Anne M. Enquist

Professor of Lawyering Skills and Director of the Legal Writing Program



Anne Enquist has been a member of the legal writing faculty and the Writing Advisor at Seattle University School of Law since 1980. She also serves as the Director of Seattle University's nationally ranked legal writing program. As the Writing Advisor, she works one-on-one with law students on their legal writing. She has a B.A. and B.S. (both magna cum laude) from New Mexico State University and a M.A.T. from University of Washington. She has served on the national Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute, and in 2007, she received the American Association of Law School's Legal Writing Section award. Her research and scholarly interests concern all areas of legal writing, particularly diagnosing student writing ability, critiquing law students' writing, and writing issues that affect ESL law students.


Can the Professor Come Out and Play?  Scholarship, Teaching, and Theories of Play, Journal of Legal Education Vol. 5804 (2009) (with Bryan Adamson, Marilyn Berger, Lisa Brodoff, Paula Lustbader, and John B. Mitchell).

Just Briefs (2d ed., Aspen 2007) (with Laurel Currie Oates and Connie Krontz).

Just Memos (2d ed., Aspen 2006) (with Laurel Currie Oates).

The Legal Writing Handbook: Analysis, Research, and Writing 6th ed. (Aspen Publishers 2014) (with Laurel Oates) (with accompanying Practice Book and Teacher's Manual).

Just Research (Aspen Law and Business 2005) (with Laurel Oates).

Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer 4th. ed. (Aspen Publishers 2014) (with Laurel Oates).

Just Briefs (Aspen Law and Business Publishers 2003) (with Laurel Oates).

Just Memos (Aspen Law and Business Publishers 2003) (with Laurel Oates).

The Legal Writing Handbook: Research, Analysis, and Writing (3rd ed., Aspen 2002) (with Laurel Currie Oates and Kelly Kunsch).

Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer (Aspen 2001) (with Laurel Currie Oates).


Unlocking the Secrets of Highly Successful Legal Writing Students, 82 St. John’s L. Rev. 609 (2007).

Topic Sentences: Potentially Brilliant Moments of Synthesis 14 Perspectives 139 (Spring 2006).

Fixing the Awk 14 Perspectives 107 (Winter 2006).

To Quote or Not to Quote 14 Perspectives 16 (Fall 2005).

Defeating the Writer’s Arch Enemy 13 Perspectives 145 (Spring 2005).

Talking to Students about the Differences Between Undergraduate Writing and Legal Writing 13 Perspectives 104 (Winter 2005).

That Old Friend, the Tree-Branching Diagram, 13 Perspectives 24 (Fall 2004).

Teaching Students to Make Explicit Factual Comparisons 12 Perspectives 147 (Spring 2004).

The Semicolon's Undeserved Mystique 12 Perspectives 105 (Winter 2004).

Should I Teach My Students Not to Write in Passive Voice? 12 Perspectives 35, (Fall 2003).

(Un)Examined Assumptions and (Un)Intended Messages: Teaching Students to Recognize Bias in Language and Legal Analysis, 27 Seattle U. L. Rev. 1 (2003) (with Lorraine Bannai).

Substantive Editing Versus Technical Editing: How Law Review Editors Do Their Job, 30 Stetson L. Rev. 451 (2000).

Critiquing and Evaluating Law Students’ Writing: Advice from Thirty-five Experts, 22 Seattle U. L. Rev. 1119 (1999).

Sailing Through Designing Memo Assignments, 5 Legal Writing 193 (1999) (with others).

A History of Writing Advisers at Law Schools: Looking at Our Past, Looking at Our Future, 5 Legal Writing 55 (1999) (with Jessie Grearson).

The Role of Confidence in Effective Writing, Second Draft (1998).

Critiquing Law Students' Writing: What the Students Say is Effective, 2 Legal Writing 145 (1996).


Seattle University School of Law
Location: SLLH-433
Phone: (206) 398.4022

Curriculum Vitae


  • B.A., magna cum laude, and B.S., magna cum laude, New Mexico State University, 1972
  • M.A.T., University of Washington, 1977; Phi Kappa Phi


  • Legal Writing

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