Annette Clark

Dean and Professor of Law
Curriculum Vitae


Sullivan Hall 210-J
(206) 398-4069


B.S., summa cum laude, Washington State University, 1981; Phi Beta Kappa
M.D. with Honors, University of Washington School of Medicine, 1985
J.D., summa cum laude, first in class, Seattle University School of Law, 1989
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation
Eloise Baird Boldt Scholar
Extern for Judge Eugene Wright, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Admitted to practice in Washington State


Civil Procedure
Medical Liability
Bioethics and the Law


After receiving an M.D. with Honors from the University of Washington's School of Medicine and her J.D. summa cum laude from the Seattle University School of Law, Dean Clark joined the School of Law faculty in 1989. In addition to her duties as a faculty member, she is a long-time administrator, having served for ten years as Associate Dean and then Vice Dean, overseeing the academic program, including the curriculum and centers and institutes, as well as the faculty. She was the Interim Dean at Seattle University School of Law from 2009-2010, a Visiting Scholar at The George Washington University Law School for Fall 2010, and Dean and Professor of Law at the Saint Louis University School of Law from 2011-12.

While on the SU faculty, Dean Clark received the Seattle Journal for Social Justice Faculty Award in 2005, the Dean's Medal in 2006, and the Outstanding Teacher Award from the graduating class in December 2007 and December 2011. She was also named the James B. McGoldrick, S.J., Fellow in 2008-09 by President Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J. This annual award is given to the faculty member or administrator who best exemplifies commitment to students and to the values of a Jesuit education. Dean Clark counts teaching law students as one of her greatest joys.

Her areas of expertise include civil procedure, medical liability, bioethics, and legal education and she is a frequent regional and national lecturer on these topics. Her scholarship operates at the interface of health care, law, and health policy, with a particular emphasis on end-of-life issues. She has published articles in the New York University Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, and the Tulane Law Review, among others.

Throughout her professional career, Dean Clark has been active in various community and professional organizations, including serving on the MultiCare Institutional Review Board and the Safe Crossings Foundation Board.


Book Chapters

Consent to Health Care, coauthored with Ann Nakamoto & Barbara Shickich, (Washington Health Law Manual 2rd ed., 2006).

Decision Making for Incompetent Patients, in Washington Health Law Manual, (Washington Society of Hospital Attorneys, 1996).


The Right to Die: The Broken Road from Quinlan to Schiavo, 37 Loyola U. Chicago L. J. 385 (2006).

Corporate Ethics and Governance in the Healthcare Market Place: An Introduction, 3 Seattle J. Soc. Justice 205 (2004).

Ethics2: The Ethics of Bioethics in the Biotechnology Industry, 3 Seattle J. Soc. Justice 311 (2004).

Autonomy and Death, 71 Tul. L. Rev. 45 (1996).

On Comparing Apples and Oranges: The Judicial Clerk Selection Process and the Medical Matching Model, 83 Geo. L.J. 1749 (1995).

Preface: A Symposium: Physician-assisted Suicide Articles, 18 Seattle U. L. Rev. 449 (1995).

Abortion and the Pied Piper of Compromise, 68 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 265 (1993).

Recent Activity

In the News

Diploma Privilege and the Future of the Bar Exam

December 10, 2020 | GPSolo Magazine

Dean Annette Clark '89 tells the story of how Seattle U Law students and faculty advocated for diploma privilege in Washington.

Jurisdictions with COVID-19-related diploma privilege are going back to bar exam admissions

December 10, 2020 | ABA Journal

Dean Annette Clark says states have now had more time to plan for an online exam in 2021.