Janet Dickson

Janet K.G. Dickson

Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills

 Sullivan Hall 441


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Legal Writing


  • B.A., University of California/Davis, 1982
  • J.D., cum laude, University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University) School of Law, 1988
  • LL.M. in Taxation, University of Washington, 2000
  • Clerk to Judge Carolyn Dimmick, U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington


Professor Janet Dickson joined the faculty on a full-time basis in 2001. Since that time, Professor Dickson has presented at Legal Writing conferences regionally, nationally, and internationally. Her topics have consistently focused on reaching out to students to best prepare them for the practice of law. She has presented on topics such as teaching to students with ADD, effective student conferencing, teaching to millennials, classroom interaction with local nonprofits, and gender bias. Professor Dickson has also presented to international audiences in Kenya, South Africa, Turkey, Italy, and Morocco.

Additionally, as the former faculty advisor to the student organization, Global Brigades, Professor Dickson accompanied groups of students to Costa Rica, Panama, and Honduras for week-long service trips. Additionally, Professor Dickson served on the initial board of directors for APPEAL, an international organization developed to support the teaching of legal writing and the exchange of information among U.S. and African academics.

Professor Dickson currently serves on the Board for Legal Voice, a well-respected northwest nonprofit organization that uses the law to better the lives of women and girls. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Dickson practiced in the areas of estate planning and probate law at a boutique law firm, where she worked with large estates involving complicated tax issues.



  • Manners, Mindfulness, and a Modicum of Respect: Teaching Professionalism and Civility, International Journal of Case Method Research & Application (IJCRA), Volume 3, ACT 16 (2013).
  • "Persuasion in Statutory Analysis," BAHCHESEHIR UNIVERSITY LAW FACULTY, Law Journal, Volune 7, Number 83-84 (2011).