Thursday, July 16, 2009
The bi-iennial conference of the Association of Legal Writing Directors started this afternoon, at the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law. The ALWD Board of Directors and officers met for over two hours to take care of organization business. And then a lively reception followed for all conference attendees. (One not-to-be-named colleague enjoyed an inadvertent detour to Kansas City, Kansas, instead of Kansas City, Missouri, but he did find the reception on time.) After an initial greeting by Professor Wanda Temm (who has done an excellent job overseeing all the conference preparations), ALWD President Judy Stinson remarked on the 25th anniversary of our sister organization, the Legal Writing Institute, and the 10th anniversary of the ALWD Citation Manual. LWI's Vice President, Ken Chestek, took note of the tip of the hat to LWI. Then Judy introduced ALWD's founder and first president, Jan Levine. In turn, Jan provided some historical context for the citation manual and introduced Dean Darby Dickerson, the manual's primary author. Darby used the occasion to note how far out on many limbs many people ventured to create the citation manual, encouragaing all of us to take risks when opportunities present themselves.
We'll post more news from the conference tomorrow, as time allows.