Amanda Elyse

Visiting Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills

Contact

Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
Room 415
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
Phone: (206) 398-4099
E-mail:  aelyse@seattleu.edu

Education

JD, Seattle University School of Law, 2015
MS, Writing & Publishing, Portland State University, 2009
BA, English, Creative Writing Emphasis, Cum Laude with Honors, 2007

Biography

Amanda Elyse is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Legal Writing Program at Seattle University School of Law.

While she was in practice, Elyse represented social justice activists in both civil and criminal cases, as well as provided legal support to prisoners, including people indicted under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. She has also traveled to locations throughout the United States to provide legal support to communities engaged in sustained protest actions to protect land and water.

As part of her support of movement organizing, Elyse has taught over a hundred legal trainings and workshops to activists and frontline communities, and she has given presentations about the relationship between the legal system and grassroots movements in cities throughout the United States as well as in over a dozen cities in Europe. She has written about topics that include how "terrorism" legislation is used against social justice movements, the use of the necessity defense by climate activists, how corporations use Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) to chill dissent, the importance of supporting political prisoners as part of the framework of movement organizing, and about using open government laws at both the state and federal levels.

Additionally, Elyse has presented at national and regional legal writing conferences and other law school events on topics that include teaching singular "they" pronouns and other gender-inclusive language, building community and connection with students, and tips for students in legal writing classes.

"I love working with my students to both build their writing skills and bring social justice values into the classroom," says Elyse. "I came to my career in the legal profession from a mixed background of writing and academia, and being an organizer in grassroots movements, and now I feel quite lucky to be able to combine all of those passions into a dynamic learning experience that meets the needs and interests of my students in an ever-changing legal landscape.

"I always look forward to building a community with my students that will be supportive to them as they embark on the work that they feel inspired to do, and I look forward to helping them build writing and other communication skills that will help them to excel in that work."

Elyse received her JD from Seattle University School of Law, her MS in Writing & Publishing from Portland State University, and her BA in English, Creative Writing Emphasis, with Honors from the University of Washington.

Publications

2021 Carolinas Colloquium, "Why Legal Writing Professors Should Teach Singular They Pronouns - and How to Do So": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEZKfqKTby0

ABA Law Student Division, "Virtual Office Hours: Legal Writing": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsViyrzndF0