2021 News

Dean Annette Clark receives Passing the Torch Award

October 08, 2021

Washington Women Lawyers (WWL) selected Dean Annette Clark '89 as the 2021 recipient of the Justice Mary Fairhurst Passing the Torch Award, which recognizes an individual who has gone above and beyond in mentoring women lawyers and making a difference in the legal community.

New scholarship helps formerly incarcerated students come full circle

October 06, 2021

Thanks to DuBois's advocacy and generosity, Seattle University School of Law launched the Full Circle Scholarship, which provides $5,000 each year for a student whose life has been directly impacted by the criminal justice system, with a preference for students who have been incarcerated themselves.

Scholarship recipients find motivation close to home

October 01, 2021

Ana Hernández-Zamudio and Zulen Pantoja-Ortega were named the 2021 Scholars for Justice, an honor that goes to students committed to working in public interest. Molly Gunther received the 2021 Douglas R. Nash Native American Law Scholarship, given to an enrolled member of an Indian tribe (or lineal descendant of an enrolled member). The awards are three-year, full-tuition scholarships that recognize outstanding law students.

2021 Gregoire Fellows help diversify legal profession

September 21, 2021

First-year students Emery Birch, Betsy Castro, and Halley Cody were selected as Seattle University School of Law's 2021 Gregoire Fellows. The program recognizes students for their academic and professional achievements, unique perspectives, and leadership potential to diversify the legal profession and law schools in Washington.

President Peñalver welcomes law students to Seattle University

August 19, 2021

In his first address to students since becoming Seattle University’s leader in July, President Eduardo Peñalver welcomed the School of Law’s incoming students with an inspiring reminder about the role lawyers play in society.

Seattle U Law dean announces departure

August 16, 2021

Annette Clark '89 will leave her position next June after almost a decade at the helm

Recent grad earns fellowship to help essential workers with pandemic struggles

August 05, 2021

As the Essential Worker Fellow, Rodriguez will work directly with food service workers who have been denied unemployment benefits or asked to repay benefits. Her role will include community outreach and direct representation of workers in hearings. The fellowship will focus on low-income communities of color who have been impacted most by the COVID-19 shutdowns.

Halliburton granted emeritus status

July 01, 2021

Christian Halliburton joined the faculty in 2002 and served as the faculty director of the law school's Alaska Program from 2015 to 2020.

Bannai, now retiring, combined teaching skills with zealous advocacy

June 14, 2021

As a professor of lawyering skills and director of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, Lorraine Bannai spent 25 of her 41 teaching years at Seattle University School of Law. As a lawyer, she helped reopen the case of Fred Korematsu and often speaks on the atrocity of Japanese American incarceration during World War II.

Grad works for 'a better tomorrow'

June 04, 2021

Makayla Gustafson, citizen of Tlingit and Haida Tribal Nation, was inspired to attend law school and seek a career as a lawyer by her great-great-great grandfather.

Laurel Oates, founder of modern legal writing education, retires

May 25, 2021

Professor Laurel Currie Oates retired this year, prompting well wishes from colleagues and reflections on her tremendous impact on legal education throughout the course of her career.

Native grad's law school journey is a story of resilience

May 21, 2021

Congratulations to Brittany Jones, citizen of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, on obtaining her law degree from Seattle University School of Law.

Rules, rules, and italics: Professor Shapiro's lessons in law

May 06, 2021

Julie Shapiro taught family law, civil procedure, and self-reflection.

Seattle U Law names new acting director of acclaimed legal clinic

April 29, 2021

Seattle University School of Law has named Carwina Weng as a visiting clinical professor of law and acting director of the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic.

Rideout retires after four decades of training lawyers how to write

April 23, 2021

After 40 years of teaching law students advanced legal writing concepts, Rideout will take his own advice to "get out of here" as he retires next month.

New course connects students in Seattle and Morocco to explore restorative justice

April 07, 2021

A pioneering partnership between Seattle University School of Law and Moulay Ismail University in Morocco will teach law students about transitional justice, in which countries confront their own histories of human rights violations and move toward national healing.

New attorneys join Incubator Program

March 18, 2021

Seattle U Law's innovative Incubator Program, which supports alumni as they build solo or small law practices, entered its eighth year with a new group of entrepreneurial attorneys.

Seattle U Law launches Flex JD Program for part-time law students

March 09, 2021

Significant changes to Seattle University School of Law’s part-time program will provide greater access and make it more feasible for students with work and family commitments to earn a law degree.

Seattle U Law welcomes two new professors

January 29, 2021

Seattle University School of Law is pleased to announce the addition of two Ivy League law professors to its faculty.

Clark joins law deans around the country in denouncing Jan. 6 attack

January 12, 2021

The deans' joint statement reads, in part, "The violent attack on the Capitol was an assault on our democracy and the rule of law."

Seattle U Law welcomes Nikkita Oliver to teach course on police, prison abolition

January 11, 2021

Racial justice will be a prominent theme of the course, since prison incarceration disproportionately affects Black, brown, and indigenous communities, as well as queer and trans communities of color. Oliver said the 30-person class will encourage students to engage in deep political and social analysis of the law and its impact on communities.

Kristin DiBiase joins law school as new associate dean for student affairs

January 11, 2021

"Seattle U Law's reputation for social justice advocacy; innovative legal writing, academic support, and bar preparation programs; and talented faculty and staff made the decision nearly effortless."