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October 2, 2013 at 4:22 PM
An indigent-defense project at Seattle University School of Law and the Sixth Amendment Center in Boston will share a $450,000 grant from the Department of Justice (DOJ) to work on solutions to failings in the public-defense system nationwide.
The two-year grant is part of Attorney General Eric Holder’s focus on addressing systemic problems in local and state-run public-defense systems.
Holder, in a series of speeches and editorials, has said those systems “exist in a state of crisis” 50 years after the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously declared it an “obvious truth” that the criminally accused, no matter what their circumstances, have the right to an attorney and effective legal counsel.
The grant was awarded by the DOJ’s program called “Answering Gideon’s Call,” overseen by its Civil Rights Division, and is aimed at improving state-level public-defense to a minimum suggested by the American Bar Association.
Bob Boruchowitz, the director of the Defender Initiative at Seattle University School of Law, said “Hundreds of thousands of people each year plead guilty without ever talking to a lawyer.”
David Carroll, the executive director of the Sixth Amendment Center, said an effective defense system can, in the long run, cut down on unnecessary appeals and the number of people incarcerated.
With a presence on either coast — Seattle and Boston — the directors say the program is “uniquely situated to respond quickly to struggling jurisdictions to provide timely technical assistance” to address issues that stand between defendants and their right to be represented by an attorney, whether they can afford one or not.
They point out that seven states — Utah, Mississippi, Arizona, California, Idaho, Pennsylvania and South Dakota — currently devote no money for non-capital, trial-level defense services. Those responsibilities have been relegated to local jurisidictions, which often don’t have the resources to fund indigent defense.
The grant comes as many eyes in the U.S. legal and law-enforcement communities are focused on a pending decision in a civil-rights lawsuit over the misdemeanor indigent-defense systems in Mount Vernon and Burlington. A federal judge is weighing whether to find those systems in violation of the Constitution and review an unprecedented request by the DOJ to consider placing those locally run defense systems under federal oversight.
July 5, 2013 at 3:36 PM
The 21-year-old Nevada man arrested after being pulled over in a stolen pickup at the University of Washington yesterday had a map that pinpointed the UW, South Seattle Community College and Seattle University, King County prosecutors alleged in court this afternoon.
The man, Justin Jasper, was ordered held on $2 million as a result of the new information presented by prosecutors.
Prosecutors also allege that Jasper had anti-government literature in the truck, along with a rifle, shotgun, six Molotov cocktails, three knives, a machete and body armor. He’s being held on charges of possessing an incendiary device and possession of a stolen truck and guns.
Prosecutors said they also found a posting on the Internet in which Jasper asked who supported the Brazilian revolution. It promised that: “Somewhere in the Western United States I will make sure that people understand and notice it.”
March 7, 2013 at 1:35 PM
The 38-year-old man who walked into Seattle University’s Sullivan Hall Wednesday and disrupted a torts class caused Madeline Kass, a visiting law professor, to quickly reach for a button on her podium Wednesday to call campus security.
But while Kass was shaken by the incident, it seemed to frighten her students more deeply, she said — perhaps because they grew up at a time when gun violence erupting at schools and colleges has become more common, and more deadly.
“I think, given the recent shootings at Sandy Hook and in Seattle, and the constant news we hear of gun violence, everybody in that room legitimately felt scared,” Kass said.
She praised her students for keeping their cool, and for saying they would not leave the room until Kass was also ready to leave. ”How proud I was of every one of those students – they were all calm, nobody panicked, nobody provoked this person,” she said. “Nobody did anything other than walk calmly out of the room.”
She said the man — who was not armed — didn’t turn over furniture, as police had reported, and didn’t threaten anyone. But it “pretty quickly became apparent he had some mental illness, or something of that nature, and what was scary was that his conduct was so bizarre and unusual, rather than aggressive,” she said.
Students have said they thought it took too long for campus security to arrive, while the university said it took about a minute for the call to be answered. Kass said she thought security came within two to four minutes, although she said every minute seemed longer.
She said the students and faculty should have a long discussion about security on campus. “I think we need to find a way to feel less scared,” she said. “But I don’t want to teach, and they don’t want to go to school, in a prison.”
The man was arrested on suspicion of criminal trespass by Seattle Police and booked into King County Jail.
January 7, 2013 at 3:09 PM
Azita Emami, dean of the College of Nursing at Seattle University, has been chosen to lead the University of Washington’s School of Nursing, which has been rocked by internal strife in recent years.
Former UW nursing dean Marla Salmon left the UW in February, three months earlier than planned. Last summer, a consultant’s report found the nursing school was beset by low morale, internal strife and a lack of shared purpose among its faculty and staff members, and suffered from a lack of trust between faculty and Salmon.
Emami’s appointment was made Monday by UW President Michael K. Young and Provost Ana Mari Cauce. It is subject to approval by the UW Board of Regents.
Emami has been dean at Seattle University since 2008. She’s also worked at the Karolinska Institutet of Stockholm, Sweden, where she still holds positions as a senior researcher and doctoral-candidate supervisor.
According to the UW, Emami implemented a five-year strategic plan at Seattle University. She reorganized the school to emphasize excellence in integrating teaching, research and clinical practice, as well as an expansive global-engagement program.
During her tenure, Seattle University expanded its offerings and began a nurse midwifery specialty and a doctoral degree in nursing practice. Recently, the college began offering online hybrid programs.
Emami holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Karolinska Institutet, a master’s degree in international health care from Karolinska and the Red Cross College of Nursing, a nursing education degree with a teaching certification and a doctorate in medical sciences from Karolinska.
Her annual salary will be $320,000.
December 17, 2012 at 1:11 PM
The Washington Post is reporting that Adam Lanza, the gunman in the Connecticut elementary school shootings, was considering going to college in Washington.
A friend of Lanza’s mother, Nancy Lanza, said she had discovered a program in Washington that seemed to suit him. But several Puget Sound-area colleges and three in Eastern Washington said today they had not received an application from him.
Lanza did not apply to the University of Washington or its branch campuses in Tacoma and Bothell, a spokesman said. If Lanza had gone on a campus tour, though, there would have been no record of it.
There is no record of Lanza applying to Washington State University in Pullman. And Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University, DigiPen Institute of Technology in Redmond, Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Western Washington University in Bellingham, Whitman College in Walla Walla and Gonzaga University in Spokane had not received either an application or a visit from Lanza, spokespeople at those schools said.
August 2, 2012 at 3:41 PM
Seattle University is getting a new vice president for communications: Scott McClellan, White House press secretary for former President George W. Bush.
McClellan will begin his university appointment on Sept. 17, the Jesuit school said in a news release.
He will be responsible for creating, implementing and overseeing SU’s communications and marketing strategy, the statement said.
“Scott is an accomplished media specialist and public affairs strategist who brings a wealth of communications experience to our university community,” SU president Stephen Sundborg said in the release. “We look forward to the many contributions he will make as we continue to elevate our regional, national and international profile.”
The news release says that McClellan’s family has a long history in higher education, and that his reason for wanting to work at a university is the same reason he went into politics: to serve and make a positive difference in the world.
After leaving his position at the White House, McClellan wrote a controversial memoir critical of the Bush Administration, What Happened, which topped the New York Times bestseller list.
March 21, 2012 at 5:13 PM
The University of Washington’s Foster School of Business ranked 55th among all business schools in the nation, and Seattle University’s Albers School of Business and Economics ranked 65th, in BusinessWeek magazine’s annual ranking of business schools.
The ranking was a drop for the Foster School, which was ranked 41st last year.
The Albers School wasn’t ranked at all last year, but that was because not enough graduates from the small school responded to the questionnaire, said spokeswoman Barbara Hauke. The school, which was established in 1947 and has more than 1,700 graduate and undergraduate business students, has appeared on the rankings in the past. This year’s rankings can be found at http://www.businessweek.com/reports/business-schools/best-undergraduate-b-schools-2012
Last week, U.S. News & World Report ranked the Foster School’s part-time MBA program 15th in the nation, and Seattle University’s leadership executive MBA program 23rd in the nation, among graduate business programs. The U.S. News reports of graduate programs can be found at http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools
March 5, 2012 at 5:35 PM
UPDATE: According to the Ravenna Blog, Luna has been found and returned to her owner.
From the blog:
Confirmation from Anita (the owner) Luna has been found!
Yes — the fliers and announcements worked and someone took the dog away from the woman who had stolen her — called us and we got her back on the Ave this morning.
Luna the soccer dog is missing – possibly stolen – from the area near her home and the public’s help is being sought.
The Ravenna Blog, one of our community partners, has a post with details about the dog’s disappearance and possible sighting since she went missing over the weekend.
Luna’s soccer skills have entertained the multitudes of fans prior to Sounders FC games and at a number of other venues, according to the Ravenna Blog.
Here’s some of the pertinent information about the pup from the Ravenna Blog:
Female Kelpie mix (border collie with dingo ears), black coat, white vest, four white socks, 30lbs. Wearing tag showing her address (5810 16th Ave, N.E.) and phone (206) 729-8322. She responds to her name – Luna Responds uniquely to commands including “Pass the Soccer Ball” and “Let’s Play Soccer, Luna.”
There’s a reward for information leading to the dog’s return. Contact phone: 206-729-8322 or address or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 5, 2011 at 9:48 AM
The president of one of the state’s small private colleges had the highest annual compensation package in 2009, and the president of the state’s largest private college had one of the smallest packages, according to an annual report released today by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
The Chronicle’s report shows that Ronald Thomas, president of the University of Puget Sound, had a total compensation package of $543,066 in 2009, making him the highest-paid private college president in the state. The Rev. Stephen Sundborg, president of Seattle University – the state’s largest private college in 2009 — made $314,000.
UPS had an enrollment of 2,879 in 2009, the third-smallest college listed in the report. Seattle University had an enrollment of 7,751.
(Seattle University officials pointed out that most of Sundborg’s salary is donated to the Society of Jesus; Seattle University is a Jesuit school. Sundborg, in return, lives on campus, where he is provided with food, board, job-related travel and other expenses. He draws a quarterly stipend of about $1,000.)
The report found that in 2009, the median total compensation among 519 presidents at colleges with budgets exceeding $50 million was $385,909. All of Washington’s seven colleges listed in the report had budgets of at least $90 million.
Nationally, the Chronicle found that private college salaries went up by about 2.2 percent over 2008. The median base salary increased by 2.8 percent, to $294,489.
After Thomas, the next-highest-paid private college president was Pacific Lutheran University’s Loren Anderson, who made $539,000.
Seattle Pacific University president Philip Eaton – who is retiring next year — made $421,000, and William Robinson, the former president of Whitworth, made $399,000 in 2009.
George Bridges, president of Whitman College, made $353,660. Thayne McCulloh, who was interim president of Gonzaga University at the time of the survey, made $278,489, the smallest amount.
The newspaper also found that most colleges spent a small percent of their budgets on their presidents, a median of 0.4 percent. That was generally true of Washington’s colleges as well, although Robinson, of Whitworth, was paid 0.5 percent, and Sundborg, of Seattle University, was paid 0.1 percent.
It’s difficult to compare public university presidents in this state to private college presidents, because the state’s universities are so much larger. But if you’re curious, here’s a story about how much University of Washington President Michael Young makes. And recently, Central Washington University gave its president, Jim Gaudino, a substantial retention incentive if he stays on the job for five more years — a decision that upset some students and faculty members.
To see the Chronicle’s full survey of private college presidential salaries, go to chronicle.com/compensation.
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