Charlotte Garden

Associate Professor of Law



Professor Charlotte Garden teaches Constitutional Law, Labor Law, Appellate Litigation and Legislation & Regulation at Seattle University School of Law. She also serves as the Litigation Director at the School's Korematsu Center for Law & Equality, and is a faculty advisor for the School's chapter of the American Constitution Society.

Professor Garden's scholarship focuses on the labor movement and the First Amendment. Her articles have appeared in George Washington Law Review, Fordham Law Review, and the William & Mary Law Review, among others. She has also written shorter pieces for SCOTUSblog, Salon, and Huffington Post. Her legal analysis has been featured on media outlets such as NPR's Marketplace, the Washington Post, The Nation, and the Detroit Free Press.

Before joining Seattle University, Professor Garden spent two years as a teaching fellow in the Appellate Litigation Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center, where she also received her LL.M. While there, she argued cases before the Fourth and D.C. Circuits regarding the Prison Litigation Reform Act and the scope of core habeas rights. Professor Garden then clerked for Judge Thomas L. Ambro of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

A graduate of NYU School of Law and McGill University, Professor Garden also spent several years in practice as a public interest litigator. From 2005-2008, she was an associate at the union-side labor law firm Bredhoff & Kaiser, PLLC in Washington, D.C. Before that, she practiced as a guardian ad litem at the Children's Law Center in Washington D.C., and held the Abraham Fuchsberg Fellowship at Public Citizen Litigation Group, where she focused on consumer safety issues, class action fairness, and Internet privacy.


Faithful Employers & Labor Law, __ B.U. L. REV. __ (forthcoming 2016)

Toward Politically Stable NLRB Lawmaking: Rulemaking vs. Adjudication, 64 EMORY L.J. 1467 (2015).

Meta Rights, 83 FORDHAM L. REV. 855 (2014)
• Selected for peer review in JOTWELL, available at

Citizens United & the First Amendment of Labor Law,43 STETSON L. REV. 571 (2014).

Unions & Campaign Finance Litigation, 14 NEVADA L.J. 364 (2014).

"So Closely Intertwined": Labor Interests and Racial Solidarity, 81 GEO. WASH. L. REV. 1135 (2013) (with Nancy Leong).

Union Made: Labor's Litigation for Social Change, 88 TULANE L. REV. 193 (2013).

Teaching for America: Unions and Academic Freedom, 43 U. TOL. L. REV. 563 (2012).

Citizens, United and Citizens United: The Future of Labor Speech Rights?, 53 WM. & MARY L. REV. 1 (2011).
• Selected for peer review in JOTWELL, available at

Labor Values are First Amendment Values: Why Union Comprehensive Campaigns are Protected Speech,
79 FORDHAM L. REV. 2617 (2011).
• Cited in Cox et al., LABOR LAW, 572 (15th ed. 2011).


Seattle University School of Law
Location: SLLH-322
Phone: (206) 398-4073

Twitter: @CharlotteGarden

Curriculum Vitae


  • B.A., with great distinction, McGill University, 2000
  • J.D., cum laude, New York University School of Law, 2003
  • LL.M., with distinction, Georgetown University Law Center, 2010


  • Constitutional Law
  • Labor Law
  • Appellate Litigation Seminar: Labor and Employment Law
  • Legislation & Regulation

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