2019 Press Coverage

Uber, Postmates Sue California to Block Gig-Worker Law

December 30, 2019

Professor Charlotte Garden says the lawsuit is likely dead on arrival.

Labor & Employment In The Courts: A Decade In Review

December 20, 2019

Professor Charlotte Garden comments on major labor law cases from the last 10 years.

Driving while Indian? You're more likely to be searched by the Washington State Patrol

December 19, 2019

Professor Robert Chang comments on the human toll of state patrol searches.

U.S. government is, yet again, unhelpful

December 18, 2019

Editor Timothy Harris quotes Professor Sara Rankin in evaluating the new head of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.

The Supreme Court won't hear a case on a 'constitutional right to camp.' Here's what that means for homelessness in Washington

December 16, 2019

Professor Sara Rankin says the high court justices "did not buy the hype" from cities.

Seattle to invest a record $110M in affordable housing; here's how it will rise across the city

December 09, 2019

This story cites a 2019 study by the Homeless Rights Advocacy Project on permanent supportive housing.

'No place to go': How Kitsap is responding to a federal court ruling on homeless camping laws

December 08, 2019

Professor Sara Rankin says cities need to be thoughtful in how they handle homelessness.

When Shelters Are Full, Sleeping Outside Can Be the Only Option

December 06, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court's reaction to the Martin v Boise appeal will send a powerful message to cities about handling homelessness, says Professor Sara Rankin.

Uber, Lyft Drivers Could Form Unions Under New York Proposal

December 02, 2019

Professor Charlotte Garden says a court ruling left open the possibility of legislation at the state level.

The Homeless Fund: In Seattle, rapid rehousing with private sector provides 'the normal things people take for granted'

November 28, 2019

Professor Sara Rankin says she wants to see more investment in long-term supported housing.

These Judges Can Have Less Training Than Barbers but Still Decide Thousands of Cases Each Year

November 27, 2019

Professor Robert Boruchowitz reviewed audio and court records for this investigation of the magistrate system in South Carolina.

Uber Drivers Who Make Airport Runs Get a Boost in Pay Fight

November 26, 2019

Regulators are increasingly skeptical that ride-share companies can police themselves, says Professor Charlotte Garden.

Uber Accused of Cheating the Public in Driver's Suit Over Pay

November 21, 2019

Uber's legal conflict calls into question public policy about workers in general, says Professor Charlotte Garden.

More Seattleites are housing homeless people in their backyards, but it's hard to find the right fit

November 18, 2019

Professor Sara Rankin says the BLOCK Project is a bright light in how society talks about homelessness.

If you are a unionized journalist, this labor ruling should worry you

November 12, 2019

Professor Charlotte Garden explains how a labor law interpretation could apply to political reporters.

Affirmative-action measure: Are Washingtonians voting on Referendum 88, Initiative 1000, or both?

November 01, 2019

Professor Deirdre Bowen says the state's earlier affirmative action measure was framed in a confusing way.

City council candidates are making big promises on homelessness. Can they deliver?

October 30, 2019

Professor Sara Rankin says the city needs to be more transparent in its spending decisions.

Courts Dent Gig Companies' Shield Against 'Existential' Threat

October 23, 2019

Court rulings create new opportunities for app-based drivers to appeal their status, says Professor Charlotte Garden.

Seattle police increasingly involved in moving homeless people from sidewalks

October 18, 2019

Professor Sara Rankin says she's concerned about using police officers for homeless outreach.

Washington State Voters Will Decide Whether to Reinstate Affirmative Action. Here’s What You Need to Know.

October 16, 2019

Professor Deirdre Bowen says international student recruitment makes higher ed admission tougher for underrepresented minorities.

Uber: The ride-hailing app that says it has 'zero' drivers

October 14, 2019

Professor Charlotte Garden says Uber often uses "colorful language" to describe its business.

A lot of homeless people referred to shelters in Seattle don’t go. These are some reasons why

October 10, 2019

Professor Sara Rankin explains why permanent supportive housing is better than temporary shelter.

Navigation team efficacy

October 09, 2019

Professor Sara Rankin explains that offering services without housing is ineffective at reducing homelessness.

Caffé Vita Employees Say They're Getting Fired for Giving Old Pastries to Homeless People

October 02, 2019

It's a myth that feeding homeless people encourages homelessness, says Professor Sara Rankin.

How privacy regulation has fragmented the internet

September 30, 2019

We've broken the internet in the name of privacy, says Professor Steve Tapia.

Federal Judge in Kansas City Is Reprimanded for Sexual Harassment

September 30, 2019

A reprimand against a federal judge is an example of newly revised code of conduct in action, says Professor Brooke Coleman.

University admissions, public contracting take center stage in Washington's affirmative-action campaign

September 30, 2019

Professor Deirdre Bowen says that the decline in middle class jobs has created more competition in higher education.

Legal experts say affirmative-action measure wouldn't permit use of racial quotas

September 27, 2019

Professor Deirdre Bowen explains why the new affirmative action referendum isn't about quotas.

John McKay on impeachment

September 25, 2019

Professor from Practice John McKay explained what a president can and can't do on matters of foreign policy.

With Referendum 88, Washington voters this election will decide whether to keep affirmative action

September 22, 2019

Affirmative action has always been divisive, says Professor Deirdre Bowen. Will Referendum 88 be any different?

Judge Alsup's Class Settlement 'Gag Rule' May Be Invincible

September 20, 2019

Professor Brooke Coleman offers ideas on how a gag rule might be appealed.

Looking to quell downtown disorder, Seattle and King County announce plan for repeat offenders

September 12, 2019

Professor Sara Rankin supports new measures to help prolific offenders among Seattle's homeless but says those folks are a tiny fraction of the population.

SU prof: Government has tough hill to climb in case against Google

September 12, 2019

What's critical in proving an antitrust violation is showing that a company hurt both competitors and consumers, says Professor John Kirkwood.

A New Assault on Organized Labor

September 02, 2019

Professor Charlotte Garden's scholarship on union membership as a free speech issue is cited in this article.

Obama-Backed Netflix Documentary Causes Headaches for Fuyao Glass

August 30, 2019

Professor Charlotte Garden says statements in the film are "hallmark violations" of labor law.

Space colonialism

August 29, 2019

Professor Tayyab Mahmud says the move to colonize space bears the same hallmarks as other destructive colonization efforts throughout history.

The Boss Can Tell You to Show Up for a Trump Rally

August 28, 2019

Professor Charlotte Garden explains how employers can influence workers' political choices.

Connecticut's Rest-Stop McDonald's Are New 'Fight for $15' Target

August 26, 2019

Professor Charlotte Garden says states have more leeway when they act as landlords for fast-food franchises.

Homelessness is on the Rise, Despite Efforts at Intervention

August 19, 2019

Professor Sara Rankin talks about the factors leading to an increase in homelessness.

The government can't decide your gender identity. So why should they track it?

August 14, 2019

No gender marker at all would be better than an X for trans and non-binary people, says Professor Dean Spade.

Class Action Lawsuit Challenges Grants Pass Homelessness Policies

August 12, 2019

Professor Sara Rankin discusses a lawsuit against Grants Pass, Oregon, for cruel and unusual treatment of its homeless residents.

Jeff Hughes case shows how a judge's misbehavior can remain hidden forever in Louisiana

August 11, 2019

Professor John Strait says the public deserves to know when judges are disciplined.

America's Homeless Crisis Is Inspiring New Acts Of Cruelty

August 02, 2019

Nuisance laws are meant to hide poverty, not alleviate it, says Professor Sara Rankin.

Lawmakers Debate Sweeping Plan to Amend Federal Labor Law

July 30, 2019

Federal law should protect workers against "workplace fissuring," says Professor Charlotte Garden in testimony before Congress.

Pot Luck

July 30, 2019

When legalizing marijuana, states should focus on racial justice and not just revenue, says Professor Steven Bender.

'Crowdworking' provides the humans who train artificial intelligence

July 26, 2019

Workers are left vulnerable when companies use "crowdworking" for tasks that would otherwise be done by employees, says Professor Charlotte Garden.

Homelessness top of mind for Seattle voters as ballots start dropping

July 24, 2019

Concerned voters should choose candidates who know what works, says Professor Sara Rankin.

Former Stevens Clerks Tell Us Their Strongest Memories of 'One of a Kind' Mentor

July 17, 2019

Professor Andrew Siegel says Justice John Paul Stevens offered a "master class in grace and tenacity."

Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, Who Led Liberal Wing, Dies at 99

July 16, 2019

Professor Andrew Siegel remembers U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, for whom he clerked in 2000-01.

The Homelessness Crisis Is Getting So Bad That Cities Are Now Building Their Own Camps

July 16, 2019

Professor Sara Rankin says encampments aren't ideal but people have nowhere else to go.

Amazon Workers Plan Prime Day Strike at Minnesota Warehouse

July 15, 2019

Professor Charlotte Garden says punishing workers who strike is a violation of federal labor law.

'Why should I have to work on stilts?': the women fighting sexist dress codes

July 11, 2019

Professor Janet Ainsworth discusses her research into racist and sexist expectations for female employees.

Op-ed: Honor Our Stonewall Veterans by Being Your Most Queer Militant Self

June 28, 2019

Professor Dean Spade calls for collaborative work to help unmet survival needs in queer communities.

What Pete Buttigieg Has and Hasn't Done About Homelessness in South Bend

June 24, 2019

Professor Sara Rankin explains how the city's policies don't do enough to help unsheltered people.

Low level drug prosecutions

June 17, 2019

Professor Deborah Ahrens explains the reasons why prosecuting minor drug offenses don't help anyone.

Is a stepfather still a father? Court says yes, handing Seattle woman a win

June 15, 2019

Professor Deirdre Bowen says a woman's connection to her step-dad should be a "no-brainer."

7 Seattle hotels sued for alleged violations of Americans With Disabilities Act

June 13, 2019

Professor Brooke Coleman says lawsuits are an effective enforcement mechanism but are vulnerable to "perverse incentives."

Opinion analysis: Court carves out narrow role for state law on the outer continental shelf

June 11, 2019

Professor Andrew Siegel analyzes the Supreme Court's decision in a conflict between state and federal law.

Amazon Led a Tax Rebellion. A Year Later, Seattle Is Gridlocked

June 09, 2019

Professor Sara Rankin says Seattle has failed to unite the community around a plan for homelessness.

Seattle U prof on what to expect from the government's antitrust crackdown

June 05, 2019

Professor John Kirkwood says political pressure is mounting from both sides.

Protecting Trans Rights In 2019

June 04, 2019

Professor Dean Spade compares the Trump and Obama administrations in the treatment of trans people.

Opinion analysis: Administrative exhaustion is not jurisdictional for employment-discrimination plaintiffs

June 04, 2019

Professor Charlotte Garden recaps an employment discrimination ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court.

What is the most humane, cost effective way to end homelessness?

May 30, 2019

Professor Sara Rankin explains how homelessness is deeper than what most people can see.

Ideologically diverse 'Seattle is Dying' panel agrees city's actions not working

May 25, 2019

Professor Sara Rankin says evidence-based strategies, not emotional responses, are the solution to homelessness.

How Sylvia Rivera Created the Blueprint for Transgender Organizing

May 21, 2019

Professor Dean Spade says Sylvia Rivera pushed for democratization of the movement.

Why America Can't Solve Homelessness

May 19, 2019

Professor Sara Rankin said public officials are pressured to choose ineffective approaches to homelessness.

Scabby the Rat Is Under Attack—And Needs Our Help

May 16, 2019

Professor Charlotte Garden says the U.S. Supreme Court has reliably protected activities like picketing.

Where abortion could immediately be illegal if Roe v. Wade were overturned

May 16, 2019

Professor Deirdre Bowen says politicians feel the time is right to challenge constitutional precedent.

Labor Law Safeguards for Worker Lawsuits Imperiled at NLRB

May 14, 2019

Professor Charlotte Garden explains how the National Labor Relations Act protects workers from employer retaliation.

Justice Kavanaugh's Apple decision has 'shaken up' antitrust law

May 13, 2019

Professor John Kirkwood says antitrust enforcement got an unexpected boost from Justice Brett Kavanaugh in Apple App Store case.

Third Door Coalition plans to end chronic homelessness in King County in 5 years

May 13, 2019

Professor Sara Rankin's advocacy on homelessness inspired creation of the Third Door Coalition.

Uber and the doublespeak at the heart of Silicon Valley

May 10, 2019

Professor Charlotte Garden says federal labor law isn't affected by how states classify drivers.

Uber, Lyft Driver Strike Could Set Off Misclassification Minefield

May 08, 2019

Professor Charlotte Garden says employees are allowed to strike, but not independent contractors.

Uber's Arbitration Addiction Could Be Death by 60,000 Cuts

May 08, 2019

Professor Charlotte Garden says Uber might cry uncle on negotiating with individual drivers.

Bonney Lake Walmart's robot zips along in tech revolution that's raising big questions for workers

May 06, 2019

Professor Charlotte Garden says unions are even more vital as robots transform jobs done by humans.

These LGBTQ Activists Don't Want Queer and Trans People Serving in the Military

May 02, 2019

Professor Dean Spade says queer and trans military service is nothing to celebrate.

Boeing prepares for lawsuits

May 01, 2019

Professor Janet Ainsworth explains what liability corporate officers face on behalf of the companies they lead.

State universities may consider race and gender in admissions, hiring — and so might the City of Seattle

April 30, 2019

Professor Deirdre Bowen explains how the U.S. Supreme Court has refined the use of race in higher education admissions.

Opinion analysis: The meaning of consent to class arbitration

April 25, 2019

Professor Charlotte Garden analyzes the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Lamps Plus v. Varela.

Robert Chang and Sharon Sakamoto, Citizenship Question On the 2020 Census Reaches the Supreme Court

April 23, 2019

Professor Robert Chang explains how the promise of census anonymity failed Japanese Americans in World War II.

Accountability Requires Tenacity

April 23, 2019

Professor Brooke Coleman reviews proposed changes to the code of conduct for federal judges.

Argument analysis: Employment discrimination law’s “natural experiment”

April 23, 2019

Professor Charlotte Garden looks at Fort Bend County v. Davis, a U.S. Supreme Court case about Title VII.

Mueller Report a hot topic on university campuses

April 18, 2019

Professor Andrew Siegel says the consequences of the Mueller Report will depend on political will.

Local officials say Mueller report may be just the start of saga

April 17, 2019

Professor Andrew Siegel comments on the extent to which the Mueller Report will likely be redacted.

Japanese American Incarceration Survivors, Muslim Group Oppose Census Citizenship Question

April 10, 2019

Professor Robert S. Chang explains why Japanese American and Muslim communities oppose a citizenship question on the U.S. Census.

Cruel and Unusual: Martin v. Boise confronts excuses and demands action

April 10, 2019

Professor Sara Rankin debunks the myth that homelessness is a choice.

Argument preview: The interplay of state and federal law on the outer continental shelf

April 09, 2019

Professor Andrew Siegel previews and analyzes a states' rights case at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Argument preview: The interplay of state and federal law on the outer continental shelf

April 09, 2019

Professor Andrew Siegel analyzes a case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.

2019's Best Cheap Car Insurance in Washington

April 08, 2019

Professor W.H. (Joe) Knight offers thoughts on what affects insurance rates in Washington.

Lawmakers hear from experts after KOMO special

April 03, 2019

Professor Sara Rankin tells lawmakers that ending homelessness is a shared interest.

Seattle Has the Solution to Chronic Homelessness–We Just Need to Bring It to Scale

April 01, 2019

Professor Sara Rankin co-authors an essay calling for more permanent supportive housing.

Seattle Labor Unions Then and Now

March 26, 2019

Professor Charlotte Garden offers observations on the current state of labor organizing in Seattle.

King County prosecutors help cut 'breathtaking' prison sentence

March 26, 2019

This story profiles a woman whose sentence was cut in half with help from Vice Dean Paul Holland and his clinic students.

Homeless Bill of Rights Fizzles Out This Session but Advocates Continue to Lay Groundwork

March 22, 2019

Story cites Professor Sara Rankin as an early proponent of protective legislation.

Franchisers Ask EEOC for Anti-Harassment Guidance Post #MeToo

March 22, 2019

Professor Charlotte Garden says franchisers want to avoid joint employer liability when dealing with franchisees’ anti-harassment policies.

Legal pot: Why minorities say they're being left out of the money

March 20, 2019

Professor Steven Bender says the third generation of marijuana legalization is race consciousness.

Why a Big Tech Breakup Looks Better to Washington

March 17, 2019

Public sentiment toward Amazon has changed, says Professor Julie Shapiro.

Dozens of Class Actions Build on Supreme Court's 'Janus' Union Ruling

March 14, 2019

Refunds of dues would be an existential threat to unions, says Professor Charlotte Garden.

Someone's Going to Get Killed Charging Those E-Scooters

March 12, 2019

Professor Charlotte Garden says workers need companies to create better working conditions.

Breaking up Amazon: Is it even possible? Imagining the tech giant under a U.S. antitrust crackdown

March 12, 2019

Professor John Kirkwood comments on the difficulty of breaking off businesses from Amazon.

Uber to Pay $20 Million to Settle Driver Classification Suit

March 12, 2019

Professor Charlotte Garden says the settlement is reasonable but doesn't resolve driver status.

Judges' trips to Costa Rica have the 'potential to be very serious,' ethics expert says

March 08, 2019

Ethics expert Professor John Strait says there's a high burden of proof in ethics investigations.

From 'evil empire' to model citizen? How Microsoft's good deeds work to its competitive advantage

March 07, 2019

John Kirkwood said the collective reach and power of the country's top five tech companies warrants "careful scrutiny."

Google Will Stop Making Employees Waive Class Action Rights

February 21, 2019

Professor Charlotte Garden says the company's move is a "major step forward."

In Seattle, 1 in 5 people booked into jail are homeless

February 19, 2019

Social services would be more effective and less costly than jail, says Professor Sara Rankin.

Bezos Blackmail and First Amendment

February 08, 2019

Professor Bryan Adamson explains how the First Amendment doesn't protect blackmail.

What does a federal lawsuit mean for Seattle's safe injection sites?

February 08, 2019

Professor Deborah Ahrens contrasts support for marijuana legalization with attitudes toward opioids.

Amazon Workers Are Denouncing Unions by Using Suspiciously Similar Tweets, but It's Apparently Not Coordinated

February 06, 2019

Professor Charlotte Garden says recruiting anti-union Twitter ambassadors would violate labor law.

Kelso teacher-student conflict poses question: Is online criticism bullying?

February 03, 2019

Professor Andrew Siegel says schools can discipline students for speech that disrupts the classroom.

Howard Schultz’s Presidential Run Could Hurt Starbucks

January 30, 2019

Professor Charles O'Kelley says Starbucks should aggressively separate from Howard Schultz to avoid politics.

Those Who Can Do — and Choose to Teach

January 22, 2019

Professor Steve Tapia describes how teaching can be more rewarding that working in business.

Death to Scabby: Trump Labor Counsel Wants Protest Icon Deflated

January 22, 2019

Scabby the giant inflatable rat has a venerable history in the labor movement, says Professor Charlotte Garden.

America's Teachers Are Furious

January 22, 2019

Professor Charlotte Garden says the L.A. teachers' strike could be a pivotal moment in modern labor activism.

Could WA politicians force Trump's hand on tax returns?

January 16, 2019

Professor Andrew Siegel says Washington could lead the way on requiring the release of presidential tax returns.

Women Now Run the Military-Industrial Complex. That’s Nothing To Celebrate.

January 12, 2019

Professor Dean Spade says feminism is being co-opted to sell a violent institution.

Restaurateur Chad Mackay sees opportunity for nimble, regional players

January 11, 2019

Feature story mentions Seattle U Law's Third Door Coalition to end homelessness.

More Minority Women Ascend to Law Dean Jobs

January 10, 2019

A conference established by Seattle University School of Law has helped minority women prepare for law school leadership.

Jeff Bezos' divorce could soon make MacKenzie Bezos one of Amazon's biggest shareholders

January 10, 2019

Professor Deirdre Bowen says Washington law would likely govern the Bezos divorce.

Does Gov. Inslee's marijuana pardon measure not go far enough?

January 10, 2019

Professor Deborah Ahrens says the state should be more proactive in clearing marijuana convictions.

Director's Corner: We care more about optics than homeless people

January 02, 2019

Professor Sara Rankin is quoted in this editorial criticizing Seattle's strategy to combat homelessness.