2018 Press Coverage

Seattle parks volunteers go to repair habitat, and find tent camps

August 08, 2018

The city's lack of shelter options forces residents to camp outdoors, says Professor Sara Rankin.

Has the Justice System Abandoned the Presumption of Innocence?

July 31, 2018

Professor Anna Roberts cites a "fusion" of arrests with guilt in the criminal justice system.

More Americans are forced to "reside" in their vehicles

July 31, 2018

Professor Sara Rankin says the problem is national in scope, but felt most acutely in urban areas.

Inconsistent Views on Waiving Rights in Employment

July 26, 2018

Professor Charlotte Garden says individual arbitration clauses are harmful to workers.

Criminalising homelessness is not just cruel: it's costly, too

July 25, 2018

Professor Sara Rankin says anti-vagrancy laws make homelessness worse.

Black Cities in Red States Win Key Victory in Minimum Wage Fight

July 25, 2018

Professor Charlotte Garden says it's difficult to prove that a legislature acted with racial animus.

'It's the New Form of Affordable Housing': More Homeless People Are Living in Their Cars

July 24, 2018

Professor Sara Rankin calls on cities to develop effective "safe parking" plans.

Business leaders and service providers form coalition to end chronic homelessness in Seattle

July 23, 2018

Professor Sara Rankin and business executive Chad Mackay announce effort to tackle chronic homelessness.

After head tax repeal, new group emerges to fight homelessness

July 19, 2018

Professor Sara Rankin says people need educated, not emotional, responses to homelessness.

10 Questions Judge Kavanaugh Should Answer

July 11, 2018

Professor Charlotte Garden offers a theoretical question for Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing.

If confirmed, Trump's nominee for U.S. Supreme Court could impact controversial decisions

July 09, 2018

LGBTQ rights could be at risk if Judge Kavanaugh joins the high court, Professor Andrew Siegel says.

Analysis of President Trump's pick for Supreme Court

July 09, 2018

Judge Brett Kavanaugh would steer the high court to the hard right, says Professor Andrew Siegel.

DNA testing to unite immigrant families is more complicated than it seems

July 09, 2018

Problems abound when choosing the fastest way to reunite families, says Professor Deborah Ahrens.

Congress Should Stop Messing With Rod Rosenstein

July 09, 2018

Professor John McKay says congressional attacks threaten prosecutorial independence.

King County's top public defender resigns after Dow Constantine won't reappoint her

July 06, 2018

Vice Dean Paul Holland says the advisory board he chairs had heard some concerns but wasn't able to investigate.

After Janus, the country's largest public-sector union takes stock of its movement

July 05, 2018

Professor Charlotte Garden speculates on other targets the "right to work" organizations might go after.

For 60 Years, This Powerful Conservative Group Has Worked to Crush Labor

July 05, 2018

Professor Charlotte Garden speculates that exclusive representation could be the next casualty in the war against unions.

Twitter Beats Back Group-Bias Lawsuit by Female Engineer

July 03, 2018

The case could continue without class-action status, says Professor Charlotte Garden.

The Deregulatory First Amendment Strikes Back

July 03, 2018

Professor Charlotte Garden kicks off a roundtable discussion with analysis of recent court rulings.

California judge rules against class-action status in Twitter gender bias case

July 03, 2018

This ruling is not the end of the case, says Professor Charlotte Garden.

Union-hating billionaires bankrolled case

July 02, 2018

Janus case is the "latest salvo" in long fight against unions, says Professor Charlotte Garden.

How A New Supreme Court Justice May Affect Cases Filed By Washington's Attorney General

July 02, 2018

Professor Charlotte Garden says the new high court is more likely to lean right and support Trump.

Build an Action Plan For Alzheimer's

July 01, 2018

Professor Lisa Brodoff says mental health directives can spare caregivers stress and guilt.

Belabored Podcast #154: After Janus, with Charlotte Garden

June 29, 2018

Professor Charlotte Garden anticipates fallout from the Supreme Courts union fees decision.

This Supreme Court made it easier for conservatives to win First Amendment claims, but harder for liberals

June 28, 2018

Recent rulings protect some speakers and forms of speech over others, says Professor Charlotte Garden.

Life after Janus

June 28, 2018

No workers will pay union fees unless they want to, says Professor Charlotte Garden.

Seattle professor: SCOTUS ignored clear animus in travel ban case

June 27, 2018

Professor Robert Chang says the court redeployed the same logic underlying the Korematsu case.

How the Supreme Court's Latest Ruling Could Decimate Public Sector Unions

June 27, 2018

Professor Charlotte Garden says anti-union groups have been litigating toward this goal since the 1950s.

Professor explains SCOTUS ruling to uphold Trump's travel ban

June 26, 2018

Professor Andrew Siegel says the high court disregarded evidence of President Trump's racial animus.

In travel ban decision, Supreme Court rejects ruling supporting World War II internment

June 26, 2018

Professor Robert Chang says Chief Justice Roberts reinstates the wrong principle of the Korematsu case.

Judge blocks effort to expand Microsoft gender-bias case to thousands of women

June 25, 2018

Plaintiffs will likely appeal class action ruling, says Professor Charlotte Garden.

Why turning homelessness into a crime is cruel and costly

June 20, 2018

Professor Sara Rankin co-authors an essay calling on cities to change laws on homelessness.

Reaction to Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling

June 13, 2018

Professor Bryan Adamson analyzes the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the same-sex wedding cake case.

What the Supreme Court decision means for workers — especially if you work at a private company

May 22, 2018

Professor Charlotte Garden says many worker claims are too small to fight in court individually.

Supreme Court Issues "Disaster" Ruling for Workers — What Can Washington Do About It?

May 21, 2018

Professor Charlotte Garden says low-wage workers will be especially hurt by the court ruling.

Pay-Hungry Uber Drivers Hobbled by High Court Arbitration Ruling

May 21, 2018

Professor Charlotte Garden says a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling is bad news for Uber drivers and their class action suit.

VIDEO: Genealogy sites lead to suspect

April 27, 2018

VIDEO: Genealogy sites lead to suspect

Seattle law-school grad’s bright future outshines her rough past, state high court says

April 05, 2018

The state Supreme Court, in a moving and powerful decision issued Thursday, has laid out its thinking in allowing a woman with a troubled history of drugs and crime to become a lawyer.

WA Supreme Court: Criminal History Can't Automatically Bar Someone From Becoming a Lawyer

April 05, 2018

The Washington Supreme Court says that if you once struggled with substance abuse problems you aren't automatically disqualified from taking the bar.

Is Amazon Evil and Am I Evil for Using It?

April 03, 2018

SU Law Associate Professor Charlotte Garden discusses the pros and cons of Amazon in society.

Is Amazon really skirting antitrust law?

April 02, 2018

Professor John Kirkwood says President Trump doesn't have a substantive antitrust case against Amazon.

Review: Is Law Political?

March 28, 2018

Professor David Skover's co-authored book, "The Judge," is the subject of an essay by a Madras, India, high court advocate.

Trump Administration Fights Effort to Unionize Uber Drivers

March 26, 2018

Professor Charlotte Garden outlines advantages of Seattle's driver unionization ordinance.

ACLU, Professors, Others Defend DACA Injunction At 9th Circ.

March 21, 2018

Our Korematsu Center files an amicus brief in support of DACA in federal court.

Indigent Defendants Denied Counsel, Speedy Trials in 10 Counties

March 19, 2018

Professor Robert Boruchowitz of The Defender Initiative helped with research for a report mentioned in this story.

Monsanto's Cancer Fight Judge Pictures Weed Killer Showers

March 13, 2018

Professor Brooke Coleman explains the importance of expert witnesses in product liability litigation.

Judge rules Seattle homeless man's truck is a home

March 03, 2018

Professor Sara Rankin comments on the city's vehicle impoundment policies.

Legal Scholar: Sliver of Hope for Labor After Janus Hearing

February 26, 2018

Professor Charlotte Garden analyzes oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court in a case about union fees.

U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Case With Big Significance For Public-Sector Unions

February 26, 2018

Professor Charlotte Garden explains what's at stake in Janus v. AFSCME.

Think-Tank Workers Think About Joining Union

February 21, 2018

Professor Charlotte Garden comments about how millennials are the guiding force behind the current growth in professional unions.

A Conspicuous Bike Rack Gets Seattle Talking About Its Hostile Architecture

February 15, 2018

This piece includes comments by Professor Sara Rankin on how the racks block homeless encampments.

State Senate votes to repeal death penalty in Washington state

February 14, 2018

Professor Robert Boruchowitz explains the costs of litigating death penalty cases.

Chief Leschi lives on 160 years after his execution

February 14, 2018

Reference librarian Kelly Kunsch explains the improper judicial proceedings that led to the execution of Nisqually Chief Leschi.

GrubHub drivers are independent contractors — not employees — under California law, judge rules

February 08, 2018

Professor Charlotte Garden says stricter standards in California make the win especially significant.

Seattle is putting fences under its bridges to keep campers out — and some say that's wrong

February 06, 2018

Professor Sara Rankin says people with places to live can't always spot "hostile architecture."

Litigation Over Seattle Law Allowing Unionization For Ride-Share Drivers Continues

February 06, 2018

Professor Charlotte Garden says judges are grappling with the new law.

How minor offenses feed overcrowding at Houston youth jail

February 02, 2018

Professor Paul Holland says overcrowding at a youth jail in Texas is a system problem, not a kid problem.

The Eminent Libertarians Who Might Save Public Sector Unions

February 02, 2018

Two legal scholars could be very influential in a pending Supreme Court case on union fees, according to Charlotte Garden.

Hyundai Class Ruling 'Gift to Corporate Defendants'

January 25, 2018

Brooke Coleman says a ruling that appears to be pro-plaintiff might actually benefit corporate defendants.

Google is being sued for discriminating against men and women. Both can't be true.

January 16, 2018

Charlotte Garden looks at conflicting claims about gender discrimination at Google.

For Homeless Seattleites, a Reprieve From the Debilitating Burden of Warrants

January 10, 2018

Sara Rankin explains that outstanding warrants lead to a "cycle of arrest, detention and default and rearrest" for people who are homeless.