Monday, July 7, 2008
Here are the presentations being held during the fourth round of sessions on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at the Legal Writing Institute Conference in Indianapolis. These sessions are from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m., so you have to pick just one from this great list of choices.
T4A: Changing Schools, Changing Lives: How to Get Out There, Get Noticed, and Get the Job You Want. A panel with Linda H. Edwards (Macon Professor and Director of the Certificate Program in Advance Legal Writing, Research, and Drafting at Mercer University Law School in Macon, Georgia, pictured here on the left), Lisa T. McElroy (Associate Professor at the College of Law at Drexel University, pictured here on the right), Kirsten K. Davis (Associate Professor and Director of the Writing Program at Stetson University College of Law, who I had a chance to visit last week when I was at Stetson, pictured here on the left -- it was sort of a "hey, shouldn't you be in Arizona moment," but that of course is the whole theme of this panel), and Molly Lien (Professor of Law and the fabulous Director of the Lawyering Skills Program at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago). The four panelists will discuss the interest that schools have in hiring the best and brightest candidates for tenure-track and long-term contract positions, and the best strategies for candidates who are interested in making a change. They will also discuss how appointments committees identify and evaluate candidates for these positions. (No, it is NOT done with a dart board.)
T4B: Bar Exam Prep Course Seeking Long Term Relationship: Legal Writing, Academic Support, Both, or Something Else. Here's a session with Benjamin E. Bratman (Associate Professor of Legal Writing at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law) and Susan Smith Bakhshian (Clinical Professor at Loyola University School of Law in Los Angeles, and someone who have I had the pleasure of presenting with previously at an LWI Conference). They will discuss the for-credit bar examination preparation courses now offered by many law schools.
T4C: Harnessing the Power of Nonverbal Persuasion: How You Can Make Your Students Better Advocates and Yourself a Better Teacher. A session with Michael Higdon (Lawyering Process Professor at the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and he's also--like me--just elected to the Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute)and Rebecca Scharf (also a Lawyering Process Professor at UNLV). The presentation discusses the idea that when audience members evaluate a speaker's ethos, they are largely influenced and persuaded by nonverbal cues, including gestures, voice quality, stance, and even dress. Using film clips as illustrations (always fun), they will discuss studies about those nonverbal clues, and tell us how to (1) help our students gain a more in-depth understanding of how to persuade their audience; and (2) help ourselves to better understand how nonverbal persuasion can help us become stronger and more effective classroom teachers.
T 4D: Sex, Lies, and Law Reviews: Uncovering the Mysteries of Those Who Have All the Power -- Student Editors. A tell-all session with Julie Oseid (Assistant Professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minnesota) and Leah M. Christensen (also an Assistant Professor at the same school). They will discuss how law review editors select articles for publications in their journals. (No, again, it isn't with a dart board.) The presenters note that their project is particularly important to those attempting to elevate and bring awareness to the rich scholarship within the writing discipline.
T4E: Two presentations here. The first is Anatomy of an Appellate Brief Problem by Amy Neville (Legal Writing Instructor at Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, Michigan, pictured here on the left). She'll focus on how to build an effective appellate brief problem--from issue and jurisdiction selection to building a factual record. She focus on the factors that should influence critical decisions at each step. The second is Mapping the Way: A Guide to Creating Memorandum Assignments with Judy Rosenbaum (Director of Communication and Legal Reasoning at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago). She'll give both a conceptual and step-by-step framework to help new LRW faculty create memorandum assignments. Although she will focus primarily on closed universe assignments used early in the first semester at many schools, the framework can be easily adapted to more complex memorandum assignments, including even advocacy assignments.
T4F. Grade Disputes and How to Prevent (or Win) Them. A session with Melody Richardson Daily (Director of Legal Research and Writing and Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in Columbia, Missouri). She'll discuss how to prevent or resolve grade disputes and how courts decide post-secondary grading challenges. She will also report on the results of a survey sent to legal writing professionals throughout the nation, and describe the standards that courts apply to grade-dispute cases.
. T4G: Engaging, Entertaining, and Effective: Using Handheld Response Pads in the Legal Methods Classroom.
A session with Susan Chesler (Legal Writing Professor at Widener University School of Law, which has campuses in Wilmington, Delaware and in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania -- she teaches at the Harrisburg campus, and she's pictured here on the left), Ann Elizabeth Fruth (also a Legal Writing Professor at Widener's Harrisburg campus, pictured on the right), and Amanda L. Smith (Legal Method Professor at Widener's Harrisburg campus, pictured here on the left). They will focus on the use of an interactive teaching technology that uses handheld response pads (clickers) to permit students to participate anonymously in classroom discussion. What's cool about this program? They're bringing the clickers! See how easy they are to use for yourself.
T4H: Taking Off in a New Direction: Ground Rules and Flight Patterns for Legal Writing Specialists. A session with the fabulous Mary Barnard Ray (Senior Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison, Wisconsin -- she's also the primary author of Getting It Right and Getting It Written, the first reference book specifically for legal writing, and Beyond the Basics, for advanced writing techniques). She's joined by the equally fabulous Ann Enquist (Associate Director of Legal Writing at Seattle University School of Law and Co-Director of Faculty Development and Programming, pictured here on the right -- she also serves on the boards of ALWD and LWI and is the co-author of Just Research, Just Briefs, Just Writing and The Legal Writing Handbook). They each have more than 25 years of experience as legal writing specialists, and they will share tips, anecdotes, and resources on the exciting, varied, and intellectually challenging position of legal writing specialist. NEW: The Association of Writing Specialists will meet at 3:30 p.m. directly after this presentation in the same room. All writing specialists are invited.