Friday, April 1, 2011

Global Legal Skills Conference

The sixth Global Legal Skills Conference will be held in Chicago from May 5-7, 2011 at The John Marshall Law School.  Click here for information on conference registration.

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non-verbal communication skills workshop

These days, legal writing professors teach a wide range of skills, including non-verbal communication skills.  For law professors and lawyers who would like to learn more about non-verbal communications, there will be a full-day workshop before the Global Legal Skills Conference.  The workshop will take place at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, the afternoon of May 4th and the morning of May 5th.  The workshop will be lead by theater professional and communication consultant Rebecca Fishel, who is an instructor at Duquesne University School of Law, and Sue Liemer, who directs the Lawyering Skills Program at Southern Illinois University School of Law.  The 8 hour workshop will be helpful for anyone responsible for training lawyers and costs $295 per person.  You can direct questions or requests for more information to sliemer@siu.edu or Rebecca@beyondwordshd.com.  To register, go to http://www.regonline.com/BeyondtextPrecon1.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Details in legal writing

A recent case reinforces the need for careful attention to details in legal writing. BMS Natural Resources, Inc., v. Martin Co. Land Co. LLC, Civil Action no. 3:10-1261, 2011 WL 227646 (S.D.W. Va. Jan. 21, 2011). Because of spelling and grammatical errors, the complaint in that case was “virtually incomprehensible.” The lawyer who wrote it was surely embarrassed when the judge ordered him to correct the errors so the case could be resolved effectively.

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New Book on "Classical English Rhetoric"

We note the publication of a new book that may be of interest to readers of this blog.  It is Farnsworth's Classical English Rhetoric, authored by Ward Farnsworth, Professor at Boston University School of Law.   Now, I haven't yet seen the book (only a promotional piece about it), but I wanted to share this discovery -- the website promoting the book includes GAMES related to the book.  As if we needed another distraction from grading!  Have fun!  Get more infomation by clicking here.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Results from Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition

The Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition was originally started by a couple of legal writing professors (Royal Gardner and Darby Dickerson).  The competition has now been held for 15 years, and students now compete in regionals in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America.   
 
This year, the top 16 teams from nine countries were invited to the University of Maryland School of Law for the International Finals.  Roy Gardner has shared with us the following results from this year’s competition.
 
 
  • Champion, International Finals:  Law Society of Ireland, Team 1150
  • Runner-up:  University of Hawaii, William Richardson School of Law
  • Best Oralist , Final Round:  Laura Chen Allen, University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law
  • Semifinalists:
    • Hugh Wooding Law School (Trinidad)
    • University of the Philippines College of Law
  • Quarterfinalists:
    • Ateneo de Manila School of Law
    • Law Society of Ireland, Team 1143A
    • National University of Advanced Legal Studies, India
    • University of California-Hastings College of Law
  • Memorial Awards:
    • Best Memorial: Ateneo de Manila School of Law
    • Second Place Memorial: University of the Philippines College of Law
    • Third Place Memorial: National University of Advanced Legal Studies, India

 Oralist Awards, Preliminary Rounds:

  • Best OralistLance Cidre, University of California-Hastings College of Law
  • Second Best Oralist:  Vladimir F. Bedural, Ateneo de Manila School of Law
  • Third Best Oralist:  Sarelle Buckley, Law Society of Ireland, Team 1143
  • Fourth Best Oralist:  Douglas Raphael, University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law
  • Fifth Best OralistLuz Danielle O. Bolong, Ateneo de Manila School of Law
  • Sixth Best Oralist:  Tecla Duncan, Hugh Wooding Law School
  • Seventh Best Oralist:  Maeve Larkin, Law Society of Ireland, Team 1150
  • Eighth Best Oralist:  Tarun Gopalakrishnan, NALSAR University of Law
  • Ninth Best Oralist:  Jeric Alvin Ferrer Cruz, University of Philippines College of Law
  • Tenth Best Oralist:  Ajitha Pichaipillai, National University of Advanced Legal Studies, India

Hat tips to Roy Gardner and to all of the winners.

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New York Times cites Susan Duncan

Legal writing professor Susan Duncan of the University of Louisville was cited by the New York Times on Sunday. In an article titled "States Struggle with Minors' Sexting," author Jan Hoffman cited Duncan's Oregon Law Review article that calls for a legal response to minors' self-produced pornography.

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Who Won Jessup This Year?

The University of Sydney (Australia) beat Columbia Law School (USA) in an incredibly close final round of the 2011 International Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.  The final round was presided over by Thomas Buergenthal (former judge on the International Court of Justice), with and Dean Claudio Grossman (Dean of the American University Washington College of Law and Chair of the United Nations Committee against Torture), and Professor Mark Pieth (Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology at the University of Basel, Switzerland).

Now in its 52nd year, the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from over 500 law schools in more than 80 countries. The Competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. One team is allowed to participate from every eligible school. Teams prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case.

Click here for more information about the Jessup Competition and the group that sponsors it, the International Law Students Association (ILSA).

Mark E. Wojcik, ILSA Board Member

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Important News for Jessup Moot Court Coaches

The 2012 Jessup Problem will involve a dispute between two states over the destruction of a cultural site of great importance and the important question of who gets to represent a state internationally in the immediate aftermath of a coup d'etat. It also involves international responsibility for the use of force by one state while taking part in a regional operation to bring about democracy.  Get more infomation about the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition by visiting the website for the group that organizes the Jessup, the International Law Students Association (ILSA). 

Mark E. Wojcik, ILSA Board Member

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A Reminder about the LWI Writers' Workshop

The Legal Writing Institute announced that the eighth LWI Writers’ Workshop will take place on July 11-13, 2011 at the Colorado Chautauqua at the foot of Boulder’s Flatiron Mountains.  The workshop will give up to twelve Legal Writing faculty the opportunity to spend time working on their academic writing projects and improving their scholarly skills. 

The Workshop will take place immediately after the Applied Storytelling Conference at the University of Denver Law School.  Workshop participants will leave Denver on the morning of Monday, July 11 and return to Denver on the morning of Wednesday, July 13, 2011.  All members of the Legal Writing Institute are eligible to apply for the Workshop.  You must have a scholarly writing project well underway and beyond the initial stages of performing the initial research and drafting a tentative outline. You must at least have some sort of partial draft.  You should arrive with a substantial work product.  In most cases, a scholarly writing project should result in a law review article. 

Participants make presentations on their projects to small groups of three and receive feedback.  Each session runs about ninety minutes.  They also may take part in several guided discussion groups, each on a different topic.  Participants will also have time to work on their drafts.  Facilitators for the Workshop will be Steve Johansen (Lewis & Clark), Jill Ramsfield (Hawaii), Chris Rideout (Seattle), and Lou Sirico (Villanova). 

Participants will pay approximately $300 as a registration fee plus their transportation to and from Denver.  LWI will cover transportation to and from Chautauqua, the cost of the facility, and all meals on July 11 and 12 plus breakfast on July 13.  For more information, contact Lou Sirico by email:   Sirico [at] law.villanova.edu

Hat tip to Lou Sirico

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