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Mark Reutlinger

Professor Emeritus

 Sullivan Hall 430


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  • Evidence
  • Products Liability
  • Torts
  • Trusts and Estates


  • A.B., University of California/Berkeley, 1965; Gold Medalist (first in class); Phi Beta Kappa; Regents Scholar
  • J.D., University of California/Berkeley, 1968; Order of the Coif; Law Review note and comment editor
  • Clerk to Justice Stanley Mosk, California Supreme Court


In addition to his teaching career at Seattle University, Professor Reutlinger has taught at the University of British Columbia, University of San Francisco, Hastings College of the Law, and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He was a sole practitioner in Albany, California, and with the litigation department of Morrison and Foerster, San Francisco. Professor Reutlinger is a member of the American Law Institute and was a member of the Probate Law Task Force responsible for substantial reform of the Washington Probate Code. He joined the faculty in 1978.



  • Washington Law of Wills & Intestate Succession (2d ed., 2006).
  • Washington Estate Planning Deskbook (Thomas R. Andrews, John R. Price, & Mark Reutlinger, eds., WSBA 2005).
  • Washington Probate Deskbook (Thomas R. Andrews, John R. Price & Mark Reutlinger, eds., WSBA 2005).
  • Wills, Trusts, and Estates: Essential Terms and Concepts (1993 & 2d ed. 1998).
  • Evidence: Essential Terms and Concepts (1997).
  • Washington Law of Wills and Intestate Succession (1985 & Supp. 1994) (with William Oltman).
  • Cases and Materials on the Law of Evidence (University of British Columbia 1970).
  • Cases and Materials on the Law of Wills and Intestate Succession (University of British Columbia 1970) (with McIntrye).

Book Chapters

  • Defamation of Political Candidates and Incumbents, in The Law of Politics: Federal & California Fair Political Practices & Election Laws, 441 (California Continuing Education of the Bar 1977).


  • Tribute to James E. Beaver, 19 Seattle U. L. Rev. xvii (1996).
  • When Words Fail Me: Diagramming the Rule Against Perpetuities, 59 Mo. L. Rev. 157 (1994).
  • The Sleeves From our Vest: Naming a Perpetuities Non-event, 59 Mo. L. Rev. 157 (1994) (with John Weaver).
  • State Action, Due Process, and the New Nonclaim Statutes: Can No Notice Be Good Notice if Some Notice Is Not?, 24 Real Prop., Prob. & Tr. J. 433 (1990).
  • The Predeceased Surviving Spouse: The Uncertain Effects of Divorce on Contingent Testamentary Gifts, Financial and Estate Planning (CCH looseleaf) paragraph 26,151 (1988).
  • Divorced but Not Deceased: The Anomaly of the 'Surviving' Former Spouse, Washington State Bar News, Mar. 1986, at 27 (with William Oltman).
  • The Statutory Community Property Agreement as a Will Substitute on the Death of the Second Spouse, 19 Gonz. L. Rev. 511 (1983/84) (with William Oltman).
  • Legislative Lapses: Some Suggestions for Probate Code Reform in Washington, 10 U. Puget Sound L. Rev. 173 (1987).
  • Washington's Other Anti-lapse Statute, Washington State Bar News, Aug. 1985, at 25 (1985).
  • Prior Inconsistent Statements: Presently Inconsistent Doctrine, 26 Hastings L.J. 361 (1974).
  • Policy, Privacy, and Prerogatives: A Critical Examination of the Proposed Federal Rules of Evidence as They Affect Marital Privilege, 61 Cal. L. Rev. 1353 (1973).
  • Trusts: Consequences of Attorney's Good Faith Representation of Adverse Parties in Trust Administration, 55 Cal. L. Rev. 948 (1967).