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April 2011

Join us for the Alumni Recognition Banquet Tuesday, April 26, 2011

There’s still time to help us honor our award winners:

The Honorable
Jenny A. Durkan ’85
The Honorable
Ricardo S. Martinez ’80
Jenny Durkan Ricardo S. Martinez
Stanley H. Barer ’63
Stanley H. Barer
Felix Gavi Luna ’97
																						Gavi Luna

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Reception -- 5:30 P.M. Dinner & Program -- 6:15 P.M.
Four Seasons Hotel
99 Union Street, Seattle

$100 Per Person

REGISTER ONLINE or call 206.221.2961 BY APRIL 21, 2011

Questions? Contact Beverly Sanders 206.543.8707 or

Dawg Days in the Desert for Law School Alumni

L to R, alumni: Evan Inslee '56, Shan Mullin '57, Rick Dodd '70

Alumni in the Palm Springs area gathered for the 4th Annual Law Dawgs in the Desert Dinner on March 14 graciously hosted at the home of Evan ’56 and Elizabeth Inslee. Dean Testy shared our new mission and the exciting news about the progress in our latest U.S. News & World Report rankings. Next year, we encourage all our law alumni in the area to join us.


Mediation Clinic Students Teach Conflict Management Skills to Undergraduate Student Leaders

L to R: Jessica Hunnicut (Ethnic Cultural Center) Dawn Sayers ’11, Ian Warner ’11, Molly Leaverton ’11, Aubri Goldsby ’11, Michele Buckley ’11, Professor Julia Gold, Michael Drummond ’12, Tim Larson ’11, Rebecca Jones ’11.

More than 30 leaders of student organizations from across campus gathered on March 1 to learn practical skills for managing conflict. The workshop was led by students in the law school's Mediation Clinic. Our students asked attendees to take a "conflict styles assessment" and then discussed the different styles we use when confronted with conflicts in our lives. Students practiced strategies for effectively managing conflict such as active listening and open-ended questions.


UW School of Law Hosts Justice Advocacy Africa Faculty Training

Lawyers from Africa visited the School of Law in March

On March 23-26 Dean Testy and Professor Joel Ngugi hosted 21 lawyers from the African countries of Botswana, Uganda, Kenya, and Malawi in a Trial Advocacy Faculty Training Institute. The Institute was hosted by the law school in partnership with Justice Advocacy Africa (JAA), a local non-profit founded by Professor Ngugi, Judge Marsha Pechman and Seattle lawyer Steve Fury. The planning for this event began last year when the three founders met with Dean Testy to discuss training African lawyers on trial advocacy skills as a sustainable method of enhancing the delivery of social justice and social transformation in these African countries. The lawyers who were trained from each African country are expected to support and take over trial advocacy training programs in their own countries in the coming few years.




UW School of Law Jumps to 30th among Top Law Schools in the Country

The University of Washington School of Law jumped from its ranking of 34th to 30th among the top law schools throughout the U.S. according to the 2012 edition of Best Graduate Schools by U.S. News Media Group. The law school also maintained its prestigious standing as one of the Most Diverse Law Schools. More>

Center for Professional and Leadership Development

Natural disasters, financial crises, and global conflicts demand that lawyers increase their problem-solving and leadership capabilities. Lawyering today requires keen communication skills, interpersonal and technological abilities and skills, analytical and strategic thinking, teamwork and collaboration, and writing. Students today seek vision, direction, and action and look to the law school’s Center for Professional and Leadership Development for information, workshops and leadership events. For more information visit the center's website.


Professor Eric Schnapper Honored as the Employee’s Voice in the Supreme Court

In recognition of his tremendous contributions to advancing employee rights, The National Employment Lawyers Association will honor Professor Schnapper as the leading advocate for plaintiffs in employment discrimination cases in the United States Supreme Court. “He has argued a dozen employment and civil rights cases before the Court, filed briefs in more than 80 cases, and provided his services on a pro bono basis to plaintiffs and their lawyers.” Professor Schnapper will receive this award at NELA in New Orleans on July 1, 2011.

Professor Sean O’Connor Discusses Evolving Economies and Entrepreneurship

Sean O’Connor presented “Transforming Professional Services to Build Regional Innovation Ecosystems” at tion Ecosystems” at Evolving Economies: The Role of Law in Entrepreneurship and Innovation hosted by the Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP) at Texas Wesleyan School of Law in Fort Worth, TX on April 1, 2011

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UW Law School Alumnus Marco Hernandez Named Federal District Court Judge in Oregon

With the unanimous approval of the Senate, Marco Hernandez ’86 was confirmed for the federal bench. According to the ACLU, Judge Hernandez is the “first Latino Article III judge in Oregon.” writes “at the age of seventeen, Marco Hernandez moved to Oregon – all alone. Needing to support himself, he took a job as a dishwasher, later found a better job as a janitor, and eventually became a teacher’s aide. At that point, Judge Hernandez began taking night classes at a local community college, with the hope of one day attending a four-year college. He graduated from Western Oregon State College in 1983 and the University of Washington School of Law in 1986."

Alumni Michael D. Garvey ’64 , Ricky Smith ’62 and Law School Supporter Jerry Grinstein Named Junior Achievement Puget Sound Business Hall of Fame Laureates

The Junior Achievement Puget Sound Business Hall of Fame celebrates the accomplishments of individuals who have made a lasting impact on this region’s business and society. Since 1987, ninety-seven laureates have been inducted into the local Hall of Fame. This year they celebrate their 100th laureate. The premier annual event also features the continuing success of Junior Achievement in improving the quality of young people’s lives by sharing the opportunities of free enterprise.

The Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal Publishes Article by Alumnus Mark Levin LL.M. ’90

The Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal is pleased to announce the publication of Issue 20.2. The feature article, Civil Justice and the Constitution: Limits on Instrumental Judicial Administration in Japan, is written by renowned Japanese law scholar Mark Levin LL.M. ’90. This issue also features student comments from Wyatt Golding ’11, Aura Weinbaum ’11, and Taylor Wonhoff ’11. For more information, visit The Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal's website to read the full issue.

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2011 – 2012 Washington Law Review Editorial Board Announced

Katherine Kirklin will assume the leadership of the Washington Law Review from outgoing editor Jordan Talge. Professor Bob Gomulkiewicz will serve as the faculty advisor.

"History, tradition, engagement: these three virtues continue to inspire the members of the Washington Law Review," said Jordan Talge, 2010-2011 Editor-in-Chief. "Our team has had the honor to complete the journal's landmark eighty-fifth volume, stirring the echoes of eight successful decades of groundbreaking legal scholarship. We've celebrated our past, taken time to enjoy the present, and look forward to the journal's bright future. The Class of 2011 is excited to watch incoming Editor-in-Chief Katherine Kirklin and her outstanding classmates carry the law review to new heights next year."

Coyle & Murphy Moot Court Winners

In their first appellate advocacy competition, Brie Coyle and Andy Murphy took second place at the 2011 National Native American Law Moot Court tournament. Brie and Andy were one of the few 1L teams to compete out of the 66 teams and 28 schools represented. Having not taken any of the courses that related to the issues in the problem, Brie and Andy relied on guidance from the UWLS faculty. Brie and Andy would like to thank Professors Bob Anderson, Ron Whitener, Kathryn Watts, Mary Fan, and Sarah Kaltsounis for their invaluable assistance.

Students in the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic Participate in Financial Fitness Day

Several members of a family wanted to start a small business, one that would expand rapidly through franchising. Paul Vercruyssen ’11, and Chris Sheppard ’11, students in the Entrepreneurial Clinic, and Jennifer S. Fan, Managing Director, and Harold Federow, Supervising Attorney spent their Saturday on April 2 to help this family and other clients think through the legal and business steps necessary to start their business.

The City of Seattle, The Seattle Foundation, the United Way of King County, and over 40 participating organizations sponsored the event.

In a summary of the day, the students wrote “Many of the clients that came by our table would most likely have started their businesses without speaking with a lawyer or business advisor. It is amazing the difference a 20-30 minute consultation can make for small business entrepreneurs like this. Our advice alerted these entrepreneurs to common missteps and gave them the tools necessary to launch thriving businesses.”


In This Issue

Alumni Recognition Banquet

Dawg Days in the Desert for Law School Alumni

Mediation Clinic Students Teach Conflict Management Skills

UW School of Law Hosts Justice Advocacy Africa Faculty Training

School News

Faculty News

Alumni News

Student News

Upcoming EventS

April 21, 2011
Gates Public Service Law Speaker - Heather Kendall Miller
William H. Gates Hall

April 25, 2011
Gates Public Service Law Speaker - Justice Sherif
William H. Gates Hall

April 25, 2011
Measuring the Incalculable: Natural Resource Damage Assessment & the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
William H. Gates Hall

April 26, 2011
2011 Alumni Recognition Banquet
Four Seasons Hotel
99 Union Street
Seattle, WA 98101

May 5, 2011
Legacy of Land: A Tribute to Roy Prosterman
William H. Gates Hall

May 6, 2011
Washington Law Review Banquet
William H. Gates Hall

May 10, 2011
Olympia Alumni & Friends Reception
Alexander Residence

May 12, 2011
Coughenour Mock Trial & Reception
William H. Gates Hall

May 18, 2011
Anchorage Alumni & Friends Reception
Christen-Torgerson Residence

May 31, 2011
Shidler Lecture & Reception
Willam H. Gates Hall

June 1, 2011
Portland Alumni & Friends Reception
Perkins Coie
1120 NW Couch St.
Portland, OR

June 12, 2011
Meany Hall

June 15, 2011
New York City Alumni & Friends Reception
New York Athletic Club at City House
180 Central Park South
New York, NY 10019

June 16, 2011
Washington DC Alumni & Friends Reception
DC University Club
1135 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20005

June 21, 20111
Spokane Alumni Reception
Luna Restaurant
5620 S Perry St, Spokane, WA 99223

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

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