Social Justice Monday – Election 2016: Its Aftermath and the Continuing Need for Washington’s Voting Rights Act

Social Justice Monday – Election 2016: Its Aftermath and the Continuing Need for Washington’s Voting Rights Act

November 21, 2016

Last Tuesday’s election was the first since the United States Supreme Court struck down the coverage formula used to determine the preclearance requirement of section 5 of the Voting Rights Act in Shelby v. Holder, 133 S.Ct. 2612 (2013). Prior to the decision, states which had a history of discriminating against minority voters were required to preclear changes to state voting laws. In the wake of the Shelby decision, several states added voter ID requirements and reduced the number of voting venues, which could have impacted voter turnout.

The Shelby decision left intact section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits voting practices or procedures that discriminate on the basis of race, color, or membership in certain minority language groups. Washington has yet to pass its own Voting Rights Act.

David Perez, is the co-author of the state complement to Section 2 in the proposed legislation, and is also a civil rights litigator. David offered an early report on the 2016 election and assessed the continued need for a state Voting Rights Act to protect and ensure representation of minority voters and communities. While the numbers are still being crunched, he also commented on local, state, and national turnout and their implications for our democracy.

David Perez is a former Korematsu Fellow, an attorney at Perkins Coie, and a litigator whose practice focuses on constitutional law, consumer protection, class actions, intellectual property, and unfair competition. As part of his practice, David regularly counsels entrepreneurs, high-growth technology startups and established companies. In addition to presenting over 20 arguments at the trial level, David has substantial appellate experience, briefing cases at all levels of state and federal government, including the U.S. Supreme Court, and he has argued successfully in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Washington Court of Appeals. Each year since 2013, David has been named a “Rising Star” in Washington Law and Politics. Maintaining an active pro bono practice, David focuses on issues related to civil rights, constitutional law and voting rights. David received his J.D. from Yale Law School and his B.A. from Gonzaga University.

Interested in learning more? Check out these books from the law library:

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The Voting Rights Act: Securing the Ballot

Edited by:
Richard M. Valelly

Law Library LAW-3rd Floor (JK1924.V68 2006)

When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law in 1965, he explained that “[t]his act flows from a clear and simple wrong…Millions of Americans are denied the vote because of their color. This law will ensure them the right to vote. The wrong is one which no American, in his heart, can justify.”

Now, in the fortieth anniversary year of its passage, readers can learn about the history, impact, and significance of this landmark event through the dynamic pairing of essays and primary source documents that define CQ Press’s Landmark Events in U.S. History Series. The fifth volume in this award-winning collection, The Voting Rights Act, explores the origin, development, and consequences of this landmark legislation, and shows how its legacy continues to shape many aspects of U.S. government and politics.

Eminent scholars who have particular expertise in the subjects addressed write the insightful essays contained in this volume. Following these essays are related primary sources from the late nineteenth century to the present that add a dynamic “you are there” immediacy to the coverage. Readers will find excerpts from relevant Supreme Court cases, key civil rights speeches and legal documents, and excerpts from speeches, hearings, and other documents related to the Voting Rights Act. Each document includes helpful head notes that give valuable context.

As with all volumes in the Landmark Events in U.S. History Series, The Voting Rights Act presents a thorough and balanced treatment of a major historical event. The uniquely engaging approach will bring to life the history and significance of the Voting Rights Act for a wide range of library patrons, including high school and college-level students, as well as general readers and researchers looking for coverage of major U.S. events that is as interesting as it is informative. – From the Publisher


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Colorblind Injustice: Minority Voting Rights and the Undoing of the Second Reconstruction

J. Morgan Kousser

Law Library LAW-Culp Collection (3rd Floor-Range A) JK1924.K68 1999

Challenging recent trends both in historical scholarship and in Supreme Court decisions on civil rights, J. Morgan Kousser criticizes the Court’s “postmodern equal protection” and demonstrates that legislative and judicial history still matter for public policy.

Offering an original interpretation of the failure of the First Reconstruction (after the Civil War) by comparing it with the relative success of the Second (after World War II), Kousser argues that institutions and institutional rules–not customs, ideas, attitudes, culture, or individual behavior–have been the primary forces shaping American race relations throughout the country’s history. Using detailed case studies of redistricting decisions and the tailoring of electoral laws from Los Angeles to the Deep South, he documents how such rules were designed to discriminate against African Americans and Latinos.

Kousser contends that far from being colorblind, Shaw v. Reno (1993) and subsequent “racial gerrymandering” decisions of the Supreme Court are intensely color-conscious. Far from being conservative, he argues, the five majority justices and their academic supporters are unreconstructed radicals who twist history and ignore current realities. A more balanced view of that history, he insists, dictates a reversal of Shaw and a return to the promise of both Reconstructions. – From the Publisher


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Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy

Gary May

Law Library LAW-4th Floor (KF4893.M39 2013)

A gripping biography of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, tracing its creation and showing how its historic provisions are threatened today.

When the Fifteenth Amendment of 1870 granted African Americans the right to vote, it seemed as if a new era of political equality was at hand. Before long, however, white segregationists across the South counterattacked, driving their black countrymen from the polls through a combination of sheer terror and insidious devices such as complex literacy tests and expensive poll taxes. Most African Americans would remain voiceless for nearly a century more, citizens in name only until the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act secured their access to the ballot.

In Bending Toward Justice, celebrated historian Gary May describes how black voters overcame centuries of bigotry to secure and preserve one of their most important rights as American citizens. The struggle that culminated in the passage of the Voting Rights Act was long and torturous, and only succeeded because of the courageous work of local freedom fighters and national civil rights leaders—as well as, ironically, the opposition of Southern segregationists and law enforcement officials, who won public sympathy for the voting rights movement by brutally attacking peaceful demonstrators. But while the Voting Rights Act represented an unqualified victory over such forces of hate, May explains that its achievements remain in jeopardy. Many argue that the 2008 election of President Barack Obama rendered the act obsolete, yet recent years have seen renewed efforts to curb voting rights and deny minorities the act’s hard-won protections. Legal challenges to key sections of the act may soon lead the Supreme Court to declare those protections unconstitutional.

A vivid, fast-paced history of this landmark piece of civil rights legislation, Bending Toward Justice offers a dramatic, timely account of the struggle that finally won African Americans the ballot—although, as May shows, the fight for voting rights is by no means over. – From the Publisher


Social Justice Monday: Law Students Improving Access to Justice through the use of Technology, Design, and Collaboration

Social Justice Monday: Law Students Improving Access to Justice through the use of Technology, Design, and Collaboration

November 14, 2016

In the United States, approximately 80 percent of the serious civil legal needs of low-income people are unmet, disproportionately affecting poor communities of color and other marginalized groups. In addition, legal aid is under-resourced and underfunded, resulting in a situation where even people that are able to qualify for representation through a legal aid organization are not getting assistance.

Can the use of technology, human-centered design, and innovative collaborations increase the capability of the civil legal services community to meet the legal needs of poor persons in this country? How can law students learn to use and deploy technology in a meaningful way to close our legal access gap and ensure justice?

This Social Justice Monday featured a group of legal innovators who discussed the challenges in our civil justice system and the need for future lawyers to leverage technology to allow the legal expertise of one lawyer to reach hundreds – or even thousands – of clients at once, wherever possible. The panelists also discussed the ATJ Tech Fellows Program—a national program to educate law students in the use of technology to improve legal service delivery.

Panelists included:

Brian Rowe, Program Manager, Legal Services Technology Assistance Project at Northwest Justice Project. Brian, a lawyer and techie, manages the National Technology Assistance Project and teaches at the University of Washington and Seattle University. Brian lectures on Privacy Law, Cyborg Rights, Ethics, Copyright and Information Policy. Find him online at Twitter, Instagram and Youtube @sarterus.

Destinee Evers, 1L, Seattle U School of Law. Destinee serves on advisory committees for the KCBA and WSBA, including the Access to Justice Board’s Technology Committee, and is the program coordinator for ATJ Tech Fellows. Prior to law school, Destinee spent six years as a civil litigation paralegal with a focus on complex-asset divorce litigation.

Miguel Willis, 3L, Seattle U School of Law. Last year, Miguel organized Seattle U’s first ever Social Justice Hackathon, and the recent TeamChild Hack, collaborative events bringing the legal community together with technologists to build innovative technologies to tackle long-standing problems. Additionally, he serves as the founder and Program Director for ATJ Tech Fellows.

Interested in learning more? Here are related books from the Law Library:

reinventing-the-practice-of-lawReinventing the Practice of Law: Emerging Models to Enhance Affordable Legal Services

Law Library LAW-Reserve (KF336.R45 2014)

Edited By:
Luz Herrera

We all want to make things better. We want to improve our law practices. We want to improve the legal profession. We want to improve our communities. Reinventing the Practice of Law explores ways in which lawyers can change their practices to make things better – for themselves, their clients and their neighborhoods. The book encourages lawyers to step out of the mold and consider how they can create better practices when providing personal legal services. This book offers a useful compendium of essays from nationally known lawyers describing how they have begun to make our legal system more accessible to moderate income clients. These distinguished authors address the practical, ethical, and business dimensions of new ways of providing legal advice and assistance. – From the Publisher

Cover ImageThe Future of Law and eTechnologies

Law Library LAW-New Books (K487.T4F88 2016)

Edited by:
Tanel Kerikmäe
Addi Rull

This book presents groundbreaking discussions on e-residency, cryptocurrencies, scams, smart contracts, 3D printing, software agents, digital evidence and e-governance at the intersection of law, legal policies and modern technologies. The reader benefits from cutting-edge analyses that offer ideas and solutions to some of the most pressing issues caused by e-technologies. This collection is a useful tool for law and IT practitioners and an inspiring source for interdisciplinary research. Besides serving as a practical guideline, this book also reflects theoretical dimensions of future perspectives, as new technologies are not meant to change common values but to accommodate them. – From the Publisher

If you were unable to attend this presentation, it is available via video recording here: Social Justice Mondays Recordings.


Social Justice Monday – Bottom Dollars: How Working People with Disabilities Still Earn Far Less than the Federal Minimum Wage

Social Justice Monday – Bottom Dollars: How Working People with Disabilities Still Earn Far Less than the Federal Minimum Wage

November 7, 2016

When the Fair Labor Standards Act passed in 1938, it included a revolutionary civil rights protection: a minimum wage. American workers could no longer be exploited for their hard work with one huge exception: People with disabilities could be paid less – much less – than minimum wage. The law remains unchanged today. In 2016, nearly 250,000 working people are still legally paid less than the minimum wage – on average, less than $2 an hour.

Social Justice Monday featured a screening of the documentary, “Bottom Dollars”, which exposes the injustice and hardship suffered by working people with disabilities through personal stories and expert interviews. It also shows alternatives with competitive wages and community inclusion to the “sheltered workplaces” where workers with disabilities often labor. The screening was followed by a discussion of its legal and social implications with its co-producer Tina Pinedo.

Interested in learning more? Here are some related books from the Law Library:

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The Disability Rights Movement: From Charity to Confrontation

Doris Zames Fleischer
Frieda Zames

Law Library LAW-Culp Collection (3rd Floor – Range A)(HV1553.F58 2001)

Based on interviews with almost a hundred activists, this book provides a detailed history of the struggle for disability rights in the United States. It is a complex story of shifts in consciousness and shifts in policy, of changing focuses on particular disabilities such as blindness, deafness, polio, quadriplegia, psychiatric and developmental disabilities, chronic conditions (for example, cancer and heart disease), AIDS, and of activism and policymaking across disabilities.

Referring to the Americans with Disabilities Act as “every American’s insurance policy,” the authors recount the genesis of this civil rights approach to disability, from the almost forgotten disability activism of the 1930s, to the independent living movement of the 1970s, to the call for disability pride of the 1990s. Like other civil rights struggles, the disability rights movement took place in the streets and in the courts as activists fought for change in the schools, the workplace, and in the legal system. They continue to fight for effective access to the necessities of everyday life—to telephones, buses, planes, public buildings, restaurants, and toilets.

The history of disability rights mirrors the history of the country. Each World War sparked changes in disability policy and changes in medical technology as veterans without limbs and with other disabilities returned home. The empowerment of people with disabilities has become another chapter in the struggles over identity politics that began in the 1960s. Today, with the expanding ability of people with disabilities to enter the workforce and a growing elderly population, issues like longterm care are becoming increasingly significant at a time when HMOs are trying to contain health care expenditures. – From the Publisher


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Future of Disability in America

Institute of Medicine (U.S.), Committee on Disability in America
Marilyn J. Field
Alan M. Jette

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The future of disability in America will depend on how well the U.S. prepares for and manages the demographic, fiscal, and technological developments that will unfold during the next two to three decades.

Building upon two prior studies from the Institute of Medicine (the 1991 Institute of Medicine’s report Disability in America and the 1997 report Enabling America), The Future of Disability in America examines both progress and concerns about continuing barriers that limit the independence, productivity, and participation in community life of people with disabilities. This book offers a comprehensive look at a wide range of issues, including the prevalence of disability across the lifespan; disability trends the role of assistive technology; barriers posed by health care and other facilities with inaccessible buildings, equipment, and information formats; the needs of young people moving from pediatric to adult health care and of adults experiencing premature aging and secondary health problems; selected issues in health care financing (e.g., risk adjusting payments to health plans, coverage of assistive technology); and the organizing and financing of disability-related research.

The Future of Disability in America is an assessment of both principles and scientific evidence for disability policies and services. This book’s recommendations propose steps to eliminate barriers and strengthen the evidence base for future public and private actions to reduce the impact of disability on individuals, families, and society. – From the Publisher


If you were unable to attend this presentation, it is available via video recording here: Social Justice Mondays Recordings.


Social Justice Monday – Dispelling Fear-based Policies: Protecting the Transgender Community Through Effective Advocacy

Social Justice Monday – Dispelling Fear-based Policies: Protecting the Transgender Community Through Effective Advocacy

October 31, 2016

Seattle University OUTLaws and leaders in the transgender community explored legal, social, and organizing efforts to include and protect a vulnerable community whose rights and interests have made headlines in the national fury over bathroom access. Panelists examined polices and legislation that misrepresent the transgender community and threaten to roll back their civil rights—including Initiative 1515, regarding bathroom choice, which failed to qualify for the Washington ballot this year. Panelists also discussed counter-efforts to protect the rights of transgender individuals. Greater understanding of the threats the transgender community faces to its civil liberties in this charged political climate will help everyone in the Law School community create a more welcoming space for transgender individuals and provide more effective, compassionate legal services to the transgender community.

Panelists included:

Leo Segovia is a graduate of the LGBTQ leadership development program, Out In Front. With a commitment to social justice, Leo serves the transgender community in many ways such as working with the City of Seattle developing Trans* competency curriculum for their front line staff. Leo also helped produce an LGBTQ visibility campaign for Seattle Office for Civil Rights. Through extensive travels, Leo witnessed social movements of displaced populations across countries and economic systems. The physical displacement of communities from their land and culture resonated with the displacement he felt in his physical body and as a first generation “American.” Inspired by the healing and unity sought out by these movements, Leo came out as transgender in 2014. Through community outreach and education, his work focuses on the relationship between race and gender; a complex intersection that many trans* folks are forced to navigate within our greater society.

Kiyomi Fujikawa is a queer, mixed-race, trans-feminine and gender-fabulous, anti-violence organizer. She has been based in Seattle since 2005 and has been involved with the Social Justice Fund NW’s Gender Justice Giving Project and many other projects. She formerly worked with the Queer Network Program at API Chaya where she engaged Queer and Trans* communities of color around responses to intimate partner violence and helped build agency. Kiyomi has also been a key contributor to the King County Trans Resource Guide and numerous arts and entertainment programs focused at QTPOC community in Seattle. She has been involved with movements to end sexual assault and domestic/dating violence since 2001, and in 2013, she participated in the Trans* Justice Funding Project, which distributed over $50,000 to organizations working for liberation for Trans* people and our communities.

Interested in learning more? Here are some related books:

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Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law

Dean Spade

SU Law Library LAW-Reserve (Faculty Collection) (KF4754.5S63 2015)

Wait—what’s wrong with rights? It is usually assumed that trans and gender nonconforming people should follow the civil rights and “equality” strategies of lesbian and gay rights organizations by agitating for legal reforms that would ostensibly guarantee nondiscrimination and equal protection under the law. This approach assumes that the best way to address the poverty and criminalization that plague trans populations is to gain legal recognition and inclusion in the state’s institutions. But is this strategy effective?

In Normal Life Dean Spade presents revelatory critiques of the legal equality framework for social change, and points to examples of transformative grassroots trans activism that is raising demands that go beyond traditional civil rights reforms. Spade explodes assumptions about what legal rights can do for marginalized populations, and describes transformative resistance processes and formations that address the root causes of harm and violence.

In the new afterword to this revised and expanded edition, Spade notes the rapid mainstreaming of trans politics and finds that his predictions that gaining legal recognition will fail to benefit trans populations are coming to fruition. Spade examines recent efforts by the Obama administration and trans equality advocates to “pinkwash” state violence by articulating the US military and prison systems as sites for trans inclusion reforms. In the context of recent increased mainstream visibility of trans people and trans politics, Spade continues to advocate for the dismantling of systems of state violence that shorten the lives of trans people. Now more than ever, Normal Life is an urgent call for justice and trans liberation, and the radical transformations it will require. – From the Publisher


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Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States

Joey L. Mogul
Andrea J. Ritchie
Kay Whitlock

SU Law Library LAW-4th Floor (KF4754.5.M64 2011)

In March 2003-three decades after Stonewall-police stormed the Power Plant, a private Detroit club frequented by African American LGBT people. Over 350 people were handcuffed and subjected to homophobic slurs. Some were hit on the head and back; others were slammed into walls. Their supposed crime was later chalked up to a bizarre infraction: “loitering inside a building.” Three years earlier, Freddie Mason, a thirty-one-year-old Black gay man was arrested after a verbal altercation with his landlord, and then anally raped with a billy club covered in cleaning liquid by a Chicago police officer. Bernina Mata, a Latina, was sentenced to death on the theory that being a “hardcore lesbian” caused her to kill. A Tennessee police officer’s brutal beating of Duanna Johnson, a Black transgender woman, was even caught on camera. Within a year, she was dead-the third African American transgender woman in Memphis in three years whose murder remains unresolved. Events such as these illuminate a long shadow of criminalization of LGBT people in America.

Drawing on years of research, activism, and legal advocacy, Queer (In)Justice is a searing examination of queer experiences-as “suspects,” defendants, prisoners, and survivors of crime. The authors unpack queer criminal archetypes-like “gleeful gay killers,” “lethal lesbians,” “disease spreaders,” and “deceptive gender benders“-to illustrate the punishment of queer expression, regardless of whether a crime was ever committed. Tracing stories from the streets to the bench to behind prison bars, the authors prove that the policing of sex and gender both bolsters and reinforces racial and gender inequalities. A groundbreaking work that turns a “queer eye” on the criminal legal system, Queer (In)Justice illuminates and challenges the many ways in which queer lives are criminalized, policed, and punished. – From the Publisher


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LGBT Youth in America’s Schools

Jason Cianciotto
Sean Cahill

SU Lemieux Library 4th Floor-Books (LC2575.C54 2012)

Jason Cianciotto and Sean Cahill, experts on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender public policy advocacy, combine an accessible review of social science research with analyses of school practices and local, state, and federal laws that affect LGBT students. In addition, portraits of LGBT youth and their experiences with discrimination at school bring human faces to the issues the authors discuss.

This is an essential guide for teachers, school administrators, guidance counselors, and social workers interacting with students on a daily basis; school board members and officials determining school policy; nonprofit advocates and providers of social services to youth; and academic scholars, graduate students, and researchers training the next generation of school administrators and informing future policy and practice. – From the Publisher

If you were unable to attend this presentation, it is available via video recording here: Social Justice Mondays Recordings.


Social Justice Monday: Animal Liberation and the No New Animal Lab Campaign

Social Justice Monday
October 24, 2016

The Access to Justice Institute and the Seattle University Student Animal Legal Defense Fund held a talk titled “Animal Liberation and the No New Animal Lab Campaign.”

The Seattle University Student Animal Legal Defense Fund is dedicated to providing a forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system, and raising the profile of the field of animal law.

Here are some related materials if you are interested in learning more:

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The Rise of Critical Animal Studies: From the Margins to the Centre

Edited by:
Nik Taylor
Richard Twine

SU Lemieux Library 5th Floor-Books (QL85.R57 2014)

As the scholarly and interdisciplinary study of human/animal relations becomes crucial to the urgent questions of our time, notably in relation to environmental crisis, this collection explores the inner tensions within the relatively new and broad field of animal studies. This provides a platform for the latest critical thinking on the condition and experience of animals.


The volume is structured around four sections:

engaging theory
doing critical animal studies
critical animal studies and anti-capitalism
contesting the human, liberating the animal: veganism and activism.

The Rise of Critical Animal Studies demonstrates the centrality of the contribution of critical animal studies to vitally important contemporary debates and considers future directions for the field. This edited collection will be useful for students and scholars of sociology, gender studies, psychology, geography, and social work. – From the Publisher


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Animal Experimentation: A Guide to the Issues

Vaughan Monamy

SU Lemieux Library 4th Floor-Books (HV4915.M65 2009)

Animal Experimentation is an important book for all those involved in the conduct, teaching, learning, regulation, support or critique of animal-based research. Whilst maintaining the clarity of style that made the first edition so popular, this second edition has been updated to include discussion of genetically modified organisms and associated welfare and ethical issues that surround the breeding programmes in such research.



It also discusses

the origins of vivisection
advances in human and non-human welfare made possible by animal experimentation
principal moral objections to the use of research animals
alternatives to the use of animals in research
regulatory umbrella under which experiments are conducted in Europe, USA, and Australasia.

The book also highlights the future responsibilities of students who will be working with animals, and offers practical advice on experimental design, literature search, consultation with colleagues, and the importance of the on-going search for alternatives. – From the Publisher


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Animal Experimentation: Opposing Viewpoints

Helen Cothran

SU Lemieux Library 4th Floor-Books (HV4915.A638 2002)

The use of companion animals such as dogs in medical experiments has intensified the debate about animal testing. Doctors, researchers, and activists argue whether or not animals should be experimented on in the following chapters: Do Animals Have Rights? Is Animal Experimentation Justified? How Should Animal Experimentation Be Conducted? Should Scientists Pursue New Forms of Animal Experimentation?
– From Amazon



If you were unable to attend this presentation, it is available via video recording here: Social Justice Mondays Recordings.


Social Justice Monday: Changing the Criminal Justice System to Keep Teenagers Out of Jail and In School in King County

Social Justice Monday: Changing the Criminal Justice System to Keep Teenagers Out of Jail and In School in King County

October 17, 2016

Unleash the Brilliance (UTB) is a youth organization that works directly with teen-aged students charged with truancy to redirect them from the court system back into school. UTB works through a peer-to-peer mentoring and supports the Truancy Diversion Program of the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (PAO).

This Social Justice Monday, featured the co-founders of UTB, Terrell Dorsey and Jorell Dorsey. It also featured Linda Thomas, the Truancy Coordinator for the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (PAO) and several youth leaders for UTB. UTB won the 2016 Outstanding Partner Award from the PAO.

This novel criminal justice program, fueled by the passion and dedication of relentless volunteers, is changing the lives of youth throughout King County.

Panelists included:

Terrell Dorsey, Founder/President of UTB. Terrell is also the Co-Director of the 180 Program that serves youth who are cited for relatively low-level crimes committed in King County. In both roles, Terrell has a duty and a passion to change the life trajectory of troubled teens towards the path of progress.

Jorrell Dorsey, Co-Founder of UTB. He recruits and trains new UTB Youth Leaders every year from local schools. He is also one of the main speakers for the organization. He enjoys sharing his personal story of adversity that was layered with daunting challenges to finding his strength back to success.

Linda Thomas, Truancy Coordinator for the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Linda has worked for the KCPAO for 12 years and is devoted to helping youth at-promise graduate from high school.

Cierra Conley, UTB Youth Coordinator. She started working for UTB a month after she arrived in Seattle from West Virginia in 2015, and brings a heart full of compassion and understanding to the youth she meets. Her fundamental goal is to connect with the youth she engages during the workshop and earn their trust and friendship.

Marika Koroma, UTB Youth Leader. She is a high school senior in Federal Way and loves doing things to help others and making people happy.

Andres Arano, UTB Youth Leader. He enjoys supporting UTB and the King County Truancy Workshops. He believes it is one of the best ways to spend his energy.

Charlie Shih, UTB Youth Leader. She is a senior at the University of Washington focusing on sexual violence as a politicized issue. She is passionate about creating social change through education and the arts.

Interested in learning more? Here are some related books:

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Truancy Prevention and Intervention: A Practical Guide

Lynn Bye

SU Lemieux Library 4th Floor-Books (LB3081.T785 2010)

Research has shown that truancy is frequently associated with juvenile crime and dropping out of school altogether. With the high dropout rate in the U.S. and the No Child Left Behind Act holding schools accountable for their dropout rates, it is essential for school social workers to contribute to their schools’ improvement plan in meeting annual yearly progress benchmarks. This book, by well respected researchers and practitioners who have extensive experience with truancy, covers best practices in truancy at the community, school, and student/family levels of interventions. It provides an essential everyday reference guide to research-based programs and truancy program implementation.

Beginning with an introduction to the essentials of truancy, its causes and consequences, and state and federal legislation, the authors then give readers a snapshot of what research has shown to work so far and what adaptations might look like in various school settings. Richly detailed case examples illustrate multiple levels of intervention, from the school-wide prevention and general policy levels to remedial interventions, including culturally competent approaches. Eminently practical and easily accessible, with sample forms, methods of measuring outcomes, ideas for funding, take-away points, and digestible research summaries, this will be a trusted toolkit for school professionals seeking to reduce their schools’ dropout rates and improve students’ engagement with school.

School-based practitioners and student trainees alike will find a wealth of reliable information about what is seemingly an intractable problem. They can immediately begin implementing the proven and promising practices presented in this practical guide. – From the Publisher

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Truancy Revisited: Students as School Consumers

Rita E. Guare and Bruce S. Cooper

SU Lemieux Library 4th Floor-Books (LB3081.G89 2003)

How can we make schools more attractive to students? How do we engage them in their own education? This book treats the fundamental issue of whether students are ‘conscripts’ required by law to attend school, or whether (due to non-attendance) we should begin to see them as ‘consumers’ of their education. Key questions are asked to determine when students choose to skip school, how often, and why. Topics include: gender, ethnic/racial differences, academic standing, grade level, and school rules. This is an excellent book for administrators and supervisors, teachers, parents, school board members, and policy-makers who set programs for schools that affect attendance. – From the Publisher

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The Family-School Connection: Theory, Research, and Practice

Edited By:
Bruce A. Ryan
Gerald R. Adams
Thomas P. Gullotta
Roger P. Weissberg
Robert L. Hampton

SU Lemieux Library 4th Floor-Books (LC225.3.F38 1995)

Currently, only about 50% of American youths live in traditional two-parent, first-marriage families. This fact, combined with often bleak economic and social realities, creates the backdrop of interactions between families, children, and schools are examined in this probing volume. Answering a need for evaluative research in this area of increasing public interest, the contributors build a model for evaluation, focusing on the dynamics of family-school connections. How is school achievement influenced by parent-child interactions and the family environment? How do school, family, community, and peer-group connections affect early adolescents? What is the family’s role in the success of learning-disabled youth or in school truancy? What effect does parental discord and divorce have on a child’s learning? These questions, as well as proposals for intervention and prevention, create the crux of this book designed to inform and motivate readers to respond to one of our country’s most fundamental social concerns. Vital reading for everyone who wants to better understand child-school-community interaction, this book especially warrants reading by students, researchers, and other professionals in developmental psychology, family studies, psychology, and social work. – From the Publisher

If you were unable to attend this presentation, it is available via video recording here: Social Justice Mondays Recordings.


Social Justice Monday – Land Grab: How American Colonists Used Mortgage Foreclosures & Predatory Lending to Seize the Lands of Native Americans

Social Justice Monday: Social Justice Monday – Land Grab: How American Colonists Used Mortgage Foreclosures & Predatory Lending to Seize the Lands of Native Americans

October 10, 2016

As schoolchildren we learned that Peter Minuit purchased Manhattan Island from the Lenape People for $24 in goods and trinkets. But little thought is given to how American colonists acquired the rest of the 13 original colonies. According to our eminent speaker, K-Sue Park, changes to basic property law gave a legal veneer to wholesale expropriation. The colonists added a new twist to English property law that muddied the traditional distinction between real and personal property—and gave rise to unconstrained mortgage foreclosures that seized ancestral lands from Native Americans, who had a very different concept of land ownership and credit.

K-Sue Park is Equal Justice Works Fellow and Staff Attorney in the El Paso office of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, where she practices foreclosure defense and investigates predatory mortgage lending. She received her Ph.D from the Rhetoric Department at the University of California, Berkeley, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2015. Her article, “How Tort Debt Funded the Occupation of Indigenous Lands: Indian Depredations as Early Federal Torts,” will appear in the journal History of the Present in Spring 2018; “Money, Mortgages, and the Conquest America” was published in Law and Social Inquiry this fall. She is working on a book manuscript provisionally entitled, Conquest and the American Dream: A Pre-History of U.S. Law, Finance and Real Estate.

Interested in learning more? Here are some related articles:

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K-Sue Park

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In colonial America, land acquired new liquidity when it became liable for debts. Though English property law maintained a firm distinction between land and chattel for centuries, in the American colonies, the boundary between the categories of real and personal property began to disintegrate. There, the novelty of easy foreclosure and consequent easy alienation of land made it possible for colonists to obtain credit, using land as a security. However, scholars have neglected the first instances in which a newly unconstrained practice of mortgage foreclosure appeared—the transactions through which colonists acquired land from indigenous people in the first place. In this article, I explore these early transactions for land, which took place across fundamental differences between colonists’ and native communities’ conceptions of money, land, and exchange itself. I describe how difference and dependence propelled the growth of the early American contact economy to make land into real estate, or the fungible commodity on the speculative market that it remains today. – From the Abstract


Image of AuthorEquity in Times of Mortgage Crisis

Steven Bender

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The notion that equity is available to both lenders and borrowers in foreclosure is widely accepted. Yet, during times of a mortgage crisis, equity does not act to avoid certain injustices. This Article, premised on the historical and modern applications of equity, suggests increasing the role of equity without completely disregarding contractual obligations between lenders and borrowers.

“Equity will not suffer a wrong without a remedy.” (1)

“In a suit in equity, the Court is vested with jurisdiction to do that which ought to be done.” (2)

“Equity abhors forfeitures.” (3)

“If equity can mold its remedies to meet conditions as they arise, then equity should not fail in this emergency to hold the scales even.” (4)

“A [law] student came to a dean asking to study equity.

First you must study law, said the dean, and sent the student away. Three years later, the student returned. I studied law . . . . It was a worthless endeavor. The law is unjust, formalistic, nonsensical, and hopelessly confused. I have never been so frustrated in my life as in the last three years.

Now you are ready to study equity, said the dean.” (5)

-Editor’s Synopsis

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Social Justice Monday: Nestora Salgado – Indigenous Leader, Human Rights Activist, and U.S. Citizen – Freed After Illegal Imprisonment in Mexico

Social Justice Monday: Nestora Salgado – Indigenous Leader, Human Rights Activist, and U.S. Citizen – Freed After Illegal Imprisonment in Mexico

October 3, 2016

Nestora Salgado, a citizen of the United States and Mexico, was arrested for community service in her home village of Olinalá in the state of Guerrero. Mexican law guarantees the rights of indigenous communities to form their own security institutions.  Abandoned by the Mexican government, indigenous communities have increasingly formed such groups to protect themselves from the brutal violence of drug traffickers.  Ms. Salgado was the first woman leader of a community police force, and was immediately persecuted by corrupt Mexican authorities. After enduring two and a half years of illegal detention, the School of Law’s International Human Rights Clinic helped obtain her freedom.

Ms. Salgado moved to the U.S. in 1991 at the age of 20. She has divided her time between Olinalá and the Seattle area, where she lives with her husband, her daughters, and her grandchildren.

Ms. Salgado discussed her community, her activism, and her return from detention. Ms. Salgado was introduced by Professor Thomas Antkowiak, Director of both the International Human Rights Clinic and the Latin America Program.

Interested in learning more? Here are some related books available from the Law Library:

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Human Rights in Latin America: A Politics of Terror and Hope

Sonia Cardenas

Law Library – 3rd Floor (JC599.L3C368 2010)

For the last half century, Latin America has been plagued by civil wars, dictatorships, torture, legacies of colonialism and racism, and other evils. The region has also experienced dramatic—if uneven—human rights improvements. The accounts of how Latin America’s people have dealt with the persistent threats to their fundamental rights offer lessons for people around the world.

Human Rights in Latin America: A Politics of Terror and Hope is the first textbook to provide a comprehensive introduction to the human rights issues facing an area that constitutes more than half of the Western Hemisphere. Leading human rights researcher and educator Sonia Cardenas brings together regional examples of both terror and hope, emphasizing the dualities inherent in human rights struggles. Organized by three pivotal topics—human rights violations, reform, and accountability—this book offers an authoritative synthesis of research on human rights on the continent. From historical accounts of abuse to successful transnational campaigns and legal battles, Human Rights in Latin America explores the tensions underlying a vast range of human rights initiatives. In addition to surveying the roles of the United States, relatives of the disappeared, and truth commissions, Cardenas covers newer ground in addressing the colonial and ideological underpinnings of human rights abuses, emerging campaigns for disability and sexuality rights, and regional dynamics relating to the International Criminal Court.

Engagingly written and fully illustrated, Human Rights in Latin America creates an important niche among human rights and Latin American textbooks. Ample supplementary resources—including discussion questions, interdisciplinary reading lists, filmographies, online resources, internship opportunities, and instructor assignments—make this an especially valuable text for use in human rights courses. – From the Publisher

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Victims Unsilenced: The Inter-American Human Rights System and Transitional Justice in Latin America

Edited by:
Katya Salazar
Thomas Antkowiak

Law Library (KDZ578.I5V53 2007)

Despite having developed some of the most progressive jurisprudence on matters of accountability, remedies and due process, the Inter-American human rights system has had a mixed record with regard to transitional justice processes in Latin America.

What accounts for the regional system’s varying degrees of influence on the rule of law in individual states? What lessons can we apply to countries just beginning to emerge from violent conflict and massive human rights violations such as Colombia?

A new book published by the Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF) with support from United States Institute of Peace examines the role of the Inter-American human rights system in advancing transitional justice in Latin America. This comprehensive, policy-oriented study covers four cases: Argentina, Peru, Guatemala and El Salvador. Its authors include some of the region’s foremost experts on transitional justice and the Inter-American system. – From United States Institute of Peace


Women in the Law Panel

CPD held a moderated panel discussion in Sullivan Hall. Guest speakers from corporate, law firm, and government backgrounds shared their personal career trajectories and respective leadership paths, as well as discussed topics such as networking, resources, and the importance of mentors.

Check out the following books about women in law:


Women-at-law : lessons learned along the pathways to success
Phyllis Horn Epstein, author. American Bar Association. Law Practice Division, sponsoring body. 2015
Available at SU Law Library LAW-4th Floor (KF299.W6E77 2015 )

Women attorneys and the changing workplace : high hopes, mixed outcomes
Phyllis Kitzerow, author. 2014
Available at SU Law Library LAW-4th Floor (KF299.W6K58 2014 )

Learning to lead : what really works for women in law
Gindi Eckel Vincent, author. Mary B. Cranston; American Bar Association. Commission on Women in the Profession, issuing body. 2013
Available at SU Law Library LAW-4th Floor (KF299.W6V55 2013)


Social Justice Monday: Racial (In)Equity and Policing

Social Justice Monday: Racial (In)Equity and Policing
September 26, 2016

The long-smoldering issue of racial bias in policing and the criminal justice system is finally front and center in America’s consciousness. LLSA and ATJI presented a panel of nationally-recognized experts on how conscious and unconscious bias can manifest in police and prosecutorial interactions and how such bias may influence outcomes throughout various stages of the criminal justice system and particularly impact Latinx people and other communities of color.

In addition to a scholarly perspective, panelists also offered insight as to how these issues are arising and being addressed in real-time through United States v. City of Seattle, in which the U.S. Department of Justice alleged excessive use of force violations by the Seattle Police Department.

Panelists included:

J. Michael (“Mike”) Diaz is the Civil Rights Program Coordinator for the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington, as well as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. He has investigated and/or prosecuted a wide variety of civil rights matters, from “classic” civil rights cases such as housing, employment and educational matters to more “modern” matters, including rights violated by police misconduct. Due to his expertise, Mike is a faculty member of the DOJ’s National Advocacy (Training) Center teaching on civil rights enforcement. Mike has been the lead line attorney on the investigation, lawsuit, and consent decree in United States v. City of Seattle (SPD) since its inception in 2010. In addition to other volunteer work, Mike, in his individual capacity, currently serves on the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission. Mike received his JD from Cornell Law School in 2002.

Taki V. Flevaris is a Faculty Affiliate at the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality at Seattle University School of Law and an attorney at Pacifica Law Group, LLP, with a practice focused on constitutional and governmental litigation. He has a background in psychological study and research, and he writes and presents regularly on equal access and equal treatment in the justice system, with special emphasis on race and the use of psychological science to inform legal rules and procedures. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Northwestern University.

Dr. William Parkin, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Seattle University, focuses his research on ideological violence, bias crimes, and the media’s relationship with the criminal justice system. Dr. Parkin has worked on research projects related to domestic terrorism, the nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative, and community public safety in Seattle. He received his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the City University of New York, Graduate Center in 2012.

Interested in learning more? Here are some related books available from the Law Library:

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Punishing Race: A Continuing American Dilemma

Michael Tonry

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How can it be, in a nation that elected Barack Obama, that one third of African American males born in 2001 will spend time in a state or federal prison, and that black men are seven times likelier than white men to be in prison? Blacks are much more likely than whites to be stopped by the police, arrested, prosecuted, convicted, and imprisoned, and are much less likely to have confidence in justice system officials, especially the police.

In Punishing Race, Michael Tonry demonstrates in lucid, accessible language that these patterns result not from racial differences in crime or drug use but primarily from drug and crime control policies that disproportionately affect black Americans. These policies in turn stem from a lack of white empathy for black people, and from racial stereotypes and resentments provoked partly by the Republican Southern Strategy of using coded “law and order” appeals to race to gain support from white voters. White Americans, Tonry observes, have a remarkable capacity to endure the suffering of disadvantaged black and, increasingly, Hispanic men. Crime policies are among a set of social policies enacted since the 1960s that have maintained white dominance over black people despite the end of legal discrimination. To redress these injustices, Tonry offers a number of proposals: stop racial profiling by the police, shift the emphasis of drug law enforcement to treatment and prevention, eliminate mandatory sentencing laws, and change sentencing guidelines to allow judges discretion to take account of offenders’ life circumstances. Those proposals are all attainable and would all reduce unjustifiable racial disparities and the collateral human and social harms they cause.

A damning indictment of decades of misguided criminal justice policy, Punishing Race takes a crucial look at persisting racial injustice in America. – From the Publisher

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Critical Race Realism: Intersections of Psychology, Race, and Law

Edited by:
Gregory S. Parks
Shayne Jones
W. Jonathan Cardi

LAW-4th Floor (KF4755.C749 2008)

A new way of looking at our legal system—focused on the nexus of social science, race, and the law—that takes the field of critical legal studies into the twenty-first century.

Building on the field of critical race theory, which took a theoretical approach to questions of race and the law, Critical Race Realism offers a practical look at the way racial bias plays out at every level of the legal system, from witness identification and jury selection to prosecutorial behavior, defense decisions, and the way expert witnesses are regarded.

Using cutting-edge research from across the social sciences and, in particular, new understandings from psychology of the way prejudice functions in the brain, this new book—the first overview of the topic—includes many of the seminal writings to date along with newly commissioned pieces filling in gaps in the literature. The authors are part of a rising generation of legal scholars and social scientists intent on using the latest insights from their respective fields to understand the racial biases built into our legal system and to offer concrete measures to overcome them. – From the Publisher

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