Mary Hotchkiss

  • Associate Dean for Academic Administration
  • Teaching Professor


Phone: (206) 616-9333


B.A 1975, Duke University M.S.L.S. 1978, Catholic University J.D. 1983, LL.M. 1985, George Washington University

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Labor and Employment Law — Legal Research and Writing

Recent Courses

LAW A 562 Employment Law
LAW A 597 Intensive Legal Writing Workshop
LAW A 599 Legal Research Methods
LAW B 533 Interviewing And Counseling For Lawyers
LAW B 550 American Legal System and Method
LAW B 597 Journal Seminar

Selected Publications

See the full list under the Publications tab below.

Professor Mary Hotchkiss is a Teaching Professor at the UW School of Law where she teaches upper level electives that focus on developing legal research and writing skills. She also holds an adjunct appointment at the UW Information School where she teaches information policy.

Professor Hotchkiss began teaching at UW in 1991 and joined the full-time faculty in 1999. She served as Academic Dean from 2002-05; Director of Academic Advising from 2005-09; and as Associate Dean for Students from 2009-16 and 2018-19. She continues to serve as an academic advisor.

She earned a B.A. in History from Duke University, a M.S.L.S. from The Catholic University of America, and a J.D. and LL.M. from The George Washington University Law School. She is admitted to the Maryland bar. Professor Hotchkiss worked at a Maryland law firm specializing in tax and estate planning. She served as a law librarian at the White House and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. She served as the editor-in-chief of Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing from 2000-12. Originally from Washington, D.C., she now calls Seattle home.

Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews

Books or Treatises

  • Julie Heintz-Cho, Tom Cobb & Mary A. Hotchkiss, Washington Legal Research (2d ed. Carolina Academic Press 2009). 230 pages.
  • Best of Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing, Volumes 1-9, (1992-2001) (Mary A. Hotchkiss ed., West Group 2001).

Book Chapters

  • Mary Hotchkiss, Federal Income Taxation, in Specialized Legal Research 3-1 to -367 (Penny A. Hazelton ed., 2014 ed. & Supp. 2017).
  • Mary A. Hotchkiss & Mary Whisner, Communicating Research Results Through Writing, in Steven M. Barkan et al., Fundamentals of Legal Research 21-31 (9th ed. 2009).
  • Mary A. Hotchkiss & Mary Whisner, Communicating Research Results Through Writing, in Steven M. Barkan et al., Legal Research Illustrated 21-31 (2009).
  • Mary A. Hotchkiss, Federal Income Taxation, in Specialized Legal Research 3-1 to -91 (Penny A. Hazelton ed., Aspen Publishers 2008).

Professional Publications

  • Panelist, "Paths to Success: Recruiting the Next Generation of Law Librarians", American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting (online) (July 22, 2020)
  • Speaker, "Free Expression & the First Amendment", UW Information School (IMT 550, online) (May 14, 2020)
  • Speaker, "Citation Workshop: Foreign and International Materials", UW School of Law (January 10, 2020)
  • Speaker, "Work Visas and International Employment Issues", UW School of Law (March 12, 2019)
  • Speaker, "Why Law School Matters", University of Colorado Pre-Law Admissions Fair (October 22, 2018)
  • Speaker, "Access to Justice in the University: Title IX & the Student Conduct Code", William Dwyer Inn of Court (April 11, 2017)
  • Speaker, "Public Records: Requests and Research", UW Information School (October 27, 2016)
  • Speaker, "Free Speech & Social Media", Public Lecture, UW Information School (April 21, 2015)
  • Speaker, "Legal Research Tutorial for Deans and Scholars from Afghanistan", UW School of Law (July 28, 2014)
  • Speaker, "Legal Research Curriculum Review", University of Notre Dame Law School (June 15, 2014)
  • Speaker, "Freedom of Information as a Fundamental Human Right", UW Information School (May 9, 2013)
  • Speaker, "Preparing for Washington’s Move to the Uniform Bar Exam in July 2013", UW School of Law (November 9, 2012)
  • Speaker, "Academic Success: What to Expect in Graduate and Professional School", UW Business School Institute (July 20, 2011)
  • Speaker, "Social Media and its Impact on Employment Law", William Dwyer Inn of Court (April 12, 2011)
  • Speaker, "Navigating the World of Forensic Journals & Forensic Information", American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting (February 23, 2010)