Thursday, September 5, 2013
Jan is an Associate Professor and Director of Legal Research and Writing at
Duquesne University School of Law.
This distinguished award is presented annually to a person who has made an
outstanding contribution to improve the field of Legal Writing by
an ability to nurture and motivate students to excellence;
a willingness to help other legal writing educators improve their teaching
skills or their legal writing programs; and
an ability to create and integrate new ideas for teaching and motivating legal
writing educators and students.
As stated in his nomination letter, Jan exemplifies these qualities in several
For a quarter of a century, he has brought practical strategies for better legal
writing education to his students. Through his work as a legal writing
director, he has upgraded the legal writing programs at four very different law
schools – Virginia, Arkansas-Fayetteville, Temple, and Duquesne – improving
directly the legal education of all the students at those schools. In addition,
his conference presentations, service, and scholarship have helped an entire
generation of legal writing professors innovate and professionalize, helping to
improve the legal skills training of many more students across the
country. There are scores of legal writing professors and program
directors who have benefitted from [his] assistance with their careers and his
tireless mentoring, consulting, and strategizing.