Sunday, April 27, 2008

LWI Conference Preview - Tuesday Session 3

This post continues the preview of sessions at the Legal Writing Institute Conference in Indianapolis.  These are the seven choices for session 3 on Tuesday (1:30 to 2:15 p.m.).

Pollman_terry Gordon_sara T3A: There are two presentations in session T3A.  The first is "Have You Got a Minute to Talk?": How Novice and Experienced Legal Writing Professors Can Learn From Each Other presented by Terry Pollman (Director of the Lawyering Process Program and Ralph Denton Professor at the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas) and Sara Gordon (a Lawyering Process Professor also at UNLV School of Law, pictured on the right).  They'll discuss the dynamics of the mentor-mentee relationship.  (Sorry, but I just had the movie "All About Eve" flash into my head and I can't get rid of it now!)  The second presentation in session T3A is Forming a Clinical/Legal Writing Scholarship Colloquium which will be presented by Katz_harriet Harriet N. Katz (Clinical Professor and Director of the Legal Externship Program and Director of the Lawyering Program at Rutgers-Camden, pictured here on the left).  She'll talk about how she developed a regular monthly meeting model centered on scholarship.  These meetings are designed to foster collaboration among legal writing, clinical, pro bono, and student services departments.  She'll describe this clinical faculty scholarship colloquium and discuss wheter other schools can develop a similar model.  She'll talk about general concerns that might arise from such a group and how to respond to those concerns.

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Rabe_suzanne T3B is another session with multiple topics and presenters.  Suzanne Rabe (Director of Legal Writing and Associate Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Arizona, pictured here on the right)will present on Accomplishment, Independence, and Assessment: Final Exams in the Legal Writing Context, in which she'll discuss her years of experience using a spring-semester final exam as both an instructional and an assessment tool.  Knolton_christine Cristina C. Knolton (Assistant Professor at the University of LaVerne College of Law in Ontario, California) will speak on Incorporating Performance Exams into a Legal Writing Course in which she'll discuss the benefits of performance exams, compare different types of performance exams currently being used, and provide sample fact patterns for exams.

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Trammell_rebecca T3C is a presentation by Rebecca S. Trammell (Director of the Law Library and an Associate Professor at Stetson University College of Law, pictured here on the rightBowman_brooke ) and Brooke J. Bowman (Assistant Professor of Legal Skills at Stetson University School of Law). They'll discuss integrating law librarians into the Legal Research and Writing Program to teach research in a presentation called Putting the R into LRW.  They will show how playing to the strengths of our research colleagues enhances the students' learning experience and allows the writing faculty to emphasize writing instruction.   

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Burge_mark T3D iSimon_rogers another combined session. First, Mark Burge (Writing Instructor at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in Forth Worth, pictured here on the left) and Roger Simon (also a Writing Instructor at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in Forth Worth) will present on Integration of Statutory-Interpretation Skills Into Your Existing Writing and Analysis Curriculum: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives.  After that (unless the guys from Texas let her go first) will be Blum_joan E. Joan Blum (Associate Professor of Legal Reasoning, Writing, and Research at Boston College) presenting on Analysis as More Than Case Synthesis: Teaching Statutory Analysis in a First-Year Legal Writing Course.

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Parker_carol_2  White_penny Cornett_judy T3E is a session called Ethics and Professionalism in Legal Writing: Blawgs, Briefs, and Professional Identity with Carol McCrehan Parker (Associate Professor and Director of Legal Writing at Tennessee, pictured on the left), Judy M. Cornett (Associate Professor at Tennessee, also pictured on the left, wearing glasses) and Penny J. White (Associate Professor and Interim Director of the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution).  They will discuss the issues of ethics and professionalism that arise in both old and new forms of legal writing, and on reflective writing as a means of developing professionalism.  They will discuss the ethics of "blawging," professionalism in written advocacy, and methods for using reflective writing to help students develop their professional identities and professional voices.

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T3F is the Poster Session with four posters.

  • Portrait of a Writing Specialist by Kim M. Baker (Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, Rhode Island - sorry, couldn't find a photo).  She'll present on the role of writing specialist in a law school.  The presentation will give encouragement to law schools that do not yet have writing specialists.  (We have had writing specialists at my school since as long as I can remember, and my students absolutely love them!)  She'll also share anecdotal evidence about the difference that a writing specialist can make in the success of a law student.      

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  • Fischer_judith Judges and Gender-Neutral Language: Whether They Use It and What Can We Learn from Their Practices by Judith D. Fischer (Assistant Professor at the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville).  Her poster presents results of an empirical study of judges' use of gender-neutral language.  A sample of U.S. Court of Appeals opinions from the years 1965 and 2006 shows an increase in the use of gender-neutral language between those years.  The study concludes that lawyers should consider this trend when writing for the federal courts.

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  • Jones_travis_dale "Plays Well With Others": What Contract-drafting Exercises Can Teach First-Year Students about the Practice of Law and Themselves by Travis Dale Jones (Legal Practice Professor at Texas Tech University School of Law in Lubbock, Texas) and Rosemary L. Dillon (Legal Practice Associate Professor, also at Texas Tech, but sorry, no photo!).  Their poster focuses on how a group assignment to negotiate and draft a contract can build first-year students' research and writing skills.  In addition to providing an avenue for practical skills development during the first year, the assignment also introduces a different form of legal writing to students who do not envision life as a litigator.  Students also learn to work in team negotiations and come to appreciate the different legal standards of professional responsibility and their own moral compasses.

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  • Centeno_candace Connecting the Dots: Using Connected Legal Writing Assignments to Help Students Think Outside the Assignment and About the Bigger Picture by Candace Mueller Centeno (Assistant Professor at Villanova University School of Law in Pennsylvania).  She'll show how she took 13 years of law practice and put it into the classroom to create "connected" legal writing assignments for students to expand their thinking.  She'll show how to incoporate more practical lessons into existing programs to challenge students to problem solve and expand their thought process beyond the assignment so that they can be successful lawyers.

Ritchie_david Sheppard_jennifer T3G is a session called Advanced Writing Instruction in Small Group Sessions with Dr. David Ritchie (Associate Professor at Mercer University Law School in Macon, Georgia), Suzianne Desiree Painter-Thorne (also an Associate Professor at Mercer - sorry, couldn't find a photo yet!), and Jennifer Sheppard (an Assistant Professor at Mercer, pictured on the right).  They will share their experiences of working with students in small group settings. 

To see the post on the Opening Plenary, click here.

To see the post on the first Tuesday session, click here.

To see the post on the second Tuesday session, click here.

To register for the LWI Conference, click here.

For descriptions of session 4 on Tuesday, click here.

For information on the Tuesday evening dinners for new legal writing professors, click here.

Popcorn_1 For descriptions of the not-to-be missed (because that's when I'm presenting) Tuesday evening Popcorn sessions, click here.

For descriptions of session 1 on Wednesday, click here.

For descriptions of session 2 on Wednesday, click here.

For descriptions of session 3 on Wednesday, click here.

For information about the Wednesday afternoon LWI Membership meeting, click here.

For descriptions of session 4 on Wednesday, click here.

For descriptions of session 5 on Wednesday, click here.

For information on the Wednesday evening museum gala, click here.

For descriptions of session 1 on Thursday, click here.

For descriptions of session 2 on Thursday, click here.

For descriptions of session 3 on Thursday, click here.

Mark E. Wojcik, The John Marshall Law School-Chicago (mew)

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