Saturday, October 16, 2010

D.C. LRW conference

HERO_DC2_2010_605x316 The George Washington University Law School will be hosting the First Annual Capital Area Legal Writing Conference, February 25 - 26 in Washington, DC.  Legal writing professionals from around the country -- even around the world -- are welcome to attend.

The deadline to submit proposals to present at the conference is Sunday, October 31st.  The Proposal Submission Form is available online here

Also, registration for the conference is now available here. The deadline to register is January 15, 2011, but early registration is encouraged.  There is no registration fee, and all attendees must register whether they are presenting at the conference or not.  The registration site contains information about reserving a room at a group rate at one of the conference hotels.  Both hotels are close to GW Law School and major public transportation options.  Weekday rates are $199/night, and weekend rates are $119/night.

hat tip:  Iselin Gambert


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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Classic Essays on Legal Advocacy

I recall pretty vividly a few times in my life when an unexpected gift arrived in the mail, because they were such pleasant surprises.  Receiving a comp copy of a law book in the office mail usually does not rank up there with those gifts, but today it did.  Out of the blue, I received Classic Essays on Legal Advocacy, a book first published 50 years ago under a different name, and now re-issued by Scribes.  There is some anachronistic charm and a lot of good advice for legal advocates in the book, including tips on written advocacy.  My only complaint is that it arrived when I am in the middle of grading 1L memos and so have to put off reading it cover-to-cover.


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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

what color is your pen?

Unnamed For an article on how the color of the pen you use to grade papers makes a difference, see The pen is mightier than the word: Object priming of evaluative standards, by Abraham Rutchick, Michael Slepian, and Bennett Ferris. 

Here’s their abstract:

"Because red pens are closely associated with error-marking and poor performance, the use of red pens when correcting student work can activate these concepts. People using red pens to complete a word-stem task completed more words related to errors and poor performance than did people using black pens (Study 1), suggesting relatively greater accessibility of these concepts. Moreover, people using red pens to correct essays marked more errors (Study 2) and awarded lower grades (Study 3) than people using blue pens. Thus, despite teachers’ efforts to free themselves from extraneous influences when grading, the very act of picking up a red pen can bias their evaluations." 

hat tip:  Jan Levine 


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Monday, October 11, 2010

more tenure-track legal writing jobs

The John Marshall Law School in Atlanta is taking applications for tenure-track faculty appointments in legal skills, to begin August 1, 2011. Applicants must meet high standards of professional accomplishment and superior academic performance, as reflected by achievements such as class standing, law review positions, Order of the Coif, judicial clerkships, published legal articles, significant practice history and/or significant teaching experience.

John Marshall seeks applications from those who would be excellent classroom teachers, strong role models of professionalism and ethics, and who demonstrate exceptional promise as legal scholars.  The Law School is committed to its historic mission, including diversity and service to traditionally underserved communities. 

Please e-mail your CV and Letter of Interest no later than October 15, 2010.  Specifically address your teaching interests and potential as a legal scholar.  Send your materials to Associate Professor Kevin Cieply,  Address questions to Professor Cieply via e-mail, too. 

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

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

3.  The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary
in the range of $80,000 - $99,999.
The potential salary range is quite broad; salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

4.  The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing professor will be 30 or fewer.
Professors in the legal skills department at Atlanta’s John Marshall typically teach one 1L legal research and writing course with 25 or fewer students, plus one upper division writing course with 22 or
fewer students.

    hat tip:  Scott Sigman


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Sunday, October 10, 2010

AALS Section Secretary Nominations Due By November 4, 2010

The AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research, has announced a call for nominations for the office of Secretary for 2011

The Secretary prepares the AALS Section newsletter, which is published online twice annually.  The Secretary automatically becomes the Chair-elect of the Section the following year.  To be eligible for nomination, nominees must teach at AALS-member institutions and be members of the LWRR Section. 

Send your nominations by November 4, 2010 to Susan Thrower at  A brief statement of interest and any relevant experience will be sufficient.  The Committee encourages nominations of people of color and others with diverse backgrounds.  Don't hesitate to nominate yourself; the Committee welcomes self-nominations. 

The LWRR Section Nominating Committee:
Brad Charles
Leah Christensen
Scott Fruehwald
Shailini George
Greg Johnson
Sharon Pocock
Suzanne Rowe
David Spratt
Ed Telfeyan
Susan Thrower

hat tip:  Susan Thrower




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