Tuesday, April 8, 2008

welcome to new officers and directors of ALWD (photos, too)

The Association of Legal Writing Directors has announced the results of its recent elections for officers and members of the Board of Directors.

The new President-elect is Associate Professor of Law Mary Beth Beazley of The Ohio State University, Marybethbeazleyohiostate_2 Moritz College of Law. Mary Beth is the author of the popular textbook A Practical Guide to Appellate Advocacy (just ask her about a Tom Brokaw introduction) and numerous articles, including The Self-Graded Draft: Teaching Students to Revise Using Self-Guided Critique. President of the Legal Writing Institute from 1998-2000 and the former Editor-in-Chief of Legal Writing, the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute, she currently chairs of the ABA's Communications Skills Committee.

ALWD's new Secretary is  Kristin Gerdy of Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School.Kristengerdybyu_2 Kristin is an Associate Professor and Director of the Rex E. Lee Advocacy Program at BYU. She has written numerous articles on legal research and legal writing, including  her latest, Expanding Our Classroom Walls: Enhancing Teaching and Learning Through Technology, published in Legal Writing, Journal of the Legal Writing Institute (2005) (co-authors Jane H. Wise & Alison Craig); “Important” and “Irreversible” but Maybe Not “Unreviewable”: The Dilemma of Protecting Defendants’ Rights Through the Collateral Order Doctrine, 38 University of San Francisco L. Rev. 213 (2004); Continuing Development: a Snapshot of Legal Research and Writing Programs Through the Lens of the 2002 LWI and ALWD Survey, 9 Leg. Writing 227 (2003); and Teacher, Coach, Cheerleader, and Judge: Promoting Learning through Learner-Centered Assessment, 94 Law Library Journal 59 (2002).

Newly elected Board Members include Linda Berger, Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Lindaberger_thosjefferson_3 Law, who will join the faculty of Mercer University next fall. Since 2003, Linda has served as Editor of J. ALWD, the Journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors. Her recent articles include Of Metaphor, Metonymy, and Corporate Money: Rhetorical Choices in Supreme Court Decisions on Campaign Finance Regulation, 58 Mercer L. Rev. 949 (2007); What is the Sound of a Corporation Speaking? How the Cognitive Theory of Metaphor Can Help Lawyers Shape the Law, 2 J. ALWD 169 (2004); Shielding the Unmedia: Using the Process of Journalism to Protect the Journalist's Privilege in an Infinite Universe of Publication, 39 Hous L. Rev.1371 (2003); and Do Best Practices in Legal Education Include Emphasis on Compositional Modes of Studying Law as a Liberal Art?, 1 J. ALWD 158 (2002).

Another new Board Member is Anthony Niedwiecki, Director of the first-year Lawyering Skills & ValueAnthonyniedwieckinova_3  Program and Associate Professor of Law at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center. Anthony's recent scholarship includes Save the Children: The Development and Continued Use of the Narrative that Gays Harm Children (Forthcoming, Fall 2007); Lawyers and Learning: A Metacognitive Approach to Legal Education, 13 Widener Law Rev. 33 (Winter 2006); and  Partner Briefings: Bridging the Gap Between Oral and Written Skills, Scrivener (newsletter of American Society of Writers of Legal Subjects)(Winter 2002).

The third new Board Member, Kirsten Davis, is Associate Professor of Law and Director of Legal Kirsten_davis_2 Writing at Stetson University College of Law. Her most recent article, The Rhetoric of Accommodation: Considering the Language of Work-Family Discourse, will be published in the University of St. Thomas Law Journal. In her spare time, Kirsten is working toward a Ph.D. in human communication. Kirsten is a former member of the legal writing faculty at Arizona State University.

They join the following current Officers and Board members: soon-to-be Past President Terrill Pollman of the University of Nevada Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law; incoming President Judy Stinson of Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law; Treasurer Grace Wigal of West Virginia University College of Law; and Board Members Mary Garvey Algero (Loyola-New Orleans); Nancy Lawler Dickhute (Creighton); Eric B. Easton (Baltimore); Lisa McElroy (Drexel); Suzanne Rabe (Arizona); Mary Barnard Ray (Wisconsin); and Judith Rosenbaum (Northwestern).

Congratulations to all. Your service to the profession is very much appreciated.



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