Hugh Spitzer

  • Professor of Law

Contact

Phone: (206) 685-1635
Email: spith@uw.edu

Hugh Spitzer

Education

B.A. 1970, Yale University Cum Laude, with Special Honors J.D. 1974, University of Washington LL.M. 1982, University of California, Berkeley

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Comparative Law — Constitutional Law — Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility — Legal Philosophy and Theory — Legislative Process — Local Government and Municipal Law — Washington State Constitutional Law

Recent Courses

LAW A 500 Introduction to Perspectives on the Law
LAW A 508 Transnational Law
LAW A 563 Local Government Law
LAW A 581 Washington Constitutional Law
LAW B 510 Problems In Professional Responsibility
LAW B 597 Journal Seminar

Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews


Books or Treatises

  • Robert F. Utter & Hugh D. Spitzer, The Washington State Constitution (2d ed. Oxford University Press 2013). 309 pages.

Book Chapters


Book Reviews

  • Hugh D. Spitzer, American Federalism: Punching Holes in the Myth, 84 Wash. L. Rev. 717-21 (2009) (reviewing John D. Nugent, Safeguarding Federalism: How States Protect Their Interests in National Policymaking (2009)).
  • Hugh D. Spitzer, Book Review, 40 Publius 563-65 (2010) (reviewing Robert A. Schapiro, Polyphonic Federalism: Toward the Protection of Fundamental Rights (2009)).
  • Hugh D. Spitzer & Charles W. Johnson, Theme and Variations, 21 Seattle U. L. Rev. 997-1001 (1998) (reviewing Robert F. Williams, State Constitutional Law: Cases and Materials (2d ed. 1993)).
  • Hugh D. Spitzer, Book Review, 18 Urban Law. 284-86 (1986) (reviewing Daniel Jack Chasan, The Fall of the House of WPPSS (1985)).

Professional Publications


News Media


Other Publications


  • Panelist, "Status of Washington State Constitution's Religious Freedom Provision in Light of Federal Law Developments", Second Annual Law and Religion Symposium, University of Washington School of Law (May 17, 2019)
  • Speaker, "Before A.I. – The Evolution of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties for Artificial Entities", Spring Judicial Education Program, Washington State Appellate Judges (March 26, 2019)
  • Speaker, "Mandatory Malpractice Insurance Task Force: Overview of Tentative Recommendations", Law of Lawyering CLE, Washington State Bar Association (December 14, 2018)
  • Speaker, "History & Application of Washington’s 18th Amendment", Interim Transportation Briefing, Washington Highway Users Federation (December 12, 2018)
  • Speaker, "History and Role of Counties in Washington", Washington State Association of Counties (December 12, 2018)
  • Speaker, "Lawyers in Non-Lawyer Roles (When Can a Lawyer Not Be a Lawyer?)", Continuing Legal Education, Thurston County Bar Association (December 4, 2018)
  • Panelist, "Eminent Domain, Community Renewal & Kelo", with Joel Ard, University of Washington School of Law and Seattle University Law School Federalist Society (November 20, 2018)
  • Speaker, "Inheritance Law in Ancient Rome", Annual Estate Planning Seminar, Washington State Bar Association Estate Planning Section and University of Washington School of Law (November 12, 2018)
  • Speaker, "Ethics in Government Work—How the RPCs Apply to Agency or Legislative Employment (When Can a Lawyer Not be a Lawyer?)", Legislative Staff Academy, (October 10, 2018)
  • Speaker, "History of the Washington State Constitution", Mirabella Retirement Community (July 6, 2018)
  • Speaker, "Trumping Home Rule and Sanctuary Jurisdictions: Constraints on Federal Actions to Induce State and Local Collaboration in National Programs", Annual Conference, International Municipal Lawyers Association (October 16, 2017)
  • Speaker, "Washington State's Constitution: What You Might Not Have Known-And SHOULD!", 24th Annual Washington State Affordable Housing Conference, (October 3, 2017)
  • Speaker, "The U. S. Constitution vis-à-vis the Presidency: Checks and Balances in a "Compound Republic"", Olympia Kiwanis and West Olympia Rotary (May 30, 2017)
  • Speaker, Enforcing Federal Priorities Through Commandeering and Financial Threats (webinar), Washington State Bar Association (May 24, 2017)
  • Discussant, "AALS Discussion Group: Introducing Leadership Development into the Law School Curriculum", 111th Annual Meeting, Association of American Law Schools (January 5, 2017)