P.O. BOX 222000


Telephone: (206) 398-4000

Fax: (206) 398-4310



ABA Approved Since 1994


When the founders of our School of Law set its direction more than three decades ago, they envisioned a school with rigorous academic standards and impeccable ethics, a solid commitment to public service, and a firm resolve to serve as a school of opportunity for persons from diverse backgrounds and economic circumstances.


Today, Seattle University School of Law is a vital part of Seattle University, the Northwest's largest independent university. Here, students are trained to lead and serve others with integrity and compassion by faculty dedicated to their growth in the law. In our community, curriculum, and programs, as a Jesuit institution the School of Law seeks to reflect a tradition of academic distinction and open inquiry.


The School of Law serves an impressive body of students, whose diversity encompasses age, life experience, and cultural heritage. Fittingly, the law school has been recognized nationally for its diverse faculty and welcoming environment for older students. Home to the only part‑time legal education program in the state of Washington, and programs and initiatives that examine law at the service of justice, the School of Law is dedicated to educating the whole person.


Located in a spectacularly beautiful region that serves as a "gateway to Asia," the school is marked by: a student body of 1100; a blend of traditional textbook and innovative hands‑on legal education; and nationally recognized Legal Writing and Trial Advocacy programs. Sullivan Hall, home to the School of Law, is a five floor, handsomely appointed structure featuring a street‑front law clinic, media equipped classrooms, a modern and impressive law library, a spacious courtroom, and comfortable activity areas. Wireless connectivity is available throughout the entire building, allowing students to use laptops anywhere to connect to classes, the SU Law community, and the Internet.


Students. SU Law students range in age from 20 to 65. While the average age at entry is 28, about 30 percent pursue legal studies directly after undergraduate school. The remainder come from an impressive array of professional careers. They represent nearly 300 colleges and universities from across the country and beyond. On average, they rank in the top quarter of their graduating classes and rank comfortably in the top third of all LSAT test takers in the nation. Slightly more than half are women and 23 percent represent ethnic minority groups.  Some 15 percent already hold at least one post‑baccalaureate degree.


Co‑curricular activities. A partial listing of student organizations gives an idea of the scope of interests held by law students: Dispute Resolution Board; Asian/Pacific Islander Law Student Association; Black Law Student Association; Christian Legal Society; Environmental Law Society; Entertainment/Sports Law Association; Federalist Society; Hispanic Organization for Legal Advancement; Intellectual Property Legal Society; International Law Society; Jewish Legal Society; Law Review; Labor and Employment Law Association; Lesbian and Gay Legal Society; Moot Court; Public Interest Law Foundation; South Asian Law Students Association; Seattle Journal for Social Justice; Student Bar Association; and Women's Law Caucus.


Faculty. In selecting, promoting, and tenuring their faculties, American law schools generally have valued publication more highly than teaching. SU School of Law stands out in sharp contrast. When the law faculty meet to decide on these issues, they first consider teaching aptitude and performance. Against this backdrop, the faculty's production of significant scholarship is impressive. In the past several years, professors have published 21 books, over 25 book chapters, and over 100 law review articles and book reviews, many of which have appeared in the nation's most prestigious legal journals.


More than two‑thirds of the faculty hold J.D. degrees from the top national law schools; the remainder are high‑ranking graduates of major state law schools. Their credentials accrue from beyond the academy as well. Virtually all have distinguished themselves in law practice. They have come to the law school from Wall Street megafirms and prestigious smaller practices; from offices of the prosecutor and the public defender; from corporate careers and poverty law practices. What these 55 faculty share is a common commitment to carefully conceived, intellectually stimulating teaching. Nearly one‑third of the faculty members are persons of color.


Program of Study. In the first intensive year, the curriculum concentrates on the highly traditional and prescribed basic courses, and on an intensive, year‑long course refining legal analysis, research, and writing skills that the ABA has called "among the finest legal writing programs in the nation." The 116 upper‑level courses allow for choice, innovation, and diversity. Students may choose either a broad, balanced program of study, or focus on a particular area. For students who choose to focus their legal studies in a particular area, the upper division curriculum is divided into 14 focus areas: Business Law, Civil Advocacy, Commercial Law, Criminal Practice, Environmental Law, Estate Planning, Family Law, Health Law, Intellectual Property, International Law, Labor and Employment Law, Inequality and Poverty Law, Real Estate Law, and Taxation Law. The focus areas are designed to provide students with an integrated educational experience containing a body of knowledge and lawyering skills that demonstrate the interrelationships of different legal subjects and how they build upon one another. For example, a student who chooses the Intellectual Property Focus Area will select from among traditional courses such as Trademark, Copyright, and Patent Law, cutting‑edge courses such as Electronic Commerce and Internet Law, and Externship integrated skills courses such as the Intellectual Property Clinic, the Technology Licensing Lab, and the Intellectual Property Audit Lab. The school established a Center for Corporations Law & Society, which fosters interdisciplinary scholarship and dialogue. The school has also started an LL.M. for foreign law graduates.


Law Library. The Seattle University Law Library‑‑among the largest in the Northwest‑‑houses a collection of nearly 350,000 volumes, including extensive microform materials. In addition, the library offers students and faculty the latest in computer technology and related legal information systems. Training in computer‑assisted legal research is available for all law students.


Graduates. More than 7,000 alumni are employed throughout the U.S., its territories, and in 18 nations around the world. Recently compiled employment statistics reveal that our graduates are engaged in: private practice ‑‑ 36 percent; public service/public interest ‑‑ 23 percent; business and industry ‑‑ 33 percent; judicial service ‑‑ 7 percent; academics ‑‑ 2 percent.



Kellye Y. Testy (206) 398‑4300

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs:

Annette E. Clark (206) 398‑4069

Associate Dean for Student Affairs:

Donna Claxton Deming (206) 398‑4307

Associate Dean for Alumni and Professional Relations:

Eric Chiappinelli (206) 398‑4025

Associate Dean for Finance and Administration:

Richard Bird (206) 398‑4060

Assistant Dean for Admissions:

Carol Cochran (206) 398‑4200

Assistant Dean for Development:

Susan Ahearn (206) 398‑4306

Financial Aid Director:

Kathleen Koch (206) 398‑4250

Library Executive Director:

Kristin Cheney (206) 398‑4091

Career Services Director:

Erika Lim (206) 398‑4104

Alumni Programs Director:

Eva Mitchell (206) 398‑4210



KELLYE Y. TESTY, (Dean and Professor), born Brazil, Indiana, October 3, 1960; admitted to bar, 1991, Illinois. Education: Indiana University (B.A., 1982; J.D., 1991). COURSES: Contracts, Commercial Law, Business Entities, Securities Regulation. Email:

BRYAN LAMAR ADAMSON, (Assistant Professor, Director‑Law Practice Clinic), born Warren, Ohio, June 7, 1963; admitted to bar, 1990, Ohio. Education: Miami University (Ph.B.; B.S., 1985); Case Western Reserve University (J.D., 1990). COURSES: Clinical, Mass Media. Email:


JANET E. AINSWORTH, (Professor), born Wilmington, Delaware, July 17, 1953; admitted to bar, 1980, Massachusetts; 1981, Washington. Education: Brandeis University (B.A., 1974); Yale University (M.A., 1977); Harvard University (J.D., 1980). COURSES: Criminal Procedure, Torts, Child, Family and State. Email:


JOAQUIN G. AVILA, (Assistant Professor of Law), born Los Angeles, California, June 23, 1948; admitted to bar, 1973, California; 1977, Texas. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1970); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1973). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Voting Rights, Latinas/os and the Law. Email:


LORRAINE K. BANNAI, (Legal Writing Professor), born Los Angeles, California, February 19, 1955; admitted to bar, 1979, California; 1991, Washington. Education: University of California (B.A., 1976); University of San Francisco (J.D., 1979). COURSES: Legal Writing. Email:


MARILYN JOAN BERGER, (Professor), born New York, New York, December 7, 1943; admitted to bar, 1971, New York; 1973, California. Education: Cornell University (B.S., 1965); University of California at Berkeley (J.D., 1970). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Pretrial and Trial Advocacy, Gender and Justice, Film and the Law. Email:


DAVID BOERNER, (Associate Professor), born Chicago, Illinois, July 27, 1939; admitted to bar, 1963, Washington. Education: University of Illinois (B.S., 1962; LL.B., 1963). COURSES: Professional Responsibility, Administrative Law, Criminal Law. Email:


JAMES E. BOND, (Professor Emeritus), born Omaha, Nebraska, January 4, 1943; admitted to bar, 1967, Illinois. Education: Wabash College (A.B., 1964); Harvard University (J.D., 1967); University of Virginia (LL.M., 1971; S.J.D., 1972). COURSES: Administrative Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence. Email:


MARY NICOL BOWMAN, (Legal Writing Professor), born Seattle, Washington, August 10, 1973; admitted to bar, 1999, Washington. Education: Seattle University (B.A., 1995); Stanford University Law School (J.D., 1998). COURSES: Legal Research and Writing. Email:


MELINDA J. BRANSCOMB, (Associate Professor), born Nashville, Tennessee, August 28, 1950; admitted to bar, 1980, Tennessee. Education: Vanderbilt University (B.A., 1972); University of Tennessee (J.D., 1980). COURSES: Employment Discrimination, Labor Law, Employment Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, Torts. Email:


LISA E. BRODOFF, (Clinical Professor), born Brooklyn, New York, June 25, 1955; admitted to bar, 1981, Washington. Education: University of Vermont (B.A., 1977); Hofstra University (J.D., 1980). COURSES: Law Practice Clinic, Trusts and Estates Clinic, Administrative Law Clinic, Elder Law. Email:


PATRICK D. BROWN, (Legal Writing Professor), born 1959; admitted to bar, 1993, Washington. Education: Unviersity of Washington (J.D., 1993); Boston College (Ph.D., 2000). COURSES: Legal Writing. Email:


KRISTIN A. CHENEY, (Library Director), born Seattle, Washington, August 14, 1951; admitted to bar, 1984, Washington. Education: Northern Michigan University (B.S., 1973); Seattle University School of Law (J.D., 1984); University of Washington (M.L.S., 1987). COURSES: Advanced Legal Research. Email:


ERIC A. CHIAPPINELLI, (Associate Dean and Professor), born Santa Monica, California, March 22, 1953; admitted to bar, 1978, California. Education: Claremont Mens College (B.A., 1975); Columbia University (J.D., 1978). COURSES: Corporate Acquisitions, Business Entities, Securities Regulation, American Legal Historiography, Civil Procedure. Email:


MARK ALLEN TOYOMASA CHINEN, (Associate Professor), born Riverside, California, June 28, 1959; admitted to bar, 1989, District of Columbia. Education: Pomona College (B.A., 1981); Yale Divinity School (M.Div., 1984); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1988). COURSES: Contracts, International Business Transactions, International Law. Email:


MARGARET CHON, (Professor), born Ann Arbor, Michigan, November 26, 1958; admitted to bar, 1986, Pennsylvania. Education: Cornell University (A.B., 1979); University of Michigan (J.D., 1986). COURSES: Administrative Law, Intellectual Property, Civil Procedure, Internet Law, Race and the Law. Email:


JANET S. CHUNG, (Legal Writing Professor), admitted to bar, 1998, District of Columbia, New York and Washington. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1990); Columbia University (J.D., 1998). COURSES: Legal Writing. Email:


ANNETTE E. CLARK, (Associate Dean and Associate Professor), born Great Falls, Montana, April 3, 1959; admitted to bar, 1989, Washington. Education: Washington State University (B.S., 1981); University of Washington School of Medicine (M.D., 1985); Seattle University School of Law (J.D., 1989). COURSES: Medical Liability, Bioethics and the Law, Civil Procedure. Email:


LUCAS M. CUPPS, (Legal Writing Professor), born Wichita, Kansas, October 17, 1975; admitted to bar, 2003, Washington. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1998); Yale Law School (J.D., 2003). COURSES: Legal Writing.


SIDNEY W. DELONG, (Associate Professor), born Franklin, Kentucky, May 12, 1947; admitted to bar, 1974, Colorado. Education: Vanderbilt University (B.A., 1969); Yale University (J.D., 1974). COURSES: Contracts, Commercial Law, Jurisprudence. Email:


JANET K.G. DICKSON, (Legal Writing Professor), admitted to bar, 1989, Washington. Education: University of California, Davis (B.A., 1982); University of Puget Sound (J.D., 1988); University of Washington (LL.M., 2000). COURSES: Legal Writing. Email:


DAVID E. ENGDAHL, (Professor), born Grinnell, Iowa, January 4, 1940; admitted to bar, 1965, Michigan; 1971, Colorado. Education: Wheaton College; University of Kansas (A.B., 1961; LL.B., 1964); University of Michigan (S.J.D., 1969). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Public Lands, Advanced Constitutional Law. Email:


ANNE MELERING ENQUIST, (Associate Director, Legal Writing Program, Co‑Director, Faculty Development), born Roswell, New Mexico, February 20, 1950. Education: University of New Mexico (1968‑69); New Mexico State University (B.A., B.S., 1972); University of Washington (M.A.T., 1977). COURSES: Legal Writing. Email:


SHELDON S. FRANKEL, (Professor), born Bridgeport, Connecticut, December 24, 1938; admitted to bar, 1964, Massachusetts; 1965, Connecticut; 1975, Washington. Education: University of Connecticut (B.A., 1961); Boston University (J.D., 1964; LL.M., 1968). COURSES: Charitable Organizations, Federal Taxation. Email:


CARMEN G. GONZALEZ, (Associate Professor), born Havana, Cuba, January 6, 1962; admitted to bar, 1988, California. Education: Yale (B.A., 1985); Harvard (J.D., 1988). COURSES: Torts, Hazardous Waste , Environmental Law, Administrative Law. Email:


CHRISTIAN MUKUNDA HALLIBURTON, (Assistant Professor), born California, November 28, 1971; admitted to bar, 1998, California. Education: University of California at Berkeley (B.A., 1995); Columbia University School of Law (J.D., 1998). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Law and Religion. Email:


THOMAS J. HOLDYCH, (Professor), born Rockford, Illinois, December 17, 1944; admitted to bar, 1971, California. Education: Rockford College (B.A., 1966); University of Illinois (J.D., 1970). COURSES: Contracts, Commercial Law, Law and Economics. Email:


PAUL A. HOLLAND, (Assistant Professor), Education: Harvard University (B.A., 1988); New York University (J.D., 1991); Georgetown University (LL.M., 1996). COURSES: Youth Advocacy Clinic.


BETSY R. HOLLINGSWORTH, (Clinical Professor), born Denton, Texas, August 30, 1948; admitted to bar, 1975, Washington. Education: Occidental College (B.A., 1970); University of Washington (J.D., 1975). COURSES: Law Practice Clinic, Professional Responsibility, Consumer Protection, Evidence. Email:


LILY KAHNG, (Associate Professor), born Plainfield, New Jersey, April 13, 1960; admitted to bar, 1986, New York. Education: Princeton University (A.B., 1980); Columbia University (J.D., 1984); New York University (LL.M., 1991). COURSES: Federal Income Tax, Gift and Estate Tax, Tax Policy Seminar. Email:


JOHN B. KIRKWOOD, (Assistant Professor), born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 19, 1948; admitted to bar, 1975, District of Columbia. Education: Yale University (A.B., 1970); Kennedy School of Government (M.P.D., 1974); Harvard University (J.D., 1974). COURSES: Antitrust, Business Entities, Law and Economics. Email:


CONSTANCE KRONTZ, (Legal Writing Professor), born 1953; admitted to bar, 1989, Washington. Education: University of Washington (B.A., 1985); University of Puget Sound (J.D., 1989). COURSES: Legal Writing. Email:


RAVEN CLARKE LIDMAN, (Clinical Professor), born Rochester, New York, November 18, 1945; admitted to bar, 1978, Washington. Education: Cornell University (B.A., 1967); Seattle University School of Law (J.D., 1977). COURSES: Law Practice Clinic, Family Law. Email:


PAULA LUSTBADER, (Director, Academic Resource Center, Associate Professor), born Chicago, Illinois, February 20, 1958; admitted to bar, 1988, Washington. Education: Southern Oregon State College (B.S., 1982); Seattle University School of Law (J.D., 1988). COURSES: Legal Education, Learning Theory. Email:


NATASHA T. MARTIN, (Assistant Professor), born Texas, December 4, 1966; admitted to bar, 1994, Georgia. Education: Xavier University of Louisiana (B.S., 1989); University of Notre Dame (J.D., 1994). COURSES: Employment, Discrimination, Professional Responsibility, Torts. Email:


SUSAN K. MCCLELLAN, (Director, Externship Program), admitted to bar, 1988, Washington. Education: University of Washington (B.A., 1967); University of Alaska (M.Ed., 1983); University of Washington (J.D., 1988). COURSES: Civil, Judicial, and Criminal Externship Seminar. Email:


HENRY W. MCGEE, JR., (Professor), born Chicago, Illinois, December 31, 1932; admitted to bar, 1957, Illinois; 1975, California. Education: Northwestern University (B.S., 1954); De Paul University (J.D., 1957); Columbia University (LL.M., 1970). COURSES: Civil Rights, Housing and Community Development, Environmental Law, Land Use, International Environmental Law. Email:


JOHN B. MITCHELL, (Associate Professor, Co‑Director, Faculty Development), born Germantown, Pennsylvania, October 16, 1944; admitted to bar, 1971, California. Education: University of Wisconsin (B.A., 1967); Stanford University (J.D., 1970). COURSES: Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Evidence Lab, Forensics. Email:


CATHERINE A. O'NEILL, (Associate Professor), born Detroit, Michigan. Education: University of Notre Dame (B.A., 1987); University of Chicago (J.D., 1990). COURSES: Property, Environmental Law, Environmental Justice. Email:


LAUREL CURRIE OATES, (Director, Legal Writing Program, Associate Professor), born Seattle, Washington, April 17, 1951; admitted to bar, 1979, Washington. Education: Western Washington University (B.A., 1973); Seattle University School of Law (J.D., 1978). COURSES: Legal Writing. Email:


WILLIAM C. OLTMAN, (Professor), born Detroit, Michigan, December 14, 1943; admitted to bar, 1970, Wisconsin; 1972, Washington. Education: University of Wisconsin (B.A., 1966); University of Michigan (J.D., 1969). COURSES: Trusts and Estates, Community Property, Property. Email:


RUSSELL POWELL, (Assistant Professor), born Denver, Colorado, July 23, 1967; admitted to bar, 1997, New York; 1998, D.C.; 1999, California. Education: Harvard University (A.B., 1985); University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1996); Loyola University, Chicago (M.A., 2003). COURSES: Business Entities, Comparative Law. Email:


MARK REUTLINGER, (Professor Emeritus), born San Francisco, California, May 12, 1944; admitted to bar, 1969, California. Education: University of California, Berkeley (A.B., 1965; J.D., 1968). COURSES: Trusts and Estates, Evidence, Torts. Email:


J. CHRISTOPHER RIDEOUT, (Associate Director, Legal Writing Program), born Wendell, Idaho, March 29, 1950. Education: University of Puget Sound (B.A., 1977); University of Washington (M.A., 1977; Ph.D., 1982). COURSES: Advanced Writing Seminar, Law Language and Literature, Legal Drafting. Email:


MIMI SAMUEL, (Legal Writing Professor), born Boston, Massachusetts, August 5, 1962; admitted to bar, 1990, Maryland and D.C.; 1994, California. Education: Georgetown University (A.B., 1984); Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1990). COURSES: Legal Writing. Email:


JULIE SHAPIRO, (Associate Professor), born New York, New York, September 10, 1955; admitted to bar, 1982, Pennsylvania. Education: Wesleyan University (B.A., 1977); University College of Wales; University of Pennsylvania (J.D., 1982). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Family Law, Constitutional Litigation, Law and Sexuality. Email:


GREGORY M. SILVERMAN, (Associate Professor), born New York, New York, July 5, 1956; admitted to bar, 1991, Massachusetts. Education: Vassar (A.B., 1978); Columbia (M.A., 1984; J.D., 1987; M.Phil., 1991). COURSES: Intellectual Property, Property, Electronic Commerce. Email:


DAVID M. SKOVER, (Professor), born Racine, Wisconsin, December 4, 1951; admitted to bar, 1981, California. Education: Princeton University (A.B., 1974); Yale University (J.D., 1978). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Federal Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, Mass Communications Theory, Free Speech Jurisprudence. Email:


RONALD C. SLYE, (Director, International and Comparative Law Programs, Associate Professor), born Cleveland, Ohio, January 25, 1962; admitted to bar, 1990, New York; 1990, Connecticut. Education: Columbia (B.A., 1984); Christs College Cambridge (M.Phil., 1985); Yale Law School (J.D., 1989). COURSES: Property, International Law of Human Rights, Poverty Law, Public International Law. Email:


JOHN A. STRAIT, (Associate Professor), born San Francisco, California, June 19, 1943; admitted to bar, 1970, Oregon; 1970, California; 1972, Washington. Education: University of California at Davis (B.A., 1966); Yale University (J.D., LL.B., 1969). COURSES: Criminal Law, Professional Responsibility, Criminal Procedure, Trial Advocacy. Email:


JOHN W. WEAVER, (Professor), born Columbus, Ohio, February 20, 1945; admitted to bar, 1969, Indiana; 1978, Washington. Education: Dartmouth College (A.B., 1966); University of Michigan (J.D., 1969). COURSES: Real Property, Basic and Advanced Real Estate, Legal Drafting, Remedies. Email:


KENNETH R. WING, (Professor), born Oakland, California, November 25, 1946; admitted to bar, 1971, Massachusetts; 1972, California. Education: Foothill Junior College (A.A., 1966); University of California at Santa Cruz (B.A., 1968); Harvard University (J.D., 1971; M.P.H., 1972). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Health Law, Advanced Health Law. Email: