Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Careful, if you admit you first encountered the line "well begun is halfway done" watching the original Mary Poppins movie, you may be aging yourself. But the line is a very apt part of the title of a new article by Shawn Nevers, a law librarian at Brigham Young University: "Legal Encyclopedias: Research ‘Well Begun’". Here's the abstract:
"Finding a good place to start makes a big difference in how quickly and productively you research. Written for Student Lawyer magazine, this column examines an important starting point in legal research – the legal encyclopedia. With broad topic coverage, legal encyclopedias can often provide the background information needed to put students and lawyers down the path of a successful research project."
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Yes, you need to learn to read the alphabet soup to be a legal educator.
On December 10th & 11th, the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) held its annual conference. Veteran legal writing professors Lorraine Bannai and Anne Enquist, from Seattle University, gave a presentation on The Evolving Status of Legal Writing Faculty: Distinctions with a Difference? Click on the title here and you'll see the data they presented, making a compelling case for ameliorating the status of legal writing professors within the academy. Much of this information reprises a presentation Anne gave at the LWI conference this past summer, and we're delighted she's committed to bringing it to a wider audience now.
hat tip: Nolan Wright
Next spring's regional legal writing conferences have deadlines coming up for proposals:
December 20, 2010 -- deadline to send a proposal to present at the Empire State Legal Writing Conference, which takes place May 13, 2011, at St. John's University School of Law in Manhattan.
January 12, 2011 -- deadline to send a proposal to present at the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, which takes place March 25-26, 2011, at the University of Nevada School of Law in Las Vegas.
January 21, 2011 -- deadline to send a proposal to present at the Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference, which takes place April 15-15, 2011, at Mercer University School of Law in Macon, Georgia (about an hour south of Atlanta).
Sunday, December 12, 2010
In the first photo, you see Sarah Ricks (Rutgers-Camden), Brooke Bowman (Stetson), and Kevin Eberle (Charleston School of Law) presenting their panel on Grading Papers and Handling Student Conferences.
In the second photo, there's Amy Flanary-Smith (Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law), Chrissy Cerniglia (Stetson Law School), and Jennifer North (Charleston School of Law), speaking on their panel about Thinking Forward. Please click on this photo to see it better; some techno-gremlins are refusing to let it resize for this post.
hat tip: Todd Bruno
Guess what? A party may be compelled through the discovery process to provide an opponent with access to Facebook and MySpace accounts. Click here to read more on the Legal Profession Blog. Legal writing profs can probably use this information in a fact pattern.
Hat tip to Mike Frisch