September 22, 2007
when judge receives an egg that's loose, judge writes a verse like Dr. Seuss
When a prison inmate recently mailed a hard-boiled egg to federal magistrate judge James R. Muirhead of New Hampshire, the judge registered his objection, borrowing inspiration from a famous Dr. Seuss story, Green Eggs and Ham (a story famous in part for being composed of only 50 different words). According to CBS News and the Associated Press, the magistrate penned the following opinion:
I do not like eggs in the file.
I do not like them in any style.
I will not take them fried or boiled.
I will not take them poached or broiled.
I will not take them soft or scrambled
Despite an argument well-rambled.
No fan I am
Of the egg at hand.
Destroy that egg!
Today I say! Without delay!
symposium on plain-language jury instructions
Washburn University School of Law will host its second Writing to Win Symposium on Plain Language Jury Instructions in Topeka, Kansas, April 6-8, 2008. The keynote speaker is the Honorable Carol Corrigan, Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court., who chaired the California Judicial Council Task Force on Jury Instructions from 1997 to 2005. Justice Corrigan is one of the three California justices who recently received the 2007 LWI/ALWD Golden Pen Award for California's Plain-Language Jury Instructions.
If you would like to make a presentation at the symposium, send your proposal by October 15, 2007. Click here for information on submitting proposals: Download washburnsymposium_rfp.pdf .
September 21, 2007
job openings at Duquesne and Denver
The Duquesne University School of Law seeks applicants for three new full-time contract positions in the Legal Research and Writing Program for the 2008-09 school year. For more information about these positions, contact Prof. Jan M. Levine, Director, Legal Research & Writing Program, Duquesne University School of Law, 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15282.
To apply, send a cover letter, a resume, the names and contact information for three references, and a writing sample to Prof. Nicholas Fisfis, Chair of the Recruiting Committee, Duquesne University School of Law, 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15282. Applicants with prior teaching experience should also submit samples of their teaching materials and copies of student evaluations, if available.
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law invites applications for two full-time, long-term-contract teaching positions in its first-year legal research and writing program, known as Lawyering Process, to begin in the 2008-2009 academic year.
If you have questions, contact Nancy Ehrenreich, Chair, Lawyering Process Appointments Subcommittee, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2255 E. Evans Avenue, Denver, CO 80208. To apply, go to https://www.dujobs.org/. Submit your application, including a resume with the names of three references, by Oct. 31, 2007.
recently published . . .
and available on LexisNexis and Westlaw--
- Jessica E. Price, Imagining the Law-Trained Reader: The Faulty Description of the Audience in Legal Writing Textbooks, 16 Widener L.J. 983 (2007).
- Louis N. Schulze, Jr., Transactional Law in the Required Legal Writing Curricululum: An Empirical Study of the Forgotten Future Business Lawyer, 55 Clev. St. L. Rev. 59 (2007).
- Carrie W. Teitcher, Rebooting the Approach to Teaching Legal Research: Embracing the Computer Age, 99 Law Lib. J. 555 (2007).
- Nancy Levit, Scholarship Advice for New Law Professors in the Electronic Age, 16 Widener L.J. 947-982 (2007).
September 19, 2007
job openings at Valparaiso
Valparaiso University School of Law seeks to hire a full-time legal writing professor who will also act as Coordinator of its legal writing program, as well as a visitor to teach in its first-year legal writing program for the 2008-09 academic year.
The Coordinator will teach only legal writing and have administrative duties, including, but not limited to, chairing meetings of the legal writing professoriate, leading faculty discussions regarding curriculum, and training and mentoring legal writing visiting faculty. Valparaiso is moving to a “director-less” model for the legal writing program, so these administrative functions do not include directing the work of other legal writing faculty.
Send applications for either position to JoEllen Lind, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, 243 Wesemann Hall, School of Law, Valparaiso University, 656 S. Greenwich St., Valparaiso, Indiana 46383.
LRW at AALS recruiting conference
At the AALS Faculty Recruitment Conference, Professor Jan Levine will be leading a small group discussion for candidates interested in teaching Legal Writing. The workshop for candidates will be held on Thursday, October 25, 2007, the first day of the conference. The discussion session will start around 5:15 pm and last until about 6:00 pm. It will be in the Hoover Room, on the Mezzanine Level of the Wardman Park Hotel. If you're a candidate, or are attending the AALS FRC to interview candidates for LRW teaching, please stop by the session.
hat tip: Professor Jan Levine, Duquesne University
September 18, 2007
legal writing a taxing enterprise?
It's fairly common for legal writing teachers to find inspiration and ideas in doctrinal areas of the law. Does it work both ways? Here's a new article you may wish to examine: Scott A. Schumacher, Learning to Write in Code[:] The Value of Using Legal Writing Exercises to Teach Tax Law, 4 Pitt. Tax Rev. 103-135 (2007).
some helpful LRW links
Thanks to Professor Diane Murley, now at Arizona State University, for the heads up on these links to sites that may be useful to legal writing students:
Suggestions on Style
Legal Writing: How to Begin a Brief or Memorandum
A Brief Description of Citators for Those Without a Legal Background, by Mark Giangrande
September 17, 2007
got an idea for a student to write about?
A new project helps lawyers feed legal issues they come across in practice to students who need topics to research and write up. More information is posted over on the Workplace Law Prof Blog.
hat tip: Professor Rick Bale, Northern Kentucky University
what's going on in the academy?
For those of you who are not law professors (or those of you who are law professors but tune out whenever you see the acronymn AALS), the National Law Journal has written a nice summary of many current concerns of the legal academy. These concerns will be addressed when law professors across the U.S. converge in NYC for the Association of American Law Schools' annual meeting in January.