Monday, June 12, 2006
Last Saturday morning during the LWI conference, at least a third of the audience attending the 9:00 a.m. session on the "beginners' track" were experienced legal writing professors, proving that you probably can teach old dogs some new tricks. Members of the legal writing faculty at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, including Linda Berger, Sandra Rierson, and Steve Berenson, presented Leaping from the Peer: Peer Reading and Writing Groups in Action. After explaining how they prepare their students for successful peer editing experiences, they showed a highly instructive videotape of student peer review groups in action. They also provided handouts they use to help prepare their students and keep them on task productively. Their handouts and bibliography are available at the LWI website.
At the LWI membership meeting held last Saturday during the conference in Atlanta, members received summarized highlights of the 2006 survey results. This survey is conducted annually by the Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute. The questions cover terms of employment for legal writing program directors and legal writing professors. They also cover common practices for legal writing instruction across the United States, both in 1L programs and in upper level law school writing courses. The response rate on this year's survey was an incredible 94%! So this is reliable data to use when working on upgrading or finetuning a legal writing program. The full results of the survey are available in .pdf format at http://www.lwionline.org/survey/surveyresults/2006.pdf.
Sunday, June 11, 2006