Saturday, January 7, 2012

LRW promotion at Rutgers!

JaycoAt the end of last semester, the Rutgers-Camden faculty unanimously voted to promote Jason Cohen to the rank of full Clinical Professor of Law, based on his teaching innovations, teaching excellence, and service. He was already granted clinical tenure status last year. Jason teaches a "hybridization of legal writing and clinic as combo courses". He also teaches a popular Public Speaking for Lawyers course, with a rhetoric-based approach. And Jason is an associate editor for Legal Communication & Rhetoric: J. ALWD. Congratulations Jason!

hat tip: Ruth Anne Rovvins



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Friday, January 6, 2012

How to talk like a lawyer

In his January ABA Journal column on talking like a lawyer, James McElhaney presents some good pointers for oral argument. When McElhaney says "talk like a lawyer," he definitely does NOT mean using legalese. Rather, he urges advocates to follow a clear organization, show rather than tell, and keep the argument simple. He also advises, “When you are done, stop.” Although the column is aimed at oral argument, most of its suggestions will apply to brief writing as well. 


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Concordia's first LRW director

Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff will be the director of legal writing at Concordia University School of Law in Boise, Idaho, a new law school that will be opening in the fall. As a law student, Tenielle was an LRW tutor at U. Oregon for two years, and she returned as a visiting professor there from 2008 to 2010. Tenielle has clerked for several judges in Idaho, including the Chief Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court. She is currently practicing in Boise, writing a column for The Advocate (the Idaho bar bulletin), and leading CLE sessions. She is also a co-author of Idaho Legal Research (Carolina Academic Press 2008).

Congratulations, Tenielle!

hat tip:  Suzanne Rowe


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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Law Library of Congress Tour at AALS

The AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research put on a great field trip to the Law Library of Congress today.  Kudos to section chair Mark Wojcik and his team for putting on a well-run, educational, and entertaining event.  Everything was great, down to the lunch buffet in Madison Hall.  We heard from talented library staff, took behind the scenes tours, and attended the presentation of the section award to Susan L. Brody and Mary Barnard Ray. 

Here are some pictures from the event, including Ralph Brill from Chicago-Kent inspecting some rare law books, award winner Mary Barnard Ray (with co-author Barbara Cox, Jill Ramsfield, and AALS Legal Writing Section Chair Mark Wojcik), and Lou Sirico from Villanova:






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job opening in Qatar

Qatar University seeks two qualified candidates to teach legal writing and/or advocacy skills courses in the College of Law’s LL.B. program. In addition to teaching these courses, the selected applicants will support the Legal Writing and Advocacy Skills Program by coaching moot court teams and/or leading other extra-curricular endeavors. In only its second year, the Legal Writing and Advocacy Skills Program has brought legal writing,  advocacy, and research skills that are foundational to common law systems to the mixed Qatari civil and common law system. In 2011, four American educated professors with diverse teaching and legal backgrounds joined the program.

Required qualifications for the position include a J.D. and at least two years of teaching experience, preferably in legal writing and/or advocacy skills. Practice and/or clerkship experience is recommended. Preference will be given to candidates who show great potential for development and service to the law school and who are willing to commit to the College of Law for a sustained period. 

Benefits include:
- very competitive tax-free salary (no income tax or sales tax),
- potential yearly bonus and salary increase,
- furnished accommodation or housing allowance,
- annual round-trip air tickets for the faculty member and his or her dependents,
- health insurance for the faculty member and dependents,
- educational allowance for children (QR 45,000 per child for up to three children),
- annual two month summer leave, mid-year, and mid-semester breaks in accordance with the university’s H.R. policies and calendar,
- generous conference travel support; and
- end-of-contract gratuity.

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 $80,000 - $89,999 USD (tax-free plus benefits above).
4. The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing professor will be 40 or fewer.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, but the Faculty Recruitment Committee will meet to review all applications on February 15, 2012, and April 2, 2012. The positions will remain open until filled. Please direct a cover letter and your curriculum vitae to Conrad Sturm at If available, recent teaching evaluations, transcripts, and reference letters will also be helpful.


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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Save the date!

There’s an App for That
September 21 & 22, 2012 -- Chicago, Illinois

Seattle University School of Law and IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law have announced the re-scheduling of their co-sponsored conference focusing on changes in research and practice mechanics resources.

Participants will hear from the providers and developers of research resources, as well as those who develop and use the “new mechanics” of law practice.  And then the focus will turn to how we, as legal educators, should address these changes.  The teaching challenges and opportunities are more obvious than ever:

What are these new research resources and practice technologies?
What will these research resources and practice mechanics look like in five years?
How much should we, as teachers, learn about these fast-changing resources?
How should we teach about these resources?
How should we deal with the potential ethical and practical pitfalls posed by these resources?
And how do all of these questions play into preparing “practice ready” graduates?
More info will be posted here as it becomes available.

hat tip: Mary Rose Strubbe


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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

the APPEAL conference

Uzcrest APPEALLogo-medium-effect-sharpen-10Kim Holst, at Arizona State U., recently wrote to the Legal Writing Institute's listserve to update us on the December 2011 APPEAL (Academics Promoting the Pedagogy of Effective Advocacy in Law) Conference that took place in Mtunzini, South Africa, in December 2011. The conference theme was Preparing Students for the Practice of Law: Helping Students Develop Their Ability to Read and Write in English. Janet Dickson of Seattle University chaired the conference, planning and coordinating the logistics from the other side of the globe. Emily Zimmerman of Drexel U. and Laurel Oates of Seattle U. put together the conference program. And Hillary Burgess of Charlotte Law School made sure all of the conference participants were able to take the conference materials home on an easy-to-pack CD.

For a list of the many U.S. law professors and law professors from several African countries who gave presentations, and their topics, click here.



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