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Summer 2010

Congratulations Graduates!

The UW School of Law conferred degrees to 174 J.D., 131 LL.M. and 2 Ph.D. candidates on Sunday, June 13, 2010 at Meany Hall on the UW campus. The commencement address was presented by Washington State Representative Jamie Pedersen (D-43rd District).

Gifts totaling almost $8,000 from the Class of 2010 and the Public Interest Law Association were made to the law school and the Loan Repayment Assistance Program.

What made the UW School of Law's commencement ceremony stand out from other law schools was that more than 65% of the Class of 2010 was comprised of women. The national average for female law school enrollment is 46% according to the American Bar Association.


Gates Foundation Gift Broadens Law School Public Service Mission

A $500,000 gift to the UW School of Law from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has led to the development of a centralized hub for all public service and public interest programs at the law school. The gift expands opportunities for students and reinforces public service as a core value of UW Law, one of the nation's top public law schools.

Activities will include providing public service advising for law students and alumni, supporting student organizations focused on public service/interest, enhancing collaborations with legal services and community organizations, and administering a pro bono honors program and the Gates Public Service Law Program.

Changes also include the creation of an Assistant Dean for Public Service position, to be filled by Michele Storms, currently the director of the Gates PSL Program.


Join us for Reunion Day 2010

Attention Classes of 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 and Tax LLM graduates: on Saturday, November 6, 2010, join us for Reunion Day 2010. Members of our reunion classes and the Tax LLM program will gather with Dean Testy and our faculty to celebrate this momentous occasion in William H. Gates Hall, the law school's beautiful new state-of-the-art home.


Dean Testy Appointed Chair of Presidential Search Committee

Kellye Testy
Dean Kellye Testy was appointed by the UW Board of Regents to chair the Presidential Search Advisory Committee to find a successor for President Mark Emmert.

The Presidential Search Advisory Committee, which includes 3L Sarah Reyneveld, will recommend three to five presidential candidates to the board by January 31, 2011.


UW's Innocence Project Secures Two More Conviction Reversals

(l to r) IPNW Staff Attorney John Pantazis, Larry Davis, Alan Northrop, and IPNW Director Jackie McMurtrie on the day both Davis and Northrop's sentences were vacated by a Clark County Judge

On April 21, 2010, Clark County Superior Court Judge Diane Woolard vacated the sentences of Alan G. Northrop and Larry W. Davis, both convicted of rape and burglary in 1993, as a result of DNA testing not available at the time of their original trial. Students, faculty, staff, and volunteer attorneys with the UW School of Law Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW) worked on the case and were present when Judge Woolard announced her decision, at which time Northrop was released from state custody. Davis was released on parole earlier this year.

This is the second time in Washington state history that someone convicted of a crime has been exonerated based on DNA testing. The first DNA exoneration came in 2006, when a Yakima County judge vacated the rape conviction of IPNW client Ted Bradford. Bradford was entitled to a new trial, which ended February 11, 2010 when the jury pronounced Bradford not guilty.

Many UW students and alumni were involved in the Northrop and Davis cases over the years:

  • Anne Beardsley Mizuta '01 reviewed the initial letters from Northrop and Davis in 2001.
  • Alena Ciecko '04 and Judy King '03 took the lead on the initial investigation in 2002-03.
  • Anna Buzard '05 and Jacob D'Annunzio '04 took over the cases the following year and wrote to the Clark County Prosecutor's Office to request post-conviction DNA testing.
  • IPNW students were involved in the effort to change the post-conviction DNA law and the legislature passed an amended version in 2004, giving courts decision-making authority. The student effort to change the law was spearheaded by Theresa Connor '06, who also worked on the cases during her time in the IPNW clinic.
  • Erin Curtis '06, wrote the motion for post-conviction DNA testing that persuaded Judge Robert Harris to order testing in 2005.
  • Julie Fields '06, Cassie Little '06, Sheila LaRose '08 and Boris Reznikov '07 continued to investigate non-DNA leads.


More Changes at the Law School

Professor Sam Donaldson, director of the Graduate Program in Taxation, will serve as the next Associate Dean for Academic Administration, effective June 14. Also, Elizabeth Ford has joined the law school as Assistant Dean of Finance and Operations.

To sharpen the law school's focus on leadership and career development, the career office has been renamed the The Center for Career and Leadership Development. The Center will enhance the programs the law school currently provides for students in career counseling and their development as leaders.


What Are They Up To?

This summer, UW School of Law students can be found at firms, legal aid organizations, and government agencies around the region, nation and the globe. Here's a small sample of what they are up to:

    Joan Altman, Caitlin Imaki, Stephanie Erickson, Sarra Yamin, Gabriel Verdugo, Christine Short, Erica Koscher, Rebecca Jones, Thomas Hojem, Aurora Janke, Drew Meyer, Jacob Krall, Kevin March, Washington State Office of the Attorney General (Olympia, Vancouver, and Seattle)
    Amanda Ballantyne, Carolyn McConnell, The Unemployment Law Project (Seattle)
    Deborah Byrne, Disability Rights Oregon (Portland, Oregon)
    Caitlin Cushing, King County Prosecutor's Office (Seattle)
    Rachel Dodson, Office of Washington State Supreme Court Justice Susan Owens (Olympia)
    Thomas Fabrega, Foster Pepper (Seattle)
    Mike Felton, Office of the Maine Attorney General (August, Maine)
    Ariana Flores, Texas Civil Rights Project (El Paso, Texas)
    Alison Gaffney and Dylan Tessier, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (Seattle)
    Ben Golden, Aubri Goldsby, Perkins Coie (Seattle)
    Wyatt Golding, Jenna Crouch, Jane Bowman, Federal Public Defender's Office (Seattle)
    Fen Gui, Yakima County Prosecutor's Office (Yakima)
    Janet Gwilym (2010 Joan Fitzpatrick Human Rights Fellow) and Jerry Baker, Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice (Seattle)
    Hillary Hammell, Supreme Court of Mexico (Mexico City, Mexico)
    Jennifer Hanna, MultiCare Health Systems (Tacoma)
    Nathan Hatfield, Snohomish County Prosecutor's Office (Everett)
    Lillian Hewko, Legal Voice (Seattle)
    Beth Hilliard, Cascade Land Conservancy (Seattle)
    Elliot Kennedy, National Center for Transgender Equality (Washington, DC)
    Katherine Kirklin, US Department of Justice Environmental and Natural Resources Division (Washington, DC)
    Kristin Ladd, Solid Ground Family Assistance Program (Seattle)
    Carolyn McConnell, The Unemployment Law Project (Seattle)
    Nick Marritz, Solidarity Center (Bogota, Columbia)
    Peter Morris, Asian Health Law Fellowship (Indonesia)
    Adrienne Neff, Columbia Legal Services (Seattle)
    Amber Penn-Roco, K&L Gates (Seattle)
    Rebecca Reingold, Women's Link Worldwide (Bogota, Columbia)
    Maya Sheppard, Northwest Defender's Association (Seattle)
    Elizabeth Sher, Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons (Seattle)
    Sarah Sprinkle, L.O. Baptista Advogados (Brazil) and Rural Development Institute (Seattle)
    Miranda Strong, Alaska Department of Law - Civil Division (Anchorage, Alaska)
    Jordan Talge, Briggs & Morran (Minneapolis)
    Laura Thom, Office of Judge Lillian Sing (San Francisco)
    Kathleen Warner, Southern Environmental Law Center (Virginia)
    Michelle Webster, Office of Washington State Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders (Olympia)
    Michi Yamamoto, Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons (Seattle)
    Xi Yang, Earthjustice (Bozeman, Montana)


Law Firm Annual Challenge Update & News

This year's Law Firm Annual Challenge has been a great success, with Dean Kellye Testy and nine LFAC volunteers visiting more than 30 law firms throughout the state and sharing an update on the law school. The 2010 challenge ends on June 30th, and to-date LFAC contributions total more than $300,000 with 36% participation of alumni in LFAC firms.

Greg Gorder

We are also excited to announce a matching gift opportunity for all alumni at law firms participating in the 2009-2010 Law Firm Annual Challenge. Greg '85 and Val Gorder have generously agreed to match gifts made to the law school through the LFAC initiative between now and June 30th. Greg is an active volunteer with the Law Firm Annual Challenge and other law school activities and boards. With this commitment, Greg and Val hope to inspire UW alumni to give back to their law school and to challenge other alumni to make similar leadership commitments. The matching funds will be applied to the first $20,000 in gifts received by the law school.

Click here to make a gift today to the law school through the Law Firm Annual Challenge. Thank you to Greg '85 and Val Gorder for providing the matching funds and inspiring other alumni to give to the law school!


Inaugural Issue of Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts Published

The UW School of Law published the inaugural issue of the new Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts, the nation's first student-run electronic law journal focusing on technology, commerce, and artistic innovation.

The Journal replaces the Shidler Journal of Law, Commerce + Technology as part of a merger with the Law, Technology & Arts Group (LTA), a new interdisciplinary research unit at the law school. LTA was formed in 2009 to take a comprehensive approach to legal issues involved in artistic and technological innovation. LTA consolidated the J.D. and LL.M. programs, the former Shidler Center for Law, Commerce + Technology, and the Center for Advanced Research in Intellectual Property into a single research team to cover the full scope of these areas.


Last Chance to Make a Gift!

June 30 marks the end of the UW School of Law fiscal year. Contributions to the law school are an investment in the leaders of tomorrow. Make a gift today to be included in the 2010 Report to Donors in one of three easy ways:

  • Give Online
  • Give By Phone (206.616.6295)
  • Give By Mail (UW School of Law, Box 353020, Seattle, WA 98195-3020)

If you already made your gift this year, thank you!


In This Issue

Congrats Grads

Public Service

Reunion Day 2010

Presidential Search


Leadership Changes

What Are They Up To?

Law Firm Annual Challenge

New Law Journal

Make a Gift

Upcoming Events

July 15-30
Patent & IP Law Summer Institute

July 23-24
CLE: 2010 High Technology Protection Summit

July 28
Washington State Supreme Court Candidate Forum
Watch the CLE website for details

November 6
Reunion Day 2010
Celebrating Classes of 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 and Tax LLM Graduates

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

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