September 17, 2011
Pictures from Central States Regional Legal Writing Conference
The Seventh Central States Regional Legal Writing Conference attracted more than 200 attendees, making it probably the largest regional legal writing conference. It was held at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Karin Mika attended on the first day and compiled this collection of photographs . . . together with some pretty questionable captions. Have a look. (And thanks Karin!)
September 16, 2011
Confirmed Locations for the LWI One-Day Workshops on December 2
- California: Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
- Florida: University of Miami
- Georgia: Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School
- Illinois: Chicago-Kent College of Law
- Massachusetts: Northeastern University School of Law, Boston
- Minnesota: Hamline University School of Law
- Missouri: University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
- New York: Brooklyn Law School
- North Carolina: Campbell University Wiggins School of Law, Raleigh
- Pennsylvania: Temple University Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia
- Tennessee: University of Memphis Humphreys School of Law
We are confirming additional locations in Ohio and the Washington DC/Northern Virginia area.
The format of the one-day workshops has been expanded to cover these four topics:
- Teaching Legal Writing (including creating problems, grading, selecting materials, conducting paper conferences, and including other assignments as part of the research and writing course).
- Teaching Persuasive Writing, Appellate Advocacy, and Moot Court (including materials, practice sessions, and guidelines for moot court practices and competitions).
- Legal Research Update (including updates on new research methods and materials that you and your students need to know).
- 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 research 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 pay a $100 registration fee. As in past years, scholarships will be available to anyone who cannot pay the registration fee.
Information will be available soon on how to register for the conference and on how to volunteer to be a speaker at one of our locations. For now, save the date and plan to attend a workshop near you.
Mark E. Wojcik, Board Member, Legal Writing Institute
September 15, 2011
Central States Regional Legal Writing Conference
The Central States Regional Legal Writing Conference will be held in Chicago at The John Marshall Law School this Friday and Saturday.
More than 150 people have already registered to attend. Professors are flying in from as far as California and New York to take part in this regional conference. That's quite a central region!
Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon will address the conference on Saturday morning. She previously taught legal writing at Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale.
LWI 2014 Conference to be held in Philadelphia
Harry Potter and Bluebook Rule 10.2
Wow. Here's some great news from Elon University School of Law in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Brill Chair Investiture
Chicago-Kent announced the public phase of its first campaign back in 2006 to raise $1.5 million to fund its first endowed chair. More than 400 Chicago-Kent alumni and friends contributed $1.5 million to complete the campaign to fund the Ralph Brill Chair. While they were waiting to hold the investiture ceremony, the school had its first Ralph Brill Distinguished Visitor, who was Terri LeClercq. Click here to read an earlier post about that (and to see a lovely picture of Terri).
Adrian Walters will be the chair holder. We hear that he's a lovely guy from Nottingham University in Great Britain, and that he has a terrific sense of humor, not too much different from Ralph. And like Ralph, he's very much into students and quality teaching.
LWI One-Day Workshops
September 14, 2011
The New York Times and Spell Check
“People think when they buy a house they have to gut it and make it what they want,’’ she said, speaking on condition that her name not be used because, she said, she and the neighbors have already sued each other so many times. “The average person makes due with new wallpaper and a new carpet,’’ she added, “but there’s a minority who says, let’s build a cinema.’’
Then there is Mr. Schaeffer’s more biting take, born of hard experience: “North Korea and evangelical empires have the same principal of leadership: nepotism to the nth degree. You may not get the call, but you inherit the mailing list.”
It has a tentative beard, more shadow than shag, like an awkward weigh station on the road from callow to professorial.
A denunciation of law review articles
For a searing critique of law review articles, see this post on the Constitutional Daily blog. The unnamed author argues that law review articles are too long, are chosen whimsically, and have little influence in the real world. The post also ties professors' publication requirements to high law school tuition and resulting student debt burdens.
Hat tip: Cynthia Adams
September 13, 2011
Jessup Moot Court Problem Released
The International Law Students Association (ILSA) has released the 2012 problem for the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Click here to download the compromis.
Around this time of year, I always discover a few students who misunderstand the apostrophe. I'm going to refer them to this website, which presents a vivid, graphic explanation of apostrophe usage.
hat tip: Kimberly Holst
September 11, 2011
New England Consortium Conference
What: a one day legal writing conference on Creating Practice-Ready Assignments and Exercises
When: December 16, 2011
Where: the University of New Hampshire School of Law, in Concord, NH
Who's invited: everyone!
Who's organizing it: the New England Consortium of Legal Writing Teachers
What's it cost: it's FREE!
To r.s.v.p. or submit a presentation proposal or presentation, click here.
hat tip: Amy Vorenberg