David Ziff

  • Director, Legal Writing Program
  • Senior Law Lecturer


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

David Ziff


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 500 Introduction to Perspectives on the Law
LAW A 506 Legal Analysis, Research and Writing
LAW B 597 Journal Seminar
LAW E 508 Persuasive Writing

Selected Papers

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

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

  • David J.S. Ziff, Fourth Amendment Limitations on the Execution of Computer Searches Conducted Pursuant to a Warrant, 105 Colum. L. Rev. 841 (2005).

  • 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, Amercan 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)

  • Speaker, "Energizing Your Writing II: The Re-Energizing", with Prof. Mimi Samuel, American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (June 28, 2017)

  • Speaker, "Presidential Power", with Prof. Lisa Manheim, Seattle Think & Drink, Humanities Washington and KUOW (March 28, 2017)

  • Speaker, "Superior Court, Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals: A Conversation with Judge Morgan Christen", Second Friday CLE in Alaska, University of Washington School of Law (October 14, 2016)

  • Speaker, "Technology & Access to Justice in Washington", with Judge Beth Andrus, Three Inns Meeting, Seattle University School of Law, William L. Dwyer Inn of Court (October 5, 2016)

  • Speaker, "Energizing Your Writing", with Prof. Mimi Samuel, American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (June 29, 2016)

  • Speaker, "Judging Statutes: A Conversation with Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann", University of Washington School of Law (April 18, 2016)

  • Moderator, "The Supreme Court in the Shadow of the 2016 Election", Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Washington (December 9, 2015)

  • Speaker, "Legal Writing for Tax LLM Students", University of Washington School of Law (November 17, 2015)

  • Speaker, "Introduction to Civil Litigation", Foundations for Legal Study, University of Washington School of Law (September 16, 2015)

  • Speaker, "The Language of the Law: Reading Like a Lawyer", Foundations for Legal Study, University of Washington School of Law (September 16, 2015)

  • Speaker, "Let's Talk about Sexism in the Legal Profession", William L. Dwyer Inn of Court, Seattle University School of Law (September 8, 2015)