Saturday, November 5, 2005

ALWD to give NAAC best brief awards

The Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) has just announced that it will be presenting awards for the best brief at each regional competition of the National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC).  The competition is organized by the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association (ABA).  Law students hone their advocacy skills by writing an appellate brief and then arguing the case before a mock appeals court.  The highest-scoring teams will advance from the regional competitions, taking place in February and March 2006, to the national finals, in April 2006.

ALWD is a professional association of directors of legal writing programs, dedicted to improving legal writing by improving legal writing education.  This is the first year ALWD will be presenting an award for the best brief at each of the five regional competitions of the NAAC.  The best brief award will highlight the importance and centrality of strong  brief writing in a legal appeal, long before oral argument takes place.  An awards ceremony is in the planning stages. 

Questions about the competition and the new award can be directed to Professor Lorri Unumb, Chair, ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition.

Information on the competition is available at the NAAC website:

Further Information about ALWD is available at its website:

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Friday, November 4, 2005

Alito's legal writing

The legal writing most in the news today is the writing of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito.  For those of you who are interested in reading the full, original text of his writing for yourselves, may we recommend:


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