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Thursday, January 20, 2011

AALS Poster Project: Beyond Etiquette: Bringing E-Communications into the LRW Classroom, by Ellie Margolis & Kristen Murray

Ellie Margolis and Kristen Murray presented the poster Beyond Etiquette: Bringing E-Communication into the LRW Classroom (Download Margolis:Murray Poster):

Margolis:Muray Poster(1)  

Professor Margolis is a professor at the Temple University Beasley School of Law, where she teaches Legal Research and Writing, Appellate Advocacy, and Law and Sexual Orientation. Her articles include:

-Authority Without Borders: The World Wide Web and the Delegalization of Law, forthcoming, Seton Hall Law Review;

-Surfin' Safari - Why Competent Lawyers Should Research on the Web, 10 Yale J. L. & Tech. 82 (2007); and

-Moving Beyond Product to Process: Builing a Better LRW Program, 46 Santa Clara L. Rev. 93 (2005).

Professor Murray is also a professor at the Temple University Beasley School of Law, where she teaches Legal Research and Writing. Her works include:

-Scholarly Writing: Ideas, Examples, and Execution;

-The Art of the Writing Conference: Letting Students Set the Agenda Without Ceding Control, 17 Persp. 35 (2008); and

-My E-Semester: New Uses for Technology in the Legal Research and Writing Classroom, 15 Persp. 194 (2007).

According to Professor Margolis,

The poster grew out of our mutual interest in the ways technology is changing law practice and legal education.  While a vast amount of communication in law practice is taking place electronically, until recently, most law school legal writing programs did little to address this development, other than to discuss issues of professional etiquette.  Professor Murray and I both introduced assignments into our courses which were designed to help focus on the substantive, as well as etiquette, aspects of electronic communication and how it may differ from traditional legal writing.  The poster captures our experience, highlighting the substantive benefits of incorporating electronic assignments into the LRW curriculum, and providing some tips on how to add these assignments without making major changes to existing course structures.
 
The ideas in the poster are further elaborated in my forthcoming article, Ellie Margolis, Incorporating Electronic Communication in the LRW Classroom, 19 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing __ (2011). 
-CM

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