Friday, April 7, 2006

circuit splits

I'm not sure why someone would devote an entire blog to circuit splits, but it sure makes it easy to find good federal law problems for legal writing assignments.  Creating a problem based on a well-established circuit split is a tried and true method for creating trial brief, appellate brief, and oral argument assignments for law students.  Students assigned to each side of the case will find both helpful and harmful material when they research the problem, and so they'll learn how to handle both helpful and harmful legal authority.  Check out http://www.splitcircuits.blogspot.com. (spl) 

April 7, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

law blog directory

A blog that can best be described as a directory of law blogs can be found at http://3lepiphany.typepad.com/3l_epiphany/2006/03/specialty_blogs.html.  Whatever aspect of law you're interested in, including legal writing, you will find links to blogs on point there, all categorized in the author's pretty logical taxonomy.  (spl)

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upgrades at Chapman

The Legal Writing program at Chapman University School of Law has also had important upgrades in this academic year.  In place of adjuncts, three new, full-time LRW professors were hired.  And in place of three-year contracts, just instituted last May, five-year, renewable contracts were agreed upon.  In addition, these writing professors can now vote at faculty meetings.  (spl)

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adoption of ALWD Citation Manual

The Montana Supreme Court will be adopting the ALWD manual as its primary guide for citation rules. (njs)

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Thursday, April 6, 2006

program changes at Georgetown

The Georgetown Law Center's faculty voted yesterday to make several changes:

to approve a proposal to double the size of the Legal Research and Writing faculty,

to reduce class size from 120 to 30 (with each faculty member teaching two sections), and

to appoint a rotating chair for the department in lieu of a Director. (njs)

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lyrics & legal writing

When the Commercial & Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association meets May 5 - 7, the topics under consideration will include "Lawyers, Lyrics and the Art of Legal Writing" and "Actors, Attorneys and the Art of Oral Advocacy."  The meeting will take place at Lincoln Center, in midtown Manhattan.  The program brochure and registration form have been posted online.  (spl)

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meditation retreat

Did you know there are meditation retreats for legal professionals, which includes law professors?  Some states even grant CLE credits for attending.  Check out the Meditation Retreat for Law Professionals and Students.  (spl)

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ALWD awards summer grants

Since 2001, the Association of Legal Writing Directors has awarded ALWD Summer Scholarship Grants for teachers of legal research and writing.

The Summer Scholarship Program reflects ALWD's commitment to the professional development of legal research and writing faculty. The grants are funded primarily from royalties from the sale of the ALWD Citation Manual.

This year's applicant pool was very strong and the decision was difficult. Many congratulations to the six recipients of the 2006 ALWD Scholarship grants:

Leah M. Christensen, U. of St. Thomas School of Law, Legal Reading: The Correlation Between How Students Read and Law School Success ($5000)

Mark Edwin Burge, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Teaching Statutory Construction in an Age of Outsourcing: Are Our Students Ready to Play Judge Yet? ($5000)

Andrew T. Solomon, South Texas College of Law, for an article on unpublished opinions ($2500)

Jennifer Sheppard, Appalachian School of Law, for a reference book for judicial externs and interns ($2500)

Russell A. McClain, Howard University School of Law, Achieving the O'Connor Ideal: Moving Towards Racial Equalization in the Legal Profession Through Pre-Law School Intensive Legal Writing Training($2500)

Hollee S. Temple, West Virginia University College of Law, An Analysis of the Credentials of Today's Legal Writing Professors ($2500)

Thank you to the members of the Scholarship Committee (Terry Pollman, Judy Stinson, Alice Silkey, Judy Fischer, Mary Beth Beazley, Lisa Eichorn, Amy Dillard, Nancy Dickhute, Ursula Weigold, Christine Venter) and especially to Committee Chair, Sarah Ricks, for evaluating the applications and making recommendations to the ALWD Board.

- Kristin B. Gerdy, President, ALWD (Brigham Young)

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ALDA vs. ABA

The American Bar Association's status as the accrediting agency for law schools in the United States is currently under routine review by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE).  An organization of law school deans, called ALDA, recently weighed in with the DOE.

To read some different perspectives on what the law deans may be up to, go to:  http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2006/04/more_on_law_dea.html.

More on the topic can also be found at:  http://www.truthonthemarket.com/2006/04/04/tenure-and-the-law-deans/.  (spl)

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Wednesday, April 5, 2006

podcasts from AALS annual meeting

If you missed the AALS annual meeting in January, now you can catch the podcast (digital audio recordings).  You can listen to over 120 presentations, on a wide variety of subjects related to legal education.  To find out what topics are available and how to access them, just click here.  (spl)   

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job still open in Idaho

Yes, obviously, it's the LRW job posting time of year.

The University of Idaho College of Law has extended the deadline for applications for a temporary writing instructor for the 2006-2007 academic year.  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.

1)  The position advertised may lead only to successive short-term contracts of one year.
2)  The professor hired will not be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.
3)  The school anticipates paying an annual academic year salary in the range of $40,000 to $49,999.
4)  The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing professor will be 36 to 45.

(spl) 

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Tuesday, April 4, 2006

job opening in Florida

Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida, has announced that it has a visiting position teaching LRW (legal research & writing) open for next year, from August 2006 to May 2007.  If you are interested in the position, send a resume with at least three professional references to Dean Darby Dickerson, [email protected].

1)  The position advertised may lead only to successive short-term contracts of one year.
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 $60,000 to $69,999.  The school is willing to pay relocation expenses up to $5,000 and/or may be able to provide campus-owned housing at a subsidy. 
4)  The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing instructor will be 41 to 45.

(spl)   

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Congratulations Pam!

Professor Pam Lysaght has been granted tenure by the faculty at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.  Professor Lysaght is the creator and director of the law school's Applied Legal Theory and Analysis course, and she also was instrumental in the law school's Writing Across the Curriculum initiative. (spl)

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Monday, April 3, 2006

news from Syracuse

Ian Gallacher, director of the Law Firm program at Syracuse, reports good news:

1)  The faculty voted to increase the number of required legal research and writing credits from four to six (adding a required third semester of LRW). 

2)  To accommodate the additional credits and course, the Law Firm program welcomes 3 new profs: Aliza Milner, Sonya Bonneau, and Lynn Levey (all starting in August). 

3)  The school has changed the title of its LRW teachers from "instructor" to "professor."

Congratulations to Ian for his hard work in these positive developments!

(njs)

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job opening in Ohio

Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio, has announced an opening for a Professor of Legal Writing.  Applicants should send a letter of application, a resume, a writing sample, and a list of three references by April 28, 2006, to Janet George Blocher, Director, Legal Research and Writing Program, Capital University Law School, 303 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

1)  The position advertised may lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years.  (The professor may apply for a five-year contract after three years of service at the law school.) 
2)  The professor hired will not be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.  (Once the professor has been granted a long-term, five-year contract, the professor may vote at faculty meetings on all matters except hiring and promotion.)
3)  The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the range of $50,000 to $59,000.
4)  The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing professor will be 46 to 50.

(spl)

   

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job opening in Boston

Suffolk University Law School is seeking a full-time, non-tenure-track legal writing professor to teach in the Legal Practice Skills Program.  Interested applicants should submit a resume, law school transcript, and short writing sample, by April 10, 2006, to Professor Kathleen Elliott Vinson, Director, LPS Program, Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02108.

1)  The position advertised may lead only to successive short-term contracts of one to four years.
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 $40,000 to $49,999.
4)  The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing professor will be 51 to 55.

(spl)

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job opening in Maine

The University of Maine School of Law is inviting applications for the position of Legal Research and Writing Instructor.  Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and the names and phone numbers of three references to:  Professor Nancy Wanderer, University of Maine School of Law, RE: 100, 246 Deering Avenue, Portland, ME 04102.

1)  The position advertised may lead only to successive short-term contracts of one year.
2)  Whether the professor hired will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings has not yet been determined.
3) The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the range of $30,000 to $39,999.
4) The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing instructor will be 46 to 50 (closer to 46).

(spl)

   

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job opening in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Law School has announced that it is seeking applicants for the position of Legal Writing Instructor, for the 2006-2007 academic year.  Interested applicants should send an e-mail message to Professor Marilyn Walter at [email protected], attaching a resume and writing sample.

1) The position advertised may lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years.
2) The professor hired will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.
3) The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the range of $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 36 to 40.

(spl)

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Sunday, April 2, 2006

unlikely recommended reading

Ordinarly, if someone told me to read a book review of a dictionary, I suppose my first thought would be "I didn't even know they review dictionaries," and my second thought would likely be, "uh, no thanks."  But if you are a word person and interested in the nuances of legal language, a book review you will likely enjoy is:  Peter Tiersma, The New Black's, 55 Journal of Legal Education 386 (2005).

When I received a complimentary copy of the 8th edition of Black's Law Dictionary, I dutifully put it on my bookshelf with my other reference books, for future use.  It never occurred to me to actually peruse the new edition to see what was new about it.  Fortunately, Professor Tiersma has done that for me -- and you.  He makes a compelling argument for the importance of keeping this standard American legal dictionary up-to-date, as he explains the effect that the previous definition of "mitigating circumstances" has had on jury decisions in capital cases.  Professor Tiersma writes both knowledgeably and entertainingly (see footnote 33) about American legal English. (spl)

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