Amy J. Griffin

Legal Writing Professor

401 UCB
2450 Kittredge Loop Road
Wolf Law Building Room
Boulder, CO  80309
Office: 432
Phone: (303) 735-0525
E-mail: Amy.Griffin@Colorado.EDU

Curriculum Vitae:  View (PDF format)

Educational Background:
J.D.   Berkeley Law, University of California   1993  
B.A.   Boston College   1990   summa cum laude

Professor Griffin joined the Colorado Law faculty in 2012 in an innovative new position designed to provide more legal writing support for Colorado Law's students. In addition to teaching an advanced legal writing course, Professor Griffin works individually with students to continue the development of their legal writing skills, including work on law journal notes, seminar papers, externship assignments, and writing assignments in both doctrinal classes and clinics. Professor Griffin also provides academic support for students. She oversees the law school's teaching fellows program, created a new Legal Analysis course for first-year students, and developed a series of academic success workshops for students in their first semester of law school. In two successive years Colorado Law students chose Professor Griffin as the recipient of the Outstanding New Faculty Award (2013-14 and 2014-15).

Professor Griffin is an Associate Editor of Legal Communication & Rhetoric: JALWD.

Published Books

Griffin (with Pierre Schlag), How to Do Things with Legal Doctrine, (University of Chicago Press, 2020).


Problems with Authority, 97 St. John's L. Rev. (forthcoming 2023).
Treatise Tactics, 100 Denver L. Rev. (forthcoming 2023).
If Rules They Can Be Called, 19 Legal Comm. & Rhetoric (forthcoming 2022).
Dethroning the Hierarchy of Authority, 97 Oregon Law Review. 51 (2018).


Spring 2022 Legal Analysis LAWS 5064-801
Spring 2021 Legal Analysis LAWS 5064-801
Fall 2020 Legal Writing I LAWS 5226-801
Spring 2020 Legal Analysis LAWS 5064-801
Fall 2019 Legal Writing I LAWS 5226-801
Spring 2019 Legal Analysis LAWS 5064-801
Fall 2018 Advanced Legal Writing LAWS 6226-801
Spring 2018 Legal Analysis LAWS 5064-800
Spring 2018 Applied Evidence LAWS 6383-001
Fall 2017 Legal Writing I LAWS 5226-802
Spring 2017 Legal Analysis LAWS 5064-800
Spring 2017 Advanced Legal Writing LAWS 6226-802
Fall 2016 Advanced Legal Writing LAWS 6226-001
Spring 2016 Advanced Legal Writing LAWS 6226-803
Spring 2015 Legal Analysis LAWS 5064-800
Fall 2014 Civil Procedure LAWS 5303-803
Fall 2014 Advanced Legal Research and Writing for Practice LAWS 6896-001