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Political strategist and commentator Donna Brazile talks with Student Bar Association President Malou Chavez after a presentation at the law school. Brazile gave a candid and poignant talk as part of the of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon, which the law school cosponsored with the King County Bar Association.  Brazile is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, a syndicated newspaper columnist for United Media, a columnist for Ms. Magazine, and an on-air contributor to CNN, NPR and ABC. She worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000. She was campaign manager for former Vice President Al Gore, becoming the first African-American woman to manage a presidential campaign. (Photo by Steve Shelton.)

Margaret Chon installed as Horowitz Chair for the Pursuit of Justice

Professor Margaret Chon was installed as the Donald and Lynda Horowitz Chair for the Pursuit of Justice March 4 with a lecture on Intellectual Property Equality. She holds the first endowed chair at Seattle University School of


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Professor Margaret Chon smiles at remarks from Professor Ruth Okediji of the University of Minnesota School of Law. Provost Isiaah Crawford is at right. (Photo by Steve Shelton)

Her lecture explored how intellectual property and equality are mostly non-overlapping legal fields and have different discourses, epistemic communities and pedigrees. She illustrated some of the complex ways in which distributive justice may be encouraged or constrained within global intellectual property regulatory frameworks. Ruth Okediji, the William L. Prosser Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota School of Law, provided the introduction, calling Chon an inspiration. Okediji is one of the country’s leading authorities on international intellectual property law.


Donald and Lynda Horowitz established the chair to assure that pursuing justice will be an enduring value and ongoing activity at the School of Law. Don Horowitz has been practicing law and working in the justice system since his graduation from Yale Law School in 1959, including serving as a King County Superior Court Judge. He is a member of the Seattle University Board of Trustees. Lynda Horowitz worked as a psychiatric social worker for clients of Associated Counsel for the Accused.


View the video from Chon’s presentation.

Law school leads efforts to ensure civil legal representation and access to justice

Attorneys committed to ensuring that low-income people receive crucial legal services in civil matters gathered at the School of Law in February to collaborate and brainstorm ways to provide equal access to counsel.
The in-depth symposium, Civil Legal Representation and Access to Justice: Breaking Point or Opportunity for Change, drew an overflow crowd to hear some of the most experienced and committed lawyers, academics and lawmakers in the country. The next day, a diverse group convened to take steps toward establishing a civil right to counsel in Washington.


The conference, a project of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality at the School of Law, was co-sponsored by Washington’s three law schools. It grew out of the commitment of clinical professors Lisa Brodoff and Raven Lidman from the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic at Seattle U School of Law and their work with the Committee for Indigent Representation and Civil Legal Equality (CIRCLE) at the Northwest Justice Project.


“This was about learning and doing,” said Lisa Brodoff, who is now director of the Peterson clinic. “We don’t want to just talk about these issues, but really come up with answers and a plan to make civil Gideon a reality."


The work group, comprised of representatives from CIRCLE, the Korematsu initiative and others, reached consensus on core principles, including that access to justice is a fundamental right, and that representation should be guaranteed when needed to secure a fair determination by a Washington tribunal. Participants concluded that counsel is particularly important in cases involving access to housing or sustenance, or issues related to personal safety, health or the well-being of children.


Their conversation came after a day packed with distinguished speakers highlighting the problems, including a keynote address by State Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Madsen.


Much of the program planning was done by Seattle University School of Law graduates Sabrina Andrus ’08, Project Coordinator for NJP’s Committee for Indigent Representation and Civil Legal Equality, and Erin Shea McCann ’07, an Equal Justice Works Fellow at Columbia Legal Services working on securing better legal representation for children involved in abuse and neglect proceedings.

Two new professors join faculty in fall 2010

Two new professors will join the Seattle University School of Law faculty in the fall in the areas of trusts and estates and legal writing, further strengthening the outstanding pool of teacher-scholars available to students.


John EasonProfessor John Eason plans to join the faculty from Tulane University Law School, where he has taught since 2000. Before that, he was in private practice for six years at a firm in Greensboro, North Carolina. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of federal taxation, trusts and estates, nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations, asset protection, elder law and property. He graduated summa cum laude from Duke University School of Law and graduated first in his class in his LL.M. taxation program at the University of Florida College of Law, where he also taught.


Eason was a visiting professor at the University of Leiden International Tax Center in the Netherlands and taught in Tulane’s International Business Law summer program in London. His scholarly articles have appeared in prestigious publications, including the Cardoza, Fordham, UC Davis, Wake Forest and Washington and Lee law reviews. He has given more than 20 presentations at legal conferences at various law schools, including New York University School of Law, Marquette and Fordham.


Sara RankinAssistant Professor of Lawyering Skills Sara Rankin has been a legal writing instructor at DePaul College of Law. Formerly a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and an assistant general counsel for a national accounting firm and associate at Sidley Austin, she has extensive experience handling complex commercial litigation matters. Also an experienced immigration lawyer, she founded a program to support attorneys handling pro bono asylum and immigration law cases in partnership with the National Immigrant Justice Center. Her areas of interest include education reform, clinical education, immigration and asylum law, alternative dispute resolution, as well as the dynamics between law, race, culture and gender. She earned her J.D. from New York University and a M.Ed. from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Career fair helps students look beyond the traditional

Representatives from companies and agencies ranging from Microsoft, Liberty Mutual and Boeing to the Drug Enforcement Agency, Seattle Police Department and the IRS were on hand to talk with students about careers they can pursue outside of traditional law practice at an innovative program March 25.


The Beyond the Traditional Career Fair was organized by the School of Law’s Center for Professional Development. The law school is committed to helping students pursue and prepare for a variety of careers that make use of the training received in law school. Careers ranging from business management to investigation are available to students, and this fair introduced them to an array of opportunities.

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From left: Basil Sitaras, City Bar Young Lawyer Committee; Stephen Broer, City Bar Young Lawyer Committee Chair; team members Meredith Dishaw, Ursula Owen, Ryan Rautio, and Coach Jeffrey Dickey ’09

Law school team wins national Best Brief honors

A team from Seattle University School of Law won the Best Brief in the National Moot Court Competition. Team members bested 28 teams from 14 regions across the country. More than 500 students from 118 law schools competed in the preliminary rounds.


This year's National Moot Court Competition presented two issues not yet decided by the United States Supreme Court:

  • Does the imposition of a life sentence without the possibility of parole on a juvenile offender convicted in a non-homicide crime violate the Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause of the 8th Amendment to the United States Constitution?
  • What standard should the court apply when deciding a motion to change venue in which the defendant argues that she cannot receive a fair trial in the current forum?

The final round was judged by a panel of distinguished members of the Bar and bench, with Hon. Susan P. Read, of the New York State Court of Appeals, presiding.

Minority Bar associations recognize law school, center directors

Seattle University School of Law was named Partner of the Year by the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington. The award recognizes a business, law firm or organization that demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to the profession, to diversity and to the advancement of the Latina/o community.


“The law school’s steadfast and long-term commitment to academic excellence and education for justice, to diversity and to its community is unsurpassed,” said Patricia Lally, LBAW president.


“The law school’s legal clinics, institutes and centers also demonstrate its commitment to providing access to justice by offering free legal services to our most vulnerable and underserved populations.”


At other events, Professor Robert Chang received the President’s Award from the Korean American Bar Association of Washington, and Doug Nash received the President’s Award from the Northwest Indian Bar Association. Chang is director of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality. Nash is director of the Center for Indian Law and Policy.

AnnexAnnex construction nears completion

Construction is on track, and the School of Law Annex will be open this summer.


The Annex will be the new home for the law school's thriving clinical and externship programs, providing needed classrooms and offices. The School of Law Annex, located at 1215 E. Columbia St., also will have a multipurpose room for law school events and a larger space for student journals. The former facilities warehouse, which is less than a block from Sullivan Hall, has been transformed into a state-of-the-art academic building. This LEED-certified building will provide the space necessary to enable faculty and students to live out the law school’s commitments to service, advocacy and the production and dissemination of knowledge.


Get updates and view photos of the construction progress.

ARC endowment gets another boost from anonymous donor

The anonymous donor who has made such a difference in the lives of students supported by the law school’s Academic Resource Center has made another significant gift, bringing his total donation this fiscal year to more than $1 million and the total ARC endowment to a phenomenal $8.5 million.


The endowment provides annual scholarships for students admitted through the Access Admission Program. The program admits a group of promising students each year  who don’t meet traditional admission criteria, and the ARC ensures they succeed. ARC students and alumni excel academically and are leaders in the law school and the legal community.


“There aren’t enough ways to say thank you to this remarkable donor, whose support of our ARC program helps makes law school a reality for students who are committed to bettering the legal profession,” Interim Dean Annette Clark said.


The ARC program was recently profiled in a poignant column “True Grit” by Washington State Bar President Sal Mungia in the Washington State Bar News.

Alumni participation key to SU Law at Work Challenge, Annual Fund success

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language defines participation as: The act of taking part or sharing in something.


Seattle University School of Law expands on that definition this way: Many individuals, with diverse interests, taking part in the mission and work of Seattle University School of Law through the sharing of personal resources.


Even under the most basic of definitions, participation evokes thoughts and ideas of sharing and taking part in something bigger than oneself.  Those ideas are the foundation of Seattle University School of Law’s Annual  Fund for Excellence.


Sabrina Andrus“The law school is very meaningful to me. I cannot contribute much financially, but I participate in the annual fund because I believe it is important to pay forward, for the benefit of current students, all that the law school gave to me,” Sabrina Andrus ’08.


The Annual Fund for Excellence offers everyone the opportunity to have a direct and far-reaching impact on the faculty and students. Whether making a gift of $10, $100, or $1,000, the participation of alumni in the annual fund has a ripple effect far past the immediate support of the law school.

  • One of the measures of top law schools is alumni giving participation rates. As our ranking rises, the value of a Seattle University law degree increases.
  • Many individuals, organizations and foundations consider a law school’s alumni participation rate when awarding grants. A high rate of participation is a vote of confidence that is heard clearly by potential investors.
  • Seattle University School of Law is increasingly known nationally and internationally. For our profile to continue to grow, alumni participation must meet or surpass that at similar educational institutions.

Another way for alumni to participate is by taking part in SU Law at Work, a program run by the Office of Advancement and alumni volunteers in hopes of increasing alumni participation.  It is the renamed Law Firm Challenge, which was created last year to build a permanent network between alumni, Seattle University School of Law, and firms and other organizations that hire SU graduates.


This year, the program was expanded to include agencies and companies that benefit from the valuable contributions of our alumni. Participants are: Davis Wright Tremaine LLP; Eisenhower & Carlson, PLLC; Foster Pepper PLLC; Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP; K & L Gates; Microsoft; Ogden Murphy Wallace, PLLC; Perkins Coie LLP and the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office.


SU Law at Work, along with the overall Annual Fund for Excellence, is about connecting with the law school in support of its mission of educating outstanding lawyers who are leaders for a just and humane world.


Make a gift online and read more about ways to support Seattle University School of Law.


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