Lisa Manheim

  • Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development
  • Associate Professor of Law


Phone: (206) 685-2546


B.A. 2002, Yale J.D. 2005, Yale

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Civil Litigation and Procedure — Constitutional Law — Election Law — Federal Courts — Legislation — U.S. Supreme Court

Recent Courses

LAW A 500 Introduction to Perspectives on the Law
LAW A 507 Constitutional Law I: Constitutional Structures of Government
LAW B 507 Federal Courts And The Federal System
LAW B 572 Election Law
LAW E 555 Legislation

Professor Lisa Manheim writes in the areas of constitutional law, election law, and presidential powers. Her scholarship has been published in the Iowa Law Review, the Boston University Law Review, and other leading academic journals. These works explore questions of federalism and institutionalism in the context of the judiciary, with a particular focus on procedure and the mechanics of adjudication. Professor Manheim's courses include Constitutional Law, Election Law, Legislation, and Federal Courts. She is a two-time recipient of the Philip A. Trautman Professor of the Year Award given by the student body.

Professor Manheim earned her B.A., summa cum laude, from Yale College and her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served as Managing Editor of the Yale Law Journal and editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation. After graduating from law school, Professor Manheim clerked for Judge Pierre N. Leval of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the United States Supreme Court. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Washington, Professor Manheim worked as an associate at Perkins Coie LLP, where she specialized in appellate practice, commercial litigation, and political law.

Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews

Books or Treatises

Book Chapters

Book Reviews

News Media

  • Speaker, with Kathryn Watts, The Limits of Presidential Power, (February 1, 2018)

  • Speaker, "Framework of Presidential Power: Constitutional and Election Law", Presidential Power and the Law, Women's University Club of Seattle (November 1, 2017)

  • Speaker, Civil Liberties: Today and Beyond CLE, King County Bar Association (April 28, 2017)

  • Panelist, "American Crown: The History and Growth of Presidential Power", Think & Drink Series, Humanities Washington (March 28, 2017)

  • Panelist, Balancing Act: How the Federal and State Constitutions Protect Freedom and Justice, Central Washington University (February 15, 2017)

  • Moderator and panelist, "Constitutional and Election Law", Presidential Power in 2017, University of Washington School of Law and Town Hall (February 1, 2017)

  • Speaker, "Judging Congressional Elections", Second Annual Civil Procedure Workshop, University of Washington School of Law (July 14, 2016)

  • Panelist, "Disputed Elections in American History", 2016 Policy History Conference, (June 1, 2016)

  • Speaker, "Judging Congressional Elections", Casting Votes, Counting Votes for Election 2016: Democracy and Law in Action, University of Wisconsin Law School (April 2, 2016)

  • Participant, University of Washington Trans-Pacific Comparative Public Law Roundtable, (December 5, 2015)

  • Speaker, "Constitutional Amendment Study", League of Women Voters (November 9, 2015)

  • Speaker, "The Roberts Court at Ten", Annual Meeting, Law and Society Association (May 29, 2015)

  • Speaker, "The Future of Political Gerrymandering", Combatting Threats to Voter Freedom, King County Bar Association (April 10, 2015)

  • Speaker, "Judging Congressional Elections", Northwest Junior Faculty Forum, (March 27, 2015)

  • Speaker, "Destroying Statutes Through Severability", Seattle Junior Faculty Exchange, (March 23, 2015)