Saturday, May 15, 2010
The American Bar Association Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar is seeking comments on proposed revisions to Chapter 3 of the Standards for Approval of Law Schools. The revisions address student learning outcomes. Comments are requested by July 1, 2010. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
The latest issue of the Newsletter for the Association of American Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research is hot off the presses! (Well, that's if you print it out on your own printer.) But it is ready, and you can get a copy of it by clicking here. It is filled with news of section members and section activities.
Hat tip and congratulations to Kathleen Elliott Vinson of Suffolk University Law School, who serves at the AALS Section Secretary this year. Next year she will be Chair-Elect of the Section.
If you would like to have a look at the Fall 2009 issue of the section newsletter, you can click here for that earlier newsletter. Download AALS Legal Writing Newsletter Fall 2009 FINAL
To download the current newsletter, click here. Download AALS Legal Writing Newsletter Spring 2010
Mark E. Wojcik is one of the co-editors of this Legal Writing Prof Blog. Yesterday he was re-elected to the Board of Governors of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA).
The ISBA Board of Governors is a 25-member board that oversees the operation of the state bar association. Terms on the Board of Governors are for three years. This will be Mark's second term on the Board.
Mark is a professor at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He is the only full-time law professor serving on the ISBA Board of Governors. He is also a member of the governing boards of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) and the International Law Students Association (ISBA). He is Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on International Law and Chair-Elect of the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Barack Obama, a former law professor from Illinois who successfully ran for national political office (see somewhat related story below about another law professor from Illinois who is running for political office on the state level), has nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court to fill the place of retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.
Elena Kagan was the dean of the Harvard Law School and was a law professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School. Her time there overlapped somewhat with that of the President. Kagan also served as associate White House counsel in the Clinton administration. President Clinton previously nominated her to a federal appellate court but the Senate Republicans never scheduled a hearing on her nomination (so she went to Harvard instead).
If any of our readers have views on Elena Kagan's legal writing, please share them with us by using our comment feature on this blog.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
We're not a political blog by any means, but we strongly support legal writing professors. Sheila Simon is a law professor at Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, Illinois, where she has taught courses in Lawyering Skills and Family Law. She also served as a staff attorney at the Domestic Violence Clinic at the SIU School of Law. Sheila was chosen by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to be his running mate in the November general election. If you would like to become a Facebook Fan of her campaign, click here or go to this link and click on the "I like this" button (or whatever that is).
Sheila is a very well known and well-respected professor in the legal writing community She has also served on numerous state and local bar association committees, including a committee that organizes annual training for domestic battery prosecutors in the state of Illinois. In addition to her experience at Southern Illinois University, she was an Assistant State's Attorney for Jackson County, Illinois and a Staff Attorney at the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, an Illinois not-for-profit corporation that provides free civil legal services to low-income persons and senior citizens in 65 counties in central and southern Illinois.
Here is a video that introduces Sheila to Illinois voters.
We wish her well in November. At least our legislation may be written more clearly!