Saturday, October 16, 2010

Two academic conferences of interest

Here are a couple of conferences that those interested in skills pedagogy, or law school pedagogy in general, might be interested in.

First up is the second annual "Colonial Frontier Legal Writing Conference" at Duquesne Law School on March 5, 2011.  From the brochure:

Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, PA, will host the Second Colonial Frontier Legal Writing Conference in March 2011.  The theme of the conference will be "The Arc of Advanced Legal Writing: From Theory through Teaching to Practice."

There will be six presentations.  The three lead presentations will be from nationally-renowned scholars of advanced legal writing:  Michael Smith (Wyoming), Elizabeth Fajans (Brooklyn) and Mary Ray (Wisconsin). They will be followed by Sheila Miller (Dayton), Susan Wawrose (Dayton), Victoria VanZandt (Dayton) and Johanna Oreskovid (Buffalo), who will speak about surveys of the bench and bar, reporting on the advanced writing skills that lawyers and judges believe new attorneys should have. Then Julia Glencer (Duquesne), Erin Karsman (Duquesne), and Tara Willke (Duquesne) will speak about the team-taught advanced legal writing "law firm simulation" course they created, supported by an ALWD Research Grant. The closing session will be a panel of law firm partners addressing how law firms can be agents of curricular change, encouraging law schools to implement advanced legal writing courses.

The Duquesne Law Review will be publishing a Proceedings Issue containing articles reflecting the presentations. CLE credit will be available for attendees. Aspen Law and Business will be the prime sponsor for the event.

A continental breakfast, buffet lunch, and closing reception will be available to all attendees.  There will be no charge for attendance.  Accomodations for Friday, March 4, and Saturday, March 5, will be available at a discounted rate at a hotel adjacent to campus, a five-minute walk to the law school.  For additional information about accomodations, Pittsburgh, travel, and other local attractions, please visit the conference website for last year's conference.

Next is a conference on "Course Re-design" sponsored by the Institute for Law Teaching at Salmon Chase College of Law in Northern Kentucky.  From the announcement:

Course (Re)Design is a one-day conference for new and experienced legal educators interested in designing a new course or redesigning an existing course.

During the conference, participants will learn best practices for course design, apply them to a course they have taught or will teach in the future, and will receive immediate feedback on their course design efforts.

For more information on the conference, see the flyer.

Registration is limited to 40 participants. The roster will be filled in the order that the registration forms and conference fees are collected. Conference fee is $225.

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