Christopher Casillas

Adjunct Professor


Cline & Associates
2003 Western Avenue, Suite 550
Seattle, WA 98121
Phone: 206.838.8770


B.A., with honors, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2000
J.D., magna cum laude, Seattle University School of Law, 2003
M.A., Cornell University, 2009
Ph.D., Cornell University, 2012


Christopher Casillas is a Senior Associate at the law firm of Cline & Associates, a boutique Seattle law firm specializing in public sector labor law. Chris began his career in 2003 after graduating from Seattle University School of Law, and now represents dozens of independent unions in the public sector across the State of Washington. His practice includes negotiating collective bargaining agreements on behalf of his clients and litigating unfair labor practice charges in front of the Public Employment Relations Commission and contractual grievances in front of private arbitrators.

In 2006, Chris took a leave of absence to pursue a doctoral degree from Cornell University. In 2009, he earned a Masters of Arts in Government, and in January of 2012 he completed his Ph.D. in Government. During his graduate school career at Cornell, Chris taught or served as a teaching assistant for numerous courses on the Supreme Court, the Constitution, and Civil Liberties. Chris co-authored an article that was published in the American Journal of Political Science on public opinion and the Supreme Court. The article can be located at: Casillas, Christopher J., Enns, Peter K, and Patrick Wohlfarth. 2011. "How Public Opinion Constrains the Supreme Court" American Journal of Political Science 55(1): 74-88. His dissertation is titled Law, Legislation, and Democracy: Cooperation and Contestation Between Congress, the Supreme Court, and the Executive in the Determination of Statutory Meaning.