Saturday, June 8, 2013

Jill Ramsfield announces her retirement

Jill Ramsfield, a pioneer in the field of teaching legal writing, has announced her retirement from the Ramsfield-edUniversity of Hawaii as of May 31. Jill first joined the profession as part of the Seattle group (then at Puget Sound) that started the Legal Writing Institute. When she left that term-contract position, her move to Georgetown highlighted the problems with capped contracts in the field. In the late 1980s, Jill started the annual Legal Writing Institute survey, which at first was printed in hard copy and compiled manually. More recently, Jill received a 2013 award from the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research. Her scholarship, presentations at conferences, and leadership in the writers’ workshops have had a continuing effect on our field.

Photo credit: Karin Mika


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Friday, June 7, 2013

got something to say about clarity?

LogoClarity International, the association promoting plain legal language around the globe, is looking for submissions for the next issue of its journal, scheduled to be published in November. The focus of this issue will be teaching plain language, i.e., teaching methods and theory related to teaching plain language in the classroom and in practice. The deadline for submissions is July 15th.The articles they are looking for are only 1,000 to 3,000 words long, so surely you can knock out something by then. For more information, contact or


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Dean Search for University of Montana

The University of Montana invites applications and nominations for a Dean to lead its School of Law as it begins the second century of its distinguished history. Founded in 1912, the School of Law is an established leader in legal education, preparing students for serving people in the practice of law through effective integration of theory and practice. Beyond preparing students for practice, its curriculum emphasizes areas of law significant to the Rocky Mountain West including natural resource law, environmental law, and Indian law. At a challenging time for legal education, the success of Montana's model in training and placing lawyers has earned it recognition as one of the best-value law schools in the nation. Montana is one of a handful of law schools to attract significantly more applicants this year than last.

The successful candidate must hold a Juris Doctor degree, or its equivalent, from an ABA-accredited law school, demonstrate the ability to lead the School of Law's faculty, staff, and students, and have the following additional qualifications:
- Distinguished professional achievement in legal practice;
- Successful administrative experience, including personnel supervision and financial administration;
- Strong listening, communication, and consensus-building skills;
- A commitment to legal scholarship; and
- A commitment to diversity.

TO APPLY: Visit to view full description and apply online. Candidates will be asked to upload: a statement of interest; a current resume or C.V.; and contact information for at least three professional references.   Review of applications will begin on August 1, 2013; application review will continue until the position is filled.

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(And obviously we on this blog hope that the successful candidate strongly supports legal writing faculty!)


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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Burton awards celebration

Mary ss 2-1The Burton Awards for legal writing were presented at an elegant dinner at the Library of Congress on Monday night, June 3. Event sponsor William Burton began the program by calling for more respect for those in our profession. Justice Sonia Sotomayor and legal writing pioneer Mary Lawrence then received awards, and the evening ended with a concert by Vanessa Williams.  Professor Karin Mika, who attended the event, writes that Bill Burton is "a true friend" of the legal writing profession.

Hat tips: Ralph Brill and Karin Mika

Photo credit: Karin Mika


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Monday, June 3, 2013

Final Countdown: 2014 LWI Conference Proposals due June 7!

This is the last week to submit a proposal for the 2014 LWI Conference, which will take place at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown from June 29-July 2, 2014. Proposals are due June 7.

You can submit a proposal using the new online proposal form. Check out the Call for Proposals and the Proposal Requirements, and if you have any questions, contact one of the Program Committee Co-Chairs, Samantha Moppett ( or Kristin Gerdy (

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