Heather Ridenour

Director of Legal Analysis Program
Legal Rhetoric Instructor

Office: Room 129E
Phone: 202-274-4301
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Professor Ridenour joined the WCL faculty in 2008 as Director of the Legal Analysis Program and Legal Rhetoric Instructor. Prior to joining the WCL faculty, she worked with the Academic Support Program at Texas Wesleyan Law School where she was Instructor of Academic Support and Legal Writing Specialist. Before taking that position, she had a probate and guardianship practice. From 2005 to 2007, she was the guardianship auditor at the Tarrant County Probate Court, working under Judge Patrick Ferchill. She graduated cum laude from the Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in 2004, where she was Associate Editor and Articles Editor on the Texas Wesleyan Law Review. She remains active in taking pro bono guardianship cases and is a member of the Legal Writing Institute.



Currently Teaching



Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., Texas Wesleyan School of Law 2004
  • B.B.A., Texas Woman's University 1997

  • Selected Publications

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  • + Selected Presentations

    • Heather Ridenour & David Spratt, Presentation, Stepping up to the Plate: Championing the Interplay Between Academic Support and Legal Writing (The Capital Area Legal Writing Conference, D.C., Mar. 1, 2014).
    • Heather Ridenour & David Spratt, Presentation, Outside Your Comfort Zone: Teaching Tools, Exercises, and Strategies to Reach All Levels and Learning Styles (Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference, Savannah, Ga., Apr. 27, 2013).
    • Heather Ridenour & David Spratt, Presentation, Finding Your Advocacy Voice: Teaching Persuasive Fact Statements and Oral Advocacy (The Thirteenth Annual Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, Colorado Law, Boulder, Colo., Mar. 23, 2013).
    • Heather Ridenour & David Spratt, Presentation, There’s More to Commenting than a Red Pen: Maximizing the Utility of Instructor Feedback (The Third Annual Capital Regional Legal Writing Conference, Washington College of Law, D.C., Mar. 3, 2013).
    • Heather Ridenour & David Spratt, Presentation, Much Ado about Bluebooking: A Paralegal’s Guide to Legal Citation (Lorman Education Services, National Teleconference, Jan. 29, 2013).
    • David Spratt & Heather Ridenour, Presentation, Public Speaking Workshop (Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Washington College of Law, Apr. 20, 2012).
    • Heather Ridenour & David Spratt, Presentation, Can You Hear Me Now? Providing Useful Feedback in Student Conferences and Instructor Comment (The Capital Area Legal Writing Conference, Georgetown University Law Center, D.C., Mar. 9, 2012).
    • David Spratt & Heather Ridenour, Presentation, Getting Closer to Perfect: Tips to Help Paralegals Write Effective Emails and Memos (Lorman Education Services, National Teleconference, Feb. 28, 2012).
    • David Spratt & Heather Ridenour, Presentation, Me ayduan! Aiutimi! Aidez-moi!: Teaching Strategies and Techniques (Inside and Outside of the Classroom) to Help Multilingual Students (APPEAL Conference: Helping Students Develop Their Ability to Read and Write in English, Mtunzini, S. Afr., Dec. 9, 2011).
    • David Spratt & Heather Ridenour, Presentation, Putting the Finishing Touches on Legal Writing: Editing, Polishing, and Proofreading Essentials (Lorman Education Services, National Teleconference, Oct. 25, 2011).
    • Heather Ridenour & David Spratt, Presentation, Effective Email and Memo Writing for Paralegals: Tips, Techniques, and Pointers (Lorman Education Services, National Teleconference, June 9, 2011).
    • Heather Ridenour & David Spratt, Presentation, Legal Writing: Editing and Proofreading Essentials (Lorman Education Services, National Teleconference, Apr. 19 & 27, 2011).
    • Heather Ridenour & David Spratt, Presentation, The Heretofore Silent Minority: Reaching the Bottom of the 1L Class (The Capital Area Legal Writing Conference, The George Washington University College of Law, D.C., Feb. 26, 2011).
    • Heather Ridenour & David Spratt, Panel Presentation, Grading Papers and Handling Student Conferences (Legal Writing Institute Regional Workshop, American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Dec. 3, 2010).
    • Heather Ridenour & David Spratt, Presentation, Email and Memo Writing Techniques for Paralegals (Lorman Education Services, National Teleconference, Dec. 2, 2010).
    • Heather Ridenour & David Spratt, Presentation, The ABCs of Teaching and Reaching A, B, and C Students (14th Biennial Conf. Leg. Writing Inst., Marco Island, Fla., Jun 29, 2010).
    • Heather Ridenour & David Spratt, Presentation, Filling in the Gaps: The Intersection of First-Year Legal Writing and Academic Support (Ninth Annual Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference at Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Tempe, Ariz., Mar. 14, 2009).