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Top-ranked Legal Writing Program welcomes next generation of leadership

August 25, 2015

Mary BowmanProfessor Mary Bowman, a distinguished leader in the legal writing academy, is the new director of Seattle University School of Law's nationally acclaimed Legal Writing Program. After serving as an associate director of the program for the past three years, Professor Bowman steps into this new position as former director Professor Anne Enquist takes a much-deserved sabbatical and then resumes her role as the writing adviser.

The law school’s Legal Writing Program is ranked No. 1 by U.S. News & World Report, a distinction it’s held for the last seven years in a row.

Building on the foundation set by Professor Enquist and Professor Laurel Oates, who directed the program until 2012, Professor Bowman is primed to shape its future. “I’m honored to lead such a wonderful program and am thrilled to build on its tradition of excellence while continuing to innovate so the program best serves today’s legal profession,” she said.

Professor Bowman has taught at the law school since 2001 and recently received tenure. She graduated Order of the Coif from Stanford Law School; clerked for the Honorable Thomas S. Zilly, United States District Court for the Western District of Washington; and practiced at Davis Wright Tremaine in Seattle. She has served in various leadership positions with the American Association of Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Research, and Reasoning; Scribes; and the Legal Writing Institute (LWI). She is currently a member of LWI’s Board of Directors and co-chair of its Professional Status Committee.

Mimi SamuelJoining Professor Chris Rideout as an associate director of the program will be Professor Mimi Samuel. Professor Samuel, a cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, has taught at the law school since 1999. Before joining the law school, she was a litigation associate in two major firms, one in Washington, D.C., and the other in San Francisco. In addition to teaching the core legal writing courses, Professor Samuel has extensive experience teaching abroad. Along with Professor Oates, she has developed and taught courses to law students in Russia, Sri Lanka, China, and South Africa, and has consulted with law schools in those and other countries on developing their own legal writing programs. In addition, she and Professor Oates have provided training in effective legal writing for judges, magistrates, and lawyers in a number of countries in East and Southern Africa.

“I am excited to join Professor Bowman and a terrific group of faculty to help our students develop the skills that they need to hit the ground running in today’s legal market,” Professor Samuel said.