Monday, December 4, 2017

University Shuttle Program

If you're traveling over winter break, the Department of Public Safety may be able to help facilitate your transportation.

Public Safety will be providing free shuttle rides from campus to the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station. From there, travelers can take a 45-minute train ride directly to SeaTac Airport.

  • There is no need to sign-up for rides in advance, simply arrive at the university seal (11th and Marion) any time during shuttle service hours
  • A university Nighthawk vehicle will be stationed there with a driver on-site (if there’s no vehicle present when you arrive, shuttle service is taking place, and a vehicle will return shortly; your wait time should be no longer than 15 minutes)
Passengers must be current university students, faculty, or staff, so be sure to have your campus ID with you when you arrive for a ride.  Present your ID to the driver and  board the vehicle.

Shuttle Service Times:

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2017              THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2017
Service times: 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM              Service times: 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2017                        SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017
Service times: 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM              Service times: 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM

If you have any questions, contact the Public Safety office at (206) 296-5992, or by email at

Monday, November 27, 2017

1L Mentorship Program

Sign up today!
Registration is now open for the 1L Mentorship Program
More than 140 mentors have signed up to participate and connect with you!

The program begins in January 2018 and will continue through the end of the year, so you have a resource as you search for your first summer internships and consider classes for the fall. An alumni mentor will provide information and insight to help you use your time at law school effectively and take on the job market with confidence.

The Advancement Office and law alumni-led Mentoring and Professional Development Committee will work to match Seattle U 1Ls with alumni whose practices align with your interests and goals for the program. You can find materials from the 2017 program online here.

Please sign up by Friday, December 1 for the best match.

Our alumni are excited to share their knowledge, experiences, and connections with you. Make sure to take advantage of this opportunity!

Questions? Contact Stephanie Howson, Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

King County Bar Association Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon

Registration is now open for KCBA's annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. luncheon.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Myths, Mysteries & Magistrate Judges: Getting the Straight Scoop from the Bench on How to Succeed in the Courtroom (FREE CLE)

The Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington and the King County Bar Association are pleased to present Myths, Mysteries & Magistrate Judges: Getting the Straight Scoop from the Bench on How to Succeed in the Courtroom (1.5 CLE credits pending approval), Friday, December 15, Noon to 1:30 pm (check-in begins at 11:30 am) at the federal courthouse in Seattle.

Presented by:

The Honorable James P. Donohue
Chief Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

The Honorable Mary Alice Theiler
Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

The Honorable Brian A. Tsuchida
Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

Registration will open in late November, RSVPs will be accepted at that time. If you have questions in the meantime, contact the FBA co-chairs of membership, Jamie Lisagor or Karen Orehoski.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Save the Date: King County Bar Foundation Breakfast with Champions

2018 Breakfast With Champions

MARCH 20, 2018
7:30 – 8:45 A.M.



Dahlia Lithwick

Dahlia Lithwick, considered one of the best Supreme Court journalists in the country, is a senior editor at Slate, where she writes the "Supreme Court Dispatches" and "Jurisprudence" columns. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, and Commentary, among other places.

She has appeared on CNN, ABC, The Colbert Report, and is a frequent guest on The Rachel Maddow Show.



Westin Hotel
1900 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101


Support Pro Bono Services & Minority Law Student Scholarships



The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America (FREE CLE)

The Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington and King County Bar Association are pleased to present a free CLE


Join author Richard Rothstein who will discuss his book with Professor Quintard Taylor and Rory O’Sullivan; moderated by Professor Margaret Chon with opening remarks by Chief Judge Ricardo Martinez
  • When: Friday, November 17, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (check-in will begin at 10:00 am)
  • Where: United States Courthouse's Ceremonial Courtroom – 700 Stewart St., Seattle, 18th Floor (photo ID is required to enter the courthouse; please allow time to pass through security)
  • How: Please RSVP online
If you have questions, contact the FBA co-chairs of membership, Jamie Lisagor and Karen Orehoski 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Experiential Learning Course

Moderate Means Practicum              
A few spots remain for this experiential course - register now! LPRC-425-A         
3 credits – Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Looking for an opportunity to build your client interviewing skills?  Interested in family, consumer or housing law and want to apply your learning to real clients’ cases?  Want to build or hone your issue-spotting and legal analysis skills?  Want to help moderate income individuals access low-cost legal services? 

This experiential course will give you the opportunity to:
·        Learn about the legal issues that low and moderate income clients most often encounter
·        Conduct client interviews via telephone
·        Perform legal analysis of interesting cases
·        Work with attorneys throughout the state to provide representation

What are students saying about this course?  A 3L student recently shared, “This experience has been the most engaging experience in law school yet, and has given me more confidence in client interaction and my ability to research any civil law topic that comes up.” 

If you have questions or need more information contact the Moderate Means Program Staff Attorney, Clay Wilson

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Washington State Patent Law Association Networking Event

Washington State Patent Law Association's Fall Networking Happy Hour
October 25, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Aluel Cellars
Students interested in pursuing patent law are invited to attend WSPLA’s next happy hour. The event will take place at the Aluel Cellars tasting room on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, October 25, and is a great opportunity to meet local IP and patent practitioners. Space is limited so please send RSVPs to Adriane Scola by October 18, 2017.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Red Mass and Reception

Red Mass is a traditional gathering that recognizes and celebrates the legal profession's vital role in promoting justice and peace through our work and academic endeavors. Join Seattle University School of Law for the liturgy, reception, or both as we honor the contributions of our alumni, the bench, bar, and our legal community.

The Most Reverend J. Peter Sartain, Archbishop of Seattle, will preside at the Mass. The Reception will feature an address by the Honorable Bobbe J. Bridge, retired Washington State Supreme Court Justice and Founding President/CEO of the Center for Children and Youth Justice.

Mass is at the Chapel of St. Ignatius from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Reception is at Sullivan Hall, 2nd Floor Gallery from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

RSVP online.

MAMA Seattle Monthly Lunch Seminar: Balancing Career, Family, and Self-Care

MAMA Seattle invites you to attend their next monthly lunch seminar on Tuesday, October 3, from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm. This month's presentation is Dishing MAMA Secrets: Balancing Career, Family, and Self-Care. The presentation will be from noon to 1:00, with networking time before and after.

Members can RSVP on BigTent. Non-members, please RSVP by email to

The event will take place at Davis Wright Tremaine's Seattle office (1201 Third Ave., Floor 22).

For information on panelists, sponsors, accommodations, and membership, visit MAMA Seattle's events page.

Scrofano Law PC Aspiring Public Defender Scholarship

Scrofano Law PC, has established a $1,500 annual scholarship for law students interested in pursuing a career as a public defender.

The Scrofano Law PC Aspiring Public Defender Scholarship has a June 1 application deadline.  The application requires a resume, transcript, and written proof of an internship or externship with a public defender's office, as well as an essay.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Volunteer Opportunities for Recent Grads

Public Law Library of King County: Legal Help Center
The Law Library is looking for volunteer attorneys to help staff the Legal Help Center in Seattle from now through October 13th. This is a clinic that provides free, limited legal help to pro se patrons. Volunteer attorneys assist clients by explaining legal issues and helping to draft pleadings to either initiate or respond to legal proceedings. If you are interested, please email For more information refer to the volunteer position description.

Become a Content Editor for the Washington Lawyers Practice Manual
Use your expertise to strengthen the best reference work on Washington Law.  The King County Bar Association is seeking content editors to oversee its volunteer authors work for Civil Trial Practice, Domestic Relations Practice, State Administrative Law, and Public Entitlement Law chapters. Content editors learn new areas of law while interacting with recognized experts.  This is an ideal position for new lawyers eager to make contacts and increase their knowledge.  Please click here to learn more about the practice manual. Interested attorneys may also contact Kathleen Jensen (206-267-7053) to learn more. 

Free YLD CLE and Happy Hour

Join the Young Lawyers' Division of the King County Bar Association for this month’s CLE, Framing Your Case: Strategies for Developing a Persuasive Case Story, presented by Tsongas Consulting.

The CLE will take place September 21st  at 4:00 pm at the KCBA Offices, followed by a free happy hour at Elephant & Castle from 5:00-6:00 pm. Registration is now open.

Contact with questions or for more information.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Evening with Equal Justice

Please join Seattle University’s Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) and Access to Justice Institute (ATJI) for the annual Evening With Equal Justice. The event provides the opportunity for law students to learn from attorneys practicing in a wide range of public interest and pro bono areas. 

This year’s Evening with Equal Justice will begin at 5:00 p.m. with a keynote address by Jorge Barón, Executive Director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Mr. Baron will speak about the importance of public interest lawyering in the current political climate.  

Attorneys are encouraged to attend the keynote address or join the program at 6:00 p.m. for networking with students.

Co-sponsored by the Public Interest Law Foundation, Access to Justice Institute, Center for Professional Development, Dean's Offices, and Student Bar Association.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Coast Guard Legal Internship

To learn about eligibility requirements and find out how to become a Coast Guard Judge Advocate through the Coast Guard’s Direct Commission Lawyer (DCL) program, go to You can also email

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Publish An Article in Defense News

Publish an article! The Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (WDTL) has a quarterly publication, the Defense News, that is sent to all of its 750 members, including attorneys and judges in Washington State. Article submissions are currently being accepted from law student members. WDTL law student membership is only ten dollars and members are eligible to contribute to the Defense News.

What can you write about? Here are some ideas:
  • Your experience working with lawyers as a summer associate or intern
  • Thoughts about the legal profession
  • How firms can improve on-campus interviews
  • Cases you read that are interesting or applicable to civil defense attorneys
  • A law student's perspective on visiting a courthouse
  • Other topics, if approved by the Editor-in-Chief
WDTL is a professional association for civil defense attorneys. It provides legal education, advocacy, and networking opportunities. Published articles look great on a resume, so contribute your article today!

Apply for membership and contact Editor-in-Chief Kyler Danielson if you are interested in submitting an article.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Moderate Means Practicum

Build practical legal skills! Seattle University's Moderate Means Practicum (LPRC-425-A, 3 Credits; Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30 to 3:45) is open to all 2 and 3Ls.

The Statewide Moderate Means Program (MMP) is a joint venture between the Washington State Bar Association and the Washington State law schools. The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services by people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional legal aid services. The program is focused on the areas of family, housing and consumer law.

Law students participating in the practicum will interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases. Students have the opportunity to interview many different clients with a broad array of legal issues. Qualifying cases will be referred by students to participating attorneys who have agreed to represent MMP clients for a reduced fee.

Benefits to students include:
  • Hands-on experience interviewing clients
  • Training in substantive legal issues, issue-spotting, interviewing skills and ethics
  • Instruction on how to use the Legal Server database, which is used by most of the civil legal aid organizations in Washington State as well as the SU Law clinics
  • Supervision and mentoring by experienced attorneys
  • The satisfaction of helping moderate income individuals who otherwise might not receive any legal help at all
The total time commitment is eight hours a week. If you have questions or would like additional information please email Clay Wilson.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Bloodworks Northwest Scholarship

Bloodworks Northwest is offering scholarships of up to $500 for students who host blood drives this summer.

If you or a student you know would like to host a blood drive, email: Include in the email your name, where you donate, and your city. You may also inquire by phone: (425) 656-3039.

Official rules and details can be found here. Help better our community drop by drop!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

National Law Students Workers' Rights Conference Registration

What:              National Law Students Workers' Rights Conference        

When:             October 13 & 14, 2017

Where:            Conference Center at the Maritime Institute, Linthicum Heights, MD

Deadline:        August 28 if you would like the Peggy Browning Fund to pay for airfare;
                        September 29 for all other registrations

Details:           See the brochure and FAQs for info, or visit

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hot Jobs

If you're a Seattle U Law alum on the hunt for a job, make sure you're on the Hot Jobs listserv!

CPD sends out a digest of entry-level legal positions every two weeks, including law practice and non-traditional jobs. Email Erin Fullner to get on the list.

OCI Deadline on Monday

The first On-Campus Interviewing deadline is Monday, July 24. Login to Symplicity for details and get your materials to a CPD adviser this week. 


Richard S. White Fellowship


It's the last chance to apply for the Richard S. White Fellowship, which includes a paid, 12-week 2018 summer associate position with Helsell Fetterman, and a $7,500 academic scholarship.

Applications may be mailed or submitted online and must be postmarked or emailed by July 19.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Hot Tip: Make Time This Summer for Informational Interviews

Summer can be an unexpectedly busy time for law students. When your calendar fills up, it's all the more important to use your time wisely. The CPD team is a big fan of activities that can serve two purposes for you. Informational interviewing allows you to network while gaining valuable insight into a particular practice area. Check out this Forbes article for tips on informational interviewing and make a plan to reach out to some contacts this week!

Attorney General's Honors Program and Summer Law Intern Program Webinar

2Ls, 3Ls, and grads in or entering judicial clerkships are invited to attend a webinar about the Attorney General’s Honors Program (HP) and Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP). The webinar will be hosted by the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management and will provide info on the HP and SLIP application process, opening on Monday, July 31, 2017.

Please attend one of the three sessions:
  • July 25th at 12:00 PM
  • July 26th at 9:00 AM
  • July 27th at 9:00 AM 
Additional information about both programs, including eligibility and offices participating, can be found online: HP and SLIP.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

OCI Is Coming

The application deadline for the first session of On-Campus Interviewing (OCI) is Monday, July 24 at 5:00 pm. Review the list of employers on Symplicity and be sure to work with a CPD adviser on perfecting your materials!

OCI is a great way to reach numerous employers at once - start working on your applications TODAY.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

SABAW Public Interest Law Student Scholarship

The South Asian Bar Association of Washington (SABAW) will award a $4,000 scholarship to a law student working on a discrete public interest law project or doing a summer/fall 2017 public interest law internship.

Applicants must show either that they have contributed to the South Asian community, or that the project is connected to South Asia or the South Asian community.

All applications will require an essay of no more than 500 words to show suitability to criterion, resume, and any other materials the applicant deems relevant. Applications/questions should be sent to by JUNE, 30, 2017.

Monday, June 19, 2017

American Indian Law Journal and Seattle Journal of Environmental Law Application

Rising 3L students, you're invited to apply to two of our journals: American Indian Law Journal (AILJ) and Seattle Journal of Environmental Law (SJEL).

If you missed out on a journal opportunity the first time and would like to join a journal as an associate editor during your 3L year, this is your chance.

Please visit the Membership and Write-On Competition page and download the application and instructions. The application is due via Symplicity by Sunday, July 9, at 11:59 pm PDT.  Please contact if you have any questions.

Hot Tip: How to End a Conversation at a Networking Event

You did it! You conquered your fears, went to a networking event, and struck up a conversation with an attorney you'd never met before. 

Now what?

You've been chatting with a helpful lawyer for eight minutes (but who's counting?) and she's told you about her practice areas and given you some tidbits for surviving your second year of law school, you've even managed to work in your elevator pitch, but now you feel the conversation starting to wind down. How do you end it gracefully?

Don't panic. This is the perfect opportunity to hand her one of your business cards and ask for hers in return. A simple handshake accompanied by an exit phrase like, "I've enjoyed speaking with you and hope to run into you again soon," will suffice. 

If you're worried about making an exit, practice. Here are some other exit phrases you can try:
  • Thanks for taking a moment to chat with me, [insert name (this is a great way to help you remember names)]. I hope our paths cross again soon.
  • It's been a pleasure meeting you. I spotted my mentor and should go say 'hello' but I hope we can speak again some time.
  • It's been really helpful learning more about [insert practice area]! Thanks for taking some time to speak with me. Take care.
With practice, these conversations will feel more and more comfortable. Reach out to someone in CPD if you'd like coaching. Let's get out there and NETWORK!

Announcing the Thomas Tang Brief Competition

The Moot Court Board is Excited to Announce the 2017 Summer Thomas Tang Brief Competition

The Moot Court Board invites you to sign up to compete in the 2017 Thomas Tang Brief Writing Competition. The competition is open to all 3Ls and 2Ls.  The Tang Competition is perfect for students ready to practice their appellate brief writing skills gained in Legal Writing II.  However, completion of Legal Writing II is NOT a prerequisite for this competition; training will be provided.

Winners from the in-house writing competition will have the opportunity to compete at the regional level in San Francisco, October 13-15 and gain valuable oral advocacy experience.

This year’s problem presents the issues of whether warrantless acquisition of cell phone records for the purpose of identifying an individual’s location over the course of months and warrantless use of cell-site simulators to track an individual’s location and movement in real-time are in violation of the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures.

To sign up and receive more specific information and deadlines, go to TWEN, add "Moot Court Sign Up Page", and then click on "Sign Up Sheets." Two-person teams are required. To download the problem, go to the same page and click on "Competition Problems." The deadline to sign up is Monday, August 7.  Mandatory training will be held on August 7 as well.

If you have any questions, please direct them to the competition administrator Nathan Duletzke.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

WWL 2017 Annual Event

Save the date for Washington Women Lawyers' Annual Event!
  • Dates: October 13-14, 2017 
  • Location: Montvale Event Center, Spokane, WA
Weekend activities will include a Friday night reception and an informative CLE on Saturday afternoon. WWL has reserved a block of hotel rooms at the Montvale Hotel at a discount, so book your room as soon as possible using code “MEC”.

Registration and further details to follow. Please email event VPs, Alice Serko, Alice Levy, and Katie Yuen if you have questions.

OCI in Hawaii

First- and second-year law students are invited to a summer cocktail reception with small and mid-sized law firms in Honolulu.

The following firms are sponsoring the event:
Chun Kerr
Imanaka Asato
Marr Jones & Wang
Schlack Ito
Sullivan Meheula Lee
Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington & Harris
Yamamoto Caliboso

Business casual and aloha attire is requested

Date and time: JuIy 28 at 5:30 pm
Location: The Bankers Club at First Hawaiian Center, 999 Bishop Street, Suite 1900, Honolulu, HI
Please RSVP by July 15 (no resumes please)

Journal Write-On Competition

There's still time to apply to join the American Indian Law Journal, Seattle Journal of Environmental Law, Seattle Journal for Social Justice, and Seattle University Law Review by participating in the write-on competition.  

Please visit the membership and write-on competition page and download the application and instructions. The application is due via Symplicity by Sunday, June 4, at 5 pm. Contact if you have any questions.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Legal Research Tune Up

Legal Research Tune Up 2017

The Seattle University and Lane Powell law libraries are pleased to offer a legal research workshop to help law students brush up on their legal research skills for their summer employment or other summer research endeavors. The workshop will cover state and federal legislative history, regulations, and practice materials using a problem-based approach. Students will have hands-on practice working through research scenarios. Please bring a laptop.

The workshop is FREE and will be held on Thursday, May 18th from 9:30 – 11:30 am in Sullivan Hall room 109. Please RSVP by May 16th.

Questions? Contact: LeighAnne Thompson at

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Helsell Fetterman's Richard S. White Fellowship

The 2018 Richard S. White Fellowship includes a paid, 12-week summer associate position and a $7,500 academic scholarship to be remitted directly to the student’s law school at the beginning of the school year following the summer clerkship to assist in paying the student’s tuition.

Candidates must be rising 2Ls (or rising 3Ls, if pursuing an LLM after graduation) in good standing;
possess an academic record, leadership abilities, and a commitment to personal and professional initiatives that indicate promise for a successful legal career; demonstrate an interest in furthering diversity within the community and profession; and communicate an interest and commitment to the practice areas represented at Helsell Fetterman and to building a practice in the Seattle area.

Please review the scholarship page for additional details, and apply by July 19, 2017.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Young Lawyers Division Brown Bag Session

Brown-Bag Session on Going Solo, Tuesday, May 23
From finding clients to knowing how much to charge to getting insurance, starting your own practice can come with lots of unique questions and little support. Fortunately, Nate Riordan will be hosting this month's YLD Brown-Bag Mentor Session at KCBA at noon on May 23rd. He moved here and started his own practice 13 years ago. So bring your lunch and bring your questions for an hour of good conversation and advice. RSVP here.

Free Young Lawyers Division CLE

Negotiations – Free CLE, Wednesday, May 17
Meet at JAMS for this month’s free one-hour presentation titled “Why is Negotiation So Difficult presented by Richard Birke, Executive Director, JAMS. He’ll review the five barriers to negotiation, provide illustrations, and conduct interactive exercises. The CLE starts at 4:00 p.m. RSVP here. Happy hour immediately following.

Carole Bailey Scholarship

Applications Now Being Accepted for
2017 Carole Bailey Scholarship
The bar association is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Carole Bailey Scholarship, which will award at least one annual law student scholarship of up to $5,000 in honor of the Court's former Deputy Clerk of Administrative Services, Carole Bailey. Further details and rules may be found by clicking here. Deadline for applications is 11:59pm Eastern Time on July 31, 2017.  Please share this announcement with anyone who may be interested.

U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association
Ben Franklin Station
P.O. Box 7614
Washington, DC 20044
phone:  202-220-8638
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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Legal Research Workshop

Are you ready for your summer employment or other summer research endeavors?

The Seattle University Law Library is pleased to partner with a law firm librarian from Lane Powell to offer a legal research workshop to help students sharpen their research skills. The workshop will cover a variety of topics including state and federal legislative history, regulations, and practice materials using a problem-based approach. Students will have hands-on practice working through research scenarios.  

The workshop is FREE and will be held on Thursday, May 18th from 9:30 – 11:30 am in Sullivan Hall room 109.

Please RSVP by May 16th. Please bring your laptop to the workshop.

Questions? Contact: LeighAnneThompson.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

HNBA & Perkins Coie Networking Reception

Welcome & Networking Reception for the Hispanic National Bar Association (“HNBA”) National President Pedro J. Torres- Díaz

The HNBA Region XVI, in co-sponsorship with Perkins Coie LLP and the Latino Bar Association of Washington, cordially invite you to attend a Welcome Reception in Seattle, WA for the HNBA National President Pedro J. Torres- Díaz

Kindly RSVP using the link to the right.

Contact Tiffany Peterson via email with any questions.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

South Asian Bar Association of Washington Scholarships

SABAW Student Stipend
$1,000 awarded to a current law student based on a totality of factors, including but not limited to: contribution to the South Asian community in Washington, need, academic excellence and community involvement. All applications will require an essay of no more than 300 words to show suitability to criterion, resume, and any other materials the applicant deems relevant. Applications should be sent to M. Abbas Rizvi by April 15, 2017.

SABAW Public Interest Law Student Scholarship
A $4,000 scholarship will be awarded to a law student working on a discrete public interest law project or doing a summer/fall 2017 public interest law internship. Applicants must show either that they have contributed to the South Asian community, or that the project is connected to South Asia or the South Asian community. All applications will require an essay of no more than 500 words to show suitability to criterion, resume, and any other materials the applicant deems relevant. Applications/questions should be sent to by May 15th, 2017.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Student Applications Now Being Accepted to Dwyer Inn of Court

Current 2Ls are encouraged to apply for 2017-2018 membership in the William L. Dwyer Inn of Court. One of the Inn of Court’s functions is to serve as an educational and mentoring organization to law students who are dedicated to the pursuit of high-quality, ethical lawyering. The general membership of the Inn is made up of judges, professors, law firm partners, prosecutors and defenders, and other lawyers with varying levels of practice experience. The Inn meets on the Seattle University campus the second Tuesday night of each of the nine months of the academic year for drinks, dinner, networking, and a CLE presentation.  Students are each assigned to one of seven sub-groups, called pupilages, where they work with the judges and lawyers in those groups to develop and help lead the monthly CLEs – each pupilage presents one CLE for the year.

Applications require a resume and a letter of interest detailing why you would like to join the Inn. There are seven spots available for Seattle University law students and applications will be reviewed by Professor Deborah Ahrens and Erin Fullner, Senior Associate Director of the Center for Professional Development. 

Selection criteria include a demonstrated interest in litigation and dispute resolution, participation in activities supporting that interest, and a thoughtful and compelling cover letter. The membership dues for 2017-2018 are $100, which will cover the cost of the nine meals.

Applications for the William L. Dwyer Inn of Court are due Wednesday, April 19 by 5 p.m. Application materials should be addressed to Prof. Ahrens and Ms. Fullner but can be emailed to Jessica Fuqua or delivered in person to the Dean’s Offices in Sullivan Hall on the 2nd Floor.

The William L. Dwyer Inn of Court is part of the American Inns of Court, a national organization comprised of around 320 chapters and over 23,000 members.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Social Justice Week

April 3, Bannan 501

  • 3:00 pm - Christiana Obey Sumner, Seattle University graduate student: A Story of Mental Health, Cultural Awareness, and Activism
  • 4:30 pm - Dr. Colleen Woolsey, PhD, MA, MSN, ARNP, Assistant Professor, Seattle University: Social Justice in Healthcare-Privilege, Affordable Care Act, and Healthcare for Underserved Populations 

April 4, Bannan 501

  • 3:00 pm - Alex Cornell, Senior Education Specialist, Treehouse: Educational Options for Teens in Foster Care
  • 4:30 pm - Heather Kirkwood, Advocacy Lawyer, Innocence Project
  • 6:00 pm - Robin Narruhn, PhD, MNRN, Faculty, Seattle University: Marshallese Health Care Structural Factors, Social Yustice in Healthcare

April 5, Bannan 501

  • 3:00 pm - Larry Gossett, District 2 Councilmember, King County Council: Social Justice in Politics
  • 4:30 pm - Conrad Reynoldson, Washington Civil & Disability Advocate: ADA Myths
  • 6:00 pm - RedWolf Pope, MPA, JD, Member of the Tulalip Tribal Bar and CEO of a local tech startup: Standing Rock Experiences

April 6, SGSU Mission Day - Register online

Braden Wild and Gabriel Narvaez: Moral Responsibility in an Intersectional World


GSC is collecting donations for Treehouse

There will be collection bins in Lemieux Library, Pigott, and at each presentation. Specific needs include:

  • Denim jeans and joggers for young men
  • Hoodies in all sizes
  • Toddler jeans sizes 2T – 5T

Cash donations are also welcome, and GSC is collecting canned goods for the new student food pantry as well.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

YLD Volunteer Opportunity

The Young Lawyers Division of the King County Bar Association is looking for volunteers to assist experienced Union Gospel Mission staff in providing much needed resources for Seattle’s homeless population.

Volunteers and staff will drive around downtown Seattle together in the UGM Search & Rescue Van on Wednesday, March 29 and invite those sleeping on the street to come to the UGM shelter for the night. If they decline, volunteers will hand out supplies from the van (blankets, food, hot drinks).

An experienced staff person will be leading the group. Sign up here.

Free Family Law CLE

Miriam Gordon of Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson will give a free one-hour presentation: Family Law – The Basics for Non-Family Law Attorneys. The CLE will start at 4:00 p.m. on March 16 at KCBA and webcasting will be available. RSVP here.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

CPD Working Lunches: Networking & Interviewing Basics

Working Lunches/Working Dinners with CPD
Monday, March 20 at 5 pm or Monday, March 27 at Noon – Intro to Networking
Tuesday, March 21 at 5 pm or Thursday, March 23 at Noon – Effective Interviews

CPD will be offering a series of working lunch and working dinner sessions for students who want to learn about networking and interviewing basics. Bring your laptop and your lunch/dinner to CPD and come learn about effective strategies in small group sessions. These working lunches and dinners will be limited to five students per session, so RSVP to Erin Fullner right away if interested.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Coffee & Cram

Call for Authors: American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize

The American Inns of Court invites judges, lawyers, professors, students, scholars, and other authors to participate in its 2017 Warren E. Burger Prize.

Authors should submit an original, unpublished, 10,000–20,000 word essay on a topic that addresses the issues of excellence in legal skills, civility, ethics, and professionalism. The winning essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review and the author will receive a cash prize of $5,000.

The submission deadline for the 2017 Warren E. Burger Prize is July 1, 2017.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

PILF Summer Grant Info Sessions

If you plan to work for a public interest employer this summer in an unpaid internship, come learn more about Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) Summer Grants! You may be eligible for funding ($4,400).

The PILF Summer Grant Program provides funding to Seattle University School of Law students who provide quality legal services to low-income and marginalized communities through unpaid summer jobs at nonprofit or public agencies. The Program is funded through a variety of sources, including individual donors, and law firm and institutional partners, however, the PILF Auction on March 4th is the principal funder.

Two info sessions will take place on March 7, covering eligibility and the application and decision process:
  • Tuesday, March 7, Noon in Room 109
  • Tuesday, March 7, 4 p.m. in Room C7
To apply for a PILF Summer Grant you must have an offer from a public interest employer by the time you submit your application (hardship situations will be considered if you have interviewed with a likely employer by the time you submit your application).

Applications are open now! Download the application materials from PILF’s TWEN site.

The DEADLINE for applications is: 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 24

If you have other questions or are unable to attend the sessions, please contact Chad Hansen.

Attention Alumni: WSBA Has Extended the Deadline to Apply to Serve on Committees, Boards, and Panels

Applications are still being accepted through from members interested in serving on WSBA’s committees, boards, and panels. 

Application deadline: Extended to March 10, 2017

Committee service gives you an opportunity to contribute to the legal community and your profession, a chance to get involved with issues you care about, and a way to connect with other lawyers around the state. 

There are openings on 22 different committees, boards, and panels, including the Court Rules and Procedures Committee, the Judicial Recommendation Committee, the Disciplinary Board, and the Hearing Officer Panel. Most positions begin Oct. 1. Some positions are open only to attorney members.

For more information, see the Committees application under My Profile in myWSBA, email, or call Pam Inglesby, WSBA Communications Services Operations Manager, at 206-727-8226 or 800-945-9722, ext. 8226.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Law School in Alaska

Law School in Alaska: See yourself here

Find more information at
or contact Assistant Director Holly Johanknecht at
Seattle University School of Law : Educating Powerful Advocates for Justice

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Mediation Training Program with Tony Piazza

Mediated Negotiations will be hosting a mediation training program with Tony Piazza in San Francisco on Saturday, April 15, 2017, beginning at 9:30 am.

This one-day training program is open to Seattle U students and will provide the opportunity for individuals to learn what a real mediation process looks like in the context of complex commercial litigation.

Students will engage in an intensive one day experiential training in negotiation and mediation. Participants are provided with the opportunity to apply, analyze, and evaluate in a supervised setting the results of applying mediation processes to actual cases that have been mediated.

Participants will develop and refine mediation techniques and skills through participation and observation of exercises and case studies and can witness first-hand how to transform the process from dialectic to dialogue. If you'll be in the Bay Area on April 15 and are interested in the training, please contact Stephanie Chow for additional information.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Money Barrier: 1st Annual Low Bono Conference

Presented by WSBA Low Bono Section and Seattle University School of Law CLE
The Money Barrier:
1st Annual Low Bono
Law Conference

Registration is now open for The Money Barrier: 1st Annual Low Bono Conference, presented by WSBA's Low Bono Section and Seattle University School of Law on Friday, February 24th.

Many people are priced out of the justice system, with incomes too high to qualify for legal aid, but too low to afford an attorney. The legal profession can help address this justice gap - come learn how.

Register or learn more about this full-day CLE here.

Lawyers from all practice areas and all firm sizes are welcome. LLLTs, law students, and non-lawyers are encouraged to join us as well.

Contact Low Bono Section Education Committee Chair, Veronica Smith-Casem, with questions: 425-243-9341 or

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

Seed IP Law Group Founders Scholarship
Applications due by February 6, 2017

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Seed IP Law Group Founders Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded each year to a Seattle University law student with a strong interest in the field of intellectual property law. Seed IP Law Group is one of the top-rated intellectual property law firms in the United States. The scholarship honors the firm’s founders, Dick Seed and Ben Berry, for their contribution to the law of intellectual property. As expressed by Bill Ferron of the Seed IP Law Group, “We think it’s very important to train the next generation of intellectual property attorneys so that we can continue to build on the legacy started by Ben Berry and Dick Seed. Only through strong support of higher education will our country continue to be a leader in the world.” The scholarship recipient receives $6,000.00.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must be currently enrolled as a law student at Seattle University School of Law and must have an undergraduate degree that qualifies you to sit for the USPTO Patent Agent Exam. Criteria for selecting the recipient of the scholarship include a well-developed interest in intellectual property and active participation in IP activities such as the Intellectual Property Law Society. Preference will be given to 2 and 3Ls and students with strong technical and/or scientific backgrounds.

Applications for the scholarship are due February 6, 2017.   All applications must include: (1) a cover letter explaining the applicant’s qualifications and merit, (2) the applicant’s resume, and (3) a copy of the applicant’s law school transcript that includes the grades through the Fall 2016 semester. Completed applications should be submitted to Dean Donna Claxton Deming. If you are submitting your materials in hard copy, please bring them to the Dean’s Office on the second floor of Sullivan Hall. If you are submitting your materials in a digital format, please email them to The scholarship recipient will be announced in late February and the recipient will be expected to attend a reception hosted by the firm in March.

WSBA Intellectual Property Scholarship Announcement 
Applications due by February 6, 2017

The Washington State Bar Association Intellectual Property section offers an annual $2500 scholarship to a student who has a demonstrable interest in the practice of  intellectual property law (whether litigation or transactional work) in the areas of patent, copyright, trademark or trade secret protection, arts and entertainment, advertising law and/or the intellectual property aspects of business.  The successful student will be selected based on their overall academic record, their performance in course work related to intellectual property and their extracurricular activities, particularly those that relate to IP.  Preference will be given to upper level students.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and law school transcript by Monday, February 6 to Dean Deming at  The scholarship recipient(s) will be presented with the award at the annual WSBA IP section meet and greet event, scheduled to be held on Friday, March 10th at 5:00 pm at the Washington Convention Center.