Helen A. Anderson

  • Professor Emeritus of Law


Email: hander@uw.edu


B.A. 1980, Carleton College J.D. 1984, University of Washington

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Criminal Law and Procedure — Legal Research and Writing

Professor Helen Anderson joined the law school faculty in 1994.  She teaches Legal Analysis, Research & Writing; Criminal Law; Advanced Criminal Procedure; and Persuasive Writing. She has also taught Professional Responsibility and directed an Appellate Practice Clinic.  Professor Anderson's areas of scholarly interest are written advocacy, ethics, criminal law and procedure.

Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Anderson represented indigent criminal and civil clients in the state appellate courts, and maintains an interest in appellate practice. She is an editor and contributing author of the Washington State Bar Association's Appellate Practice Deskbook and past chair of the Washington State Bar Association Corrections Committee.  Professor Anderson is also a founding member of the Washington Appellate Lawyers Association. She is a graduate of Carleton College and the University of Washington School of Law.

Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews

Books or Treatises

  • Washington Appellate Practice Deskbook (3d ed. Helen A. Anderson contributor, Wash. St. B. Ass’n 2005 & Supp. 2011) 2 vols.
  • Washington Appellate Practice Deskbook (Helen A. Anderson contributor, Wash. St. B. Ass’n 1993 & Supp. 1998). 3 vols.

Professional Publications

  • Speaker, "Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research: Experiential Learning in Legal Writing Programs", with William S. Bailey, Ben Halasz, and Kathleen McGinnis, 111th Annual Meeting, Association of American Law Schools (January 5, 2017)
  • Speaker, "The Police Narrative in Appellate Opinions", Fifth Biennial Conference on Applied Legal Storytelling, Legal Writing Institute (July 22, 2015)
  • Speaker, "Using Competition to Inspire Student Learning", Fourth Annual Western Regional Legal Writing Conference Program, Stanford Law School (September 20, 2014)
  • Speaker, "Frenemies of the Court: The Many Faces of Amicus Curiae", Faculty Colloquia Series, University of Washington School of Law (February 13, 2014)
  • Speaker, "But Did It Make Any Difference? Addressing Harmless Error", CLE, Washington State Office of Public Defense (November 30, 2012)
  • Speaker, "How to Avoid "Hitting the Wall" with Service", Second Annual Western Regional Legal Writing Conference, (August 11, 2012)
  • Speaker, "Tips for Successful Appeals", Northwest Justice Project (December 15, 2011)
  • Speaker, "Constructing a Scholarly Persona", Biennial Conference, Association of Legal Writing Directors (June 25, 2011)
  • Panelist, "Impediments to Review on the Merits", Washington Appeals: New Rules and Expert Guidance Through the State Appellate Process, Washington State Bar Association (December 1, 2010)
  • Speaker, "Revising Harmless Error: Making Innocence Relevant to Direct Appeals", Innocence and the Road to Exoneration, Texas Wesleyan School of Law (October 8, 2010)
  • Speaker, "From Generation X to Generation Z: Has Anything Changed?", Northwest Regional Legal Writing Conference, (August 29, 2009)
  • Speaker, "Stories about Storytelling: One Hundred Years of Brief Writing Advice", Applied Legal Storytelling Conference, (July 24, 2009)
  • Speaker, "Essentials of Legal Research and Writing", Persuasive Writing Workshop and Legal Research Boot Camp, Washington State Bar Association (June 26, 2008)
  • Speaker, "Statutory Interpretation", King County Prosecutor’s Office, Civil Division (May 24, 2008)
  • Speaker, "Law Review Roundup: Criminal Law", State Appellate Judges Conference (April 9, 2008)