Elizabeth Ford

Elizabeth Ford

Assistant Professor of Law

 Sullivan Hall 124


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  • Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts, B.A., 1986
  • Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts J.D., 1992


Professor Ford, a Assistant Professor at Seattle University School of Law, teaches the Workers’ Rights Clinic. In the Workers’ Rights Clinic, students focus on developing and enforcing minimum standards, providing advice and legal representation to low wage workers, advocating for equitable policies, and supporting collective action. The Clinic operates in partnership with a variety of community organizations, including the Fair Work Center Legal Clinic, which Professor Ford founded in 2015.

Prof. Ford publishes in the area of workplace minimum standards and clinical teaching. Her scholarship can be found here.

In private practice for 25 years, Prof. Ford represented unions and individual employees. She also served as Chief Counsel for the Washington State Nurses Association and the Manager of Labor Relations for King County. She also served as Assistant Dean at the University of Washington School of Law.

Professor Ford serves frequently as a mediator and arbitrator primarily in labor and employment disputes. She is a member of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and serves as a Commissioner on Washington’s Public Employment Relations Commission.