Mary Ellen Maatman
Associate Professor of Law and Director, Legal Writing Program

B.A., Swarthmore College
J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School

Phone: 302.477.2198

Mary Ellen Maatman is Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Legal Writing Program at Widener's Delaware campus. Professor Maatman received a B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1981, and a J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1985, where she served as a Comment Editor with the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.

Following graduation from law school, Professor Maatman clerked for Judge Marvin Katz, U.S.D.J., Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, from 1985-86. She was an Associate (Litigation) at Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 1986-90.

Professor Maatman joined the faculty at Widener in 1990 as Legal Writing Instructor, and served in that capacity from 1990-93. She then served as Assistant Professor of Law from 1993-96, and has served as Associate Professor of Law since 1996.

Professor Maatman has been Director of the Legal Writing Program on the Delaware Campus since 1993. She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, and teaches and writes in the areas of Employment Discrimination, Legal Methods, Law and Literature, Professional Responsibility and Torts.

Professor Maatman has been active in a number of professional and civic organizations, including the Legal Writing Institute and the Association of Legal Writing Directors.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Speaking Truth to Memory: Lawyers and Resistance to the End of White Supremacy, 50 HOW. L.J. 1 (2006).
  • Choosing Words and Creating Worlds: The Supreme Court's Rhetoric and its Constitutive Effects on Employment Discrimination Law, 60 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 1 (1998).
  • Listening to Deaf Culture: A Reconceptualization of Difference Analysis Under Title VII, 13 Hofstra Lab. L.J. 269 (1996).