Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) announced that it is awarding the 2009 Marjorie Rombauer Award to Laurel Currie Oates, of Seattle University School of Law.
The award is named for Marjorie Rombauer, one of the founders of the field of Legal Writing. Marge taught at the University of Washington School of Law for over 30 years, and, as the school's website notes, she was the first non-librarian tenured female faculty member. Her book, Legal Problem Solving: Analysis, Research and Writing, was first published in 1970. She was also an author of Legal Writing in a Nutshell.
The recipient of the award, Laurel Currie Oates, has had a profound impact on the teaching of legal writing in the United States and the world. She was one of the founders of the Legal Writing Institute, and in that role she has hosted thousands of legal writing faculty at numerous LWI summer conferences at the University of Puget Sound and later at Seattle University. It was at those conferences that the field of legal writing developed its shape and depth. She is a co-author of The Legal Writing Handbook and numerous other texts that have been used by students around the country. Laurel was also instrumental in the founding of APPEAL (Academics Promoting the Pedagogy of Effective Advocacy in Law). APPEAL is dedicated to promoting the exchange of ideas, information, and resources about the teaching of legal writing and effective advocacy among academics in the United States. Many members of our community have attended and presented at APPEAL conferences, most recently in July of this year in Pretoria, South Africa.
The ALWD award will be presented to Laurel in Macon, Georgia, this November at the Symposium hosted by Mercer Law Review and the LWI Journal. The symposium is called The Legal Writing Institute: Celebrating 25 Years of Teaching and Scholarship, and it will be held November 5-6, 2009, at Mercer Law School. If you are interested in attending the Symposium,click here.
This post was adapted from an email message sent by Mary Beth Beazley of The Ohio State University School of Law.