Faculty Activities & Scholarship
Thomas Mitchell was a panelist at "Kelo: A Decade Later," a conference examining the aftermath of the 2005 U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the use of eminent domain to transfer land from one private owner to another for economic development purposes. The conference was held at the University of Connecticut School of Law in March. Mitchell's panel discussed "Eminent Domain and Disadvantaged Communities."
Linda Greene has been appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to serve on the National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health.
Alta Charo co-wrote an article, "A prudent path forward for genomic engineering and germline gene modification," that appeared in the March 20 issue of the journal Science. Charo and her co-authors — including David Baltimore, Jennifer Doudna, Paul Berg, George Daley and Hank Greely — call for a temporary worldwide moratorium on use of a new genome-editing technique that would alter human DNA in a way that babies could inherit. They argue that, to ensure public safety, further discussion is needed before moving forward with the technology.
The UW Law School's nationally recognized faculty and staff work together to provide an outstanding learning environment for our students. Our faculty and staff come from a wide range of backgrounds and bring varying experiences, views, and approaches to the Law School. They are inspired by the UW’s distinctive law-in-action approach, and they are committed to helping students develop into confident, successful lawyers.
Our faculty members are leading scholars, but they are also actively involved in the law. They advise on stem cell issues, represent clients on death row, work with congressional staffers to draft legislation, provide legal advice to poor farmers in the South, and work with the European Union on monetary policy. They are often quoted in the news, they travel around the world, and they are part of what is new and exciting in the legal community. But first and foremost, they are excellent teachers.
The low student-faculty ratio at the UW Law School allows students to work closely with professors. Our research faculty members teach at all levels in the curriculum and work with students to provide a strong foundation in law and legal reasoning. A prestigious clinical faculty of more than twenty-five full-time teachers provides additional opportunities for students to receive rigorous training and personal attention through hands-on experiential learning.
The UW Law School also has both a legal research and writing faculty and an experienced adjunct faculty as part of its teaching community. Our adjunct faculty members are highly successful practicing lawyers and judges who bring their specialized knowledge and experience to the classroom, bridging the theoretical and the practical aspects of legal training and making the law come to life.