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January 2011

The Innocence Project NW on TV

Three wrongfully convicted men were exonerated thanks to the IPNW

Ted: How do I prove that I’m innocent?

James: There’s no way they can find me guilty of this crime.

Allen: I didn’t do it. You’ve got the wrong guy.

These are the opening lines of a segment on the January edition of UW360  that aired on Wednesday, January 5. Visit and watch the stories behind the opening lines. Jackie McMurtrie, Lara Zarowsky and Dean Kellye Testy talk about the Innocence Project Northwest and its role in the vision and mission of the UW School of Law.


AALS and Alumni Regional Reception

L to R: Bay Area alumni Jill Rowe ‘98, Dean Kellye Y. Testy, Heather Rankie ‘09, and Michael Gotham ‘93.

The annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), the legal academy's scholarly association, met in San Francisco this month. Dean Testy, Professors Karen Boxx, Mary Fan and Clark Lombardi were featured speakers. Prof. Rafael Pardo is the Chair for the Creditor/Debtor section, Alan Kirtley became Chair of the Clinical Legal Education section, and Prof. Lombardi is chair-elect for the Islamic Law section. Read more>>

In addition, UW Law hosted a reception for alumni in the Bay Area. The reception was exceptionally well attended, and included a presentation by Dean Testy on the school's tremendous progress as Leaders for the Global Common Good. Director of Alumni Relations, Beverly Sanders, also spoke to alumni and announced the launch of an exciting on-line tool for alumni to stay connected with one another.


2010-2011 Law Firm Annual Challenge

Greg '85 and Val Gorder will match gifts made to the law school through LFAC.

Kicking off the 5th year of this important outreach initiative, Greg '85 and Val Gorder will match gifts made to the law school through the LFAC initiative. The matching funds will be applied to the first $50,000 in gifts directed to the law school from alumni in participating LFAC firms. This is the second year in a row the Gorder’s have offered to match gifts made between now and June 30. Thank you to Greg and Val Gorder!


Global Law Symposium

Professor Duncan Kennedy of Harvard Law School will speak at the Global Law Symposium on Feb. 25. [photo: courtesy Harvard Law]

Join Dean Kellye Y. Testy and our faculty for an international symposium on Global Law and its Exceptions: Globalization, Legal Transplants, Local Reception and Resistance featuring Duncan Kennedy, Carter Professor of General Jurisprudence, Harvard Law School. Prof. Kennedy will discuss The Globalization of Law and Economic Development.

The Global Law Symposium will be held on Feb. 25, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Pre-registration is required.


Faculty News

  • Anita Ramasastry -- D. Wayne & Anne Gittinger Professor of Law

    Prof. Anita Ramasastry is a senior advisor in the International Trade Administration at the US Dept. of Commerce as part of the Obama administration. She is working with former WA Governor, Gary Locke who is currently the Secretary of Commerce. Ramasastry is a member of the Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force. She is also one of the drafters of a new Department of Commerce Green Paper titled Privacy Commercial Data Privacy and Innovation in the Internet Economy: A Dynamic Policy Framework. Read more>>

  • Jackie McMurtrie -- Associate Professor of Law & Director, Innocence Project Northwest

    Prof. Jackie McMurtrie’s cleverly titled article Swirls and Whorls: Litigating Post-Conviction Claims of Fingerprint Misidentification After the NAS Report was published last month in the Utah Law Review and referenced in several other publications. Read more>>

  • Sean O'Connor -- Professor of Law & Director, Law, Technology & Arts Group

    Prof. Sean O’Connor and David W. Hill, President of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), co-authored a Supreme Court amicus brief in the Board of Trustees for Leland Stanford Junior University v. Roche Molecular Systems, Inc. case.  Read more>>


Student News

Bidders in action at last year's PILA auction.

PILA Auction Sweet Sixteen

Public Interest Law Association (PILA) will hold its 16th annual benefit auction on Friday, Feb. 25 at the Grand Hyatt Seattle.

Gareth Scott Lacy – 3L

Gareth Lacy was the winner of the National Law Review (NLR) Fall Student Legal Writing Contest for his article “Should Jurors Use the Internet.” Gareth’s article points to the fact that jurors often use cell phones and other electronic devices to access the Internet.

Eric Laliberte – 2L

People For Puget Sound, a citizens’ group dedicated to protecting and restoring Puget Sound, announced eight new members of its board of directors including 2L student Eric Laliberte.


Alumni News & Events

Tacoma- area Alumni Reception

Dean Kellye Testy and Stephanie Bloomfield '94 will host a Tacoma-area Alumni Reception on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 5:30 to 7:00 (Program at 6:00 p.m.) at the Bloomfield-Presnell Residence. Space is limited! Contact Bev sanders at or (206) 543-8707.

2011 Alumni Awards Nominations

The Law School Alumni Association encourages you to nominate deserving alumni in the following award areas:

  • Recent Graduate
  • Service Recognition
  • Distinguished Alumni
  • Henry M. Jackson Distinguished Alumni Public Service

To nominate an individual, please complete the online form by Feb. 1, 2011.

Save the date: April 26, 2011 – Alumni Recognition Banquet, Four Seasons Hotel, Seattle If you have questions, please contact Beverly Sanders at or 206-543-8707.

Louis Butler '08 Lieutenant

Louis E. Butler, JAGC, USN, assigned to Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) Japan, was selected as Naval Legal Service Command's Junior Officer of the Quarter for the period July to September 2010.  Read more>>

Raul Labrador '95

Originally from Puerto Rico, Labrador, a former state lawmaker and immigration attorney from Eagle, Idaho took office as a Republican member of the 112th US Congress. He was administered the oath of office on Jan. 5 by newly elected U.S. House Speaker John Boehner.

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Job openings for graduates

Paid positions for graduates

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  • NY State Supreme Court, Commercial Division, Clerkship (Deadline: Jan.31, 2011)
  • Miller Nash, Business Attorney (Deadline: Feb. 10, 2011)
  • Carson Boyd & Busey, Attorney (Deadline: Feb. 18, 2011)
  • Seed IP Law Group, Associate Attorney (Deadline: Feb. 28, 2011)
  • Perkins Coie, Patent Procurement Associate (Deadline: Jan. 31, 2011)
  • UW Medicine, Director of Compliance (Deadline: March 31, 2011)
  • Grays Harbor Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney (Deadline: Jan. 3, 2011)

Non-Attorney Positions for Graduates

  • Eastside Legal Assistance Program, Program Director (Deadline: Jan. 25, 2011)


In This Issue

The Innocence Project NW on TV

AALS and Alumni Regional Reception

2010-2011 Law Firm Annual Challenge

Global Law Symposium

Faculty News

Student News

Alumni News & Events

Tacoma-area Alumni Event

2011 Alumni Awards Nominations

Job openings for graduates

Upcoming EventS

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

February 1, 2011
2011 Alumni Awards Nominations Due

February 25, 2011
PILA Auction
Grand Hyatt Seattle
721 Pine Street

March 14
Law Dawgs in the Desert Dinner
Rancho La Quinta Country Club
La Quinta, CA

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

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