Saturday, December 24, 2011

happy semester break!

ImagesCAKO8OU1Whatever you plan to do as commercial activity pauses in the U.S. for the next day or two, the editors of this blog hope you enjoy it. If you would like to see some vacation locales you might not have thought of or suddenly have the need to entertain children (of all ages), check out http:www.NoradSanta.org.  

 

 

 

December 24, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

LRW job opening in California

Western State University College of Law is inviting applications for a full-time legal writing faculty position for the 2012-2013 academic year. The professor will teach two sections (approximately 40 students, total) of the first-year legal writing and research classes each semester. Along with the Director and Assistant Director, the professor will be full a participant in the curricular design and creative process involved in putting together the Legal Writing & Research courses, including developing course materials and writing problems. In addition, the professor will be responsible for scheduling appropriate weekly office hours for student meetings, attending monthly faculty meetings, and will also serve on at least one faculty committee.

The position offers an initial one-year contract, after which, the faculty member is eligible to apply for a presumptively renewable long-term contract (5 years). Long Term Contract Faculty are eligible for research grants and have the same voting right on all aspects of faculty governance as tenure-track faculty, except selection and promotion of tenured and tenure-track faculty. 

Candidates must have a J.D. degree, strong academic credentials, excellent analytical, writing, and research skills, superior interpersonal skills, and a commitment to teaching in the legal research and writing field. A minimum of two years of legal practice and at least one year of teaching experience is highly preferred. 

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and list of three references to Lori A. Roberts, Director of Legal Writing & Research, at loroberts@wsulaw.edu.  The application deadline is February 30, 2012.

1. The position advertised may lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years.
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 $70,000 - $79,999.
4.  The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing professor will be:41 - 45.

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December 24, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Green Bag's 2011 honorees for legal writing

The Green Bag has announced its 2011 list of exemplary legal writing. Honorees from the judiciary include Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Elena Kagan. Also listed are authors of books, articles, and editorial writing. One intriguing choice is Our Boggling Constitution; or, Taking Text Really, Really Seriously, by Paul Horwitz (originally “Anonymous”), who used the word game Boggle to poke fun at inflated scholarly writing.

View this year’s entire list of honorees, along with lists going back to 2005, on the Green Bag’s website.

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December 22, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

lrw job opening in Oklahoma

CourtyardwetThe University of Oklahoma College of Law invites applications for a full-time faculty appointment to join their Legal Research, Writing, and Advocacy program. The initial appointment will be for a three-year term followed by eligibility for long-term, presumptively renewable contracts.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach two sections of 20-25 students each in Legal Research, Writing, and Advocacy I and II. Applicants should be able to demonstrate excellent research and writing skills, the ability to diagnose legal writing difficulties, and the ability to mentor students in one-on-one and small group settings. The legal writing faculty members follow a common syllabus and work collaboratively to develop assignments for the academic year. All legal writing faculty members will be asked to coach one or more teams in the College of Law’s successful moot court program and will take on committee assignments and other service obligations. 

Applicants must have a J.D. from an accredited law school; an excellent academic record; and excellent legal research and writing skills. Experience teaching full-time or as an adjunct in a law school, preferably in legal writing and/or appellate advocacy, or at least three years of practice experience is preferred.

Applications may be submitted to Elizabeth T. Bangs, Director of Legal Research, Writing, and Advocacy, 300 Timberdell Road, Norman, OK 73019. Include a cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, a short writing sample, and (if available) course evaluations. Applications received by January 9, 2012, will be assured full consideration; the search will remain open until the position is filled. Confidential inquiries and requests for further information may be directed to Elizabeth T. Bangs: etbangs [at] ou.edu.

1. The position advertised may lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years. 
2. The professor hired will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings. The professor will not be permitted to vote on hiring, retention, and promotion.
3. The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the range $50,000-$69,999.
4.  The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing professor will be 36-45.

hat tip: Elizabeth Bangs

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December 21, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

UNH conference picture gallery

UNH Legal Writing conference December 2011 (2) UNH Legal Writing Conference December 2011 2 (2) UNH Legal Writing Conference December 2011 3 (2)Click on these images to see last week's New England Consortium of Legal Writing Teachers 'conference, held at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, which focused on producing practice-ready law students, starting in the legal writing classroom.

hat tip: Amy Vorenberg

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December 21, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis is changing its name to the Robert H. McKinney School of Law.  Mr. McKinney gave $24 million to the law school, and matching funds brought the value of his gift to $31.5 million.

We can also call it that school where Ken and Debby and Cindy and Jim work.  They hosted the LWI conference a couple of years ago.

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December 21, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Legal Writing Institute Board of Directors

LWIEvery other year the Legal Writing Institute holds elections for spots on its Board of Directors.  The terms are four-years long.  Five of the twelve board seats will come up for election in February 2012.  There will be formal announcements in January (after the AALS meeting) about how to get on the LWI ballot.  Don't hesitate when you see that announcement!  The LWI needs good board members!

After the board is elected by the LWI membership, the board selects the LWI officers. 

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December 21, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

AALS Section Award winners

The AALS Section on Legal Writing, Research, and Reasoning has announced the winners of its award for “significant lifetime contribution to the field of  legal writing, reasoning and research.” Here's what the Awards Committee had to say about the two very deserving recipients: 

ImagesSusan L. Brody began her career in the field of legal writing 30 years ago. She was instrumental in persuading her colleagues at The John Marshall Law School to institute a four semester required writing program and give regular tenure track status to all those who taught in the program. Her co-authored book, Legal Drafting, was one of the first of its kind and helped shape the curriculum of drafting courses nationwide.  Susan is a past president of the AALS section on Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research, was a founding member of both the Legal Writing Institute and the Association of Legal Writing Directors and was chair of the Communication skills Committee of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar. She was a co-author of the first edition of the Sourcebook on Legal Writing Programs. Finally, Susan Brody is a wonderful colleague and mentor who continues to work behind the scenes to advance the interests of legal writing professionals. 

Images2Mary Barnard Ray has been a pioneer and major proponent of Advanced Legal Writing courses. She co-authored one of the first textbooks that went Beyond the Basics. She also co-authored the desk-top reference Getting it Right and Getting it Written as well as The Basics of Legal Writing. She is a frequent presenter at the Legal Writing Institute and Association of Legal Writing Directors conferences. Members of both the LWI and ALWD listservs know of Mary’s unfailingly generous response to requests for help, which often includes sharing her numerous handouts, exercises, and teaching insights. Her early videotape, “Texts, Sighs, and Videotape” is still the quintessential training tool for conducting challenging student conferences. She has been a mentor to legal writing teachers as well as writing specialists and program directors. She has served as a board member of ALWD. After 33 years in the field of legal writing, Mary Ray has recently retired from the University of Wisconsin. 

The awards will be presented at the AALS meeting in Washington, D.C., in January 2012. 

hat tip: Ardath Hamann, Awards Committee Chair

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December 20, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Grammar Grins

Publisher McSweeney’s has posted a list of seven bar jokes involving grammar. An example: “A dangling modifier walks into a bar. After finishing a drink, the bartender asks it to leave.” View the whole list here, and see if you can find the joke that contains an apparently unintentional error.

Hat tips: Emily Grant; Andy Starkis

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December 20, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, December 19, 2011

lrw position in North Carolina

Law_school_exterior_webElon University School of Law invites applications for a full-time faculty appointment to join their growing Legal Method & Communication program. The successful candidate will teach one section of the 1L course every year, and an additional course that may include a second section of the 1L course, an upper-level writing or skills course, or a course in the faculty member’s area of interest and expertise. The initial appointment will be for a two- or three-year term, subject to long-term contract renewal. 

Applicants must have a J.D. from an accredited law school, a strong academic record, excellent legal research and writing skills, and a minimum of three to five years experience in a clerkship and/or law practice. Two or more years of recent experience teaching legal writing is strongly preferred. Applicants must also possess a commitment to legal writing teaching, and be willing to work collaboratively with a successful team of four full-time and two part-time professors as we continue to build our curriculum. 

Applications may be submitted via mail or electronically to Catherine J. Wasson, Associate Professor of Law, Elon University School of Law, 201 North Greene Street, Greensboro, N.C.  27401 or  cwasson@elon.edu. Please include a cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and a short writing sample or example of course materials that you have prepared.   Applications will be received until December 31, 2011. Confidential inquiries and requests for further information may be directed to Catherine J. Wasson at the email address above. 

1. The position advertised may lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years. The position will comply with ABA Standard 405(c).  Two members of the LMC faculty are on the tenure-track.
2. The professor hired  will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings. Voting rights on personnel matters may depend on the nature of the appointment.
3. The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the range $70,000 - $89,999. Funding for professional development and student assistants is also provided. Summer teaching and/or research stipends may be negotiated.
4. The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing professor will be  31 - 40. Approximately 32-36 if teaching two sections of the 1L course.  Approximately 15-17 if teaching one section of the 1L course, plus a varying number of students in a second course. 

hat tip: Catherine Wasson

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December 19, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

lrw position in Miami

FountainThe University of Miami School of Law invites applications for full-time faculty to teach Legal Communication and Research Skills for the 2012-13 academic year. The law school anticipates hiring two candidates: one to teach first-year law students and one to teach foreign lawyers seeking an LL.M. in International Law.

The new faculty members will work collaboratively with other professors to offer students innovative instruction and training in legal reasoning, research, and communication. They will assist in developing course materials and will teach two sections of approximately 20 students each during both the fall and spring semesters. The position requires intensive student interaction and evaluation of students’ written work. 

Candidates must have a J.D. degree, strong academic credentials, excellent analytical, writing, and research skills, superior interpersonal skills, and a minimum of two years of legal practice or equivalent experience. Candidates must also have experience working collaboratively with a team and a commitment to teaching in the legal research and writing field. 

In addition, candidates who apply to teach Legal Communication and Research Skills to International LL.M. students must demonstrate a commitment to working with foreign students. Candidates with a multicultural background, sensitivity to legal and cultural differences across countries, and fluency in a second language are preferred.

The positions offer an initial one-year contract; after a favorable review, the faculty member is eligible for successive renewable contracts. The salary is $75,000, with full university employee benefits and additional funds for professional development activities and dues.

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references to Detra Davis at ddavis@law.miami.edu. The application deadline is January 31, 2012. Additional information about UM’s innovative Legal Communication and Research Skills course is available here.

1.  The position advertised may lead only to successive short-term contracts of one to four years.
2.  The professor hired will not be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.
3.  The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the range $70,000 - $79,999.
4.  The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing professor will be 36 - 45.

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December 19, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Law Library of Congress

The Association of American Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research is having a full-day field trip to the Law Library of Congress during the AALS annual meeting.  Only a handful of tickets are left before it goes to a waiting list.  If you're planning on attending the AALS annual meeting, be sure to pre-register for this event to avoid disappointment.

Mark E. Wojcik, Chair, AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research

December 18, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)