Friday, July 22, 2016

LWI Conference Guest Post: Two Minutes for Professional Status in Legal Writing

Please welcome a guest post from Stetson's Kirsten Davis, reflecting on last week's wonderful LWI Biennial Conference in Portland!


From Kirsten:

Two Minutes for Professional Status in Legal Writing

I had the great pleasure of speaking on what I’ll call a “pop-up panel” (a short panel at the end of longer conference session that featured other speakers on the same topic) at the Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference last week in Portland, Oregon. Each panelist had two minutes to speak on the subject of professional status for legal writing faculty. My friend, Brian Larson of Georgia Tech, also on the pop-up, posted his two minutes here.

Here are my two minutes:

As professors who teach legal writing in law schools, our collective professional status depends on three choices we can make in imagining and talking about ourselves.

First, we should imagine ourselves as subject matter experts who study and teach “legal communication”--not just “legal writing”—but also legal speaking and legal symbolism. Perhaps this imagining doesn’t require much work at all; our scholarship and our teaching have almost always extended beyond the boundaries of legal writing. But, I think it's time that each of us, supported by our national organizations, name ourselves as legal communication experts.

Second, our value in law schools goes well beyond the labor of our red pens; our value is not just as lawyers who pass on the received wisdom of the profession through intensive student interaction. Instead, we should recognize that we are valuable for our new ideas, our insights, and our knowledge-generating research in the field. And we should tell the world about them.

Finally, we should imagine ourselves as critical scholars of legal communication. We are not limited to teaching and research about whether legal communication is effective; instead, we can take normative positions on the value, ethics, morality, and social impact of legal messages. Our expertise and position within the academy empower us to judge legal communication for its impact on political participation, marginalized communities, wealth distribution, community violence, perpetuation of exclusion, perceptions of difference, hateful speech, and access to justice. Perhaps there is no other moment in our history that more passionately calls for us, as legal communication scholars, to critically evaluate legal and quasi-legal messages and to speak publicly about them.

What are your two-minutes on professional status in legal writing?

{ldj} Thanks to Kirsten Davis!

July 22, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Word That Only Lawyers and Judges Could Love: Defalcation

"Defalcation" is "a word that only lawyers and judges could love," according to a recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. In re Jahrling, No. 15-2252, Slip Op. at 5 (7th Cir. Mar. 18, 2016). Congress first used the term in a federal bankruptcy statute enacted in 1867 shortly after the end of the Civil War, and "legal authorities have disagreed about its meaning ever since." Id. (citing Bullock v. BankChanpaign, 133 S. Ct. 1754 (2013).

The Jahrling case involved a claim not for fraud, but for defalcation -- something less than fraud or embezzlement but something greater than negligence or mistake. In Jahrling, the Seventh Circuit affirmed a bankruptcy court ruling that a legal malpractice judgment was not dischargeable in bankruptcy because the judgment was for a "defalcation while acting in a fiduciary capacity." The lawyer had prepared closing documents for a real estate transaction for a 90-year-old man who sold his $106,000 home for just $35,000 on the understanding that he would keep a life estate in the property. All well and good, but the lawyer forgot to include the life estate for the man when he drafted the documents. The man spoke only Polish and could not read the closing documents. When the buyers tried to evict the man after the sale, he sued for legal malpractice but died before that case went to trial. The estate pursued the action and obtained a malpractice judgment against the lawyer, who tried to have it discharged in bankruptcy.

The Supreme Court said that defalcation requires proof of "a culpable state of mind . .  . involving knowledge of, or gross recklessness to, the improper nature of the relevant fiduciary behavior." 133 S. Ct. at 1757. The Supreme Court also said that defalcation can also be used "to refer to nonfraudulent breaches of fiduciary duty." Id. at 1759.

The bankruptcy court refused to discharge the debt because the judgment was for a "defalcation while acting in a fiduciary capacity." The Seventh Circuit affirmed that ruling, and affirmed that "defalcation" was a word that "only lawyers and judges could love."


July 19, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Registration Open for CSLSA Conference

Registration is now open for the Central States Law Schools Association 2016 Scholarship Conference, Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24& at the University of North Dakota School of Law in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Law faculty from across the country (and, hey, let's be honest, they'll probably take a Canadian professor too) to submit proposals to present papers or works in progress. CSLSA is an organization of law schools dedicated to providing a forum for conversation and collaboration among law school academics. The CSLSA Annual Conference is an opportunity for legal scholars, especially more junior scholars, to present on any law-related topic in a relaxed and supportive setting where junior and senior scholars from various disciplines are available to comment. More seasoned scholars have an opportunity to test new ideas in a less formal setting than is generally available for their work. Scholars from member and nonmember schools are invited to attend. 

Please click here to register. The deadline for registration is September 2, 2016.  

Hotel rooms are now available for pre-booking. The conference hotel is the Hilton Garden Inn in Grand Forks. The hotel phone number is (701) 775-6000. When booking, identify yourself as part of the “UND School of Law” block to receive a daily rate of $89. Conference participants are responsible for all of their own travel expenses including hotel accommodations.

Hat tip to the 2016 CSLSA Board


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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Coleen Barger, Mark Wojcik, and the ALWD Manual

Barger Wojcik ALWDPhoto caption contest?














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Monday, July 11, 2016

Kim Chanbonpin is the New LWI President; Kristen Tiscione is the new LWI President-Elect; Kim Holst is the New LWI Secretary; Candace Centeno Continues as LWI Treasurer

LWI OfficersThe Legal Writing Institute Board of Directors held elections on Sunday for the officers for the 2016-2018 Term.

Professor Kim Chanbonpin (The John Marshall Law School--Chicago) has become the new President of the Legal Writing Institute. She will serve a two-year term as President. She follows Professor Linda Berger (University of Nevada at Las Vegas), who is now the Immediate Past President.

Professor Kristen Konrad Tiscione (Georgetown University Law Center) was chosen as President-Elect and will become president in 2018. Professor Kim Holst (Arizona State University) was elected as Secretary and Professor Candace Mueller Centeno (Villanova University School of Law) was re-elected as LWI Treasurer.

Pictured here (from left to right) are: Outgoing LWI Secretary Professor Samantha A. Moppett (Suffolk University Law School); incoming LWI Secretary Kim Holst, LWI Treasurer Candace Centeno; LWI President Kim Chanbonpin; Immediate Past President Linda Berger; and LWI President-Elect Kris Tiscione.



July 11, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Members of the 2016-2018 Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute

LWI Board 2016-18Here's a photo of the 2016-2018 Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute, which is holding its Biennial Conference this week in Portland, Oregon.

Front row (from left to right): Cassandra Hill (TSU Thurgood Marshall School of Law); LWI President-Elect Kristen Konrad Tiscione (Georgetown University Law Center); LWI Secretary Kimberly Holst (Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law); and Rebecca L. Scharf (University of Nevada at Las Vegas Boyd School of Law).

Second row (from left to right): LWI Immediate Past President Linda L. Berger (University of Nevada at Las Vegas Boyd School of Law); Iselin Gambert (The George Washington University Law School);   LWI President Kim Chanbonpin (The John Marshall Law School--Chicago); Mary Nicol Bowman (Seattle University School of Law); and Judith Rosenbaum (Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law).  

Back row (from left to right): Samantha A. Moppett (Suffolk University Law School); LWI Treasurer Candace Mueller Centeno (Villanova University School of Law); Alison E. Julien (Marquette University Law School); Mark E. Wojcik (The John Marshall Law School--Chicago); Bob Brain (Loyola University School of Law, Los Angeles); and Jason Palmer (Stetson University School of Law).



July 11, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

LWI Spouses Enjoying Portland

LWI SpousesWhile we're hard at work in the sessions of the 2016 Legal Writing Institute Conference, some LWI Spouses are enjoying Portland without us.  

Hat tip to Anne Enquist.



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Kim Chanbonpin and Linda Berger

Kim Chanbonpin and Linda BergerProfessor Linda Berger of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas completed her term as President of the Legal Writing Institute and turned over the gavel to incoming President Kim Chanbonpin of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

They are both pictured here at the Monday Luncheon at the Biennial LWI Conference in Portland, where approximately 500 professors from the United States and Canada are meeting this week.



July 11, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Stephanie Juliano Wins the 2016 Hecht Memorial Writing Award

Stephanie Juliano Hecht AwardLegal writing specialists and past winners of the Deborah Hecht Memorial Writing Award congratulate Stephanie Juliano of the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, winner of the 2016 Deborah Hecht Memorial Writing Award. #LWI2016.

The award is presented by the Legal Writing Institute in honor of Deborah Hecht, who served as the Director of the Legal Writing Center at Touro University School of Law for eight years. During that time, she worked to develop Touro’s Legal Resources Center, including developing a website. She was also active in the Legal Writing Institute and in its smaller legal writing specialists group, writing articles for The Second Draft’s “From the Desk of the Writing Specialist” column. Deborah died on November 4, 2005, and she is greatly missed by all in the legal writing community, particularly the members of the Association of Legal Writing Specialists. To honor her memory and her contributions to the legal writing profession, the legal writing specialists received approval from the Legal Writing Institute Board of Directors to create the Deborah Hecht Memorial Writing Award. The award is given to the writing specialist who writes the best article for The Second Draft during a two-year period. The award is presented during the LWI Biennial Conference.

Stephanie Juliano received the award for her article, "Everything Old is New Again: Using IRAC to Teach Basic Writing Skills."

In her acceptance remarks, Stephanie mentioned that winning the award had special meaning because just outside her own office is a memorial plaque for Deborah Hecht.

Congratulations to Stephanie and thank you to all of the legal writing specialists who help us promote better legal writing. Also included in this photo are two previous winners of the Hecht Award: Jeremy Francis (Michigan State University College of Law) and Lurene Contento (The John Marshall Law School--Chicago).


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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Save the Date: 2017 Applied Legal Storytelling Conference in Washington D.C.

Here's a reminder that the next Applied Legal Storytelling Conference will be held at American University Washington College of Law from July 11-13, 2017. That's just one year from today. Start packing!


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Flying to Portland for LWI?

You can take the MAX from Portland Airport to the conference hotel for just $2.50. Get off at the "Pioneer Courthouse Square" stop and it's just a three-minute walk from there to the Portland Hilton and Towers.


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Friday, July 8, 2016

Kim Chanbonpin to be Installed as the Next LWI President

Chanbonpin and GarmanProfessor Kim D. Chanbonpin of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago will be installed as next president of the Legal Writing Institute during the Institute's biennial conference which starts on Sunday in Portland, Oregon. Professor Chanbonpin is the first person of color to lead the Institute.  (Professor Chanbonpin is pictured here with Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita B. Garman.)

“I am honored for this opportunity to serve the members of LWI,” said Professor Chanbonpin. “When I was elected, I promised to incorporate diversity and racial inclusion practices into the core of the work I do for LWI. The composition of our LWI committees, rich with the varied perspectives and experiences of our members, is one example of that effort.”

She added, “Legal education is experiencing a transformation, and legal writing professors are poised to be at the forefront of pedagogical reforms.  To provide assistance for our members during this transition, LWI is building and nurturing systems of professional, scholarly and teaching support.  I am proud to be a part of this process,” she said.

Linda BergerProfessor Chanbonpin will serve a two-year term as LWI President, succeeding Linda L. Berger, the Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Research at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law (pictured at left). Dean Berger served as LWI President from 2014-16 and will continue on the LWI Board of Directors as Immediate Past President.

Professor Chanbonpin served on the LWI’s Board of Directors along with fellow John Marshall Professor Mark E. Wojcik. 

She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, and an LL.M. with distinction from the Georgetown University Law Center. She was a law clerk to the late Judge John S.W. Lim of the Hawai'i Intermediate Court of Appeals in Honolulu. Professor Chanbonpin also earned an LLM, with distinction, and a Certificate in National Security Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. While in Washington, D.C., she was a Short-Term Consultant at the World Bank. Before coming to John Marshall, Professor Chanbonpin was a Westerfield Fellow at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, where she taught National Security Law and Civil Liberties, Legal Research and Writing, and Appellate Advocacy.

The 2,800-member Legal Writing Institute provides a forum for the exchange of ideas about legal writing and for research and scholarship about legal writing and legal analysis. It holds a biennial conference and regional One-Day Legal Writing Workshops, it publishes a scholarly journal and a newsletter, and it has many working committees that assist legal writing professors across the United States and internationally.

Anthony Niedwiecki, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for John Marshall, said Chanbonpin’s appointment “reflects the great respect that our academic community has for the work she has done. Kim is an innovative and collaborative leader.  In just the past few years, Kim has been a leader on diversity issues in the academy; helped the legal writing community collaborate with the Society of American Law Teachers; worked on a task force that lobbies the American Bar Association on issues in legal education; and served as a board member for LWI.”

Professor Chanbonpin teaches Lawyering Skills, Criminal Law, Torts, and other courses at The John Marshall Law School in addition to directing the school's Lawyering Skills Program. She is also serving a three-year term on the Board of Governors for the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT).  She is also the Secretary for the Criminal Justice Section of the Illinois State Bar Association.   Her scholarly writing considers redress and reparations law, policy and social movements in the United States. Her scholarly work has appeared in the University of California at Irvine Law Review, the Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy, the Mercer Law Review, and the Washington University Global Studies Law Review, among other publications.

Congratulations to Professor Chanbonpin on becoming President of the Legal Writing Institute and congratulations to Professor Linda Berger on the conclusion of her own successful term as LWI President.

Adapted from a JMLS Press Release; hat tip to Miller McDonald.


July 8, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

We Are What We Write

"Too often in campus meetings, I hear people accuse others, sometimes me, of 'wordsmithing.' I hate that word. The notion that caring about language is somehow different from -- and not as important as -- attending to content confounds me. We are what we write."

Professor Rachel Toor of Eastern Washington University in Spokane, Washington, in The Best Candidates Read the Ad: A Search for a New Provost Proved Many Applicants Fail to Keep Their Readers in Mind, The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 8, 2016, at A28.


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Friday, July 1, 2016

Should the ABA's Law School Accreditation Powers Be Suspended for a Year?

A U.S. Department of Education panel has recommended that the American Bar Association’s accreditation power for new law schools be suspended for one year because the ABA ailed to implement its student achievement standards, probationary sanctions, audit process, and analysis responsibilities on law student debt level. Read more about it by clicking here.


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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Kudos to Emory Law for a Wonderful Transactional Law & Skills Conference

Emory Law’s Center for Transactional Law and Practice hosted the biennial conference on teaching transactional law and skills earlier this month. This year, the conference was titled “Method in the Madness: The Art and Science of Teaching Transactional Law and Skills.” Chaired by Sue Payne, the Steering Committee consisted of George Kuney, Katherine Koops, Lori Johnson, and David Gibbs. The conference drew a healthy mix of full-time writing teachers, adjuncts and clinicians, making for some enriching dialogue.

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An energizing keynote address by outgoing Dean Martin Katz and Professor Phoenix Cai from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law raised thought-provoking questions about the roles of deans and faculty in encouraging skills education in this new era of ABA emphasis on experiential education.

Highlights (among many others) included presentations by: Cynthia Adams of Indiana University on the benefits and challenges of teaching contract drafting in an online format; Yale Law School fellow Jonathan Brown’s discussion of teaching corporate finance to law students through clinical client work; Denver's Rachel Arnow-Richman discussing the pros and cons of four different iterations of teaching transactional skills; and Cardoza adjuncts Jillian Gaultier and Vicki Kobak’s interactive discussion of hands-on exercises in simulated deal work.


Finally, the conference was incredibly well organized thanks to Emory’s coordinator Kelli Pittman. Attendees were greeted with wonderful food, including a group dinner featuring an “open mic” session asking attendees to share thoughts about learning outcomes. The dinner concluded with the announcement of the inaugural Tina Stark Award to be presented at the next conference.

Lunch Picture 2

Kudos to Emory and the Steering Committee -- looking forward to 2018!!


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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Famous Bench Slaps -- The 15th Anniversary of Bradshaw v. Unity Marine Corp.

Tomorrow marks the 15th anniversary of the district court bench slap to counsel in Bradshaw v. Unity Marine Corporation, 147 F. Supp. 2d 668 (S.D. Tex. 2001). Here's an excerpt from that scathing decision:

Before proceeding further, the Court notes that this case involves two extremely likable lawyers, who have together delivered some of the most amateurish pleadings ever to cross the hallowed causeway into Galveston [Texas], an effort which leads the Court to surmise but one plausible explanation. Both attorneys have obviously entered into a secret pact—complete with hats, handshakes and cryptic words—to draft their pleadings entirely in crayon on the back sides of gravy-stained paper place mats, in the hope that the Court would be so charmed by their child-like efforts that their utter dearth of legal authorities in their briefing would go unnoticed. Whatever actually occurred, the Court is now faced with the daunting task of deciphering their submissions. With Big Chief tablet readied, thick black pencil in hand, and a devil-may-care laugh in the face of death, life on the razor's edge sense of exhilaration, the Court begins.

Click here to read the full decision.




June 25, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Save the Date: 2017 Applied Legal Storytelling Conference in Washington D.C.

The next Applied Legal Storytelling Conference will be held at American University Washington College of Law from July 11-13, 2017.

Hat tip to LWI President Linda Berger.


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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

New Product for Drafting Profs

After a very successful conference at Emory's Center for Transactional Law & Skills (thanks, Sue Payne and Committee!), it seems everyone has contract drafting on the brain.  Here's an interesting new product that may have some potential for instructing law students in contract drafting. 
Soon-to-be Golden Pen winner Ross Guberman recently launched Contract Catch, which is intended to "flag possible errors" in contracts, including "everything from issues with defined terms to the questionable drafting of rights and obligations."  This could be a good new tool to allow students to see drafting errors reflected in a "real world" technology aimed at practitioners.  At the very least, should be fun for contract drafting profs to give it a spin!

June 21, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, June 17, 2016

Colombia Beats Canada in Final Round of WTO Moot Court Competition

Law students from around the world gathered in Geneva from 7 to 11 June for the final oral round of a competition involving simulated World Trade Organization panel proceedings organized by the European Law Students’ Association (ELSA), with the support of the WTO and its legal divisions. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia, emerged as the winner, with the team from Queen’s University, Canada, the runner-up.

The ELSA Moot Court Competition is a simulated WTO dispute involving exchanges of written submissions and adversarial hearings before panelists on international trade law issues. This year teams of interested students from all over the world sent in written submissions of a fictitious case dealing with subsidies for the production of renewable energy equipment and for the purchase of renewable energy, written by Professor Andrew Lang of the London School of Economics.

After the regional rounds in Germany (Passau), Canada (Kingston), Singapore, South Africa (Grahamstown) and Czech Republic (Brno), the best 20 teams came to Geneva to plead in the Final Oral Round. Teams drawn from 16 countries on six continents (Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South America, and Europe) competed against each other at a level similar to what might be seen in an actual WTO dispute. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia, emerged as the winner, with the team from Queen’s University, Canada, the runner-up. Congratulations are also due to the semi-finalists from National Taiwan University, Chinese Taipei, and KU Leuven, Belgium, as well as to all the teams that participated in the event in Geneva.

The competition included students of diverse backgrounds working hard to produce high-quality legal arguments on cutting-edge issues of WTO law. The Final Oral Round is an opportunity for them to meet their fellow students from all over the world but also to see trade law in action and to see all the opportunities available for a career in trade law. It is one of the aims of the competition to encourage and develop the next generation of WTO experts.

The WTO has been a technical sponsor and partner in the ELSA competition on WTO law since its inception 14 years ago. This is an example of the WTO’s broad support for capacity building focusing not just on government officials but also on students and academics who can take WTO law into the future. The WTO sends legal experts on technical assistance missions to act as panelists in the regional rounds. WTO staff members also advise ELSA on the academic aspects of running the competition and are integral in planning the Final Oral Round held in Geneva.

During the week participating students not only competed against the top teams from around the world but met with practitioners in law firms, delegations and the WTO Secretariat. Students were also able to participate in the British Institute on International and Comparative Law’s annual conference on WTO law which was held simultaneously with the moot court.

WTO staff members from several divisions of the Secretariat volunteered in the organization of the event and shared their experiences with young students. Colleagues from the Legal Affairs, Rules, and Council and Trade Negotiations Committee divisions, the Appellate Body Secretariat, and the Office of the Director General assisted in all aspects of the moot court.

It is not only the WTO Secretariat that sees the value in the ELSA moot court on WTO law. Private law firms (Van Bael & Bellis, King & Spalding, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan, Mayer Brown, Sidley Austin, Steptoe & Johnson, and Whtie & Case),  the Society for International Economic Law (SIEL), and the World Trade Institute all made contributions towards sponsoring the global competition. Furthermore the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Akin Gump, the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the Advisory Centre on WTO Law (ACWL), along with several local sponsors, all made significant contributions towards the smooth running of the African Round. Academic institutions provided support by offering prizes to the winning teams (the World Trade Institute, the Graduate Institute and IELPO at the University of Barcelona) and by hosting the preliminary rounds of the finals (the Graduate Institute). The entire trade law community embraces the value of this competition.

The Grand Final took place on Saturday 11 June with a Final Bench of distinguished panelists chaired by Appellate Body member Ricardo Ramirez-Hernandez. Deputy Director-General Karl Brauner served as the Master of Ceremonies and handed out the prizes. The winning team was announced by Aegyoung Jung, Legal Advisor to the Director-General.

(WTO Press Release)

June 17, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Global Legal Skills Awards -- Here's the Full List of Who Has Won Them!

The first Global Legal Skills Awards were presented in 2012 in San Jose, Costa Rica, at the Seventh Global Legal Skills Conference. The most recent awards were presented in May 2016 at the Eleventh Global Legal Skills Conference, held at the University of Verona Department of Law. Here is a cumulative list of GLS Award Winners from 2012 to 2016. Winners are from Costa Rica, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

GLS Award Winners

Individual Winners

This category recognizes individuals around the world who have made significant contributions to the promotion and improvement of global legal skills.

  • Dr. Amrtia Bahri, Head of Global Legal Skills and Common Law Program, ITAM University, Mexico, in recognition of her demonstrated commitment to the promotion of global legal skills. [2016 Winner]
  • Prof. Heidi Brown, New York Law School (New York, USA), was recognized for her work with students to reduce extreme fear of public speaking and increase performance in classrooms, oral arguments, and client-centered legal skills activities. [2014 Winner]
  • Prof. Juli Campagna, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University (New York, USA) and Adjunct Professor of Law, Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey (Mexico), was recognized for developing English Immersion Training Programs and for exceptional devotion to meeting the needs of international students around the world. [2014 Winner]
  • Dean Marion Dent, ANO Pericles, Moscow, Russian Federation, was recognized for her work in higher education in Russia and for her work to bring the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition to Russia. [2014 Winner]
  • Prof. Laurel Currie Oates, Seattle University School of Law, in recognition of her demonstrated commitment to excellence in global legal skills education, including work in Afghanistan and Africa. [2016 Winner]
  • Prof. Robin Palmer, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, in recognition of his demonstrated commitment to excellence in global legal skills education in Africa and New Zealand [2016 Winner].
  • Dr. Shelley Saltzman, Associate Director for Curriculum and Assessment and Senior Lecturer for the American Language Program (ALP) at the Columbia University School of Professional Studies (New York, USA), received the Global Legal Skills (GLS) Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Legal Skills Education for 25 years of innovation. [2015 Winner]
  • Prof. Mimi Samuel, Seattle University School of Law, in recognition of her demonstrated commitment to excellence in global legal skills education, including work in Afghanistan and Africa. [2016 Winner]
  • Elena Trosclair, Associate Professor, Ural State Law University, Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation, was recognized for her dedication to teaching English to law students in the Russian Federation and for promoting scholarship in global legal skills. [2015 Winner]

Scholarship and Book Awards

This category recognizes exceptional books and articles that advance the teaching of global legal skills, including new casebooks and texts for lawyers and law students.

Law Firms and Other Institutional Winners

This category recognizes companies, professional associations, law firms, and other organizations around the world that give special support for global legal skills. The names of persons accepting these law firm and institutional awards are in parentheses.

  • Arias and Muñoz, Costa Rica (José Antonio Muñoz F.), was recognized for innovative skills training for its lawyers and in thanks for its active support of holding the Global Legal Skills Conference in Central America. [2012 Winner]
  • BarWrite and BarWrite Press, New York, USA (Dr. Mary Campbell Gallagher), for the company's early and thoughtful recognition of the special bar exam preparation needs needs of lawyers and law students from other countries. [2014 Winner]
  • Fondazione Floresta Longo, Catania (Sicily), Italy (Prof. Antonino Longo), in recognition of its dedicated commitment to improving the quality of legal services by teaching global legal skills to lawyers and law students. [2015 Winner]
  • Lawbility Professional Language Program, Zurich, Switzerland (Jean-Luc Delli), in recognition of its innovative programming, publications, and demonstrated commitment to excellence in global legal skills education. [2016 Winner]
  • The Legal Writing Institute Global Legal Writing Skills Committee (Professors Cara Cunningham of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and Sammy Mansour of the Michigan State University College of Law), was recognized for its support and active encouragement of global legal skills. [2014 Winner]

Law School Winners

This category recognizes law schools around the world that give special attention to and support for global legal skills.

  • Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey, Mexico, was recognized for its innovative educational leadership in requiring its graduates to have taken classes in three languages, for successfully bringing the Global Legal Skills Conference to its first international destination, for hosting the GLS Conference two times in Mexico, and for other efforts to promote the study of Legal English and comparative law. [2012 Winner]
  • Pacific McGeorge School of Law was recognized for innovations in its legal research and writing program that introduce students to cross-cultural awareness, comparative law, and international law. [2015 Winner]
  • University of Verona Department of Law, Italy, in recognition of its demonstrated commitment to excellence in global legal skills education and in appreciation of hosting the 2014 and 2016 Global Legal Skills Conferences. [2016 Winner]

Nominations for the 2017 GLS Awards, which will be presented during the 2017 Global Legal Skills Conference, can be submitted to Professor Mark Wojcik at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.


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