Saturday, June 9, 2007
Friday, June 8, 2007
In what ways do legal writing faculty cooperate with clinical, externship, and pro bono programs? Help determine the answer by completing this electronic survey from the LWI Committee on Cooperation Among Clinical, Pro Bono, and Legal Writing Faculty: https://catalysttools.washington.edu/survey/tomcobb/34887
A summary of survey results will be posted on the LWI website by the end of the summer.
hat tip: Sarah Ricks
Looking for a good legal writing problem for students to write an appellate brief on, based on a federal statute? Try the hypothetical in Anne C. McGinley's article on Discrimination in Our Midst: Law Schools' Potential Liablity for Employment Practices, 14 UCLA Women's Law Journal 1 (2005). Professor McGinley explores the potential Title VII liability of U.S. law schools by focusing on how a fictitious case might play out in court. Her fact scenario is a compilation of experiences many in legal education will find familiar, particularly women, and particularly legal writing professors.
Sunday, June 3, 2007
In a short article in Educause about the organizational culture of higher education, the president of the AAHE speaks thoughtfully about the many contradictions in higher education and includes a comment about until-recently unquestioned practices regarding "campus governance models that privilege small cadres of tenured senior faculty and marginalize all other academic professionals, no matter how much they contribute to our institutions."
Brian Leiter has announced his annual study to figure out which are the most productive law faculties in the U.S., in terms of scholarship. He is very clear that his rankings will exclude legal writing professors:
"The faculty lists include only academic faculty (an effort has been made to exclude clinical, adjunct, and legal writing faculty, since these studies will focus on scholarly output)."
I'm not entirely sure what the term "academic faculty" means, except of course that it does not mean clinicians, adjunct professors, or legal writing professors. I am sure, however, that most full-time clinic professors and legal writing professors consider themselves "academics."
The suggestion that legal writing professors do not produce scholarship shows how mired in the past Leiter is. There has been a veritable explosion of scholarship produced by legal writing professors in the last two decades.
Some places to find the scholarship of legal writing professors include:
- the Appendix to the second edition of the ABA's Sourcebook on Legal Writing Programs, which became so large the only practical way for the ABA to publish it was on-line;
- Terrill Pollman & Linda H. Edwards, Scholarship by Legal Writing Professors: New Voice in the Legal Academy, 11 Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute 3, 59-212 (2005) (listing the scholarship of many legal writing professors, covering both legal writing and a wide range of other legal fields);
- Terrill Pollman & Linda H. Edwards, Scholarship Project: Publications by Teachers of Legal Writing & Rhetoric;
- Donald J. Dunn, Legal Research and Writing Resources: Recent Publications, a regular column in Perpectives: Teaching Legal Research & Writing, a West publication.
This explosion in legal writing professors' scholarship is all the more remarkable given the lack of support for and extra challenges to writing that many legal writing professors encounter. For more information on the situation, see my article on The Quest for Scholarship: The Legal Writing Professor's Paradox, 80 Oregon Law Review 1007 (2002).