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Recent grads may continue to enter the Law Library when it is closed by swiping
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Grads working in verifiable 501(c)(3) public interest positions are eligible to
apply for the LexisNexis ASPIRE program, which provides free access to federal and
state cases, laws, and regulations; law review articles; Shepard’s citators;
and Matthew Bender treatises for a limited time.
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On Sunday, June 10, the
UW Law Class of 2012 graduated. Dean Kellye Testy, along with other
faculty, awarded degrees to:
- 180 J.D. recipients
- 34 LL.M. and 2 Ph.D. recipients from the Asian Law Center
- 34 LL.M. recipients in Taxation
- 29 LL.M. recipients in IP Law & Policy
- 7 LL.M. recipients in Health Law
Washington state Governor Christine Gregoire gave the commencement address. You
can read Gov. Gregoire's speech
View photos from the event
Founded in 1992, the Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property
(CASRIP) has attracted students from every continent and distinguished faculty from
Silicon Valley to Washington, D.C. The CASRIP Summer Institute teaches the fundamentals
of patent prosecution, litigation and licensing—its curriculum is the benchmark
for intellectual property law summer programs in the U.S. The celebration activities
will coincide with the annual
High Technology Protection Summit on July 27 and 28.
Law Firm Annual Challenge Underway
The Law Firm
Annual Challenge is underway! Your LFAC co-chairs will match gifts made
to the law school before June 30. The matching funds will be applied as the gifts
arrive from alumni in participating LFAC firms. LFAC and this matching offer end
on June 30, so be sure to
make your gift today! Firm standings are constantly changing and you can
keep track here.
Thank you to the LFAC co-chairs who made the match possible and all of our alumni
who make LFAC such an important and valuable program!
Tanya Karwaki, J.D. ('96),
LL.M. ('12), New Interim Director of Barer Institute
The Barer Institute was created
with a gift from former UW Regent and law school
advancement committee chair Stan Barer '63 and his wife, Alta. The Institute
focuses on the multidisciplinary role of law in promoting health, education, and
economic development and its goal is to utilize lawyers as leaders in providing
advice and solutions to issues in lower and middle income developing countries.
The Institute is in the process of selecting the first group of students to
receive the Barer Institute fellowships for the Fall of 2012. These fellowships
will enable the recipients to earn their LL.M. degrees in Sustainable
LTA Welcomes New Director
Scott David—a former K&L Gates partner who primarily practiced in Technology
Transactions and Data Protection—joined UW Law on June 1. He is now the
Executive Director of our Law, Technology & Arts Group.
NOTE: If you are interested in receiving the latest newsletter
from the LTA, please send your email address to
Seattle's Loss is Georgia's Gain: Professors Donaldson and Pardo Leave UW Law
Professor Sam Donaldson joined UW Law 13 years ago, and taught tax law, estate
planning and professional responsibility. He also served as as Associate
Dean for Academic Administration since 2010. He was the director of the
Graduate Program in Taxation from 2004 to 2010. Donaldson will be joining the
faculty at the Georgia State University College of Law.
Professor Rafael Pardo
joined UW Law in 2010 and specializes in bankruptcy law. He will be joining the law faculty at Emory University in Atlanta.
Both will be missed!
Professor Jacqueline McMurtrie
Receives UW’s Outstanding Public Service Award
UW Law Associate Professor and Director of the Innocence Project Northwest
(IPNW) Jacqueline McMurtrie was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Public Service
Award at the University of Washington’s 42nd Annual Awards of Excellence.
McMurtrie was recognized for her work at the Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW) and the
Washington State Bar Association's Council on Public Defense.
Recently, McMurtrie was
interviewed on KING 5 TV
in a story about Brian Banks, an aspiring Seahawks team member who was
exonerated of rape in California. The story highlights IPNW and client Alan Northup.
Professor Sylvia Kang'ara
Appointed Founding Dean of Riara Law School in
In September 2012, Riara University will open its doors to fifty Bachelor
of Laws (LL.B.) students, drawn primarily from Kenya and its neighboring
countries. Professor Kang’ara will initially
focus on pedagogical innovation in the delivery of foundational courses,
production of context-sensitive teaching materials, skills training especially
in legal writing, trial advocacy, and clinical education, and the development of
nuturing intellectual and professional development programs.
Kang’ara joined the UW
School of Law in 2006. She also teaches in the African Studies Program at the
Jackson School of International Studies. Kang’ara graduated from the University
of Nairobi and Harvard University.
Analyzes Egyptian Supreme Court's Role in Egypt's Faltering Transition to
Assistant Professor Clark Lombardi was sourced in
multimedia news organizations,
of America and
Middle East Voices, for
an article on the Egyptian Supreme Court and its decisive role in the future of
Egypt's politics. Lombardi has published widely in both academic journals and
the media on the subjects of constitutional law in Muslim countries, the
challenges of the Egyptian transition and more broadly on the ambivalent role
that constitutional courts play in transitions to democracy. He contributed his
knowledge of Egypt's legal past and of the Supreme Constitutional Court’s
Anita K. Krug
Heads to London for Berle Conference
Assistant Professor Anita K. Krug attended the
Berle IV Conference in London this month. Sponsored by the University
College London and The Adolf Berle, Jr. Center on Corporations, Law & Society at
Seattle University, the two-day conference will host professors from the U.S. and
Britain in lecture discussions on the current state global finance, markets and
Pens Essay on International Law of the Sea
As the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hears testimony this month before
its crucial vote on whether to recommend to the Senate that the U.S. accede to
the 1982 U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, Professor Craig Allen has
engaged in a debate in
Opinio Juris, the “forum for informed discussion and lively debate
about international law and international relations” founded in 2005. Writing in
support of the Convention, Professor Allen’s essay The International Law of the
Sea: A Treaty for Thee; Customary Law for Me? highlights the risk to the United
States of continued reliance on uncertain customary law norms to protect its
national interests in the sea, when over 160 nations have now ratified the
May Alumnus of the
Each month we highlight an extraordinary career of one of our graduates. Our most
recent honoree is Martin E. Lybecker '70, a leader in the development of banking
and securities laws. As a partner at Perkins Coie, Lybecker serves as counsel to investment companies, investment advisers,
broker-dealers, depository institutions, insurance companies and multiple financial
services trade associations.
To nominate an alumnus, send an email to
Greater China Law
Society of UW
Greater China Law Society of UW
(GCLS) is a private, invitation-only, interconnected business and alumni network
of Husky legal professionals. It provides a forum for the discussion of Chinese
business laws and publicizes networking events. Members hail from all over of
the globe, including Seattle, New York, Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Nanjing,
Hong Kong and Taipei.
If you're interested in being a member, please contact Christina Hsiang at
email@example.com, the Global
Membership Manager of GCLS. Should you have any other questions, please contact
Jack Ding at
firstname.lastname@example.org, founder of GCLS. Or join the
>>More alumni news and events
'12 Appears on Wheel of Fortune, Raises Money for Scholarship Fund
appeared on the May 2 episode and won over $18,000. To celebrate his
winning, Engst hosted a viewing party at Jillian's Billiards in Seattle, and an
encore viewing at the law school. Both celebrations raised money for the
Paul Miller Diversity Scholarship Fund. The late Paul Miller, a disability
rights activist, was Engst's professor at UW Law.
'12 and UW MBA Student Chris Bajuk Bring Farming to the Rooftop
'12 and UW MBA Chris Bajuk '12 won the $25,000 grand
prize at UW’s Annual Business Plan Competition last month. Their startup company,
UrbanHarvest, promises healthy, tasty and environmentally sustainable produce grown
UW Law’s Immigration Law Clinic
Defends Client from Deportation to Vietnam
In an Immigration Law Clinic victory this school year, Ben Harris ’12
and MariRuth Petzing ’13 successfully defended 30-year-old Khuong Ta against
deportation. Ta faced deportation to Vietnam after his family fled from the country
when he was an infant.
"After a 3-hour-long hearing, at which Mr. Ta was represented by Ben and MariRuth,
the Immigration Judge granted him the waiver," said law lecturer Signe Dortch. At
the time of his hearing, Ta had been in an Immigration detention facility for almost