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March 2013


UW Law in Top 10 of Public Law Schools, #1 in Law Librarianship and Top 25 for Specialty Programs

The UW Law Librarianship Program ranks #1 for seventh consecutive year. The law school has also placed almost all of its specialty programs in the Top 25 according to U.S. News and World Report Rankings. The programs ranked were taxation (10), health care (15), intellectual property (17), clinical law (17), and environmental law (22). Please see full list of rankings here.


Moot Court Honor Board Honors Alexander M. Wu '08

Alexander Wu received the 2013 Alumnus of the Year Award from the Moot Court Honor Board during the Judson Falknor Appellate Advocacy Competition Championship Round and dinner on March 4. Wu is an active UW alumnus, volunteering his time as a coach, in-house competition judge, and mentor to Moot Court Honor Board members. "Alex is unbelievably generous with his time and energy, offering insights and providing support when we need it," said Moot Court Honor Board President Spencer Hutchins. "It's hard to imagine UW Moot Court without Alex Wu."


First Marten Law Environmental Leadership Series Speaker

John Cruden, president of the Environmental Law Institute and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division will deliver a talk in downtown Seattle on April 16th “Where Have All the Leaders Gone? Environmental Law at a Crossroads.” This is the first event in the new Marten Law Environmental Leadership Series.  This series of programs bringing scholars, government officials, environmental advocates, leading practitioners and UW Law students together to discuss the most critical environmental and energy issues of our time. RSVP


Global IP Week at UW Law

The Law, Technology & Arts Group, CASRIP, in collaboration with the Asian Law Center will host the 2013 Global IP Week, May 3 – May 10, 2013. The week brings a series of seminars, conferences and presentations on Global IP issues.


Washington Law Review Ranks 37th in Nation!

 WLR The Washington & Lee University Law Library Law Review Rankings Project released its annual rankings of the nation's top law journals. The rankings are widely cited as a measure of a journal's reputation and have an impact on where scholars choose to publish articles. The Washington Law Review saw significant improvement over last year's rankings.



Professorship Installations

Congratulations to Professors Eric Schnapper, Kathryn Watts, Stewart Jay and Robert Gomulkiewicz on their chair and professorship installations.

  • Professor Schnapper's installation as Betts Patterson Mines Professor of Law, on October 29, 2012 included his lecture The Art of Summary Judgment. [view photos]
  • Professor Kathryn A. Watts' installation as, Garvey Schubert Barer Professor of Law, on Jan. 14, 2013, included her lecture The Tug-of-War Between Expertise and Politics in Agency Rulemaking. [view photos]
  • Professor Stewart Jay's installation as Pendleton Miller Endowed Chair in Law on Feb. 27 2013, included his lecture Constitutional Mischief: The Promise and Perils of Judicial Review. [view photos]
  • Professor Robert W. Gomulkiewicz' installation as UW Law Foundation Professor of Law on March 6, 2013, included his lecture, Fostering the Business of Innovation. [view photos]

Professor Eric Schnapper Convinces U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Steelworkers' Compensation Case

The case, Sandifer v. U.S. Steel Corp. -- which Schnapper will argue before the justices in October and probably will be decided next year -- could significantly affect regular and overtime pay for tens of thousands of unionized U.S. steelworkers and other types of workers who have to wear safety clothing and gear on the job.


Anita Ramasastry Appointed New IHRB Senior Research Fellow

Anita Ramasastry Professor Ramasastry will be working with the Institute for Human Rights and Business on projects spanning the areas of information and communication technology; trade and investment; and business activities in Myanmar.

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Welcome Back Former Director of Asian Law, Prof. Dan Foote

ALC 50th AnniversaryThe Asian Law Center welcomed back Professor Dan Foote for a reception and public lecture on March 7. Prof. Foote taught at the University of Washington School of Law from 1988 to 2000, and remains an Affiliate Professor of Law here. Prof. Foote's lecture addressed the broad range of reforms to the criminal justice system in Japan with a special focus on the introduction and impact of the Saiban'in system. The lecture was presented as part of the Asian Law Center's 50th Anniversary celebration this year.

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Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Asian Law Center

ALC 50th Anniversary Join us as we celebrate this milestone occasion, and recognize the lifetime achievements of our distinguished alumni throughout Asia:

  • Tasuku Matsuo '69
  • C.J. Kim '72
  • Liu Guoyuan '82
  • Erman Rajagukguk '84
  • Tay-sheng Wang '90

The event will be on June 13, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Seattle. Please purchase tickets online by June 6. Tickets are $125.00 per person.

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Gittinger Washington Law Review Annual Banquet Honoring Wayne Gittinger and Norm Dicks

  • D. Wayne Gittinger ’57, Partner, Lane Powell and former member of the WLR Board of Editors
    will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award ;
  • DicksCongressman Norman D. Dicks '68, Former U.S. Representative for Washington, 6th District
    will receive the Inspiration Through Service Award;

  • Fran Johnson Business Manager, Washington Law Review
    will receive the Richard O. Kummert Outstanding Contribution Award.

RSVP online.

For questions, please contact Laura Zanzig or Tim Reynolds.

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UW selects Jeffrey Riedinger '80 as vice provost for global affairs

Jeffrey Reidinger Jeffrey Riedinger, professor and dean of International Studies and Programs at Michigan State University (MSU), has been named vice provost for global affairs at the University of Washington.

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UW President Young Visits Asia

Pres Young UW President Michael K. Young will make his first international trip on behalf of the University.

The President’s three-city tour will begin in Taiwan March 28 and wrap up April 9 in Tokyo, with a stop in Seoul on April 3. He is looking forward to visiting with our many alumni and friends in Asia.

Regional Alumni Events

Alumni and friends in Tacoma came together at Connelly Law Offices on Jan. 15 to reconnect and hear Professor Jackie McMurtrie's update on the recent successes enjoyed by the Innocence Project Northwest. View some photos of the event.

On Feb. 25, alumni and friends in Olympiagathered at the home of Kimberly '85 and Charles Ellwanger to catch up and hear about the recent work Professor Eric Schnapper has done in the US Supreme Court. View some photos of the event.

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Annual PILA Auction Again a Success

PILA's 18th annual auction, held on February 22, 2013 at the new Husky Union Building, raised over $55,000. View photos of the event.

The funds raised will be used to support 20 student projects in the 2013 grantee class. PILA will be celebrating the grantees, as well as the new Hall of Fame Inductees and the 2013-2014 PILA board on May 9, 2013 from 5-7pm in Gates Hall Room 115.


IPNW Clinic student wins argument in the Court of Appeals, Division I

Jacob Dishion '13 assisted by his clinic partner Kelly Paradis '13 faced off against veteran attorneys for the State of Washington and won an important appellate court victory for the rights of convicted felons seeking DNA testing to prove their innocence.


Will Kim '13 and Emily Nelson '14, with Prof. Debbie Maranville, recover workers' unpaid wages

The students in the Workers' Rights Clinic, in partnership with Casa Latina and the Oregon Northwest Workers' Justice Project, recovered $6,425.55 in unpaid wages on behalf of four clients for work performed on a Beaverton, Oregon condominium and apartment complex. The other students in the clinic, 3Ls Liz Findley, Lauren Guicheteau, and Mia Shiraishi, and 2Ls Shelley Halstead and Nike Morrison, assisted in filing five liens and notified over 140 interested parties.


UW Legislative Advocacy Clinic had a huge victory in the Washington State House of Representatives. ESHB 1651, The Youth Opportunities Act concerning access to juvenile records, drafted and lobbied by our clinic students passed unanimously. After Republicans removed a half-dozen offenses from the bill, it was passed unanimously 97-0, with Republican Jason Overstreet and Democrat Ruth Kagi speaking strongly in favor.


In This Issue

School News

Faculty News

Alumni News

Student News

Upcoming Events

March 28
San Francisco Alumni and Friends Reception
Taverna Aventine
582 Washington Street
San Francisco, CA

March 29 - 30
20th Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference
William H. Gates Hall  

April 4
IPNW 15th Anniversary & Awards Dinner
Herban Feast, Seattle

April 11
The Rule of Law in Zimbabwe
EMP Museum, Seattle

April 16
Marten Law Environmental Leadership Series: John Cruden
Rainier Club, Seattle

April 17
Public Health Genetics Annual DNA Day Lecture
William H. Gates Hall, Room 133

April 18
Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal Alumni Reception
The Sole Repair Shop, Seattle

April 20
Race Judicata 5K
Seward Park, Seattle

April 24
NYC Alumni Reception
Lambs Club

April 25
DC Alumni Reception
Chef Geoff's

April 26
Washington Law Review Banquet
The Arctic Club, Seattle

May 3 - 10
Global IP Week
Locations Vary

May 31
Anchorage Alumni Reception
Richmond & Quinn

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

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