About (who is this guy?)


I’m David Ziff. This is my blog. I started this blog back in March 2012, during the “sabbatical” between leaving my job at McNaul Ebel Nawrot & Helgren PLLC and joining the faculty at the University of Washington School of Law. Back then, I had a lot of time to write about Washington law and court decisions, and that’s what I did. I used to write an analysis of every Washington Court of Appeals and Supreme Court decision as they were released, which kept me pretty busy. These days, my job teaching Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing keeps me pretty busy, which means I’ve had to stop doing those daily write-ups.

I’m still writing on issues with a Washington focus, but I’m also writing about more general/national issues that interest me—like statutory interpretation, legal scholarship, sports, constitutional litigation, and the sorts of things you’ll find on any other law-focused blog. My value-add: I’ll try to be a bit more precise and in-the-weeds than the normal policy-focused blog.

Anyway, here’s a little about me: I currently live in Beacon Hill (in Seattle), which is where I’ve lived since July 2009. (The day I moved in was the hottest day in the history of the city. Yikes.) From 2002 to 2009 I was living in New York City, first as a law student (at Columbia Law School from 2002 to 2005), then as a law clerk (for Judge Gerard Lynch of the SDNY and for Chief Judge Dennis Jacobs of the CA2), and then as an associate at Brune & Richard LLP (from 2007 to 2009).  After all that, I decided the NYC life wasn’t for me, so I packed up my Brooklyn apartment and headed West. If you want more boring background information, then here’s my resume and here’s my faculty page.  Enjoy. (And for more on how to cure your hiccups, look here.)

If there are specific topics you would like me to take a crack at, then please feel free to drop me a line at david.ziff at gmail dot com.

Thanks for stopping by.

11 thoughts on “About (who is this guy?)

    • Thanks for the note WAC. And glad to see that there appears to be a need in the Washington/Seattle civil litigation bar for this sort of site. After I get settled into an opinion-summary groove, I’m hoping to have more interesting general posts. So stay tuned! And again, thanks for the retweets and posts and comments.

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  2. Hello David

    I find your comment and thought , very well thought out , and insightful .
    I live in wa state and have found that the courts , police , DA, O.P.A.
    SPOG, have abused the rights and public trust with regards to police videos
    They will with hold them for 3 years at witch point they are deleted this
    action prevents and or denies the right to a fair trial for civil actions.

    However if the video reflect positively on the officer or negatively on the
    accused then those videos are promptly produced and turned over to
    the defense.

    Komo4 news is currently suing the Seattle police for violation of the
    F.O.I.A. and it will be heard by the higher courts the dept is maintaining
    privacy laws prevent them form releasing those recordings . but if
    their is no expectation of privacy how can this ruling stand. also
    It’s illegal ( so they say) to record a police officer video only (using
    old wire taping laws) but they can record us or not ( delete it ) when
    it is convenient .

    Sorry for the long winded comment.

    Keep up the GOOD work .


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