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June 2012


I've graduated! What do I get besides my degree?

DID YOU KNOW? As alum of the UW School of Law, you have access to many valuable resources including:

  • Library Services

    Those amazing law librarians that helped you through law school are still available for your legal research needs. Other benefits provided to our alumni include Books on Demand, Copy & Send, and include access to reference services through the Law Library’s
    Ask Us link.

    Recent grads may continue to enter the Law Library when it is closed by swiping their Husky cards through the reader at the Library entrance.

    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.

  • Center for Professional and Leadership Development

    Many resources of the law school's Center for Professional and Leadership Development are available to alumni. These include individual counseling, employment listings, and referrals to legal career consultants.You can email them at

  • Computing and Email Services

    For the most-up-to-date information on e-mail services for grads, visit IT Connect.

  • Class Notes

    Please send us your latest professional and personal information. We welcome news and updates from our alumni around the world and we encourage you to send photos. UWLAW magazine is published twice a year and includes news of our alumni. We also include alumni accomplishments on our website and in eBriefs.

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Congratulations Graduates!


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 here.

View photos from the event here.


CASRIP Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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.


2012 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 International Development.


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 Nairobi, Kenya


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.


Clark Lombardi Analyzes Egyptian Supreme Court's Role in Egypt's Faltering Transition to Democracy


Assistant Professor Clark Lombardi was sourced in multimedia news organizations, Voice 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 philosophy.


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 regulation.


Craig Allen 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 Convention.



May Alumnus of the Month

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. More>>

To nominate an alumnus, send an email to Elizabeth Coplan.


Greater China Law Society of UW

China Alum

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, the Global Membership Manager of GCLS. Should you have any other questions, please contact Jack Ding at, founder of GCLS. Or join the LinkedIn group.


>>More alumni news and events


Adam Engst '12 Appears on Wheel of Fortune, Raises Money for Scholarship Fund

Engst 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.


Chris Sheppard '12 and UW MBA Student Chris Bajuk Bring Farming to the Rooftop


Chris Sheppard '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 on rooftops.


UW Law’s Immigration Law Clinic Defends Client from Deportation to Vietnam Ta family

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 5 months. Read more>>


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