Congratulations to the Class of 2013!
On Sunday, June 9, 306 UW Law students were awarded their new degrees. The commencement program included special recognition of Dean & Professor Emeritus Roland Hjorth for his nearly 50 years of service to UW Law. In addition, the elected faculty speaker, Professor Elizabeth Porter shared remarks. Elected student speakers, Josephine Ennis and Leonardo Flor addressed their classmates. Dean Testy thanked the Class of 2013 for showing such generosity and reaching over 50% participation in the annual 3L Class Gift.
The Class of 2013 includes:
- 184 J.D. recipients
- 38 LL.M. and 3 Ph.D. recipients from the Asian Law Center
- 42 LL.M. recipients in Taxation
- 27 LL.M. recipients in IP Law & Policy
- 12 LL.M. recipients in Health Law
View photos of the event.
New graduates: now that you've entered the ranks of UW
Law alumni, you're joining a thriving community, one that offers access to valuable
as well as opportunities to
Giving Society Event Recognized Lifetime Donors
On June 7, Dean Kellye
Testy welcomed members of UW Law giving societies--John T. Condon Society, Marian
Gould Gallagher Society, and Henry Suzzalo Society--for a wine-paired reception
at DeLille Cellars in Woodinville, WA. Much of the law school faculty, board and
committee members were also on hand to celebrate and recognize members of the three
giving societies. The John T. Condon Society recognizes donors who have contributed
$25,000 or more to UW Law during their lifetime. The Gallagher Society recognizes
lifetime giving of $15,000 or more to the law library. The Suzzalo Society recognizes
donors who have included a gift to the law school in their estate plans.
ALC Celebrates 50th Anniversary
The Asian Law Center celebrated its 50th anniversary on June
13 at the Four Seasons. The celebration, led by Dean Kellye Y. Testy and ALC
Director Jon Eddy, recognized the lifetime achievements of five of our distinguished
alumni throughout Asia:
- Tasuku Matsuo M.C.L. '69
- C.J. Kim Ph.D '72
- Liu Guoyuan LL.M. '82
- Erman Rajagukguk LL.M.'84, Ph.D '88
- Tay-sheng Wang LL.M. '90, Ph.D. '92
Each of the honorees emphasized how much the faculty, staff, librarians, and
their peers meant to their education and propelled them to where they are today.
It reminded us, reflected Dean Testy, of the enormous influence that our faculty
members have on our students' lives and, in turn, the influence our students have
on our world.
Founded fifty years ago, with just one faculty member, the
ALC is now an international hub of legal thinking. The impact of the program
is felt around the globe, with multiple generations of graduates serving as leaders
in business, government and academia.
View photos and an introductory video (Video2) from the event.
IPNW Celebrates 15th Anniversary
On April 4, the
Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW) celebrated its 15th anniversary in
an evening filled with warmth and heartfelt celebration. Current and former students,
volunteers and community members gathered to pay tribute to IPNW exonerees
who have fought to regain freedom from wrongful imprisonment in Washington
and honor the 2013 award recipients. Founded in 1997 by UW Law Professor Jacqueline
McMurtrie, IPNW is the third innocence program in the United States and the only
one in Washington State.
The event featured a moving keynote address by recently signed Atlanta Falcon Brian
Banks. Exonerated after a wrongful rape conviction in California, Banks recounted
his fight to clear his name and resume a dream of joining the NFL. Banks offered
inspiration to Washington’s exonerees and resounding support for the work
being done by IPNW.
IPNW honored its 2013 award winners: Innocence Champions Jack and Leslie Hamman,
for their advocacy and the impact of their award-winning book, On American Soil:
How Justice Became a Casualty of WWII; Innocence Advocate Congressman Adam
Smith, whose vigilant efforts helped secure the release of UW alumni Jason Puracal
who was wrongly imprisoned in Nicaragua; and Pro Bono Award recipient Joseph Pierce,
a criminal defense and civil rights attorney who has devoted hundreds of pro bono
hours working on IPNW cases and supporting efforts to advocate for the wrongfully
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2013 Law Firm
Annual Challenge Update - Final Day is June 30
The Law Firm Annual Challenge (LFAC) is entering the homestretch! See how
your organization is doing and
make a gift now to be counted.
This year, our team of eight stellar co-chairs has worked with Dean Kellye Testy
and law school faculty to update our alumni on the law school and share our message of the importance of
private support in firms, companies, and organizations. LFAC’s reach has broadened
to include companies like Microsoft and public sector organizations like the King
County Prosecutors, in addition to numerous law firms of various sizes, all over
Two out of three alumni at LFAC organizations make a gift. So far this year, alumni
have contributed $290,000 through LFAC. Thanks to generous gifts from our co-chairs,
the LFAC initiative benefitted from generous matching funds totaling $56,500.
Please make a gift
before June 30, the last day of this year’s challenge!
Professor Eric Schnapper Wins Another Supreme Court Case
The Supreme Court decided unanimously in favor
of Schnapper's client in Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter. The ruling
holds that an arbitrator’s decision to allow class arbitration cannot ordinarily
Read the decision,
and related articles in:
Thomson Reuters and
Professor Kathryn Watts Co-authors The Supreme Court Sourcebook
Watts and her co-authors wrote the book to serve as an educational tool and a practical
guide about the highest court in the land. The book provides a comprehensive selection
of materials on the U.S. Supreme Court, covering all major aspects of the Court’s
decision making process. Watts clerked for Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens
in the October 2002 term. Professor Ron Collins recently interviewed Professor Watts
about the book in a
Q & A on SCOTUSblog.
Second Edition of The Washington State ConstitutionPublished
The book, jointly published by by Professor Hugh Spitzer '74 and Justice Robert Utter (ret.) '54 expands on the state constitution's role in cases over the last ten
years. Spitzer and Utter published the first edition in 2002. The book was recently
featured in Columns Magazine.
Professor Sanne Knudsen's Article Selected for Presentation at the Prestigious Junior
Knudsen’s article, The Long-Term Tort: In Search of a New Causal Paradigm
for Natural Resource Damages, examines the challenge of recovering natural
resource damages for harms that do not manifest until years after an oil spill.
It was one of only 18 papers selected for presentation at the two-day event
June 14 - 15, sponsored by the Yale, Harvard and Stanford Law Schools.
Numerous Courts Cite UW Law Faculty Scholarship
Our faculty members continue to produce influential works that
are gaining national attention. Below is a listing of just a few representative
examples of faculty citations in courts around the U.S.:
- Professor Kathryn Watts was cited in a separate
concurring opinion written by Chief Judge Kozinski of the United States Court
of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- Professor Jane Winn's article Clash of the Titans: Regulating the Competition
between Established and Emerging Electronic Payment Systems was cited in a
Court opinion in the case Apple v. Krescent
- Assistant Professor Sanne Knudsen's amicus brief was cited in two separate U.S.
Supreme Court opinions in Decker
v. NEDC, involving the Clean Water Act
- Professor Anita Ramasastry was cited in a U.S. Supreme Court concurring opinion
authored by Justice Breyer in Kiobel
v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., involving the Alien Tort Statute
- Affiliate Professor John Osborn was cited in a United States Court of Appeals, Second
U.S. v. Caronia.
Bill Gates Sr. '50 Selected as Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus by UW
"Double Dawg" Bill Gates Sr., who received both his undergraduate and
law degrees from the UW, earned yet another distinction from the university: its highest
honor to those alumni whose achievements have earned him or her national or international
prominence. Mr. Gates has been a driving force at the university and the law school
Read more in a Columns Magazine article>>
Meet the Class of 2016
The Office of Admissions & Financial Aid would like to invite alumni to the
Class of 2016 Summer Mixer on July 19, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at
William H. Gates Hall. This event will give admitted students an
opportunity to talk with current students, professors, and alumni about
academics, and life as a law student. RSVP to Sehee Thomas if you’re available
to attend. Refreshments and appetizers will be provided. We hope you can join
the Seeds of Innovation
What makes Seed IP Law Group different from other corporate law firms? Most of its
attorneys are engineers or scientists – chemists, biologists, physicists,
geneticists, and physiologists – many with Ph.D's and post-doctoral research
experience. Ten of them are UW Law graduates, some of whom also
have undergraduate or graduate training in engineering or science from UW.
Seed IP managing partner Karl R. Hermanns says his firm prefers to hire UW Law graduates
and other qualified local attorneys. He says it’s challenging to find attorneys
with the appropriate technical background for IP work plus good communications and
writing skills. But UW Law, he adds, has done an excellent job beefing up its IP
law program under the leadership of faculty members and UW Law alumni Toshiko Takenaka
LL.M. '90, Ph.D. '92 and Robert
>>Read more, including profiles of eight UW Law alumni:
- William O. Ferron Jr. ’81
- Richard G. Sharkey ’87
- Lorraine Linford ’91
- Qing (Becky) Lin ’00
- Hai Han ’03
- Jared M. Barrett ’07
- Eric A. Harwood ’09
- Matthew L. Barker LL.M. ’10
Anchorage Alumni & Friends Reception
Professor Robert Anderson, center, shares remarks with alumni and friends at May
See more photos.
UW Law faculty member Robert Anderson and Advancement team members Holley Cassell
and Beverly Sanders joined our Anchorage alumni and friends at a May 31 reception
hosted by law firm Richmond and Quinn.
View photos of the event.
Hewko '11 Receives Reproductive Justice Fellowship at the National Women’s
Hewko began her reproductive justice work as Peace Corps Urban Youth
Development Volunteer in Concepción, Paraguay, implementing community and
youth led comprehensive sex-education workshops. During law school, Hewko focused
on human rights issues that affect women and girls, including child rape, sex trafficking,
abortion access in Latin America, health care access in Washington state, wage claims and lawful
status for immigrant survivors of domestic violence in the United States.
>>More alumni news and events
Libby Ludlow '13 Takes Second Place in UW Business Plan Competition
Libby Ludlow's social purpose corporation, Z
Girls, won the $13,220 second place prize and the $2,500 "Best Idea" prize
for service/retail in this year's UW
Business Plan Competition. Z Girls delivers a sports-based curriculum that
gives girls ages 11-14 the opportunity to develop skills like goal-setting, positive
self-image, and healthy nutrition habits through team programs and summer camps.
Andy Murphy '13, Winner of Best Oral Advocate Award
Andy Murphy won the Best Oral Advocate Award
at the mock trial competition presided over by Judge John C. Coughenour on May 16,
Cody Ellis '14 Awarded Presigious Peggy Browning Fellowship
The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded
a 10-week summer fellowship to Cody Ellis, who will spend the fellowship working
at National Labor Relations Board, Division of Judges in San Francisco, CA. The
application process is highly competitive, and the award was based on his outstanding
'14 Awarded 2013 Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship
Kovarik, is one of 23 graduate-student recipients of the Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship.
He will spend the summer working in the Washington, D.C. office of U.S. Rep. Jim
McDermott (D-WA). He is a concurrent J.D. and M.A. student at UW Law and Jackson
School of International Studies.