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October 2012


Celebration of Distinction a "smashing success"

On Sept. 29, alumni, faculty and friends gathered to honor the anniversary clases of 1962, 1972, 1982, 1992 and 2002, as well as three distinguished award winners.

Joining award recipients are Paula Littlewood, WSBA (pictured left, above) WSBA Executive Director and Dean Kellye Testy, and:

  • RECENT GRADUATE AWARD  Jill Mullins '08
  • DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD The Honorable Dow Constantine '88

View photos from the event here.


ToobinThe Barer Institute Welcomes the Inaugural Class of Barer Fellows

The Institute, an interdisciplinary effort focusing on the role of law in promoting health, education, and economic development., welcome Fadhilatul Hikmah (Indonesia), Amarjargal Lkhagvaa (Mongolia), Shadrack Mwinzi (Kenya), and Lyna Sarapai (Kenya).


ToobinDean Testy Releases State of School Update

View short video summarizing Dean Testy's State of the School report. The complete document is also available.


Dean Testy Moderates Discussion with Jeffrey Toobin

ToobinJeffrey Toobin is a senior news analyst for CNN and a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he has covered legal affairs since 1993. Toobin will be speaking at the Seattle Arts & Lectures Series on Oct. 10 at Benaroya Hall. Dean Testy will moderate the Q&A following Mr. Toobin's talk. Purchase tickets here.


IPNW successes lead to a new trial and an exonoration

PuracalCongratulations to the Innocence Project Northwest for their work to exonerate U.S. citizen Jason Puracal. Puracal served two years in a prison in Nicaragua. His first public appearance was at a press conference held at UW Law.

In another case,  IPNW Supervising Attorney Anna Tolin, and law students Alice Jones and Brian Ferrasci-O'Malley secured a new trial for Jeramie Davis, based on newly discovered DNA evidence. Read more here.


U.S. Patent & Trademark office selects UW School of Law for pilot program

The University of Washington School of Law, through the UW Entrepreneurial Law Clinic (ELC), has been selected to join the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Patent Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program, starting this fall.


TaxFederal Tax clinic featured on UW 360

The latest episode of UW360 red Oct. 6 on UW TV, features our own tax clinic and one of our recent clients and her big "win." The segment begins at 9:10 into the program.

View it here.


Health Law Brochure Now Available

Health Law BrochureRead it here.



Schnapper presented argument to the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 2

SchnapperThe issue in the case, Carolyn M. Kloeckner v. Hilda L. Solis, Secretary of Labor, is whether all employment discrimination cases brought by federal workers are to be filed in federal district court, or whether some have to be filed in the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

Read article in the National Law Journal. Click here to read argument. Click here to hear audio.


Web Chat Tackles Questions About Legal Profession

Web chatDean Testy and Washington State Bar Association Executive Director Paula Littlewood ’97 teamed up for an online chat Tuesday, October 2 to discuss Sensing a Seismic Shift – Is there a crisis in the legal profession? Read the transcript.


NicolasProfessor Peter Nicolas publishes Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and the Constitution

In the textbook, Professor Nicolas incorporates his expertise in constitutional law, federal courts, and sexual orientation, gender identity, and the law to provide a comprehensive approach to studying constitutional litigation involving the rights of sexual minorities.



ACAFaculty commentary on the Affordable Care Act

Sallie Sanford provided multiple opinions on the Supreme Court's health care decision early this summer, with appearances on the KING 5 TVQ13 TV, and at the NWCPHP Summer Institute, and an article in the Jurist

Stewart Jay commented on the legal basis for upholding the mandate on the day before the ruling on KUOW and submitted an article to the Connecticut Law Review.


Andrews & Aronson on the Law of Lawyering in Washington

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Professors Tom Andrews and Rob Aronson are the lead authors in the newly published Law of Lawyering in Washington.



ALUMNI NEEDED: UW Immigrant Families Advocacy Project seeking volunteer attorneys

Volunteers will supervise a pair of UW law students as they learn to compile a U-visa petition for domestic violence victims. To become a volunteer, first attend our CLE training on Friday, October 19. We will cover the basics of immigration law, U-visa petitions, supervising students, and more. The CLE is approved for 4.25 credits, including 0.75 ethics


Alumnus of the Month

Mike Wampold ’96 is one of the Evergreen State’s top trial lawyers. After graduating magna cum laude from Yale University, Wampold travelled to China to teach middle school on a two-year fellowship. He returned to the U.S. to pursue his law career, determined to fight for the “little guy.”  More>>

To nominate an alumnus, send an email to Elizabeth Coplan.


Roxanne Eberle '08 honored for commitment to justice

Roxanne Eberle, an attorney at Bellevue’s Wild Sky Law Group, received the Washington State Association for Justice’s 2012 "Ready to Soar" Award at its annual convention.



Ronald Cox, ’73, honored with Outstanding Judge Award

Ronald CoxThe Honorable Ronald E. Cox, ’73, received the Outstanding Judge Award at the King County Bar Association (KCBA) Annual Awards Dinner in honor of his 17 years of exceptional service on the Washington State Court of Appeals.


Amanda Stock '06 receives Outstanding Young Lawyer Award

The alumna and Seattle native founded the Plauche & Stock law firm with her partner, Billy Plauche, two and a half years ago and her early successes in counseling public and private clients on environmental land use and natural resource matters have garnered recognition.

>>More alumni news and events


Shon Hopwood '13 publishes memoir Law Man

Shon Hopwood committed five robberies in rural Nebraska in the late 1990s until he was caught, convicted and sent to prison. There, he spent much of his time in the prison law library, learning the law and helping other inmates with legal briefs. He ultimately wrote a petition to the Supreme Court for a felow prisoner that was accepted. Now free, he's a Gates Public Service Law Scholar and a published author. Book synopsis>>  |  Hopwood's bio>>


Gov. Gregoire selects Christopher Jordan '13 as UW student regent

Christopher M. Jordan has been selected by Gov. Chris Gregoire as the UW student regent for the coming academic year. Jordan earned a master’s degree in public administration from the UW’s Evans School of Public Affairs in 2012. He also received a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2010.


The Washington Law Review upcoming issue available October 2012

 Volume 87, Issue 3 features the following articles:

  • Richard Hynes, State Default and Synthetic Bankruptcy

  • Arthur Laby, Selling Advice and Creating Expectations: Why Brokers Should be Fiduciaries

Be on the lookout for articles by Robert Anderson, Frederick Schauer, Yale Kamisar, Lee Levine, and Stephen Wermiel in forthcoming issues. For subscription information, please contact Fran Johnson at


In This Issue

School News

Faculty News

Alumni News

Student News

Upcoming Events

October 15
U.S. Supreme Court Review and Preview
5:30 - 7 p.m.
William H. Gates Hall  

October 18
Open Book Club: A Conversation With Neal Stephenson
5 - 8 p.m.
William H. Gates Hall  

October 18
Spokane Alumni Reception
5:30 p.m
Luna Restaurant

October 19
Immigration Options for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m
Perkins Coie, Seattle

October 22
Festschrift Conference in honor of Professor John Haley
1:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.
Waseda University
Tokyo, Japan

November 1
Portland Alumni Reception
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Urban Farmer 

November 7
Senior Alumni Student Presentation
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
William H. Gates Hall

November 9
Schnapper Professorship Installation & Reception
William H. Gates Hall  

November 19 - 21 Transnational Commercial Law (4th Annual Teaching Conference)
William H. Gates Hall

November 29
IP Innovations Speaker: Judge McKeown William H. Gates Hall  

January 11 – 13
Professional Mediations Skills Training Program
Times vary
William H. Gates Hall  

January 14
Watts Professorship Installation & Reception
4:30 p.m.
William H. Gates Hall  

January 26 -27
Professional Mediations Skills Training Program
Times vary
William H. Gates Hall  

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

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