Saturday, January 5, 2013

speaking of globalization ...

IndexThe AAUP’s Journal of Academic Freedom ( seeks scholarly articles relating to the topic of academic freedom and globalization. How is the expansion of US higher education around the world and the increasing international integration of academia affecting academic freedom? In what ways, conversely, is the globalization of higher education transforming academia within the United States, shifting and impinging upon traditional notions of academic freedom?

In addition to accepting scholarly papers relating to this topic, the Journal of Academic Freedom welcomes submissions on eclectic topics. Electronic submissions should go to and must include an abstract of about 150 words. You should anticipate that if your article is accepted for publication, it will need to be put into conformity with the Chicago Manual of Style.


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Friday, January 4, 2013

Global Legal Skills Conference in Costa Rica

San Jose Opera House PhotoThe 8th Global Legal Skills Conference will be held in San Jose, Costa Rica, from March 11-13, 2013.  

Conference sessions will be held at the Holiday Inn Aurola in Downtown San Jose on the 11th and 12th.  A Legal Field Trip is being planned for Wednesday March 13th.  

The registration website is now open and can be found at  An additional conference presentation room was added so several speaking slots are still available. For more information about attending, presenting, or being a conference sponsor, contact Mark Wojcik by email at intlawprof [at]


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ABA Journal readers vote this blog a favorite!

BLAWG 100As you may remember, the Legal Writing Prof Blog was named to the ABA Journal's Innaugural Blawg Hall of Fame -- a collection of 100 legal blogs.  And now, after four weeks of voting, the Legal Writing Prof Blog is on the ABA Journal's list of 14 favorite legal blogs. ABA Journal readers voted us the most popular blog about legal research and writing. Thanks to our readers for your continued interest and support!

Here's the full list of winning blogs:

Business of Law: Divorce Discourse  

Careers/Law Schools: Inside the Law School Scam 

Corporate: California Corporate & Securities Law  

Courts: SCOTUSblog   

Criminal Justice: Koehler Law  

For Fun: Lowering the Bar  

IP Law: IPWatchdog  

Labor & Employment: The Delaware Employment Law Blog

Legal Research/Writing: Legal Writing Prof Blog

Legal Technology: Groklaw  

News/Analysis: Legal As She is Spoke  

Niche: Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

Torts: Abnormal Use   

Trial Practice: The Velvet Hammer  

(jdf and mew)

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

everything you ever wanted to know about ...

IndexNew York judge Gerald Lebovits has basically written a primer on Winning the Moot Court Oral Argument: A Guide for Intra- and Intermural Moot Court Competitors. If you're coaching a team, everything you want your students to know is in there. Take a look.




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legal writing teaching position in D.C.

Logo_law_smallGeorge Washington University Law School is seeking to hire a full-time Associate Professor of Legal Research and Writing. Associate Professors of LRW teach in the first-year Legal Research and Writing Program and assist with significant administrative responsibilities, including managing 30-40 teaching assistants, overseeing the research curriculum, and/or training and overseeing the corps of adjunct professors who staff the LRW Program under the auspices of the Director. Candidates will negotiate their specific teaching load and administrative responsibilities with the Director of the Program.

Applicants must have a J.D. from an accredited law school, an outstanding academic record, excellent legal research and writing skills, demonstrated administrative skills, and at least two years of experience in a clerkship or law practice. Applicants must also have at least one year of recent experience teaching legal writing and the ability to work collaboratively within a coordinated program structure.

To apply, complete an online faculty application and submit a statement of interest and a CV at The review of applications will begin on January 3, 2012, and continue until the position is filled. 

1)The position advertised may lead to successive short-term contracts of one to four years or successive long-term contracts of five or more years. (Associate Professors of LRW are initially hired for three-year appointments.)
2) The professor hired will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings. (Associate Professors of LRW participate in faculty committees and vote in faculty meetings, except on personnel matters, personnel rules and regulations, and the election of personnel committees.
3) The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in range $80,000 - $99,999.
4) The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing professor will be 30 or fewer.

hat tip: Christy DeSanctis


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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

LRW dance card at AALS

Top_logoIf you're attending the AALS annual meeting, which starts tomorrow in New Orleans, here are the key LRW events to be sure to have on your dance card:

Friday, Jan. 4 at 8:00 p.m.
Blackwell/Golden Pen reception (sponsored by ALWD & LWI) at the New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center. 

Saturday, Jan. 5
8:00 a.m.
Informal coffee gathering organized by the Outreach Committee of the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research, in the Exhibit Area of the Hilton.

10:30-11:30 a.m. Section posters displayed in the Hilton New Orleans Riverside’s Court Assembly:

12:00 p.m. Section lunch at the Hilton, honoring the Section Award Recipients.

Sunday, Jan. 6 at 2:00 p.m.
Section Program: The Past, Present, and Future of Appellate Briefs. Section business meeting right after the program.

Monday, Jan. 7 at 9:00 a.m.
Section Program: The Bench, the Bar, and the Academy Unite to Discuss Legal Education. 

hat tip: Kathy Vinson


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Cogent defense of plain language

Legal writing expert Joe Kimble of Cooley Law School has posted a cogent defense of plain language on the KimbleNational Conference of State Legislatures website. Responding to Jack Stark, who argued against plain language, Kimble begins, "In a way, you have to admire someone who has spent almost two decades campaigning against plain language — unsuccessfully — and who still carries on." Kimble then methodically refutes Stark's arguments, including his contention that plain language leads to confusion and dumbs material down. Besides being good reading, Kimble's piece provides a sound rebuttal to any students who still argue for legalese. (I've encountered fewer and fewer such students in recent years.)


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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

legal writing resources

ImagesLast week on PrawfsBlawg, an interesting thread of comments developed here, about the balance of resources given to legal writing instruction in law schools and where more resources might come from. Anyone concerned about the teaching of legal writing will likely appreciate the comments written by legal writing professors, patiently explaining to members of the bar why the typical allocation in U.S. law schools is skewed in the wrong direction.

hat tip: Michale Higdon


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