Friday, August 23, 2013

Central States Legal Writing Conference

Tulips-jayhawk-blvdAs you plan your fall semester, remember to include the Central States Legal Writing Conference. The University of Kansas School of Law will host the Conference on Friday and Saturday, September 27-28, 2013. You can register on the conference website, where you will also find information about travel, accommodations, and scheduling.  

KU will host an ALWD Scholars’ Forum in connection with the conference, at noon on Friday, September 27. This is a terrific opportunity to present and discuss an idea you are currently considering turning into an article, receive critiques on an article you are currently drafting, or have a draft paper peer reviewed. Suzanne Rowe  of the University of Oregon, Michael Murray of Valparaiso University Law School, and Virginia Harper Ho of KU will be among those facilitating the forum. You can register for the Forum on the conference website. Participation is limited and participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, so register soon!

While the regular conference presentations slots are full, the organizers are still accepting 5-minute “Take-Away” presentations for the conference. Toward the end of the second day of the conference, presenters will have 5 minutes to explain a teaching technique or idea. By the end of that session, participants and attendees will have a number of great ideas they can immediately implement in the classroom. To make a “Take-Away” presentation you must submit a participation form, also located on the conference website.

hat tip: Pam Keller


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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

position at Texas Tech

Texas Tech University School of Law seeks applicants for an opening in its highly ranked Legal Practice Program, starting in Fall 2014.  The successful applicant will join a program that, fully staffed, comprises five full-time LP Professors, an adjunct professor, a writing specialist, and the tenured director.

The Legal Practice Program offers a six-credit, two-semester course (Legal Practice I and II) that integrates research, writing, client interviewing and counseling, oral advocacy, and an extensive ADR component. While program faculty generally work from a common syllabus and core assignments, each full-time LP Professor is responsible for selecting texts, drafting his/her own fact patterns and exercises, and designing his/her class. In addition, each LP Professor is assigned one student tutor per section to help with providing additional workshops, grading of research exercises, etc. LP Professors may also have the opportunity to teach other courses for additional compensation. They enjoy the same access to travel, research assistant funding, and summer teaching and research grants as do all faculty members.

The Program seeks applicants with a J.D., prior teaching and/or practice experience, demonstrated writing ability, strong academic credentials, the ability to work well within a coordinated program structure, and an interest in being involved in regional and national legal writing activities. Texas Tech is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all in every aspect of its operations and encourages applications from all qualified persons.

Texas Tech University, with 30,000+ students, is located in Lubbock, Texas, a city of 220,000 located in the high plains of West Texas. The law school has almost 700 students and ~34 full-time faculty members. Lubbock enjoys a low cost of living with very affordable housing and offers easy access to other parts of the country via three major airlines that offer daily flights.

For more information about this position, please contact Professor Nancy Soonpaa, LP Program Director, at or 806/742-3990, ext. 357. To apply for the position, please send application materials to Professor John Watts, Chair of the Personnel Committee.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter, a resume, the names and contact information for 3 references, and a writing sample. Our mailing address is 1802 Hartford Avenue, Lubbock, TX, 79409. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and will be accepted until the position is filled.  We will also interview applicants at the AALS hiring conference in October.

1. The position advertised:

__ a. is a tenure-track appointment.

__ b. may lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years.

X c. may lead to successive presumptively renewable contracts that can be terminated only for cause.

__ d. has an upper-limit on the number of years a teacher may be appointed.

__ e. is part of a fellowship program for one or two years.

__ f. is a part-time appointment, or a year-to-year adjunct appointment.

Additional information about job security or terms of employment, any applicable

term limits, and whether the position complies with ABA Standard 405(c): complies with ABA Standard 405(c).


2. The professor hired:

X_ a. will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.

__ b. will not be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.

Additional information about the extent of the professor’s voting rights: can vote on all matters except tenure-track hiring, promotion, and tenure.


3. The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the range checked below. (A base salary does not include stipends for coaching moot court teams, teaching other courses, or teaching in summer school; nor does a base salary include conference travel or other professional development funds.)

__a. $90,000 or more (depending on qualifications)

__ b. $80,000 to $89,999 (depending on qualifications)

__ c. $70,000 to $79,999

_X_ d. $60,000 to $69,999

__ e. $50,000 to $59,999

__ f. $40,000 to $49,999

__ g. $30,000 to $39,999 

Additional information about base salary or other compensation: All professors are eligible to teach or research in the summer for an additional $9000 in compensation.


4. The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research

& writing professor will be:

__ a. 30 or fewer

__ b. 31 - 35

_X_ c. 36 – 40

__ d. 41 - 45

__ e. 46 - 50

__ f. 51 - 55

__ g. 56 - 60

__ h. more than 60

Additional information about teaching load, including required or permitted teaching outside of the legal research and writing program: Depending on curricular needs, LP Professors may be able to teach during the school year or summer for additional compensation.


August 21, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

What the Best Law Teachers Do

Northwestern is hosting an interesting conference on law teaching next summer, built around the book What the Best Law Teachers Do.  Here is the rundown for those who want to save the date:

Please save the date for the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning's Summer Conference hosted by Northwestern University School of Law, "What the Best Law Teachers Do,"  June 25 - 27, 2014, in Chicago.
Published by Harvard University Press and currently sweeping the legal blogs, What the Best Law Teachers Do introduces readers to twenty-six professors from law schools across the United States, featuring close-to-the ground accounts of exceptional educators in action. Join us to interact with these instructors and learn more about their passion and creativity in the classroom and beyond.

Confirmed presenters at this conference include Rory Bahadur (Washburn University School of Law), Cary Bricker (University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law), Roberto Corrada, (University of Denver, Sturm College of Law), Meredith Duncan (University of Houston Law Center), Paula Franzese (Seton Hall University School of Law), Heather Gerken (Yale Law School), Nancy Knauer (Temple University, James E. Beasely School of Law), Andy Leipold (University of Illinois College  of Law), Julie Nice (University of San Francisco School of Law), Ruthann Robson (CUNY School of Law), Tina Stark (retired, formerly Boston University School of Law), and Andy Taslitz (American University Washington College of Law).

The co-authors of What the Best Law Teachers Do, Sophie Sparrow, Gerry Hess, and Michael Hunter Schwartz, will provide a framework for the presentations and a global sense of the takeaway lessons from their study.
Presenters teach a wide variety of courses across the curriculum including administrative law, civil procedure, clinics, constitutional law, criminal law, criminal procedure, election law, family law, labor law, legal writing, pretrial advocacy, professional responsibility, property, sexuality and the law, torts, transactional drafting, and trial advocacy.  

Please mark your calendars for June 2014.

hat tip: Sandra Simpson


August 21, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

What is "OSCOLA Style"?

OK, this cries out for a parady video using the Korean Pop Hit Song Pagagnam Style.  But not from us.  OSCOLA Style is the Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA), a legal citation method used in the United Kingdom. it was first developed by Peter BIrks of the University of Oxford Faculty of Law and is now reportedly used by most law schools and many legal publishers in the United Kingdom.  You can read more about it by clicking here.  And if you need to see Psy's Pagagnam Style Video -- which has an astounding 1.7 TRILLION views on YouTube -- click here.


August 20, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Language used by current college freshmen

For examples of language we can expect from our students in four years, check Ben Yagoda's Chronicle of Higher Education blog. He explains that this year's college freshmen use however as a conjunction, and when they start a sentence with and or but, they follow the word with a comma. They view colons and semi-colons as interchangeable. And for them, "Whether to write 'its' and 'your,' on the one hand, or 'it’s' and 'you’re,' on the other, depends on the way you feel at that particular moment."

hat tip: Allison Ortlieb


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Monday, August 19, 2013

Congrats to Sue Provenzano!

Sue Provenzano, at Northwestern Law School, has been awarded a promotion from Senior Lecturer to Professor of Practice.  In addition to legal writing, Sue teaches employment law and appellate advocacy. In her Dean's words, Sue "receives rave reviews from students."  She has received multiple teaching awards and served on a number of faculty committees. Outside of Northwestern, Sue is a regular presenter at various conferences and has authored articles in Perspectives and elsewhere. She is under contract with Aspen to co-author a text on advanced appellate advocacy.  Additionally, this blogger was lucky enough to have had Sue as her first year legal writing professor.  Sue's mentorship to many in this field has been invaluable. 


Congratulations, Sue!!

Hat tip, Margaret Hannon


August 19, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Resume Mistakes

Not sure what to make of this . . .

The experience section of the resume includes work as a "Teaching Assitant" for Legal Writing.

Doesn't really inspire much confidence . . . .


August 19, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, August 18, 2013

on narratives

Just today, I caught a continuation of a conversation between PBS interview Bill Moyer and social activist (and professor) Marshall Ganz. You can see it here. The comments about the power of narrative and the importance of specific details -- when you set out to change the world -- echo what we frequently say in legal writing class.


August 18, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)