A South Sound couple found out identity thieves have used information from a years-old breach to apply for unemployment benefits in their name. But when they reported the fraud to the state, the victims say they were treated like criminals. Anita Ramasastry, professor of law at the UW, is interviewed.
In a decision hailed by Native American leaders in the Inland Northwest as a victory for tribal sovereignty, the Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a large part of eastern Oklahoma is an Indian reservation, affirming that Congress never officially “disestablished” the Muscogee (Creek) Nation when it divided tribal land into private property at the end of the 19th century. Robert Anderson, professor of law and director of the UW Native American Law Center, is quoted.
In a decision being hailed as a win for tribal sovereignty, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a large portion of eastern Oklahoma remains a reservation. In the 5-4 decision, the nation’s highest court said Congress never explicitly “disestablished” the 1866 boundaries of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Robert Anderson, professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
Seattle councilmembers heard proposals from community groups Wednesday for what broad cuts to the city’s police budget could look like in practice. Angélica Cházaro, assistant professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
Seattle City Council members were pressed during a Wednesday meeting to divert millions of dollars in funds slated for the police department to community programs, while others endorsed moving 911 dispatchers away from department control.
Representatives from a new coalition urged the Seattle City Council to immediately begin redirecting millions of dollars in funding from the Police Department to community-based solutions, affordable housing and a new approach to public safety.
Seattle and King County groups on Wednesday proposed several ways to allocate money from defunding the Seattle Police Department, all of which involve reinvesting in community-based programs. Angélica Cházaro, assistant professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
The call to defund the Seattle Police Department by 50 percent was a key demand by protesters who marched to city’s East Precinct and took over the streets forming CHOP, the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest.
When a mysterious virus began racing around the globe early this year, scientists at the University of Washington’s newly created Center for an Informed Public described it as the perfect storm for bogus information, both innocent and malicious. The UW's Kate Starbird, associate professor of human centered design and engineering; Jevin West, associate professor in the Information School; Ryan Calo, associate professor of law, are quoted. Carl Bergstrom, professor of biology at the UW, is referenced.
July 1 in Hong Kong has always been a day of protest. It marks the anniversary of the territory’s handover from Britain to China in 1997. This year, 23 years later, Hongkongers protested again — but this time, there was far more at stake than at perhaps any other time since. Donald Clarke, affiliate professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
Gonzaga University, University of Washington and Seattle University law schools have formed a task force to address racial discrimination in Washington’s criminal justice system. The law school’s deans, Gonzaga's Jacob Rooksby, the UW's Mario Barnes and Seattle University's Annette Clark, are serving as co-chairs of the ad hoc "Task Force on Race and Washington’s Criminal Justice System."
Dr. Sybil Rosado, a practicing attorney and tenured professor at Benedict College in Columbia South Carolina, discusses her personal journey to be licensed by the Florida Bar and calls on them to adopt diploma privilege.
When our Supreme Court acts in a quasi-legislative or regulatory role — outside its judicial mode — it owes the public the same transparent process and accountability we demand from state and local legislators and from regulatory bodies.
Due to a legal principle called qualified immunity, the bar to hold police accountable for violence or even killing a civilian is quite high. Jeff Feldman is a professor at the University of Washington School of Law; he joined Ross Reynolds to discuss the history of how police have been shielded from liability.
There are skeptics of wearable devices. Ryan Calo, an associate professor of law at the University of Washington, looks at these high-tech privacy issues through a different lens. “The devil is in the details, but I imagine privacy is the least of their worries,” he said via email. “Such technological solutions are unlikely to work for a variety of reasons, and usually amount to an excuse to subject people to risk for economic gain.”
Many people treat video footage, regardless of where it comes from, as objective evidence, says Mary Fan, a professor at the University of Washington School of Law who studies cameras and police encounters. “The temptation is to see it as a window into what really happened,” she says. But that’s not the case: the place the video comes from has a big impact on how people interpret it.
When Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. said Atlanta police officer Devin Brosnan would be a witness against Garrett Rolfe – the former officer charged with felony murder in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks – he added he was “shocked.” Legal experts who spoke with USA Today on Wednesday were shocked, too. Mary Fan, professor of law at the UW, is quoted.