Saturday, December 13, 2008

kudos to St. John's!

Last Friday, St. John's University School of Law held a conference on Practice Meets Pedagogy:  Views from the Bench, Bar and Academy on Law School Graduates' Legal Research and Writing Skills.  By all accounts, it was a highly successful -- and entertaining -- exchange of useful information.  Here is some photographic evidence:

Mark_1 Attorney Mark Herrmann (Jones Day), aka The Curmudgeon, addresses the audience.

Valerie_2  Professional Development Director Valerie Fitch (Pillsbury Winthrop) makes a point.

Audience The audience listens attentively.

More photos, including the panelists, will be posted at:

hat tip:  Jane Scott, St. John's University


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2009 Legal Writing Scholarship Grants

The Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) and the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) announced the 2009 Legal Writing Scholarship Grants for teachers of legal research and writing. Applications are due February 3, 2009. These grants reflect the two organizations’ commitment to the professional development of legal research and writing professionals. Past grants have varied from $2000 to $5000. Royalties from the ALWD Citation Manual are the primary source of ALWD funding each year. 

In 2008, LWI and ALWD cooperatively evaluated and chose five applications to fund for a total of $17,500 in grants. To get a copy of the grant application for 2009, contact Professor Robin Wellford Slocum.  If you would like some help with filling it out , contact Professor Sarah Ricks at Rutgers School of Law – Camden

Hat tip to Sarah Ricks (Rutgers-Camden) and Robin Wellford Slocum (Chapman), Co-Chairs of the Joint ALWD-LWI Scholarship Committee


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Friday, December 12, 2008

undergraduate comp teachers

An interesting article on "The Adjunctification of English" appears in the December 11 newsletter, Inside Higher Ed.  As has been previously observed, parallels exist between the frequent second-class status of those teaching undergraduate composition and those teaching legal writing.

hat tip:  Tracy McGaugh


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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

an interesting choice of words. . .

In the lavatory on a KLM flight: 

Please report any irregularities to the flight attendant.



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Keyboard Shortcuts and Technology Tips to Make You More Productive

The (new) legal writer blog has a useful post today that links to an article by Dan Pinnington on 10 technology tips to make you more productive, including some extremely useful keyboard shortcuts.  Really, have a look at this article.  You won't regret it.

Hat tip to Raymond Ward


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Tuesday, December 9, 2008


"No stile of writing is so delightful as that which is all pith, which never omits a necessary word, nor uses an unnecessary one."

~ Thomas Jefferson (in a letter to his grandson)


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Monday, December 8, 2008

the Milani award

Mercer University School of Law and the ABA host an annual writing competition in honor of Mercer’s former legal writing professor, Adam Milani. It is one of the few competitions for student-written briefs - not academic papers. Prizes can be as high as $1,000.

Below is a list of topics for this year. Please consider assigning one of the following topics this spring so your best students can participate in the competition:

  • disability law;
  • the Civil Rights Act of 1964;
  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972;
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act;
  • Family and Medical Leave Act;
  • A state statute or municipal ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

The deadline for submission is June 1. Further details are posted on the Mercer website.

Hat tip to Suzanne Painter-Thorne 


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