Thursday, September 15, 2011
The Legal Writing Institute will hold one-day workshops at various locations around the country on Friday, December 2, 2011. The topics covered in the workshops have been expanded to include these four areas:
1. Teaching Legal Writing (including topics such as creating problems, grading, selecting materials, conducting paper conferences, and including other assignments as part of the research and writing course).
2. Teaching Persuasive Writing, Appellate Advocacy, and Moot Court (including materials, practice sessions, and guidelines for moot court practices and competitions).
3. Legal Research Update (including updates on new research methods and materials that you and your students need to know).
4. Other Innovations (a potpourri panel that will differ at each location, where individual speakers and faculty roundtables can discuss classroom teaching innovations, scholarship opportunities, effective use of researh assistants, and other subjects of interest to legal research and writing faculty).
The workshops have been a great opportunity for legal writing faculty around the county to meet and share new ideas. Adjunct faculty who are often unable to travel have found the sessions to be particularly valuable, but as you can see from the topics they are now designed for all legal writing faculty. The programs have also been of interest to persons who are thinking about entering the legal writing academy as teachers. Those presenting at the workshops have found them to be a great speaking opportunity too.
The one-day workshops are a fundraiser for the Legal Writing Institute to allow it to continue its many fine and important programs. Attendees are asked to pay a $100 registration fee. Speakers this year will be asked to pay a $25 registration fee. As in past years, scholarships for attendees (and speakers I suppose) will be available to persons who cannot pay the registration fee. Law schools who host these generously donate the facilities and often also donate coffee and lunch to make the day particularly wonderful for us.