May 17, 2012
Getting our acts together, literally.
When you finish grading final papers, calculating course grades, and straightening up your office, one good way to reflect on the past teaching year would be to read Professor Melissa Marlow’s recently published article, Law Faculties: Moving beyond Operating as Independent Contractors to Form Communities of Teachers, 38 Ohio Northern U. L. Rev. 243-255 (2011). Professor Marlow challenges us, ever so gently, to think about how law professors could function more collaboratively as teachers, to the benefit of our students and the clients they will someday serve. Many of her suggestions are easy to implement and just require a few moments to consider and commit to as you think about how you might approach your courses differently next semester. Those of you who will be at the LWI conference in California can join Professor Marlow in a discussion of this topic, on Friday, June 1, at 9:00 a.m.
Statutory construction: what does “the” mean?
For an example of a small but mighty word, take a look at “the” in the federal campaign finance law. Steven Friedland of Elon University explained its importance when he discussed John Edwards’ campaign finance trial on Diane Rehm’s radio show today. Friedland said the trial’s outcome will turn on the meaning of “the” in the statutory definition of an “expenditure” as a donation “for the purpose of influencing any election for federal office.” Bunny Mellon's gift of $725,000 to help hide Edwards' mistress was arguably for personal purposes, but it may also have been intended to influence the election. The question is whether a donation given for both personal and political purposes falls within the meaning of “for THE purpose.”
May 16, 2012
Your two best students should send in their papers ...
... to the Milani Award Competition. You can find all of the details here. The deadline is June 4th, only a couple of weeks away, and you know how even good students can get busy with their summer jobs and forget that last paper they wrote for your course. So tell them now!
Mercer's law school and the ABA host this annual writing competition in honor of the late Adam Milani, who was an excellent legal writing professor and great colleague. It is one of the few student competitions for briefs, not academic papers. And the prizes are as high as $1,000.
The briefs can be on any of these topics:
-the Civil Rights Act of 1964
-Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
-the Age Discrimination in Employment Act
-the Family and Medical Leave Actr
-a state statute or municipal ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
hat tip: Sue Painter-Thorne
Ruth Anne Robbins honored at Rutgers
Ruth Anne Robbins was selected by the graduating students at Rutgers law school in Camden (yes, still Rutgers, as she would say) as Rutgers' Lawyering Professor of the Year. It's wonderful that the school has an award that recognizes the extra miles good lawyering professors go. And it's wonderful that Ruth Anne's good work has been recognized. Congratulations!
May 15, 2012
Scribes board seeks nominations
If you are a member of Scribes and you or someone you know would like to be nominated to fill an opening on the board, you only have until May 31st to get your nomination in. The voting will take place at the annual membership luncheon, at noon on Friday, August 3, at the Union League Club of Chicago. To nominate someone, send the nominee’s name and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org, again by Thursday, May 31, 2012.
hat tip: Norman Plate, Scribes Executive Director
May 14, 2012
AALS-LWRR Spring 2012 Newsletter - Available RIGHT HERE!!!
The Spring 2012 Newsletter for the Association of American Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research is available by clicking here. Download AALS-LWRR Spring 2012