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Bar presidents visit law school
Karen Mathis, center, president of the American Bar Association, and Ellen Conedera Dial, left, president of the Washington State Bar Association, joined Dean Kellye Testy and others for a luncheon at the law school to discuss youth at risk. Mathis was at Seattle University for the Youth at Risk symposium sponsored by the WSBA.


Dean honored for service, becomes host of TV show
Dean Kellye Testy will be honored for her commitment to justice at the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association Law Day Dinner May 1. Testy will receive the Public Justice Award, which recognizes an individual or organization whose efforts, courage, litigation or innovative work results in the creation of a more just society. The dinner and awards feature Sen. John Edwards as the keynote speaker.

The dean also is the new host of the TVW program “The Docket.” Each month, the show explores the court rulings, law school activities and other legal issues. To view the April episode, please click here.

Brandt GoldsteinLaw school hosts social justice retreat, speakers series
The law school was host for the ninth annual Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Law Retreat in March. With the theme Justice Across Borders, participants focused on public interest lawyering that crosses international boundaries, with an emphasis on the challenges and satisfaction of representing clients who are not U.S. citizens.  The keynote speaker was Brandt Goldstein, author of “Storming the Court,” the compelling story of the law students and human rights advocates who filed suit against the first Bush and Clinton administrations to free HIV-positive Haitian refugees detained at Guantanamo Bay during the 1990s. 
Other speakers of note this spring included Kenji Yoshino, professor of law and deputy dean for Intellectual Life at Yale Law School, and Devon Carbado, associate professor at UCLA School of Law.

Law school hosts first golf tourney
Seattle University School of Law, in connection with the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, will host a golf tournament Friday, May 25, at the Golf Club at Newcastle. The tournament features an ethics CLE, gifts and tee prizes, 18-hole scramble format, carts and range balls, continental breakfast, lunch and awards banquet. All donations in support of this event are
tax deductible and your gift contributes to the future success of SU Law. For more information and registration, please click here.

Former U.S. Attorney John McKay one of many new professors
The law school has recruited some outstanding visiting and full-time faculty members as visitors this spring and as full-time faculty next fall.

Former U.S. Attorney John McKay will teach National Security Law and Constitutional Law of Terrorism. McKay has been at the center of the controversy of the firings of eight U.S. attorneys, but he says he is now more interested in focusing on his students.

Bob Boruchowitz, who was director of The Defender Association for nearly 28 years, joined the law school as a visiting professor in the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic this spring.

The law school also has hired several top-notch faculty for next year.

New career faculty:

  • Deborah Ahrens (Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure Investigative, Sentencing & Plea Bargaining)
  • Tayyab Mahmud (Contracts)
  • Andrew Siegel (Constitutional Law, US Supreme Court Seminar, 14th Amendment Seminar)

New legal writing faculty:

  • Deirdre Bowen
  • Norman Printer

Visiting faculty:

  • Marcy Peek (Contracts, Race and the Law, Information Privacy)
  • Bob Boruchowitz (Youth Advocacy Clinic, Law & the Holocaust Seminar)
  • Bradford Steiner (Legal writing)
  • Edwin Abuya from Kenya (Legal Writing)
  • Steve Shiffrin  (First Amendment Seminar, Constitutional & Political Theory Seminar)
  • Janice Mueller (Intellectual Property, Patent and Trade Secret Law)
  • Elizabeth Ford (Mediation Clinic)


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