"Innovation is so rare in legal writing that it will draw attention immediately. Can you become the architect of unique documents that change the law, recreate the concept of transactions, or solve unusual disputes? Can you defy the habits of those around you?"

Academic Appointments

Georgetown University Law Center

Professor of Law, Emerita
Director of Legal Research and Writing

  • 2013  AALS Section Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Legal Writing
  • 1996 Tenured as Professor of Law
  • Frank Flegal Outstanding Teaching Award
  • 1994 Promoted to Professor of Law
  • 1989 Promoted to Associate Professor of Law, Director of Legal Research and Writing
  • 1986 Instructor, Legal Research and Writing
William S. Richardson School of Law
University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

Professor of Law (ret.)
Director of Legal Research and Writing

  • 2008 Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2007 Students’ Choice Award
  • 2007 Outstanding Professor of the Year Award
  • 2007 Tenured as Professor of Law


J.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

First place, Nathan Burkan Memorial Copyright Writing Competition
Wisconsin Alumni Association Awards
Dean’s List

B.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

Music Educator’s Honor Society

B.A., Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts

Durant Scholar
Music Department Award

Consulting & Private Practice

Selected Client Roster:
Government Agencies & Law Offices

Arnold & Porter LLC
Board of Immigration Appeals
Board of Veterans’ Appeals
Central Intelligence Agency
Cleary Gottlieb LLP
Covington & Burling
Crowell & Moring LLP
Department of Justice
Department of Homeland Security
Dickstein Shapiro LLP
District Court of Guam
Environmental Protection Agency
Fannie Mae General Counsel
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Federal Drug Agency
Federal Election Commission
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Federal Labor Relations Authority
Gilbert LLP
Grippo & Elden LLC
Hogan & Hartson LLP
International Monetary Fund
Jones Day
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Lahive & Cockfield LLP
McDermott Will & Emery
McKenna Law Firm LLC
Miller & Chevalier
Missouri Courts
National Labor Relations Board
Nebraska Supreme Court
Office of the Inspector General
Office of Personnel Management
Powell Goldstein LLP
Shaw Pittman
Sidley Austin LLP
Transportation Security Administration
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
The World Bank