Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Golden Pen Award

Eighth Golden Pen Award

Julie M. Spanbauer, Chair, LWI Awards Committee and Professor, The John Marshall Law School, Chicago

The Honorable Ruggero J. Aldisert, Senior Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, was the recipient of the eighth Golden Pen Award, which was conferred by the Legal Writing Institute on January 3, 2008, at the Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting in New York.  Lisa Aldisert accepted the award on behalf of her father, who was unable to travel to New York due to concerns about his health.

Judge Aldisert was honored for contributions in his capacity as judge, educator, and writer. As an author, Judge Aldisert has promoted the use of clear language in the following popular and influential books addressing legal writing issues:

·         Winning on Appeal: Better Briefs and Oral Argument (NITA 2nd ed. 2003);

·         Logic for Lawyers: A Guide to Clear Legal Thinking (NITA 3rd ed. 1997); and

·         The Judicial Process: Text, Materials and Cases (2nd ed. West 1996).


During a long and distinguished career on the bench, Judge Aldisert has promoted the use of clear language in the many opinions he has written.  For more than 20 years, Judge Aldisert contributed to the education of numerous law students in his capacity as an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.


For all of these reasons, Judge Aldisert was chosen to receive the eighth Golden Pen Award.

Further information about the Legal Writing Institute and its Golden Pen Award is available at www.lwionline.org.  Information about the memberships (which are free!) is also available on the website.

Background about the Legal Writing Institute

The Legal Writing Institute is a nonprofit corporation founded in 1984 by the University of Puget Sound School of Law – now Seattle University School of Law. The Institute’s purpose is to exchange ideas about legal writing and to provide a forum for research and scholarship about legal writing and legal analysis. The Institute is currently housed at Mercer University School of Law in Macon, Georgia.

The Institute promotes new activities through a newsletter, published twice a year; a scholarly journal, published about once a year; and a national conference that has been held every other year since 1984.

The Institute has close to 2000 members representing all the ABA-accredited law schools in the United States. The Institute also has members from other countries, as well as from English departments, independent research-and-consulting organizations, and the practicing bar. Anyone who is interested in legal writing or the teaching of legal writing may join the Institute.

Hat tip to Julie Spanbauer of The John Marshall Law School-Chicago.  So, who wants to share their pictures of this event?



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Judge Aldisert is an excellent choice for this award. Well done!

Posted by: Curt Cutting | Feb 24, 2008 4:17:33 PM

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