David J.S. Ziff

  • Associate Teaching Professor


Phone: (206) 543-2458
Email: dziff@uw.edu


J.D. 2005, Columbia University School of Law, New York, NY, A.B. [Mathematics] & A.B. [Economics] 2000, Brown University

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Legal Research and Writing

Recent Courses

LAW A 506 Legal Analysis, Research and Writing

Professor David Ziff is a Lecturer at the Law School. He teaches in the first-year Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing program.

Professor Ziff earned a B.A. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Economics from Brown University. He earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Kent Scholar, a Stone Scholar, and the Executive Managing Editor of the Columbia Law Review. After law school, Professor Ziff clerked for Judge Gerard E. Lynch of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and Chief Judge Dennis Jacobs of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Before joining the faculty, Professor Ziff worked as an associate at McNaul Ebel Nawrot & Helgren PLLC in Seattle and, before that, at Brune & Richard LLP in New York. Professor Ziff's practice included a variety of criminal and civil matters in both federal and state court.

Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews

Book Reviews

Professional Publications

  • Speaker, "Is The Bluebook a Moral Document?", Columbia Law Review (February 12, 2024)
  • Speaker, "Slavery, Citation, and The Bluebook", Western Regional Legal Writing Conference, University of San Francisco School of Law (August 26, 2023)
  • Moderator, "Personal Identity in Public Interest Law: How Me Becomes We", Interview with Justice G. Helen Whitener, University of Washington School of Law (Remote via Zoom) (April 8, 2022)
  • Speaker, "Improving Rule of Law Nationally and Locally", William L. Dwyer Inn of Court, University of Washington School of Law (Remote via Zoom) (February 8, 2022)
  • Speaker, "Editing as Teaching", The Washington Appellate Judicial Conference (Presented remotely via Zoom), (March 24, 2020)
  • Speaker, "Legal Writing Workshop II", with Destinee Evers, CLE Program, Washington State Bar Association (February 27, 2020)
  • Speaker, Best of Legal Writing and Technology, Washington State Bar Association (September 25, 2019)
  • Speaker, "Energizing Your Writing IV: The Medley", with Prof. Mimi Samuel, American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (September 9, 2019)
  • Speaker, "Creating Student Leaders", Biennial Conference, Association of Legal Writing Directors (May 31, 2019)
  • Speaker, Legal Writing Workshop, Washington State Bar Association (March 13, 2019)
  • Speaker, "Reading Like a Lawyer & Class Simulation", Foundations for Legal Study, University of Washington School of Law (September 18, 2018)
  • Moderator, "A Conversation with the LWI Discipline-Building Working Group", Biennial Conference, Legal Writing Institute (July 14, 2018)
  • Speaker, "Energizing Your Writing III: The Big Picture", with Prof. Mimi Samuel, American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (July 10, 2018)
  • Speaker, "Theory, Theme, and Narrative", Beyond the Law: Persuading Appellate Judges that Your Client Deserves to Win, Washington State Office of Public Defense (June 28, 2018)
  • Speaker, Writing Workshop, FOCAL, PLLC (August 22, 2017)