Volume 47, No. 1 – Fall 2023

The front cover of the Fall 2023 edition of the Gargoyle, "Weight of the States," featuring various graphics of mail, scales, and flags over an image of the USA and capitol buildings.

Dean's View

  • Headshot photo of UW Law School Dean Dan Tokaji.

    Dean’s View

    Hello dear friends, and welcome to another exciting issue of University of Wisconsin Law School’s Gargoyle maga­zine! We’ve got some especially inspiring stories to share with you in this edition.


  • A black and white photo of William H. Hastie (1904-1976), wearing black frame glasses, a dark suit jacket, and a striped tie.

    Reflections From 50 Years

    Hastie Fellows discuss how the program impacted their careers.

  • An illustration of the United States in red lines on a blue background, superimposed with a series of light blue stars, and featuring the words "Weight of the States" in the center.

    Weight of the States

    State Democracy Research Initiative leads the way in focusing attention, creating resources and building community.

  • A headshot photo for Amanda White Eagle, a woman of native American descent with gray and brown hair, wearing thick black framed glasses and a red top with a University of Wisconsin necklace, and she smiles at the camera.

    Welcome Back

    Amanda White Eagle, Lisa Washington and Chris Lau return to UW Law.

  • An illustration of a woman of color sitting on a yoga mat inside the UW Law Library space with legs crossed and meditating. Chairs and tables are off to the right, and Book stacks are off to the left. A wall of windows is at the far end, overlooking Bascom Hill with trees.

    Ahead of the Curve

    UW Law’s whole-person approach to education encourages students to think holistically about their wellness.

News & Notes

  • A headshot photo of Rob Yablon smiling to the camera, wearing a black suit.

    In Brief

    Yablon, McBride, Kasieta Named 2022 UW Law Teachers of the Year; Anne Smith Receives Chancellor’s Entrepreneurial Achievement Award; and more news.

  • A photo of Nina Varsava smiling in front of a city skyline with trees nearby.

    Abortion Ruling Leads to Deep Look at Stare Decisis

    Before last summer’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Assistant Professor Nina Varsava had never focused on an abortion case in her work.

  • Headshot photo of Sumudu Atapattu, wearing glasses and a purple blazer smiling while looking at the camera in front of windowed space with greenery outside.

    Latest Work of Sumudu Atapattu …

    Sumudu Atapattu has extensively ex­plored the link between human rights and environmental law in her research. In fact, she was one of the first people in the world to specialize in international environmental law.

  • A photo of a diverse group sitting on chairs on a stage, discussing a topic with papers in their laps.

    Breaking Down the Anatomy of Cancel Culture

    It’s no shock to Assistant Profes­sor Franciska Coleman that the “cancel culture” debate has been highly visible in higher education.

  • A headshot photo of John Ohnesorge, wearing a twill black suit jacket, with a maroon pinstriped shirt, and UW-themed tie that is mostly black with white stripes and UW logos.

    A Seoul Journey

    John Ohnesorge returns to South Korea as Fulbright Distinguished Scholar. In addition to teaching in the spring and fall semesters, Ohnesorge is researching Korea as a case study of democratization and the role of law in the region.

  • A black and white photo of Herman Goldstein from 1989, provided by the UW Archives. Herman is smiling at the camera while wearing large-framed glasses, a tweed suit jacket, and striped tie.

    An Enduring Legacy

    Historical documents from Herman Goldstein’s personal collection are now available in Digital Repository.

Student Spotlight

  • Headshot photo for Jodi Klagos with a bright orange background.

    A Student’s View

    Jodi Klagos 3L explains why wellness initiatives are important for law students.

  • Headshot photo of Clayton Goetz smiling at the camera while wearing a light tan suit jacket, light blue shirt, and Paisley pattern red and blue tie.

    Changing What’s Possible

    After the U.S. Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision made same-sex marriage equality the law of the land, Clayton Goetz knew his personal life would be different. But he had no idea that the ripples of that 2015 landmark case would change the direction of his professional life, too.

  • A headshot photo of Neiha Lasharie standing before circular graphics of yellow, blue, and turquoise.

    Neiha Lasharie Isn’t Interested in Becoming a ‘Black-and-White’ Lawyer …

    Neiha Lasharie isn’t interested in becoming a ‘black-and-white’ lawyer … and luckily, UW Law School has no interest in making her one.

Alumni News

Class Notes

  • Headshot of F. John Podvin, Jr., a light-skinned, middle-aged male wearing a dark blue suit, a white shirt, and a bright red tie with patterns. He smiles at the camera while standing in front of blurred city scenery.

    Class Notes

    1970s Bruce Kerr ’72 has retired from his law practice in northern California following a career at Oracle and Sun Microsystems, where he was assistant general counsel. Kerr was co-founder with fellow law student Marty …

In Memoriam

Last Word

In Focus

A graduating law student of color smiles at the camera as she holds a slip of paper while wearing black and red robes and a black cap.
  • Igniting Success

    University of Wisconsin Law School honored the Spring 2023 graduates during an in-person Hooding Ceremony on May 12, at the Monona Terrace Community and Con­vention Center Exhibition Hall in Madison.

Why Gargoyle?

In 1963, when the existing Law School was demolished to make way for a new building, Dean George Young found and rescued a sandstone gargoyle from the rubble. This figure and its twin sat on the roof of the 1893 building for almost 70 years.

That rescued gargoyle, which is now permanently installed in the Law School’s atrium, gives its name to this magazine, representing the indomitable strength and spirit of our University of Wisconsin Law School and its many graduates.

A photograph of the UW Law School's Gargoyle statue, which is made of stone and very worn from the weather. The creature is holding a blank shield.
The Gargoyle is the alumni magazine of University of Wisconsin Law School, 975 Bascom Mall, Madison, WI 53706-1399. It is funded by private giving.
A photograph of a red banner sign, that reads "U UW Proud," mounted on a black pole in front of colorful autumn foliage against a gray sky.