Teaching Excellence

Our faculty are dedicated full-time teachers who have extensive experience teaching legal writing. One of the strengths of our program is our small classes that allow our faculty to give students one-on-one attention, both in written feedback on their work and in individual conferences. In addition, our faculty work to make classes interesting, engaging, and relevant to today's practice of law.

Professor Deirdre Bowen and 3L Cameron Ford.

These efforts have been recognized both inside and outside Seattle University.

  • Professor Deirdre Bowen was nominated as teacher of the year five times and awarded this honor twice. Professor Chris Rideout has won this award four times. 
  • In June 2007, Professor Laurel Oates received the Burton Award for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.; in October 2009 she received the Marjorie Rombauer Award for Contributions to the Teaching of Legal Writing; and in October 2012 she received the Tom Holdych Award for Meritorious and Transformational Service. 
  • In 2009, Professor Chris Rideout was presented with the Mary S. Lawrence Award, a national recognition of his contributions to legal writing scholarship.
  • Emeritus Professor Connie Krontz received the 2015 Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Faculty Award and the 2018 BLSA Amicus Award. 

Not only do our faculty think about innovative teaching, but they write about it too.

  • Professor Laurel Oates is the co-author of five legal writing textbooks, including The Legal Writing Handbook, which will soon be in its seventh edition, and Just Writing, Just Research, Just Memos, and Just Briefs
  • Sara Rankin was featured in The New 1L: First-Year Lawyering with Clients, a compilation of essays from leading law teachers around the country that argue that, in isolation, theory and practice are incomplete, and first-year educators must integrate the two.
  • Professor Lorraine Bannai and Emeritus Professor Anne Enquist published (Un)Examined Assumptions and (Un)Intended Messages: Teaching Students to Recognize Bias in Legal Analysis and Language, a foundational article on cultural competence for law students. 
  • Professor Chris Rideout recently published Ethos, Character, and Discoursal Self in Persuasive Legal Writing, which examines the concept of ethos and its application in contemporary persuasive legal writing.