Tuesday, April 29, 2008

LWI Conference Preview - Tuesday Evening Popcorn Sessions

Popcorn_1 Popcorn_5 "Popcorn Sessions" are a new feature of the Legal Writing Institute Conference.

These are longer, informal sessions (90 minutes!) with lots of group conversation and interactions.  The purpose is to foster more dialogue among conference Lwi attendees.  These sessions will be conducted at the Hyatt Hotel.  And call me crazy, but I wouldn't be surprised if they had popcorn there as well.  That's the official snackfood of my home state of Illinois, by the way. See 5 Ill. Comp. Stat. 460/80 ("Popcorn is designated the official State snackfood of the State of Illinois.").

Popcorn_2 There are only four of these popcorn sessions, so you will have an Popcorn_4 easier time choosing which one to attend.  (As if there were any choice!  Of course you're all going to my session . . . read on.)  These sessions begin at 8:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Hotel.

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T5A: Live Grading with Mark E. Wojcik (Professor of Law at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago).  OK, this is undoubtedly going to be the best session of the entire Mark_e_wojcik_photo_6 conference, so you won't want to miss it.  In fact you might even skip dinner to be sure that you can get inside the room!  (You can always eat some popcorn if you DO skip dinner . . . .)  During this session, I'll discuss "live grading," which is something I learned years ago from Joe Kimble.  Joe tells me that he's planning to come that evening, so he will be around to share his insights as well.  Doing "live grading" of student papers can lessen the time you spend grading while at the same time providing students with a stronger pedagogical experience.  It's a win-win situation when done correctly.  The students absolutely love it, for a number of reasons that I will talk about that evening.  Attend this presentation to learn how to do live grading and to discuss both appropriate uses and potential pitfalls to avoid.

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Ricks_sarah_2 Murray_michael T5B: Publishing Books in LRW and Beyond: How We Did It and How You Can Too is a perfect panel for aspiring authors.  (I was on this panel myself at the last LWI conference, and the room was PACKED with aspiring and actual book authors.  By the way, my own legal writing books are Introduction to Legal English and Illinois Legal Research.)  Come listen to the publishing success stories of Sarah E. Ricks (Clinical Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Pro Bono Research Project at Rutgers School of Law in Camden, New Jersey), Michael D. Murray (University of Illinois College of Law right now, moving to the very lucky Valparaiso University School Desanctis_christie of Law next year), Mckinney_ruth_ann Christy Hallam DeSanctis (Associate Professor of Legal Research and Writing and Director of the Legal Research and Writing Program at the George Washington University School of Law in Washington, D.C., pictured here on the left), and Ruth Anne McKinney (Clinical Professor of Law and director of the Writing and Learning Resources Center at the University of North Carolina Law School).  (And if you happen to be an aspiring author with an international law book in you, I'm also the Publications Officer for the American Bar Association Section of International Law in case you would like to publish with the ABA.)

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Dickerson_darby T5C: Simon_michelle As befitting a popcorn session, this one is a double feature!  First up are two law school deans, speaking on Beyond Caps and Long-Term Contracts -- The Path to Full Status.  The session will be with Dean Darby Dickerson (the ALWD citation goddess) of the Stetson University College of Law in Florida and Dean Michelle S. Simon, the newly appointed Dean of Pace Law School.  Both deans started their academic careers as legal writing professors!  Following that (or maybe mixed in right along with it -- these popcorn sessions could get wild!) is the Transition to a Directorless Program with the award-winning Dejarnatt_susan_2 Susan DeJarnatt Coats_kim (Associate Professor at the Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, pictured here on the left), Kim Flanery Coats (Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law at Fayetteville, pictured here on the right), and the magnificent Daniel Barnett (Associate Professor of Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing at Boston College of Law).  Why do I say Dan is magnificent?  Who else do you know that spent a semester in France, teaching in French Le Barnett_daniel Droit du Contrat aux Etats-Unis?  (Message to Dan -- will YOU be organizing something for Bastille Day on that Monday?)  It's a great lineup.  Now, the transition to a directorless program is not just about getting rid of your director . . . .  Find out more about it by attending this session.

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T5D: Finally, a panel of experienced editors representing several major legal writing publications will discuss how you can improve your chances for publishing an article.  The panel of editors will also answer your questions and provide information about how to become involved as a participant on one of these outstanding journals.  Publications to be represented in this popcorn session will include:

  • The Journal of Legal Writing;
  • The Journal of Appellate Practice and Process;
  • Perspectives; and
  • The Journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (JALWD).

There may be other journals as well.  The session is intended to provide broad-based, informal advice about getting published in a variety of legal writing publications.  That sounds like a good investment of time to me!

That's it for Tuesday!  On to Wednesday and Thursday!

For descriptions of the opening plenary, click here.

For descriptions of panel 2 on Tuesday, click here.

For information on the Tuesday diversity lunch, click here.

For information on the Tuesday Pink Ink lunch, click here.Popcorn_3_4

For descriptions of panel 3 on Tuesday, click here.

For descriptions of panel 4 on Tuesday, click here.

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

Mark "Popcorn" Wojcik, The John Marshall Law School-Chicago

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