Saturday, December 29, 2012

SALT supports LRW professors

Correction: The ABA Standards Review Committee (SRC) will take up its work again starting January 18th, in St. Louis. More information is available here


At the AALS annual meeting next week, the ABA will begin its review process of accreditation Standard 405, which covers the terms of employment for law faculty. SALT has issued a statement critical of both the status quo and the proposed alternatives, and highly supportive of legal writing professors and the work we do. Every legal writing professor should read it. And every practicing lawyer who wants to hire law grads who can write should read it, too.

hat tip: Ralph Brill


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Friday, December 28, 2012

The Legal Writing Prof Blog Editors

Mark and SueWe wish all of our readers a happy new year.

Legal Writing Prof Blog Editors:

Mark E. Wojcik, Professor of Law, The John Marshall Law School (Chicago) (pictured at left and right)

Sue Liemer, Professor of Law and Director of Lawyering Skills, Southern Illinois University School of Law (pictured at left)

Nancy Soonpaa, Professor of Law and Director of Legal Practice, Texas Tech University School of Law

Judith Fischer, Associate Professor of Law, University of Louisville School of Law

Mark and DustinDustin Benham, Assistant Professor of Legal Practice and Assistant Dean for Strategic Initiatives, Texas Tech University School of Law (pictured at right with Mark)

Legal Writing Prof Blog Contributing Editors:

Lori D. Johnson, Legal Writing Professor, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada Las Vegas

Kristen E. Murray, Associate Professor of Law, Beasley School of Law, Temple University

Thanks so much for your support!

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

legal writing position in Los Angeles

Global-header Southwestern Law School is seeking applicants for a full-time position as a professor of Legal Analysis, Writing and Skills (LAWS). The LAWS course offers first-year students six credits of instruction in core lawyering skills including research, writing, client counseling, oral advocacy, and professionalism. The entry-level appointment as an Associate Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing and Skills is for an initial contract of two years with the possibility of presumptively renewable five-year contracts after the third year. LAWS professors participate actively in the life of Southwestern and enjoy full faculty voting rights. The LAWS program has a director and shared core assignments, but faculty members each select and develop their own teaching materials and lessons. 

Applicants must have a law degree, strong academic record, and at least two years of post-law school experience demonstrating the potential for excellence in teaching legal writing and other practical lawyering skills. Teaching experience is preferred but not required. Southwestern is committed to faculty diversity.

Applicants should anticipate a start date in July 2013. Please send a cover letter and resume to You can address your cover letter to Members of the LAWS Hiring Committee.

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.
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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Law Student Writing Competition (International Humanitarian Law)

American University Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Center) and the American Society of International Law’s Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict (ASIL) are holding their the Third Annual International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition.

The Competition seeks submissions of academic papers on the topic of international humanitarian law (IHL) from students currently enrolled in a law degree program in the United States or abroad. The purpose of the Competition is to enhance scholarship and deepen understanding among students in this important area of international law. The winning authors will be flown to Washington, D.C. to present their papers at a conference at American University Washington College of Law focused on emerging issues in IHL with a panel of expert professors and practitioners. In addition, winners will receive a complimentary registration to the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law in Washington, D.C. on April 3-6, 2013, and a one-year ASIL student membership. Last year, the Competition received over 50 submissions from 13 different countries.

This Competition is part of a multi-pronged initiative to expand and support the teaching and study of IHL among both students and professors in which both the Center and ASIL have been deeply involved.  In 2007, the Center published a study with the International Committee of the Red Cross on Teaching International Humanitarian Law in US Law Schools (available at center/ihl_report.cfm). The study identified a growing need for resources to support and expand the teaching of IHL among law faculty, but also a desire to support the interest of students in learning about IHL. The IHL Student Writing Competition promotes and supports student interest and deepening scholarship in IHL by providing students with a tangible way to become more directly involved in the global discourse around IHL.

Further details and the comprehensive rules, submission guidelines, and award information is available by clicking here. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2013 at 12:00 pm (noon) EST.

Hat tip to the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the American University Washington College of Law


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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

legal writing humor "du jour"

Sorry, there's no options for italics in the headings on this platform.

Whatever you're doing today, which likely is not work, enjoy some relevant humor here.


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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Houston Journal of International Law

For those of you looking for something to do until classes start again in January, the Houston Journal of International Law welcomes articles, papers, and comments addressing issues of international law, immigration, and human rights. The Journal welcomes topics relevant to both practitioners and the academy. The Houston Journal of International Law is received by subscribers world-wide, including a number of universities, law firms, and the United States Supreme Court.  Please email submissions to  For more information on submission guidelines, please visit  Submissions will be considered on a rolling basis. 

Hat tip to Jordan Paust.


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