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Summer 2011

Congratulations Graduates!


The UW School of Law proudly conferred degrees to 183 J.D., 96 LL.M. and 2 Ph.D. candidates on Sunday, June 12, 2011 at Meany Hall. The commencement address was presented by The Honorable Ricardo Martinez ’80.

Visit our online photo gallery of the big day.


UW Law’s Graduating Class Establishes Professor Paul Miller Diversity Scholarship

The 2011 graduating class created the fund to provide financial assistance to deserving UW law students from all types of under-represented backgrounds. The graduates recognized and appreciated that a diverse student body brings various perspectives that enhance the law school’s classrooms conversation and adds to the community outside the class. To join the 2011 class in supporting this fund you can link to our giving page here.


Join us for Reunion Day 2011

ATTENTION CLASSES of 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006 and the Tax LL.M. Program

Please join us on Saturday, October 22, 2011. For more information and to RSVP, visit


University of Mexico and the UW School of Law Presented Symposium on Pro Bono Legal Services

L to R: Jorge Madrazo; Professor Gregory Hicks; Dean Kellye Testy, Assistant Dean Michele Storms; Héctor Fix-Fierro

On May 12 and 13, members of the University of Washington Law faculty and leading Pacific Northwest attorneys committed to pro bono legal services met with colleagues from the National Autonomous University of Mexico at a two day conference in Seattle to promote pro bono legal services in Mexico. The conference was the inaugural event under a Memorandum of Understanding between UW Law and UNAM that will be the foundation for student and faculty exchanges and for collaborative projects between the two universities. More information here.


Another Legislative Victory for UW Law

Penny Hazelton, Associate Dean for Library & Computing Services, and Peggy Jarrett, UW Librarian and appointed to the national Federal Depository Library Council, joined other law librarians in collaborating with the Washington State Code Reviser’s Office in Olympia to promote widespread access to state primary legal material and to ensure permanent public access. HR 1479 was signed into law by Governor Gregoire on Friday April 22, 2011 as chapter 156 of the 2011 Laws of Washington. A copy of the new law can be found here. The law takes effect in July 22, 2011.


Entrepreneurial Law Clinic Receives Herbert B. Jones Foundation Grant

Jennifer Fan, Managing Director and Sean O'Connor, Faculty Director

The Entrepreneurial Law Clinic received a new grant from the Herbert B. Jones Foundation. The grant will provide funding for operations. Jennifer Fan prepared and submitted the grant application.

In April the ELC celebrated its 5th anniversary with an event that included the UW Center for Commercialization (C4C) and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (“CIE” from the UW Foster School).


Thank you to everyone who participated in the Law Firm Annual Challenge!

June 30th marked the end of another successful year of LFAC. UW Law alumni at firms and companies across the region connected with UW Law faculty and generated some great ideas to build up the law school and the alumni community. The final gifts and standings are still being tallied, but you can keep track here. A special thank you to all of the alumni leaders who helped organize lunches and receptions with your group! If you would like your firm or company to be part of the law firm annual challenge, please contact Garrett Hall at 206.616.5356 or


Faculty News

Professor Kathryn Watts Named Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development

In this leadership position as Associate Dean, Watts will further develop our inclusive intellectual community by promoting excellence in scholarship and teaching, coordinating and encouraging faculty research and scholarly activities, and showcasing faculty achievements.

“I am thrilled to have Kathryn in this leadership role in faculty development,” Dean Testy said about Watts. “She is an extraordinary role model for UW Law faculty and very generous to share her time and expertise with her colleagues.”

For more information on Professor Watts, please visit her profile page.

Professor Beth Rivin Receives 2011-2012 Fulbright Senior Scholar Award

The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) announced the selection of Professor Beth Rivin as a Fulbright Scholar for 2011-2012 in Indonesia. She will be hosted by Gadjah Mada University in Jogjakarta and will work at five other universities in Indonesia, including the University of Indonesia. Her focus will be teaching and capacity building in medical school bioethics education using multidisciplinary approaches.

>>More faculty news and scholarship


Alumni News

Chinese Judge Re-elected to UN Court for Law of Sea

Chinese judge (and LL.M. alumnus ’87) Gao Zhiguo was re-elected by an overwhelming majority as a judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (Hamburg, GE) is the principal judicial body for law of the sea matters. Gao is the executive director of the China Institute for Maritime Affairs under the State Oceanic Administration.

Paige Davis of Garvey Schubert Barer Elected Chair of WSBA Section of Taxation


Davis ’04 earned her LL.M. in Taxation and is a member of Garvey ‘s Tax and Benefits Group. She is currently a faculty member for the Masters in Taxation Program and is a pro bono attorney in the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic.

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>>More alumni news and events


Student News

An Exciting Summer Lies Ahead for UW Law Students

Brie Coyle, William Kim, and Garrett Heilman, (pictured above) all class of 2013, are off to a grand start as Yakima Nation Fellows.

First Student-Run Electronic Law Journal Published by UW Law

In June, the University of Washington School of Law published The Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts, which focuses on technology, commerce, and artistic innovation.

The Journal publishes concise legal analysis aimed at practicing attorneys on a quarterly basis. This quarter’s edition includes four articles by recent graduates of the law school on topics including:

  •  Affirmative Representations as a Limit on Immunity Under § 230 of the Communications Decency Act

  •  The Rejection of Civil Loss Causation Principles in Connection with Criminal Securities Fraud

  •  Deciphering “Authorization” Under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and How Employers Can Protect Their Data

  •  A Survey of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s Copyright Management Information Protections After All Headline News and McClatchey

Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal Published

The Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal features analysis of legal issues and developments in jurisdictions bordering the Pacific Ocean, including Asia, Oceania, and South American countries. This edition’s articles include:

  •  “Legal Compliance and Korea’s Financial Services Market: A Strategic Approach” by Young-Cheol Jeong.

  • “Labor Relations and Labor Law in Japan” by Atsushi Tsuneki and Manabu Matsunaka.

This edition’s student comments include:

  • “Divorce and the Welfare of the Child in Japan” by Matthew J. McCauley ‘12.

  • “To Plea or Not to Plea: The Benefits of Establishing an Institutionalized Plea Bargaining System in Japan” by Priyanka Prakash ‘12.

  • “Death Penalty Sentencing in Japan Under the Lay Assessor System: Avoiding the Avoidable Through Unanimity” by Elizabeth M. Sher ‘12.

  •   “The Problem of Enforcing Nature’s Rights Under Ecuador’s Constitution: Why the 2008 Environmental Amendments Have No Bite” by Mary Elizabeth Whittemore ‘12.

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In This Issue

Congratulations Graduates!

Paul Miller Diversity Scholarship

Reunion Day 2011

University of Mexico and the UW Law Presented Symposium on Pro Bono Legal Services

Another Legislative Victory for UW Law

ELC Receives Herbert B. Jones Foundation Grant

Thanks for participating in the Law Firm Annual Challenge!

Faculty News

Alumni News

Student News

Upcoming Events

July 14-29
CLE Program
2011 Patent and Intellectual Property Law Summer Institute Center for Advanced Study & Research on Intellectual Property (CASRIP)
William H. Gates Hall

July 19 - 21
8th International Conference on Forensic Inference and Statistics
University of Washington School of Law Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Washington

July 21
Public Interest Post Grad Fellows Panel Presentation
University of Washington School of Law 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Room 138

July 23
2011 High Technology Protection Summit
William H. Gates Hall

September 2 – 16
2011 Summer Institute in Transnational Law and Practice
William H. Gates Hall

September 7
2011 UW School of Law/Tax Executives Institute Tax Forum
William H. Gates Hall

September 8-9
24th Annual University of Washington Indian Law Symposium
William H. Gates Hall

October 22
Reunion Day
Classes of 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006 and Tax LL.M. Program
William H. Gates Hall

SAVE THE DATE - December 2
Golden Alumni Reunion Luncheon

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