Friday, January 2, 2009

Another Dance Card for the AALS Annual Meeting

Many of our blog readers are interested in international issues as well as legal writing.  Here is a link to another "Dance Card" for the AALS Annual Meeting.  It has the international programs of interest.  Click here for a link to the International Law Prof Blog.


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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing

Perspectives Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing is a print newsletter published by West three times a year for legal research and writing instructors and law firm and law school librarians. The newsletter provides a forum for discussing the teaching of legal research and writing, focusing on research materials, tools and theories. Among the subjects frequently covered in Perspectives are trends in electronic legal research; solutions to legal research problems; and recently published legal research and writing resources.
The Fall 2008 issue is now available on-line (as well as some of the earlier issues).  Click here to view the on-line version (and to get your own subscription to a print version if you'd like one).
Hat tip to the (new) legal writer.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

job opening in Cleveland

The Cleveland-Marshall College of Law invites candidates to apply to join its legal writing faculty beginning in the 2009-2010 academic year.

Cleveland-Marshall requires all first-year students to take a two-semester, six-credit, graded legal writing and research course. The successful candidate will regularly teach two sections of the required first-year course.  Successful candidates must have a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school and have had two years of either legal practice experience or a judicial clerkship. Ideally, a candidate will have significant practice experience that includes legal writing and research expertise and a strong academic record. Candidates should submit a cover letter, a resume, a list of three references, and a writing sample consisting of a legal brief or memorandum, or an excerpt, with a maximum length of 10 pages, to Carolyn Broering-Jacobs, Director of Legal Writing, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, 2121 Euclid Avenue, LB 128, Cleveland, Ohio 44115.

The search committee will begin to review applications on January 5, 2009, and the position will remain open until filled.

1. The position advertised:
_X _ b. may lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years.

2. The professor hired:
_X _ a. will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.

3. The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the range checked below.
_X _ d. $60,000 to $69,999
_X _ e. $50,000 to $59,999
_X _ f. $40,000 to $49,999

4. The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing professor will be:
_X _ c. 36 - 40

hat tip:  Professor Claire Robinson May


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job openings at Seattle University School of Law

Seattle University School of Law is accepting applications for two positions teaching legal writing. Each position's three-year initial contract begins on August 1, 2009, with a starting salary of $70,000 – $79,000. The salary for lateral hires will be higher and will be based on the applicant’s qualifications and experience. The positions may lead to longer five-year term contracts. Persons hired may vote in faculty meetings. Teaching load is 51-55 students per semester. The Law School is currently reviewing its legal writing program and may be able to reduce the professor-student ratio.

Seattle University is an established leader in the field of legal writing: It founded the Legal Writing Institute, it has hosted seven Legal Writing Institute summer conferences, and its faculty has published numerous books and article relating to legal writing. As a result, for the last four years, U.S. New and World Report has ranked Seattle University’s legal writing program as one of the top two legal writing programs in the United States. 

Individuals teaching legal writing at Seattle University receive extensive training in teaching legal writing. They currently teach both a first-year course that introduces students to legal research, legal reading, legal analysis, and effective writing, and a second-year course that introduces persuasive writing and oral advocacy. Professors are in the classroom seven hours a week, spend about ten hours a week meeting with students on a one-to-one basis, and spend 20-25 hours a week critiquing and grading student writing.      

Candidates for the positions should possess a strong academic record, experience working as a judicial law clerk or as an attorney, teaching experience, excellent writing skills, and excellent interpersonal skills. The Hiring Committee will begin reviewing applications on February 2, 2009, and will continue until the positions are filled. To apply, send a letter of application, a resume or vitae, a writing sample that has not been edited by another person, and the names and contact information for three references either by email or mail to Professor Bryan Adamson, Seattle University School of Law, 901 12th Avenue, P.O. Box 222000, Seattle, WA 98122-1090.

For more information about Seattle University’s writing program, contact Professor Laurel Currie Oates or Professor Mary Bowman.


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Monday, December 29, 2008

the writer's routine

A fascinating website offers descriptions from well-known writers and artists of different time periods, explaining how they organized a typical day to get their writing and other creative work done.  Legal writers too may find some useful examples there. 

hat tip:  Ben Opipari


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The Law Teacher

The Institute for Law Teaching and Learning (previously known as the Institute for Law School Teaching at Gonzaga University) is now co-sponsored by Washburn University and Gonzaga University.  They publish The Law Teacher, a newsletter of essays relaying information and advice about teaching law.  The Fall 2008 issue is now available, on-line only.


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Sunday, December 28, 2008

balance in legal education

AALS has a new Section on Balance in Legal Education.  If you're filling your dance card for the AALS annual meeting, in addition to the many legal writing events, the following events of this new section may be of interest:

Wednesday, January 7 at 6:30 pm:  Balance Section Business Meeting in the Newport Beach Room, South Tower/Level 4, Marriot.

Wednesday, January 7 at 7:30 pm:  Balance Section Social Gathering (wine and cheese) at California Western School of Law.

Thursday, January 8 at 8:30 am:  Balance Section Presentation: “Educating Lawyers and Best Practices for Legal Education: A Mandate to Humanize the Law School Experience” in Marina Salon G, South Tower/Level 3, Marriot.

hat tip:  Prof. Mike Hunter-Schwartz


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