Helen Anderson

  • Professor of Law


Phone: (206) 543-0346
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

Recent Courses

LAW A 505 Criminal Law
LAW E 508 Persuasive Writing
LAW E 515 Post-Conviction Review

Selected Papers

— See the expanded list below or visit this faculty member's SSRN Author Page for more publications.

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

  • Helen A. Anderson, Police Stories, 111 Nw. U. L. Rev. Online 19-38 (2016).

  • Helen A. Anderson, Frenemies of the Court: The Many Faces of Amicus Curiae, 49 U. Rich. L. Rev. 361-416 (2015).

  • Helen A. Anderson, The Psychotherapist Privilege: Privacy and Garden Variety Emotional Distress, 21 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 117-56 (2013).

  • Helen A. Anderson, From the Thief in the Night to the Guest Who Stayed Too Long: The Evolution of Burglary in the Shadow of the Common Law, 45 Ind. L. Rev. 629-67 (2012).

  • Helen A. Anderson, Revising Harmless Error: Making Innocence Relevant to Direct Appeals, 17 Tex. Wesleyan L. Rev. 391-402 (2011).

  • Helen A. Anderson, Changing Fashions in Advocacy: 100 Years of Brief-Writing Advice, 11 J. App. Prac. & Process 1-17 (2010).

  • Helen A. Anderson, Penalizing Poverty: Making Indigent Criminal Defendants Pay for Their Court-Appointed Counsel Through Recoupment and Contribution, 42 U. Mich. J.L. Reform 323-80 (2009).

  • Helen A. Anderson, Insights from Clinical Teaching: Learning about Teaching Legal Writing from Working on Real Cases, 16 Persp.: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing 106-08 (2008).

  • Helen A. Anderson, Legal Doubletalk and the Concern with Positional Conflicts: A Foolish Consistency?, 111 Penn St. L. Rev. 1-52 (2006).

  • Helen A. Anderson, The Freedom to Speak and the Freedom to Listen: The Admissibility ofthe Criminal Defendants Taste in Entertainment, 83 Or. L. Rev. 899-943 (2005).

Books or Treatises

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

  • Washington Appellate Practice Deskbook (Helen A. Anderson contributor, Wash. St. B. Assn 1993 & Supp. 1998). 3 vols.

Professional Publications

  • Helen Anderson, Statutory Interpretation in Washington, Wash. St. B. News, Feb. 2009, at 30-34.

  • Helen Anderson, Using Clickers in Legal Writing Class, AALS Section Newsletter, Section on Teaching Methods (Winter 2008).

  • Helen A. Anderson, Writing Judicial Discipline Decisions, Jud. Conduct Rep., Spring 2003, at 2-3.

  • Helen A. Anderson, Generation X Goes to Law School: Are We Too Nice to Our Students?, 10 Persp.: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing 73-75 (2002).

  • Helen A. Anderson, Are Citations on the Way Down? The Case Against Footnotes, Wash. St. B. News, Dec. 2001, at 28-30.

  • 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)