Elizabeth Baldwin

  • Law Lecturer
  • Co-Director, Transnational Institute


Email: baldwine@uw.edu


B.A. 1995, Robert D. Clark Honors College, University of Oregon; M.A. 2000, Applied Linguistics, Teachers College, Columbia University; J.D. 2004, Seattle University School of Law.

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Legal Research and Writing

Recent Courses

LAW A 597 Intensive Legal Writing Workshop
LAW A 599 Legal Research Methods
LAW B 550 American Legal System and Method
LAW B 557 Graduate Writing Seminar
LAW P 510 Advanced Research and Writing Seminar

Professor Baldwin teaches American Legal Systems and Method (B550) and Legal Research Methods (A 599). She also provides tutorials in Legal English and serves as a Writing Advisor for the UW Legal Education Support Program-Afghanistan (LESPA) and the Ph.D. program.

Before she entered law school, Professor Baldwin spent several years teaching ESL and earned an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College at Columbia University.  Then, as a student at Seattle University School of Law, she served as Research and Technical Editor on the editorial board of the law review and worked as a Legal Advocate at Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. She also extered for Judge Marsha J. Pechman of the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington. 

Upon graduation, Professor Baldwin spent nearly two years clerking for Judge David H. Armstrong of the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division II. Later she coordinated the Children's Legal Rights Program at Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice (now KIND, Kids in Need of Defense), where she gave writing and oral advocacy support to pro bono attorneys serving children in removal proceedings. 

Professor Baldwin's academic interests center on her work with international graduate students, particularly on issues related to Legal English, contrastive analysis, rhetorical preferences, and transnational practice. 

Professor Baldwin is a licensed member of the Washington State Bar.

  • Speaker, "Developing Academic Thesis Statements by Component", Legal Writing Institute, (November 30, 2018)
  • Speaker, "Meaningful Connections Across the Curriculum: LARW Role in Creating Collaboration for J.D. and Graduate Students", with Dana Raigrodski, Western Regional Legal Writing Conference, (August 25, 2017)
  • Speaker, "Supporting Afghan Legal Educators", Unique Perspectives in Law and Librarianship, Law Librarians of Puget Sound (March 24, 2017)
  • Speaker, "Beyond Contrastive Rhetoric: Helping International Graduate Students and Legal Professionals Use Cohesive Devices in U.S. Legal Writing", 10th Annual Global Legal Skills Conference, (May 22, 2015)