2014 News

Law school wins ABA approval for Alaska satellite campus

December 10, 2014

Third-year law students will study and work in Anchorage in fall 2015, now that the American Bar Association has approved Seattle University School of Law's satellite campus there.

International Human Rights Clinic joins fight to stop Nicaragua canal

December 08, 2014

A petition, submitted to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, D.C, demands that Nicaragua perform comprehensive impact assessments and obtain the full consent of indigenous and Afro-Caribbean communities who live along the planned route.

SU Law grad earns first-ever federal Indian Country fellowship

December 05, 2014

Charisse Arce will be the Gaye L. Tenoso Indian Country Legal Fellow, part of the U.S. Attorney General's Honors Program. She will be appointed to a three-year term position in the United States Attorney's Office in the District of Arizona, where she will be assigned to the district's Indian Country Crime Section.

Law school's FMOP partners with city on foreclosure video

December 01, 2014

Seattle University School of Law and the City of Seattle Office of Housing today released a short educational video on the foreclosure process in Washington State and the free resources that are available to assist struggling homeowners. The video, "Plain Talk about Foreclosure," is available online.

SU student named 2015 Goldmark Equal Justice Intern

November 26, 2014

Ingrid R. Zerpa will complete a paid, 10-week summer internship with Successful Transition and Reentry (STAR) Project in Walla Walla, Washington.

Professor Paula Lustbader honored for academic support work

November 21, 2014

A passionate advocate for opening law school to members of underrepresented groups and diversifying the legal profession, she will be recognized with the Academic Support Award from the Association of American Law Schools.

Professor Silverman named faculty director of Indian law center

November 19, 2014

Silverman is an enrolled member of the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut. He is also an active tribal judge, who for the past 15 years has sat as an appellate justice on tribal courts throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Alumni win election to numerous judicial positions

November 19, 2014

In the most recent general election, countless graduates were on the ballot for judicial positions. In King County alone, 19 of the 38 judicial candidates were SU Law graduates, and 17 were victorious.

Apply by Dec. 8 for 2015 Low Bono Incubator Program

November 17, 2014

The program is an innovative effort aimed at both serving the legal needs of moderate-income clients and nurturing the early careers of the law school's recent graduates.

Environmental law seminar sees river restoration work up close

October 31, 2014

On a rainy Saturday in October, a group of students left their laptops at Sullivan Hall, donned boots and wool caps, and made their way out to the Olympic Peninsula to witness the historic restoration efforts underway on the Elwha River. The students are learning about the restoration in a seminar called Advanced Environmental Law and Advanced Indian Law.

Professor Russell Powell appointed to university role

October 05, 2014

Seattle University appointed School of Law Professor Russell Powell as interim associate provost for global engagement. Powell has been at the law school since 2005. Much of his scholarship and other professional endeavors have been globally oriented.

Law student wins $10,000 grant for healthcare business

October 03, 2014

Law student Jeff Widmyer won a $10,000 grant from the Herbert B. Jones Foundation for completing a six-month mentoring program to develop his healthcare recruiting business, Ro Health.

Symposium imagines different future for Indian lands in trust

September 29, 2014

The care and keeping of 18 million acres of forest land, held in trust for Native Americans by the federal government for more than a century, will be the focus of an important symposium this week at Seattle University School of Law.

Law school offers space for King County juvenile diversion program

September 22, 2014

A life-changing program to divert youth from the criminal justice system now meets monthly at Seattle University School of Law.

Clinic helps innocent client obtain reparations from Mexican government

September 19, 2014

The Mexican government officially apologized to a man who was unjustly imprisoned for 12 years and was freed through the work of the law school's International Human Rights Clinic.

Law school program aids Seattle foreclosure prevention outreach

September 16, 2014

An attorney and students from the law school will aid city's effort to share free resources with struggling homeowners.

Native Law Scholarship renamed to honor Indian Law expert Doug Nash

September 10, 2014

The Native American Law Scholarship offered by Seattle University School of Law is now named for Douglas R. Nash, the founding director of the Center for Indian Law and Policy who retired in June.

Poetry in prisons led 2014 Scholar for Justice to law school

September 05, 2014

Susy Sobel is Seattle University School of Law's 2014 Scholar for Justice. The three-year, full-tuition scholarship goes to a student committed to public interest law, service and leadership, and academic excellence.

Law school receives award for fight against domestic violence

September 02, 2014

Seattle University School of Law is pleased to join other community leaders and advocates in receiving a Take Action Award from the King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Diverse class brings breadth of experience to law school

August 25, 2014

Seattle University School of Law remains the most diverse law school in the Northwest, with an incoming class that is 38 percent students of color and 52 percent women.

Rep. Adam Smith continues to push for release of clinic client Nestora Salgado

August 05, 2014

Congressman Adam Smith continues to push for the release of Nestora Salgado, who is represented by the law school's International Human Rights Clinic. Congressman Smith today spoke with U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Earl Anthony Wayne about Nestora Salgado's case

Faculty and staff directors and associate deans start new roles

July 01, 2014

Changes in key faculty and staff leadership positions at Seattle University School of Law take effect today.

Corporate law experts visit for Berle Symposium

June 18, 2014

Two internationally recognized experts in corporate law will headline a symposium next week hosted by Seattle University School of Law's Adolf A. Berle, Jr. Center on Corporations, Law & Society.

Latino students learn IP law through Microsoft program in D.C.

June 18, 2014

Three Seattle University School of Law students had an extraordinary opportunity to explore intellectual property law and make valuable career contacts through the HNBA/Microsoft IP Institute in Washington, D.C. in early June.

Rep. Adam Smith visits law school to demand justice for Nestora Salgado

June 16, 2014

Congressman Adam Smith joined advocates at Seattle University School of Law today to speak in strong support of Nestora Salgado-García, the U.S. citizen from Renton who has been illegally detained by Mexican authorities since August.

Professor Anne Enquist receives writing award at D.C. event

June 11, 2014

Receiving a prestigious national award for legal writing education, Professor Anne Enquist credited Dean Annette Clark and her colleagues at Seattle University School of Law.

Anchorage satellite campus will be at Alaska Pacific University

June 10, 2014

n another major step toward bringing legal education to Alaska, Seattle University School of Law has reached an agreement to house its satellite campus at Alaska Pacific University (APU).

Bree Black Horse '13 selected for federal clerkship

May 22, 2014

Bree Black Horse, a 2013 graduate of Seattle University School of Law, has received a prestigious federal clerkship working for the Honorable Brian Morris of the U.S. District Court in Great Falls, Montana.

Professors collaborate to examine costs of the death penalty

May 22, 2014

Professors from Seattle University and the School of Law received a $50,000 grant from the ACLU of Washington.

Lorena Gonzalez '05 named counsel to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

May 08, 2014

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray appointed civil rights attorney Lorena González '05 as Counsel to the Mayor.

Distinguished Jurist in Residence Mary Yu appointed to Supreme Court

May 01, 2014

Gov. Jay Inslee today appointed King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu to the Washington State Supreme Court. Yu will fill the seat of Justice Jim Johnson, who retired from the court earlier this week due to health issues.

Presidential fellowship allows law student to give back

May 01, 2014

Fatima Dilek dreamed of a career in the Foreign Service where she could use her abundant language skills. Now she's one step closer to that goal after winning a Presidential Management Fellowship.

Professor celebrates Philippines typhoon recovery on Earth Day

April 30, 2014

Cliff Villa, an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law and an attorney for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, traveled to the Philippines to mark the reopening of the School of the SEA (Sea and Earth Advocates).

Unjust arrest leads law student to work for public defense

April 28, 2014

Law school might seem like an unusual place for a rebel. But Chinn's experiences as an active anti-war protestor — including a false arrest by state police and the discovery of a double agent among his anarchist buddies — led him directly to Seattle University School of Law.

Law student receives prestigious Harvard fellowship

April 25, 2014

This fall, equipped with a newly earned J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, 3L Quinn Dennehy will begin a prestigious Zuckerman Fellowship at Harvard University, working toward a master's in education policy.

Foreclosure outreach project receives national recognition

April 24, 2014

A national clinical legal organization has recognized Seattle University School of Law's outstanding work in helping distressed homeowners facing foreclosure.

Leadership for Justice Fellow will reach out to incarcerated youth

April 23, 2014

Marisa Ordonia, who will graduate in May, was selected for the two-year fellowship to work with TeamChild on The ReConnect Project, which will work to help incarcerated youth returning to their communities through direct legal representation and policy work to break down legal and societal barriers to success.

Natasha Martin named one of most influential minority law professors

April 16, 2014

Associate Professor Natasha Martin has been named to Lawyers of Color's "50 under 50" list of minority law professors under age 50 making an impact in legal education. The magazine's 2014 issue is scheduled to be released in April.

Professor Kirkwood testifies before congressional committee

April 05, 2014

Professor John B. Kirkwood testified before a U.S. House Judiciary subcommittee on April 3 about a proposed bill that would require the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to challenge mergers in the same way.

Professor Won Kidane wins Fulbright Award to study, teach in Ethiopia

April 04, 2014

Professor Won Kidane, who is fast becoming one of the most well-known and prolific scholars in the areas of immigration law and international arbitration and litigation, has earned a prestigious Fulbright Award.

Law students help refugees stay in the United States

April 04, 2014

In mid-March, when many students were taking a welcome break from their studies, eight Immigration Clinic students were fighting for their clients in hearings at the federal Immigration Court at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. It was a week well spent: All five of their clients were granted the right to stay in the United States.

Clinic announces breakthrough in Renton woman's jailing in Mexico

April 04, 2014

Nestora Salgado-García of Renton, who has been illegally detained by Mexican authorities since August 2013, won an important victory in her struggle for freedom when a Mexican federal judge dismissed significant criminal charges against her.

Corporate Counsel Awards honor law alumni

March 25, 2014

Alumni of Seattle University School of Law are leaders within the local legal community, and the Puget Sound Business Journal has recognized their talents and contributions in the latest 2014 Corporate Counsel Awards.

Law school thanks Appeals Court Judge Robin Hunt for supporting externs

March 25, 2014

Judge J. Robin Hunt, an appellate court judge who has been devoted to nurturing aspiring lawyers through the Externship Program, will be honored by Seattle University School of Law.

Lorena González '05 selected for leadership fellowship

March 20, 2014

Nationally recognized civil rights attorney M. Lorena González '05 will travel the world as a Marshall Memorial Fellow. Dean Annette E. Clark '89 was among those who supported González's application for the competitive fellowship program.

Social justice champions Jim Degel '80 and Jeanne Berwick support equal justice leadership academy

March 17, 2014

Thanks to the generosity and laser-like focus on social justice of Jim Degel '80 and his wife, Jeanne Berwick, the Washington State Equal Justice Community Leadership Academy will complete its four-year plan to graduate over 100 individuals trained in the art and science of leading some of the state's most far-reaching equal justice programs.

Professor Anne Enquist honored with national legal writing award

March 11, 2014

Professor Anne Enquist, director of Seattle University School of Law's top-ranked Legal Writing program, is the 2014 recipient of the Burton Award for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education.

Legal Writing No. 1 again; Clinic ranked 18, and law school moves up overall

March 11, 2014

For the sixth consecutive year, Seattle University School of Law has the top Legal Writing Program in the nation, and its clinical and Part-Time Programs also are among the best, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2015 edition of Best Graduate Schools.

Seattle U students reach top eight teams for NALSA moot court

March 10, 2014

Jocelyn McCurtain and Drew Pollom advanced to the "Elite Eight" teams at the National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Competition.

Judge Anita Crawford-Willis '86 named Woman of the Year

March 06, 2014

Judge Anita Crawford-Willis '86, a respected member of the legal community who is devoted to nurturing student leaders, is the law school’s 2014 Woman of the Year.

Latina/o Community Awards honor friends, alumni

March 04, 2014

The three people honored by the Latina/o Law Student Association this year are powerful advocates and friends of the Latino community, whether they're fighting for a diverse curriculum in Arizona schools, helping families at risk of deportation, or volunteering time and expertise at a Spanish-English Legal Clinic.

Law school hosts Solo, Small, and Mid-Size Firm Career Fair

February 25, 2014

The event is an ideal way for practitioners to connect with talented law students seeking career advice and insight about practice areas. The fair is also an easy way to recruit legal interns.

Professor Robert Chang honored for his work on race and criminal justice

February 21, 2014

Professor Robert Chang, along with State Supreme Court Justice Steven González, will receive the 2014 Charles A. Goldmark Distinguished Service Award from the Legal Foundation of Washington for powerfully confronting racial disparity in the state's criminal justice system.

New clinic to help parents in prison stay connected to kids

February 21, 2014

Moms and dads serving time in prison will get legal assistance to keep their families together, as part of a new clinical course starting this fall at Seattle University School of Law.

Foreclosure documentary airs in Olympia

February 20, 2014

A film highlighting the personal stories of Northwest families facing foreclosure will be shown in Olympia as part of a program at Seattle University School of Law aimed at helping distressed homeowners.

Seattle University honors Lorena Gonzalez with Community Service Award

February 19, 2014

Nationally recognized civil rights attorney M. Lorena Gonzalez '05 will receive Seattle University's Community Service Award. A partner at Schroeter, Goldmark and Bender (SGB), she has built a successful career representing clients who have been persecuted by those in authority or seriously injured by negligence or misconduct.

Law student wins state approval for charter school

February 13, 2014

A state commission has approved seven new charter schools for Washington and one of them is the brainchild of a Seattle University School of Law student.

U.S. Sen. Murkowski, other experts confront challenges in the Arctic

February 08, 2014

Leading experts, lawmakers, scientists, and environmentalists, confronted the complicated and critical issues facing the future of the Arctic at a two-symposium hosted by Seattle University School of Law.

Associate Dean Paul Holland receives university's McGoldrick Fellowship

January 30, 2014

Professor Paul Holland, associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Law, is the 2014 recipient of the prestigious McGoldrick Fellowship.

Black Law Student Association honors alumni, friends

January 30, 2014

A federal judge devoted to enriching the lives and careers of students. A corporate lawyer working to improve labor relations. An administrative law judge building ties to South Africa. And a public defender who's spent considerable time giving back to her law school.

Experts will debate future of the Arctic at symposium Feb. 7-8

January 16, 2014

Leading experts, lawmakers, scientists, and environmentalists will gather at Seattle University for an in-depth symposium Feb. 7-8 to address the critical and complicated issues facing the Arctic.

Law school hosts meeting with EPA and community groups

January 13, 2014

The School of Law will host an important public meeting with senior staff from the Environmental Protection Agency and community groups working on environmental justice issues.

Professor Steven Bender receives Ferguson award for teaching and service

January 10, 2014

Professor Steven Bender, a widely published author and a national academic leader on immigration law and policy, will receive the Clyde Ferguson Award from the Minority Groups Section of the Association of American Law Schools.

Generous gift will fund two-year Leadership for Justice Fellowship

January 10, 2014

Thanks to the tremendous generosity of social justice champions Jim Degel '80 and his wife, Jeannie Berwick, Seattle University School of Law will offer a two-year Leadership for Justice post-graduate fellowship.

Civil rights pioneer Diane Nash visits law school

January 09, 2014

Civil rights pioneer and peace activist Diane Nash will visit Seattle University School of Law Jan. 17 in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Fe Lopez '06 appointed to new post in mayor's office

January 08, 2014

Fé Lopez, director of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund and a 2006 graduate of Seattle University School of Law, is the new director of the Seattle Community Police Commission.