Friday, March 20, 2009

Scholarship Alert: "Step Right Up: Using Consumer Decision Making Theory to Teach Research Process in the Electronic Age"

Professor Amy Sloan of University of Baltimore School of Law has just published Step Right Up:  Using Consumer Decision Making Theory to Teach Research Process in the Electronic Age in 60 S.C.L.Rev. 123 (2008).  Sounds like a good 'un:

The legal academy has framed legal research as a professional skill, and much research pedagogy centers around replicating a controlled professional environment to allow students to learn how to do research by simulating legal practice. Although this is a valid way to conceptualize research, it is not the only way. Another way to conceptualize research is as a consumer transaction. Legal information is, in many ways, a product that information providers market to lawyers and students, as the promotions and contests that LexisNexis and Westlaw sponsor demonstrate. Once legal information is understood as a product, the process of research can be seen as a purchase transaction, and research instruction can be seen as a form of consumer education.

This article approaches research from a consumer perspective. It sets the stage by explaining why legal information is a consumer product and analyzing changes in the information marketplace that have affected research process. The article then explains consumer decision making theory. It demonstrates why this is an appropriate vehicle for describing the research process and explains the marketing, cultural, psychological, situational, personal, and social influences that affect consumer choice in the research context. The advantages of approaching research from a consumer perspective are addressed next, followed by an exploration of ways to incorporate consumer decision making theory into research pedagogy. The article concludes that making students better consumers of legal information will help them become better professionals.


A big 'ol hat tip to the Law Librarian Blog for deliverin' the goods one 'mo time!

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March 20, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Here's another list for you - the top 50 moot court rankings

These are the top 50 law school appellate advocacy rankings according to Brian Koppen's Law Advocacy website (with a big 'ol hat tip to the TaxProf Blog):

  • 1.   South Texas
  • 2.   UC-Hastings
  • 3.   Georgetown
  • 4.   Washington University
  • 5.   Mississippi College
  • 6.   Loyola-Chicago
  • 7.   Seton Hall
  • 8.   Brooklyn
  • 9.   Detroit-Mercy
  • 10. Chicago-Kent
  • 11. Southwestern
  • 12. Mercer
  • 13. Denver
  • 14. Texas-Wesleyan
  • 15. Georgia
  • 16. Regent
  • 17. UC-Davis
  • 18. Michigan State
  • 19. Florida Coastal
  • 20. Wisconsin
  • 21. SMU
  • 22. Fordham
  • 23. Florida
  •       Lewis & Clark
  • 25. Hawaii
  • 26. Campbell
  • 27. Columbia
  •       George Washington
  •       Marquette
  • 30. Houston
  •       N. Kentucky
  • 32. Loyola-New Orleans
  • 33. UC-Berkeley
  • 34. Miami
  •       William & Mary
  • 36. Harvard
  • 37. Memphis
  • 38. John Marshall-Chicago
  • 39. Florida State
  • 40. Baylor
  • 41. George Mason
  •       Texas Tech
  • 43. Cardozo
  •       San Diego
  • 45. DePaul
  •       John Marshall-Atlanta
  •       Washburn
  • 48. Case Western
  •       University of Washington
  • 50. Northwestern
  •       St. Thomas
  •       Southern Illinois

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March 20, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

The Ten Commandments of good lecturing

Advice on what to do and what not to do from Inside Higher Ed.:

1.  Thou shalt connect new lectures to previous ones.

2.  Thou shalt move beyond chalk and talk.

3.  Thou Shalt Not Lecture Like a Caffeinated Hummingbird or a Tree Sloth.

4.  Thou shalt not assume too much.

5.  Thou Shalt Link Known to Unknown.

6.  Thou Shalt Be Enthusiastic.

7.  Thou Shalt Not Be a Pompous Ass.

8.  Thou Shalt Not Tolerate Disruptive or Disrespectful Students.

9.  Thou Shalt Not Lecture Outdoors.

10.  Thou Shalt Seize Learning Moments.

Read the whole she-bang right c'here.

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Law prof writing about his experience as juror results in new trial

The ABA Journal is reporting today that a New Jersey appeals court overturned yesterday a jury verdict in a civil case because a Seton Hall law professor who was a member of that jury wrote an article about the experience which revealed that he might have exerted inappropriate influence during the deliberations.

You can read the appellate decision here.

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Images  Stetson University College of Law will host the 2009 Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference on September 11 and 12, 2009, along with an ALWD Scholars’ Forum/Workshop on September 13, 2009.

 

The Program Committee encourages proposals for 25 minute conference presentations or panel discussions related to the Conference theme, Remixing the Classics -- as in “remixing” legal writing instruction, theory, practice, or scholarship for new contexts.  Submit proposals to Catherine Cameron, Program Committee Co-Chair, at ccameron@law.stetson.edu, by April 3, 2009.

The Scholars' Forum will give legal writing scholars the chance to present their scholarship ideas, works-in-progress, or further developed drafts of legal writing articles to a group of other legal writing faculty.  The Scholars’ Workshop will give participants an opportunity to receive feedback from peers on their written works in progress.  To participate in the Workshop, a draft of the paper must be ready to be shared by August 15, 2009.  For either the Forum or Workshop, contact Ann Piccard, at Piccard@law.stetson.edu, by May 1, 2009.

hat tip: Prof. Kirsten Davis

 

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Yet another article about Twitter

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What does the NBA and the judicial system have in common?  Both are upset about the inappropriate use of Twitter in court and on the court according to this article on CNET.

Hat tip to Above the Law.

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March 19, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

What are lawyers looking for in CLE courses?

For those legal writing profs who presently teach a CLE class or are contemplating doing so in the near future, Above the Law ran an informal survey last month asking its readers to share their thoughts about what works and what doesn't.  

The blog released a small sampling of responses today that include, among the less irreverent, the following answers to the question:  "What would enhance your CLE experience?"

  • Takeaways like forms, model documents, and checklists.
  • Less lecturing on broad theoretical topics, more realistic simulation-type CLE's.
  • Written outline of oral presentations, complete written materials for later reference.
  • Topical, relevant, practical subjects, such as e-discovery issues.

Good feedback for any teacher to keep in mind.

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March 19, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

The Legal Writing Institute has issued its Call for Proposals for the 2010 Biennial Conference. Read on!

LWI_logo Dear Colleagues –

As many of you already know, the 2010 LWI Biennial Conference will be held in Marco Island, Florida, in June 2010.  Though our venue is new and we are planning some new offerings, many of the things that members have loved about our past biennial conferences will remain the same. 

First, we hope to provide something for everyone:  presentations geared toward both newer teachers and our more “seasoned” veterans;  presentations about teaching ideas, scholarship, and career development; and presentations in a variety of formats, including traditional presentations, poster presentations, and popcorn presentations.  

Now for the new.  In an effort to encourage more interaction between LWI members and practicing lawyers, the 2010 conference will include a “practitioner track.”  Accordingly, in addition to the topics mentioned above, we seek proposals for presentations that would be of particular interest to practitioners.   And we can’t forget our new venue.  The Marco Island Marriott Beach resort has a number of amenities for families, so we encourage you to include your families in your travel plans.  You can find more information about the resort here: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mrkfl-marco-island-marriott-beach-resort-golf-club-and-spa/

Please consider submitting a proposal.  The committee will be accepting proposals between May 1 and June 15, 2009.  You can find details about submitting a proposal in the Call for Proposals, which is attached to this message [Download 2010_Call_for_Proposals].  We look forward to reading your proposals!  

Sincerely,  

Alison Julien, Program Committee Co-Chair (Marquette)

Joan Malmud, Program Committee Co-Chair (U. Oregon)

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A good overview of Twitter for lawyers

Following up on Professor Barger's post from a few days ago, the National Law Journal has an article that provides an excellent overview for lawyers, specifically, on Twitter - what it is, how to use it, and the pitfalls lawyers should avoid.

The article reports the results of an informal poll taken of several lawyers from different backgrounds who provide practical suggestions for making the best use of Twitter including staying in touch with clients, networking generally, and promoting one's expertise.

The full article can be accessed here.  

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The Three Best Books About Writing -- Are They On Your Shelf?

We're happy to present a guest blog post from Joseph Bazan of the Minnesota School of Business.

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Recently, a colleague noticed that I am a member of the Leal Writing Institute (LWI).  Like many members of LWI, I have a tag in my email signature proudly displaying my membership.  My colleague asked me for recommendations about writing texts to help him improve his legal drafting in his law practice.  I had some trouble trying to narrow down my recommendations to a few titles.  I decided to ask the members of LWI for their recommendations.

I asked the members of LWI to send me a short list of their recommendations.  My original question was asked this way:  “If you could keep only three writing books and had to dispose of the rest, which three would you keep?”

I received over 60 recommendations, but only 14 titles were recommended more than once.  I present the 14 most popular writing books as nominated by the members of LWI followed by an alphabetical list of all of the other books that received recommendations.  Some of these books should certainly be of use to any legal student or practitioner.

(Many of the recommended titles listed below, along with yet more resources, are annotated in an article in the Fall 2008 issue of the Journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors by Carrie W. Teitcher entitled “Legal Writing Beyond Memos and Briefs:  An Annotated Bibliography.”)

The Top Ten Fourteen

  1. The Elements of Style (William Strunk & E.B. White)
  2. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (Anne Lamott)
  3. [Tie] The Redbook: A Manual on Legal Style (Bryan A. Garner)
  4. Plain English for Lawyers (Richard C. Wydick)
  5. [Tie] Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace (alt.: Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace) (Joseph M. Williams)
  6. Legal Writing: Getting it Right and Getting It Written (Mary Barnard Ray & Jill J. Ramsfield)
  7. Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer (Anne Enquist & Laurel Currie Oates)
  8. Thinking Like a Writer: A Lawyer’s Guide to Effective Writing and Editing (Stephen V. Armstrong & Timothy P. Terrell)
  9. [Tie] A Practical Guide to Appellate Advocacy (Mary Beth Beazley)
  10. [Tie] The Chicago Manual of Style
  11. Words into Type (Marjorie E. Skillin & Robert Malcolm Gay)e]
  12. [Tie] The Little Book on Legal Writing (Alan L. Dworsky)
  13. [Tie] Legal Writing and Analysis (Linda Holdeman Edwards)
  14. [Tie] Any good unabridged dictionary

The Others In Alphabetical Order

  • Advanced Legal Writing: Theories and Strategies in Persuasive Writing (Michael R. Smith)

  • ALWD Citation Manual: A Professional System of Citation

  • Aspen Handbook for Legal Writers:  A Practical Reference (Deborah E. Bouchoux)

  • Black’s Legal Dictionary (Bryan A. Garner, Ed.)

  • The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation

  • The Craft of Argument (Joseph M. Williams & Gregory G. Colomb)

  • A Dictionary of Contemporary American Usage (Bergen Evans & Cornelia Evans)

  • A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage (Oxford Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage) (Bryan A. Garner)

  • Any good dictionary

  • Any general dictionary of usage

  • Expectations:  Teaching Writing from the Reader’s Perspective (George Gopen)

  • Expert Legal Writing (Terri LeClercq & Thomas R. Phillips)

  • Fowler’s Modern English Usage (Fowler’s 2d ed. or Burchfield’s revision)

  • Golden Notebook (Doris Lessing)

  • www.google.com

  • Hodges’ Harbrace Handbook (AKA The Writer’s Harbrace Handbook, 3d) (Cheryl Glenn & Loretta Gay)

  • How to Write Plain English: A Book for Lawyers and Consumers (Rudolf Flesch)

  • Interactive Citation Workbook for the Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (Tracy McGaugh)

  • The Language of the Law (David Mellinkoff)

  • Any good law dictionary

  • A Lawyer Writes: A Practical Guide to Legal Analysis (Christine Coughlin, Joan Malmud, & Sandy Patrick)

  • The Lawyer’s Guide to Writing Well (Tom Goldstein & Jethro K. Lieberman)

  • Legal Reasoning And Legal Writing: Structure, Strategy, And Style (Richard K. Neumann, Jr.)

  • The Legal Writing Handbook: Analysis, Research and Writing (Laurel Currie Oates & Anne Enquist)

  • Legal Writing in Plain English:  A Text with Exercises (Bryan A. Garner)

  • Lifting the Fog of Legalese: Essays on Plain Language (Joseph Kimble)

  • Logic for Lawyers: A Guide to Clear Legal Thinking (Hon. Ruggero J. Aldisert)

  • Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of English Usage

  • Metaphors We Live By (George Lakoff & Mark Johnson)

  • Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications

  • “my dad’s old dictionary, copyright 1937”

  • The New Oxford American Dictionary

  • On Writing (Stephen King)

  • Pleasing the Court: Writing Ethical and Effective Briefs (Judith D. Fischer)

  • Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them (Francine Prose)

  • The Rhetoric of Economics (Rhetoric of the Human Sciences) (Deirdre N. McCloskey)

  • Any general thesaurus

  • The Transitive Vampire: A Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager and the Doomed (Karen Elizabeth Gordon)

  • The Use and Abuse of the English Language (Robert Graves & Alan Hodge)

  • www.westlaw.com

  • www.wikipedia.com

  • The Winning Brief: 100 Tips for Persuasive Briefing in Trial and Appellate Courts (Bryan A. Garner)

  • Woe is I: The Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Plain English (Patricia T. O’Connor)

  • The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers (Christopher Vogler)

  • A Writer’s Reference with Help for Writing in the Disciplines (Diana Hacker)

  • Writing and Analysis in the Law (University Casebook) (Helene S. Shapo, Marilyn Walter & Elizabeth Fajans)

  • Writing to Learn (William K. Zinsser)

  • Writing to Win: The Legal Writer (Steven D. Stark)

Extras  (Books that received votes beyond the three votes allowed)

  • The Indexed and Annotated K. K. DuVivier Scrivener Articles currently found here: http://law.du.edu/index.php/lawyering-process/1l-resources/the-scrivener-modern-legal-writing

  • Plain English for Lawyers, Wydick

  • Pleasing the Court: Writing Ethical and Effective Briefs, Fischer

  • A Writer’s Reference with Help for Writing in the Disciplines, Hacker

  • Writing and Analysis in the Law, Shapo, Walter & Fajans

 

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Bberry A few days ago, we brought you the story of the juror who used Twitter to comment about the trial in which he and his fellow jurors awarded a 12-million-plus judgment to the plaintiff. Defendants are asking the judge to declare a mistrial, even though the juror says he used his Twitter account strictly before and after the trial and deliberations, not during.

Now comes more egregious news of not one, but in fact nine jurors who used their Internet-enabled cellphones to conduct research during their deliberations. The judge in that federal drug trial--one that had lasted eight weeks--ordered a mistrial.

Perhaps jurors have always been so inclined to do their own investigations, but now the means to do so is enhanced by the ubiquitous technology that lets us surf the Web anywhere, any time. Should such inquisitive jurors be held in contempt of court? Or should all jurors--and that can extend to the voir dire--be forced to surrender their electronic toys and tools before they are allowed to hear a single word in the courtroom?

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Recent panel discussed how to remove the BS from academic writing

At this past weekend's annual meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, a panel discussion entitled Empty Rhetoric and Academic Bullshit: Strategies for Composition’s Self-Representation in National Arenas was held to discuss, well, how to take the BS out of academic writing.  The impetus for the program was an essay last year in the Journal of College Composition and Communication called A Kind Word for Bullshit: The Problem of AcademicWriting in which the authors argued that:

"For many non-academics, academic writing is not just bullshit but bullshit of worst kind.  When non-academics call academic writing bullshit, they mean that it uses jargon, words whose meanings are so abstract and vague as to seem unrelated to anyone’s experience. Such jargon seems to contribute nothing to the reader except confusion and serves only to enhance the ethos of the speaker, a strategy that the general public dislikes precisely because they suspect that academics are taken in by it."

"A key source of this problem, [one panelist] said, is the 'publish or perish' system of academic advancement. The 'extraordinary burden' on scholars in composition and rhetoric to come up with something new to say . . . results in work becoming more specialized, with 'every narrower niches,' language that can only be understood by other experts, and a 'progressive departure from popular understanding' of what writing is about."

You can read the full story here.

Hat tip Inside Higher Ed.

I am the scholarship dude.

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March 17, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

"Chart of doom" is one stop shopping for law students looking for job news

A blog called The Shark ("don't stop swimming - it's law school.") has created a "chart of doom" to track all the news about law firm lay-offs, rescinded 2L and 3L offers, canceled summer programs, etc. so that "anxious" law students don't have to waste time surfing the web for information to make them even more depressed.    

As "The Shark" proclaims:  "Who doesn't like a good chart?"  And with a name like "chart of doom," how can you resist?

Hat tip to Above the Law and the ABA Journal Blog.

I am the scholarship dude.

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Social networking sites account for 10% of total time spent online, more than email

Here's a fascinating article from the Washington Post describing the pervasiveness of social networking sites in terms of the total time spent online noting, in particular, that the average person spends more time on these sites than email (ed. note - that stat. most definitely does not apply to me).

We reported back on March 9 about the growing prevalence of online social networks among attorneys (and the generation gap that exists within that general category of users).  This new report by Nielsen Online demonstrates just how much time the average person spends on these sites.  Why is that important?  Because another name for the "average person" is "client."

According to Nielsen, time spent on social networking sites is outpaced only by time engaged in "online searching, general interest sites, and software sites."  I guess "general interest sites" must be code for "shopping and porn" unless you really believe that the average person spends more time checking out the latest software applications than they do on those other activities.

Hat tip to the E-Commerce Law Blog.

I am the scholarship dude.

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New national organization for adjuncts looking for law professors to join

We helped break the news back in February about a new, national organization called "The National Coalition of Adjunct Faculty" that seeks to support and advocate for adjunct faculty everywhere, including those who teach legal writing.  As a result of our post, our good buddy Professor Mitchell Rubenstein over at the Adjunct Law Prof Blog helped spread the gospel.  Indeed, he got religion himself by joining the group's organizational committee as he announces here.  As Professor Rubinstein explains, the purpose of the group is still a bit amorphous but they are nonetheless seeking members, including law school adjuncts.  So all you legal writing gremmies out there, grab your wax and your board, and surf on over to the Adjunct Law Prof Blog to get the skinny on how to join

Hat tip to me.

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March 16, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Some laid-off associates can't give their time away

Now more than ever, it's critical that law professors and administrators understand the financial reality facing our debt-laden students when they graduate.  Given the current surfeit of lawyers, the terrible job market at present and the possibility that things will never go back to the way they were, we need to more thoughtfully discuss the extent to which we bear responsibility for some of the bad outcomes experienced by our students.  Dean Richard Matasar of New York Law School, UCLA Law Professor Richard Sander, and University of Indiana Law Professor William Henderson, among others, have, to their great credit, tried to start this important dialogue.

This story from the New York Times about a former BigLaw associate with good credentials who is unable to give his time away, although anecdotal, and hopefully reflecting only temporary circumstances, is a good reminder about the world our students may face when the graduate this Spring. 

We all wish them good luck, that the economy gets better soon and Godspeed.

Hat tip to the ABA Journal Blog.

I am the scholarship dude.

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one minute of writing

Oneminutewriterbutton2 As Sue notes, so many of our students have done little writing before coming to law school. And with such big stakes as the memos and briefs we assign them, no wonder they are often paralyzed with fear. That's where one-minute writing comes in--quick exercises to warm up the writing muscles.

But what kinds of exercises will loosen them up? I've got a lot of ideas, but most are too involved for short in-class exercises. That's why I was happy to discover The One-Minute Writer. I like it a lot. It provides a "daily prompt" for a one-minute writing assignment, complete with 60-second countdown clock. Here are some recent prompts:

  • Write a brief "Dear Abby" letter asking for advice.  Or, write a letter giving advice, in response to one of the previous commenters.
  • If you were to publicly debate an issue you're passionate about, what issue would it be?
  • You're at a dinner event, and it's your job to give a toast.  You pick up your glass and say....
  • What information or skill would you like to teach to others?
  • If you have tattoos, describe one of them. If you don't, what would your tattoo look like if you ever got one?

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things you should have learned in school ...

Jgcca41r28ucadei8h9cappxflbcan8exreIn conversation with a 1L today, I discovered that it is possible to graduate from a research level 1 university in the United States with an undergraduate degree in a science and never write a lab report.  This student fulfilled all the requirements for the degree, including the requisite number of lab courses, but he never once wrote a lab report.  Apparently it is now possible to choose lab courses in which the students do not write anything. 

As a long-time legal writing professor, I always try to start where my students are and move them forward from there.  For example, I know to tell my former English majors to please just leave the Thesaurus on the shelf; they'll no longer be searching for synonyms.  And I tell my former Biology majors that an intra-office legal memo is like a lab report:  you do your research, you write it up, different types of information go in different places, and when you follow the standard structure you meet the expectations of readers in your field.  Well there goes that analogy. 

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Workload for writing teachers at community colleges is stretched to the limit

According to preliminary data released Saturday at the annual meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication ("CCCC").  Inside Higher Ed is reporting today that:

The [CCCC] has long had standards for writing courses, based on the idea that composition teaching requires the assignment of more papers than is typical of college courses, quick turnaround on evaluating those papers, and detailed discussion of those papers with students. According to the conference's guidelines, undergraduate writing sections should be limited to 20 students (15 for remedial writing), and no faculty member should be responsible for teaching and grading more than 60 writing students a semester (or 45 students in remedial courses).

. . . .

On class size, not a single one of the colleges meet the guidelines. For remedial writing (recommended class size not to exceed 15), one college reported a cap in the 15-20 range, while five were at 21-25, four were at 26-30, 6 were at 31 to 35 and one was over 35. For non-remedial first-year composition, four colleges reported caps of 21-25, six college reported caps of 26-30, two reported caps of 31-35, 2 reported over 35, and one did not reply.

Privately, many at the composition meeting said that this problem was getting worse by the week. Instructors at colleges with official policies on enrollment caps for composition reported being approached by deans and being asked to "take just a few more" and to do so quietly, because the college could not afford to hire additional instructors. While some of those being asked to take on more students could theoretically file grievances, several pointed out that they are adjuncts who can't be in the business of picking fights with deans (and that they also don't want to be held responsible for turning students away).

. . . .

Alan Ainsworth, chair of English at the central campus of Houston Community College, said that writing instructors work a 5-5 teaching load, with a cap of 25 students per section. Those who are adjuncts are working that sort of teaching load while "driving 20 miles from one class to another in Houston traffic," he said. The result of this volume of students -- whether taught by full timer or part timer -- is that it's "unrealistic" to provide students with all the feedback they need. "We need to reduce [class size] so students can get the attention," he said.

The full story, in all its disheartening glory, can be found here.

I am the scholarship dude.

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Disability Law Writing Competition

Mercer 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 rather than academic papers.  Prizes can be as high as $1,000.  Topics this year include:

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

The deadline for submission is June 1.  Further details about the competition are posted here

Hat tip to Suzianne D. Painter-Thorne at Mercer University School of Law.

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