Professor Anne E. Mullins joined the Stetson University College of Law faculty in 2018 to teach research and writing. Before coming to Stetson, Professor Mullins taught at the University of Oregon School of Law in Oregon’s nationally-acclaimed legal writing program and at the University of North Dakota School of Law.
Professor Mullins is passionate about teaching. She has been recognized for excellence in teaching several times, both at the law school level and at the university-wide level. She writes and presents nationally in the areas of innovative legal writing pedagogy, developing professional identity, and legal research instruction. She is the co-author of the textbooks North Dakota Legal Research and the fifth edition of Florida Legal Research.
Professor Mullins is a scholar of persuasion in judicial writing. She examines judicial writing through a cognitive theoretical framework. Her published articles in this area include “Source Relational Ethos in Judicial Opinions” in the Wake Forest Law Review, “Opportunity in the Age of Alternative Facts” in the Washburn Law Journal, “Jedi or Judge: How Cognitive Psychology Redefines Judicial Opinions” in the Wyoming Law Review, and “Subtly Selling the System: Where Psychological Influence Tactics Lurk in the Judicial System” in the University of Richmond Law Review. She had the unique opportunity to practice what she studies for the Feminist Judgments Project, authoring the rewritten opinion Desert Palace Inc. v. Costa, 539 U.S. 90 (2003), in Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Employment Discrimination Opinions (Ann McGinley & Nicole Porter eds., 2020) (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press).
Professor Mullins is a national leader in legal writing, serving all three major legal writing professional organizations. She is currently the president and a member of the board of directors of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD), and she chaired ALWD's 2019 Biennial Conference. She promotes legal writing scholarship through her service to the Legal Writing Institute as a member of the Discipline-Building Working Group and the Scholarships Grants Committee. She recently finished her term on the Executive Committee of the American Association of Law Schools Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research Section; she now serves on the organization's Nominations Committee, the group that recommends each year’s section leadership.
Before entering academia, Professor Mullins practiced complex commercial litigation at the top national litigation boutique, Susman Godfrey LLP. Her trial teams won more than $50 million for plaintiffs; her teams successfully defended clients against equally high-stakes claims. She clerked for the Honorable Jacques L. Wiener of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Honorable Sarah S. Vance of the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Professor Mullins received her J.D., with honors, from the University of Chicago Law School, where she served on the University of Chicago Law Review. She earned her A.B. from Dartmouth College.
A Virginia native, she currently lives in Dunedin with her husband Tim, children Seamus (5) and Eloise (3), and Pomeranians, Belle and Flick. She loves exploring Florida’s west coast by land and by sea. She is an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Dunedin.