Thursday, October 21, 2010

so you want to go to law school?

If you know someone contemplating going to law school, you might direct them to this link.  You may laugh, and then again, you may cry.

hat tip:  Stephanie Allen


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Monday, October 18, 2010

International Law Moot Court

ILSA Are you coaching the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition?  Or serving as a judge?  Or maybe you participated as a  law student?

There is a group on LinkedIn for Fans of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition and the International Law Students Association (which sponsors the Jessup Competition).  Click here to learn more about the group.   And click here to learn more about ILSA and this year's Jessup problem.

The LinkedIn group is open to all current, former, and future Jessup competitors -- and anyone interested in international law or moot court generally.


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What Does the LWI Have to Say to the ABA Standards Review Committee?

The Legal Writing Institute is an organization of nearly 2,700 legal writing professionals, most of whom work in U.S. law schools.  The LWI has just submitted its views to the American Bar Association on the draft on measuring outcomes in law schools.  Would you like to see what the LWI had to say?  Click here for a copy of the letter that the LWI sent today to the ABA Section on Legal Education.  Download LWI_Letter_to_ABA_re_outcome_measures

Hat tip to LWI President Ken Chestek.

And click here to see letter submitted to the ABA on September 30, 2010 by ALWD, the Association of Legal Writing Directors.


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"unusually high quality" was the tip-off to plagiarism

A court has sanctioned an attorney after the "unusually high quality" of his brief raised questions as to its authorship.  And sure enough, 17 of 19 pages were taken from a law review article.  The attorney admitted what he had done, refunded fees, and was required to attend an ethics course.  He said that he had reviewed many banker boxes of materials but became pressed for time when the briefs were due.


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2nd annual Colonial Frontier Legal Writing Conference

Du-logo-footer The Second Colonial Frontier Legal Writing Conference will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2011, at the Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, PA.  The theme of the conference will be The Arc of Advanced Legal Writing: From Theory through Teaching to Practice

There will be six presentations.  The three lead presentations will be from nationally-renowned  scholars of advanced legal writing: Michael Smith (Wyoming), Elizabeth Fajans (Brooklyn), and Mary Ray (Wisconsin).  They will be followed by Sheila Miller (Dayton), Susan Wawrose (Dayton), Victoria VanZandt (Dayton), and Johanna Oreskovid (Buffalo), who will speak about their surveys of the bench and bar, reporting on the advanced writing skills that lawyers and judges believe new attorneys should have.  Then Julia Glencer (Duquesne), Erin Karsman (Duquesne), and Tara Willke (Duquesne) will speak about the team-taught advanced legal writing “law firm simulation” course they created, which was supported by an ALWD Research Grant.  The closing session will be a panel of law firm partners addressing how law firms can be agents of curricular change, encouraging law schools to implement advanced legal writing courses.

The Duquesne Law Review will be publishing a Proceedings Issue containing articles reflecting the presentations.  CLE credit will be available for all attendees.  Aspen Law & Business will be  the prime sponsor for the event.

A continental breakfast, buffet lunch, and closing reception will be available to all attendees.  There will be no charge for attendance.  Accommodations for Friday, March 4, and Saturday, March 5, will be available at a discounted rate at a hotel adjacent to campus, a five-minute walk to the law school.  For additional information about accommodations, Pittsburgh, travel, and other local attractions, visit the conference website for last year’s conference.

The website will be updated during the winter, well in advance of the conference.

hat tip:  Jan Levine


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procrastination explored

Our writing specialist just shared with me a New Yorker review (October 11, 1020, "Later:  What does procrastination tell us about ourselves? by James Surowiecki) of a new book on procrastination, "The Thief of Time," edited by Chrisoula Andreou and Mark D. White (Oxford, $65).  Some interesting notes from the review (there are many):

* Procrastination is a basic, but costly, human impulse.

* The time gained by putting off a project is rarely spent doing something more productive.  (Evidence the haiku tradition on our listserv.  :)  )

* People who procrastinate know better, but don't make themselves do better.

* Procrastination does not cause happiness.

I encourage you to, at the very least, read the review.  And don't procrastinate.



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