2018 Press Coverage

Obamacare Ruling Likely to Be Overturned

December 17, 2018

Professor John Kirkwood says the ruling by a federal judge in Texas is very weak.

Trump's transgender ban is headed to court, along with the dehumanizing claims he makes to support it

December 10, 2018

President Trump's action is a slap in the face to transgender people who have served, writes Professor Robert Chang.

McDonald's Franchisees See Strength in Numbers; Some See a Union

December 04, 2018

Franchise operators want to organize but oppose workers' ability to do the same thing, Professor Charlotte Garden says.

For Californians living in their cars, a church parking lot can briefly be home

November 28, 2018

Professor Sara Rankin says many religions focus on ministering to the poor.

Limiting freedom of speech on the internet is acceptable

November 26, 2018

Professor David Skover distinguishes government from private entities in debate over free speech.

Transgender Day of Remembrance: To Fight For Trans Lives, Think Local

November 21, 2018

Professor Dean Spade talks about the lack of federal protections for trans people.

More Homeless Seattleites Live in Their Vehicles Than Ever Before

November 20, 2018

Professor Sara Rankin says the city has failed to create safe, effective policy for allowing vehicle residency.

The Homeless Crisis Is Getting Worse in America's Richest Cities

November 20, 2018

Professor Sara Rankin says inaction actually costs more than spending money to solve homelessness.

Opinion: Seattle must invest in housing to solve chronic homelessness

November 19, 2018

Professor Sara Rankin and business owner Chad Mackay write that Seattle's budget needs more funding for homelessness.

Anecdotal Evidence for 'Joint Employment' Rule May Not Be Enough

November 15, 2018

Professor Charlotte Garden expects dueling analyses as employers and workers debate the rule.

Seattle council eyes $16 million in budget tweaks, but no head tax, no big tent shelter

November 08, 2018

Professor Sara Rankin says the city's budget shows a fear of dealing with homelessness.

Midterm takeaway: Women voters are more diverse than given credit for

November 07, 2018

Professor Brooke Coleman discusses victories by women in the 2018 midterm elections.

Opinion analysis: Federal age-discrimination law applies to all public employees

November 06, 2018

Professor Charlotte Garden analyzes an age discrimination ruling, the first decision of the Supreme Court's 2018-19 session.

Amazon Is Closer to Becoming the Everywhere Company It Wants to Be

November 06, 2018

Professor Charles O'Kelley says Amazon headquarters are virtual, everywhere.

After rocky process, King County confirms head of public defense

November 05, 2018

Vice Dean Paul Holland says Anita Khandelwal "dazzled" in her job interview.

Argument analysis: The familiar divide in arbitration cases re-emerges

October 30, 2018

Professor Charlotte Garden analyzes oral arguments in a case heard at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Arbitration Day at Supreme Court: Will 'Super Statute' Prevail?

October 25, 2018

Professor Charlotte Garden previews two arbitration cases pending at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Washington Supreme Court Rules That Charter Schools Are Constitutional

October 25, 2018

Professor Charlotte Garden comments on the collective bargaining rights of charter school employees.

The Committee That Dictates the Rules of American Courts Looks Nothing Like America—or the Federal Judiciary

October 24, 2018

Professor Brooke Coleman argues for more diversity on the Federal Civil Rules Committee.

Under threat from Trump, transgender community leans on local rights

October 23, 2018

Professor Dean Spade says anti-discrimination laws aren't always recognized or enforced.

Right-Wing Fantasies About Gender Are Killing Trans People

October 22, 2018

Professor Dean Spade says a leaked memo from the Trump Administration encourages discrimination against trans people.

Argument preview: How should courts decide if parties to an arbitration contract may aggregate their claims?

October 22, 2018

Professor Charlotte Garden previews an arbitration case at the Supreme Court this term.

New app lets you 'sue anyone by pressing a button'

October 18, 2018

Professor Steve Tapia comments on the pros and cons of suing someone via smartphone app.

The KOMO Politicast: Polls and Punishment

October 14, 2018

Professor Deborah Ahrens explains why the Washington Supreme Court found the death penalty unconstitutional.

King County will open west wing of downtown Seattle jail as shelter

October 11, 2018

Professor Sara Rankin says permanent supportive housing is needed more than temporary shelter.

Court ruling on death penalty could end the long debate in Olympia over capital punishment

October 11, 2018

Professor Robert Boruchowitz says it's unlikely any replacement statute would be constitutional.

The study that killed the death penalty in Washington

October 11, 2018

Professor Robert Boruchowitz says it's a "very important day for justice in Washington."

9 law experts on what Brett Kavanaugh means for the future of America

October 09, 2018

Professors Andrew Siegel, Charlotte Garden, and others weigh in on what Justice Brett Kavanaugh means for the Supreme Court.

A Culture of Secrecy Is Helping Propel Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

October 04, 2018

Professor Deirdre Bowen says D.C. private high school boys protect each other's secrets and fear retribution if they don't.

With Kavanaugh vote on the horizon, Seattle speaks out

October 04, 2018

Professor Deborah Ahrens describes the law school's efforts to process the Kavanaugh controversy.

Youth jail opponent nominated as permanent head of public defense

October 03, 2018

Vice Dean Paul Holland says public defenders should be able to speak up on civic issues.

Joint Employment Test's Bark May Be Worse Than Its Bite

October 02, 2018

Franchise businesses have the most to lose, says Professor Charlotte Garden.

Argument analysis: "A strange statute that was written in a strange way"

October 02, 2018

Professor Charlotte Garden analyzes oral arguments in an age discrimination case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.

From Anita Hill to Christine Blasey Ford, what's changed?

October 01, 2018

Professor Brooke Coleman and law student Akua Asare-Konadu talk about how the U.S. Senate is handling sexual assault allegations against a Supreme Court nominee.

Seattle University Professor Brooke Coleman - What's Really on Trial in the Kavanaugh Confirmation

October 01, 2018

Professor Brooke Coleman explains the difference between the Kavanaugh hearings and a criminal or civil trial.

I'm from Kavanaugh's elitist world. I know how prep-school privilege buries secrets.

September 27, 2018

Professor Deirdre Bowen offers her perspective on the world of D.C.'s elite private high schools.

Seattle U law students disappointed with the politics of the Kavanaugh hearing

September 27, 2018

Professors Brooke Coleman and Deborah Ahrens lead students in a legal discussion after the hearing.

VIDEO: Tackling the Kavanaugh hearing

September 27, 2018

Professors Brooke Coleman and Deborah Ahrens debrief with students after the Senate committee hearing.

'History in the making': Kavanaugh hearing becomes the day’s lesson for law students and others

September 27, 2018

Professors Brooke Coleman and Deborah Ahrens, along with law students, comment on the hearing.

Uber Drivers Suing for Better Pay Lose Critical Court Ruling

September 25, 2018

A changing legal landscape means the case is far from over, says Professor Charlotte Garden.

Homelessness advocates believe panhandling is protected speech — and they're putting Washington cities on notice

September 19, 2018

An HRAP report by students Jocelyn Tillisch and Drew Sena is cited in this article about anti-begging laws.

West coast cities try to skirt judge's ruling preventing them from criminalizing homeless camps

September 14, 2018

City officials say the ruling doesn't affect Seattle, but Professor Sara Rankin begs to differ.

Law Schools Struggle To Find Themselves In Post-Recession Market

September 12, 2018

Dean Annette Clark describes efforts to create a "common vocabulary" shared by doctrinal faculty and skills faculty.

Four Reasons Brett Kavanaugh Is Scary That Go Way Beyond Abortion

September 10, 2018

SCOTUS nominee sees the law through employers' eyes, not employees' eyes, says Professor Charlotte Garden.

Federal-court ruling on homeless camps won't affect Seattle, city attorney says

September 07, 2018

Professor Sara Rankin analyzes whether an unconstitutional Boise law is relevant to Seattle.

Think Out Loud: Homelessness Ruling

September 05, 2018

Cities can no longer pretend sweeps are effective, says Professor Sara Rankin.

Sweeping tents illegal without 'practical' alternatives, court rules

September 05, 2018

Would a Boise ruling affect Seattle? Professor Sara Rankin offers her thoughts.

Court: Cities can't prosecute people for sleeping on streets

September 04, 2018

The appeals court ruling makes common sense, says Professor Sara Rankin.

Supporting homeless individuals: How much do we spend?

August 31, 2018

Professor Sara Rankin says there's a substantial cost to ignoring homelessness.

Wright on Center: Let's fund and build housing to end homelessness in Seattle and King County

August 24, 2018

Permanent supportive housing can help end homelessness, says a member of the civic alliance co-founded by Professor Sara Rankin.

In a Growing Crisis, Seattle Uses City Hall as a Homeless Shelter

August 23, 2018

Professor Sara Rankin says the city needs a coherent, effective plan for homelessness.

Seattle increasing removals of homeless encampments

August 22, 2018

Sweeps create the illusion that homelessness is dealt with when it isn't, says Professor Sara Rankin.

Living Behind the Wheel

August 20, 2018

A 2016 report from the Homeless Rights Advocacy Project is cited in this story on vehicle residency.

Judge Kavanaugh on work law

August 16, 2018

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh tends to defer to employers in his work-law rulings, writes Professor Charlotte Garden.

Deceptive Wine Pricing Parties Reach Out-of-Court Deal

August 14, 2018

Bypassing the court could become the new normal, says Professor Brooke Coleman.

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.

Bayer takes on legal risk in US trial of Monsanto's glyphosate herbicide

June 19, 2018

Bayer shouldn't take lightly the legal risks associated with Monsanto, says Professor Steve Tapia.

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.