B.A., Yale University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
J.D., Yale Law School, President's Public Service Fellowship
Legal Writing II
Prior to joining the Seattle University School of Law faculty in 2005, Professor Lucas Cupps practiced as a public defender for The Defender Association and Northwest Defenders in Seattle. As a public defender, he represented hundreds of indigent clients accused of a range of crimes. He appeared daily in court representing clients at arraignments, probation reviews, plea hearings, and sentencing hearings. He also conducted numerous jury trials and pursued several successful appeals of his clients' convictions. Professor Cupps is especially proud of the work he did while working in the domestic violence court located at the Regional Justice Center where he successfully advocated for positive procedural changes benefitting his clients.
From 2005-2007, Professor Lucas Cupps taught Legal Writing I and II at Seattle University School of Law. After leaving the law school in 2007, he lived abroad in Christchurch, New Zealand, and worked in the financial sector during the height of the global financial crisis. From 2009 to 2012 he lived in Vancouver, Canada, and worked in the field of health regulation. In this role he was an integral part of the initial efforts of health regulatory organizations in British Columbia to grapple with the oversight resulting from the provincial government's creation of the Health Professions Review Board (HPRB). The HPRB is an administrative tribunal charged with reviewing the decisions of health regulatory organizations regarding complaints against health professionals and regarding the process of issuing professional licenses.
Professor Cupps is thrilled to be back at the law school teaching such important, foundational courses.