Pooja Vaddadi

Pooja Vaddadi

Adjunct Professor

 Sullivan Hall 452


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  • Criminal Defense
  • Legal Research
  • Legal Writing


  • B.A., Political Science, Bryn Mawr College
  • J.D., Seattle University School of Law
  • L.L.M., University of California, School of Law


Pooja Vaddadi is a career public defender and expert trial attorney. She is currently teaching Legal Writing II at Seattle University.

Professor Vaddadi has practiced criminal defense throughout the greater Seattle area including Snohomish, King, and Pierce counties. She's passionate about teaching trial advocacy as a complete skillset, from the essential building blocks of effective and efficient research to the nuances of our constitutional rights.

Immediately prior to joining the faculty at Seattle University in 2022, Professor Vaddadi was a public defender with Northwest Defenders Division (NDD) of the King County Department of Public Defense, where she practiced in Seattle Municipal and King County Superior Courts. She has also practiced as a public defender in Snohomish County, as a private criminal defense attorney in the greater Seattle area, as a judicial extern with Justice Alison Tucher (CA First Appellate District), and as corporate in-house counsel at DocSend (CA).

Professor Vaddadi has practiced law for seven years and lives in Belltown, Seattle. At time of writing, she is engaged in a campaign to replace the now-presiding judge at Seattle Municipal Court.