Judy Stinson

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Clinical Professor of Law

Judy Stinson’s research and teaching focuses on Legal Method and Writing, Appellate Advocacy, and Sexual Orientation and the Law.  Professor Stinson published the advanced text, The Tao of Legal Writing, and several articles. She also co-authored Examples & Explanations:  Legal Writing. She has given numerous presentations in the legal-writing arena in addition to speaking about legal education more generally and issues related to same-sex relationships.

Professor Stinson practiced law for six years before beginning her teaching career at the University of Illinois in the Legal Research and Writing Program and the Law Minority Access Program. She also served as assistant dean at Illinois. In 1997, she joined the College of Law, where she has served as director of the Legal Writing and Academic Success programs.

Professor Stinson is the recipient of the 2013 Thomas F. Blackwell Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Legal Writing, a prestigious honor given annually by the Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute. She is a past-president of the Association of Legal Writing Directors and a member of the Legal Writing Institute, and she is active in State Bar of Arizona committees.

Selected Works

Examples & Explanations: Legal Writing (with Terrill Pollman & Elizabeth Pollman, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2nd ed., 2014).

The Right to (Same-Sex) Divorce, 62 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 447 (2012).

Why Dicta Becomes Holding and Why it Matters, 76 Brook. L. Rev. 219 (2010).



Assistant: Rebecca Hutchison

Curriculum Vitae

B.S., University of Arizona

J.D., University of Arizona