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UW Law Receives $1.7M Founding Gift from Microsoft to Launch Interdisciplinary Tech Policy Lab with iSchool and CSE

Tech Lab Launch

The law school launched a pioneering laboratory in collaboration with the Information School and Computer Science and Engineering that will examine cutting-edge issues such as cybersecurity, consumer privacy and online censorship, and will improve national policies on new technologies. The Tech Policy Lab brings together experts and students from the three schools and serves as an intellectual hub and resource center for both policymakers and technologists. Ryan Calo, Assistant Professor at the UW School of Law, is one of the lab’s founding directors.

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IPNW Receives Two Prestigious Grants

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Coming off its recent highly-publicized victory in securing the exoneration of three innocent men, the Innocence Project Northwest has received two prestigious grants to fund its work. It was awarded a 2013-2015 Wrongful Conviction Review Grant and a 2013-2015 NIJ DNA Postconviction DNA Testing Assistance Program Grant. IPNW will use the grants to continue to provide high-quality legal representation to wrongfully convicted individuals in Washington State.

The Cape Town Convention Academic Project Holds 2nd Conference

Cape Town Converence

The Cape Town Convention Academic Project (CTC) is a joint undertaking between the University of Oxford Faculty of Law and the University of Washington School of Law, facilitating the study of the Convention on international interests in mobile equipment. The conference focused on the CTC's treatment of non-consensual interests and intangibles, as well as its provisions regarding public service, jurisdiction and choice of law.


Record Number Take Part in Transnational Law & Practice Summer Institute

Cape Town Converence

Sixty-four law scholars from around the globe attended the ninth annual Summer Institute in Transnational Law and Practice, held July 18 - August 2 at UW Law. The program is an introduction to the U.S. legal system and practice in a comparative law setting. Speakers included UW and Keio University (Japan) law faculty, as well as the Honorable Ricardo Martinez (U.S. District Court for the Western District of WA), Christopher Cunningham and Mark Wittow (K&L Gates). "The program would not have been a success without the continued participation and support of faculty and staff," said Dana Raigrodski, Executive Director of Global Affairs.

Center for Environmental Law and Policy (CELP) Marks 20 Year Partnership with UW Law


On July 9, CELP recognized twenty years of partnership with the University of Washington School of Law to restore clean, flowing waters to Washington. CELP also presented the Ralph W. Johnson Award to the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community for their outstanding work to protect the Skagit River. This award honors the legacy of UW Law Emeritus Professor Ralph Johnson, who founded CELP to promote the public trust in water resources.

Alumni News

Law Review Article by Kevin Tu '06 Receives Mention

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Kevin Tu, an assistant professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law was quoted in a recent article in American Banker that also mentions Tu’s forthcoming Alabama Law Review article, “From Bike Messengers to App Stores: Regulating the New Cashless World”. Tu’s article was also featured on RegBlog, a leading blog presented by Penn Law and the Penn Program on Regulation.

Wyatt Golding '11 Secures Agreement to Protect Squak Mountain from Logging

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Wyatt Golding, staff attorney at the Washington Forest Law Center, helped local groups Save Squak and Issaquah Alps Trail Club fight a logging and development plan on Squak Mountain in Issaquah. The work helped King County reach a deal with the Trust for Public Land to purchase the forest from Erickson Logging for $5 million. "The tireless work of local activists helped to preserve an important forested landscape and protect the public interest in an intact natural environment," said Golding. "Additional public ownership on Squak Mountain will reduce flooding on local roads, build on efforts to restore salmon runs to May Creek, provide a critical wildlife corridor, and secure public access to beautiful stands of mature forest."


Brotmans Receive Volunteer Service Award


Jeffrey ’67 and Susan Brotman are the recipients of the 2013 Gates Volunteer Service Award. This annual award is presented by the University of Washington and the UW Foundation to recognize and honor individuals whose long-term volunteer service and philanthropy have encouraged others to similarly support the UW. Jeffrey Brotman has served as a UW Regent since 1998 and is a board member of the UW Foundation. He is also a recipient of the UW School of Law’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

Rion Joaquin Ramirez '98, Suquamish Tribe Official, Named to a Federal Commission

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Rion Joaquin Ramirez, general counsel for Port Madison Enterprises, was appointed to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships on July 12.


Announcing the Post-Graduate Fellowship Program

The program provides some financial support to recent UW Law graduates who are seeking employment, and who wish to provide legal services for underserved populations. “The 2013 fellows will be able to continue developing skills, contacts, and professional experience through short-term volunteer work,” says Michele Storms, Assistant Dean for Public Service. She adds that the program gives fellows a competitive edge when applying for permanent positions. The application period for 2013 is now closed but questions can be sent to

Faculty News

UW Law Welcomes Two to Faculty

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UW Law welcomes Melissa Durkee and Lisa Manheim to its outstanding faculty. Assistant Professor Durkee, joins us from private practice in New York, and adds strength to our growing emphasis on global and domestic business law. Assistant Professor Manheim, a former clerk for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, focuses upon constitutional and electoral law. Both are exceptional teachers and scholars, and we warmly welcome them to our collegial community.

Professor Anita Ramasastry Elected to ULC committee

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Anita Ramasastry, the UW Law Foundation Professor of Law, has been appointed to serve a two-year term as Chair of the Committee on Scope and Program of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC). Ramasastry was appointed at the 122nd Annual Meeting of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC), which recently concluded in Boston, Massachusetts. The Scope and Program Committee recommends which study and drafting projects the ULC should undertake.


Professors Rivin and Brown Teach in Cambodia

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Professor Beth Rivin and Adjunct Professor Sharan Brown led a unique law school course in Cambodia this past summer on Health, Human Rights and Rights of the Child. The six-week course explored theoretical underpinnings and practical applications of the rights of the child in the context of Cambodia's health system, with a particular focus on the rights of disabled children. Law students and graduate students from UW Schools of Education and Public Health participated in a multidisciplinary learning experience that involved classroom study, presentations from local experts and applied, skills-building field research.

Professor Ryan Calo Wins Best Paper Award

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Calo's paper, Digital Market Manipulation, was selected as the Best Paper at the Privacy Law Scholars Conference at Berkeley Law. The award earned him the opportunity to present the paper at the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ annual meeting in October.


Professor Peter Nicolas's Book Now in Fourth Edition

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The fourth edition of Nicolas’ book, “The Geography of Love”, is completely up-to-date, and provides extensive coverage of the votes in November 2012 legalizing same-sex marriage in Maine, Maryland, and Washington, as well as the 2013 laws legalizing same-sex marriage in Delaware, Minnesota, and Rhode Island and the resumption of same-sex marriages in California.


Library News

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Recognizing the usefulness of free online access to UW Law’s well-regarded law review and journals, the Gallagher Law Library created, a digital repository for all issues of the UW Law’s journals. The Law Library’s digital archive is publicly accessible, meaning that members of the legal community across the globe may quickly connect to excellent faculty and student scholarship. Complete journal volumes include mastheads, tables of contents and indexes of the four law school journals:

Student News

Victoria Ainsworth Wins Malcolm L. Edwards '57 Award for Best Appellate Brief

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Second-year law student Victoria Ainsworth received the inaugural Malcolm L. Edwards '57 Award for Best Appellate Brief. The Edwards Endowed Award was created in 2013 by Howard Goodfriend '84 and Catherine Smith '79 of Smith Goodfriend, P.S., to provide a lasting honor to the “dean” of the appellate bar in Washington State, Malcolm L. Edwards '57. The endowment will provide an annual cash award for a first-year UW School of Law student who submits the best brief through the annual 1L Appellate Advocacy Competition.

Shon Hopwood ’14 Receives 2014 Clerkship

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Hopwood will serve as clerk for Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Hopwood, who was convicted of bank robbery and served time in federal prison, is a Gates Public Service Scholar.




Forces of Change: Law, Policy and Equity in Washington State Education

8 A.M.- 4:30 P.M., WILLIAM H. GATES HALL  

OCTOBER 11 - 12

Promoting Diversity in Law School Leadership

9 A.M.- 5:30 P.M., WILLIAM H. GATES HALL  


Huskies vs. Oregon Tailgate

11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M., HUSKY STADIUM  


Central Park Five: Film Screening

6 - 9:30 P.M., ROOM 138 WILLIAM H. GATES HALL  


The Other Side of Silence Film Screening

6 - 9:30 P.M., ROOM 138 WILLIAM H. GATES HALL  


Roger L. Shidler Lecture Series Speaker: Judge Margaret McKeown



Immigration Options for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence

1201 3rd Ave. Ste. 2200


New York City Alumni & Friends Breakfast

8:30 - 10 A.M.


Washington D.C Alumni & Friends Reception

5:30 - 7 P.M.


Roger L. Shidler Lecture Series Speaker: Professor Jane Ginsburg