Faculty and Staff

Mario L. Barnes, University of Washington School of Law Toni Rembe Dean, was honored as the University of Wisconsin Law Alumni of the Year.

The University of Washington School of Law Philip A. Trautman Professors of the Year are Jeffery Feldman, 1L Professor; Jennifer Fan, Small Section; and Lisa Manheim, Large Section.

Maureen Howard, University of Washington Professor of Law, received the Distinguished Teaching Award at the 49th Annual University of Washington Awards of Excellence.

Kurt Kruckeberg earned the award for Faculty Excellence in Graduate Education.

Jacqueline McMurtrie, University of Washington Professor of Law, received the University Faculty Lecture Award at the 49th Annual University of Washington Awards of Excellence.

Huy Nguyen and Ralph Pearson were named the Mary F. Starr Staff Persons of the Year.

Eric Schnapper, University of Washington Professor of Law, was awarded The Cardozo Society 2019 L’Dor V’Dor Award by the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.


Kylie Fisher 2L and Alyssa Nevala 2L earned 2019 Washington State Association for Justice Fellowships.

Cristina Rodriguez received the 2019 Gates Public Service Law Scholarship.

Juris Doctor Honors and Awards

The SBA Award for Student Service was awarded to Arielle Berne ‘19.

Yumeng “Sissi” Bian ‘19 is the 2019 School of Law Gonfalonier.

Seth Brickey-Smith ’19 is the recipient of this year’s Carkeet Award.

Jane Carmody ’19 was named the 2019 Eugene Wright Scholar.

Ndiabou (Jabu) Diagana ’19 and Jaron Goddard ‘19 received the Jack MacDonald Merit Awards.

Madeline Flood ’19 and Varsha Govindaraju ’19 took home first and second place, respectively, in the William L. Dwyer Jury Project Award.

Dean’s Medals were awarded to Christine Minhee ’19 and Marten King ’19; King is the 2018 Eugene Wright Scholar.

Christine Minhee ’19 was honored as a Dean’s Medalist.

Katharine Nyden ’19 and Mika Rothman ’19 were awarded CLEA Clinical Students of the Year Awards.

The SBA Justice C.Z. Smith Public Service Award was bestowed on Laura Robinett-Barnes ’19 and Kiri Yoshimura ’19.

Catalina A. Saldivia Lagos ’19 earned the Spirit of Alena Suazo Award.

Katelyn Grette ’19 was named the 2019 Pro Bono Student of the Year.

Geoffrey Wickes ’19 is the winner of the Hugh Miracle Opening Statement competition.

J.D. students named to the 2019 Order of the Barristers are: Allexia Arnold ’19, Arielle Berne ’19, Seth Brickey-Smith ’19, Varsha Govindaraju ’19, Tyler Grandgeorge ’19, Vanessa James ’19, Sara Leonetti ’19, Laura Robinett-Barnes ’19, Rebecca Sweeney ‘19 and Geoffrey Wickes ’19.

Pro Bono Honors went to: Brittany Adams ’19, Maddisson Alexander ’19, Elizabeth Allison ’19, Lesly Avila ’19, Kyla Ayubi ‘19, Abigail Barrett ‘19, Hayley Bigoni ’19, Corneliu Bortes ’19, Lauren Bramwell ’19, Jennifer Budinick ’19, Albert Chang ’19, Nicholas Cody ’19, Barry Degner ’19, Madeline Flood ’19, Ester Garcia ’19, Martha Geyer ’19, Varsha Govindaraju ’19, Rachel Hammond ’19, Christina Jaccard ’19, Jessica Johanson-Kubin ‘19, Katelyn Lowthorp ’19, Amira Mattar ’19, Jennifer Mendoza ’19, Olivia Mitchell ’19, Katharine Nyden ’19, Kirsten Parris ’19, Sandra Patlan ’19, Emily Raszler ’19, Gardner Reed ’19, Ava Sanchez ’19, Michelle Saperstein ’19, Michelle Saucedo ’19, Kelsey Shamrell-Harrington ’19, Caitlin Soden ’19, Nicole Springstroh ’19, Jillian Stanphill ’19, Miriam Stiefel ’19, Sydney Sullivan ’19, Leron Vandsburger ’19, September Vaudrey ‘19, Katelyn Grette ’19 and Tianyi Wu ’19.

Graduate Program Honors and Awards

Graduate program Academic Excellence Awards were awarded to: Congyu Fu (Asian and Comparative Law), Sicong Sun (General Law), Yanfei Wang (Global Business Law), Caroline Greene (Health Law), Elena Ponte (Intellectual Property Law and Policy), Zachary Hudgins (Master of Jurisprudence) and Faiza Duale (Sustainable International Development); Sammy Zeer earned the Meade Emory Endowed Prize in Taxation.

Leadership Awards were received by: Viktoriya Saditdinova (General Law), Ijeoma Unachukwu (Intellectual Property) and Ni “Jodie” Zhou (Master of Jurisprudence); Priya Singh received the Roy Prosterman Leadership Award (Sustainable International Development).

Spirit of Excellence Awards were awarded to Eunice Nkengasong (General Law) and Jinfeng Su (Intellectual Property).

Yung-hua Kuo won the Outstanding Dissertation Award in the Ph.D. program.

Class Notes

Adam Brotman ‘95, former Starbucks and J. Crew executive, was appointed chief executive officer of San Francisco-based restaurant technology company eatsa.

Caroline Greene LL.M. ’19 joined Bullivant Houser Baily PC as of counsel.

The King County Bar Association awarded the 2019 Outstanding Judge Award to the Honorable Dean S. Lum ‘83.

The Honorable Ricardo S. Martinez ‘80 was named the Washington State Association for Justice’s 2019 Judge of the Year.

Crystal Pardue ‘18 and Michelle Saucedo ‘19 are recipients of 2019 Equal Justice Works Fellowships.

Last year’s 2018 standout graduating senior Theo Shaw ‘18 was sworn in to the bar in Louisiana.

Lila J. Silverstein ‘06 was honored with the King County Bar Association’s 2019 Outstanding Lawyer Award.

In Memoriam

Alta Barer was a philanthropist and community leader who founded the Barer Institute for Law & Global Human Services at UW Law with husband Stan. She died at age 73. In honor of her memory, donations can be made to the Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services. Learn more about her life and legacy.

UW Law alumnus Alec Brindle ’63, lawyer and leader in the Alaskan fish packing industry, died at age 80. In honor of his memory, donations can be made to the Brindle Scholarship Fund.

Dean Emeritus of Law Roland Hjorth served as dean of the University of Washington School of Law from 1995-2001. He was a renowned legal scholar and visionary leader who, among his many achievements in advancing the School of Law’s mission, played an integral role in raising funds for the construction of William H. Gates Hall. He died at age 83. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Dean Emeritus Roland L. Hjorth Endowed Professorship. Learn more about Dean Hjorth’s life and legacy.