July 20, 2012
do you think both fast and slow?
Edwin Fruehwald has written an interesting piece, "Review: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman", explaining how this book may be helpful to both law professors and practicing lawyers. You might assume that lawyers have to think at hyper-speed, but not so fast (pun intended). And yeah, I know, I know, you keep wanting to change "slow" to "slowly," but try to let go and read Ed's abstract:
"This article reviews Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman for an audience of lawyers, legal scholars, and legal educators. Creating law and teaching law require accurate models of human behavior and how the mind works. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Noble Prize winner Daniel Kahneman provides a new model of human behavior and how the mind works that will change how we undertake these endeavors. Everyone in the legal field and legal education needs to be familiar with Kahneman’s ideas."
July 18, 2012
A new issue of Perspectives
The Winter/Spring 2012 issue of Perspectives is now available!
Perspectives always contains lots of helpful articles for teachers of legal research and writing. In this issue, Emotional Editing by JoAnne Sweeny (pictured at left) presents a method of engaging students in the editing process by connecting with their emotions. Be the Ball ... Caddyshack's Ultimate Legal Writing Tip describes how John Schunk (pictured at right) uses a line from Caddyshack to help students see the importance of empathizing with their readers.
The table of contents lists other intriguing articles:
It's Not Purely Academic: Using Practitioners to Increase the Rigor and Practical Learning in Scholarly Writing, by Karen D. Thornton
Making Lawyers Out of Law Students: Shifting the Locus of Authority, by Timothy Casey and Kathryn Fehrman
Run to Write: How Exercise Will Make You a Better Writer, by Ben Opipari
Emotional Editing, by JoAnne Sweeny
Be the Ball ... Caddyshack's Ultimate Legal Writing Tip, by John Schunk
Opening Class with Panache, Professionalism Pointers, and a Pinch of Humor, by Almas Khan
Teaching Ourselves and Our Students to Embrace Challenge: A Review of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Tracy Turner
Mentoring Matters: Teaching Law Students the Value of the Mentoring Relationship, by Cheryl E. Zuckerman
How Do You Update the CFR Using FDsys?, by Patrick J. Charles
Legal Writing Missteps: Ethics and Professionalism in the First Year Legal Research and Writing Classroom, by Kristen E. Murray
Teaching Law Students Practical Advocacy, by Stephen V. Armstrong and Timothy P. Terrell
Incorporating Environmental Law into First-Year Research and Writing, by Royal C. Gardner
a more effective use of cautionary tales
In her recently published essay on "Legal Writing Missteps: Ethics and Professionalism in the First Year Legal Research and Writing Classroom" , Kristen Murray describes an easy, effective exercise to help students take to heart our cautionary tales about the perils of poor legal writing in law practice.
July 17, 2012
law journal submission info
If you're currently working on a law journal article and anticipate shopping it for publication at the end of the summer, take a look at the updated charts provided by Allen Rostron and Nancy Levitt. The first chart tells you each journal’s preferences about methods for submitting articles (e.g., e-mail, ExpressO, Scholastica, or regular mail), any special formatting requirements, and how to get an expedited review. The second chart has the U.S. News rankings and data from W&L’s law review website on Information for Submitting Articles to Law Reviews and Journals.
July 16, 2012
using tech to teach
Technology and the Teaching of Legal Research & Writing will be the focus of the Third Colonial Frontier Legal Research and Writing Conference, which will be held at in Pittsburgh, at Duquesne, on Saturday, March 16, 2013.
This conference is intended to provide legal writing professors with the opportunity to improve their use of computer technology for teaching legal research and writing. A survey last year showed attendees would like demonstrations of how to use computer software and hardware; small-group workshops using their own laptops to do something new, under the presenter’s guidance; and discussions of the positive and negative effects of using computer technology. Proposals do not have to be limited to those approaches though. We'll post the call for proposals here when it comes out this fall semester.
July 15, 2012
Oates and Enquist changes
You may think of Oates and Enquist as an excellent legal writing textbook -- or two, or four. But what about the people behind the books?
After more than three decades of teaching legal writing, Laurel Oates is now stepping down as director of the program at the Seattle University. The law school took the occasion to honor her as the first recipient of its Tom Holdych Award for Meritorious and Transformational Service. Laurel is one of the co-founders of the Legal Writing Institute, and she has brought best practices in legal writing pedagogy to ten other countries to date.
Assuming the role of director of Seattle University's legal writing program will be Anne Enquist, who has also taught in the program, as its associate director and writing specialist, for more than three decades. Anne has also served many functions within the Legal Writing Institute and published some of the now iconic scholarship on legal writing pedagogy.