Friday, November 27, 2009
The Chicago-Kent College of Law announced this year that is establihsing a Ralph L. Brill Professor of Law Chair. This recognizes the contributions of one of legal writing’s most well-known and best-loved heros. The law school plans for this to be a Chair at the school, but it is starting off now as a Ralph L. Brill Distinguished Visitor. The first Ralph L. Brill Distinguished Visitor will be Terri LeClercq.
Terri LeClercq is the former Fellow, Norman Black Professorship in Ethical Communications in Law (ret.) at the University of Texas School of Law. She served in many other roles at Texas, including Senior Lecturer in Legal Writing, and Director of the University of Texas Law International Programs. She also has been Distinguished Visiting Professor at The University of Alabama Law School and at The University of Nevada Las Vegas Law School. Terri is the author of Guide to Legal Writing Style (4th ed. Aspen 2007), Expert Legal Writing (Univ. of Texas Press 1995), and perhaps 90 articles on writing in various publications (including the Second Draft, Perspectives, Scribes, Bar Journals, and the Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute). She has been a speaker at countless programs, including the Plenary speaker at several of the National Legal Writing Institute conferences.
Terri will visit Chicago in February 2010. Her husband, Jack Getman, the Earle E. Sheffield Regents Chair Professor at the University of Texas Law School and one of the country's most illustrious Labor Law professors, will also present two lectures at Chicago-Kent during that visit.
Congratulations to Chicago-Kent, to Ralph Brill, and to Terri LeClercq and her husband Jack.