Amicus Brief

Upcoming Events
Friday, January 25
Preparing for Mediation – It's Not What It Used to Be

Friday, February 1
Maximizing Case Potential:  Preparing Persuasive Presentation

Friday, Saturday, February 8, 9
Brown Undone?  The Future of Integration in Seattle After PICS v SSD No. 1

Friday, February 22
Supporting Sustainable Business Practices Through Law

Thursday, February 28
Making a Difference:  Using Your Law Degree to Make a Better Place No Matter Where You go in Your Career and Life

Friday, February 29
A Public Policy Forum:  What Is To Be Done With “Terrorists?”

Friday, March 7
Pluralism, Religion and the Law

Friday, April 25
Law School 35th Anniversary
Celebration Gala

Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA

Saturday, May 17
SU School of Law Graduation
Safeco Field, Seattle, WA

For more detailed information about events and programs at the law school, please click here.

Upcoming Events
As members of a diverse and vibrant
alumni community, we hope you will become engaged in shaping the law school’s present and future by contributing and getting involved in the life of your
school. Check out some of our opportunities to get involved.

Upcoming Events
To inquire about alumni event registration, benefits, services and involvement, please feel free to contact:

Grace A. Greenwich
Director of Alumni Relations

Miranda B. Lucker
Alumni Relations Associate

Seattle University School of Law
Office of Alumni Relations
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122
Tel.: (206) 398-4600
Fax: (206) 398-4310



January 2008

Grace Greenwich


Message from the Director

Happy New Year and welcome to the inaugural issue of Amicus Brief, a publication launched to keep you, our valued alumni, connected to your law school. Amicus Brief will ensure you are informed of the latest news and events at the law school and celebrate the leadership and accomplishments of our alumni.

Enjoy this issue’s profile on alumnus Craig Sims ’97. If you are practicing in public interest, be sure to read the article on the Cost Reduction Act. It has important information on recent changes to the Loan Repayment Assistance Program. Also, find out how you can join the Public Interest Law Alumni Committee to create a platform for discussion about social justice issues with alumni colleagues and mentor law students. You can also learn about the activities in different bar associations.

Please let me know if you have ideas for this newsletter. I hope to see you all at our 35th anniversary gala celebration at Benaroya Hall on April 25. It will be a wonderful night!

Grace A. Greenwich
Director of Alumni Relations

Alumni News Section

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April 25 Gala Celebration
Seattle University School of Law will celebrate 35 years of standing for excellence and reaching for justice with a gala celebration Friday, April 25, at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle.

The evening will feature The Seattle Symphony Orchestra performing Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait,” under the direction of Music Director Gerard Schwarz with a special guest narrator. A formal dinner and dancing will follow.

Watch your mail for a formal invitation. For more information, contact 35th anniversary coordinator Eva Mitchell at

The Gala Committee includes Marlys ’82 and Ralph Palumbo, co-chairs; Joe and Terri Gaffney; Lucy ’77 and Paul Isaki; Martha Kongsgaard ’84 and Peter Goldman ’84; John McKay; Sim Osborn ’84 and Monica Hart; Tony ’07 and Mitra Ravani; Stu ’78 and Lee Rolfe; Professor Emeritus Dick and Trish Settle and the Honorable Mary Yu.

College Cost Reduction and Access Act
In October the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 (HR 2669) was signed into law.

This is good news for those in nonprofit or government careers, including public interest law services. It puts an annual limit on loan payments for borrowers with high educational debt compared to income level and helps borrowers who are employed in public service make affordable monthly payments over a period of 10 years. After 10 years of payments, the federal government will forgive the eligible federal educational debt that remains.

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Craig Sims '97: 
Answering his Call to Law
Q & A with Alumni Relations Director
Grace Greenwich

Craig Sims ’97 is a successful graduate with a decade of experience as a prosecutor who is about to transition into private practice. Deeply committed to the law school, he talks about his most memorable moments in law school, his practice and what inspires him.

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Bar Scene

Seattle University School of Law has always been an ardent supporter of the various bar associations in Washington State. We look forward to featuring The Bar Scene in this publication providing you with upcoming events, programs and news. Please help us keep your fellow alumni informed by sending us information about what’s coming up in your bar associations to

Thursday, January 24
KCBA will host its annual YLD Winter Social, featuring a festive evening filled with friends, delicious hors d’oeuvres and refreshing beverages. Benaroya Hall, Seattle.

Latina/o Bar Association of Washington
Friday, January 25
LBAW is looking forward to hosting their 16th Annual Awards & Scholarship Fundraiser Dinner. This year’s theme will be “Our Movement/Nuestro Movimiento.” The President and General Counsel of MALDEF, John Trasvina, will be the keynote speaker. Seattle Waterfront Marriot.             

Friday, February 8
The ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession presents the Minority Bar Leaders Luncheon in Los Angeles, CA. 

Korean American Bar Association
Thursday, February 21
The Korean American Bar Association will host their 8th Annual Dinner. Seattle Sheraton Hotel, Metropolitan Ballroom B, Seattle.

Legal Foundation of Washington
Friday, February 29

The 22nd Annual Goldmark Award Luncheon will honor John and Mike McKay with the Charles A. Goldmark Distinguished Service Award. Seattle Sheraton Hotel.

Classnote Update Section

We want to celebrate your accomplishments and developments with the alumni community through our Class Notes section in our upcoming communications. If you have a Class Notes item, e-mail the information and a photo to

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Become Engaged in the Life of Your Law School
As members of a diverse and vibrant alumni community, we hope you will become engaged in shaping the law school’s present and future by contributing and getting involved in the life of your school.

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Standing for excellence. Reaching for justice