Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Third Annual Empire State Legal Writing Conference

Registration is now open.  Here are the details:

The conference will be held all day on Saturday, June 23, 2012, at SUNY Buffalo Law School in Buffalo, New York. In conjunction with the conference, there will be a half-day ALWD Scholars’ Forum on Friday, June 22.
There is no fee for the conference or the Scholars’ Forum, and we’ve arranged a conference rate at two hotels near the law school. You can find further details and register for the conference at the conference web site:
We’re particularly excited about this year’s conference for three reasons.
First, we once again have a terrific program. The conference will feature more than 20 presentations on a wide range of topics, including: implementing learning outcomes and assessment, conducting student-led conferences, teaching continuity and structure, developing advanced writing courses and specialized research courses, teaching visual persuasion, developing and placing scholarship, and teaching writing skills actually used in practice. And many of the presentations involve classroom-ready teaching exercises, including plain language skills, research skills, using local rules, and legislative advocacy.
Second, we’re delighted to have Sarah Ricks from Rutgers School of Law – Camden as our keynote speaker. Sarah will address the overlap between legal writing programs and ‘experiential’ learning (such as hybrid clinical/writing courses), as well as collaboration between legal writing faculty and professors who teach in clinical, pro bono, and externship programs.
And third, we’re pleased to offer an optional trip to Niagara Falls the day after the conference on Sunday, June 24. (There will be a small fee for the trip.)
June is a wonderful time to visit Buffalo, and if you have an extra day or two there are many other fun things you can do, such as touring a Frank Lloyd Wright house (the Darwin Martin house), visiting one of the country’s best modern art museums (the Albright-Knox), or watching a play at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.
We hope that you’ll join us in June. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
Stephen Paskey
Lecturer in Law
SUNY Buffalo Law School

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