June 3, 2006
open ALWD meeting
The Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) will hold its annual membership meeting this Wednesday afternoon, June 7th, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., in Atlanta, Georgia. Yes, it has been conveniently scheduled to take place just before the opening reception for the Legal Writing Institute's (LWI) conference. This year ALWD's annual meeting is open to all legal writing professionals -- you do not have to be an ALWD member to attend. Although I am uncertain of the location at the moment, almost all the LWI conference events will take place at Georgia State University College of Law, so that's a safe assumption for the location of the ALWD meeting, too. If you read this post and can confirm that location, please do so by clicking on "comments" below. (spl)
June 1, 2006
classic Southern cooking in Atlanta?
Find it at Mary Mac's Tea Room, about 1 1/2 miles from the Omni Hotel.
LWI--Omni Hotel at CNN Center
Find out everything you need to know at the hotel's website.
job opening in Rhode Island
Roger Williams University School of Law is seeking to hire a full-time Professor of Legal Writing beginning in the fall of 2006. To apply, submit a resume, a writing sample, and a list of references to:
Professor Jessica Elliott
Roger Williams University School of Law
Ten Metacom Avenue
Bristol, RI 02809
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 $50,000 to $59,999.
4. The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research and writing professor will be 36 to 40.
job opening in San Francisco
Golden Gate University School of Law is inviting applications for the position of the Director of First-Year Legal Writing, a tenure-track position to begin in the fall of 2007. Applications should be sent to:
Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee
Golden Gate University School of Law
536 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
1. The position advertised is a tenure-track appointment.
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 $80,000 to $89,999.
4. The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing professor will be 30 or fewer.
May 31, 2006
errors in English
Want an amazing list of common usage errors in English? Look no further (or is it farther?) than this website, a companion to Paul Brians's book covering that topic.
The following observation is currently circulating in cyberspace:
Lord's prayer: ............... 66 words
Archimedes' principle: ..... 67 words
10 Commandments: .......179 words
Gettysburg address: .......286 words
US Government regulations on the sale of cabbage: ... 26,911 words
hat tip: Prof. Scott Fruehwald, Hofstra University School of Law
May 30, 2006
Lawyers and poetry
Lawyers and poetry--an unusual combination? Not at all!! The Legal Studies Forum, edited by James R. Elkins, occasionally publishes the poetry of contemporary lawyers. The website includes an index of lawyer poets. I note with some relief that my random sampling of poems uncovered none with law as its topic.
Hmm. Wonder if haiku submissions are encouraged?
literature for law students
For an interesting article explaining how law students and their writing may benefit by studying literature, see:
This article reports the experience of a professor in the U.K. Legal writing professors in the U.S. will see many familiar concerns. I'm not sure if that's more comforting or more disconcerting.
May 29, 2006
In the spirit of the unofficial start to summer today, check out a website dedicated to beach law. In what jurisdiction, you ask? Well, of course, in California. But I came here to read about legal writing, what's beach law got to do with legal writing, you say? Scroll down just a tad at that site, and you'll see an amusing sign that cries out for better legal writing -- and more user friendly municipal legislation.
antique show in Atlanta June 9-11
Scott Antique Markets will hold one of its Atlanta shows from June 9-11. Go to the Scott website for details.
what to do in Atlanta--celebrate Coke!!
It may be hokey and commercial, but it's also fun and a celebration of American business savvy. The Coke museum in downtown Atlanta also offers you the opportunity to ingest endless sugary tastes of Coke products from around the world, including flavors that defy description.