Saturday, July 12, 2008
Molly Lien, Professor of Law and Director of the Lawyering Skills Program at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, announced this week that she was stepping down as director of The John Marshall Law School Lawyering Skills Program and also retiring from the John Marshall faculty. She wrote that it "did not seem right to use the word 'retire,' because this community will always be a part of me, but I am looking forward to what Anne Enquist so artfully termed 'the peak years.'"
Molly (and Ralph Brill) will receive the Terri LeClercq Courage Award this Monday evening in Indianapolis at the opening reception for the Legal Writing Institute Conference. Click here for more information on the award presentations.
She'll also be presenting on "Changing Lives" in a session on Tuesday. Click here for details.
Molly has been a leader in the field of legal writing for many years, both in the United States and abroad. Her teaching includes work in Singapore and Russia.
After receiving her degree from Emory Law School, Molly Lien clerked for the Honorable Wilbur F. Pell Jr. (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit). She spent ten years in private practice, and in 1986 she joined the faculty at IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she directed the legal writing program from 1993-2001. Professor Lien is trained in technical legal Russian and has taught frequently in Russia, most recently devoting her summers from 2000-2003 teaching in the University of San Diego's program in Moscow.
From 1999-2001, she directed Project Ukraine for Chicago-Kent, where she administered a U.S. Department of State grant to purchase equipment for DNA testing for the University of Internal Affairs in Kharkiv, Ukraine.
Professor Lien was named director of the Lawyering Skills program at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago in 2004. She has taught Lawyering Skills, Civil Procedure II, Public International Law, International Trade, and Comparative Law.
Molly has been a wonderful colleague at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, and I enjoyed particularly working with so closely on the Global Legal Skills Conferences held in Chicago and in Mexico. (I bet you can pick her out right away from the photo on the left -- but here's a hint: she's standing next to the Consul General of the United States).
In a post to the Legal Writing Prof Listserve, she wrote:
"In the end, we all strive to do the greatest good. Sometimes pursuing the good means leaving dear friends to focus on other areas of life, including family, friends, community, and causes.
"Please know that I am grateful beyond words for the support of the many, many wonderful colleagues in this organization. You are the absolute best, and I will treasure these friendships forever. God bless you all, and I hope to give many hugs in Indianapolis."
We at John Marshall are tremendously grateful for her leadership, vision, and collegiality. We will miss her terribly.
Please feel free to post a comment for Molly.