Celebrating Impact

Dear Students, Faculty, Staff and Friends:

Our first academic quarter together has ended, and I am so grateful for the warm welcome and outpouring of support I have received these last five months. I have had the opportunity to connect, with not only faculty, staff and students in Seattle, but also with alumni and friends across the state, nation and in Asia.

I am moved by your passion, support and love for UW and for making a positive impact on legal practice and education throughout the world. I feel inspired by the many creative and powerful ways in which our UW Law community consistently works to make positive and lasting contributions to the greater good, whether in public service or private practice. Together in 2018, we celebrated everything from our 90 percent Washington State Bar passage rate, to educating 700 students in four programs, to outstanding achievements by our faculty, staff, students and alumni that set new standards for excellence and innovation.

There have been so many amazing and inspirational UW Law accolades this year – more than I could ever convey in a single message. I hope you will explore a few of our highlights from 2018 in the links below.

I wish you Happy New Year, and I look forward to a bright 2019.

Mario L. Barnes
Toni Rembe Dean and Professor of Law
UW School of Law


Inspiring Stories

Read about a few of the #UWLawDawgs who made a difference in 2018.

A Road to Recovery

Struck by the number of nonviolent offenders imprisoned on drug charges, the Tulalip Tribes partnered with UW School of Law alumni to offer second chances through treatment.

Meet the 2018 Gregoire Fellows

Law students receive support from leading Puget Sound area businesses, organizations and law firms to increase diversity in the legal profession.

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Advancing legal practice and dialogue

An expansive and effective legal education begins with exceptional faculty. At UW Law, some of the brightest scholars in the country drive dialogue on issues at the intersection of law, politics and society.

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A rich experiential learning opportunity

The new Global Innovation Seminar, coordinated by CASRIP, offers experiential learning and a global perspective on innovation and intellectual property topics.

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Supporting an innovation ecosystem

The Entrepreneurial Law Clinic assists clients with their legal and business needs, focusing on microenterprises, technology ventures, nonprofits, social ventures and UW spinoffs.

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Resolving IRS disputes for vulnerable clients

Students and pro bono attorneys working with the Federal Tax Clinic help decrease tax liabilities, penalties and interest for low-income taxpayers.

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Celebrating a favorable UN ruling

The International Human Rights Clinic worked with a Washington mother to win freedom for her son, a UW alumnus, detained in Iran.

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In the Media

Recent news stories featuring UW Law faculty:


Read more media stories featuring UW Law faculty.


Save the Dates

Join us in 2019 for these events:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrations with the King County Bar Association: Jan. 18, 10 a.m., William H. Gates Hall Room 138; Coffee talk with Yamiche Alcindor, PBS Newshour White House Correspondent. LEARN MORE
  • Winter 2019 Distinguished Shidler Lecture: Feb. 6, 4:30 p.m., William H. Gates Hall First Floor Galleria; A lecture by Prof. Christoph Ann of Technical University of Munich on "Patent Quality - What Is It And Why Is It Essential For Patent Holders?" LEARN MORE
  • Dawg Days in the Desert: The annual Law Dawgs in the Desert Social will be March 17. The Desert Scholarship Luncheon will be March 18. Chow Down to Washington will be March 20. LEARN MORE
  • Toni Rembe Speaker, Erwin Chemerinsky: April 18. LEARN MORE
  • Order of the Coif Distinguished Visitor 2019, James Forman Jr.: May 9. LEARN MORE
  • CASRIP Summer Institute: July 15-26, 2019, William H. Gates Hall. LEARN MORE

Visit our events calendar for more UW Law events.