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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Friday, March 18, 2011

Email or E-mail?

The publishers of the AP Stylebook announced today that the the abbreviated term for electronic mail is losing a hyphen, which is described as "a relic of a simpler time when internet technology needed to be explained very carefully."  Click here for more information.  

Hat tip to Rex Wockner


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Scribes - The American Society of Legal Writers

Scribes -- the American Society of Legal Writers -- meets this weekend in San Diego, California.  The meeting is hosted by Steve Smith, Dean of the California Western School of Law, who is the new president of Scribes.  Today, three of the Scribes Superstars are in the school's moot court room presented a standing-room only seminar on legal writing.  Presenting were:

  • Richard Wydick (Professor Emeritus, University of California at Davis and author of Plain English for Lawyers, a book that has sold more than 800,000 copies).  He presented on "Specificity, Vagueness, and Ambiguity."
  • Joe Kimble (Professor at Thomas M. Cooley School of Law and the principal redrafter of the Federal Rules).  He presented "Tips on Legal Drafting."
  • Darby Dickerson (Dean of Stetson University College of Law and author of the ALWD Citation Manual).  She presented on "Professionalism and Legal Writing."
Any member of the legal profession is eligible to join Scribes as a regular, sustaining, or lifetime member.  Members must (1) have published at least one book on a legal subject, (2) authored two articles on legal subjects in a journal, magazine, or newsletter, or two decisions as a judge or administrative hearing officer, or (3) have served as an editor of a legal publication. 
Membership includes a journal, a newsletter, invitations to an annual award luncheon, and the support of an incredible organization for legal writers.  Click here for information on membership.
If you don't have that publication record yet, you can still join Scribes as an associate member.  Click here for more general information about Scribes. 

Mark E. Wojcik, Board Member, Scribes 

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