Monday, April 7, 2008
The Legal Writing Institute announced the names of those who were elected to four-year terms on the LWI Board of Directors. Twenty-four persons were candidates for the LWI Board, in one of the largest LWI elections ever held. Here are the names (and faces) of the five legal writing profs who were elected to serve (starting in July 2008), along with some of their professional background.
Robin A. Boyle (St. John's University School of Law). Robin has been teaching Legal Research and Writing to first-year students for 14 years. She also teaches an upper-level course in contract drafting and litigation documents. She chaired the LWI Scholarship Outreach Committee during 2007-08. Her articles and essays appear in several legal periodicals, including the Journal of Legal Writing, Perspectives, Second Draft, Gonzaga Law Review, and the Journal of Legal Education. She received her university's award for Faculty Outstanding Achievement in 2005.
Michael J. Higdon (William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada at Las Vegas). Michael has been teaching legal writing for five years, and served last year on the LWI Conference Planning Committee. He previously served as a visiting professor at Seattle University School of Law and has presented at a number of national and regional conferences related to legal writing education.
Tracy Leigh McGaugh (Touro Law Center). Tracy was already serving on the LWI Board of Directors, and was re-elected. She has a blog page, Millennial Law Prof, that focuses on the generation gap between students and professors. A link from that web page tells us that she is a Leo and was born in the year of the monkey. She is an Associate Professor of Legal Process at the Touro Law Center and is already well-known to the community of legal writing professors in the United States.
Melissa H. Weresh (Drake University Law School) has been teaching legal writing for 11 years. She also teaches appellate advocacy, environmental law, and professional responsibility. She speaks on ethics and professionalism and considers herself an ambassador of the legal writing field. She is active in the Association of American Law Schools Section on Teaching Methods. She is a co-chair of the upcoming LWI Conference. Her scholarship includes a study of the standards for promoting and retaining legal writing faculty on clinical tenure track.
Mark E. Wojcik (The John Marshall Law School - Chicago) has been teaching legal writing for 15 years. Mark is a contributing author to this blog. He is a professor of law at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He is the author of Illinois Legal Research and An Introduction to Legal English for non-native speakers of English. He is active in many bar associations, including the American Bar Association Section of International Law (where he is the publication officer and editor of the International Law News), the Illinois State Bar Association (where he serves on the Board of Governors), the Association of American Law Schools (in which he has chaired many sections), the American Society of International Law, and the Illinois Native American Bar Association (of which he presently serves as Vice President). He previously served on the LWI Board, and served (for more than 10 years) on the LWI Outreach Committee (previously the Golden Pen Committee). He is a member of Scribes, Clarity, and the LWI Pink Ink Caucus. In addition to teaching at John Marshall, he also teaches in Mexico at the Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey (site of the third Global Legal Skills Conference) and in Switzerland at the University of Lucerne Faculty of Law. He is also the Director of the Legal English Program at the International Law Institute in Washington, D.C. He also taught AIDS Law as an adjunct professor at DePaul University College of Law and at Loyola University School of Law in Chicago. He will be presenting a "popcorn session" on live grading during the summer Legal Writing Institute Conference.
The five new members elected join the following directors whose terms expire in 2010:
Kenneth D. Chestek, Clinical Associate Professor of Law at Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis (host site of the 2008 Summer Legal Writing Institute Conference). Ken also previously taught at Michigan.
Susan Hanley Duncan (formerly Kosse) is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, where she has been teaching full time since 2000. She is the current president of the Legal Writing Institute. Here's a link to her blog. Her scholarship has focused on legal writing and on issues surrounding the protection of children, including the need for anti-bullying laws and laws protecting children from pornography on the internet. She also serves as chair of the Louisville Bar Association's Communications Committee.
Linda L. Berger, presently at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, who will be moving to Mercer University School of Law where she will step in to the LWI Board as the host school director, and filling in for Linda H. Edwards, who will be visiting at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas next year. The host school of the Legal Writing Institute has a permanent representative on the LWI Board. (For those who are new to the legal writing community, the previous--and founding--host school was Seattle University School of Law).
Anne Enquist, the Associate Director of Legal Writing at Seattle University School of Law and Co-Director of Faculty Development Programming (pictured at left). She also serves on the Board of ALWD (the Association of Legal Writing Directors) and is the co-author of Just Research, Just Briefs, Just Writing, and The Legal Writing Handbook.
Ruth Anne Robbins, Clinical Professor at Rutgers School of Law - Camden, the current president-elect of the Legal Writing Institute. She also teaches in her school's Domestic Violence programs. She founded the school's Domestic Violence Clinic in 2002 and is a co-author of a New Jersey practice treatise on domestic violence law. She has been at Rutgers since 1997.
Suzanne Rowe, Associate Professor and Director of the Legal Writing Program at the University of Oregon School of Law. She is the author or co-author of three legal research guides and is the series editor of the wonderful state legal research texts published by Carolina Academic Press. Before joining the faculty at Oregon, she taught at the University of San Diego and Florida State University. She is the author of a monthly column called "The Legal Writer," published in the Oregon State Bar Bulletin.
Judy Rosenbaum, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Communication and Legal Reasoning Program at Northwestern University School of Law. Her prior experience includes working for seven years as a staff attorney for the American Judicature Society, where she developed expertise in judicial ethics and various aspects of the administration of justice.
Terry Jean Seligmann is the Arlin M. Adams Professor of Legal Writing and Director of the Legal Writing Program at Drexel University School of Law. She teaches legal methods, education law, and special education law.She previously taught at the University of Arkansas and at Suffolk University School of Law.
Michael R. Smith is Professor of Law and Director of the Legal Writing Program at the University of Wyoming College of Law. He administers the school's writing program and teaches Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy. He previously taught at Mercer University School of Law, Temple University School of Law, the University of San Diego College of Law, and the University of Florida College of Law. He is the author of Advanced Legal Writing: Theories and Strategies in Persuasive Writing (Aspen 2002).
Cliff Zimmerman is Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Associate Dean, and Dean of Students at Northwestern University School of Law. His specialities are legal analysis, writing, research, civil rights, and governmental accountability. His scholarly interests include testing innovative methods by which students can learn to analyze and reason. He is also the editor of the Police Misconduct and Civil Rights Law Report.
Congratulations to all of the winners, and to all of the candidates who were brave enough to put their names forward.