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Erin R. Karsman

Assistant Professor
School of Law
Legal Research & Writing

Room G14 Center for Legal Information
Phone: 412.396.2117


J.D., George Mason University School of Law, 2003
B.A., History, Washington & Lee University, 1999

 Professor Erin R. Karsman teaches in the School of Law's nationally recognized legal research and writing program and directs the appellate advocacy program.

Professor Karsman is a magna cum laude graduate of the George Mason University School of Law, where she won the school's upper-level moot court competition, a national moot court competition, and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Student Advocacy Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy. During law school, Professor Karsman was a teaching fellow in George Mason's legal writing program; after graduation, she taught appellate writing as an adjunct.

Before going into teaching, Professor Karsman was an associate at Smith Pachter McWhorter in Vienna, Virginia, where she focused on government contract issues and engaged in litigation, including prosecution of contract appeals and bid protests, before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, the Government Accountability Office, the United States Court of Federal Claims, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Prior to law school, she was an analyst for Accenture in Reston, Virginia.  She received her B.A. from Washington & Lee University.

Professor Karsman lives in Franklin Park with her husband, Chase, and their three daughters, Lily, Chloe, and Claire.



Legal Research & Writing I

Legal Research & Writing II
Advanced Legal Writing: Writing in Law Practice
Moot Court I


"Effective Persuasive Writing for Lawyers," 3-hour Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Dean John J. Sciulla Fundamentals of Law Continuing Legal Education Series (December 2008)
Julia Glencer, Erin Karsman, & Jan Levine, "Fast Track to Success: Building and Advancing a New Program," Association of Legal Writing Directors Biennial Conference, University of Missouri, Kansas City (July 2009)

Julia Glencer, Erin Karsman, Jan Levine, & Tara Willke, "The Fruits of Hope: Student Evaluations," The First Colonial Frontier Legal Writing Conference, (December 2009)
Julia Glencer, Erin Karsman, & Tara Willke, "Writing in a Law Firm Context: Creation, Collaboration, and Course Corrections," Second Colonial Frontier Legal Writing Conference (March 2011) 


Co-author, "Strayhorn v. Raytheon E-Systems: Determining the Government's Share of Texas Sales and Use Taxes Refunds to Federal Contractors," Pub. Cont. L. J., Fall 2006

Co-author, "The Fruits of Hope: Student Evaluations," Duq. L. Rev., Spring 2010


Grant Recipient, Legal Writing Institute and the Association of Legal Writing Directors (Spring 2009)