Brooke Ellinwood McDonough

Portrait of Brooke Ellinwood McDonough

Brooke Ellinwood McDonough

Acting Coordinator of Scholarly Writing; Associate Professor of Fundamentals of Lawyering


Office Phone: (202) 994-0391
2000 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20052

Brooke Ellinwood McDonough joined the Fundamentals of Law faculty after being affiliated with GW as a student and a teacher for more than 20 years. After receiving a BA cum laude and JD with high honors from GW, she clerked on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia before entering private practice. While in private practice, Professor McDonough worked in the commercial litigation departments of Drinker Biddle & Reath and Goodwin Procter, where she practiced in the areas of bankruptcy, products liability, and consumer finance before numerous state and federal courts. During law school, Professor McDonough served as the Senior Notes Editor of the Law Review, a Dean’s Fellow, a member of the Domestic Violence Emergency Department Clinic, and was elected to Order of the Coif. Professor McDonough began teaching in GW’s legal research and writing program in 2008. Her research interests focus on instructional scaffolding in legal writing problem development and assessment strategies in the "flipped classroom." She has written and presented on the use of rubrics and technology to improve formative and summative assessment for law students at all stages of development. She is an active member of the Legal Writing Institute, contributing to and presenting material at conferences and co-chairing the LWI Lives committee.

BA, JD, George Washington University