Saturday, March 8, 2008

Supporting Africa

Several law schools have stepped up to answer a challenge to sponsor a legal writing professor from Africa at this summer's Legal Writing Institute Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Each school is putting up $2,000 toward the expenses.

The schools so far include:

  • Seattle University School of Law (Dean Kellye Testy and Professors Laurel Oates and Mimi Samuels)
  • Stetson University College of Law (Dean Darby Dickerson and Professor Kirsten Davis)
  • The John Marshall Law School - Chicago (Dean John Corkery and Professor Molly Lien)
  • Marquette University Law School (Dean Joseph Kearney and Professor Lisa Hatlen)
  • Hofstra University School of Law (Dean Nora Demleitner and Professor Frank Gulino)
  • Drexel University School of Law (Dean Roger J. Dennis and Professor Terry Seligmann)
  • St. John's University School of Law (Dean Mary Daly and Professor Robin Boyle)
  • Touro University Law Center (Dean Lawrence Raful and Professor Tracy McGaugh)
  • South Texas College of Law (Dean Jim Alfini and Professor Andrew Solomon)

The Legal Writing Institute is also helping support the visits of our colleagues from Africa. 

Several individual law professors have also pledged or already made individual contributions to help make this happen.

The initiative is the brainchild of Mimi Samuels and Laurel Oates of Seattle University School of Law, and others who last year organized and attended a legal writing conference in Nairobi, Kenya, including Emily Zimmerman of Drexel University Law School.  They and others attending the Nairobi conference formed a group called Appeal_2 APPEAL (Academics Promoting the Pedagogy of Effective Advocacy in Law), which has members in the United States and 40 members in 11 countries in Africa.  We included information about APPEAL in a previous blog post here on the Legal Writing Prof Blog.  During the Global Legal Skills Conference in Mexico, Mimi, Laurel, and Emily, and a colleague from Kenya, described the Kenya Conference and their efforts to continue building relationships.

It is a long trip from Africa to Indiana.  I wonder if law schools might also be willing to host some of the African attendees before or after the conference (or both) to continue the professional discussions and exchanges of information that will be so valuable for everyone involved.  It would be a shame to have them come so far and not take full advantage of their visit.

If you want to contribute as well to this, contact Mimi Samuels at Seattle University.  She is co-president of APPEAL with Daniel Ruhweza, who can also answer questions for you about APPEAL. 

Mark E. Wojcik, The John Marshall Law School-Chicago (With special thanks to Professor Mimi Samuel of Seattle University School of Law)

P.S. If your school is contributing to this effort but is not yet listed above, please let us know so that we can add your school to that list.  You can also post a comment below or send me an email.

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Correction: For Hofstra, it's Dean Nora Demleitner. The legal writing faculty at Hofstra thanks Dean Demleitner for this generous donation. Scott Fruehwald

Posted by: Scott Fruehwald | Mar 8, 2008 4:11:52 PM

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