Wednesday, November 9, 2005

New England Consortium conference

The New England Consortium of Legal Writing Teachers invites all legal writing teachers to its next conference, taking place at Boston University School of Law on Friday, December 9, 2005, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Topics to be presented include:

Showing v. Telling: Allowing Students to Convince Themselves of the Value of a Legal Writing Paradigm
Stephanie Hartung & Audrey Huang, Suffolk University School of Law

Teaching Students Not to Make Assumptions: An Exercise on How Neighboring States Construe the Same Statutory Term Differently
Lisa T. McElroy, Southern New England School of Law

You Can't Build a House without a Solid Foundation:  Organization as a Prerequisite to Effective Legal Writing
Amy R. Stein, Hofstra University School of Law

Clarity, Context, and Confidence-building:  The Three C's of a Successful First-year Legal Writing Program
Nancy Soonpaa, Texas Tech University School of Law

Teaching Policy for Fun and Profit
Kirsten Dauphinais, University of North Dakota School of Law

Using the First-Year Legal Writing Curriculum to Explore Ethical Decision-Making:  It's a "Good Thing!"
Leah M. Christensen, University of St. Thomas School of Law

Moving Beyond Product to Process:  Building a Better LRW Program
Ellie Margolis & Susan DeJarnatt, Temple University, Beasley School of Law

Grading in Legal Writing
Jan M. Levine, Temple University, Beasley School of Law
Cynthia Adams, Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis

The deadline for registering to attend the conference is Friday, November 18th.  Registration is required, although there is no registration fee.  To register, e-mail Stephen Haag at Boston University School of Law:

Friday, November 18th is also the deadline for receiving a reduced conference rate at the Hotel Commonwealth, which is within walking distance of the conference.  To make a reservation, call the hotel directly at 617-933-5000 and mention the "New England Legal Writing Seminar."

The New England Consortium of Legal Writing Teachers usually meets twice a year on a Friday, in December and in June.  The location of the meetings rotates among the law schools in New England.  The meetings are designed to allow for a robust exchange of ideas about legal writing teaching, while minimizing the cost of travel and time away from work and families.  Most legal writing professors in New England can reach the meetings with no more than a two or three hour drive and are able to return home the same day.  Legal writing professors from other areas who are visiting or traveling in New England are always welcome to join the meetings. (spl)

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Are any of these papers going to be available on-line?

Posted by: John P. | Nov 10, 2005 12:04:08 PM

Great question! Some of these presentations draw on previously published work. Some of them may lead to new papers. And some may be reduced to writing only via a conference handout, which could be some sort of outline, bibliography, PowerPoint notes, etc. For topics you're particularly interested in, you may want to contact the individual presenters. You should be able to find contact information for each of them on their law school's website. You may also want to contact Professor Robert Volk at Boston University, and let him know that there is interest in having the papers and handouts available on-line.

Posted by: Sue Liemer | Nov 11, 2005 7:57:20 AM

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