Karrin (Klotz) d'Hondt

Karrin Klotz


B.A. Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
J.D. University of Wisconsin/Madison

Office: Truly House
Phone: 425-352-3427
Email: karrink@uw.edu
Mailing: Box 358563, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011-8246


Teaching law-related topics requires by necessity an interdisciplinary approach. Laws in all nations are an amalgamation of ethical and/or religious principles, historical experiences, and cultural factors; just as all nations are not alike so all laws and legal systems are not alike. Nonetheless, legal systems and laws in some nations do have some common characteristics, and we explore the reasons for this in my law classes. I believe that teaching principles and concepts, such as those underlying legal disciplines, is not useful unless one also learns how to apply those principles to hypothetical situations. This is the transition in legal reasoning law students make after graduating from law school and beginning the practice of law, and I incorporate this approach in my classes. This includes having the students attend a court session and write a paper about what procedures they have observed, in order to put those concepts we have discussed in class in a context. My overall goal is to make law relevant to everyday lives and experiences, as well as an interesting, fun topic to study.

In addition to teaching in IAS and CUSP at UW Bothell, I have taught graduate and undergraduate courses at UW Seattle, and law classes at Seattle University School of Law, on a broad range of topics. I have also presented Continuing Legal Education seminars to local attorneys. I have been a practicing attorney for many years, both in private law firms and in-house, including at the Associate General Counsel level, and have been both a trial attorney and a corporate attorney. In addition I have been a law clerk to a federal judge, the Hon. Gabrielle K. McDonald, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

I am a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UC Berkeley and on the Board of Trustees of the Puget Sound Association of Phi Beta Kappa. I was President of the Undergraduates of Political Science at UC Berkeley and a U.S. Congressional Intern. I've held an internship at the National Labor Relations Board while in law school, and was President of the Labor Law Society there. I represented my law school at the national Robert P. Wagner Moot Court Competition. I am also Vice President,Legacy Project for Washington Women Lawyers. I bring this experience to the classroom, which I believe adds both breadth and depth to our discussions, and provides me with a rich source of actual examples to apply to the abstract concepts we study. I am also adviser to and founder of the UW Bothell Pre-Law Society.

My areas of research/teaching are: Introduction to Law, Business Law, Business Ethics, Negotiations, Intellectual Property Law, Environmental Law, Employment Law (including diversity issues), and International Law. 

Recent Courses Taught

BISLEP 397 Special Topics: Intellectual Property Law & Policy
BISLEP 397 Special Topics: Environmental Law & Policy
BISLEP 397 Special Topics: International Law & Policy
BIS 283 Introduction to Law
BBUS 461 Business, Government and Society
BBUS 462 Negotiations Conflict Management
BBUS 528 Legal Issues in the Technology Oriented Business
MGMT 320 Business, Government and Society
MGMT 200 Introduction to Law
TMMBA Program, Foster Business School – Business Law
SK Corp. Program, Foster Business School – Business Law
MGMT 579A – The Legal Environment of Business
MBA 513 – Legal and Regulatory Environment
BLAW 591 – Legal Foundations in E-Commerce
BLAW 576 – International Business Law
BLAW 370 – Business and International Law
BLAW 476 – International Law and Business
Seattle University School of Law – Intellectual Property Licensing
Seattle University School of Law – Intellectual Property Audits
Seattle University School of Law – International Law


My research interests fall into the broad categories of business law, intellectual property law, environmental law, international law, and employment law (including diversity issues). Selected publications and presentations include: 

2015-Continuting Legal Education seminar on "International Issues of Cloud Computing" given before the International Practice Section of the Washington State Bar Association.

"Intellectual Property Audits: They're Not Just for High-Tech Companies", published as part of the proceedings of the McMaster World Congress on Intellectual Capital and Innovation, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, January 2007.

"Glass Artists Face Off In Court", by Timothy Egan, interview by the New York Times, June 1, 2006.

"Glass Houses", by Jen Graves, interview in The Stranger, Feb. 16, 2006.

"Auditing Intellectual Property: What Is the Benefit of an IP Audit, Who Needs One, and Why, How and When to Audit", with Jonathan I. Feil, Esq., 11th Annual Intellectual Property Institute, WSBA, March 24, 2006.

"Brands, Images and Sounds", conference on jurisdictional issues co-sponsored by the Shidler Center, WSA and Small Business Administration, April 2005.

Moderator for panel discussion on "Emerging Legal Issues on the Internet", Northwest Business 2005 Conference, February 2005.

"Valuation of IP", Seattle University Law School conference on Intellectual Property Audits, January 2004.

"Intellectual Property Issues Pertinent to Developing New Technologies", Society of Technical Communicators, October 1999.

"Employment Law Issues", San Francisco Business Women's Leadership Association, March 1991.

"Asbestos, Creosote, PCB's, Plastics in Firefighting", co-authored with the Safety Director of the United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, 1980