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Fall 2011


Reunion Day 2011 
Saturday, October 22

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

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The Future of Miranda: A Dialogue
Wednesday, October 19

This event features a distinguished panel including the Honorable Betty B. Fletcher, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; Professor Emeritus Yale Kamisar, University of Michigan School of Law; John Kroger, Oregon Attorney General; and commentary by Todd Maybrown, Partner, Allen, Hansen & Maybrown, PS. Reception following.



Professor Ron Whitener named Champion of Change

Whitener was selected as a White House Champion of Change. The award features lawyers “who dedicate their professional lives to closing the justice gap in America” and is given to a small group of people who are “Winning the Future.”

This honor will be presented to Whitener at the White House on October 13, 2011.

Professor Joel Ngugi appointed as a Judge of the High Court of Kenya

Ngugi will take a leave of absence from the law school to accept the appointment. He plans to continue his involvement with UW by providing externship, independent studies, and international legal research opportunities for students who are interested in international, comparative and human rights law. More>>

Professor Sean O’Connor Launches New Blog – The Means of Innovation

O’Connor, Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Law, Business & Entrepreneurship Program, is publisher of the new blog that discusses law, creativity, commerce & entrepreneurship. UW Law and the Seattle law firm of Graham & Dunn are co-sponsors.

Professor Watts will moderate fireside chat with Justice John Paul Stevens

At the American College of Trial Lawyers annual conference in La Quinta, California on Oct. 21, Associate Dean Watts, along with Professor Lawrence Rosenthal of Chapman University School of Law, will moderate a “fireside chat” with Justice John Paul Stevens, who retired from the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010 after sitting on the Court for more than thirty years.

UW Law announces new Legal Studies Research Paper Series

Through the Social Science Research Network (SSRN), the law school launched a new ejournal containing our faculty's legal and interdisciplinary scholarship in all subject areas.

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Promoted to Professor

Robert Anderson, Director of the Native American Law Center

Kate O’Neill

Promoted to Associate Professor

Maureen Howard, Director of Trial Advocacy 

Kathryn Watts, Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development

Dongsheng Zang

Promoted to Senior Lecturer

Sarah Kaltsounis


Sanne Knudsen, Zahr Said and Visiting Assistant Professor Lisa Manheim

>>More faculty news and scholarship



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Jack Johnson

UW President Young announced the appointment of Jack Johnson ’80 to the new chief of staff position in the President’s office.

Fawn Sharp

Fawn R. Sharp ’95, the Quinault Nation Chairwoman, was elected to lead the Affiliated Tribe of Northwest Indians. 


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>>More alumni news and events



Immigration Law Clinic earns huge win for former Sudanese child soldier

Teymur Askerov '12 and Melanie Beckwith '11, two immigration law clinic students, and advanced clinic student Meghan Kelly '11 successfully defended a 33-year-old detained man from being sent back to Sudan, where he feared he would be tortured. Athian Bol tells an amazing story and Signe Dortch and her team focused attention on the widespread and egregious human rights violations occurring in Sudan.

Five students awarded Federal Appellate Clerkships

Third year law students Hilary Hammell, Aurora Janke, Katherine Kirklin O’Brien, Luke Rona and Tom Wyrwich have accepted federal appellate clerkships (four with judges on the Ninth Circuit and one with a judge on the Tenth Circuit). These appointments will begin after graduation.

Want UW Law Gear?

Purchase UW Law-branded sweatshirts, t-shirts, hats, mugs and more! Online store only open until Oct. 16, 2011!  But merchandise is always available by contacting the SBA.


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October 3
Global Mondays - Dr. Myoung Ung Lee

October 7
2011 Cybercrime Conference

October 19
The Future of Miranda: A Dialogue

October 22
2011 Reunion Day Classes of 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006 and graduates of our Tax LLM program

October 27
Spokane Alumni & Friends Reception

October 28
Graduate Program in Taxation Portland Reception

November 15
Gates Public Service Law Speaker Monica Roa
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Rm. 133
Reception following in Rm. 115
Hosted by Gates Public Service Law Program


November 5
Huskies vs. Oregon Tailgate
10:30 a.m.
The Zone, Husky Stadium 

November 10
Tacoma Alumni & Friends Reception
5:30-7:00 p.m.

December 2
Golden Years Reunion Luncheon

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