Saturday, June 24, 2017

Call for Presenters for the AALS Section on North American Cooperation at the 2018 AALS Annual Meeting in San Diego

The Association of American Law Schools Section on North American Cooperation is pleased to announce a call for presenters from which two or more additional presenters will be selected for the section’s program during the AALS 2018 Annual Meeting in San Diego. The session topic is: “What Would a New NAFTA Look Like?” The program will be held on the last day of the AALS Conference, Saturday, January 6, 2018, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The session will be co-sponsored by the AALS Section on Graduate Programs for Non-U.S. Lawyers and the AALS Section on International Legal Exchange.
 
In April 2017, the Trump Administration indicated that it would seek to terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement between Canada, Mexico, and the United States. A few hours later, the Trump Administration indicated that there were no immediate plans to renegotiate NAFTA, an agreement that Trump once called the worst trade deal ever signed by the United States. The inconsistent messages on NAFTA and U.S. trade policy generally concern our trading and business partners around the world. This roundtable will discuss several questions relating to a new NAFTA, if one is negotiated, including whether NAFTA should be expanded to include other countries (such as Chile and Peru), whether negotiators should create provisions to summarily dismiss frivolous suits (such as challenge to new regulations that corporations complain will diminish their profits), and whether a new agreement should have even stronger enforcement mechanisms for environmental and worker protection.
 
The panel moderators will be Section Chair Gerardo Puertas (Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey, Mexico) and Section Chair-Elect Professor Lisa Black (California Western School of Law). 
 
To submit your name as a possible presenter, please submit your name and a brief description of what you would like to contribute to the discussion. Please send an email to Professor Mark E. Wojcik at mwojcik@jmls.edu. The due date for submission is Tuesday, September 12, 2017. Members of the Section’s Executive Committee will review the proposals and select presenters. Final decisions will be made by September 20, 2017. 
 
Like others on the panel, presenters will be responsible for paying the AALS registration fee as well as their own hotel and travel expenses.
 
If you have any questions about the call for presenters, please contact Professor Lisa Black at California Western School of Law or Professor Mark E. Wojcik at The John Marshall Law School-Chicago, mwojcik@jmls.edu or (312) 987-2391.

 

June 24, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, June 23, 2017

Scribes--The American Society of Legal Writers--Is Moving Its National Headquarters to The John Marshall Law School in Chicago

Scribes LogoScribes -- The American Society of Legal Writers -- will be moving its national headquarters from Texas to The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Since 2015, its executive office has been located in Texas at the Texas Tech University School of Law. Before that, it was located in Michigan at the Western Michigan University Thomas Cooley Law School.

The organization has strong connections in Chicago to support a successful move to that city. Darby Dickerson, the new Dean of The John Marshall Law School, was the longest-serving President of Scribes. She is now the organization's immediate past president. The current Scribes President is the Honorable Michael Hyman, a Justice on the Illinois Appellate Court and a past president of the Chicago Bar Association. The President-Elect is Professor Mark E. Wojcik of The John Marshall Law School. The editor of The Scrivener, the newsletter for Scribes, is Professor Maureen Collins of The John Marshall Law School.

The Incoming Executive Director of Scribes will be Jeanne Lamar, a member of The John Marshall Law School Writing Center. She will replace the current Executive Director, Jamie J. Baker of Texas Tech University School of Law.

Scribes is dedicated to encouraging legal writers and improving legal writing throughout the entire legal community. Founded in the 1950s, Scribes is the oldest organization of its kind. It has almost 2,700 members, including state and federal judges, practicing lawyers, law-school deans and professors, and legal editors. As written in its Constitution, Scribes's goals are:[

  1. to foster a feeling of fraternity among those who write about the law, and especially among its members;
  2. to create an interest in writing about the history, philosophy, and language of the law and about those who make, interpret, and enforce it;
  3. to help and encourage people who write about the law; and
  4. above all, to promote a clear, succinct, and forceful style in legal writing.

Scribes confers a variety of awards to recognize excellence in legal writing, including awards for books, law review articles, and moot court briefs. It also confers a lifetime achievement award whose recipients include: Federal Circuit Court Judges Richard Arnold, Guido Calabresi, Frank Easterbrook, and Richard Posner; U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, and John Paul Stevens; and the Right Honorable Harry Woolf, former Master of the Rolls and Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.

Scribes has both individual and institutional members (including law schools and courts). There are also (so far) two Student Chapters of Scribes -- one at Texas Tech University School of Law and the other at The John Marshall Law School. In 2007, Scribes created the National Order of Scribes to honor graduating law students who excel in legal writing. Each year, every law school that is an institutional member of Scribes may nominate law students to be inducted into the National Order of Scribes. 

The John Marshall Law School, the new home of Scribes, has long been regarded as having one of the strongest legal writing programs in the United States. The Lawyering Skills Program is chaired by Professor Kim Chanbonpin, who is currently serving as President of the Legal Writing Institute. Professor Wojcik, the President-Elect of Scribes, is also a member of the Board of the Legal Writing Institute.

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June 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Call for Presenters for the AALS Section on International Legal Exchange Program at the 2018 AALS Annual Meeting in San Diego

The AALS Section on International Legal Exchange has announced a call for presenters from which one or two additional presenters will be selected for the section’s program during the AALS 2018 Annual Meeting in San Diego. The session topic is: “A Global Guide to International Legal Exchange: Practical Secrets of Success and What to Do When Things Go Horribly Wrong.” The program will be held on the first day of the AALS Conference, Wednesday, January 3, 2018, from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. The session is co-sponsored by the AALS Section on North American Cooperation.

This program will review recent changes to the ABA standards that make it easier to send U.S. law students on overseas programs sponsored by their own schools. That presentation will be made by William E. Adams, Jr. (Deputy Managing Director, ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar). That introduction will be followed by a survey of successful international exchange programs, including an objective assessment of the value these exchanges should have for law students. We will also review the responsibility of schools to look after non-U.S. law students and exchange ideas on how to prevent and respond to problems that might arise in international exchange programs.

The panel co-moderators will be Professors George Edwards (Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law) and Gabrielle Goodwin (Indiana University Maurer School of Law). Confirmed speakers also include Charlotte Ku (Texas A&M University School of Law), Sue Liemer (Elon University School of Law), and Mark E. Wojcik (The John Marshall Law School-Chicago).

To submit your name as a possible presenter, please submit your name and a brief description of what you would like to contribute to the discussion. Please send an email to Professor Mark E. Wojcik at mwojcik@jmls.edu. The due date for submission is Tuesday, September 12, 2017. Members of the Section’s Executive Committee will review the proposals and select presenters. Final decisions will be made by September 20, 2017.

Like others on the panel, presenters will be responsible for paying the AALS registration fee as well as their own hotel and travel expenses.

If you have any questions about the call for presenters, please contact Professor Mark E. Wojcik at The John Marshall Law School-Chicago, mwojcik@jmls.edu or (312) 987-2391.

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June 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Seton Hall is Hiring

Seton Hall Law School in New Jersey is looking to hire a part-time Adjunct Professor of Legal Practice to teach in it Introduction to Lawyering course for the fall 2017 semester, with the likelihood that the position will be renewed for the spring 2018 semester.  The Introduction to Lawyering course is a full-year, six-credit course. The course covers legal writing, legal research, client interviewing, client counseling, negotiation, oral argument, and professionalism. The course is taught by doctrinal and legal practice professors in a coordinated and collaborative manner. In teaching the course, the faculty member will be responsible for the following:

  • Teaching Introduction to Lawyering classes twice a week during weeks when classes are scheduled.
  • Meeting with students in individual and joint conferences to discuss writing assignments and interactive skills exercises.
  • Providing students with detailed written feedback on writing assignments and interactive skills exercises.
  • Attending Introduction to Lawyering faculty meetings to prepare for upcoming classes and activities.
  • Teaching several sessions at the Introduction to Lawyering Day at law school orientation on Friday, August 18.
  • Meeting with students outside of class time and conferences as needed to discuss assignments and other law school topics.
  • Other assignments consistent with the needs of the program.

Most weeks, the faculty member will be expected to come to the law school at least two days a week to teach classes and meet with students and faculty.  However, some weeks will require a more substantial time commitment.

Qualifications: Seton Hall seeks individuals with stellar legal writing, interpersonal, and practice skills. Candidates must have 3-5 years of practice experience and excellent academic records. Teaching experience is preferred.  Please send a resume and cover letter to: Maya Grosz, Director of the Legal Practice Curriculum and Associate Professor of Law, Seton Hall University, School of Law, One Newark Center, 1109 Raymond Boulevard, Newark, NJ 07102; maya.grosz@shu.edu. Deadline for applications is June 30, 2017.  

Seton Hall University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. It honors diversity and respects the religious commitments of all its employees. In turn, its employees respect Catholic beliefs and values, and they support its mission as a Catholic institution of higher education.

The position is a part-time appointment, or a year-to-year adjunct appointment.The professor hired will not be permitted to vote in faculty meetings. The law school anticipates paying a salary of less than $50,000. The number of students will be 30 or fewer.

Hat tip to Maya Grosz.

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June 21, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Registration Open for the 2017 ALWD Conference

The 2017 Association of Legal Writing Directors ("ALWD") Conference Committee invites you to the 2017 conference, Acknowledging Lines: Talking About What Unites and Divides Us.  Speaker details, and a link to the registration page, are available on the conference website: http://alwd.umn.edu/.  The ALWD Conference will be held at the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from July 19-21, 2017.
 
Hat tip to the 2017 ALWD Conference Committee: Amy Vorenberg, Anne Mullins, Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff, Alyssa Dragnich, Chris Soper, Brad Clary, Anne Ralph, David Krech, Rosi Lozada Schrier, Joe Mastrosimone, Shakira Pleasant, Tanya Bartholomew, Sam Moppett, Norm Plate, Mary Garvey Algero, Greg Johnson, Scott Farley, Christine Coughlin, and Michelle Falkoff.
 
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June 18, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Teresa Godwin Phelps Scholarship Award

The Teresa Godwin Phelps Scholarship Award honors individual works of outstanding scholarship specific to the legal writing discipline that are published in any given calendar year. The award is meant to set aspirational standards for others writing in the field.

In making an award, the selection committee and the Legal Writing Institute Board of Directors will focus solely on whether an individual work is specific to the discipline of legal writing and on whether it makes an outstanding contribution to the discipline. Neither the selection committee nor the Board will take into account long-term contributions to the field or contributions in service, program design, teaching, or improving status for the legal writing field.

The selection committee may recommend and the LWI Board may give more than one award for any given year.

Eligible works

Published articles and books are eligible for the award. To be eligible for an award made for any given calendar year, the work must be nominated for the award, and the work must have been published in its final form in that calendar year.

Anyone, except a member of the selection committee in that year or author of the nominated work, may nominate a work for consideration by the selection committee. Nominations must be in writing, briefly summarize the reasons for the nomination, include a copy of or link to the work, and must be received by the deadline for nominations.  Nomination deadlines and contact information for that year’s selection committee will be posted on the Legal Writing Institute website.

The publication date assigned by the publisher determines eligibility regardless of whether the work is actually available on that date. If the final form of the work is not actually available to the public in the year of its official publication date with the result that a nomination is untimely or the selection committee lacks time to consider the work before making award(s) for that year, the selection committee may evaluate the work and recommend an award for the subsequent year even though its official publication date was in the previous year.

Eligible authors

Any person, except a member of the selection committee in a given award year, is eligible to win the award.  The author’s faculty status, level of experience, and areas of teaching will not be taken into account.

Annual Nomination Deadline and Process

For works published in 2016, the nomination deadline is June 30, 2017.  The LWI Board plans to announce the Award winner or winners by September 30, 2017.

Send nominations to Kate George, administrative assistant to Ian Gallacher, the secretary of the 2016 selection committee, at kageorge@law.syr.edu.

Nominations must be in writing, briefly summarize the reasons for the nomination, provide a copy of or link to the nominated work, and must be received by the deadline for nominations.  The committee will not accept nominations by the author of the nominated work or by any member of the committee in that year.

Questions:  Please contact Kate O’Neill, Chair of the 2016 selection committee, at kateon@uw.edu.

Hat tip to Ian Gallacher.

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June 6, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Applied Legal Storytelling Conference

Here's a reminder that registration is now open for the 6th Biennial Applied Legal Storytelling Conference, which will be held this year from July 11-13, 2017 in Washington, D.C at the American University Washington College of Law.

Register by clicking on the link - Applied Legal Storytelling Conference.  The website has information on hotels and dorms, as well as program information. The Gala Reception will be held at the Lincoln Cottage, Abraham Lincoln's home in Washington, D.C. and the "Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation."

Hat tip to Jason Palmer.

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May 31, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Registration for the 2017 ALWD Conference

The 2017 Association of Legal Writing Directors ("ALWD") Conference Committee invites you to the 2017 conference, Acknowledging Lines: Talking About What Unites and Divides Us.  Speaker details, and a link to the registration page, are available on the conference website: http://alwd.umn.edu/.  The ALWD Conference will be held at the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from July 19-21, 2017.
 
Hat tip to the 2017 ALWD Conference Committee: Amy Vorenberg, Anne Mullins, Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff, Alyssa Dragnich, Chris Soper, Brad Clary, Anne Ralph, David Krech, Rosi Lozada Schrier, Joe Mastrosimone, Shakira Pleasant, Tanya Bartholomew, Sam Moppett, Norm Plate, Mary Garvey Algero, Greg Johnson, Scott Farley, Christine Coughlin, and Michelle Falkoff.
 
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May 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Reminder: Deadline Extended for Presentations at the ALWD Innovative Teaching Workshop

The Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) will hold an Innovative Teaching Workshop on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 in connection with the 2017 ALWD Conference at the University of Minnesota School of Law. Here's a reminder that the deadline for presentation proposals has been extended to June 1, 2017.

The workshop will be held on July 19th from 9:00 am to 1:30 p.m. The informal, pre-conference workshop is designed to provide legal writing faculty an opportunity to highlight, share, and further develop their creative teaching ideas and techniques. Participants will be divided into small groups led by experienced legal writing professors. We welcome proposals for teaching ideas/techniques related to the conference theme of Acknowledging Lines: Talking About What Unites and Divides Us, as well as proposals relating to innovative teaching ideas more generally.

There is no fee for the workshop, but participants will apply for the workshop by submitting a description of no more than 300 words of the teaching idea/technique they would like to present, including any brainstorming prompts/questions they might like to focus on during the session, as well as their contact information. Enrollment is limited to sixteen people first-come, first served. Participants will be notified by return email of acceptance into the workshop.

Please email your proposal to: Kirsten Dauphinais at dauphinais@law.und.edu. The deadline is rolling with a new closing date of June 1, 2017. After the conference, workshop participants will be asked to write up a one-page synopsis of their workshopped idea to serve as a takeaway resource for other participants. And hey, if anyone wants to post their idea here on the Legal Writing Prof Blog we're happy to accommodate you!

If you have questions the conference, please email Kirsten Dauphinais at dauphinais@law.und.edu.

Hat tips to the ALWD Innovative Teaching Workshop Committee: Kirsten Dauphinais (Chair), and committee members Olympia Duhart, Emily Grant, Laura Graham, Tamara Herrera, and Katherine Kelly.

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May 21, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2017 Burton Awards; Linda Edwards to Receive the 2017 Burton Award for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Burton Awards, which will be presented in Washington, D.C. at the Library of Congress on Monday, May 22, 2017.

Each year since its inception eighteen years ago, the Burton national awards program has grown in stature. The non-profit program is held in association with the Library of Congress, presented by lead sponsor Law360 and, co-sponsored by the American Bar Association through its Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress. Patterned after the Pulitzer Prizes, its close relationship with the Library of Congress has helped it flourish. Read more about The Burton Awards.

The Burton Awards is quite simply the most glamorous night of the year for legal writing. Held at the Library of Congress, the guest speakers and award winners have included U.S. Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, and Justice John Paul Stevens [retired].

Linda EdwardsAmong the many awards being presented on Monday is the Burton Award for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education. The winner of the 2017 award is Professor Linda Edwards of the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law.

Before joining the academy, Professor Edwards practiced law for eleven years. She then began her teaching career at the New York University School of Law, where she served as the Coordinator of the NYU Lawyering Program. In 1990, Professor Edwards joined the faculty at the Mercer University School of Law, where she was the Macon Professor of Law. During her 19 years at Mercer, Professor Edwards directed the legal writing program and taught in the areas of property, employment discrimination, advanced legal writing, professional responsibility, and legal reasoning.

Here is a comprehensive list of winners of the Burton Award for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education.

  • 2017: Linda Edwards, Professor at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law
  • 2016: Louis J. Sirico, Jr., Professor at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
  • 2015: Marilyn Walter, Professor and Director of the Legal Writing Program at Brooklyn Law School
  • 2014: Anne M. Enquist, Professor of Lawyering Skills and Director of the Legal Writing Program at Seattle University School of Law
  • 2013: Mary Lawrence, Professor Emerita at University of Oregon School of Law
  • 2012: Tina L. Stark, Professor of the Practice of Law and Director of the Transactional Program at Boston University School of Law.
  • 2011: Marjorie Dick Rombauer, Professor Emerita of Law at University of Washington
  • 2010: Helene S. Shapo, Professor of Law Emeritus at Northwestern University Law School
  • 2009: Richard K. Neumann Jr., Professor at Hofstra University School of Law
  • 2008: Mary Beth Beazley, Associate Professor of Law and Director of Legal Writing at Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law
  • 2007: Laurel Oates, Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law
  • 2006: Ralph Brill, Served as Associate Dean, Acting Dean and Associate Dean of Student Affairs at the Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • 2005: Darby Dickerson, Vice President and Dean at Stetson University College of Law [now Dean at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago]
  • 2004: Kent D. Syverund, Dean and Garner Anthony Professor at Vanderbilt University Law School

William C. Burton, for whom the awards are named, is a partner in Sagat|Burton LLP., New York. He is the founder and Chairman of the Burton Awards Program. His practice is devoted to lobbying at the federal and state levels of government. He has served as a New York State Assistant Attorney General and an Assistant New York State Special Prosecutor. For fifteen years, he was Director of Government Affairs and handled legislative and regulatory matters for Continental Insurance, one of America's largest insurance companies. He is the author of BURTON'S LEGAL THESAURUS, the first and only such book ever written for the legal profession. The book is now in its fourth edition. When it was published Mr. Burton was given an award by the Association of American Publishers for the book's uniqueness and creativity.

In 1999, Mr. Burton created the Burton Foundation and the Burton Awards program to encourage perfection and reward excellence in the legal profession. The nonprofit Burton Awards program is run in association with the Library of Congress.

In 2011, Mr. Burton was awarded the highest award by the Legal Writing Institute, the second largest organization of law professors in the United States. The honor and tribute was given for his advocacy and impact on legal writing. Later in 2011, he was presented the "Blackstone Award" by the Friends of the Law Library of Congress for embodying and promoting the best ideals of the venerable institution.

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May 21, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Registration Open for the Applied Legal Storytelling Conference

Here's a reminder that registration is open for the 6th Biennial Applied Legal Storytelling Conference, which will be held this year from July 11-13, 2017 in Washington, D.C at the American University Washington College of Law.

Register by clicking on the link - Applied Legal Storytelling Conference.  The website has information on hotels and dorms. The program for the conference will there too if it isn't already.

The Gala Reception will be held at the Lincoln Cottage, Abraham Lincoln's home in Washington, D.C. and the "Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation."

Hat tip to Jason Palmer.

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May 17, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, May 12, 2017

Save the Date: December 2018 Global Legal Skills Conference in Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne Law School Melbourne Law School (Building)It's 18 months away, so you can block out the days on your calendar and start saving your frequent flier miles for a trip to Australia for the next Global Legal Skills Conference.

The 13th Global Legal Skills Conference will be held at Melbourne Law School from December 10-12, 2018.

JMLS LogoThe Conference will be co-sponsored by The John Marshall Law School of Chicago (where the conference series was founded). The Conference Co-Chairs will be Chantal Morton (Director of the Legal Academic Skills Centre and Director of Teaching at Melbourne Law School) and Mark E. Wojcik (Professor at The John Marshall Law School and founder of the Global Legal Skills Conference Series).

Previous Global Legal Skills Conferences have been held in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Costa Rica, Mexico, and, most recently, Italy. The conference is the leading global conference dedicated to legal skills education, and participants come from around the world to attend the conference. Participants include law professors, professors of English as Second Language, lawyers, judges, court interpreters, law students, language students, and other academics.

The GLS-13 Conference is being presented in cooperation with a number of international organizations, including these organizations already confirmed:

  • Scribes--The American Society of Legal Writers
  • The Teaching International Law Interest Group of the American Branch of the International Law Association

We acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which the Melbourne Law School is situated.

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May 12, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Marjorie Rombauer, the Mother of Legal Writing Education, Would Have Been 90 Years Old Today

Marjorie RombauerProfessor Emeritus Marjorie Rombauer of the University of Washington School of Law, an icon in the field of legal research and writing education who has been described as the "Founding Mother" of Legal Writing Education, would have been 90 years old today if she were still alive.

Click here to see our tribute to Marjorie Rombauer, including some video of her remarks in 2011 made when accepting the Burton Award for Excellence in Legal Writing Education.

Hat tip to Karin Mika.

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May 11, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

AALS Section on Teaching Methods Newsletter

The Association of American Law Schools Section on Teaching Methods promotes the communication of ideas, interests and activities among members of the section and makes recommendations on matters concerning techniques, strategies and methods of teaching, testing and grading law students.

Section Chair Debbie Borman has shared a link to the first in a series of its new and innovative Section Newsletters, created and produced by that Section's Teaching Methods Communications Committee: Michael Bloom, Ted Afield, and Dustin Benham (a Contributing Editor to the Legal Writing Prof Blog). It's well worth a quick look.

Hat tip to Debbie Borman

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May 10, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Anthony Niedwiecki to be Next Dean at Golden Gate University School of Law

Niedwiecki-anthonyAnthony Niedwiecki, a former President of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) and former Director of the Lawyering Skills Program at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, will be the next dean at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco.

Niedwiecki had joined the faculty of The John Marshall Law School in 2010 as an associate professor. He was the Director of the Lawyering Skills Program and also taught Employment Discrimination and a Sexual Orientation Law Seminar. In 2015, he was named as the school's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, in which he oversaw John Marshall's curriculum, accreditation process, bar preparation program, distance education, and experiential learning program.

Niedwiecki received a bachelor's degree from Wayne State University, a J.D. from Tulane University Law School, and an LL.M. from Temple University Beasley School of Law. Before teaching, he was a commercial litigation attorney at Mayer Brown's Houston office and a labor and employment attorney with Gardere & Wynne in Dallas. He also taught at Arizona State University and returned to Temple before joining the faculty at Nova Southeastern University's Shepard Broad Law Center in 2003, where he was an associate professor and director of the Lawyering Skills and Values program before coming to The John Marshall Law School. 

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May 9, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Mary Beth Beazley Wins the 2017 Rombauer Award

The Board of Directors of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) has announced that Mary Beth Beazley is the recipient of the 2017 Marjorie Rombauer Award.  This prestigious award has only been given twice since it was established.  First to Mary Lawrence in 2000 and then to Laurel Currie Oates in 2009.

The award recognizes a person who has contributed significantly to the field of legal writing:

  • by education about the importance of legal writing;
  • by published scholarship that advances the teaching of legal writing and the understanding of its underlying principles;
  • by contributions to national legal writing organizations;
  • by contributions to individual legal writing programs; and
  • by efforts to improve the status of legal writing faculty.

As Mary Beth’s nominees wrote: “Professor Beazley is a force in the legal writing field.  For 30 years, she has served the national legal writing field with a generous heart and seemingly endless energy.”  Mary Beth uses humor and creativity to teach us all.  On top of that, she is “a prolific, versatile writer, and her work seamlessly integrates the doctrine of legal writing intro a wide range of topics.  Her scholarship ranges from the substance at the core of our discipline as legal writing faculty, to metacognitive pieces, to the interdisciplinary, combining the social perspective on writing with election law in her article on ballot design.” She has long been a national force in the field of legal writing.

The ALWD Awards Committee Members were Suzanne Rowe, Mary Algero, Todd Bruno, and Terry Pollman. The 2017 Marjorie Rombauer Award will be presented to Mary Beth Beazley at the ALWD Conference in Minneapolis.

Hat tip to Wanda M. Temm (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law).

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May 9, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

From History to Mystery: A Free Symposium on How to Craft a True Story into a Compelling Tale

Blog readers in Chicago have an opportunity to attend a free program put together by Debbie Borman. It's called From History to Mystery: Crafting a True Story into a Compelling Tale, a two-day colloquium in Evanston, Illinois. The event taps into the renewed interest in true-crime narrative and explores how to shape true stories into accurate but compelling narratives (something of great interest to the legal writer, of course!).
  • The event starts on Thursday, May 25 with a lecture by bestselling author Daniel Stashower, tracing the “non-fiction novel” genre from Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood to such recent bestsellers as Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, and exploring the fiction techniques that help writers in this genre craft stories that both engage readers and can withstand rigorous fact-checking.
  • A workshop the afternoon of Friday, May 26 features an interactive “CSI: Evanston” activity that will challenge participants to outline a true-crime narrative.
  • The colloquium ends that Friday evening with a brief storytelling session on the life of a notable mystery author and a dramatic, interpretive reading of that author’s work.
The event is free to attend, and you can register for any or all of the events on the Eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/from-history-to-mystery-crafting-a-true-story-into-a-compelling-tale-tickets-32944774708. The event is financed by a grant from the Alumnae of Northwestern University.
 
Hat tips to Debbie Borman and Susie Salmon.

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May 9, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, May 8, 2017

Teresa Godwin Phelps Scholarship Award

The Teresa Godwin Phelps Scholarship Award honors individual works of outstanding scholarship specific to the legal writing discipline that are published in any given calendar year. The award is meant to set aspirational standards for others writing in the field.

In making an award, the selection committee and the Legal Writing Institute Board of Directors will focus solely on whether an individual work is specific to the discipline of legal writing and on whether it makes an outstanding contribution to the discipline. Neither the selection committee nor the Board will take into account long-term contributions to the field or contributions in service, program design, teaching, or improving status for the legal writing field.

The selection committee may recommend and the LWI Board may give more than one award for any given year.

Eligible works

Published articles and books are eligible for the award. To be eligible for an award made for any given calendar year, the work must be nominated for the award, and the work must have been published in its final form in that calendar year.

Anyone, except a member of the selection committee in that year or author of the nominated work, may nominate a work for consideration by the selection committee. Nominations must be in writing, briefly summarize the reasons for the nomination, include a copy of or link to the work, and must be received by the deadline for nominations.  Nomination deadlines and contact information for that year’s selection committee will be posted on the Legal Writing Institute website.

The publication date assigned by the publisher determines eligibility regardless of whether the work is actually available on that date. If the final form of the work is not actually available to the public in the year of its official publication date with the result that a nomination is untimely or the selection committee lacks time to consider the work before making award(s) for that year, the selection committee may evaluate the work and recommend an award for the subsequent year even though its official publication date was in the previous year.

Eligible authors

Any person, except a member of the selection committee in a given award year, is eligible to win the award.  The author’s faculty status, level of experience, and areas of teaching will not be taken into account.

Annual Nomination Deadline and Process

For works published in 2016, the nomination deadline is June 30, 2017.  The LWI Board plans to announce the Award winner or winners by September 30, 2017.

Send nominations to Kate George, administrative assistant to Ian Gallacher, the secretary of the 2016 selection committee, at kageorge@law.syr.edu.

Nominations must be in writing, briefly summarize the reasons for the nomination, provide a copy of or link to the nominated work, and must be received by the deadline for nominations.  The committee will not accept nominations by the author of the nominated work or by any member of the committee in that year.

Questions:  Please contact Kate O’Neill, Chair of the 2016 selection committee, at kateon@uw.edu.

Hat tip to Ian Gallacher.

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May 8, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Registration Open for the Applied Legal Storytelling Conference

Registration is open for the 6th Biennial Applied Legal Storytelling Conference, which will be held this year from July 11-13, 2017 in Washington, D.C at the American University Washington College of Law.

Register by clicking on the link - Applied Legal Storytelling Conference.  The website has information on hotels and dorms. The program for the conference will there too if it isn't already.

The Gala Reception will be held at the Lincoln Cottage, Abraham Lincoln's home in Washington, D.C. and the "Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation."

Hat tip to Jason Palmer.

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May 7, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Winners Announced for the 2017 LWI/ALWD/LexisNexis Scholarship Grants; A Total of $20,000 in Grants Awarded

The Legal Writing Institute and the Association of Legal Writing Directors have announced the winners of the 2017 LWI/ALWD/LexisNexis Scholarship Grants. In a blind review process, a joint committee of LWI and ALWD evaluated the proposals and made funding recommendations, which both Boards affirmed.  This year, LWI and ALWD each contributed $7500.  LexisNexis contributed $5000.  Through their generosity of these organizations, four grants awards of $5000 each were made.
 
The grant winners and titles of the proposals are:
  • Mark Cooney (Western Michigan, Cooley Law School), What Courts Cite
  • Lindsay Head (LSU), A Contract to Hire: Unilateral Grading Contracts in the Legal Writing Classroom
  • Nancy Millar (Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School), The Science of Successful Teaching
  • Amanda Smith (Widener University, Commonwealth Law School), “Say What?”: A How-To Guide on Providing Formative Assessment to Law Students Through Live Critique
Members of the Joint Scholarship Grants Committee who mentored the applicants and evaluated the proposals were: Sue Chesler, David Cleveland, Lyn Entrikin, Elizabeth Frost, Jane Grise, Anne Mullins, Rebecca Scharf, and Emily Zimmerman.

Hat tips to Louis Sirico (LWI) and Greg Johnson (ALWD), Co-Chairs of the Joint Scholarship Grants Committee.

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May 7, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)