University of Arizona Law's team of career legal-writing faculty lead one of the nation's most innovative and respected Legal Writing programs in the country. They combine real-world practice experience with a dedication to students and boundary-pushing teaching techniques.

Susan Salmon

Director of Legal Writing; Clinical Professor of Law & Distinguished Public Service Scholar

Susie Salmon is Director of Legal Writing and Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Arizona. She also coaches the College of Law's ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition teams and supervises the writing-fellow program. Professor Salmon's scholarship explores how longstanding practices and values in legal education affect access to justice, bias in the profession, and the legal profession as a whole; her recent scholarship also examines the role of rhetoric in the law-school curriculum and its potential impact on lawyer and law-student well-being.

Tessa L. Dysart

Assistant Director of Legal Writing & Clinical Professor of Law

Tessa L. Dysart is the Assistant Director of Legal Writing and Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law. She also serves as the Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Appellate Practice & Process, which was acquired by the University of Arizona Law in June 2020.


Joy Herr-Cardillo

Associate Professor of Legal Writing & Assistant Clinical Professor of Law

Joy Herr-Cardillo joined University of Arizona Law full time in 2017 after teaching as a part-time professor of practice since 2002. Professor Herr-Cardillo spent 15 years as a commercial litigator in Tucson before spending 18 years as the staff attorney in the Tucson office of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, where she worked on a range of legal issues including environmental law, government accountability, public education, and direct democracy. She has written on environmental law topics.

Sylvia Lett

Associate Clinical Professor of Law

Sylvia Lett is an Associate Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Arizona. Since 2005, Professor Lett has taught various first-year and upper-level legal writing courses. She is now focused on teaching legal writing and an introduction to U.S. law course to international students at the law school. Prior to joining the College of Law faculty, she served 12 years as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Capital Habeas Unit of the Arizona Federal Public Defender's Office, where she represented death row inmates in their federal habeas appeals.

Diana Simon

Associate Clinical Professor of Law

Diana Simon is Associate Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Arizona where she currently teaches legal writing, analysis, persuasion, and advocacy. Diana has been teaching at the law school for over 20 years and has taught various classes to first, second, and third-year students. She brings with her over 23 years of experience as a practicing attorney and has worked in Atlanta, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Tucson.