Saturday, January 6, 2007

more on "unpublished" opinions

Goeringlyn Professor Lyn Entrikin Goering of Washburn University has written a very helpful article for gaining some perspective on non-precedential opinions in the federal courts:

In the article, she explores the proposed Fed. R. App. P. 32.1, when it was in the process of coming to be.


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Friday, January 5, 2007

Thursday at AALS

Thursday at AALS offered programs by the sections on academic support and legal writing, reasoning, and research.

The ASP program focused on incorporating ASP across the curriculum.  Several speakers--doctrinal and LRW profs and ASP professionals--offered ideas for enhancing student learning.  Leah Christenson, an LRW prof at St. Thomas in St. Paul, discussed her research and article on reading patterns among law students.  Her research showed a strong difference in use of reading strategies employed by high- and low-performing law students.

The LRW program focused on collaboration between clinicians and LRW profs.  Ideas included the value of "messy facts," exploring the power of rhetoric and narrative, the sometimes adversarial relationship between professor and student that is replaced by a collaborative relationship in clinical courses, and the sharing of materials between clinicians and LRW profs.

Thank you to all!


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next year at AALS!

This year's AALS annual meeting is still happening even as I type, yet there's already been an announcement of the Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research's program to be presented NEXT year, in January 2008, in New York City:

"The title of the program is Writing Across the Curriculum: Professional Communication and the Writing that Supports It.  The program was proposed by Andrea McArdle at CUNY.  She will moderate the panel, and she will be our Section's Program Chair next year.   

"This program will examine the case for increasing the amount of writing in doctrinal and practice-based courses:
* to deepen doctrinal knowledge and analytic skill;
* to facilitate self-reflection about professional identity; and
* to promote better analysis of the relationship between social policy, legal theory, and professional practice.

"The presenters will be:
* Derrick Bell, Visiting Professor of Law at New York University School of Law
* Nancy Lester, Professor of Literacy Education at Medgar Evers College, City University of New York
* Nancy Levit, Curators’ Professors and the Edward D. Ellison Professor at University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
* Danielle Ofri, M.D., Ph.D., writer, editor, and practicing physician in New York City
* Carol McCrehan Parker, Associate Professor of Law and Director of Legal Writing at University of Tennessee School of Law
* Ruthann Robson, Professor of Law, City University of New York School of Law

"Many thanks to the members of the program committee: Phil Meyer, Chair (Vermont), Molly Current (Santa Clara), Susan Kosse (Louisville), Sarah Ricks (Rutgers), Lou Sirico (Villanova), Kathy Stanchi (Temple), and Susan Thrower (DePaul)."

- Professor Suzanne Rowe, Section Chair, University of Oregon


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Wednesday, January 3, 2007

banished words

Lake Superior State University has issued its 2007 list of banished words.  Some are annoying words and phrases, such as celebrity combo names (e.g., TomKat).  Others are incorrect usages, such as freely substituting healthy for healthful (while your salad may be healthful, it isn't healthy--it's dead).

At the bottom of the page, readers are invited to submit their own nominations for 2008.


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report from AALS

Today's noteworthy events included a full-day meeting on the US News ratings.  Speakers shared a variety of ideas and views, including the impact on student-body diversity if schools overly rely on LSAT scores and the idea of having "teaching law schools" and "teaching law firms" (similar to teaching hospitals).  The evening was filled with a variety of receptions hosted by law schools, publishers, etc.  I can report that Seattle U and Albany had enjoyable receptions with friendly faculty members and great food.


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AALS legal writing events

If you're heading to the AALS annual meeting at the Mariott Park Wardman in Washington, D.C., or have already arrived, you might want to include the following legal writing events on your dance card:

Thursday, 1/4/07:
10:30 - 12:15
program on When Worlds Collide: Exploring Inter-Relationships and Collaboration Between Clinicians and Legal Writing Teachers in Teaching and Scholarship, presented by the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Research & Reasoning

immediately following:
Professor Heather Macfarlane, of the Legal Writing Institute's new member committee, will meet any and all new LWI members at the back of the room.

Friday, 1/5/07:
12:15 - 1:30
luncheon for AALS Section on Legal Writing, Research & Reasoning
(requires ticket, any remaining available at the door)

7:00 p.m.
reception and presentation of the Golden Pen Award and the Thomas H. Blackwell Memorial Award, hosted by the Legal Writing Institute and the Association of Legal Writing Directors, at Lincoln West, Concourse Level, Hilton Washington & Towers

Saturday, 1/6/07
10:45 - 12:15
program on Jury Instruction in Plain English -- A Conversation with the California Justices (and Others) on Guidelines and Process, presented by Scribes -- The American Society of Legal Writers


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