Saturday, March 19, 2011

kudos, Duquesne!

Duquense Congratulations to the legal writing faculty at Duquesne University!  As of July 1, 2011, Julia Glencer, Erin Karsman, and Tara Willke will have their ABA 405(c) positions converted to tenure-track faculty positions.  The director of the program, Jan Levine, says,"They're the finest group of teachers with whom I've ever worked."

This news was first reported at Duquesne’s highly successful Second Colonial Frontier Legal Writing Conference early this month. The theme of the conference was The Arc of Advanced Legal Writing: From Theory Through Teaching to Practice.

The conference began with a panel presentation by the three most well-known scholars of advanced legal writing: Prof. Michael Smith of U. Wyoming; Prof. Mary Ray of U. Wisconsin; and Prof. Elizabeth Fajans of Brooklyn Law School. Three professors from Dayton U. also presented a session on their surveys of Ohio practitioners, about the skills attorneys want to see in new law school graduates. Then the Duquesne legal writing professors gave a presentation about their new upper-division law firm simulation course (the development of that course was supported by a grant from the Association of Legal Writing Directors). Finally, in the closing session, a panel of three attorneys from the law firm of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, addressed how law firms can encourage law schools to offer advanced writing courses.


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