January 12, 2007
already a week ago at AALS . . .
On Friday night, January 5, we had a wonderful "two-fer" gathering. First, ALWD and LWI presented the Blackwell Award to Lou Sirico. Lisa Blackwell attended.
LWI then presented its Golden Pen Award to members of the California Supreme Court, honoring California's new jury instructions and Justices Ronald M. George, Carol A. Corrigan, and James D. Ward.
Congratulations to the award winners.
January 11, 2007
looking for a conference?
Attending a conference can be an invigorating experience for any legal writing professor. Especially if you're anticipating a difficult semester ahead, the prospect alone of attending (and maybe presenting at) an upcoming conference might be just the carrot you need to stay energized. The list below of future legal writing conferences was compiled by Professor Mark Wojcik, of The John Marshall Law School:
March 9-10, 2007
The Art of Advocacy: Writing to Win
Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas
March 10-11, 2007
Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada
March 15-17, 2007
The Pedagogy of Legal Writing
May 4-5, 2007
Global Legal Skills Conference
The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
May 17-18, 2007
Back to the Future of Legal Research
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
May 31-June 1, 2007
Lone Star LRW Conference
Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas
June 14-16, 2007
Association of Legal Writing Directors Conference
University of Denver, Denver, Colorado
July 18-20, 2007
Once Upon a Legal Time: Developing the Skills of Storytelling in Law
City University, London, England
September 21-22, 2007
Central Region LRW/Legal Writing Conference
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri
July 14-17, 2008
13th Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute
Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana
January 10, 2007
Friday at AALS . . . part two
The proposed section on Balance in Legal Education (f/k/a/ Humanizing Legal Education) held its program late Friday afternoon. Speakers shared a variety of ideas about how to introduce Balance concepts into the classroom, ranging from teaching techniques to perspective-expanding exercises to small everyday demonstrations of student-centered education.
Sound interesting? Check out out the Balance website for more information, and consider joining the listserv discussion group (link at the bottom of the Balance homepage).
"There are things that would take me fifteen pages to write in words, whereas the right animation, the right visual, can communicate the idea in fifteen seconds."
- Brian Greene
January 8, 2007
Friday at AALS . . . part one
At a lovely luncheon of the Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research, Anne Enquist of Seattle U was honored for her many contributions to the field of legal writing. Her thank you managed to include a comprehensive list of thanks that alliteratively and sometimes alphabetically included the first names of pretty much everyone in the legal writing community.
Would you expect anything less from a writing specialist?
January 7, 2007
videos of oral arguments
As suggestions swirled around the legal writing professors' listserve for videos that are good to show when teaching oral argument, I only managed to save the suggestions belows. Got others? Post'em here by clicking on "comments" below.
Florida Supreme Court - http://wfsu.org/gavel2gavel/livesched.html - video of oral arguments along with briefs & court opinions
Indiana Supreme Court - http://www.in.gov/judiciary/education/ - oral argument videos
C-SPAN - http://www.c-span.org Click on "America & the Courts" for video of interesting oral arguments in federal circuit courts
hat tip: Professor Leslie Rose, Golden Gate University