Heidi Rettinghouse

Adjunct Professor


Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
E-mail: rettinghoush@seattleu.edu


JD, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, May 2004
BA, Sociology, Minors in Political Science and Communications, University of Washington, March 2000


Criminal Law and Problem-Solving Courts


Heidi Rettinghouse is co-teaching a simulation class on Problem-Solving Courts. She has worked at the King County Department of Public Defense in Seattle, Washington since 2007, and is currently the Lead Defense Attorney for King County Regional Mental Health Court and Regional Veterans' Court.

She most recently presented at the 2017 Washington State Drug Court Conference on "I Walk the Line - Ethical Considerations for Defense Attorneys in Problem-Solving Courts," and last year she presented on the defense role in "Mental Health Court." She has lectured as part of the Department of Public Defense New Attorney Training Program on "Working with Drug Addicted and Mentally Ill Clients" and on the "Introduction to Problem-Solving Courts in King County." She has also mentored law students and given other trainings to the King County Forensic Staff on "Mental Health and the Law." Heidi has attended the National Drug Court and Justice for Veterans Conference since 2015, and with this training she has been able to improve defense practice by providing a more holistic and research based approach to client representation.

While in law school, Heidi was Managing Editor of the Thomas M. Cooley Journal of Practical and Clinical Law, was the founder of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board, and was the recipient of the leadership achievement award upon graduation. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington in Sociology with minors in political science and communications, and is also a 200 RYT certified yoga instructor.