Tuesday, June 8, 2010

the ever growing arc of legal writing schlolarship

Linda Berger, Linda Edwards, and Terri Pollman have written a new article on "The Past, Presence, and Future of Legal Writing Scholarship: Rhetoric, Voice, and Community" .  For those of us in the legal writing field for some time, it's remarkable that we now have a body of literature to study in this way.  Here's what the authors have to say about their work:

"This Article welcomes a new generation of legal writing scholars.

"In the first generation, legal writing professors debated whether they should be engaged in legal scholarship at all. In the second generation, assuming that they should be engaged in scholarship, legal writing professors discerned and defined different genres of and topics for the scholarship in which some or all of us were or should be engaged.

"In this Article, we map the contours of a third generation of legal writing scholarship - one that integrates the elements of our professional lives and allows us to engage more effectively with our professional communities, both in legal education and in law practice.

"The core of such study and practice is rhetoric, and in particular, the rhetorical concept that meaning is constructed out of the interaction of reader and writer, text and context. The study and practice of law as rhetoric is a thread that can run through the fabric of a professional life, weaving together the legal writing professor's work in scholarship, teaching, and professional service."



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