Thursday, June 28, 2012
Here are some recent changes within legal writing programs around the country:
The University of Miami School of Law’s Legal Communication & Research Skills program has moved to a directorless model with a rotating chairperson. 2010. Pete Nemerovski will serve as the chair through the 2013-14 academic year.
Thanks to a substantial gift, the LRW program at the University of Texas is now the David J. Beck Center for Legal Research, Writing, and Appellate Advocacy. The Beck Center includes the required first-year course, a new course on legal writing for foreign LLMs, upper-division courses (Transactional Drafting, Writing for Litigation, and Advanced Legal Writing), two judicial-clerkship courses, and a writing center. In addition, a Beck Center faculty member will oversee interscholastic moot court. Also, for the first time, the clinicians and writing professors will be eligible for summer research stipends of up to $5000.
And at Stetson University College of Law, the faculty voted to extend full voting rights to Assistant, Associate, and full Professors of Legal Skills with tenure and on the tenure-track. Previously, Legal Skills faculty had only limited voting rights on appointments, promotion, and tenure matters. Now, those limitations have been eliminated.