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December 2010

Golden Alumni Reunion Luncheon Brings Together Old Friends

L to R: Hon. Waldo Stone '49, C. Henry Heckendorn '48, Hon Norman Quinn '58, Richard Lunstrom, '49

Our golden alumni, those who graduated from the UW School of Law more than fifty years ago, gathered for a celebratory luncheon on Friday, November 5 at Gates Hall. They joined Dean Kellye Testy and several faculty members to commemorate their history with and love for their alma mater. 

Dean Testy shared the exciting current work of the law school including an update on the newly adopted mission: to educate Leaders for the Global Common Good. Dean Testy was followed by Charles I. Stone Professor of Law Steve Calandrillo who provided an educationally entertaining presentation on "Baseball’s Moral Hazard: Law, Economics and the Designated Hitter Rule."


Faculty News

  • UW law professor, former White House advisor and long-time EEOC Commissioner Paul Steven Miller died on October 19, 2010. Read more>
  • Eric Schnapper is named Appellate Lawyer of the Week by The National Law Journal for his pro bono work in employment discrimination cases in the Supreme Court. Read more>

Building Connections and Building Careers 

L to R: Bryson Davis (1L), Stephen Buchanan (1L), and Hon. Ronald E. Cox, '73 (Washington Court of Appeals).

What courses should I take? What field should I pursue? How do I balance work and family? These are some questions that 1L students often have--questions that mentors can help answer. The UW School of Law Professional Mentorship Program started in 1990, using the expertise and experience of the hundreds of judges and attorneys who serve as professional mentors.

The 21st annual Mentor-Mentee Reception was held on November 8 at the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle. This was the first of several opportunities this year for professional mentors and student mentees to build connections. The Professional Mentor Program matches students with practicing professionals and judges based on student interest in specific career pathways, practice areas and affinity groups. Mentors work with their mentees over the academic year to offer guidance and encouragement, to facilitate networking opportunities, and to share their perspectives on the practice of law.

If you are interested in becoming a Professional Mentor, please fill out the Professional Mentor Profile.


Dean Testy Visits Alumni in Osaka and Tokyo

L to R: Stephanie Cox, Tatsuko Matsuo '69, Dean Kellye Testy

Dean Kellye Testy along with Assistant Dean for Advancement Stephanie Cox, Professor and Director of the Asian Law Center, Jon Eddy, Professor and Chair of Law, Technology & Arts Group Bob Gomulkiewicz as well as the Washington Research Foundation/W. Hunter Simpson Professor of Law Toshiko Takenaka returned recently from Japan where they were welcomed by many law school alumni in both Osaka and Tokyo.

Our enthusiastic law school supporters in Japan included many alumni from our Intellectual Property LL.M program, CASRIP and the Asian Law Center with its nearly 50-year history. Dean Testy and her delegation were able to meet and greet many of our alumni who are practicing and heading up some of Japan’s major corporations and law firms. Also on the itinerary were visits to the Supreme Court of Japan, the Japan Patent Office and many of our friends at partner law schools.

Additionally, and with the support and help of Mr. Takamitsu Shigetomi ’03 LL.M and Mr. Tomohito Ihara, the law school hosted two well-attended alumni reunion dinners, one in Osaka and one in Tokyo. Given the success of the trip, the Dean is already planning her next visit. We would like to thank Mr. Shigetomi and Mr. Ihara for their dedicated support of these two events. The dinners were a complete success due to their efforts.

The recent trip to Japan is one of several trips that will be made over the course of the next year. Future trips to China and Korea are planned for spring and fall of 2011. Continue to check the law school’s Web site for upcoming information. 


Coming Soon to a Law Firm Near You--LFAC!

As the New Year begins, so does the 2010-11 Law Firm Annual Challenge (LFAC). This marks the 5th year of the UW School of Law outreach initiative, which has proven to be a great success in helping us connect with our alumni in law firms throughout Washington State.

LFAC was created to give alumni an opportunity to reconnect with their alma mater, to promote meaningful participation in the life of the law school, and to strengthen the Husky network within the legal community. The challenge serves as the foundation for an organized and mutually beneficial partnership that will sustain and grow the UW School of Law for the betterment of the Puget Sound legal community and beyond.

Last year we visited more than 30 participating firms in Seattle, Spokane and Wenatchee, bringing our new Dean Kellye Testy to share her plans and progress for the law school and encourage dialogue with alumni.

This year we have nine dedicated alumni volunteers leading the challenge: Gregory Adams ’77, Judy Bendich ’75, Greg Gorder ’85, Colleen Kinerk ’77, Felix Gavi Luna ’97, Bruce Robertson ’77, Don Theophilus ’89, Mike Wampold ’96 and Craig Wright ’91.

Thank you to our dedicated alumni volunteer committee and to all Law Firm Annual Challenge participating firms. We look forward to another successful year for LFAC!


Student Calling Campaign

On December 9, UW students will begin calling for your support. Please respond positively by making a gift (and a difference) to the University of Washington School of Law. This is an unprecedented year of decline in state funding. Fortunately, the UW School of Law remains financially strong, but we need your ongoing support to help fund student scholarships, faculty research, clinical law programs and the Gallagher Law Library. Your generous gift will move us forward in our mission to be Leaders for the Global Common Good. 

Please consider making a gift to help us, whether through law firm giving, mentoring law students, or contributing to scholarship endowments.


In This Issue

Golden Alumni Reunion Luncheon Brings Together Old Friends

Faculty Spotlight

Building Connections and Building Careers

Dean Testy Visits Alumni in Osaka and Tokyo

Coming Soon to a Law Firm Near You--LFAC!

Student Calling Campaign

Upcoming EventS

December 2
Three Degrees Reception
Offices of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
1201 3rd Ave

December 9
CLE: Buying & Selling the Closely Held Business in Dynamic and Uncertain Times
William H. Gates Hall

December 16
CLE: Land Use 2011: Law & Practice
WA State Conv. Ctr.

Jan. 14 -16, 2011
CLE: Professional Mediation Skills Training Program
WA State Conv. Ctr.

January 5, 2011
San Francisco Faculty-Alumni AALS Reception
For faculty, alumni and AALS attendees
Hotel Vitale
San Francisco, CA

January 26, 2011
Tacoma-area alumni reception
Bloomfield-Presnell Residence
Tacoma, WA

For a full list of upcoming events, visit the Alumni Events page.

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