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March 2011

UW Law Early Engagement

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WSBA’s Moderate Means Program

The University of Washington School of Law announces its involvement in the Moderate Means Program, a joint venture between the WSBA and the three law schools in Washington State.

Did you know that every year 75% of Washingtonians with moderate means (living within 200-400% of the federal poverty level) experience at least one legal problem. Many go without help!

Please visit the WSBA website for more information about the program and ways to get involved.


Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Mexico

L to R, front row: UNAM’s  Jorge Madrazo, Dean Kellye Testy, Professor Gregory Hicks; back row: Assistant Dean Liz Ford, Assistant Dean Naomi Sanchez, Assistant Dean Michele Storms

The MOU between University of Washington School of Law and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) law school and legal research institutes will serve as a platform for shared scholarly projects and for exchanges of law students and law faculty. UNAM is Latin America’s premier research and teaching university. The MOU was negotiated under the umbrella of the general MOU between UW and UNAM and it represents an important initiative by Dean Kellye Testy and UNAM’s representative in the Pacific Northwest, Lic. Jorge Madrazo. Professor Gregory Hicks represented the University of Washington School of Law in the negotiation and planning of the agreement and worked with our counterparts at UNAM in Mexico City.


Clinics – Immigration Law
A report on 2010 by Signe Dortch -- Senior Law Lecturer

Signe Dortch, Immigration Law Clinic Director

2010 was the UW Immigration Law Clinic’s most successful year since the clinic’s inception. Advanced clinic student Sasha Lazarevich ’11 secured a grant of asylum from the immigration judge for her client, who had suffered a forced abortion in China.

Emily Jarvis ’09 and Kianoush Naficy ’10 represented a woman who had fled Guinea after having suffered female genital cutting and was the victim of a violent beating by government officials. When Jarvis learned of the decision to grant her client asylum, she commented that it is “hard to imagine anyone successfully navigating the asylum process from start to finish on their own, let alone someone who has already experienced so much trauma.”

For a description of the work of the Immigration Law Clinic, please visit the clinic’s webpage.


Faculty News

Peter Nicolas – Jeffrey & Susan Brotman Professor of Law

I do…Oh no you don’t!
The Geography of Love: Same-Sex Marriage & Relationship Recognition in America (The Story in Maps)

In this new publication, Peter Nicolas and Mike Strong combine their respective training in law and cartography to depict the history and current state of marriage and relationship recognition rights for same-sex couples in the United States in words...and in maps.

Gay rights activists will appreciate the maps and tables that illustrate pockets of significant local support for gay rights. Nicolas says, “With a little work, major in-roads can be made to advance the rights of same sex couples, especially in areas where votes to ban same-sex marriages had the least support and where support for gay rights has been demonstrated at the local level through domestic partnership and equal benefit ordinances.”

Eric SchnapperEric Schnapper – Professor of Law

From the Washington Post to the Wall Street Journal, the news media shouted from every major newspaper and media outlet that employers are prohibited from retaliating against a worker who has filed a discrimination complaint by making reprisals against that worker's fiancé, family members or other close associates. Schnapper argued the case before the Supreme Court on Dec.7, 2010. The unanimous decision by the Supreme Court was handled down on Monday, Jan. 24, 2011.

Ron CollinssRonald K. L. Collins –  Harold S. Shefelman Scholar and Visiting Professor

The Supreme Court Fellows Alumni Association presented its Administration of Justice Award to Ronald K.L. Collins in recognition of his scholarly and professional achievements in advancing the rule of law. Collins was a fellow at the Court in 1982 and worked under Chief Justice Warren Burger. Justice Breyer presented the award.

Manisha SinghManisha Singh –  Director of Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services

How effective is foreign aid for promoting US interests? How effective is it for helping people abroad? Manisha Singh suggests that it’s more effective than you may realize. Listen as Manisha joins KUOW “The Conversation” host Ross Reynolds.

>>More faculty news and scholarship


Alumni News

In the fall of 2010, Scott Kendall '03 served as counsel to United States Senator Lisa Murkowski in her historic and successful re-election campaign, which made her the first candidate in 50 years to successfully run for U.S. Senate as a write-in candidate. In representing Sen. Murkowski, Mr. Kendall argued two separate election law cases from Alaska Superior Court through appeal to the Alaska Supreme Court, prevailing in both proceedings. [Read more in the New York Times  Fight Over Senate Seat Reaches Alaska Supreme Court.]

Kathleen Hopkins The ABA Board of Governors recently appointed Kathleen J. Hopkins '91 of the Real Property Law Group, PLLC in Seattle, to a three year term on the ABA Journal’s Board of Editors. In August 2010 Kathleen was also appointed to the ABA’s Standing Committee on Publishing Oversight and started a four year term as an “at-large” member of the ABA’s General Practice Solo Small Firm Division’s Executive Council. She was also recently elected to the Board of Regents of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers.

Al Tramposch Well-known in international intellectual property policy, Al Tramposch '86 takes charge of USPTO External Affairs

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>>More alumni news and events


Save the Dates

Race Judicata – April 2, 2011

Angela Schneider '11 and the UW Student Health Law Organization (SHLO) have organized Race Judicata, a 5K race to raise money to fund a PILA grant this summer for a health law internship. Although this event has not been held for a few years, we know this is a great event for the UW and Seattle legal community. For more information, contact Schneider at or Jessica Belle '13 with questions. Rumor has it that there is an award for Fastest Judge in Seattle!

Ethics, Animals & the Law: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Standards of Care –  April 15, 2011

Stephanie Erickson,  '11 and Nicholas Hudson '10, LL.M. '11 along with the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund – UW Chapter will present a one-day symposium on the:

  • Ethics of Animal Law Litigation
  • Creation CARE Ethics
  • Shelter Reform
  • Factory Farming & Food Standards
  • Enforcement Standards of Care
  • Veterinary Standards of Care

For information and CLE credits, email

Alumni recognition awards – April 26, 2011

Our 2011 alumni awards will be presented at the Alumni Recognition Banquet on April 26, 2011 at the Four Seasons Hotel, 99 Union Street, Seattle, WA. Awards include:

  • Recent Graduate
     Felix Gavi Luna ‘97
  • Distinguished Alumni
    Jenny Anne Durkan ‘85 and Ricardo S. Martinez ‘80
  • Henry M. Jackson Distinguished Alumni Public Service
    Stanley H. Barer ‘63

Annual CASRIP High Tech Summit will honor Judge Rader –  July 22 -  23, 2011

The 2011 CASRIP High Tech Summit Conference will celebrate Chief Judge Rader’s contributions to Patent Jurisprudence. The intensive conference provides great foundation in U.S. and international technology protection law and practice and is open to all lawyers. This year we extend a special invitation to Chief Judge Rader’s colleague-judges, former law clerks, and leading patent professionals worldwide to discuss his opinions often cited by the Supreme Court justices.


Job openings for graduates

Full-time paid position in Children’s Law

NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY, SALMON P. CHASE COLLEGE OF LAW, anticipates filling a position in the Children’s Law area that will help operate a Children’s Law Clinic in conjunction with the Children’s Law Center. The position may be tenured, tenure-track or on a four-year presumptively renewable basis. Applicants should present a strong academic record and present evidence of ability to achieve excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.

Northern Kentucky University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

CONTACT: Professor David Elder, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, Chase College of Law, 517 Nunn Hall, Highland Heights, KY 41099.

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In This Issue

UW Law Early Engagement

WSBA’s Moderate Means Program

Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Mexico

Clinics – Immigration Law

Faculty News

Alumni News

Save the Dates

Upcoming EventS

March 4, 2011
Regulating the Treatment of Cancer: The Intersection of Science, Law & Public Policy
William H. Gates Hall

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

April 2, 2011
Race Judicata
Seward Park
5902 Lake Washington Blvd S
Seattle, WA

April 15, 2011
Animal Law Conference
William H. Gates Hall

June 21, 2011
Spokane Alumni Reception
Luna Restaurant, 5620 S Perry St, Spokane 99223

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

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