Professor McGinnis returned to the UW law school in 1997 to teach Basic Legal Skills, having also taught that subject in the 1994-95 academic year. She practiced law from 1984-94 at Preston, Gates & Ellis in Seattle, concentrating on commercial litigation and antitrust law. Professor McGinnis has directed the summer law clerk program at Lane Powell Spears Lubersky in Seattle, and worked as a freelance legal writing lecturer and consultant. She is admitted to the Washington state bar and is a member of Order of the Coif. Her teaching and research interests include professional skills development, jurisprudence, constitutional law and civil procedure.