Saturday, May 8, 2010

LWI Writers' Workshop at Marco Island

LWI Logo The Legal Writing Institute has announced the names of the lucky scholars who were chosen to participate in the LWI Writers' Workshop at Marco Island, just prior to the LWI Conference.  They are:

  • Dorothy (Dede) Hill (Albany);
  • Madisun Browne (Saskatchewan);
  • Andrea Doneff (Atlanta's John Marshall Law School);
  • Alex Ruskell (Roger Williams);
  • Bruce Ching (Valparaiso);
  • Sha-Shana Crichton (Howard);
  • Sarah Klaper (DePaul);
  • Deborah Gordon (Drexel),
  • Leslie Wallace (California Western School of Law);
  • Michelle Falkoff (Iowa);
  • Cathren Koehlert (Golden Gate); and
  • Kim Coats (Arkansas).

The workshop facilitators will be:

  • Linda Berger (Mercer);
  • Steve Johansen (Lewis & Clark);
  • Chris Rideout (Seattle); and
  • Lou Sirico (Villanova).

Hat tip to Lou Sirico


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Friday, May 7, 2010

Texas Tech's Legal Practice Program gets a big check!

LegalPracticeAward Those big smiles on our faces result from the Legal Practice Program's receiving the Texas Tech Teaching Academy's Departmental Excellence in Teaching Award.  From left, Wendy Humphrey, Nancy Soonpaa, University President Guy Bailey, and Jennifer Horn.

The check will go to create supplemental teaching materials and to develop a lawyering skills competition.


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Friday Fun: A Thought on Writing from Dr. Samuel Johnson

"No one but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money."

Dr. Johnson


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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Friday treat: The dying craft of handpainted advertising art

While the connection to legal writing is admittedly tenuous (although advertising art and writing often share the same goal of communicating the author's message as efficiently and effectively as possible), I think you'll find this short documentary so fascinating it won't matter.  My treat to our loyal readers while I head overseas for a few weeks.  Enjoy!

UP THERE from Jon on Vimeo.

I am the scholarship dude.


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Lincoln as a Legal Writer

Judith D. Fischer (University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law) has written an article on "Abraham Lincoln as a Legal Writer."  Her article draws upon documents that recently became available on line as well as secondary sources that show how Lincoln developed as a legal writer.  The article discusses some of the characteristics that made Lincoln's writing so eloquent.

This is a short paper (16 pages, double-spaced) and an enjoyable, quick read.  Have a look at it now while you are grading papers (it may save your sanity) or save it for your summer "to read on the beach (in Marco Island Florida)" pile.  You will find some gems in here for your lecture notes.

Click here for the link to download the paper.

Hat tip to Ralph Brill


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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A teachable moment for students: Even the best make legal research mistakes

That includes Pulitzer Prize winning Supreme Court correspondent Linda Greenhouse (and winner of LWI's Golden Pen Award).  (BTW, someone should add the GP Award to the Wikipedia entry on Ms. Greenhouse).

Read all about it here courtesy of the Law Librarian Blog.

A big hat tip to legal researcher extraordinaire Chris Wren.

I am the scholarship dude.


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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

legal writing programs in Korea

Images Jo Ellen Lewis, at Washington University (in St. Louis), has written a helpful article on "Developing and Implementing Effective Legal Writing Programs in Korean Law Schools" .

Here's her abstract:

"This article is based on a three-day workshop the author presented in July 2009 at the invitation of Seoul National University and the Korean Association of Law Schools. The workshop was designed to assist Korean law professors to develop and teach a legal writing course in the new graduate law schools. The goal of this article is to provide practical suggestions as a starting point for teaching legal writing in Korean law schools. The following topics are discussed in the article: the basics of teaching legal writing, including designing assignments and a course syllabus; teaching techniques; critiquing assignments; and conferencing with students. The article ends with some final thoughts and recommendations for Korean law schools. "

To read the full article, click on the article title above.


May 4, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

updates at Buffalo

The University at Buffalo Law School has made some important updates to its legal writing program:

- The faculty recently approved a required third semester of legal writing.

- The full law faculty has now also voted to make the legal writing faculty eligible for presumptively-renewable contracts.

- And finally, the legal writing professors will also begin serving on faculty committees.

This vote of confidence for Christine Bartholomew, Nan Haynes, Patrick Long, Johanna Oreskovic, Chris Pashler, Stephen Paskey, and Laura Reilly is well desrved!


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Monday, May 3, 2010

Congratulations to Linda Edwards

Edwards, Linda Linda Edwards has published the fifth edition of her book, Legal Writing: Process, Analysis, and Organization.  Linda's book is one of the one I use from time to time in my teaching.  (Like many of you, I change books frequently to keep my teaching fresh.)  It's always nice to have a new edition of a good book.  Congratulations, Linda, and thanks!


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A Special Post for Our Scholarship Dude!

Levy, Jim - Scholarship Dude Jim Levy is our blog's "scholarship dude."  Now, just for Jim (and the rest of you who are interested), here's a link to the history of the word "dude."  And I wouldn't be surprised if the start showing a picture of Jim under the definition of "dude."  (Or at least under the definition of "scholarship dude!")  Enjoy! 


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