Faculty Activities & Scholarship
Steph Tai was invited to present "Environmental Science in the Court: A Primer for Judges" at the 2017 Mid-Winter Workshop for Judges of the Ninth Circuit in January. Her presentation addressed the science relevant in environmental cases, including measurements, computational models, and uncertainties.
Sumudu Atapattu’s book chapter titled “Justice for Small Island Nations: Intersections of Equity, Human Rights, and Environmental Justice” was published in “Climate Justice: Case Studies in Global and Regional Governance Challenges,” edited by Randall S. Abate and published by Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C. in December.
In January, Steph Tai submitted an amicus brief (co-authored with Royal Gardner and Erin Okuno, Stetson University College of Law) in Murray Energy v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The brief was on behalf of a number of prominent freshwater scientists, explaining the scientific basis behind the Clean Water Rule promulgated by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers on June 29, 2015.
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.