Friday, September 29, 2006
Professor Melissa Weresh, at Drake University Law School, has written an article on Form and Substance: Standards for Promotion and Retention of Legal Writing Faculty on Clinical Tenure Track. It's not slated to be published until the winter, but you can access it now via Expresso's Preprint Series, at http://law.bepress.com/expresso/eps/1778/. Here's the abstract:
"This article compares standards for promotion and retention of legal writing faculty on a clinical tenure track. The article provides a brief history of legal writing professionals and examines specific employment criteria such as teaching, service, and scholarship. The article makes recommendations regarding those criteria based upon an assessment of institutional realities and the historical development of the profession."
This article will be very helpful for any law school contemplating changes to the terms of employment and contractual operating documents of non-tenure-track legal writing professors.