Legal Writing Faculty

Our nationally known Legal Writing faculty focus on teaching students the skills they will use every day as practicing lawyers. They have published six books and countless articles, including many in use at other law schools. They also founded the Legal Writing Institute, a 2,200-plus member organization that has worked to foster the development of legal writing in law schools across the country and in numerous foreign countries. Faculty members have taught legal writing in Russia, India, Uganda, Kenya, and South Africa. Members of the faculty have been recognized both for their contributions to the profession and for their outstanding teaching.

Mary BowmanMary Bowman

Director, Legal Writing Program

Sullivan Hall 436
Phone: (206) 398-4019

Mimi SamuelMimi Samuel

Associate Director

Sullivan Hall 323
Phone: (206) 398-4066

J. Christopher RideoutJ. Christopher Rideout

Associate Director

Sullivan Hall 426
Phone: (206) 398-4015

Lorraine BannaiLorraine Bannai

Sullivan Hall 124
Phone: (206) 398-4009

Deirdre BowenDeirdre Bowen

Sullivan Hall 324
Phone: (206) 398-4289

Jennifer CooperJennifer Cooper

Sullivan Hall 411
Phone: (206) 398-4110

Janet K.G. DicksonJanet K. G. Dickson

Sullivan Hall 322
Phone: (206) 398-4062

Anne EnquistAnne Enquist

Writing Advisor

Sullivan Hall 433
Phone: (206) 398-4022

Constance KrontzConstance Krontz

Sullivan Hall 463
Phone: (206) 398-4037

Laurel Currie OatesLaurel Currie Oates

Sullivan Hall 325
Phone: (206) 398-4014

Sara RankinSara Rankin

Sullivan Hall 461
Phone: (206) 398-4393

Kirsten SchimpffKirsten M. Schimpff


Faculty Awards

Professor Anne Enquist received the 2014 Burton Award for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. In 2007, she won the Service Award from the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research.

Professor Laurel Currie Oates received the Thomas M. Holdych Award for Meritorious and Transformational Service in 2012. In 2009, she received the Marjorie Rombauer Award for Contributions to the Teaching of Legal Writing. In 2007 she received the Burton Award for Outstanding Contribution to Legal Writing Education. In addition, she received Seattle University Alumni Association's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1997, and the Association of American Law Schools' Legal Writing, Research, and Analysis Section Award in 2003.

Professor J. Christopher Rideout was named Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year in 2012, 1998, and 1995. In 2009, he received the Mary Lawrence Award from the Legal Writing Institute for outstanding contributions to legal writing scholarship.

Professor Deirdre Bowen in 2010 received an award for Best Paper for the National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference Junior Faculty Writing Competition Award Winner for her article American Skin: Dispensing with Colorblindness and Critical Mass 73 U. Pittsburgh L. Rev. 109 (2012).

In 1998, the Legal Writing Institute gave special awards to Professors Anne Enquist, Christopher Rideout, and Laurel Currie Oates for their contributions to the profession.