Thursday, September 30, 2010

National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition

The Second Annual National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition will be held on February 25-26, 2011 in Chicago.  The competition is presented by DePaul University College of Law and the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation.  Final round judges will include members of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  This year's competition problem addresses the recovery of stolen art works and the Immunity from Seizure Act.  For more information about the competition or to register, please visit law.depaul.edu/chmoot 

Hat tip to Chris Evers

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition at Elon Law School

Elon University School of Law announced that it will host the Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition, which honors three of North Carolina's preeminent attorneys and former Chief Justices.  The competition, which will focus on constitutional law, will take place March 31-April 2 at Elon Law School in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Because the competition seeks to honor as many students as possible for their achievements in advocacy, there will be numerous awards for the best team performances, best briefs, and best oral advocates. Team awards will be presented to all teams reaching the Quarterfinals and beyond. Brief writing awards will be presented to the top four briefs. Oral advocacy awards will be presented to the top four advocates in the preliminary rounds, as well as the best advocate in the final round.

Schools may enter either one or two teams; teams may consist of either two or three students.  Registration opens on August 1, 2010. The Early Bird Registration deadline is December 1, 2010 ($250 per team). The final, Regular Registration deadline is January 5, 2011 ($350 per team).  Click here for the registration form.  For more information, please do not hesitate to contact Associate Dean Alan Woodlief at 336-279-9203.

Hat tip to Prof. Catherine J. Wasson, Director of Legal Research & Writing at Elon University School of Law

September 29, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Last Chance: AALS Section Award Nominations Due on Friday

Aalslogo The Awards Committee of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research invites nominations for the recipient of the annual Section Award.  The award will be presented during the Section Luncheon at the AALS Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

The AALS Section Award is given to an individual who has made a significant lifetime contribution to the field of legal writing, reasoning, and research.  The Section Award is a wonderful opportunity to honor those who have contributed so much to the field.  Last year’s Section Award recipient was Joe Kimble (Thomas Cooley).  Previous recipients of the Section Award have been Ralph Brill, Eric Easton, Anne Enquist, Mary Lawrence, Terri LeClercq, Richard Neumann, Laurel Oates, Marjorie Rombauer, Helene Shapo, and Marilyn Walter.  

The deadline for nominations is October 1, 2010.  Please submit your nominations to Emily Zimmerman at ebz23 [at] drexel.edu.  You should include a statement supporting your nomination.  The nomination and supporting statement together should not be more than 1000 words.  

Hat tip to the AALS Section Award Committee members: David R. Cleveland, Sabrina DeFabritiis, Anne M. Enquist, Greg Johnson, Mark Osbeck, Helene Shapo, Karen J. Sneddon, Kathy Stanchi, ex officio, and Emily Zimmerman (Committee Chair)

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Brief Cites a Tweet from a Law Professor

Have we seen it all now?  Here's a link to post about a brief that CITES AS AUTHORITY a tweet from a law professor.

Hey, feel free to CITE THIS BLOG in your briefs!  Thanks!

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Jessup Group on LinkedIn

ILSA Are you coaching the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition?  Or serving as a judge?  Or maybe you participated as a  law student?

There is a group on LinkedIn for Fans of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition and the International Law Students Association (which sponsors the Jessup Competition).  Click here to learn more about the group.   And click here to learn more about ILSA and this year's Jessup problem.

The LinkedIn group is open to all current, former, and future Jessup competitors -- and anyone interested in international law or moot court generally.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Happy National Punctuation Day!

Today, September 24th, isStephenson, Gail (with cookies) National Punctuation Day.

Those who celebrate National Punctuation Day include Professor Gail Stephenson (Southern University Law Center), who gives her students punctuation cookies (sugar cookies decorated with punctuation marks).

She gives a fun punctuation quiz (not for a grade), and the top scorers get to pick which cookie they want.  Gail tells us that the winners seem to like the exclamation point cookies!

Click here for more information on National Punctuation Day!

Hat tip to Gail S. Stephenson!

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Friday Fun: Word of the Day? "Teh"

Click here to read more about the word "teh."  It's a standard word in leetspeak.  Enjoy!

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September 23, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Blackwell Award

The Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute announced the winner of the 2011 Thomas F. Blackwell Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Legal Writing:

Carol McCrehan Parker

Carol is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor of Law, and Director of Legal Writing at the University of Tennessee College of Law.

This distinguished award is presented annually to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to improve the field of Legal Writing by demonstrating:

  •  an ability to nurture and motivate students to excellence;
  • a willingness to help other Legal Writing educators improve their teaching skills or their Legal Writing Programs; and
  • an ability to create and integrate new ideas for teaching and motivating Legal Writing educators and students.

As her nominating materials evidence, Carol exemplifies these qualities in several important ways. She has been described as a mentor of students and teachers alike, a leader of who leads while respecting the voices and ideas of others, a person who exhibits “faithfulness to her colleagues, law students, and the legal profession.” Former students describe her as challenging yet supportive, a teacher who knows when to nurture and when to nudge. Her legal writing colleagues at the University of Tennessee offer numerous examples of the ways she has helped them to become better teachers, whether in the classroom, in student conferences, or in designing teaching materials. For example, one described her “happy ability of assisting an instructor to create and teach a better legal memorandum problem without micro-managing the process.” Another says, “She is willing to let those teaching legal writing experiment, happy to give credit to a teacher for an experiment’s success, eager to work with a teacher without qualification or judgment when an experiment fails.”

Carol has long been a leader in the national community of legal writing professionals as well, sharing her experiences and theories through her scholarship and her presentations at national and regional conferences. Her work in promoting legal writing across the curriculum is particularly noteworthy, as shown by publications such as Liberal Education in Law: Engaging the Legal Imagination Through Research and Writing Beyond the Curriculum, 1 J. ALWD 129 (2002), and what has been described as a true “trail-blazing” article, Writing Throughout the Curriculum: Why Law Schools Need It and How to Ac Phieve It, 76 Neb. L. Rev. 561 (1997).

If you would like to offer your congratulations to Carol, she may be reached at cparker4 [at] utk.edu. Please watch the listservs and the Legal Writing Prof Blog for announcements about the presentation of the Blackwell Award to Carol.

September 23, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Reminder: AALS Section Award Nominations Due October 1

Here is a reminder that theAalslogo Awards Committee of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research has invited nominations for the recipient of the annual Section Award.  The award will be presented during the Section Luncheon at the AALS Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

The deadline is one week from tomorrow.

The AALS Section Award is given to an individual who has made a significant lifetime contribution to the field of legal writing, reasoning, and research.  The Section Award is a wonderful opportunity to honor those who have contributed so much to the field.  Last year’s Section Award recipient was Joe Kimble (Thomas Cooley).  Previous recipients of the Section Award have been Ralph Brill, Eric Easton, Anne Enquist, Mary Lawrence, Terri LeClercq, Richard Neumann, Laurel Oates, Marjorie Rombauer, Helene Shapo, and Marilyn Walter.  

The deadline for nominations is October 1, 2010.  Please submit your nominations to Emily Zimmerman at ebz23 [at] drexel.edu.  You should include a statement supporting your nomination.  The nomination and supporting statement together should not be more than 1000 words.  

Hat tip to the AALS Section Award Committee members: David R. Cleveland, Sabrina DeFabritiis, Anne M. Enquist, Greg Johnson, Mark Osbeck, Helene Shapo, Karen J. Sneddon, Kathy Stanchi, ex officio, and Emily Zimmerman (Committee Chair)

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

publication opportunity

The Washburn Law Journal is planning an issue focused on legal writing to help commemorate the law journal’s 50th anniversary.  The law journal is seeking proposals from scholars in the field of legal research and writing to contribute to the issue.   If there are any questions please contact the law journal’s articles editor Amanda M. Wilwert at amanda.wilwert@washburn.edu or (515) 689-9130. 

 

hat tip:  Jeffrey Jackson

 

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the next legal storytelling conference

  Applied Storytelling Conference, chapter 3

Save the date for the next Applied Storytelling Conference, co-sponsored by LWI and CLEA. It will be held at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, from July 8 – 10, 2011. This appears to the be first time in the U.S. that legal writing professors and law clinic professors will be gathering for a joint conference, with exciting possibilities for the exchange of ideas and information. The Request for Proposals will be issued later this month.

2011 Applied Storytelling Conference Committee:

Ruth Anne Robbins
Steve Johansen
Robert McPeake
Brian Foley
Alison Julien
David Thomson

hat tip: David Thomson

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

tenure-track legal writing job

The University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law seeks applications for a tenure-track faculty position. Both entry level and experienced candidates will be considered.  Significant curricular needs include Legal Analysis and Writing and other private law doctrinal courses.  However, as one of the faculty’s primary goals is to add strong teacher-scholars, the Recruitment Committee also welcomes applications from well-qualified candidates in other areas of expertise. Candidates who contribute to the diversity of the faculty are especially encouraged to apply.

To submit an application or obtain additional information, please contact Professor Cedric Merlin Powell, chair of the appointments committee (email: cedric.powell@louisville.edu; phone: 502.852.6363).  To receive full consideration, please apply before October 15, 2010.

The position is:
_x_ a. is a tenure-track appointment.

2. The professor hired:
_x_ a. will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings on all issues

3. The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the range checked below. (A base salary does not include stipends for coaching moot court teams, teaching other courses, or teaching in summer school; nor does a base salary include conference travel or other professional development funds.)
b. $80,000 to $89,999

4. The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing professor will be:
_x_ c. 38 - 45

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Schedule for the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

ILSA-1 Do you need the schedule for the 2011 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition?  Click here.

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Jessup International Law Moot Court Problem Released

The International Law Students Association (ILSA) has released the compromis for the 2011 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.  Visit the ILSA Website for more information.

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Friday, September 17, 2010

why we don't use Wikipedia as a source

Really, any info on the story would just be a plot spoiler.  So click here, and feel free to share this tale with your law students.

hat tip:  Jill Adams

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Capital Area Legal Writing Conference

The George Washington University Law School is hosting the First Annual Capital Area Legal Writing Conference, to be held on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday, February 25-26, 2011.  Out of town participants are welcome; GWU is arranging a conference rate at a local hotel close to the law school and major public transportation options.  There will be no conference fee.

 

The deadline to submit proposals is October 31, 2010.  To submit a proposal, please fill out the Proposal Submission Form (download it by clicking here) and email it to:

capitallegalwriting@gmail.com

 

More information about general conference registration, speaker line-ups, and conference hotel options will be made available in the coming weeks.

 

The Planning Committee includes, among others, from GW: Karen Thornton (co-chair), Iselin Gambert (co-chair), Christy DeSanctis, and Jessica Clark. 

Legal Writing faculty from other area schools (Georgetown, American, University of Maryland, University of Baltimore, Catholic, Howard, and UDC are also planning to participate).  If you have any questions, please contact the committee at: capitallegalwriting@gmail.com

 

hat tip: Christy H. DeSanctis

 

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Is Legal Writing the "Crazy Uncle in the Closet"?

The Chicago Lawyer Magazineheld a deans' roundtable with the deans of five Chicago-area law schools.  They discussed changes in legal education, changes to the law school curriculum, providing practical education, and how the economy affects law school applications.

Dean John Corkery of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago said that law firms would like to see more (rather than less) emphasis on legal writing, training to improve analytical skills, and training that would require lawyers to work together well.  That kind of an answer, I believe, shows a good sense of what law firms want law schools to do and the important role that a good legal writing program can play in a law school.

Dean Howard Krent of Chicago-Kent College of Law said that law firms were putting more of a premium on having new hires "get it quickly."  Whereas firms in the past might give associates three years or so before deciding how they were doing in the law firm, now that period may be as short as six months.

But Warren Wolfson, a former Illinois Appellate Court Justice who is now serving as the Interim Dean at the DePaul University College of Law, gave the most puzzling quote of all -- one that would certainly light up a legal writing listserve with at least a week of discussion on what he meant by the comment.  Here's what he said:

"I'd like to figure out some way to teach students how to write.  I was on the appellate court for 15 years, and the state of writing among new lawyers and young lawyers is deplorable.  It just seems that legal writing, every time I've run across it in law school, is the crazy uncle in the closet.  No one wants to get in there.  The students hate it.  They don't come out learning how to write.  I would like to see that somehow change."

I'm not quite sure what to make of that statement.  Your comments here would be much appreciated.

Click here to access the full text of the roundtable discussion.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

clickers

 
Product_homepage Some law schools have used clickers in the classroom for awhile.  Some law schools are just starting to use clickers.  If you're curious about what they are and how to use them, read more here.

hat tip:  Jean Sbarge

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Monday, September 13, 2010

regional conference -- Southeast

Mercer University Law School had announced that it will host the 2011 Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference April 15-16, 2011. Program information and details, including the Call for Proposals, will be posted when it is available. For now, you can address questions or get more information from any of Mercer’s LRW professors:

David Ritchie, ritchie_d@law.mercer.edu
Jennifer Sheppard, sheppard_jl@law.mercer.edu 
Karen Sneddon, sneddon_kj@law.mercer.edu 
Sue Painter-Thorne, painter_s@law.mercer.edu

hat tip: Linda Berger

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Golden Pen Nominations

LWI 25 The Awards Committee of the Legal Writing Institute announced its call for nominations for the 2011 Golden Pen Award. Any member of LWI may nominate someone for the award. The committee asks that you submit your nominations directly to Susan Thrower at sthrower@depaul.edu on or before September 15, 2010.

The Golden Pen Award recognizes those who make significant contributions to advance the cause of better legal writing. These contributions may take any form, such as promoting the use of clear language in public documents, improving the quality of legal writing instruction, advocating for better writing within the legal community, outstanding scholarship or journalism about legal writing, or exceptional writing in law practice. The award is normally given to someone who is not an active member of LWI, but active members are considered in exceptional circumstances.

Previous recipients of the award are Arthur Levitt, Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission; Don LeDuc, Dean of the Thomas Cooley Law School; Linda Greenhouse, Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times; the late Honorable Robert E. Keeton of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts; Richard Wydick, Professor at the University of California at Davis School of Law; the late Joseph Williams, author of Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace; the Honorable Ronald M. George, the Honorable Carol A. Corrigan, and the Honorable James D. Ward, Justices of the Supreme Court of California and the California Court of Appeal; the Honorable Ruggero J. Aldisert of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; the National Association of Attorneys General; and William C. Burton, Esq.

The Awards Committee thanks you and looks forward to receiving your nominations.  Members of the committee are Leah Christensen, Sonia Bychkov Green, Hether MacFarlane, Lou Sirico, Susan Thrower, and Christopher Wren.

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