Friday, March 10, 2006

visiting position in Arkansas

The University of Arkansas School of Law (Fayetteville) is seeking teachers interested in joining its Legal Research and Writing program as a Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor for the 2006-07 academic year.

The Legal Research and Writing program covers three semesters, carries seven graded credits, and is taught by five full-time faculty members. LRW I focuses on analysis and objective writing; LRW II on appellate brief writing and oral advocacy, including a moot court component. LRW III is a required second year course which includes drafting of client letters, pleadings, a non-litigation document and a trial level memorandum. Appointment is for a nine month term (August - May).

Applicants should have a strong academic record, law practice experience, and a demonstrated interest in teaching legal research and writing. Prior legal writing teaching experience is strongly preferred. Please send, either electronically or in hardcopy, a cover letter, resume, list of references and a writing sample directed to:

Professor Terry Jean Seligmann
Director of Legal Research and Writing
University of Arkansas School of Law
Robert A. Leflar Law Center/Waterman Hall
Fayetteville, AR 72701
(501) 575-6939/FAX (501) 575-3022
email: tselig@comp.uark.edu

1. The positions advertised are Visiting appointments for academic year 2006-07.
2. The professor hired will not be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.
3. The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the range $50,000 to $59,999.
4. The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing professor will be 41 - 45.

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LWI conference scholarships

Reminder: Applications for stipends to attend the LWI Conference in Atlanta, Georgia from June 7-10, 2006, are due on March 15, 2006. (That's next week!) A stipend will cover the costs of travel, dorm room accommodations, and conference registration.    LWI's policies for awarding scholarships, the application form, and instructions are available, along with other information about the conference at: http://lwionline.org/activities/conferences.asp.

If you would like to attend the conference and meet the eligibility requirements, be sure to submit your application by email, fax, or regular post by next week. 

Susan C. Wawrose

Chair, LWI Conference Scholarship Committee
Assoc. Prof. of Lawyering Skills
University of Dayton School of Law
phone: (937) 229-2326
fax: (937) 229-2469

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the roller coaster

Teaching legal writing is like riding a roller coaster.  You get all ready to go at the beginning of the semester.  The timing and content of every assignment are planned before the semester starts.  Every possible problem has been anticipated and pre-empted as much as possible; your seatbelt is fastened tightly.  Once the semester actually starts, there's no stopping it.  There are ups and downs for weeks and weeks, unstoppable as the roller coaster car.  And then, suddenly, a break in the academic calendar is upon you, and the crazy ride ends.  Spring break starts tomorrow. (spl)

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Thursday, March 9, 2006

the power of narrative

If you watch the television show "Boston Legal" on Tuesday nights, the latest episode demonstrated the power of narrative.  Denny Crane (William Shatner, in his best over-the-top style) represented a defendant homeowner who had electrocuted a burglar.  By styling the defendant as an "American Homeowner," he got the potential jurors to buy into his story, resulting in a favorable plea bargain for his client.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2006

more incomprehensibility information

Here's the "incomprehensible" motion that the pro se debtor filed that resulted in the judge's dismissal:   Download KingMotion.pdf

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Tuesday, March 7, 2006

incomprehensibility

And now, an order in which the judge strikes the Defendant's motion on the grounds that it is "incomprehensible."

(Thanks to the Academic Support Blog for this item!)

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quotable

In baseball you only get three swings and you're out. In rewriting, you get almost as many swings as you want, and you know, sooner or later, you'll hit the ball.

-- Neil Simon
(spl)

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Monday, March 6, 2006

visiting position in Idaho

THE UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO COLLEGE OF LAW is taking applications for a temporary writing instructor for the 2006/07 academic year, teaching research, writing, and advocacy skills. Applicants should have a strong academic record from an ABA accredited law school, superior writing ability, and at least 2 years of practice experience. Interested persons should send a letter, writing sample, and resume listing three references to Laurie O’Neal, Chair, Search Committee, University of Idaho College of Law, Moscow, ID 83844-2321. Application deadline is March 31st.

1.  This is a one-year contract, technically considered visiting.  The school may continue to need this position filled and will only be able to determine that on a yearly basis.  (This is the second year the school has had this position.)

2.  The professor hired will not be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.

3.  The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the range of $41,000.

4.  The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing professor will be about 40.

(spl)

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RAWDATA

Friedman_sm Professor Peter Friedman, at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, writes an interesting blog called RAWBLOG.  On the upper right side of the screen, he maintains links to excellent resources on various aspects of legal writing and teaching legal writing, his RAWDATA.  (spl)

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do what?

After reading this decision, I'm thinking judges should be authorized to deny any motion with such a ridiculous title. (spl)

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Sunday, March 5, 2006

program upgrade at Southwestern

Getimage Dennis Yokoyama, Director of the Legal Analysis, Writing, and Skills Program at Southwestern University School of Law, has announced a major upgrade for his program.  In a nearly unanimous vote, the Southwestern faculty voted to change the 1L skills course from three credits (2 in the fall, 1 in the spring) to six credits (3 in the fall, 3 in the spring).  The course will now include a wider range of practical legal skills and fuller coverage of professionalism issues. (spl)

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