Thursday, October 7, 2010

tenure-track legal writing job

UNIVERSITY OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA DAVID A. CLARKE SCHOOL OF LAW (UDC-DCSL) invites applications to fill the tenure-track position of Director of Legal Writing. We will consider exceptionally talented applicants at either the assistant or associate professor level. Candidates must demonstrate a record of strong academic performance and excellent potential for scholarly achievement.  The position will begin in July 2011.

Experienced legal writing professionals will be given primary consideration for the position, but the Faculty Appointments Committee will consider other applicants regardless of teaching specialty, provided the applicants can demonstrate exceptional law teaching and administrative experience that would be useful in assuming the role as Director of our expanding, adjunct-based Legal Writing Program.  The mission of the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law is to recruit and enroll students from groups under-represented at the bar, provide a well-rounded theoretical and practical legal education that will enable students to be effective and ethical advocates, and represent the legal needs of low-income District of Columbia residents through the school’s legal clinics.

Although we will accept applications until the position is filled, we will be attending the AALS recruitment conference in October and strongly encourage interested applicants to submit applications by mid-October.  Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume. Contact:  Professor Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, 4200 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Building 38, Room 200, Washington, D.C. 20008.

1.  The position advertised is a tenure-track appointment.

2. The professor hired will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.

3. The salary range for Associate Professor is $92,000 to $138,000, with a mid-point of $115,000.  The salary range for Assistant Professor is $73,533 to $110,300, with a mid-point of $91,916.

4. The person hired will teach legal writing each semester, to 30 or fewer students.

hat tip: Teri McMurtry-Chubb



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Scribes Book Award Goes to "The Last Lawyer"

Scribes—The American Society of Legal Writers recently named The Last Lawyer: The Fight to Save Death Row Inmates as the best law book of the year.
The Last Lawyer is the true story of a team of idealistic attorneys and investigators in North Carolina and their ten-year fight to overturn a client's death sentence.  The case involves the thorniest issues of death penalty law – including inadequate defense, mental retardation, mental illness, and sketchy witness testimony – and the book gives readers unprecedented journalistic access to the inner workings of a capital defense team.  The book may be used as supplementary reading for law students.  They will be inspired and educated by the work of Ken Rose, perhaps the most experienced capital postconviction attorney in the country. 
To order a desk copy, click here 
To order the book from Amazon, click here.
More information about the book can be found by clicking here.

Hat tip and congratulations to John Temple, Associate Dean at the P.I. Reed School of Journalism, West Virginia University


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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

cell phone solution

To see one way to handle the situation when a student’s cell phone goes off in class, click here.  Apparently there’s a federal judge in the Eastern District of California who has taken the same approach.

hat tips: Karin Mika, Hether Macfarlane


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Monday, October 4, 2010

new section 1983 decisions website

Info just received from UMKC: 

"In time for the opening of the Supreme Court’s new term, David Achtenberg, University of Missouri—Kansas City School of Law, is rolling out the Petition to Decision website.  Petition to Decision is a comprehensive digital archive of all the available papers of the Supreme Court justices relating to selected civil rights cases.  It may be interesting to those who study the internal workings of the Court as well as to those with a particular interest in civil rights litigation.  The website, which contains as many as 1800 pages of documents per case, can be accessed at:

"Petition to Decision presents an interactive timeline of the various cases, identifying every step in the justices’ decision-making process and linking each step to digital copies the relevant internal papers.  A typical case file includes the pool memoranda regarding certiorari (together with annotations by the various justices and their clerks), notes prior to and during the cert conference, various notes and memoranda prior to oral argument, justices’ oral argument notes, justices’ records of what took place at the merits conference, miscellaneous memoranda to and from the justices discussing the case, and annotated drafts of the various opinions.  (Click here for sample documents.)  The timelines make it possible to study the Court’s handling of the cases from the filing of the petition for certiorari until announcement of the final decision. (Click here for an example of a timeline.)

"For those who prefer to review the papers without interpretation, the website also makes it possible to view the documents in archive order, i.e., arranged into digital boxes and folders that correspond to the ones in which the original hard copies are stored.   These “Archive Pages” may be particularly useful for teachers who want to give their students a feel for what it is like to do archival legal history research.  (Click here for an example of an Archive Page.)

"Additional features of the website include transcriptions of important but hard-to-decipher handwritten documents, short descriptions of the legal significance and background story of each case, and links to more readily publicly available documents such as briefs, appendices, oral arguments. 

"The website focuses on decisions in which the Supreme Court interpreted 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the principal statutory vehicle used to sue state and local officials for violations of constitutional rights.  The long range plan is for Petition to Decision to include a wide range of § 1983 cases dealing with issues such as municipal liability, official immunity, color of law, etc.  The current, pilot version of the website is limited to cases dealing with municipal liability issues.  Additional case files and features will be added on a regular basis.  

"For more information about Petition to Decision, you can reach Professor Achtenberg at"

hat tip:  Ed Richards



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Sunday, October 3, 2010

a quiz for first Monday

Ejul1_supct_274x100 In honor of the new Supreme Court term beginning tomorrow, the Sunday issue of The Washington Post has several articles.  The most fun feature is an interactive game challenging players to seat the justices on the bench in order of seniority.  Here's the link to this Supreme Court Seating Game:

hat tip:  Mary Ann Robinson


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