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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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] 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]  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 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:; 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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