Mimi Samuel

Mimi Samuel

Director, Legal Writing Program and Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills

 Sullivan Hall 432


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Legal Writing


  • A.B., Georgetown University, 1984
  • J.D., cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 1990; International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award for Advocacy; American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Evidence


After law school, Professor Samuel practiced business litigation for approximately eight years, first in Washington, D.C., at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, and then in San Francisco, at Thelen Marin Johnson & Bridges.

For almost two decades, Professor Samuel has worked with law students, lawyers, and judges overseas to help them improve their legal writing. In addition, she has consulted with law schools in a number of countries both on how to develop their legal writing curricula and how best to teach students to become effective writers. In 2011, she was awarded a Fulbright Specialist Scholarship to develop and implement the first legal writing class on Sri Lanka at the University of Peradeniya. In addition, she has worked Afghanistan, Botswana, China, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Liberia, Russia, South Africa, and Uganda. Professor Samuel has won two awards for her work overseas: In 2016, she was awarded a Global Legal Skills Award for promoting global legal skills around the world and the Terri LeClercq Courage Award, which is awarded by the Legal Writing Institute "to honor individuals who have demonstrated 'courage writ large' concerning legal writing and, in particular, Those LWI members who have demonstrated courage by doing, despite fear, something that most people would not do." In addition, in 2008, Professor Samuel was awarded the first Bronson Dillehay Award for her article Focus on Batson: Let the Cameras Roll. That award is given by the American Society of Trial Consultants for a proposal for addressing a significant and persistent problem that undermines both the right to a fair trial and public confidence in the legal system.



  • Focus on Batson: Let the Cameras Roll, 74 Brook. L. Rev. 95 (2008).
  • From Oppression to Outsourcing: New Opportunities for Uganda’s Growing Number of Attorneys in Today’s Flattening World, 4 Seattle J. Soc. Just. 835 (2006), co-authored with Professor Laurel Oates.
  • Teaching Students to Recognize Bias in Legal Language and Arguments, 20 Second Draft 19 (August 2005).
  • Gorillas, Grammar, and Governments, 18 Second Draft 7 (June 2004).