Connie Krontz

Connie Krontz

Professor Emerita

 Sullivan Hall 430


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Legal Writing


  • B.S., University of Washington, 1985; Outstanding School of Social Work Undergraduate
  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University) School of Law 1989; Law Review note and comment editor; Andrew Walkover Faculty Scholar
  • Clerk for two years to Justice Barbara Durham, Washington Supreme Court


After her clerkship with Justice Barbara Durham of the Washington Supreme Court, and before joining the law school faculty in 1994, Professor Krontz worked as a staff attorney at the Washington Appellate Defender Association, a nonprofit organization, which was responsible for indigent appeals in Washington's seven northwest counties. Within the nationally recognized legal writing program, Professor Krontz taught legal research, objective and persuasive writing, and oral advocacy. Professor Krontz served as the faculty advisor for Moot Court, and she has coached moot court teams. She has also done presentations on outlining for the Seattle University law Review and Seattle Journal for Social Justice.

Professor Krontz is a member of the Legal Writing Institute, and she has made presentations at five LWI biennial conferences. She presented "Blueprint for The Bluebook: Building a Citation Foundation" at the most recent Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference. She and Professor Lorraine Bannai co-presented "Conducting Effective Conferences," which Professor Krontz reprised as a solo presentation at a subsequent LWI biannual conference. She and Professor McClellan co-presented "Effectively Teaching Arguments, What Works and What Doesn't: Teaching Coherency in Three-Part Harmony." They also co-presented "The Perspectives of Lawyers and Judges: As We Prepare Our Students For the Practice of Law, Do We Understand the 21st Century Practice?" The related article, "Improving Legal Writing Courses: Perspectives from the Bar and Bench," was published in Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute. In addition, Professor Krontz presented "Using Analogous Case Descriptions to Teach Students to Write Principle-Based Arguments," at the Pacific Northwest Legal Writing Regional Conference.

Professor Krontz has presented a number of CLEs on brief writing for the King County Bar Association, the Washington State Office of Public Defense, and Seattle University School of Law.

Professor Krontz is a co-author with Laurel Oates and Anne Enquist of Just Briefs (2nd ed. 2008).



Just Briefs (3rd ed., Aspen 2013) (with Laurel Currie Oates and Anne Enquist).


Improving Legal Writing Courses: Perspectives From the Bar and Bench, 8 Legal Writing 201 (2002) (with Susan McClellan).

Other Publications

Online companion chapter to the Interactive Citation Workbook for The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (Tracy McGaugh Norton & Christine Hurt (2013)).