Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Legal writing directors, co-ordinators, and professors of all stripes are converging on Marquette University's law school for the start of the bi-ennial ALWD conference today. The ALWD Innovative Teaching Workshop takes place this afternoon, as does ALWD's Board of Directors meeting. Then a hearty reception officially launches the conference this evening.
Our legal writing colleagues will give over sixty presentations throughout the day on Thursday and Friday. At tomorrow's plenary lunch, we'll get an update on what's brewing with the ABA Standards. Then for dinner, everyone gets to unwind at an actual brewery, take the tour, enjoy a fish fry, and dance to a polka band. (Hey, we're in Milwaukee.)
At the plenary lunch on Friday, the keynote speaker is Dean Kent Syverud. You may remember him as the author of The Caste System and Best Practices in Legal Education, an article cited frequently in legal writing scholarship. The conference ends on Friday evening with an ice cream social (although a highly reliable source tells us it's actually custard, Kopp's custard). Then it's off to Summerfest, and it just so happens that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are the headliners Friday evening.
hat tip: Mary Beth Beazley