Distinguished Practitioner in Residence
Margaret Fisher is an attorney with over 35 years of full-time experience educating the public in the law. She taught the Street Law program at Georgetown University Law Center for five years and at Seattle University School of Law since 1982. Since 2012, she conducts international webinars on Street Law. She spent a year as a Senior Fulbright Scholar setting up public legal education programs in Southern Africa high schools.
In 2012, she established the first-ever Youth Traffic Court in Seattle, in alliance with the Seattle Municipal Court and Garfield High School. This program won the Seattle CityClub Youth Civic Education Award in 2012. She also leads the state's efforts to develop and strengthen youth courts.
She works part-time for the Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts to develop programs and curricula for the judiciary to educate the public in the law. She is author of many national and state law-related curricula, including the national Street Law materials, the award-winning American Bar Association's Youth Court Training Package for Youth Volunteers, and conflict resolution materials for a secondary school textbook. Ms. Fisher is an executive committee member of the Council on Public Legal Education and heads up its implement judge-taught Street Law programs throughout Washington.
Since 2010, she has served as the Washington State coordinator for the iCivics program, launched by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. In collaboration with the U.S. District Court for Western Washington, she conducts two annual institutes for Washington teachers: the Judicial Institute for High School Teachers and the iCivics Institute for Middle and Junior High School Teachers.
In addition, she promotes the use of Street Law internationally, including the 2012 presentation on Street Law at the Global Alliance for Justice Education Conference in South Africa and the 2013 Law School Colloquium in Afghanistan. She is also collaborating with the law schools in Afghanistan to adapt the U.S. Street Law materials for Afghanistan.
She continues her work begun in 1977 to educate staff of adult and juvenile correction institutions, as well as probation administration, on the law that applies in their work. She is author of a text on practical law for prisons and jails.
She is the winner of the National Center for State Courts' 2012 Sandra Day O'Connor Award for the Advancement of Civics, the 2011 Washington State Bar Association Award for Public Service, the 2011 Street Law Advocate of the Year Award, the 2004 American Bar Association's Isidore Starr Award for Excellence in Law-Related Education and the Washington Council on Crime and Delinquency Special Service Award.
Seattle University School of Law
Phone: (206) 398.4465
- B.A., Trinity College
- J.D., Antioch University School of Law
- Member of the bars of Washington D.C. and Washington State