Assistant Professor of Law
Assistant Professor Charlotte Garden teaches courses in Constitutional Law, Labor Law, and Appellate Litigation. 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., where she advocated on behalf of some of America's largest labor unions. Before that, she practiced as a guardian ad litem at the Children's Law Center in Washington D.C., representing children in abuse and neglect proceedings, and held the Abraham Fuchsberg Fellowship at Public Citizen Litigation Group, focusing on consumer safety issues, class action fairness, and internet privacy.
Professor Garden's scholarship focuses on labor law, unions, and the First Amendment. Representative publications include Labor Values are First Amendment Values: Why Union Comprehensive Campaigns are Protected Speech, 79 Fordham L. Rev. 2617 (2011); Citizens, United and Citizens United: The Future of Labor Speech Rights, 53 William & Mary L. Rev. 1 (2012); and "So Closely Intertwined": Labor and Racial Solidarity, forthcoming in the George Washington Law Review.
Labor Values are First Amendment Values: Why Union Comprehensive Campaigns are Protected Speech, 79 Fordham L. Rev. 2617 (2011)
Citizens, United and Citizens United: The Future of Labor Speech Rights, 53 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1 (2011)
Teaching for America: Educators' Free Speech In and Out of the Classroom, 43 U. Tol. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2012) (invited symposium contribution)
Seattle University School of Law
- 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