Celebrating 2019

Because of you, the University of Washington School of Law serves an important role as the premier public law school in the Pacific Northwest. Your partnership helps ensure we offer a community of ideas in which to study current and emerging legal issues, investigate the conditions under which innovation can thrive, and seek answers to some of the most pressing and important social justice questions of our time.

Through your generous support, we are able to use our privilege and power to advance legal knowledge, educate the next generation of lawyers, and increase access to law and legal services in communities locally and around the world.

Read on to learn about a few of these noteworthy accomplishments from 2019. We look forward to working with you in 2020 to continue making a difference — for Washington, for the world.

Law Dawgs Look Back at 2019

As we prepare for another exciting year, join UW Law in celebrating our students' many accomplishments and proudest moments from 2019.

A Community of Service

Service is at the core of UW Law's mission through private practice, public service, and the education of the next generation of practice-ready lawyers. Learn how UW Law made a difference in the lives of others around the globe.

  • Beyond the Classroom

    UW Law serves the region’s legal community by convening experts and sparking dynamic conversations around the most important issues affecting the region, country and world.

    Move beyond the classroom

  • WATCH: Summer Spotlight | Alaura Valley

    The rising 3L leveraged a unique internship opportunity at a mid-sized Seattle law firm so she could help businesses across the Pacific Northwest.

    Meet Alaura Valley

  • Seeking Justice for the Wrongly Convicted

    Teams of law school students, staff and volunteer legal counsel fought for Ted Bradford’s exoneration for eight hard years as part of UW Law's Innocence Project Northwest.

    Read about Ted Bradford


Student Impact

Students who come to study at UW Law have one thing in common: They want to change the world. Explore stories of inspiring students who are doing just that in Washington and beyond.

  • Behind the Wall

    As 1,000s of asylum-seekers awaited their fate in a Texas detention center, a team of UW students and faculty prepared them for the most important interviews of their lives.

    Look behind the wall

  • Class of 2019 Grads Recount Memories, Milestones

    Four students from this year's graduating class share their diverse, personal experiences as part of UW Law’s J.D., LL.M., Ph.D. and M.J. programs.

    Recount the memories

  • Announcing the 2019 Gregoire Fellows

    Nine students are recognized for their academic and professional achievements, unique perspectives and experiences, and leadership potential to diversify the Washington legal profession.

    Meet the Fellows


Scholarship and Knowledge Production

UW Law is home to some of the legal field's leading scholars, lawyers and educators. Find out UW Law faculty are driving discourse and advancing knowledge knowledge around today's biggest legal discussions.

  • Three UW Law Professors Cited in Landmark High Court Decisions

    Justices in the U.S. and Washington supreme courts cited papers by professors Mary Fan, Sanne Knudsen and Hugh Spitzer, underscoring the impact UW Law faculty have on cases before the high courts.

    Read about the cited papers

  • Spotlight: Real-world Research Agendas

    Highlights from recent and ongoing legal research by UW Law faculty illustrate how law reflects and shapes our everyday lives.

    See the highlights

  • Risk, Responsibility and One True North

    A first-of-its-kind class brought leaders form the Pacific Northwest's resident industry titans — including Amazon, Microsoft and PACCAR — to share insights into the evolving field of international compliance.

    Learn about compliance


Alumni Success

UW Law alumni are dynamic, dedicated leaders committed to advancing the law school's mission of service. Learn more about exceptional Law Dawgs and their successes in 2019.

  • Distinguished Veteran Turned to Law at the UW

    An owner of three Bronze Stars, the Hon. Ronald E. Cox is the University of Washington Alumni Associations’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni Veteran Award recipient.

    Meet Ronald E. Cox

  • Meet Our Alumni: Stephen Coger

    A former Gates and Fulbright Scholar and Clinton Fellow, Coger uses humor and personal connection to help underserved communities in rural Arkansas.

    Meet Stephen Coger

  • Soros Justice Fellow tackles opioid crisis

    Christine Minhee '19 becomes the law school's second student ever to earn the prestigious fellowship, which she leveraged to launch an opioid litigation watchdog project.

    Meet Christine Minhee


Philanthropic Support

The law school's efforts are fueled by the generous philanthropic support from the UW Law community — and 2019 featured a number of exciting new developments made possible by alumni and friends.

  • UW Law receives $3.75M gift to support environmental law

    The landmark gift paves the way for students to enjoy more opportunities to gain the experience and knowledge to tackle the world's most pressing environmental issues.

    Read about the gift

  • Packed Kick-Off Marks Launch of Center for an Informed Public

    The law school will play a foundational role in finding public policy solutions to the spread of disinformation in society as part of the center, which is brought to life by a $5M gift from the Knight Foundation.

    Be Informed

  • Public Interest Law Association Celebrates 25 Years

    The result of ongoing support from myriad donors each year, PILA grants allow student to engage in life-changing work for themselves and the underrepresented people and causes they support.

    Celebrate Public Interest Law


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