Hugh Spitzer

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Professor of Law (Acting)

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Representative Publications

Books or Treatises

Robert F. Utter & Hugh D. Spitzer, The Washington State Constitution (2d ed. Oxford University Press 2013). 309 pages.

Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews

Hugh D. Spitzer, Model Rule 5.7 and Lawyers in Government Jobs--How Can They Ever Be "Non-Lawyers"?, 30 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 45-72 (2017).

Hugh Spitzer, Realigning the Governmental/Proprietary Distinction in Municipal Law, 40 Seattle U. L. Rev. 173-215 (2016).

Hugh D. Spitzer, " Home Rule vs. "Dillon's Rule" for Washington Cities, 38 Seattle U. L. Rev. 809-60 (2015).

Adam Sherman & Hugh Spitzer, Washington State's Mandate: The Constitutional Obligation to Fund Post-Secondary Education, 89 Wash. L. Rev. Online 15-46 (2014).

Hugh Spitzer, Pivoting to Progressivism: Justice Stephen J. Chadwick, the Washington Supreme Court, and Change in Early 20th-Century Judicial Reasoning and Rhetoric, 104 Pac. Nw. Q. 107-21 (2013).

Hugh D. Spitzer, New Life for the "Criteria Tests" in State Constitutional Jurisprudence: "Gunwall Is Dead--Long Live Gunwall", 37 Rutgers L.J. 1169-1201 (2006).

Hugh D. Spitzer, Taxes vs. Fees: A Curious Confusion, 38 Gonz. L. Rev. 335-65 (2003).

Hugh D. Spitzer, Municipal Police Power in Washington State, 75 Wash. L. Rev. 495-518 (2000).

Hugh D. Spitzer, Which Constitution? Eleven Years of Gunwall in Washington State, 21 Seattle U. L. Rev. 1187-1215 (1998).

Hugh D. Spitzer, A Washington State Income Tax--Again?, 16 U. Puget Sound L. Rev. 515-70 (1993).

Hugh Spitzer, An Analytical View of Recent "Lending of Credit" Decisions in Washington State, 8 U. Puget Sound L. Rev. 195-219 (1985).

Hugh Spitzer, Court Rulemaking in Washington State, 6 U. Puget Sound L. Rev. 31-73 (1982).

Hugh D. Spitzer, A Survey of the WISHA's First Months of Operation, 9 Gonz. L. Rev. 639-50 (1974).

Book Chapters

Hugh D. Spitzer, Washington: The Past and Present Populist State, in The Constitutionalism of American States 771-84 (George E. Connor & Christopher W. Hammons eds., 2008).

Hugh D. Spitzer, Intra-Union Disciplinary Proceedings, in The Labor Relations Law of Canada, Chapter 14 (Richard M. Lyon ed., 1977).

Professional Publications

Hugh Spitzer, Trumping Home Rule and Sanctuary Jurisdictions: Constraints on Federal Action to Induce State and Local Collaboration with National Programs, Mun. Law., Nov.-Dec. 2017, at 6-11.

Hugh D. Spitzer, "Sanctuary Cities" to Find Sanctuary in the Rehnquist and Roberts Courts, Jurist: Commentary (Dec. 30, 2016, 4:24 PM).

Hugh D. Spitzer, Ethics Issues in Representing Intergovernmental Entities, in Proceedings of the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys, Spring Conference 5-1 (2014).

Hugh D. Spitzer, Revisiting the Client Conundrum: Whom Does Lawyer for a Government Represent, and Who Gives Direction to That Governmental Lawyer? (Univ. of Wash. Sch. of Law Research Paper No. 25-10).

Scandal Rocks Washington's Supreme Court, NW Law., Apr.-May 2015, at 48-50 (Hugh Spitzer ed.).

Hugh Spitzer, Organizing Interlocal Entities: What Form Is Best . . . and Does the Interlocal Cooperation Act Need a Rewrite?, in Proceedings of the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys, Spring Conference (2013).

Hugh Spitzer & Doug Ende, On Law and Life in Cuba: The Cuban Legal System and Culture Offer Contrasts and Surprises, Wash. St. B. News, Jan. 2012, at 24-28.

Hugh Spitzer, A Local Government by Any Other Name, in Proceedings of the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys, Fall Conference 7-1 to 7-84 (2009).

Hugh Spitzer, Take the Initiative on Constitutionality, Wash. St. B. News, Oct. 2000, at 17-18.

Hugh Spitzer, Why Lawyers Have Often Worn Strange Clothes, Claimed to Work for Free--and Been Hated, Wash. St. B. News, Sept. 20, 2000, at 20, 22, 24, 26, 28-29.

Hugh Spitzer, Bearing Arms in Washington State, in Proceedings of the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys, Spring Conference (1997). 17 pages.

Hugh Spitzer, Rules Blues: Resurrecting the Judicial Council, Wash. St. B. News, Jan. 1983, at 10-11, 13-15.

William S. Bailey & Hugh D. Spitzer, Is Washington Ready for Merit Selection of Judges?, Wash. St. B. News, June 1981, at 66-67, 69, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79.

Hugh Spitzer, Does Rome Have a Lesson for Us?, 66 A.B.A. J. 1226-29 (1980).

Hugh Spitzer, Law Libraries Losing to "Double Inflation," Wash. St. B. News, Nov. 1980, at 31-35.

Book Reviews

Hugh D. Spitzer, American Federalism: Punching Holes in the Myth, 84 Wash. L. Rev. 717-21 (2009) (reviewing John D. Nugent, Safeguarding Federalism: How States Protect Their Interests in National Policymaking (2009)).

Hugh D. Spitzer, Book Review, 40 Publius 563-65 (2010) (reviewing Robert A. Schapiro, Polyphonic Federalism: Toward the Protection of Fundamental Rights (2009)).

Hugh D. Spitzer & Charles W. Johnson, Theme and Variations, 21 Seattle U. L. Rev. 997-1001 (1998) (reviewing Robert F. Williams, State Constitutional Law: Cases and Materials (2d ed. 1993)).

Hugh D. Spitzer, Book Review, 18 Urban Law. 284-86 (1986) (reviewing Daniel Jack Chasan, The Fall of the House of WPPSS (1985)).

CLE Materials

Hugh D. Spitzer, The Legal and Practical Side of Tribal Bond Issues, in 12th Annual University of Washington Indian Law Symposium (1999).


Hugh D. Spitzer, The Best-Kept Secret: How to Find It and Where to Find It: Washington Legal Researcher's Deskbook, Wash. J., Dec. 19, 1996, at 12.


Hugh Spitzer, Protip for Sagebrush Rebels: This Land Was Never Yours, Crosscut (Mar. 1, 2016).

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