Distinguished Practitioner in Residence
Margaret Fisher is an attorney with over 35 years of full-time experience educating the public in the law. She is an early pioneer of the Street Law program which began at Georgetown University Law Center. She taught for five years at Georgetown beginning in 1977 and at Seattle University School of Law since 1982. She spent a year as a Senior Fulbright Scholar setting up Street Law in Southern African high schools. She returned to South Africa in 2012 to demonstrate Street Law at the Global Alliance for Justice Education Conference.
In 2012, she established the first-ever Youth Traffic Court in Seattle, in cooperation 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 across Washington.
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, including the award-winning Judges in the Classroom/Street Law Program. She is an Executive Producer of Emmy-nominated 2015 Myths and Misperceptions of Washington State Courts video. 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 curriculum. Ms. Fisher is an executive committee member of the Council on Public Legal Education and implements the 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.
She is the winner of the National Center for State Courts' 2013 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