People's Rights "Must Be Respected"

October 13, 2016 | The Stranger

Our reports on the criminalization of homelessness are featured in this story about Seattle's controversial new encampment ordinance. 

Volkswagen faces bumpy road in challenge to 'micro-union'

September 26, 2016 | Reuters

Courts have supported the rights of small groups of workers to form a union, says Professor Charlotte Garden. 

Machinists pass bill of rights to reassert member control

September 19, 2016 | Everett Herald

Professor Charlotte Garden says the future of organized labor depends on energizing workers. 

Legal Clinic For Workplace Issues Opens in Columbia City

September 19, 2016 | KNKX

Professor Liz Ford says the new clinic aims to fill a gap in legal services. 

Marijuana Is Legal in Colorado — But Only If You're a U.S. Citizen

September 13, 2016 | Westword

Professor Steven Bender says marijuana legalization has failed to redress past marginalization of vulnerable groups. 

Jesse Explains Yelp Review Controversy

September 13, 2016 | KIRO 7

Professor Bryan Adamson explains free speech protections for negative online reviews. 

How Bankrupt Is Horsehead Holding? Its Investors Want to Know

August 26, 2016 | The New York Times

Professor Diane Dick's research on how companies manipulate bankruptcy is featured in this story. 

The Most Important Law School You've Probably Never Heard Of

August 23, 2016 | Law.com

Professor Andrew Siegel shares the history of America's first law school. 

Solo Arbitration Violates Right to Concerted Activity

August 23, 2016 | Bloomberg BNA

Federal appeals courts are divided on the issue of forcing employee disputes into arbitration, says Professor Charlotte Garden. 

Uber's $100 Million Driver Pay Settlement Rejected by Judge

August 18, 2016 | Bloomberg

Court order sends Uber and its drivers back to the table, says Professor Charlotte Garden. 

How bad translation by court interpreters can turn misunderstanding into injustice

August 17, 2016 | Stateline

Professor Gillian Dutton says interpreters are needed for all legal services, not just in the courtroom. 

Uber antitrust actions a tough nut for US plaintiffs to crack

August 12, 2016 | Policy and Regulatory Report

Antitrust expert Professor John Kirkwood says an antitrust claim is central to the U.S. Chamber's case against Uber. 

Uber in Dare to Judge Says It's Ready to Ditch Driver Settlement

August 01, 2016 | Bloomberg

Professor Charlotte Garden commented on Uber's threat to walk away from a deal with its drivers. 

Kroger targets Visa's debit card conduct to challenge broader strategy

July 22, 2016 | Policy and Regulatory Report

Antitrust expert Professor John Kirkwood says the case makes Visa look bad but may still not succeed. 

City of Seattle and U.S. Chamber face off in hearing over Uber union law

July 19, 2016 | GeekWire

Professor Charlotte Garden commented on a court challenge to Seattle's unionization law for "for hire" drivers. 

Turning the Call for Racial Reckonings Back on the U.S.

July 18, 2016 | The New York Times

Professor Ron Slye says a truth & reconciliation commission for the U.S. could bring racial healing. 

How Boeing's relations with unions have evolved

July 16, 2016 | Everett Herald

Professor Charlotte Garden commented on The Boeing Co.'s history with its union over the years. 

Texas Judge Blocks Obama's Union-Buster Disclosure Rule

July 07, 2016 | Bloomberg

Professor Charlotte Garden discusses the flawed 1st Amendment argument against the U.S. Department of Labor's persuader rule. 

Judge's Ruling Re-Opens a Major Loophole that Allows Union Busters To Remain in the Shadows

July 05, 2016 | In These Times

Professor Charlotte Garden called the ruling one of the most one-sided orders she'd ever seen. 

International boxing fight playing out in Pierce County court

June 22, 2016 | Tacoma News Tribune

Professor Brooke Coleman explains why a boxing dispute involving several countries ended up in Pierce County Court. 

Pride & Peace: A KING 5 Community Forum

June 20, 2016 | KING 5

Professor Andrew Siegel says the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld an individual's right to own firearms but hasn't been clear about gun control legislation. 

Controversial school-funding rulings prompt crowded Supreme Court races

June 03, 2016 | Tacoma News Tribune

Professor Andrew Siegel says the Washington Supreme Court showed respect for the legislative process in its McCleary decision. 

Fear of our own desperation gets in the way of homelessness solutions

May 22, 2016 | The Seattle Times

Professor Sara Rankin says our instincts make us want to turn away from homeless people instead of helping. 

Hobbit-like hut where man has lived for 3 years just one of the camps cleaned up in suburbs

May 20, 2016 | The Seattle Times

One man's story of an encampment sweep illustrates problems highlighted by our students' legal research. 

Parking Violation

May 18, 2016 | Real Change News

Research by our Homeless Rights Advocacy Project is featured in this story about vehicle residency. 

One Trans Man's Long Journey to Get the Surgery He Needs

May 17, 2016 | Seattle Weekly

Professor Lisa Brodoff and law clinic students worked to challenge coverage laws. 

Lead Uber Driver in Class-Action Suit Criticizes Settlement

May 16, 2016 | Bloomberg

Professor Charlotte Garden says it's unlikely the lawyer representing Uber drivers will be replaced. 

Amazon Proves Infertile Soil for Unions, So Far

May 16, 2016 | The New York Times

Do anti-union efforts at Amazon qualify as coercive speech? Charlotte Garden explains. 

Uber Settlement Attacked by Drivers Saying Lawyer Sold Out

May 13, 2016 | Bloomberg

Uber drivers would have faced several risks in continuing their lawsuit, Professor Charlotte Garden says. 

The thin tin line

May 11, 2016 | Real Change News

Professor Sara Rankin says vehicle impoundment is devastating for people experiencing homelessness. 

What Would a Merrick Garland Confirmation Mean for the Future of Gig Work?

May 11, 2016 | The Atlantic

Professor Charlotte Garden writes that the U.S. Supreme Court could decidewhether workers can challenge their status as independent contractors. 

Nicaragua Canal Part I: The Big Land Grab

May 10, 2016 | Gravity.fm

Thomas Antkowiak discusses his work protecting the indigenous communities threatened by a massive canal project in Nicaragua. 

Seattle University report: Longview law against living in cars may be unconstitutional

May 10, 2016 | The Daily News

Law student Justin Olson defends the right of vehicle residency for people experiencing homelessness. 

Is Uber's deal with the Machinists legal?

May 10, 2016 | Politico Morning Shift

Professor Charlotte Garden speculates on the legality of an agreement between Uber drivers and the Machinists union in New York. 

Uber deals put spotlight on Seattle showdown

May 10, 2016 | The Seattle Times

Seattle's collective bargaining ordinance could complicate legal settlements for Uber, says Professor Charlotte Garden. 

Queer + Young + Homeless = Screwed

May 09, 2016 | Seattle Weekly

Our policy brief on LGBTQ youth and homelessness is featured in this news story. 

The Legal Argument That Could Overturn 'Right-to-Work' Laws Around the Country

April 21, 2016 | In These Times

Charlotte Garden discusses legal challenges to right-to-work laws and whether the takings clause applies to them. 

Uber Drivers' $100 Million Deal May Set Pace for Gig Economy

April 21, 2016 | Bloomberg Technology

How gig-economy employers treat their workers will continue to be tested in lawsuits, says Professor Charlotte Garden. 

Nestora Salgado: A Triumph of Cross-Border Organizing for Justice in Mexico

April 13, 2016 | Upside Down World

Professor Thomas Antkowiak describes the crucial moments in fighting for the release of Nestora Salgado. 

A lesson from the past, for our future

April 07, 2016 | Northwest Asian Weekly

Professor Lorraine Bannai shares memories of her work with civil rights legend Fred Korematsu. 

Lyft Pays Price for Success in Rejected Driver Pay Accord

April 07, 2016 | Bloomberg Technology

Professor Charlotte Garden said a judge's ruling offers guidance for an acceptable settlement with drivers. 

Uber Tries to Stall Driver Pay Trial Armed With New Order

April 06, 2016 | Bloomberg Technology

An appeals court's decision to review is not a good sign for the plaintiffs, says Professor Charlotte Garden. 

Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association & Why We Need Nine

March 30, 2016 | ACS Blog

A tie vote in this major public sector union case before the U.S. Supreme Court shows the need for a ninth justice, says Professor Charlotte Garden. 

Akron can start its own criminal justice reform by ending its assault on the rights of the poor and homeless

March 23, 2016 | Cleveland.com

Op-ed columnist and law professor Joe Mead cites our homeless rights research. 

10 out-of-the-ordinary summer classes

March 23, 2016 | National Jurist

Our Alaska Summer Program tops this list of summer law school experiences. 

Seattle University School of Law clinic helps secure rights activist's release

March 22, 2016 | National Catholic Reporter

Professor Thomas Antkowiak thanks the many supporters who worked for Nestora Salgado's release. 

Renton woman returns home after 2½ years in Mexican prisons

March 22, 2016 | The Seattle Times

The law school's International Human Rights Clinic worked to help free Nestora Salgado. 

Nestora Salgado returns to Seattle after Mexican court dismisses charges

March 22, 2016 | Seattle Globalist

Human Rights Clinic client returns to Seattle after illegal detention in Mexico. 

Donald Trump’s Incitement to Lawless Action, True Threats, and the First Amendment

March 21, 2016 | Huffington Post

Professor Bryan Adamson addresses whether presidential candidate Donald Trump's provocative speech is protected by the First Amendment. 

Matt Driscoll: Debate about constitutionality of Tacoma's car camping law continues

March 21, 2016 | The News Tribune

Our Homeless Rights Advocacy Project students spell out problems with Tacoma's law. 

U.S. Lawyer: Jailed Renton Woman To Be Freed In Mexico

March 18, 2016 | KPLU

Professor Thomas Antkowiak says Mexican courts cleared Salgado of all remaining charges. 

Renton woman jailed in Mexico since 2013 is freed

March 18, 2016 | The Seattle Times

Professor Thomas Antkowiak says Salgado suffered from inadequate medical attention in prison. 

Community police leader Nestora Salgado released from Mexican prison

March 18, 2016 | Seattle Globalist

Professor Thomas Antkowiak says a U.N. ruling on Salgado's arbitrary detention played a crucial role in her release. 

Jailed community leader freed in Mexico

March 18, 2016 | Associated Press

Professor Thomas Antkowiak credits Nestora Salgado's dedicated supporters for her release from jail. 

Ongoing DOJ Physician Interviews Focus on Buyer Power Issues

March 11, 2016 | The Capitol Forum

Antitrust expert Professor John Kirkwood explains the concept of monopsony in this piece about health insurance mergers. 

Will Seattle home prices ever stop rising?

March 10, 2016 | New Day Northwest

Professor Steven Bender offered some thoughts about rising home prices in Seattle, and whether rent control is the answer. 

Immigrant Laborers Will be the First Victims of the Robot Takeover

March 02, 2016 | VICE

Professor Steven Bender comments on the dystopian, robot-controlled future of our country's addiction to cheap labor. 

Pressure mounting to release Renton woman from Mexican prison

February 28, 2016 | KOMO News

Support is growing for the release of our International Human Rights Clinic client Nestora Salgado, held in Mexican prison for almost three years. 

Nestora Salgado podría salir de la cárcel

February 26, 2016 | CNN En Espanol

Our International Human Rights Clinic's work to free Nestora Salgado is featured in this Spanish-language program. 

Accusations of judicial missteps leading to death of man with autism

February 25, 2016 | KOMO News

Professor Natasha Martin talks about the need for judges to avoid conflict of interest, or even the appearance of it. 

Seattle councilman defends his Uber union law: 'Everyone should benefit' from company’s success

February 18, 2016 | GeekWire

Professor John Kirkwood participates in a panel discussion on Seattle's driver unionization law. 

Seattle Experiments With New Solutions to Ease Homelessness

February 18, 2016 | Associated Press

Professor Sara Rankin comments on the growing problem of homelessness in Seattle and the progressive efforts underway to reduce it. 

The votes are there: Legislature can end the death penalty

February 16, 2016 | The Seattle Times

Columnist Jonathan Martin cites Professor Bob Boruchowitz's study on the costs of seeking the death penalty in this analysis of momentum to end capital punishment in Washington. 

Grandma Imprisoned In Mexico Could Get Help From Seattle

February 16, 2016 | KUOW

Professor Thomas Antkowiak urges political pressure to secure the release of clinic client Nestora Salgado. 

What Will Become of Public-Sector Unions Now?

February 16, 2016 | The Atlantic

Justice Antonin Scalia's death could affect a high-profile union case at the U.S. Supreme Court, writes Professor Charlotte Garden. Her essay was also featured in RealClearPolicy, Politico's Pro Morning Shift, and OnLabor update. 

US Optical Disk Drive judge addresses class certification standards

February 12, 2016 | Policy and Regulatory Report

Antitrust expert Professor John Kirkwood explains how U.S. Supreme Court cases have affected class certification. 

UN rules Nestora Salgado illegally detained in Mexico

February 09, 2016 | Seattle Globalist

The law school's International Human Rights Clinic convinced a U.N. panel that their client should be released. 

Ethical Questions Surround Ammon Bundy's Legal Team, Strategy

February 05, 2016 | Oregon Public Broadcasting

Ethics expert Professor John Strait addresses the professional responsibilities of lawyers offering services to militia in the Oregon standoff. 

Police chief arrested illegally: UN panel

February 04, 2016 | Mexico News Daily

Professor Thomas Antkowiak describes Nestora Salgado as a political prisoner. 

U.N. panel demands release of jailed Mexican indigenous leader

February 03, 2016 | Fox News Latino

Our International Human Rights Clinic's partner attorney in Mexico, Ricardo Lagunes Gasca, says Nestora Salgado has been denied due process. 

UN Group: Arrest of Washington State Woman in Mexico Illegal

February 02, 2016 | The New York Times

The law school's International Human Rights Clinic has been pursuing justice for Nestora Salgado since 2013. This Associated Press story appeared in media outlets across the country. 

UN panel finds Mexico's arrest of organizer Nestora Salgado illegal

February 02, 2016 | The Guardian

Important ruling will increase pressure on Mexico to release the law school's client, says Professor Thomas Antkowiak. 

An Enduring Response to Injustice

January 30, 2016 | L.A. Review of Books

A review of Professor Lorraine Bannai's book on the life and legal fight of Fred Korematsu, who was once her client. 

Lawyer in Lyft Accord Vows to Make Uber 'Respect' Drivers

January 27, 2016 | Bloomberg Business

Arbitration clauses make a big difference between Uber and Lyft contracts, says labor law expert Professor Charlotte Garden. 

Why Some States Want Strong Public-Sector Unions

January 17, 2016 | The Atlantic

Strong unions benefit both employers and employees, says labor law expert Professor Charlotte Garden. 

The End of Public Sector Agency Fees?

January 12, 2016 | ACS Blog

Oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court "went very badly" for unions, Professor Charlotte Garden writes. (This piece was included in the SCOTUSblog round-up on Jan. 14.) 

Supreme Court Tackles Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association: What’s At Stake For Public-Sector Unions And Workers?

January 11, 2016 | International Business Times

Professor Charlotte Garden predicts "wave of contract renegotiations" if precedent is overturned by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. 

As Lawyers and Advocates for Incarcerated Youth, We Support Eventually Eliminating Youth Detention

January 11, 2016 | The Stranger

In a guest editorial, our Korematsu Center and Access to Justice Institute describe alternatives to juvenile incarceration. 

Supreme Court signals it's ready to hand CTA, public unions big setback

January 11, 2016 | Ed Source

Professor Charlotte Garden offers her thoughts on an important union case after hearing oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Why Are Unions So Worried About an Upcoming Supreme Court Case?

January 08, 2016 | The Atlantic

Previous court rulings could provide some insight into the latest union challenge, Professor Charlotte Garden explains. 

High Stakes in Union-Fee Case Before Supreme Court

January 05, 2016 | Education Week

Professor Charlotte Garden says a pending Supreme Court case could upset labor contracts for teachers. 

Why the US Chamber of Commerce Dislikes Seattle's New Uber Unionization Law

January 05, 2016 | The Stranger

Professor Charlotte Garden explains legal regulations at the heart of challenges to Seattle's driver unionization law. 

Armed takeover of building in Oregon puts feds in tough spot

January 04, 2016 | AP

Are the Oregon militia members terrorists? Professor John McKay weighs in.