Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Empire State legal writing conference, post 1

P1040892 The Empire State Legal Writing Conference began on Friday, May 14, with a welcome from Hofstra Dean Nora Demleitner (pictured) and Professor Amy Stein. 

P1040897 The first session that I attended began with a presentation by Ed ("Grumpy Ed") Tefleyan of McGeorge.  Using the military experience of a "white glove inspection," illustrated with humorous video clips, he set out 10 steps to an error-free document.

Paired with Ed in Session 1 was Iselin Gambert of George Washington Law School, who talked about using the radio/TV show "This American Life" as a way to teach analysis, theme-setting, and tight editing skills.  She also discussed using the show to help teach students that legal cases involve real people and their lives and are not merely academic exercises.


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