Anne M. Enquist

Anne M. Enquist

Professor Emerita


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Legal Writing


  • B.A., magna cum laude, and B.S., magna cum laude, New Mexico State University, 1972
  • M.A.T., University of Washington, 1977; Phi Kappa Phi


Professor Enquist joined the law school as a Writing Advisor in 1980, and has served Seattle University and the greater legal writing community for the past 36 years.

She served as faculty advisor to the Seattle University Law Review for 15 years and faculty advisor to the Seattle Journal of Social Justice for five years. She has also been an exceptional leader of our No. 1-ranked Legal Writing Program, holding the positions of associate director of the program from 2005-2012 and director from 2012-2015.

Professor Enquist has co-authored five books on legal writing (which are among the most used in law schools across the country), authored or co-authored more than 25 articles, and made more than 50 professional presentations at law schools and legal writing conferences nationally. She has also held numerous leadership positions within the Legal Writing Institute, the preeminent professional legal writing organization, which she helped found in 1985. She has been an advisor and mentor for many of our new legal writing faculty members and has been instrumental in collaborating with faculty who teach skills courses within the law school.

Professor Enquist received a B.A. and B.S. (both magna cum laude) from New Mexico State University, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Washington


New Publications

  • Anne M. Enquist and Laurel Currie Oates, Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for Legal Writers, Fourth Edition (Wolters Kluwer 2014).
  • Anne M. Enquist et al., From Both Sides Now: The Job Talk's Role in Matching Candidates and Law Schools, 42 Toledo L. Rev. 619 (2011).
  • Laurel Currie Oates and Anne M. Enquist, The Legal Writing Handbook, Sixth Edition (Wolters Kluwer 2014).
  • Laurel Currie Oates and Anne M. Enquist, Just Memos, Fourth Edition (Wolters Kluwer 2014).
  • Laurel Currie Oates and Anne M. Enquist, Just Research, Fourth Edition (Wolters Kluwer 2014).
  • Laurel Currie Oates and Anne M. Enquist, Just Research, Fourth Edition (with electronic supplement) (Wolters Kluwer 2013).
  • Laurel Oates and Anne M. Enquist, Just Writing, Fourth Edition (Wolters Kluwer, January 2013).
  • Laurel Currie Oates and Anne M. Enquist, Connie Krontz, Just Briefs, Third

Professional Activities and Presentations

  • "Mastering Syntax: The Next Frontier for Legal English," Global Legal Skills Conference, Verona, Italy.
  • "Designing Your Legal Writing Course to Maximize Learning and Engagement," at the 2014 AALS Workshop for New Law Teachers, Washington, D.C.
  • "Sentence Strategies for ESL Law Students," 2014 Legal Writing Institute National Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • "How Multitasking Affects Writing Productivity," Presenter at CLE "Moving Your Legal Writing Forward 3.0," Seattle U. Law School, April 2014.
  • Plenary speaker for the Northwest Regional Legal Writing Conference, "Developing the Next Generation of Legal Writing Leaders," Eugene, OR, December 2013.
  • "Is Multi-Tasking the Key to Balancing Our Roles?" Presenter at the Western Regional Legal Writing conference at the U. of Oregon, July 2012.
  • "Who are These Guys (and Gals)? The Millennials Come to Law School," presentation for the ABA Associate Deans' national conference, Las Vegas, NV, July 2012.
  • "Beyond the Beginner's Toolkit: Power Teaching Tools Developed During 25 Years of Collaboration Between Legal Writing and Academic Support," with Paula Lustbader, Legal Writing Institute National Conference, Palm Desert, CA, June 2012.
  • "Gotta Love ‘Em: Our Multi-Tasking, Facebook-Loving, Need-It-Now, Just-In-Time, Feeling Entitled Millennial Law Students," luncheon speaker for the AALS Section for Student Services, Washington, DC, January 2012
  • Member of the Awards Committee for the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Research, and Analysis.
  • "Recognizing Bias in Legal Language, Analysis, and Argument," co-presenter at a CLE for the King County Bar, Seattle University School of Law, October 2011.
  • "Critiquing Law Students' Writing," presentation at the AALS Beginning Legal Writing Teachers Workshop, Washington, DC, June 2011.
  • Member of the national Board of Directors for the Legal Writing Institute, 2002-2010.
  • Presenter at the national SALT conference in Hawaii, "Can the Professor Come Out to Play?" December 2010.

    Presenter at the national SALT conference in Hawaii, "The Evolving Status of Legal Writing Faculty: Distinctions with a Difference?" with Professor Lori Bannai.
  • Presenter at the LWI National Conference in Marco Island, Florida, "Why Law Schools Discriminate Against Legal Writing Faculty: What Will It Take to Right This Wrong?" June 2010.


  • Just Briefs (2d ed., Aspen 2007) (with Laurel Currie Oates and Connie Krontz).
  • Just Memos (2d ed., Aspen 2006) (with Laurel Currie Oates).
  • The Legal Writing Handbook: Analysis, Research, and Writing 6th ed. (Aspen Publishers 2014) (with Laurel Oates) (with accompanying Practice Book and Teacher's Manual).
  • Just Research (Aspen Law and Business 2005) (with Laurel Oates).
  • Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer 4th. ed. (Aspen Publishers 2014) (with Laurel Oates).
  • Just Briefs (Aspen Law and Business Publishers 2003) (with Laurel Oates).
  • Just Memos (Aspen Law and Business Publishers 2003) (with Laurel Oates).
  • The Legal Writing Handbook: Research, Analysis, and Writing (3rd ed., Aspen 2002) (with Laurel Currie Oates and Kelly Kunsch).
  • Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer (Aspen 2001) (with Laurel Currie Oates).


  • Can the Professor Come Out and Play? Scholarship, Teaching, and Theories of Play,Journal of Legal Education Vol. 5804 (2009) (with Bryan Adamson, Marilyn Berger, Lisa Brodoff, Paula Lustbader, and John B. Mitchell).
  • Unlocking the Secrets of Highly Successful Legal Writing Students, 82 St. John’s L. Rev. 609 (2007).
  • Topic Sentences: Potentially Brilliant Moments of Synthesis 14 Perspectives 139 (Spring 2006).
  • Fixing the Awk 14 Perspectives 107 (Winter 2006).
  • To Quote or Not to Quote 14 Perspectives 16 (Fall 2005).
  • Defeating the Writer’s Arch Enemy 13 Perspectives 145 (Spring 2005).
  • Talking to Students about the Differences Between Undergraduate Writing and Legal Writing 13 Perspectives 104 (Winter 2005).
  • That Old Friend, the Tree-Branching Diagram, 13 Perspectives 24 (Fall 2004).
  • Teaching Students to Make Explicit Factual Comparisons 12 Perspectives 147 (Spring 2004).
  • The Semicolon's Undeserved Mystique 12 Perspectives 105 (Winter 2004).
  • Should I Teach My Students Not to Write in Passive Voice? 12 Perspectives 35, (Fall 2003).
  • (Un)Examined Assumptions and (Un)Intended Messages: Teaching Students to Recognize Bias in Language and Legal Analysis, 27 Seattle U. L. Rev. 1 (2003) (with Lorraine Bannai).
  • Substantive Editing Versus Technical Editing: How Law Review Editors Do Their Job, 30 Stetson L. Rev. 451 (2000).
  • Critiquing and Evaluating Law Students’ Writing: Advice from Thirty-five Experts, 22 Seattle U. L. Rev. 1119 (1999).
  • Sailing Through Designing Memo Assignments, 5 Legal Writing 193 (1999) (with others).
  • A History of Writing Advisers at Law Schools: Looking at Our Past, Looking at Our Future, 5 Legal Writing 55 (1999) (with Jessie Grearson).
  • The Role of Confidence in Effective Writing, Second Draft (1998).
  • Critiquing Law Students' Writing: What the Students Say is Effective, 2 Legal Writing 145 (1996).