Dean Annette E. Clark '89

Annette Clark

Professor of Law and Dean Emerita

 Sullivan Hall 210J


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  • Civil Procedure
  • Medical Liability
  • Bioethics and the Law


  • B.S., summa cum laude, Washington State University, 1981; Phi Beta Kappa
  • M.D. with Honors, University of Washington School of Medicine, 1985
  • J.D., summa cum laude, first in class, Seattle University School of Law, 1989
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation
  • Eloise Baird Boldt Scholar
  • Extern for Judge Eugene Wright, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Admitted to practice in Washington State


After receiving an M.D. with Honors from the University of Washington's School of Medicine and her J.D. summa cum laude from the Seattle University School of Law, Professor Clark joined the School of Law faculty in 1989. In addition to her duties as a faculty member, she is a long-time administrator, having served for ten years as Associate Dean and then Vice Dean, overseeing the academic program, including the curriculum and centers and institutes, as well as the faculty. She was the Interim Dean at Seattle University School of Law from 2009-2010, a Visiting Scholar at The George Washington University Law School for Fall 2010, and Dean and Professor of Law at the Saint Louis University School of Law from 2011-12.

While on the SU faculty, Professor Clark received the Seattle Journal for Social Justice Faculty Award in 2005, the Dean's Medal in 2006, and the Outstanding Teacher Award from the graduating class in December 2007 and December 2011. She was also named the James B. McGoldrick, S.J., Fellow in 2008-09 by President Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J. This annual award is given to the faculty member or administrator who best exemplifies commitment to students and to the values of a Jesuit education. Professor Clark counts teaching law students as one of her greatest joys.

Her areas of expertise include civil procedure, medical liability, bioethics, and legal education and she is a frequent regional and national lecturer on these topics. Her scholarship operates at the interface of health care, law, and health policy, with a particular emphasis on end-of-life issues. She has published articles in the New York University Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, and the Tulane Law Review, among others.

Throughout her professional career, Professor Clark has been active in various community and professional organizations, including serving on the MultiCare Institutional Review Board and the Safe Crossings Foundation Board.


Book Chapters

Consent to Health Care, coauthored with Ann Nakamoto & Barbara Shickich, (Washington Health Law Manual 2rd ed., 2006).

Decision Making for Incompetent Patients, in Washington Health Law Manual, (Washington Society of Hospital Attorneys, 1996).


The Right to Die: The Broken Road from Quinlan to Schiavo, 37 Loyola U. Chicago L. J. 385 (2006).

Corporate Ethics and Governance in the Healthcare Market Place: An Introduction, 3 Seattle J. Soc. Justice 205 (2004).

Ethics2: The Ethics of Bioethics in the Biotechnology Industry, 3 Seattle J. Soc. Justice 311 (2004).

Autonomy and Death, 71 Tul. L. Rev. 45 (1996).

On Comparing Apples and Oranges: The Judicial Clerk Selection Process and the Medical Matching Model, 83 Geo. L.J. 1749 (1995).

Preface: A Symposium: Physician-assisted Suicide Articles, 18 Seattle U. L. Rev. 449 (1995).

Abortion and the Pied Piper of Compromise, 68 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 265 (1993).


In the News

Law Schools Struggle To Find Themselves In Post-Recession Market

September 12, 2018 | Law360

Dean Annette Clark describes efforts to create a "common vocabulary" shared by doctrinal faculty and skills faculty.