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June 2013



Congratulations to the Class of 2013!

On Sunday, June 9, 306 UW Law students were awarded their new degrees. The commencement program included special recognition of Dean & Professor Emeritus Roland Hjorth for his nearly 50 years of service to UW Law. In addition, the elected faculty speaker, Professor Elizabeth Porter shared remarks. Elected student speakers, Josephine Ennis and Leonardo Flor addressed their classmates. Dean Testy thanked the Class of 2013 for showing such generosity and reaching over 50% participation in the annual 3L Class Gift.

The Class of 2013 includes:

  • 184 J.D. recipients
  • 38 LL.M. and 3 Ph.D. recipients from the Asian Law Center
  • 42 LL.M. recipients in Taxation
  • 27 LL.M. recipients in IP Law & Policy
  • 12 LL.M. recipients in Health Law

View photos of the event.

New graduates: now that you've entered the ranks of UW Law alumni, you're joining a thriving community, one that offers access to valuable services as well as opportunities to get involved.


Giving Society Event Recognized Lifetime Donors

Dean Testy at Giving Society DinnerOn June 7, Dean Kellye Testy welcomed members of UW Law giving societies--John T. Condon Society, Marian Gould Gallagher Society, and Henry Suzzalo Society--for a wine-paired reception at DeLille Cellars in Woodinville, WA. Much of the law school faculty, board and committee members were also on hand to celebrate and recognize members of the three giving societies. The John T. Condon Society recognizes donors who have contributed $25,000 or more to UW Law during their lifetime. The Gallagher Society recognizes lifetime giving of $15,000 or more to the law library. The Suzzalo Society recognizes donors who have included a gift to the law school in their estate plans. View photos.



ALC Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Asian law Center celebrates 50 years The Asian Law Center celebrated its 50th anniversary on June 13 at the Four Seasons. The celebration, led by Dean Kellye Y. Testy and ALC Director Jon Eddy, recognized the lifetime achievements of five of our distinguished alumni throughout Asia:

  • Tasuku Matsuo M.C.L. '69
  • C.J. Kim Ph.D '72
  • Liu Guoyuan LL.M. '82
  • Erman Rajagukguk LL.M.'84, Ph.D '88
  • Tay-sheng Wang LL.M. '90, Ph.D. '92

Each of the honorees emphasized how much the faculty, staff, librarians, and their peers meant to their education and propelled them to where they are today. It reminded us, reflected Dean Testy, of the enormous influence that our faculty members have on our students' lives and, in turn, the influence our students have on our world.

Founded fifty years ago, with just one faculty member, the ALC is now an international hub of legal thinking. The impact of the program is felt around the globe, with multiple generations of graduates serving as leaders in business, government and academia. View photos and an introductory video (Video2) from the event.


IPNW Celebrates 15th Anniversary

IPNWOn April 4, the Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW) celebrated its 15th anniversary in an evening filled with warmth and heartfelt celebration. Current and former students, volunteers and community members gathered to pay tribute to IPNW exonerees who have fought to regain freedom from wrongful imprisonment in Washington and honor the 2013 award recipients. Founded in 1997 by UW Law Professor Jacqueline McMurtrie, IPNW is the third innocence program in the United States and the only one in Washington State.

The event featured a moving keynote address by recently signed Atlanta Falcon Brian Banks. Exonerated after a wrongful rape conviction in California, Banks recounted his fight to clear his name and resume a dream of joining the NFL. Banks offered inspiration to Washington’s exonerees and resounding support for the work being done by IPNW.

IPNW honored its 2013 award winners: Innocence Champions Jack and Leslie Hamman, for their advocacy and the impact of their award-winning book, On American Soil: How Justice Became a Casualty of WWII; Innocence Advocate Congressman Adam Smith, whose vigilant efforts helped secure the release of UW alumni Jason Puracal who was wrongly imprisoned in Nicaragua; and Pro Bono Award recipient Joseph Pierce, a criminal defense and civil rights attorney who has devoted hundreds of pro bono hours working on IPNW cases and supporting efforts to advocate for the wrongfully accused. View photos | Watch video.


2013 Law Firm Annual Challenge Update - Final Day is June 30


The Law Firm Annual Challenge (LFAC) is entering the homestretch! See how your organization is doing and make a gift now to be counted.

This year, our team of eight stellar co-chairs has worked with Dean Kellye Testy and law school faculty to update our alumni on the law school and share our message of the importance of private support in firms, companies, and organizations. LFAC’s reach has broadened to include companies like Microsoft and public sector organizations like the King County Prosecutors, in addition to numerous law firms of various sizes, all over the state.

Two out of three alumni at LFAC organizations make a gift. So far this year, alumni have contributed $290,000 through LFAC. Thanks to generous gifts from our co-chairs, the LFAC initiative benefitted from generous matching funds totaling $56,500.

Please make a gift before June 30, the last day of this year’s challenge!



Professor Eric Schnapper Wins Another Supreme Court Case

SchnapperThe Supreme Court decided unanimously in favor of Schnapper's client in Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter. The ruling holds that an arbitrator’s decision to allow class arbitration cannot ordinarily be overturned.

Read the decision, and related articles in: Lexology, Thomson Reuters and Forbes.



Professor Kathryn Watts Co-authors The Supreme Court Sourcebook


Watts and her co-authors wrote the book to serve as an educational tool and a practical guide about the highest court in the land. The book provides a comprehensive selection of materials on the U.S. Supreme Court, covering all major aspects of the Court’s decision making process. Watts clerked for Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens in the October 2002 term. Professor Ron Collins recently interviewed Professor Watts about the book in a Q & A on SCOTUSblog.




Second Edition of The Washington State ConstitutionPublished


The book, jointly published by by Professor Hugh Spitzer '74 and Justice Robert Utter (ret.) '54 expands on the state constitution's role in cases over the last ten years. Spitzer and Utter published the first edition in 2002. The book was recently featured in Columns Magazine.





Assistant Professor Sanne Knudsen's Article Selected for Presentation at the Prestigious Junior Faculty Forum


Knudsen’s article, The Long-Term Tort: In Search of a New Causal Paradigm for Natural Resource Damages, examines the challenge of recovering natural resource damages for harms that do not manifest until years after an oil spill. It  was one of only 18 papers selected for presentation at the two-day event June 14 - 15, sponsored by the Yale, Harvard and Stanford Law Schools.




Numerous Courts Cite UW Law Faculty Scholarship

Our faculty members continue to produce influential works that are gaining national attention. Below is a listing of just a few representative examples of faculty citations in courts around the U.S.:

  • Professor Kathryn Watts was cited in a separate concurring opinion written by Chief Judge Kozinski of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Professor Jane Winn's article Clash of the Titans: Regulating the Competition between Established and Emerging Electronic Payment Systems was cited in a California Supreme Court opinion in the case Apple v. Krescent
  • Assistant Professor Sanne Knudsen's amicus brief was cited in two separate U.S. Supreme Court opinions in Decker v. NEDC, involving the Clean Water Act
  • Professor Anita Ramasastry was cited in a U.S. Supreme Court concurring opinion authored by Justice Breyer in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., involving the Alien Tort Statute
  • Affiliate Professor John Osborn was cited in a United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit opinion, U.S. v. Caronia.



Bill Gates Sr. '50 Selected as Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus by UW

Bill Gates "Double Dawg" Bill Gates Sr., who received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the UW, earned yet another distinction from the university: its highest honor to those alumni whose achievements have earned him or her national or international prominence. Mr. Gates has been a driving force at the university and the law school for decades. Read more in a Columns Magazine article>>


Meet the Class of 2016

Seed IPThe Office of Admissions & Financial Aid would like to invite alumni to the Class of 2016 Summer Mixer on July 19, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at William H. Gates Hall. This event will give admitted students an opportunity to talk with current students, professors, and alumni about academics, and life as a law student. RSVP to Sehee Thomas if you’re available to attend. Refreshments and appetizers will be provided. We hope you can join us!


Sowing the Seeds of Innovation

Seed IP

What makes Seed IP Law Group different from other corporate law firms? Most of its attorneys are engineers or scientists – chemists, biologists, physicists, geneticists, and physiologists – many with Ph.D's and post-doctoral research experience. Ten of them are UW Law graduates, some of whom also have undergraduate or graduate training in engineering or science from UW.

Seed IP managing partner Karl R. Hermanns says his firm prefers to hire UW Law graduates and other qualified local attorneys. He says it’s challenging to find attorneys with the appropriate technical background for IP work plus good communications and writing skills. But UW Law, he adds, has done an excellent job beefing up its IP law program under the leadership of faculty members and UW Law alumni Toshiko Takenaka LL.M. '90, Ph.D. '92 and Robert Gomulkiewicz '87. >>Read more, including profiles of eight UW Law alumni:

  • William O. Ferron Jr. ’81
  • Richard G. Sharkey ’87
  • Lorraine Linford ’91
  • Qing (Becky) Lin ’00
  • Hai Han ’03
  • Jared M. Barrett ’07
  • Eric A. Harwood ’09
  • Matthew L. Barker LL.M. ’10


Anchorage Alumni & Friends Reception

alaska alumni event

Professor Robert Anderson, center, shares remarks with alumni and friends at May 31st reception. See more photos.

UW Law faculty member Robert Anderson and Advancement team members Holley Cassell and Beverly Sanders joined our Anchorage alumni and friends at a May 31 reception hosted by law firm Richmond and Quinn. View photos of the event.


Lillian Hewko '11 Receives Reproductive Justice Fellowship at the National Women’s Health Network

hewkoHewko began her reproductive justice work as Peace Corps Urban Youth Development Volunteer in Concepción, Paraguay, implementing community and youth led comprehensive sex-education workshops. During law school, Hewko focused on human rights issues that affect women and girls, including child rape, sex trafficking, abortion access in Latin America, health care access in Washington state, wage claims and lawful status for immigrant survivors of domestic violence in the United States. 


>>More alumni news and events


Libby Ludlow '13 Takes Second Place in UW Business Plan Competition


Libby Ludlow's social purpose corporation, Z Girls, won the $13,220 second place prize and the $2,500 "Best Idea" prize for service/retail in this year's UW Business Plan Competition. Z Girls delivers a sports-based curriculum that gives girls ages 11-14 the opportunity to develop skills like goal-setting, positive self-image, and healthy nutrition habits through team programs and summer camps. Read more>>



Andy Murphy '13, Winner of Best Oral Advocate Award

murphyAndy Murphy won the Best Oral Advocate Award at the mock trial competition presided over by Judge John C. Coughenour on May 16, 2013.  Read more>>




Cody Ellis '14 Awarded Presigious Peggy Browning Fellowship

browning fellowshipThe Peggy Browning Fund has awarded a 10-week summer fellowship to Cody Ellis, who will spend the fellowship working at National Labor Relations Board, Division of Judges in San Francisco, CA. The application process is highly competitive, and the award was based on his outstanding qualifications. Read more>>


Wes Kovarik '14 Awarded 2013 Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship

kovarik Kovarik, is one of 23 graduate-student recipients of the Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship. He will spend the summer working in the Washington, D.C. office of U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA). He is a concurrent J.D. and M.A. student at UW Law and Jackson School of International Studies. Read more>>

In This Issue

School News

Faculty News

Alumni News

Student News

Upcoming Events

June 21
Fostering Justice: Third National Conference on the Right to Counsel for Abused and Neglected Children
7:15 a.m.- 5 p.m.
William H. Gates Hall

July 19
Class of 2016 Summer Mixer and Housing Fair
All alumni invited
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
William H. Gates Hall


October 25
Celebration of Distinction
5 - 9 p.m.
Four Seasons Hotel

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