Benjamin S. Halasz

  • Associate Teaching Professor


Phone: (206) 543-4947


J.D. cum laude, 2002, Harvard Law School B.A. magna cum laude, 1999, Dartmouth College

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Legal Philosophy and Theory — Legal Research and Writing

Recent Courses

LAW A 501 Contracts
LAW A 506 Legal Analysis, Research and Writing
LAW A 597 Intensive Legal Writing Workshop
LAW B 507 Federal Courts And The Federal System
LAW E 508 Persuasive Writing

Professor Ben Halasz is an Associate Teaching Professor. He has taught the first-year classes Contracts and Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing, and the upper-level classes Persuasive Writing, the Intensive Legal Writing Workshop, and Sales.

Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Halasz practiced law in a variety of criminal and civil settings. From 2012 to 2015, Professor Halasz practiced at Foster Pepper in Seattle, concentrating on commercial litigation and antitrust law. Before that, he acted as a deputy prosecuting attorney for King County; an associate at WilmerHale and then Ropes & Gray in Boston; and an assistant district attorney in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He also clerked for Judge Jerome Farris of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and Judges Patti Saris and Richard Stearns of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Ben is a 2002 graduate of Harvard Law School, where he graduated cum laude. He earned his undergraduate degree magna cum laude at Dartmouth College.

  • Speaker, "Playing with a Purpose: Tips for Integrating New Games into the Classroom", Western Regional Legal Writing Conference, University of San Francisco School of Law (August 26, 2023)
  • Speaker, "Tips for Writing Persuasive Facts", CLE Presentation, Snohomish Defenders’ Associa (September 22, 2022)
  • Speaker, "Strategies for Preparing, Arguing, and Winning Your Appeal", Second Friday CLE in Alaska, University of Washington School of Law (February 10, 2017)
  • Panelist, "Experiential Learning: Help or Hindrance to Innovation in the Upper-Level Writing Curriculum?", 111th Annual Meeting, Association of American Law Schools (January 5, 2017)