Mary Z. Natkin Professor of Law, Emerita

Area of Expertise

Clinical Education, Public Service


BA, 1979, University of California at Berkeley

JD, 1985, Washington and Lee University


Mary Natkin served as a Clinical Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law. She became an emerita member of the faculty in 2020. After practicing law in the Shenandoah Valley, she started teaching in the clinical program at W&L in 1990 and became the first Assistant Dean for Clinical Programs in 2009. Natkin has had a leadership role in guiding the school through the implementation of its new third-year curriculum. She assisted in the design of and teaches in the required skills curriculum for all third year students. Natkin developed additional clinical opportunities for students in accord with the mandate that all third year students have a clinical experience. During her tenure at W&L, she has created and directed various in house clinics and the externship program. She currently teaches Professional Responsibility and directs the Academic Success Program. She was awarded fellowships for teaching excellence in 2002, 2008 and 2014.

Attorney, Natkin, Heslep & Natkin, Lexington, Va., 1985-1989; supervisor, Legal Writing Program, Washington and Lee University, 1987-90; Adjunct Professor of Law, 1990-93; Director, Legal Practice Clinic, 1993-99, Associate Clinical Professor of Law, 1999-2002; Clinical Professor of Law, 2002-2009; John W. Elrod Law Alumni Association Fellow in Teaching Excellence 2002-03; Law Alumni Faculty Fellowship for Teaching, 2008-09, 2014-15; Assistant Dean for Clinical Education & Public Service; Clinical Professor of Law, 2009-2013.