Natalia Blinkova

Natalia Blinkova
Visiting Professor of Law, Fundamentals of Lawyering
The George Washington University Law School
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
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Natalia Blinkova returns to GW Law as a Visiting Associate Professor in the Fundamentals of Lawyering (FL) program. Professor Blinkova joined the FL faculty in its inaugural year after six years of teaching legal research and writing at The University of Texas at Austin, where she was twice voted Legal Writing “Professor of the Year” and served as the faculty advisor to the Sutton Society. At GW Law, Professor Blinkova continues to mentor students as an advisor in GW’s Inns of Court Program. Her research interests include integrating cultural humility and professional identity into the first-year curriculum.

Prior to beginning her teaching career, Professor Blinkova was a partner in the Intellectual Property and Appellate practice groups at the Washington, DC, office of McDermott Will & Emery. While working on patent-infringement matters involving a wide range of technologies—from semiconductors to medical devices—she enjoyed translating complex concepts into plain English, a skill she tries to pass on to her students. Professor Blinkova also clerked for Chief Judge Paul R. Michel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. 

After earning a BA in the history of art, Professor Blinkova enjoyed completing an MA in Russian literature before pursuing a JD at Georgetown, where she was a member of The Georgetown Law Journal. Throughout law school, she volunteered with an international human rights organization investigating the Russian mafia’s trafficking of women outside of Russia for prostitution. As part of that work, she traveled to Moscow to meet surreptitiously with at-risk women and network with Russian human-rights activists.

When not pondering the serial comma, Professor Blinkova performs Balkan women’s folk music. Her second favorite pastime—singing karaoke with her students. 


BA, Yale University; MA, Cornell University; JD, Georgetown University