For Immediate Release

Contact:
Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law
206.685.9002

January 8, 2010

UW Law Student's Article Cited by Washington Appeals Court

Blythe ChandlerBlythe Chandler, Third-Year Law Student

A law review article written by UW School of Law student Blythe Chandler was recently cited by the Washington Court of Appeals in State v. Scherner. "It is actually quite rare for law school faculty to be cited by courts, let alone a student," said associate dean and law professor Peter Nicolas.

"This is a great accomplishment for Blythe and for the law school," added Nicolas.

In State of Washington v. Scherner, appellant Roger Scherner argued that his child molestation convictions were unconstitutional. The Washington Court of Appeals disagreed, upholding the lower court's conviction of Scherner. The court cited Chandler's article, Balancing Interests Under Washington's Statute Governing the Admissibility of Extraneous Sex-Offense Evidence published in the May 2009 issue of the Washington Law Review, in regards to Scherner's constitutional challenge to a recently-adopted Washington statute concerning the admissibility of evidence in sex offense cases.

Chandler is a 2002 Vassar College graduate with a B.A. in Classics. Prior to attending law school, she worked for nearly five years at NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, a reproductive rights advocacy organization. Chandler is currently the chief articles editor for the Washington Law Review, a volunteer with Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington and a member of the board of a law student organization, Law Students for Reproductive Justice.