Sandra Simpson, J.D.

Associate Professor of Legal Research and Writing

Sandra Simpson joined the law faculty as an Assistant Professor of Legal Research and Writing in August 2007 and was promoted to Associate Professor in August of 2012. Simpson was promoted to Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in June of 2013. Prior...

Sandra Simpson

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

M.I.T., Whitworth College

J.D., University of Iowa

B.A., University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh

Courses Taught

Legal Research & Writing

Real Estate Transactions


Sandra Simpson joined the law faculty as an Assistant Professor of Legal Research and Writing in August 2007 and was promoted to Associate Professor in August of 2012. Simpson was promoted to Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in June of 2013. Prior to joining the law faculty at Gonzaga Law School, she spent three years teaching at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. Before entering the teaching field, Simpson spent two years in general practice in Iowa City, Iowa, and five years as an employment defense litigator for Workland and Witherspoon, P.L.L.C., in Spokane, Washington.

In addition to teaching, Simpson is actively pursuing her passion and commitment to respecting all human life from conception to natural death. To this end, she has published articles in the area of the death penalty and protecting caregivers in the workplace. As a co-director for the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, Simpson also researches, publishes, and speaks in the area of assessment and teaching pedagogy.

The Elusive Quest for Equality: Women, Work, and the Next Wave of Humanism, Gonzaga Law Review, Volume 48, No. 2, 2012/13

Everyone Else is Doing It, Why Can’t We? A New Look at the Use of Statistical Data in Death Penalty Cases, Iowa Journal of Gender, Race, & Justice, 2008

Riding the Carousel: Making Assessment a Learning Loop Through the Continuous Use of Grading Rubrics, 2011 Canadian Legal Education Annual Review. (Peer-edited journal).