Legal Writing Program leader Anne Enquist retires

April 04, 2016

Anne EnquistAfter more than three decades of teaching legal writing and elevating its prominence as a discipline within legal education, Professor Anne Enquist will retire from Seattle University School of Law at the end of this academic year.

"For 36 years, she used innovative ideas to teach our students and faculty how to become stronger writers," said Professor Mary Bowman, director of the Legal Writing Program. "Her legal writing expertise and her collaborative work style will be greatly missed, both at Seattle University and throughout the greater legal writing community."

The law school's Legal Writing Program is ranked No. 1 by U.S. News & World Report and has consistently been placed among the top programs since rankings began. Professor Enquist directed the program from 2012 to 2015. In 2014, she received the Burton Award for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education.

She joined the law faculty as the writing adviser in 1980, working one-on-one with students to strengthen their writing abilities. She went on to co-author five acclaimed legal writing books and author of a number of widely read, highly influential articles. She served on the Editorial Board for "Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute" from 1994-2002 and chaired the program committee for the national conference of the Legal Writing Institute in 1994. She also served, for more than 20 years, as a director of LWI. 

"Teaching our law students has been an honor and a delight. I've also loved being part of the SU law faculty, which is such an impressive group of scholars and teachers," Enquist said. "Perhaps most gratifying of all, though, has been the opportunity to be part of our Legal Writing Program. The SU legal writing faculty is nothing short of exceptional in its relentless dedication to excellence, and it has been the highlight of my career to be part of that team."

Laurel OatesProfessor Laurel Oates, Enquist's co-author for many of her textbooks and former director of the Legal Writing Program, said Enquist has been instrumental in creating the law school's top-ranked program and in guiding the growth of the Legal Writing Institute.

"She has made us better teachers and our students better writers," she said. "Equally important, Anne has helped bring people together, both in the law school and nationally, reminding us (gently) that our goal is, and should always be, doing what is best for our students."

"Anne will leave behind a significant legacy, which includes her commitment to excellence, dedication to the advancement of our law school and the Legal Writing Program, and her thoughtful and collaborative approach to leadership and all of her endeavors," said Dean Annette E. Clark '89, who also announced that Seattle University President Stephen Sundborg, S.J. has approved Emerita status for Professor Enquist. She will be recognized at the May Commencement ceremony.

The law school will host a reception for Professor Enquist on April 26 at 4:30 p.m. in the Second Floor Gallery.