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Chryssa Deliganis

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

 Sullivan Hall 426


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  • Property
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Environmental Law
  • Food and Drug Law


  • A.B. in Rhetoric with high distinction, University of California, Berkeley
  • J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School


Professor Deliganis joined Seattle University as a Visiting Assistant Professor in 2021, after a long career in private practice focusing on property law, contract law, and appellate litigation. Notably, she secured a unanimous reversal by the Washington Supreme Court in a case regarding the enforceability of residential restrictive covenants, a ruling which preserved the rights of thousands of Washington property owners (Viking v. Holm et. al., 155 Wn.2d 112 (2005)). Previously, she served two years as a law clerk to Judge Richard C. Tallman on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, was a litigator at Foster Pepper in Seattle (now Foster Garvey), and was a lecturer for Barbri bar review on the subjects of property, land use, and zoning. Professor Deliganis received her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, and her A.B. in Rhetoric with high distinction from the University of California, Berkeley.

Professor Deliganis' scholarship concentrates on property law, health law, ethics, and food and drug law. Her work involves topics including Washington's Growth Management Act, the vested rights doctrine, food safety regulation, and the regulatory limits of IVF. Her articles have appeared in George Washington Law Review, Arizona Law Review, Ohio St. Law Journal, Georgia Law Review, and Cornell Real Estate Review. She is a strong supporter of the sustainable food movement and is an avid urban farmer, beekeeper, and fermenter.


  • Contingency Fee Conflicts: Attorneys Push for Quick-Kill Settlements When Their Clients Would Be Better Off Going to Trial” forthcoming in New York University Journal of Legislation and Public Policy with Steve Calandrillo and Neela Brocato
  • The Vested Rights Doctrine: How a Shield Against Injustice Became a Sword for Opportunistic Developers, 78 OHIO ST. L.J. 443-70 (2017), with Steve Calandrillo and Christina Elles
  • Making "Smart Growth" Smarter, 83 GEORGE WASH. L. REV. 829-91 (2015), with Steve Calandrillo and Andrea Woods
  • IVF and the Law: How Legal and Regulatory Neglect Compromised a Medical Breakthrough, 57 ARIZ. L. REV. 311-42 (2015), with Steve Calandrillo
  • When Private Property Rights Collide With Growth Management Legislation, 13 CORNELL REAL ESTATE REV. 1-17 (2015), with Steve Calandrillo and Andrea Woods
  • Syringes in the Sea: Why Federal Regulation of Medical Waste is Long Overdue, 41 GEORGIA L. REV. 169-227 (2006), with Steve Calandrillo
  • Death by Apple Juice: The Problem of Foodborne Illness, the Regulatory Response, and Suggestions for Reform, 53 FOOD & DRUG L.J. 681-728 (1998)