July 23, 2011
deadline announced for J. ALWD submissions
If you're thinking of submitting a manuscript for publication in Legal Communication & Rhetoric: JALWD, mark your calendar for the September 15th deadline. You can find the details for submissions here.
hat tip: Ruth Anne Robbins
July 22, 2011
job opening at Texas Wesleyan
Texas Wesleyan University School of Law is taking applications for an LRW opening. Candidates are expected to produce legal scholarship and are eligible to earn professional-skills-tenure. If you're interested in the job, email a résumé and a cover letter indicating your research and teaching interests to Professor Huyen Pham, chair of the Faculty Recruitment Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, materials may be mailed to Professor Pham at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, 1515 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102- 6509.
1. The position advertised may be offered as a tenure-track appointment.
2. The professor hired will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.
3. The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the range of $90,000-$99,999.
4. The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing professor will be 41 - 45. The typical LRW teaching load is two classes per semester, approximately 20-22 students in each class.
hat tip: Tanya Pierce
For the latest brouhaha about plagiarism in higher education, including law schools, click here.
July 19, 2011
Western region legal writing meeting in August
The legal writing folks at the University of San Francisco are excited about their upcoming conference, How to Hit the Ground Writing: Meeting the Expectations of the Changing Legal Market, being held on August 26-27. They recently updated the conference website with hotel information. And they will update it again soon with the full schedule of the presenters and panelists. For now, you can calendar that the conference will take place from 3:00pm-7:00pm on August 26, and from 8:30am-5:00pm on August 27. And you can register here.
hat tip: Grace Hum
July 18, 2011
Ralph Brill to be Honored at the Chicago Cultural Center
If you will be in Chicago on the evening of July 21, 2012, plan to swing by the Chicago Cultural Center where Chicago-Kent will be honoring legal writing maverick Ralph Brill. The event will be in the Chicago Cultural Center's Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago.
The law school would appreciate an rsvp so that theycan order enough food and drink. Here's the link: http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/alums/rsvp/brill.html.
Hat tip to Karin Mika
New study of what clients really think about legalese
In the report of a new study, Professor Christopher Trudeau of Thomas M. Cooley Law School explained that he often advises students to write in plain English. Recently, he set out to test the soundness of that advice by learning what clients really think when lawyers use complex legalese.
Funded by an ALWD grant, Trudeau's empirical study revealed that many clients “have struggled to understand their attorneys at some point.” Trudeau concluded that “when attorneys use complex constructions or complicated terms, they put unnecessary barriers in the way of [clients'] understanding.”
For more of this study's interesting results, click on The Public Speaks: An Empirical Study of Legal Communication.
hat tip: Mark Cooney
July 17, 2011
getting published -- for lawyers and law students
Many legal writing professors have to write (or want to write) and have their work published as a component of their jobs. There are a lot of ways, often touted on this blog, for legal writing professors to get advice on how the publishing game is played in academia. But often practicing lawyers and law students, who may want to write more practice-oriented or business-building pieces aimed at other lawyers, don't know where to start. There's helpful advice to get you started over on the Legal as She is Spoke blog.
hat tip: Sarah Berent