Saturday, December 4, 2010

Photos from a One-Day Workshop (San Diego) - 2

Here's a photo of some of the presenters at the One-Day Workshop in San Diego.  Picutred here (from left to right) are Leslie P. Wallace (California Western School of Law), Charles Calleros (Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law), Suzanne Rabe (The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law), Linda Barris (Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville), David W. Austin (California Western School of Law), and Mark Wojcik (The John Marshall Law School-Chicago). 

San Diego One Day 

 

December 4, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Guest Blogger Lori Johnson on "Tips for Grading and Handling Student Conferences"

Johnson, Lori LWI 25 Here's a guest blog post from Lori Johnson, a legal writing professor at the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV.  She attended one of the Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshops yesterday at California Western School of Law in San Diego.  Her comments here are from the panel on Tips for Grading and Handling Student Conferences:

             With stacks of memos awaiting grading, this new legal writing professor made her way from Las Vegas to the LWI One-Day Workshop at California Western School of Law in San Diego.  Expecting some helpful tips, and a pleasant reprieve from the grading that awaited, I was surprised to find that the One-Day Workshop had so much more to offer.  I had an opportunity to meet other new legal writing professors in my region, network with the impressive panelists, and participate in an open and collaborative environment.   

            I found the panel on “Grading Papers and Handling Student Conferences” particularly helpful.  Alison Cato (California Western School of Law), Suzanne Rabe (University of Arizona), Tracy Turner (Southwestern), and Mark E. Wojcik (The John Marshall Law School—Chicago) shared timely tips on every aspect of grading and conferencing.  Several of the panelists suggested a strategy that I may try to employ to conquer the mountain of memos awaiting me – typing up a list of numbered common comments and referring to the list as you provide marginal comments on the memo.  This strategy permits the professor to provide more in-depth commentary on a particular problem on the typed sheet (including examples of how to correct the issue), rather than simply pointing it out to the student without guidance.  It also permits accurate references to course books and manuals, so the student can understand that the comment is justified and grounded in the materials.  Finally, it permits the professor to quickly and easily address repeated mistakes, by referring the student back to the same number on the typed sheet for recurring problems. 

             I am very thankful to Alison, Suzanne, Tracy, Mark, and all of the panelists and organizers of the One-Day Workshop at Cal Western.  The conference energized and inspired me to dive headlong into grading season and the new semester, armed with some insightful new tools and strategies. 

Lori D. Johnson
Legal Writing Professor
William S. Boyd School of Law/UNLV

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Photos from a One-Day Workshop (San Diego) - 1

Here are some photos from the day before the one-day workshop.  In this first photo, Charles Calleros, Mark Wojcik (hey, that's me), and Leslie Wallace try to spell out L-W-I against a San Diego sunset.

LWI Sunset 

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Friday, December 3, 2010

LWI One-Day Workshops

LWI 25 Dozens of legal writing professors met today at the Legal Writing Institute one-day workshops across the country.  We've exchanged a great deal of useful information and teaching tips on legal writing textbooks, new legal research tools, effective student conferences, and other topics.  The workshops were held today at the following 13 locations:

  • American University School of Law, Washington D.C.
  • California Western School of Law, San Diego, California
  • Emory Law School, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California
  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California
  • St. John’s University School of Law, Manhattan Campus, New York City
  • Stetson University College of Law, Tampa Campus, Tampa, Florida
  • Suffolk Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
  • University of Dayton School of Law, Dayton, Ohio
  • University of Tulsa College of Law, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Wake Forest School of Law, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware

A workshop will be held tomorrow at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee.  And the last workshop this year will be held on December 10, 2010 at the Charleston School of Law in Charleston, South Carolina.  (You can still register for that conference by clicking here.)

I'm attending the program today in San Diego at the California Western School of Law, where the other speakers include such notables as Linda Barris (Univeristy of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law and author of Understanding and Mastering The Bluebook: A Guide for Students and Practitioners) and Charles Calleros (professor at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and author of Legal Method and Writing).

The attendees include a large number of new teachers as well as many experienced professors.

If you attended one of the workshops, please send us a note about one (or more) of the presentations you attended today.  We'll make you a "guest blogger" and post your note here with your thoughts about the program and any particularly helpful tips you picked up today.

Mark E. Wojcik 

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Applied Legal Storytelling Conference

December 7 is the deadline for proposals to present at the Third Applied Legal Storytelling Conference, co-sponsored by the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) and the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA). The conference will be hosted by Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver on July 8-10, 2011. Click here for the LWI Homepage, where you can find more information about the conference.

Hat tip to Ruth Anne Robbins

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Teachers' Manual for Illinois Legal Research

Illinois Legal Research 2d ed In case you are using Illinois Legal Research (Carolina Academic Press, 2d ed. 2009), please know that an electronic teachers' manual is available.  Click here for more information.

In addition to Illinois, state-specific research guides are available for a number of other states.  Click here to see the full list of states with legal research guides. 

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statutory construction at its finest . .

According to the Washington Post, a Virginia man cited for driving by a school bus with its lights flashing and stop sign extended was found not guilty by a Fairfax County Circuit Court judge based on the language of the statute allegedly violated.

The statute reads, "A person is guilty of reckless driving who fails to stop, when approaching from any direction, any school bus which is stopped on any highway . . . "  And since the defendant hadn't failed to stop the school bus, which was already stopped, he couldn't have been guilty of violating the statute.  The prosecutor's argument as to the "clear intent" of the statute was not persuasive.

I have a feeling that Justice Scalia would appreciate that outcome . .

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more promotion news

Green Associate Professor of Law Sonia Bychkov Green  teaches legal writing and many other interesting courses at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.  Her faculty has voted to give her tenure, and it's so well-deserved.  Congratulations Sonia! 

hat tip:  Anthony Niedwiecki

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

THIS FRIDAY!!! LWI One-Day Workshops for Legal Writing Faculty and Law Librarians

On Friday, legal writing professors and law librarians will be meeting at more than a dozen locations across the country to talk about teaching. 

If you are a legal writing professor (or would like to be one) here's a reminder about the Legal Writing Institute one-day workshops for legal writing faculty (including new faculty, adjuncts, experienced faculty, law librarians, and lawyers seeking to become adjunct or full-time professors). 

Most of the workshops are being held THIS FRIDAY on December 3.  One workshop is on December 4 and another will be held on December 10.  The cost of the workshops is $100, which goes directly to support the Legal Writing Institute.  The sessions are small and interactive so you are sure to benefit from attending.  Here's the updated speaker list (updated on Tuesday, November 30, 2010).  Download 2010 One Day Workshop Schedules (Draft 3.2)  You can also do walk-in registration, but the cost of that is $125. 

Here is the list of LWI 25workshops.  Where no date is indicated, the workshops are on Friday, December 3, 2010 (from 9:00 to 5:00 at each location).  There are 15 locations to choose from:

  1. American University School of Law, Washington D.C.
  2. California Western School of Law, San Diego, California
  3. Charleston School of Law, Charleston, South Carolina (Friday, Dec. 10, 2010)
  4. Emory Law School, Atlanta, Georgia
  5. Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California
  6. Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California
  7. St. John’s University School of Law, Manhattan Campus, New York City
  8. Stetson University College of Law, Tampa Campus, Tampa, Florida
  9. Suffolk Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
  10. The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
  11. University of Dayton School of Law, Dayton, Ohio
  12. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee (Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010)
  13. University of Tulsa College of Law, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  14. Wake Forest School of Law, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  15. Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware

Click here to register (at any of the locations) or visit www.lwionline.org/lwi_conferences.html

Click here for the updated speaker list Download 2010 One Day Workshop Schedules (Draft 3.2)

Mark E. Wojcik

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Advice for Your Job Talk

It's hiring season at U.S. law schools.  Candidates are now visiting campuses to present job talks.  Many candidates would like some straightforward advice on how to give a job talk.  That advice is now available, thanks to an article by Anne Enquist, Paula Lustbader, and John Mitchell (all of the Seattle University School of Law).  The article is called From Both Sides Now: The Job Talk’s Role in Matching Candidates with Law Schools, and you can download a copy for free by clicking here.  Here's the abstract:

In the heavily competitive law school teaching job market, the so-called “job talk” has assumed increasing importance in the ultimate hiring decision. Nevertheless, there is little published information to assist a law school faculty in structuring or evaluating the job talk and a similar paucity of information for candidates to guide them in creating and preparing for the presentation of their talk. This article is intended to fill that void. The article guides the preparation of faculty and candidates for both the job talk itself and for the crucial Q&A period that follows the talk. The article represents the authors’ collective 87 years of experience seeing both successful and unsuccessful job talks, as well as the experience of 15 colleagues around the country who reviewed our initial draft and commented on it from the perspective of their various law schools.

The article has helped a good number of candidates already and will likely be a popular article for years to come. 

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Proposals Due December 7 for Applied Legal Storytelling Conference

December 7 is the deadline for proposals to present at the Third Applied Legal Storytelling Conference, co-sponsored by the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) and the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA). The conference will be hosted by Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver on July 8-10, 2011. Click here for the LWI Homepage, where you can find more information about the conference.

Hat tip to Ruth Anne Robbins

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

promotion news

Srowe The law faculty at the University of Oregon has voted to promote Suzanne Rowe to the rank of full professor.  Suzanne has been a stalwart legal writing professor and director for many years and is a national leader in the legal writing field.  Congratulations, Suzanne!

hat tip:  Judy Stinson

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