Kip Hustace

Kip M. Hustace

Assistant Professor of Law

 Sullivan Hall 412


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  • Civil Litigation
  • Civil Rights
  • Indigenous Law
  • Law of Democracy


  • BA, English with Interdisciplinary Honors in Ethics in Society, Stanford University, 2011
  • JD, Stanford University, 2015
  • LLM, General Law, University of Washington School of Law, 2021


Kip Hustace is a scholar of Indigenous legal futurisms, the law of democracy, neorepublican legal theory, and the role of procedure in sociolegal change. He writes with an eye toward the experiences of Indigenous Americans and kānaka ‘ōiwi (Native Hawaiians), (dis)abled persons, and other groups pursuing justice and democracy in Indian Country, the American West, and borderlands/la frontera. Kip’s current projects address freedom as nondomination in Indigenous governance; the United States’ consultation obligations with Indigenous nations; (dis)ability and Indigeneity in education and voting; and the political disenfranchisement of kānaka ‘ōiwi by the “Republic of Hawai‘i” so named and in the Territory of Hawai‘i. His published work has outlined neorepublican (i.e. nondomination-based) justifications for a federal right to education and has devised critical civil procedure theory regarding the expansion of formalized causes of action. Kip’s scholarship is interdisciplinary, drawing on intellectual history, sociolegal studies, philosophy, and other humanities to enrich legal analysis. He teaches Torts and Federal Indian Law.

Prior to joining the faculty at Seattle University School of Law, Kip taught Professional Responsibility and a seminar on educational equity at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Before entering academia, he worked as a staff attorney at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund in Los Angeles, where he litigated education and voting rights cases. Kip earned his BA and JD from Stanford University and an LLM from the University of Washington School of Law.