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2009 News

Gavel UW Afghan Legal Educators Program Receives State Department Grant
The Afghan Legal Educators Program administered by the UW Asian Law Center will receive a $895,000 supplemental grant from the US Department of State to continue the support of Afghan law students and professors studying at the UW School of Law.
Gavel Jonathan Eddy to head Asian Law Center at the UW School of Law
Professor Jonathan Eddy has been appointed incoming director of the Asian Law Center by Dean Kellye Testy effective January 1, 2010.
Gavel Law School Hosts National Vaccine Court Forum
To address legal battles over vaccines and whether they lead to autism or other early childhood developmental disorders, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims set up the Office of Special Masters in 1986, informally known as the National Vaccine Court. The Chief Special Master of the court, Gary Golkiewicz, will join a panel of health law faculty from the University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital to discuss the role of the national vaccine court Tuesday, December 15 at 4:30 p.m.
Gavel Memories of Law School Inspire Van Wagenen Scholarship
Inspired by how a much-needed scholarship helped make the dream of law school a reality, UW School of Law alumnus Paul G. Van Wagenen '73 has made a gift establishing The Paul G. Van Wagenen Endowed Scholarship.
Gavel Examining Washington's Child Welfare Legal System
Should the legal standards for returning a child to their biological parents be the same as those that dictate removal? That is just one of the questions to be discussed at a forum sponsored by the UW School of Law Court Improvement Training Academy, "Child Safety, Best Interests, or Preserving Families?" Monday, December 7, 2009 from 10 AM - Noon in Kane Hall Room 225.
Gavel Gates Sr. Discusses His Book with Dean Testy
William H. Gates Sr. will discuss his recently published book, Showing Up for Life: Thoughts on the Gifts of a Lifetime, with UW School of Law Dean Kellye Y. Testy Monday, December 7 at 5 PM in William H. Gates Hall Room 138.
Gavel UW Law Students Advance to NY National Moot Court Competition
UW School of Law students Lisa Benedetti, Andrew Gardner, and Justin Andrews won the regional National Moot Court Competition last weekend and will represent UW at the National Finals, to be held in New York City in 2010.
Gavel Law Lecture Examines Kenyan Law and Justice Reform
The final installment of "Law Through Global Eyes Lecture Series", a UW School of Law lunchtime discussion series, will examine legal education for law and justice sector reforms in Kenya. The lecture will be given by Professor Patricia Kameri-Mbote from Kenya's Strathmore University on Monday, November 23, 12:30-1:20 PM, Room 119.
Gavel Law Lecture Examines Korean Economic Development
The third installment of "Law Through Global Eyes Lecture Series", a UW School of Law lunchtime discussion series, will examine Rostow's economic growth theory and its successful implementation in Korean economic development. The lecture will be given by Dr. Chan Jin Kim, who served as an economic administrator under Korean President Chung-Hee Park, on Friday, November 13, 12:30-1:20 PM, Room 117.
Gavel Visiting Professor Presents Lecture on Animal Cruelty Offenses
UW School of Law Rembe Visiting Professor Luis Chiesa will present a public lecture on the structure of animal cruelty offenses on Tuesday, November 17 at 4 PM in Room 138.
Gavel Law Lecture Examines Corporate Law in Emerging Economies
The second installment of "Law Through Global Eyes Lecture Series", a UW School of Law lunchtime discussion series, will examine corporate law in emerging economies. The lecture, will be given by Professor Amarsanaa Batbold, an assistant professor from National University of Mongolia and UW School of Law visiting scholar, on Monday, November 9, 12:30-1:20 PM, Room 119.
Gavel UW Law Students Present "Race and the Law Part II"
The UW Black Law Students Association is hosting a discussion at the UW School of Law by Eddie Moore, Jr., "Diversity, Privilege, and Leadership: Are We Making Any Progress in the 21st Century?" Monday, November 16 from 12:30 - 1:20 PM in Room 138.
Gavel UW School of Law Speaker Addresses Health Care Reform
Janet Varon, Executive Director, Northwest Health Law Advocates (NoHLA) will present "Systems Advocacy for Health Care Access" at the UW School of Law on Tuesday, November 10 from 12:30 - 1:20 PM in Room 133.
Gavel Lecture Series Looks at "Law Through Global Eyes"
The UW School of Law will host a series of lunchtime discussions, "Law Through Global Eyes Lecture Series" on such topics as economic development and law reform by comparative law scholars.
Gavel Law Lecture Examines Small Business Associations in Kenya
The first installment of "Law Through Global Eyes Lecture Series", a UW School of Law lunchtime discussion series, will examine the role of small business associations in Western Kenya in furthering economic development. The lecture will be given by Elin Cohen, a doctoral candidate (J.S.D.) from Stanford Law School, on Friday, November 6, 12:30-1:20 PM, Room 119 of William H. Gates Hall.
Gavel UW Law Students Advance to National Moot Court Competition
UW School of Law second-year law students Rob Misulich and Nick Williamson placed second in the regional finals of the 2009 Thomas Tang International Moot Court Competition and will advance to the national competition in Boston to be held in November.
Gavel UW School of Law 2009 Bar Exam Results
More than 87% of UW School of Law graduates passed the Summer 2009 Washington State Bar Exam, according to the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA).
Gavel Endowment Established for UW School of Law Library
UW law school alumnus Gerald (Jerry) Curtis '53 and his wife, Lucille, have established a generous endowment to support the Gallagher Law Library.
Gavel Endowed Professorship Honors UW Law Dean Emeritus Hjorth
Generous gifts from alumni and friends of the UW School of Law established the Dean Emeritus Roland L. Hjorth Endowed Professorship in recognition of Hjorth's 45 years of leadership and service to the school. The announcement of the professorship was made at Hjorth's retirement celebration on October 2, 2009.
Gavel Associate Dean Calandrillo to be Installed as Stone Professor of Law
UW School of Law Associate Dean Steve Calandrillo will be installed as a Charles I. Stone Professor of Law on Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 4 p.m. at William H. Gates Hall in Room 138. A reception will immediately follow.
Gavel UW's Founder of Environmental Law is First Costle Visiting Professor
UW School of Law Stimson Bullitt Professor of Law William Rodgers, who is widely recognized as the founder of environmental law, is the first Douglas Costle Chair Visiting Professor at Vermont Law School.
Gavel UW Law Students Take Climate Justice to Stanford, Europe
Two UW School of Law students have brought the issue of climate change as it relates to human rights to the forefront and are on the road presenting their work this week at Stanford Law School and next week in Europe.
Gavel Law School Hosts Review of Environmental Supreme Court Cases
As the 2009-2010 Supreme Court Term gets underway, the UW School of Law will host a half-day discussion on October 23 of the five environmental law cases heard by the court in the 2008-09 term, as well as previewing cases for 2009-10.
Gavel Law School Hosts Health Care Reform Discussion
The UW School of Law will host a lunchtime discussion on October 12 with health law faculty about the various health care reform bills currently before Congress.
Gavel UW Law Professor Joins International Regulatory Think Tank
UW School of Law Professor Taylor, director of the Asian Law Center, has been appointed as the Head of the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) at the Australian National University.
Gavel UW Law School Partner Responds to Indonesian Earthquake
Uplift International, a Seattle-based NGO and partner with the UW School of Law's Global Health and Justice Project, is providing humanitarian aid to West Sumatra survivors of the earthquake.
Gavel UW Holds Eugenics & Disability Symposium
The UW Disability Studies Program, directed by the law school's Henry M. Jackson Professor of Law Paul Miller, will host a symposium on eugenics and disability Friday, October 9, 2009.

Gavel UW Welcomes Muskie Fellow to Law School
The UW School of Law welcomes Maryna Dymovich, a student from Belarus taking part in the U.S. Department of State's Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program. Dymovich is pursuing a graduate degree in Asian and Comparitive Law.
Gavel Legendary Harvard "Justice" Professor visits UW School of Law
Michael Sandel, the professor of Harvard University's most popular course, Justice, will visit the UW School of Law Friday, October 2 at 2:30 p.m. in William H. Gates Hall, Room 133.
Gavel Event Celebrates UW Law Dean Emeritus Hjorth
University of Washington School of Law Dean Emeritus and Garvey Shubert Barer Professor of Law Ron Hjorth will celebrate his retirement with the campus and legal community Friday, October 2, 2009 at William H. Gates Hall.
Gavel Gift to UW School of Law Establishes Innovation Fund
A generous gift from Linden Rhoads, the Vice Provost of UW TechTransfer, established the UW School of Law Dean's Innovation Fund to encourage important thinking and dialogue on cutting edge questions of law and policy.
Gavel Trial Lawyers Converge on Seattle

Jury psychology, ethical advocacy, and the skills needed to convince a jury are all part of a weeklong trial advocacy conference planned for August 28 – September 3, 2009, at the UW School of Law.

Gavel UW Law Professor Joins US Higher Education Leaders' Mission to Indonesia
UW School of Law Professor Veronica Taylor, director of the UW Asian Law Center, travelled recently to Indonesia to prepare for expanding education programs under the planned U.S.-Indonesia Bilateral Partnership.
Gavel UW School of Law Student Celebrates with Justice Sotomayor
UW second-year law student Hai-Ching Yang (front row in black suit) joined Justice Sonia Maria Sotomayer in a celebration ceremony following Sotomayer's appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Gavel William H. Gates, Sr., Receives American Bar Association Highest Honor
William H. Gates, Sr., alumnus of the UW School of Law and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, was awarded the American Bar Association Medal, the ABA's highest honor, on August 3 at the ABA's Annual Meeting in Chicago.
Gavel Kellye Testy Takes the Helm at UW School of Law
Kellye Testy officially begins as dean of the University of Washington School of Law and James W. Mifflin University Professor August 1, 2009.
Gavel UW Law Students Present at International Climate Change Conference
Following on the heels of organizing an internationally-renowned climate change conference of their own, two UW School of Law students were invited to present at an international conference on climate change in Shanghai, China.
Gavel UW Environmental Law Clinic Recognized for Exxon Valdez Case
The UW School of Law Berman Environmental Law Clinic received the Excellence in a Public Interest Case or Project from the Clinical Legal Education Association for its work on behalf of Native Alaskans impacted by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.
Gavel UW Hosts Panel Discussion on Piracy
The University of Washington will host a panel discussion, The Challenge of Piracy Near the Horn of Africa, May 27 at 7 p.m. in the Communications Building. Panelists include faculty from the UW School of Law and the Jackson School of International Studies.
Gavel UW Law School Hosts Korean Constitutional Court President
The UW School of Law will the Hon. Kang-Kook Lee, president of Korea's Constitutional Court on May 18. President Lee will give a presentation on the court, "The Korean Constitutional Court: History & Challenges", from 2-3 p.m. that day in in William H. Gates Hall Room 117.
Gavel UW Selects First Permanent Female Law School Dean
UW Provost Phyllis Wise has announced that Kellye Testy, who currently is dean and professor of law at Seattle University, will become dean of the UW School of Law, effective Sept. 1, 2009.
Gavel Spokane Falls to flow full-time, thanks to Berman Environmental Law Clinic
A settlement that the Berman Environmental Law Clinic helped negotiate means that after nearly a century, water will once again flow year-round at a historic site in Spokane.
Gavel Students Work Pays Off as Juvenile Record Protection Bill is Passed
Four years of work by students in the Legislative Advocacy Clinic to help hundreds of young adults seal their juvenile records pay off as Washington HB 1954 was signed into law by Gov. Christine Gregoire on April 25, 2009.
Gavel Ramasastry to be Installed as Gittinger Professor of Law
Anita Ramasastry will be installed as the as the Wayne & Anne Gittinger Professor of Law Thursday, April 30 at 4 p.m. in William H. Gates Hall.
Gavel UW School of Law Holds Position for Rankings
US News and World Report has ranked the UW School of Law at 30, holding the same position as the previous year, in the magazine's annual look at America's best graduate schools.
Gavel UW School of Law Announces 2009 Gates Scholars
The UW School of Law is proud to announce the newest recipients of the Gates PSL Scholarship: Joan Altman, Mike Felton, Ariana Flores, Hilary Hammell, and Katherine Kirklin.
Gavel UW Middle Eastern Law Students Host Discrimination Talk
The Middle Eastern Law Students Association of Washington will host a panel discussion on discrimination post 9/11 Monday, April 27 from 4-6 p.m. in William H. Gates Hall Room 133.
Gavel Courtroom Decorum
As part of the "Court in the community" program, the Washington State Supreme Court will visit the UW School of Law May 19, 2009. Those in attendance are asked to follow standard courtroom decorum.
Gavel Washington Supreme Court to Hold Session at UW
As part of the "Court in the community" program, the Washington State Supreme Court will visit the UW School of Law May 19, 2009.
Gavel UW School of Law Conference Addresses Climate Change and Human Rights
The UW School of Law will host a law student-led conference in an effort to develop a legal system addressing the impacts of climate change on human rights May 28 and 29, 2009.
Gavel Mariners President Chuck Armstrong Speaks at UW Law School
Chuck Armstrong, the president of the Seattle Mariners, will speak at the UW School of Law about the legal issues of running a multi-million dollar sports franchise April 20 at 12:30 p.m.
Gavel Event Presents Personal Accounts of Eyewitness Identification Perils
In 1984, Jennifer Thompson-Cannino testified that Ronald Cotton was the man who raped her. Eleven years later, DNA evidence cleared him of the crime. The UW School of Law presents Picking Cotton: Our Story of Injustice and Redemption, where Thompson-Cannino and Cotton will discuss their experience, April 20 at 4 p.m.
Gavel UW Law School Hosts Environmental Justice in Africa Symposium
The UW School of Law will host a symposium, Environmental Justice and Governance: African Perspectives in the Neo-Liberal Era, April 15-16 in William H. Gates Hall. The symposium's keynote address will be presented by Professor Kidane Mengisteab, Head and Professor of African and African-American Studies at Pennsylvania State University, Wednesday, April 15 at 3:45 p.m. in Room 138.
Gavel UW Law Professor Ron Whitener Receives Clinical Legal Education Award
The UW law school's Director of the Tribal Court Criminal Defense Clinic and Assistant Professor Ron Whitener '94 has been awarded the M. Shanara Gilbert "Emerging Clinician" Award from the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Clinical Legal Education.
Gavel UW School of Law Announces 2009 Alumni Awards
The UW School of Law will honor four alumni at the 2009 Alumni Recognition Banquet on Thursday, May 7, 2009 at the Grand Hyatt in Seattle.
Gavel FTC, UW School of Law Hosts DRM Conference
The Federal Trade Commission will hold a confrence Wednesday, March 25 at the UW School of Law on the subject of digital rights management (DRM) technologies. This free event is open to the public and will examine DRM, a widespread practice that is expected to become increasingly prevalent in the U.S. marketplace in the coming years.
Gavel Law School's Mary Whisner Recognized as UW Distinguished Librarian
Mary Whisner, Reference Librarian at the UW School of Law's Gallagher Law Library, has received the university's Distinguished Librarian award.
Gavel UW Law Professor Louis Wolcher Receives Fulbright
Louis Wolcher, a Charles I. Stone Professor of Law at the UW, has been awarded the Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair in American Studies for the fall 2009 semester at the University of Cergy-Pontoise School of Law outside Paris.
Gavel UW law students present "Race and the Law" series
The UW Minority Law Students Association will host a series of lectures at the UW School Law titled "Race and the Law". The first event is a lecture this Friday by Professor Steven Bender of the University of Oregon School of Law who will discuss his book Tierra y Libertad: Land Liberty and Latino Housing.
Gavel UW Law Professor Paul Miller Joins Obama Administration
UW School of Law professor Paul Steven Miller has joined the White House staff as a special assistant to President Obama. Miller, a nationally-recognized expert in employment discrimination and disability law, will manage the political appointments process at the U.S. Department of Justice and for lawyers throughout the new administration.
Gavel Innocence Project Receives Gift, Reverses Another Conviction
On the heels of recieving a generous gift from the RiverStyx Foundation, the Innocence Project Northwest Clinic learned that the clinic secured its 13th conviction reversal.
Gavel UW School of Law 3L student wins at moot court competition
Nicholas Hudson, a third-year law student at the UW School of Law, won Best Oralist at the 2008 Thomas Tang International Moot Court Competition.
Gavel UW Provost Announces Law Dean Candidates
The Office of the Provost has announced four finalists for the Dean of the UW School of Law.
Gavel Law School Hosts Former SEC Commissioner
Former Securities and Exchange Commissioner Roberta Karmel, now the Brooklyn Law School Centennial Professor of Law, will present a Harry Cross Visiting Professor of Law public lecture January 29 at the UW School of Law.