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Clinic Faculty

Kimberly  Ambrose

Kimberly Ambrose

Senior Law Lecturer

Phone: (206) 685-6806
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Kimberly Ambrose is a senior lecturer and directs the Tools for Social Change: Race and Justice Clinic, a clinic she founded in 2011 focusing on racial disparities in the juvenile justice system. She joined the clinic faculty part time in 2001 and full time in 2005, as supervising attorney for the Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic. Professor Ambrose also created and taught the Legislative Advocacy Clinic. Before joining the faculty, she was a public defender representing indigent adults and juveniles in both child welfare and criminal proceedings and worked as a resource attorney for the Washington Defender Association, providing training, technical assistance, and resources to public defense attorneys around Washington state. After she graduated from law school, Professor Ambrose clerked for U.S. District Judge David Ezra in the District of Hawaii. ... more

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Hon. Bobbe Bridge

The Hon. Bobbe Bridge (Ret.)

Part-time Lecturer

Phone: (206) 543-3434

Justice Bobbe J. Bridge (ret.), is the Founding President of the Center for Children and Youth Justice, established by Justice Bridge and her husband Jon. Prior to her retirement, Justice Bridge served for nine years on the Washington State Supreme Court. Before her elevation to the Supreme Court, Justice Bridge served as a Judge for King County Superior Court for ten years. During that time, she was active in judicial administration, as Presiding Judge, Assistant Presiding Judge, and Chief Judge of King County Juvenile Court, President of the Superior Court Judges’ Association, and by chairing numerous committees. Justice Bridge has been particularly active in efforts to improve the administration of justice for children and families.

Justice Bridge is a tireless and active community volunteer. Her awards and honors for service to the judiciary and the community are too numerous to list. They include the University of Washington School of Law Distinguished Alumna for 2001 and judge of the year awards from the Washington State Bar Association Family Law Section, the King County Bar Association and the Washington Women Lawyers honored her as Judge of the Year in 1996.

Justice Bridge received her B. A. magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Washington, her MA and her Ph.C in Political Science at the University of Michigan. She received her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law in 1976, where she was a member of the Law Review and served as its Notes and Comments Editor. After graduating from law school, she joined the law firm of Garvey Schubert and Barer, where she remained until 1990 specializing in the fields of administrative law, litigation, government relations, and domestic relations.


John  Clynch

John Clynch

Managing Director
Staff Attorney, Federal Tax Clinic

Phone: (206) 685-6805
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Prior to his position as Staff Attorney for the Federal Tax Clinic, John practiced law as a public defender for Society of Counsel Representing Accused Person and The Defender Association, and as a contract attorney for various firms including Preston, Gates and Ellis. He also worked as an associate for Deloitte Tax. While in the LL.M. program, John worked as research assistant to Dean Emeritus Roland Hjorth, and was named the Deloitte and Touche Scholar. ... more

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Molly  Cohan

Molly Cohan

Supervising Attorney/Lecturer
Law Lecturer

Phone: (206) 616-4201
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Molly M. Cohan is the Supervising Attorney for the Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic at the University of Washington School of Law. She has extensive experience in Criminal law with a particular interest in training, cultural competence, and tribal criminal defense. ... more

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William  Covington

William Covington

Director, Technology Law & Public Policy Clinic
Senior Law Lecturer

Phone: (206) 616-4481
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Professor Covington joined the UW law school faculty in 2003 as an Assistant Professor and Director of the Technology Law and Public Policy Clinic. Prior to his selection as clinic director, Professor Covington was a principal at the North Star Group consulting firm where he worked with municipalities on land use legislation, infrastructure development, and taxation policies applicable to high tech businesses. Ten years of service with McCaw Cellular Communications (now Cingular) and previous work as regulatory counsel for Group W Cable (now Comcast) provided him with a wealth of in-depth experience in the field of telecommunications law and policy. ... more

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Signe  Dortch

Signe Dortch

Law Lecturer

Phone: (206) 957-8634
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An alumna of the University of Washington Immigration Law Clinic, Signe Dortch has dedicated her legal career to defending immigrants and refugees. She worked as a staff attorney at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) from 1999 until 2002, representing immigrant survivors of domestic violence. From 2002 to 2007, she worked as an associate attorney at Gibbs Houston Pauw. There, Dortch represented clients in removal cases before the Immigration Court and in appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She also represented clients in filing affirmative applications with the Department of Homeland Security. ... more

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Jennifer  Fan

Jennifer Fan

Managing Director, Entrepreneurial Law Clinic

Phone: (206) 685-2636
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Jennifer Fan is a lecturer and Managing Director for the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic. She joined the clinical faculty in 2010. Before joining the faculty, she was a senior associate in the corporate securities group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Professor Fan was also the inaugural director of the Pro Bono Program of the John and Terry Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law at Stanford Law School. Previously, she served as the Vice President and Director of Legal Affairs of the Asian Pacific Fund, a community foundation serving the Asian American community in the Bay Area. Professor Fan is admitted to practice in California, New York and Washington. ... more

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Julia  Gold

Julia Gold

Director, Mediation Clinic
Principal Lecturer

Phone: (206) 543-3434
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Professor Gold joined the UW law school faculty in 1995 as a Senior Lecturer in Law and Director of the Mediation Clinic. She teaches the Mediation Clinic, the 36-hour Mediation Skills CLE program offered by the School of Law, Negotiation, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Street Law. Before joining the faculty, Professor Gold founded and directed the Mediation Clinic at the University of Oregon School of Law in Eugene. ... more

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Lisa  Kelly

Lisa Kelly

Director, Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic
Bobbe and Jon Bridge Endowed Professorship in Child Advocacy

Phone: (206) 685-1826
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Professor Kelly came to the UW in 2002 as a Distinguished Visitor and then joined the UW law school faculty in 2002. She directs the Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic and teaches Family Law and Child Advocacy. She is the co-author of Adoption Law: Theory, Policy and Practice (2006). She works closely with the Court Improvement Training Academy. Professor Kelly chairs the Statewide Children's Representation Workgroup established by the Washington Supreme Court Commission on Children in Foster Care. She is the Bobbe and Jon Bridge Endowed Professor of Child Advocacy and served as Associate Dean at the UW Law School from 2007-2009. ... more

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Alan  Kirtley

Alan Kirtley

Associate Professor of Law

Phone: (206) 543-3434
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Professor Alan Kirtley is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law and founding director of its Clinical Law Program. He received both his B.A. and J.D. degrees from Indiana University in Bloomington. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School and Ohio State University College of Law. ... more

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Deborah  Maranville

Deborah Maranville

Chair, Curricular Innovation
Professor of Law

Phone: (206) 685-6803
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Professor Maranville joined the UW law school faculty in 1989 to help develop the clinical law program. She is now the director of clinical programs at the law school, directing the Workers' Rights Clinic and teaching the Access to Justice Seminar and two Legal Analysis Research and Writing Public Service capstones for 1Ls. She has also taught Feminist Legal Theory and Civil Procedure. While practicing poverty law from 1975-81 with legal services organizations in Seattle, Professor Maranville developed a specialty in public benefits cases and handled numerous class action lawsuits and individual administrative hearings and appeals. She then taught Civil Procedure, Administrative Law, and Trial Advocacy at the University of Puget Sound Law School. ... more

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Jacqueline  McMurtrie

Jacqueline McMurtrie

Director, Innocence Project Northwest
Associate Professor of Law

Phone: (206) 543-3434
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Jacqueline McMurtrie joined the faculty in 1989 after a career as a public defender. She is the founder and Director of the Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW), a law school clinic providing legal and investigative services to individuals seeking to prove their innocence and working to redress the causes of wrongful convictions. The IPNW's recent successes include the exonerations of 4 clients who served a combined total of 47 years in prison for crimes they did not commit.  Professor McMurtrie is a founding member of the Innocence Network and serves on its Board of Directors. She also co-chairs the Innocence Network Committee on Amicus Policies. ... more

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Sean  O'Connor

Sean O'Connor

Professor of Law

Phone: (206) 543-7491
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Sean O'Connor is a Visiting Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School for the 2012-2013 academic year. He will be teaching Contracts, Corporate Finance, and Law and Entrepreneurship Practicum. O'Connor is Professor of Law and the founder and Faculty Director of the Law, Business & Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle. His research focuses on how legal structures and strategies facilitate innovation. His teaching and law practice specialize in transactions and the role of the general counsel in start-up companies. ... more

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Anita  Ramasastry

Anita Ramasastry

Professor of Law
UW Law Foundation Professor of Law
Director, Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development

Phone: (206) 616-8441
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Anita Ramasastry is an expert in the fields of business and human rights, anti-corruption and commercial law and development. Her current research focuses on the accountability of economic actors in conflict and weak-governance zones. ... more

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Stephen A. Rosenbaum

Stephen A. Rosenbaum

Visiting Sr. Lecturer

Phone: (206) 221-5731
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Stephen Rosenbaum has been a Visiting Senior Lecturer since 2012, co-directing the International Human Rights Clinic (with a focus on business involvement with human rights violations) and teaching a Human Rights Advocacy seminar. He also conducted a tutorial for LL.M. students, with other clinical faculty, and provided professional training and mentoring for students affiliated with the UW Legal Education Support Program-Afghanistan (LESPA) and Educating and Equipping Tomorrow's Justice Reformers (E2J). Rosenbaum will return to his alma mater, University of California, Berkeley, in Autumn 2014, as John & Elizabeth Boalt Lecturer, where, since 1988, he has taught professional skills and other courses in the Social Justice curriculum at the law school. Rosenbaum will also teach the core law and policy course at Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy and Disability: Law, Human Rights and Justice at Stanford Law School. His scholarship is in the areas of clinical legal education, lay advocacy, international human rights, immigration, disability and special education. ... more

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Scott  Schumacher

Scott Schumacher

Faculty Director, Federal Tax Clinic
Director, Graduate Program in Taxation
Professor of Law

Phone: (206) 543-5351
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Professor Schumacher is the Director of the Graduate Program in Taxation. He is also the Director of the Law School's Federal Tax Clinic. He teaches courses in taxation and White Collar Crime. Prior to joining the UW law school faculty full-time 2001, he was an attorney with Chicoine & Hallett, P.S., in Seattle, where his practice focused on civil and criminal tax controversy and litigation. He also served as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division and an attorney-advisor to the Hon. Arthur L. Nims, III, Chief Judge of the U.S. Tax Court. He is admitted to the bars in Washington state, the U.S. Supreme Court, and numerous federal courts. Professor Schumacher is a member of the Audit Committee of the Law school Admissions Council (LSAC). ... more

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Anna  Tolin

Anna Tolin

Supervising Attorney & Law Lecturer
Lecturer

Phone: (206) 221-8411
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Anna Tolin joined the UW Law faculty in 2011 after a career in criminal defense. She is currently a Lecturer in the Innocence Project Northwest Clinic where she supervises students and attorneys on all post-conviction DNA testing cases. In 2012, Anna became Deputy Director of the Innocence Project Northwest, helping to administer the project and fulfill IPNW's vital mission to free innocent Washington prisoners. ... more

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Fernanda  Torres

Fernanda Torres

Staff Attorney

Phone: (206) 616-8008
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Staff attorney Fernanda Torres is partially funded by a BJA Wrongful Conviction Review BJA grant. Fernanda has worked as a public defender at The Defender Association and as private counsel at Allen, Hansen & Maybrown. She has extensive post-conviction experience in state and federal court. ... more

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Lara  Zarowsky

Lara Zarowsky

Law Lecturer

Phone: (206) 616-8736
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Lara Zarowsky serves as the Policy Director for the Innocence Project Northwest and as a Law Lecturer at the University of Washington School of Law, where she founded and teaches the Innocence Project Northwest Legislative Advocacy Clinic. She has worked in the criminal justice field since 2001, when she began working in Seattle Municipal Court's Mental Health Court. ... more

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Casey Trupin

Casey Trupin

Part-time Lecturer

Phone: (206) 287-9665
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Casey Trupin is an attorney at Columbia Legal Services where he has focused on helping homeless youth, a journey that began when he was a law student at the University of Washington. During his tenure at UW, Casey helped found the Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington (SYLAW) program, a volunteer organization based at the law school that advocates for homeless and at-risk youth through education and legal representation, and received a Public Interest Law Association (PILA) grant for his summer work with SYLAW. Following graduation, as an Equal Justice Works Fellow, Casey continued to develop and expand the SYLAW program, serving hundreds of clients and attracting national attention. The program has been recognized by the American Bar Association's Center on Children in the Law as a model program. Casey has also received several awards for his work, including, the Congressional Angel in Adoption Award. He currently serves on the board of the American Bar Association's Commission on Homelessness and Poverty. He was one of the original inductees into the UW Law School’s PILA Hall of Fame in 2006.


Ron  Whitener

Ron Whitener

Director, Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic
Senior Law Lecturer
Executive Director

Phone: (206) 543-4099
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Professor Whitener is the Executive Director of the Native American Law Center and Director of the Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic. He is also a Senior Law Lecturer at the UW School of Law. ... more

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Brenda  Williams

Brenda Williams

Law Lecturer

Phone: (206) 685-3917
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Brenda Williams is a Part-Time Lecturer at the Law School and is a Clinic Supervisor in the Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic. Prior to joining the faculty, she served for 10 years as a public defender at The Defender Association in Seattle representing clients in all areas of public defense, including juvenile and dependency proceedings. ... more

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Clinic Managing Directors

John Clynch

John Clynch

Phone: (206) 685-6805
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John Clynch, Managing Director of the Federal Tax Clinic, has a varied legal career dating to 1991. He was a public defender with the Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons (SCRAP), then with The Defender Association and also worked as an associate at Deloitte Tax LLP. John earned his LL.M. in Tax in 2008 at UW Law where he was a Deloitte Scholar.

ABA Tax Section Public Service Fellow

Phone: (206) 616-9016
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Ana Cecilia Lopez

“Ceci” is the 2012 recipient of the Public Service Tax Fellowship sponsored by the American Bar Association Tax Section. This is a two-year fully funded fellowship granted to only two applicants in the country. Prior to receiving the fellowship, Ceci worked at the Federal Tax Clinic, the Tulalip Tribal Public Defense Clinic, did an internship at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and was a summer legal intern at T-Mobile Inc.

Ceci graduated from Western Washington University -Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in Law, Diversity, and Public Policy. She then attended the University of Washington School of Law, earning her Law degree in June 2011. Ceci continued her legal studies at the University of Washington School of Law where she enrolled in the Master of Tax Law program and will receive her degree in 2012.

Ceci’s life long passion for public service is illustrated by her current and past actions. As a teenager, she volunteered in a literacy campaign in her home country of Guatemala teaching illiterate adults how to read. Upon arriving the U.S. she volunteered with the International Institute of Minnesota talking about her country in public schools. Before law school, Ceci managed a tax-credit low-income Farm-worker housing program in Bellingham, Washington. She also volunteered at the Whatcom County Dispute Resolution Center and while ia undergraduate, she was a peer mentor and a “reader” for the center for students with disabilities.

Ceci’s goals for the fellowship are, among others, to provide education, information, and referral to primarily Spanish speaking individuals about tax and business legal services and other resources available to them. Ceci is a firm believer in the empowerment of the community from within by facilitating cultural and civic participation.

Clinic Staff

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  • Carrie Gaasland
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Last updated 10/28/2013