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A.B., Georgetown University, 1984
J.D., cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 1990; International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award for Advocacy; American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Evidence


Legal Writing


      • Legal Writing I: Research, Analysis and Writing  (WRIT-100-E)

        Mimi Samuel

        Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills and Associate Director of the Legal Writing Program

        Curriculum VitaePDF


        After law school, Professor Samuel practiced business litigation for approximately eight years, first in Washington, D.C., at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, and then in San Francisco, at Thelen Marin Johnson & Bridges.

        An avid traveler, Professor Samuel has pursued opportunities to work with law students, lawyers, and judges overseas. In 2003, she taught the foundations of the American legal system to Russian law students at Far Eastern National University in Vladivostok. During a leave of absence in 2007, Professor Samuel and colleague Professor Laurel Oates conducted a series of trainings and workshops in India, Uganda, and South Africa. In addition, Professor Samuel co-organized the Conference on the Pedagogy of Legal Writing for Academics in Nairobi, Kenya, which brought academics from the U.S. together with academics from East Africa. At the end of the conference, the participants decided to form a new organization dedicated to promoting the teaching of legal writing and the exchange of information among academics in the U.S. and Africa. Professor Samuel serves as the first U.S. co-president of that organization. In addition, Professor Samuel has taught in Seattle University’s Global Justice Advocacy Program in Johannesburg, South Africa.

        In 2008, Professor Samuel was awarded the first Bronson Dillehay Award for her article Focus on Batson: Let the Cameras Roll. That award is given by the American Society of Trial Consultants for a proposal for addressing a significant and persistent problem that undermines both the right to a fair trial and public confidence in the legal system.



        Focus on Batson: Let the Cameras Roll, 74 Brook. L. Rev. ____ (2008) (forthcoming). (http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1104807)

        From Oppression to Outsourcing: New Opportunities for Uganda’s Growing Number of Attorneys in Today’s Flattening World, 4 Seattle J. Soc. Just. 835 (2006), co-authored with Professor Laurel Oates. (http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1104898)

        Teaching Students to Recognize Bias in Legal Language and Arguments, 20 Second Draft 19 (August 2005) (discussing pedagogical methods for allowing students to discover biases inherent in their use of language, their reading of cases, and their choice of arguments).

        Gorillas, Grammar, and Governments, 18 Second Draft 7 (June 2004) (discussing seminar for attorneys in Uganda’s Inspectorate General of Government).

        Recent Activity

        Legal writing professors win Courage Award

        July 06, 2016
        The Legal Writing Institute Board of Directors will present the Terri LeClercq Courage Award to Professors Laurel Oates and Mimi Samuel in July at the 2016 LWI Biennial Conference in Portland, Oregon.

        Top-ranked Legal Writing Program welcomes next generation of leadership

        August 25, 2015
        Professor Mary Bowman, a distinguished leader in the legal writing academy, is the new director of Seattle University School of Law's nationally acclaimed Legal Writing Program.