UW Law welcomes new faculty for Legal Analysis, Research, Writing

UW Law is pleased to announce two new faculty teaching in the Legal Analysis, Research and Writing program: Jaclyn Celebrezze and Amanda Stephen.

UW Law’s legal analysis, research and writing program gives students the skills necessary to perform that analysis and communication across numerous contexts. From short time-sensitive emails to lengthy persuasive briefs, UW Law's curriculum provides numerous opportunities for students to master the real-world work of being a lawyer. Learn more about the program.

Celebrezze joins UW Law from Case Western Reserve University where she developed and implemented the legal writing curriculum for the international LL.M. program. She taught and advised international students in substantive and skills-based courses. She administered academic support workshops during orientation and summer institute.

 Jaclyn Celebrezze

She served on the Case Western Reserve University Postdoctoral Association Committee on Visas and Immigration and was awarded the school’s LL.M. Teacher of the Year in 2020– 2021 and 2021-2022.

“I enjoy teaching legal writing to incoming students because it’s akin to teaching a new language: fluency is developed through practice,” she said. “It’s incredibly rewarding to watch student progress as practice creates comfort and comfort creates confidence. I look forward to helping students develop their own legal voice and style as we explore various genres of legal writing together.”

Celebrezze earned her bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and her J.D. from the Ohio State University College of Law. She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is licensed in Ohio and Washington. She was named among the 2018 Ohio Rising Stars by Thomson Reuters.

As a solo practitioner, Celebrezze counseled corporations on immigration law, policy and best practice procedures. She served as a subject-matter expert on employment immigration, I-9 auditing and compliance, and Mergers and Acquisitions immigration considerations.

She also drafted and submitted extensive and detailed non-immigrant and immigrant petitions to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and presented detailed labor certification applications to the U.S. Department of Labor. She represented clients on immigration matters at administrative hearings and prepared permanent residence and U.S. citizenship applications to USCIS.

 “When I met with the LARW team at UW, I was struck by their dedication to making legal writing accessible and innovative — I’m looking forward to collaborating on problems and workshops,” Celebrezze said.

Stephen is an attorney and Certified Public Accountant. She joins UW Law from Seattle University School of Law where she taught Legal Writing, Skills and Values, a first-year, two-semester class in which students produced a series of legal memoranda and learned legal research and writing skills. The class also introduced students to client interviewing, client counseling and negotiation.

Amanda Stephen

While at Seattle University School of Law, Stephen advised students on academic action plans in the Academic Success Program and presented a lecture entitled “LWSV Through an Antiracist Lens” for the 2021 Legal Writing, Skills and Values faculty training.

“I am always inspired by the fresh perspective that the first-year students bring to the classroom, the law school and our lawyering community,” she said. “They come to law school for all kinds of different reasons, bringing all kinds of unique skills to our profession and it is truly an honor to be one of the people who gets to shape their path in the law and help them envision how they might use their talents to make a difference in the future.”

Stephen earned her bachelor’s degree, master of professional accounting degree and J.D. from the University of Washington.

“I am most excited to return to and contribute to the UW Law community,” Stephen said. “I loved being a law student here and am really looking forward to reconnecting with my old professors, new colleagues, fellow alumni and, of course, the students. For me, UW Law was an inspiring and formative educational experience, and I am looking forward to contributing to that tradition for the incoming class.”

In addition to her teaching experience, Stephen clerked for several judges on the Washington State Court of Appeals at Division I and owned her law firm, which provided legal research, writing, editing and document review services to practicing attorneys in state, federal, trial and appellate matters. She successfully represented a client appealing the termination of her daughter’s post-secondary support before the Washington State Court of Appeals.

She was a senior auditor for Assurance and Advisory Business Services at Ernst & Young in Seattle before law school. She also taught at City University of Seattle in the Master of Professional Accounting program, which is designed to prepare students for accounting certifications, such as the Uniform CPA Exam.