Saturday, September 15, 2007

How Legal Rhetoric Shapes the Law

Wclfront If you will be in or near Washington, D.C., on November 2, 2007, try to attend American University's conference on How Legal Rhetoric Shapes the Law.   Keynote speaker James Boyd White from the University of Michigan will speak on When Language Meets the Mind: Three Questions.  And then panelists will address, in turn, narrative, metaphor, and archetypes.  For more information and to register, contact AU's Office of Special Events.

hat tip:  Professor Teresa Phelps, American University Washington College of Law


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the price of plagiarism

Over on the Tax Law Prof blawg, there's a cautionary tale on the true cost of an attorney's plagiarism.

hat tip:  Prof. Myra Orlen, Western New England College School of Law


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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

job openings (revised) at Temple

In mid-August 2007, this blog announced non-tenure-track job openings at Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law. The law school has subsequently revised its search to add a tenured/tenure track position for an experienced writing teacher with a strong record of scholarly publication. The school also seeks applicants for non-tenure track positions that carry the possibility of long-term, renewable contracts after an initial short-term appointment and comply with ABA Section 405(c).

To apply for either type of position, send a resume to Professor Alice G. Abreu, Chair, Faculty Selection and Recruitment Committee, Temple University Beasley School of Law, 1719 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122.   E-mail:; fax: 215-204-2008. If you have questions about the positions or the program, contact Ellie Margolis at


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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

job openings at Drexel, Louisville, and Hamline

Drexel University College of Law announces several tenured and/or tenure track faculty positions commencing in the 2008-09 school year. The College has needs in a wide variety of areas, including (among others): intellectual property, commercial law, corporate law, criminal law, constitutional law, legal methods, health law, administrative law, evidence, and clinical legal education. To apply, send or e-mail a cover letter and curriculum vitae (with references) to Daniel M. Filler, Faculty Appointments Chair, Drexel University College of Law, 3320 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

The University of Louisville School of Law has openings for two tenure-track positions. Among the school's curricular needs are torts, tax, legal writing/basic legal skills, wills and trusts, criminal law, criminal procedure, alternate dispute resolution, employment law, labor law, and negotiable instruments law. To submit an application or obtain additional information, contact Professor John Cross, chair of the appointments committee, at telephone number (502) 852-0850.

Hamline University School of Law invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of Legal Research and Writing, a tenure-track position. Send nominations and applications to Professor Howard J. Vogel, Chair of the Appointments Committee, Hamline University School of Law, 1536 Hewitt Ave., St. Paul, MN 55104. Applications should include a cover letter, resume, and writing sample.  References are optional at this time. Applicants should indicate whether they will attend the AALS Hiring Conference in Washington, D.C., on October 25-27, 2007.


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overuse acronyms? not in this court!!

From a recent Ninth Circuit case (see footnote 1) . . .

"1. Environmental lawyers ordinarily use acronyms, and cite statutes by section numbers in the enactment rather than by section numbers in the United States Code. This opinion is written in ordinary English. Specialists might find this opinion more accessible if we explain that it concerns a NEPA challenge to a ROD of the BLM concluding that a FEIS adequately evaluated CBM development under the Powder River Resource Area RMP. The district court held the FEIS inadequate and partially enjoined approval of APDs until BLM completed a SEIS. We refer to statutory provisions by section numbers in the United States Code rather than section numbers in the original Act. See Longview Fibre Co. v. Rasmussen, 980 F.2d 1307, 1308 n.1 (9th Cir. 1992)."

hat tip: Erik Ryberg


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Sunday, September 9, 2007

job openings at Mercer, Pittsburgh

Mercer University School of Law seeks applications for a tenure-track faculty position commencing with the 2008-2009 academic year. The school has particular curricular needs in Legal Writing, property-related courses, and business-related courses. Interested applicants should complete a brief online application at and attach a cover letter and current CV with names and contact information for three references.  Send any teaching evaluations and other relevant material to Professor Richard Creswell, Mercer University School of Law, 1021 Georgia Ave., Macon, GA 31207. The deadline for applications is September 21, 2007.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Law is looking for applicants for a non-tenure track position on its legal writing faculty. The position begins with a one-year appointment, but has the possibility of progressing to renewable long-term contracts. To apply, send or e-mail (preferred) a cover letter, resume and writing sample by October 8, 2007, to Professor George Taylor, Chair, Legal Writing Committee, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 3900 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.


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writing for bar journals

It feels good to write and publish articles that have a receptive audience. Witness the popularity of legal writing articles and columns in state bar journals and bar association newsletters. Several legal writing professors regularly write such pieces. As Suzanne Rowe remarks, "Articles on writing can be fun to write and busy lawyers appreciate the tips."

Here are links or other directions to seveal. Use the "comment" feature below to share news of or links to others.

  • Suzanne Rowe and colleagues at the U of Oregon write for The Oregon Bar Bulletin. Go to, click "Archives," and look for the monthly column "The Legal Writer."
  • Gail Stephenson of Southern University Law Center has written a column titled "Gail's Grammar" in the Baton Rouge Bar Association's magazine since 1995.  Go to and click  "View all" beside "Gail's Grammar" to access them all.
  • Joe Kimble of Cooley Law School has written the "Plain Language" column in the Michigan Bar Journal since 1984. Go to
  • Two legal writing profs from Suffolk University Law School, Julie Baker and Lisa Healy, write a monthly column, "Write On," in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly newspaper. 
  • Kathleen Dillon Narko writes a column for the CBA Record, the magazine of the Chicago Bar Association. She recently published an article there as well, about the shortcomings of CALR, if used in the wrong way: There Is No "Easy" Button, 21 CBA Record 69 (June/July 2007) (available on Westlaw and Lexis).


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