Robert Aronson

  • Betts, Patterson and Mines Professor of Law
  • Emeritus Professor of Law

Contact

Phone: (206) 543-7423
Email: raron@uw.edu

Education

B.A. 1969, University of Virginia J.D. 1973, University of Pennsylvania

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

  • Robert H. Aronson & Maureen A. Howard, The Law of Evidence in Washington (5th ed. Matthew Bender Feb. 2017 supp.).
  • Tom Andrews, Rob Aronson, Mark Fucile & Art Lachman, The Law of Lawyering in Washington (Washington State Bar Association 2012). 1 vol.

See the full list under the Publications tab below.

Professor Aronson joined the UW law school faculty in 1975. Prior to coming to the UW, he was a Teaching Fellow at Stanford Law School, and taught Civil Procedure at the University of San Diego Law School while clerking for Judge James Carter of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

He earned his J.D. cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was an editor of the law review. He is a nationally recognized expert in professional responsibility and his book, The Law of Evidence in Washington, is one of the leading treatises on the subject. He has served as Chair of the The Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Professional Responsibility, National Conference of Bar Examiners MPRE Drafting Committee, Commissioner on Uniform State Laws, Washington Legislative Ethics Board, AALS Committee on Bar Admission and Lawyer Performance, Law School Admission Council, Finance and Legal Affairs Committee, President of the Board of the Washington Appellate Defender Association, Reporter for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Standards of Conduct, and Hearing Tribunal Member for the Washington Human Rights Commission.

He was a member of the drafting committees for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) Code of Conduct, Uniform Rules of Evidence, Uniform Rules on Child Testimony, and Uniform Statutory Construction Act. He also serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Criminal Law Education. He has been Chair of the UW Faculty Senate, and served as the University's Faculty Athletic Representative.

He was President of the Pac-10 Conference and Chair of its Compliance & Enforcement Committee. Students have thrice chosen him as Outstanding Professor of the Year.

Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews

  • Robert Aronson & Jacqueline McMurtrie, The Use and Misuse of High-Tech Evidence by Prosecutors: Ethical and Evidentiary Issues, 76 Fordham. L. Rev. 1453-92 (2007).
  • Robert H. Aronson, The Mental Health Provider Privilege in the Wake of Jaffe v. Redmond, 54 Okla. L. Rev. 591-612 (2001).
  • Robert H. Aronson, Lonnie Rosenwald & Gerald M. Rosen, Attorney-Client Confidentiality and the Assessment of Claimants Who Allege Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, 76 Wash. L. Rev. 313-47 (2001).
  • Robert H. Aronson, What About the Children? Are Family Lawyers the Same (Ethically) As Criminal Lawyers? A Morality Play, 1 J. Inst. for Study Legal Ethics 141-53 (1996).
  • Robert H. Aronson, The Bounds of Advocacy, 9 J. Am. Acad. Matrim. Law. 41-59 (1992).
  • Robert H. Aronson, An Overview of the Law of Professional Responsibility: The Rules of Professional Conduct Annotated and Analyzed, 61 Wash. L. Rev. 823-901 (1986).
  • Robert H. Aronson, The Federal Rules of Evidence: A Model for Improved Evidentiary Decisionmaking in Washington, 54 Wash. L. Rev. 31-64 (1978), reprinted in Ronald L. Carlson, Edward J. Imwinkelried & Edward J. Kionka, Materials for the Study of Evidence 23-27 (Michie 1983); Ronald L. Carlson, Edward J. Imwinkelried & Edward J. Kionka, Materials for the Study of Evidence 28-31 (2d ed. Michie 1986); and Ronald L. Carlson, Edward J. Imwinkelried & Edward J. Kionka, Evidence in the Nineties: Cases, Materials, and Problems for an Age of Science and Statutes 28-31 (3d ed. Michie 1991).
  • Robert H. Aronson, Conflict of Interest, 52 Wash. L. Rev. 807-59 (1977).
  • Robert H. Aronson, Professional Responsibility: Education and Enforcement, 51 Wash. L. Rev. 273-320 (1976).
  • Robert H. Aronson, New Dimensions in Legal Ethics: Role Playing in Teaching Professional Ethics, Learning & L., Fall 1975, at 50-54.
  • Robert H. Aronson, Should the Privilege Against Self-Incrimination Apply to Compelled Psychiatric Examinations?, 26 Stan. L. Rev. 55-93 (1973).
  • Robert H. Aronson, Disqualification of Judges for Bias and Prejudice--A New Approach, 1972 Utah L. Rev. 448-64 (1972).

Books or Treatises

  • Robert H. Aronson & Maureen A. Howard, The Law of Evidence in Washington (5th ed. Matthew Bender Feb. 2017 supp.).
  • Robert H. Aronson , The Law of Evidence in Washington (4th ed. LexisNexis 2003 & Dec. 2012 supp.) 1 vol.
  • Tom Andrews, Rob Aronson, Mark Fucile & Art Lachman, The Law of Lawyering in Washington (Washington State Bar Association 2012). 1 vol.
  • James R. Devine, William B. Fisch, Stephen D. Easton & Robert H. Aronson, Problems, Cases and Materials in Professional Responsibility (3d ed. West 2004) (American Casebook Series). 538 pages.
  • Robert H. Aronson, The Law of Evidence in Washington (4th ed. LexisNexis 2003 & annual supps.). 1 vol.
  • Robert H. Aronson, The Law of Evidence in Washington (3d ed. Lexis 1998 & annual supps.). 1 vol.
  • Robert H. Aronson, James R. Devine & William B. Fisch, Teacher's Manual to Accompany Problems, Cases and Materials in Professional Responsibility (2d ed. West 1995). 315 pages.
  • Robert H. Aronson, James B. Devine & William B. Fisch, Problems, Cases and Materials on Professional Responsibility (2d ed. West 1995) (American Casebook Series). 525 pages.
  • Robert Aronson, The Law of Evidence in Washington (2d ed. Butterworth 1993 & annual supps.). 1 vol.
  • Robert H. Aronson & Donald T. Weckstein, Professional Responsibility in a Nutshell (2d ed. West 1991). 514 pages.
  • Robert H. Aronson, Myron H. Bright & Ronald L. Carlson, Washington Objections at Trial (Butterworth 1991). 191 pages.
  • Robert H. Aronson, The Law of Evidence in Washington (Butterworth 1987 & annual supps.). 1 vol.
  • Robert H. Aronson, James R. Devine & William B. Fisch, Problems, Cases, and Materials on Professional Responsibility (West 1985) (American Casebook Series). 745 pages.
  • Robert H. Aronson, Attorney-Client Arrangements: Regulation and Review (Federal Judicial Center 1980). 162 pages.
  • Robert H. Aronson & Donald T. Weckstein, Professional Responsibility in a Nutshell (West 1980). 399 pages.
  • Rules of Evidence for the State of Washington Effective April 2, 1979 (Robert H. Aronson ed., 1979). 1 vol.
  • Robert H. Aronson, Problems in Professional Responsibility (West 1978) (American Casebook Series). 280 pages.

Book Chapters

  • Robert H. Aronson, Fees, Attorney, in Oxford Companion to American Law 303-05 (Kermit L. Hall ed., Oxford University Press 2002).
  • Robert Aronson & M. Honeywell, "Professional Responsibility and Professionalism in Civil Litigation", in Civil Procedure Deskbook (Wa. St. Bar Assn. 1992).
  • Robert H. Aronson, Ethics in Arbitration and Mediation, in Alternative Dispute Resolution Deskbook: Arbitration and Mediation in Washington 12-1 to -23 (Washington State Bar Association 1989).
  • Robert H. Aronson, Professional Responsibility in the Adversary System and Pretrial Preparation, in Washington Civil Procedure Before Trial Deskbook 0-1 to -18 (Washington State Bar Association 1986 & 1991 supp.).
  • Robert Aronson, (drafted two sections) for Appellate Practice Handbook (Wa. St. Bar Assn. 1979).
  • Robert H. Aronson, Conflict of Interest Problems of the Private Practitioner, in Professional Responsibility: A Guide for Attorneys 91-121 (American Bar Association 1978).
  • Robert H. Aronson, Toward a Rational Resolution of Ethical Dilemmas in the Criminal Justice System, in Criminal Justice Planning and Development 57-69 (Alvin W. Cohn ed., Sage 1977).

Book Reviews

  • Robert Aronson, The Bounds of Advocacy: Goals for Family Lawyers, Amer. Acad. Matrimonial Law (2001).

Professional Publications

  • Robert Aronson, Professor Robert Aronson on State v. Dixon, LexisNexis Emerging Issues, Nov. 29, 2007, available at 2008 Emerging Issues 1202.
  • Robert Aronson, Professor Robert Aronson on State v. Foxhoven, LexisNexis Emerging Issues, Dec. 5, 2007, available at 2008 Emerging Issues 1366.
  • Robert Aronson, BAR/BRI (Washington) Bar Review Outline: Evidence (2004-2008).
  • Robert Aronson & Alan Kirtley, Ethics in Arbitration and Mediation, in Washington Alternate Dispute Resolution Deskbook 2d Ed. (Wash. St. Bar Assn. 1998 Supp.).
  • Robert Aronson, Professor Robert Aronson on State v. Mason, LexisNexis Emerging Issues, Nov. 30, 2007, available at 2008 Emerging Issues 1249.
  • Robert Aronson, A Jury of One’s Peers, in Prologue: A Publication of the Seattle Repertory Theatre (Oct. 1995).
  • Robert Aronson, Ethics in Arbitration and Mediation, in Washington Dispute Resolution Deskbook 2d Ed. (Wa. St. Bar Assn. 1995).
  • Robert H. Aronson. Ethics in Arbitration and Mediation, in Alternate Dispute Resolution Deskbook: Arbitration and Mediation in Washington (Wash. St. Bar Assn. 1989).
  • Robert Aronson, BarPassers (California) Bar Review Outlines: Evidence and Professional Responsibility (1987).
  • Robert Aronson, Waiving the Doctor-Patient Privilege, Seattle-King County Bar News (Jan. 1987).
  • Robert Aronson, Entity Representation, in Lawyers' Liability Review (June, 1986).
  • Robert Aronson, BAR/BRI (Washington) Bar Review Outlines: Evidence and Professional Responsibility (1986 & 1989).

Other Publications

  • LexisNexis Expert Commentary: BAR/BRI (Washington) Bar Review Outline: Evidence (2004-2007)
  • Speaker, "Evidence", BarBri (February 1, 2011)

  • Speaker, "Evidence", BarBri (June 15, 2010)

  • Moderator, "Trial Lawyers in Trouble", National Conference on Professional Responsibility, American Bar Association (June 3, 2010)

  • Speaker, "Legal Education", Ninth Circuit Judicial Confernce, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (April 30, 2010)

  • "Winning at All Costs: Ethics & Integrity in Law, Sports & Film", Betts, Patterson & Mines Professorship Installation, University of Washington School of Law (April 11, 2008)

  • "Evidence Lectures", BarBri (February 1, 2008)

  • "Physicians Ins. Exchange v. Fisons Corp.and Related Cases", High Profile Cases, Washington State Bar Association (October 16, 2007)

  • "The Law of Evidence", University of Washington School of Law, Immigration Clinic (April 19, 2007)

  • "The Use of the "Clickers" in the Classroom", with Karen Boxx and Sylvia Kang'ara, Faculty Colloquium, University of Washington School of Law (January 17, 2007)

  • "Evidence", BAR/BRI (January 1, 2007)

  • "High Tech Evidence and Ethics Issues for Judges", Annual Meeting, National Association of Women Judges and National Association of Administrative Law Judges (September 6, 2006)

  • "Legal Ethics: Professional Responsibility and the Healthcare Attorney", Hospital and Health Law Seminar, Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys (April 28, 2006)

  • Panelist, "Professional Responsibility", Technology, Values & the Justice System Symposium & Conference, University of Washington School of Law (January 16, 2004)

  • "Admissibility of Insurance Coverage", Washington State Bar Association (January 2, 2002)

  • "Ethical Issues Relating to Comments by and about Judges in Major Cases", Annual Conference, Washington/9th Circuit Bench-Bar-Press (January 2, 2002)