Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Vermont is Hiring . . . Again!

Vermont Law SchoolIn addition to an earlier post about a legal writing position at Vermont Law School, the school also has an opening for its Assistant Director of theAcademic Success Program.  This is a 12-month faculty position.  A full description and required qualifications are posted on the Vermont Law School website. All applications should be submitted through the link on the website. 


Hat tip to Beth McCormack.




September 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Loyola-Chicago is Hiring

Loyola University Chicago School of Law is hiring for a newly created position: Director of Bar Success and Academic Support.  The job posting, which includes a detailed position description, qualifications for the position, and information about the application process, can be found at:  http://www.careers.luc.edu/postings/5768

The Director of Bar Success and Academic Support will be responsible for developing and executing comprehensive programming to support student success throughout law school and the bar exam.  This position includes teaching classes and workshops, meeting individually with students, administering academic support programming, and tracking student performance and bar exam data to continually reassess the program and student needs. 

Loyola University Chicago School of Law is a student-focused law center inspired by the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, intellectual openness, and service to others.  The Director of Bar Success and Academic Support will be a vital part of the School of Law's curriculum and mission.

Loyola University Chicago is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with a strong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying our faculty and staff.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion (except where religion is a bona fide occupational qualification for the job), national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or any other factor protected by law.


The position is not tenure-track and may lead only to successive short-term contracts of one to four years.  Additionally the person hired will not be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.

Hat tip to Mary Ann Becker.



September 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Congratulations to the Central States Legal Writing Conference

Congratulations to the Central States Legal Writing Conference Planning Committee (Debby McGregor, Cynthia Adams, Jim Dimitri, Allison Martin, and Joel Schumm) and to the host law school Indiana McKinney for a successful regional conference this past weekend. The reviews have been great!
Hat tip to Kim Chanbonpin, Director of the Lawyering Skills Program at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.


September 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, September 18, 2017

Carol Didget at Suffolk University

Suffolk University Law School announced that it will have a Visiting Professor of Legal Writing for the 2017-2018 academic year, Carol Didget. Carol is teaching Legal Practice Skills I and II this year. She received her B.A. with honors in International Relations from Amherst College and graduated with her J.D. from Cornell Law School. She clerked for the Honorable Alvin Thompson of the District Court of Connecticut and then moved to practice litigation with the law firms Hinkley Allen and, later, Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault. She taught in New Zealand and South Africa before joining the Legal Practice Skills faculty at Suffolk from 2000 to 2003. She also served as an Adjunct at Suffolk in fall 2016 and now as a Visitor for the current academic year.

Hat tip to Kathleen Elliott Vinson, Professor of Legal Writing and Director of Legal Writing, Research, and Written Advocacy at Suffolk University Law School.


September 18, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law is Hiring

THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK, WILLIAM H. BOWEN SCHOOL OF LAW seeks applicants for a full-time, tenure-track position to teach in our autonomous Research, Writing and Analysis (RWA) program. The position is available beginning in August 2018. The successful candidate will teach two sections of first-year RWA (a six-credit, two-semester course sequence) and regularly may teach another course with a reduced RWA teaching load. Salary and rank are commensurate with experience. Minimum qualifications are a J.D. from an accredited law school and strong writing and interpersonal skills. Preferred qualifications include outstanding academic credentials, prior teaching experience, and law review or moot court service. Applications for lateral hires are welcome.
Little Rock is the capital city and largest metropolitan area in Arkansas, boasting extremely affordable housing, cultural attractions, and close proximity to extensive recreational areas. The Bowen School of Law is located in revitalized downtown Little Rock, less than two miles from the state capitol, the federal, state, and county courthouses, the largest law firms in the state, and the Clinton Presidential Library. Housed in a spacious 150,000 square foot, completely renovated building, the law school is situated within the historic Quapaw Quarter, next to MacArthur Park and the Arkansas Arts Center. 
Applicants should send a Curriculum Vitae, together with a cover letter indicating teaching and scholarly interests and three references, to Professor Michael T. Flannery, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, UALR William H. Bowen School of Law, 1201 McMath Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas 72202-5142, or to Mxflannery@ualr.edu.  Applications will be considered until the position is filled. The University of Arkansas at Little Rock, an Equal Opportunity Employer, affirms the values and goals of diversity and strongly encourages the applications of all candidates, including women and candidates from historically under-represented groups. 
  • The position advertised is a tenure-track appointment.
  • The professor hired will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.
  • The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the range checked Salary will be between $85,000 and $90,000, based on experience.
  • The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research and writing professor will be 36-40.

Hat tip to Lindsey P. Gustafson of the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law.


September 18, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Registration Open for the New England Consortium of Legal Writing Teachers

Registration is now open for the New England Consortium of Legal Writing Teachers Annual Conference. The Conference will be held on Friday, October 27, 2017 from 8:30-4:30, at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Registration is free.

To register, please follow this link: https://www.law.uconn.edu/events/neclwt-conf-2017/new-england-consortium-legal-writing-teachers-annual-conference-2017

Hat tip to Jessica Rubin, Director of Legal Practice and Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law.


September 18, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Northwestern is Hiring

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in Chicago invites applications for the position of Clinical Assistant Professor of Law in its Communication and Legal Reasoning (CLR) program. Faculty in CLR generally teach Communication and Legal Reasoning, the first-year legal analysis, writing, and research course for JD students. On occasion, faculty members teach Common Law Reasoning, a required legal analysis and writing course for international LL.M. students, and other writing courses in the upper division of the JD program and in the Master of Science in Law program. Faculty members teaching CLR in the JD program teach approximately 30 students in one section for a full academic year.
The school seek applications from candidates with excellent academic records, outstanding writing and editing skills, and experiences that demonstrate their potential for excellence in classroom teaching. A successful applicant must have a JD degree and strong experience as an attorney; we prefer those applicants who have at least three years of practice experience, as well as those who have prior teaching experience. They welcome applications from those who would add to the diversity of our faculty.
The initial appointment is for a one-year contract beginning in August 2018, with the potential for renewal to successive three-year contract terms that become renewable upon promotion to Clinical Associate Professor of Law. The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to consider them through November 1 or until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume or CV via the link below.
Please read ALL instructions and make preparations before proceeding to the application page:
  • Applications will only be accepted via online submission (see link below).
  • Please prepare all documents in advance as Adobe PDF files, and please be sure all information is entered correctly and accurately (especially names and email addresses), as there will be no opportunity for online revision after your application has been submitted.
  • All required fields in the application form are marked with an asterisk and must be filled before clicking the “Submit” button.
  • Incomplete applications cannot be saved.
Applications accepted here: https://facultyrecruiting.northwestern.edu/apply/NDE=

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

The position advertised may lead only to successive short-term contracts of one to four years. The professor hired will not be permitted to vote in faculty meetings. The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the range of $70,000 to $89,999, depending on experience. Benefits are competitive and include funds for travel to conferences. The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research and writing professor will be:
30 or fewer. There are opportunities for overload teaching as well.
Hat tip to Michelle Falkoff, Director, Communication and Legal Reasoning at Northwestern University School of Law.


September 18, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Latest Update to the ALWD Guide to Legal Citation

For the latest update to the ALWD Guide to Legal Citation, effective September 12, 2017, visit the citation manual page on ALWD's website. The link to the downloadable PDF is in the upper-right-hand corner. Updates are also maintained at the Wolters Kluwer Webpage for the book, under the "Professor View" link in the upper right.
Hat tip to Coleen M. Barger, Professor Emeritus of Law, University of Arkansas Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law

September 18, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The 2018 Jessup Compromis Has Been Released: The Case Concerning the Egart and the Ibra

The compromis for the 2018 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition has been released and is now available on the website of the International Law Students Association (ILSA). The 2018 problem presents a hypothetical dispute before the International Court of Justice between Government of the People’s Democratic Republic of Anduchenca (“Anduchenca,” the Applicant) instituted proceedings against the Federal Republic of Rukaruku (“Rukaruku,” the Respondent).

The 2017-2018 season marks the 59th year of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Jessup is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from over 645 law schools in 95 countries. The Competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. One team is allowed to participate from every eligible school. Teams prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case.

The Jessup season officially begins in September and ends in April after the completion of the White & Case International Rounds. The Qualifying Rounds, internationally and in the US, take place between January and March. The 2018 International Rounds take place on 1-7 April 2018 in Washington, D.C. and will conclude with the Jessup Cup World Championship Round.

Students competing in the Jessup should visit the research resources page of the International Law Students Association website, which includes links to tips on international legal research, competition strategies, and even videos of  past competitions.

Many readers of this blog are past participants in the Jessup Competition. We urge you to make a financial contribution to ILSA to enable students from around the world to continue to participate in the Jessup Competition.


September 16, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Texas A&M is Hiring

Texas A&M in Fort Worth, Texas, is looking for an Assistant Director of Academic Support to assist in developing and managing the first-year, peer mentoring and upper-level academic support program. The person hired will work in conjunction with the Associate Dean of Academic Support and the other Assistant Director of Academic Support, DeShun Harris. The incoming Assistant Director will also contribute to developing and managing the “Preparing for Bar” Course, our Bar Mentoring Program, and other Bar Exam preparation materials and services.

Candidates must have a J.D. and preferably some experience in legal education. Texas A&M University welcomes applications from a broad spectrum of qualified individuals who will enhance the rich diversity of the law school’s academic community. Applicants can apply directly online at: https://jobpath.tamu.edu/postings/113980. Please also send your résumé or cv directly to Professor James McGrath, Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Academic Support - jmcgrath@law.tamu.edu.  Alternatively, résumés can be mailed to Professor McGrath at Texas A&M University School of Law, 1515 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102-6509.  Please respond by October 15, 2017.

Hat tip to Neil Sobol.


September 16, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, September 11, 2017

Mel Weresh named as the Opperman Distinguished Professor of Law at Drake University

Mel WereshProfessor Mel Weresh of Drake Law School has been named as the Dwight D. Opperman Distinguished Professor of Law.  Mel was selected based upon her high-quality scholarship, her leadership and service within our law school and the legal writing community, her cutting-edge teaching methods, and most likely her overall fabulousness.

Mel is a Past President of the Legal Writing Institute, a Past Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Teaching Methods, and a co-author of Iowa Legal Research (Carolina Academic Press 2d ed. 2016).

Congratulations, Distinguished Professor Mel!

Hat tip to Danielle M. Shelton



September 11, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Hurricane Irma

As Hurricane Irma continues its path of destruction, we send our best wishes to colleagues and blog readers in Florida, other Southeastern states, and other places affected by this hurricane.


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Friday, September 1, 2017

Reminder: Central States Area Legal Writing Conference

The Central States Regional Writing Conference will be held on Friday, September 15, and Saturday, September 16, at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.  There are 45 individual and panel presentations scheduled over the day and a half on a variety of topics. 

The law school is located in downtown Indianapolis only a short walk from the conference hotel, the JW Marriott.  Both the law school and the hotel are within walking distance of all downtown locations, including the Indianapolis Zoo, the NCAA Headquarters and Hall of Champions, the Eiteljorg Native American Museum, the beautiful AAA baseball park, the Circle Center Shopping Mall, and a wide variety of restaurants.

To access the conference website and register, please go to  https://mckinneylaw.iu.edu/LWIconference/. 

Hat tips to Joel Schumm, Debby McGregor, Allison Martin, Jim Dimitri, and Cynthia Adams.


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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Reminder: Apply to be an Editor of The Second Draft

Do you enjoy meeting new legal writing colleagues and working with them on their scholarship? Do you want to give back to the legal writing community in a meaningful way? If so, consider becoming an editor of The Second Draft.  

The Second Draft is an online publication of the Legal Writing Institute. It currently seeks three new board members to serve on the Editorial Board for terms lasting two to four years. Among other duties, Board members select the theme for the issue, draft a call for papers to solicit submissions, select articles from the pool of submissions, and work with authors and a graphic designer to edit those selections and produce the final issue. The Second Draft publishes one issue in the spring and one in the fall. Members of the Fall Board are busiest between April and September, while members of the Spring Board are busiest between October and March. The Board seeks strong applicants who: (1) possess exceptional editing skills and attention to detail; (2) enjoy working with authors and providing constructive critiques of accepted articles; (3) are proactive in volunteering for tasks and sharing responsibilities; (4) have a strong work ethic and will consistently manage time wisely, meet deadlines, and make meaningful contributions to the publication;  (5) think creatively, and (6) will be dedicated to producing a polished and professional final product.

To apply for a position on The Second Draft editorial board, please submit a resume and a statement of interest (one page maximum) to theseconddraftlwi@gmail.com by September 1, 2017.

The Second Draft Editorial Board

August 31, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Submissions for the 2018 Scribes Brief-Writing Award

Here's a reminder that the submission deadline is September 1, 2017, for the 2018 Scribes Brief-Writing Award. Any brief that was deemed a "best brief" at a regional or national moot court competition is eligible. Please email scribeslegalwriters@gmail.com for more information. 


August 31, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Congratulations to Sabrina DeFabritiis

Sabrina DeFabritiisSabrina DeFabritiis of Suffolk University Law School has been appointed as Director of Bar Programs and Initiatives at her school.  

Sabrina is also the current Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research.

In this new role at her alma matter, Sabrina will oversee Suffolk’s bar review curriculum and co-curricular programs.  She also will work with outside partners, such as Barbri, on matters related to bar preparation, and she will be responsible for analyzing relevant bar passage data and recommending changes to our bar preparation efforts. With her expertise in bar preparation and extensive teaching experience in our first year curriculum, Sabrina brings a unique faculty perspective to the law school’s efforts to maximize student readiness, especially as Massachusetts transitions to the Uniform Bar Exam next year.  Sabrina will continue to serve as a Professor of Legal Writing; her director role will be in addition to her existing LPS responsibilities.

Professor DeFabritiis graduated, cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School and received her B.S., from Boston College. As a student, Professor DeFabritiis served as Vice President of the Moot Court Honor Board and the Journal of Trial & Appellate Advocacy. Additionally, she was a member of the Moot Court Tax Team, which won the National Competition in 2002. Before joining the faculty at Suffolk Law School, she clerked for the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court, and spent several years as an associate in the Boston office of Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy P.C., where she practiced in their advanced motions and appellate practice department.

Congratulations, Sabrina!

Hat tip to Kathy Elliott Vinson.


August 31, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Cornell is Hiring

Cornell Law SchoolThe Lawyering Program at Cornell Law School seeks candidates for a full-time position commencing in the 2018-19 academic year. The year-long Lawyering course introduces first-year students to lawyering skills, with primary emphasis on legal writing, analysis, and research. Lawyering faculty collaborate to ensure a uniform core curriculum, but they retain substantial academic freedom. Law librarians teach the research component of the course.

Lawyering faculty teach one section of the Lawyering course and, after two years, also teach an upper-level, skills-related course.

Positions in the program are not tenure track but are eligible for long-term renewal. Entry-level faculty start with a three-year contract (eligible for renewal for another three years) and after six years are eligible for renewable, five-year contracts. The Dean may provide summer grants to faculty to work on individual and collective projects. Benefits are competitive and include a budget for research and travel.

Applicants must have a J.D., excellent academic credentials, a strong writing background, and substantial legal-practice experience (a minimum of three years is strongly preferred). Teaching experience is also preferred. We encourage applications from those whose background and experience would add to the diversity of the faculty. Interested candidates should apply using the following website: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/9465. Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, law-school transcript, the names of three references, and two writing samples. Questions may be referred to Joel Atlas, Director of the Lawyering Program, at jba23@cornell.edu. The closing date for the receipt of applications is October 16, 2017. The school intends to interview candidates at the AALS recruitment conference in Washington, D.C., in November 2017.

The position advertised may lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years. The professor hired will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings (with some limitations). The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the range of $80,000 to $89,999. The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research and writing professor will be 31 to 35.

Hat tip to Estelle McKee, Clinical Professor of Law, The Lawyering Program, Cornell Law School.


August 30, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Request for Proposals - New England Consortium of Legal Writing Teachers (NECLWT) Annual Conference

University of ConnecticutLegal Writing faculty are invited to submit proposals for the annual NECLWT conference on Friday, October 27, 2017 at the University of Connecticut School of Law in Hartford, Connecticut. The conference theme (for Halloween) will be “Tricks and Treats.” Topics can cover a broad spectrum of classroom and teaching challenges and issues that you have faced (“tricks”) and effective strategies for resolving them (“treats”), or any other subject that relates to engaging students in legal research and legal writing.

The conference organizers expect to have short (20 min) and long (60 min) sessions.  They welcome joint proposals. 

Legal Writing faculty from across the United States and Canada are encouraged to submit proposals. If you are interested in participating, please send a proposal and your c.v. to Professor Jessica Rubin at jessica.rubin@uconn.edu no later than September 8, 2017 In your proposal, please give an estimate of how many minutes you need for your presentation.
Hat tips to Jessica Rubin and Mary Beattie  


August 30, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Ohio State is Hiring

OSUThe Ohio State University Moritz College of Law invites applications for a clinical-track faculty member to teach in its first-year legal research, analysis, and writing program, to begin in the 2018-2019 academic year. The new faculty member will be part of the College’s team of clinical-track faculty, law librarians, and tenure-track faculty who teach in Moritz’s nationally-recognized legal writing program. The faculty member will teach two sections of a two-credit legal writing class in the Fall Semester and two sections of a three-credit legal writing class in the Spring Semester. Enrollment in each class is expected to be no more than 20 students.

The position is a nontenure-track position with security reasonably similar to tenure, as provided by ABA Standard 405(c). Professors appointed to this clinical track must have a law degree and relevant practice and occupational experience in their areas of expertise and strong potential in all relevant areas of clinical or skills teaching, such as: supervising students in a skills classroom setting; classroom teaching; conforming to the ethical standards of applicable codes of professional responsibility; engaging in public service; expanding understanding of the law through preparation of written materials; and maintaining knowledge in the faculty member’s areas of expertise.

Annual salary range is $74,500 – $76,500, based on a nine-month renewable contract. The clinical faculty member will be hired for an initial probationary period of 3 to 5 years (with annual review) and will have full rights to participate in all College governance matters other than the appointment, promotion, and tenure of tenure-track faculty. Assuming satisfactory performance during the probationary period, the clinical faculty member will be eligible for promotion to a long-term renewable contract of 3 to 5 years that permits removal only for cause or financial exigency. The nine-month nature of the position brings with it eligibility for supplemental summer salary for research or other relevant contributions to the College, if the faculty member is interested. All Moritz College of Law clinical-track faculty also receive a full research and professional development budget. The College would consider lateral appointments (at the Associate Clinical Professor level) only for candidates with significant law school teaching experience.

A resume, references, and cover letter should be submitted to Professor Steven Huefner, Chair, Clinical Legal Writing Faculty Search Committee, at huefner.4@osu.edu. Applications will be reviewed beginning September 1, 2017, and will be accepted until the position is filled; preference will be given to applications received before September 15, 2017.  [NB: The College also is separately accepting applications for a tenure-track faculty member in several areas, including legal writing. For additional information on the tenure-track position, please see the College’s AALS job posting or contact Professor Daniel Tokaji, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, at tokaji.1@osu.edu.]

Hat tip to Anne E. Ralph.


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Monday, August 28, 2017

Vermont is Hiring

Vermont Law SchoolVermont Law School invites applications for a full-time professor in its Legal Writing Program. The professor will begin work on July 1, 2018, with a two-year contract. This contract is renewable for another two-year term, followed by five-year renewable contracts after that. Legal Writing professors are voting members of the faculty and serve on faculty committees.

Professors in the program teach two courses, each a semester long.  In the 1L course, professors design their materials around a subject drawn from their professional interest and experience.  Professors abide by common course requirements, such as number of assignments and oral advocacy requirements, but beyond that each professor decides course content. In the 2L course, Appellate Advocacy, professors select cases pending before the U.S. Supreme Court for the students to research, brief, and argue in a moot court setting.

Applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to teaching legal writing and should have experience practicing law or clerking.  Prior experience teaching legal writing is preferred.

Vermont Law School’s mission is to educate lawyers for the community and the world. The faculty believes that its scholarship, teaching and service should be meaningful and relevant to the local, national, and international communities. The law school is dedicated to building a diverse faculty, and it strongly encourages candidates of color, women, veterans, and members of other underrepresented groups to apply. Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and references to Vice Dean Stephanie J. Willbanks, Vermont Law School, 164 Chelsea Street, South Royalton, VT 05068.  Electronic applications are strongly preferred and can be submitted to facultyappointments@vermontlaw.eduMaterials should be submitted by October 20, 2017, although submissions received after this time may be considered until the position is filled.

The position advertised may lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years. The professor hired will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings. The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the range of $60,000 to $79,999. And the number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught is estimated at 41 to 45.

Hat tip to Professor Greg Johnson, Director, Legal Writing Program, Vermont Law School.


August 28, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)