Chryssa Deliganis

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

Contact

Sullivan Hall 426
(206) 398-4129
cdeliganis@seattleu.edu

Education

JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School
AB in Rhetoric with high distinction, University of California, Berkeley

Specializations

Property
Professional Responsibility
Health Law
Contracts
Food and Drug Law

Biography

Professor Deliganis joined Seattle University as a Visiting Assistant Professor in 2021, after a long career in private practice focusing on property law, contract law, and appellate litigation. Notably, she secured a unanimous reversal by the Washington Supreme Court in a case regarding the enforceability of residential restrictive covenants, a ruling which preserved the rights of thousands of Washington property owners (Viking v. Holm et. al., 155 Wn.2d 112 (2005)). Previously, she served two years as a law clerk to Judge Richard C. Tallman on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, was a litigator at Foster Pepper in Seattle (now Foster Garvey), and was a lecturer for Barbri bar review on the subjects of property, land use, and zoning. Professor Deliganis received her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, and her A.B. in Rhetoric with high distinction from the University of California, Berkeley.

Professor Deliganis' scholarship concentrates on property law, health law, ethics, and food and drug law. Her work involves topics including Washington's Growth Management Act, the vested rights doctrine, food safety regulation, and the regulatory limits of IVF. Her articles have appeared in George Washington Law Review, Arizona Law Review, Ohio St. Law Journal, Georgia Law Review, and Cornell Real Estate Review. She is a strong supporter of the sustainable food movement, and is an avid urban farmer, beekeeper, and fermenter.

Publications

The Vested Rights Doctrine: How a Shield Against Injustice Became a Sword for Opportunistic Developers, 78 OHIO ST. L.J. 443-70 (2017), with Steve Calandrillo and Christina Elles

Making "Smart Growth" Smarter, 83 GEORGE WASH. L. REV. 829-91 (2015), with Steve Calandrillo and Andrea Woods

IVF and the Law: How Legal and Regulatory Neglect Compromised a Medical Breakthrough, 57 ARIZ. L. REV. 311-42 (2015), with Steve Calandrillo

When Private Property Rights Collide With Growth Management Legislation, 13 CORNELL REAL ESTATE REV. 1-17 (2015), with Steve Calandrillo and Andrea Woods

Syringes in the Sea: Why Federal Regulation of Medical Waste is Long Overdue, 41 GEORGIA L. REV. 169-227 (2006), with Steve Calandrillo

Death by Apple Juice: The Problem of Foodborne Illness, the Regulatory Response, and Suggestions for Reform, 53 FOOD & DRUG L.J. 681-728 (1998)