Thursday, November 9, 2017

Advanced Legal Writing Seminar at the Chicago Bar Association

Kathleen Dillon NarkoProfessor Kathleen Dillon Narko will teach an Advanced Legal Writing Seminar at the Chicago Bar Association on December 1, 2017 from noon to 2:10 p.m. The program will earn attendees two Illinois MCLE credits.

Professor Narko teaches Communication and Legal Reasoning at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in Chicago. She is a frequent presenter at national and regional Legal Writing Institute conferences, and has written and spoken on a variety of topics related to communication and legal analysis. Her research interests include collaboration and learning theory and integration of analytical communication in law practice. She received her her B.A. in history, cum laude, from Yale University and her J.D. from Cornell Law School. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Chicago Bar Association Record and is a former member of the Chicago Bar Association Board of Managers.

The program is free for CBA Members who have the CLE Advantage Package, $50 for CBA members who don't have the CLE Advantage Package, and $100 for persons who are not members of the Chicago Bar Association. If you miss the live program on December 1, 2017, you can rent the DVD version of it after the program. Contact the Chicago Bar Association for more information about registration or renting the DVD version of the program.

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November 9, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, October 23, 2017

Charles Calleros

Charles Calleros has been named the Alan B. Matheson Fellow at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law in Phoenix. This named professorship is awarded to a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching and service to the O’Connor College of Law. .    
 
Hat tip to Andrew M. Carter
 
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October 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Is Your Law School an Institutional Member of Scribes?

Scribes--The American Society of Legal Writers--has individual and institutional memberships. Any ABA-approved law school, federal or state appellate court, or law firm may become an institutional member. Institutional membership entitles each faculty member, judge, or attorney at the respective organizations to all the benefits of membership, including receiving the Scribes Journal, The Scrivener, and bi-weekly email tips on legal research, writing, and grammar. Additionally, law schools may induct students into the National Order of Scribes. It is an honorary organization to recognize graduating law students who excel in legal writing. Law schools who are members may annually nominate up to five students to be inducted into the National Order of Scribes. $650 per year or $350 per year for institutions with fewer than 10 members of its own.

The Scribes website lists 39 U.S. law schools as institutional members. The law schools that are institutional members are:

  • Barry University, Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
  • California Western School of Law
  • Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law
  • Charlotte School of Law
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Duke University School of Law
  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco
  • Hofstra University, Maurice A. Deane School of Law
  • Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College
  • Northern Kentucky University - Chase College of Law
  • Mercer University School of Law
  • Mississippi College School of Law
  • Oklahoma City University School of Law
  • Saint Louis University School of Law
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • South Texas College of Law
  • Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law
  • Southwestern Law School
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas Tech University School of Law
  • The John Marshall Law School - Chicago
  • The University of Texas School of Law
  • Western Michigan University - Cooley Law School
  • University of Akron, C. Blake McDowell Law Center
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law
  • University of Houston Law Center
  • University of La Verne College of Law
  • University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law
  • University of Missouri School of Law
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law
  • University of Oklahoma Law Center
  • Valparaiso University School of Law
  • Washburn University School of Law
  • Western New England University School of Law
  • William Mitchell College of Law (now the Mitchell Hamline School of Law)

Click here for more information on membership in Scribes.

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October 21, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, October 13, 2017

Darby Dickerson Wins the 2018 AALS Section Award for Her Significant Lifetime Contributions to Legal Research and Writing

Darby DickersonDarby Dickerson, Dean of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, has been selected as the winner of the 2018 Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section Award from the Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research. This prestigious award recognizes individuals who have made significant lifetime contributions to the field of legal research and writing. The award was created in 1995 and conferred for the first time at the 1996 AALS Annual Meeting. The award has sometimes been described as a “Lifetime Achievement Award in Legal Writing Education."

Darby Dickerson began her full-time academic career in 1995 as a legal writing professor at Stetson University College of Law in Florida. She soon became Director of Stetson’s Legal Writing program. She was one of the first legal writing professors to become dean of a law school. She has now served as the dean of three law schools—first Stetson, then Texas Tech University School of Law, and finally The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

Dean Dickerson, now with many career accomplishments and public accolades, began teaching legal writing without job security or status. During the early years of her career, in addition to training students to succeed in practice, Dean Dickerson was a leader in professional organizations including the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD), the Legal Writing Institute (LWI), and the American Bar Association (ABA), working to bring recognition to legal writing professionals. Over her time as a dean, she has worked to improve the status of professors who teach legal writing at her law schools and has appointed many legal writing professors to associate dean and other high administrative positions. She has also worked to ensure pay equity for those who teach legal writing.

Dean Dickerson authored the first four editions of the ALWD Citation Manual: A Professional System of Citation, a book praised for improving the teaching and learning of legal citation in the United States. Over the years, proceeds from the Manual helped ALWD fund summer scholarship grants for legal writing professors. Her academic and professional articles demonstrate a lifelong dedication to creating and sharing knowledge about the legal profession, including the ethics of legal writing, law school pedagogy, and the lawyer’s (and law professor’s) place in society.

Dean Dickerson is now a nationally-known leader in legal education. Besides serving on the Executive Committee of the AALS, she is also a Past Chair of several AALS sections, including the Deans’ Section and the Section on Institutional Advancement. She is also a past ALWD director. For many years she served as Managing Editor of Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute.

In 2005, she received was the second person to receive the Burton Award for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education. In 2013, she was the inaugural recipient of the Darby Dickerson Award for Revolutionary Change in Legal Writing, named by the Association of Legal Writing Directors to honor her contributions to legal writing. And in 2016, National Jurist Magazine named her one of the “most influential people in legal education.”

Dean Dickerson is the Immediate Past President of Scribes—The American Society of Legal Writers. She is also an elected member of the American Law Institute and Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. She is active in the American Inns of Court, having been part of three Inns: the Mac Taylor Inn in Dallas; the Ferguson-White Inn of Court in Tampa (where she served on the Executive Board and as President); and the Texas Tech University School of Law Inn of Court in Lubbock (where she was a founding member and on the executive committee). She has also been active in bar activities at the local, state, and national level.

Darby Dickerson received her B.A. and M.A. from the College of William & Mary, and her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School. After graduation, she clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and then practiced commercial litigation with the law firm now known as Locke Lord in Dallas, Texas.

The 2018 Section award will be presented to Dean Dickerson at the AALS Annual Meeting in San Diego during the luncheon for the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research. That event will be held on Thursday, January 4, 2018, from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. That luncheon is a ticketed event and tickets should be purchased when registering for the AALS Annual Meeting.

The 2018 AALS Awards Committee was made up of Linda Berger (UNLV), Janet Siegel Brown (Northwestern), Alyssa Dragnich (Arizona State), J. Lyn Entrikin (University of Arkansas at Little Rock), Suzanne Rowe (Oregon), Helene Shapo (Northwestern), and Mark E. Wojcik (The John Marshall Law School-Chicago). The award nominee was then approved by the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research, which is chaired by Sabrina DeFabritiis (Suffolk). The Chair-Elect is Suzanna Moran (Denver), who will become Section Chair at the 2018 AALS Annual Meeting. The Section Secretary is Wendy Adele Humphrey (Texas Tech School), who will become the Section Chair-Elect. The immediate past Section Chair is Bob Brain (Loyola Law School, Los Angeles). Other members of the Section Executive Committee are Rebekah Hanley (Oregon), Allison Martin (Indiana University-McKinney School of Law), Joseph Mastrosimone (Washburn), Anne Mullins (North Dakota), and Nancy Soonpaa (Texas Tech).

Here is the cumulative list of the 20 individuals who have won the Section Award from the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research for lifetime contributions to the field of legal research and writing. (Some years are missing because the award was not presented that year.)

  • 1996 – Mary Lawrence (Oregon) [first recipient of the award]
  • 1997 – Ralph Brill (Chicago-Kent)
  • 2002 – Helene Shapo (Northwestern)
  • 2003 – Laurel Currie Oates (Seattle)
  • 2005 – Marilyn Walter (Brooklyn)
  • 2006 – Terri LeClerq (Texas)
  • 2007 – Anne Enquist (Seattle)
  • 2008 – Eric Easton (Baltimore)
  • 2009 – Richard K. Neumann, Jr. (Hofstra)
  • 2010 – Joe Kimble (Thomas Cooley)
  • 2011 – Elizabeth Fajans (Brooklyn)
  • 2012 – Susan Brody (The John Marshall Law School-Chicago) and Mary Barnard Ray (Wisconsin) [two winners that year]
  • 2013 – Terrill Pollman (UNLV) and Jill Ramsfield (Hawaii) [two winners that year]
  • 2014 – Jan Levine (Duquesne)
  • 2015 – Mark E. Wojcik (The John Marshall Law School-Chicago)
  • 2016 – Suzanne Rowe (Oregon)
  • 2017 – Linda B. Berger (UNLV)
  • 2018 – Darby Dickerson (The John Marshall Law School-Chicago)

Congratulations to Dean Darby Dickerson.

October 13, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Friday, September 29, 2017

Registration Open for the New England Consortium of Legal Writing Teachers

Here's a reminder that 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.

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September 29, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Suzanne Ehrenberg has Died

Ehrenberg-suzanneWe share today the sad news of the passing of Suzanne Ehrenberg, a Professor of Legal Research and Writing q5 IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Professor Ehrenberg received her B.A. (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Williams College and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. She practiced law for four years with the Chicago firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt and served as a staff attorney with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

She joined the IIT Chicago-Kent faculty in 1985 and became associate director of the Legal Writing Program in 1988. In 1998, she was a visiting fellow at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. In 2001, she took a position with Northwestern University School of Law as a clinical associate professor. She returned to Chicago-Kent in 2004.

Professor Ehrenberg taught a broad range of courses, including legal research and writing, remedies, law and literature, corporations, communication and legal reasoning, and appellate procedure. She was married to Steven Greenberger, a law professor at DePaul University College of Law.

We extend our deepest sympathy to her family, friends, colleagues, and students.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
 
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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
 
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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.

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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.

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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

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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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September 9, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

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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September 1, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

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.

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August 31, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)