Kathryn Watts

  • Jack R. MacDonald Endowed Chair
  • Professor of Law

Contact

Phone: (206) 543-6299
Email: kawatts@u.washington.edu

Kathryn Watts

Education

B.S. 1998, Northwestern University J.D. 2001, Northwestern University School of Law

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Administrative Law — Constitutional Law — Presidential Powers — U.S. Supreme Court

Recent Courses

LAW A 507 Constitutional Law I: Constitutional Structures of Government
LAW A 509 Administrative Law
LAW A 592 Constitutional Law II
LAW E 505 Executive Power & Its Limits

Selected Papers

— See the expanded list below or visit this faculty member's SSRN Author Page for more publications.

Professor Kathryn A. Watts, the Jack R. MacDonald Endowed Chair, writes about presidential control over the regulatory state, interaction between federal courts and agencies, and U.S. Supreme Court decision making. Professor Watts’s research has been published in numerous top legal journals, including the Yale Law Journal, the Harvard Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the NYU Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and the Northwestern University Law Review. Her work has been cited in numerous judicial opinions, including opinions from the Ninth, Tenth and D.C. Circuits. In addition, her research has been recognized with various awards. Her article “Agency Rules with the Force of Law: The Original Convention,” which she co-authored with Thomas Merrill, was honored in 2003 with the ABA’s Scholarship Award in Administrative Law, an annual award given to the best work published in the field in the preceding year. Her article “Visual Rulemaking,” which she coauthored with Elizabeth Porter in 2016, was selected as one of the year’s seven best articles published in the environmental law field and was recognized at the Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review Conference, which is co-sponsored by the Vanderbilt University School of Law and the Environmental Law Institute.

At UW Law, Professor Watts teaches courses in administrative law, presidential power, constitutional law, and Supreme Court decision making. The student body has voted to recognize her teaching with the Philip A. Trautman Professor of the Year Award on three different occasions.

Outside of the law school, Professor Watts is a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States, an independent federal agency dedicated to improving regulatory procedures. She also previously served on the Council of the Administrative and Regulatory Practice Section of the American Bar Association.

Prior to joining the UW Law faculty in 2007, Professor Watts earned her J.D., summa cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law, where she earned the John Paul Stevens Prize for Academic Excellence for graduating first in her class and the Raoul Berger Prize for her senior research paper on the history of general rulemaking grants. She then clerked for Judge A. Raymond Randolph of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court. She also practiced as an associate at Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago and taught at Northwestern University as a Visiting Assistant Professor.

Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews

Books or Treatises

Book Chapters

  • Richard Murphy & Kathryn A. Watts, Judicial Review, in Developments in Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice 2014, at 53-91 (Jeffrey S. Lubbers ed., American Bar Association 2015).
  • Kathryn A. Watts & Richard Murphy, Judicial Review, in Developments in Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice 2012, at 69-115 (Jeffrey S. Lubbers ed., American Bar Association Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, 2013).
  • Kathryn A. Watts & Richard Murphy, Judicial Review, in Developments in Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice 2011, at 49-93 (Jeffrey S. Lubbers ed., American Bar Association Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, 2012).
  • Kathryn A. Watts & Richard Murphy, Judicial Review, in Developments in Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice 2009-2010, at 43-76 (Jeffrey S. Lubbers ed., American Bar Association 2011).
  • Kathryn A. Watts & Richard Murphy, Judicial Review, in Developments in Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice 2008-2009, at 77-111 (Jeffrey S. Lubbers ed., American Bar Association 2010).
  • Kathryn Watts & Richard Murphy, Judicial Review, in Developments in Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice 2007-2008, at 85-111 (Jeffrey S. Lubbers ed., American Bar Association 2009).
  • Kathryn Watts & Richard Murphy, Judicial Review, in Developments in Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice 2006-2007, at 63-92 (Jeffrey S. Lubbers ed., American Bar Association 2008).

News Media

  • Speaker, "Visual Rulemaking", 2017-2018 Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review Conference, Environmental Law Institute (April 6, 2018)

  • Speaker, "Reviewing Executive Orders", Presidential Power Lecture Series, University of Arizona (March 19, 2018)

  • Speaker, "The Limits of Presidential Power", with Lisa Manheim, FOLIO (February 1, 2018)

  • Speaker, "Presidential Power in Administrative Law", Presidential Power and the Law, Women's University Club of Seattle (November 1, 2017)

  • Speaker, "Webinar: Presidential Power and Its Limits", Washington State Bar Association (April 27, 2017)

  • Panelist, "Administrative Law and Presidential Power", Presidential Power in 2017, University of Washington School of Law and Town Hall (February 1, 2017)

  • Speaker, "Controlling Presidential Control", Faculty Colloquium, University of Washington School of Law (January 15, 2015)

  • Speaker, "Developments in Administrative Law, Part 2 (Judicial Review: Scope of Review)", Administrative Law Conference, American Bar Association Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice (October 17, 2014)

  • Speaker, "Rulemaking as Legislating", Public Law Colloquium, Northwestern University School of Law (October 14, 2014)

  • Speaker, "Rulemaking as Legislating", Faculty Workshop, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (April 8, 2014)

  • Speaker, "Judges and Their Papers", John Gedid Lecture, Widener University (April 3, 2014)

  • Panelist, "Annual Developments in Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice", Administrative Law Conference, American Bar Association Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice (November 8, 2013)

  • Senior Commentator, "New Voices in Administrative Law", Annual Meeting, Association of American Law Schools (January 5, 2013)

  • Panelist, "Annual Developments in Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice", 2012 Administrative Law Conference, American Bar Association, Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice (October 26, 2012)

  • Chair, "Roundtable--The Way We Teach: Improving Interdisciplinary Conversations about Teaching Law", Annual Meeting and 2012 International Conference on Law and Society, Law and Society Association (June 7, 2012)