Monday, December 21, 2015
Save the Dates! Upcoming AALS Annual Meetings in New York, San Francisco, San Diego, and New Orleans
The Association of American Law Schools holds its well-attended annual meeting each January. Here's the schedule of upcoming meetings for the next few years:
- January 6-10, 2016: New York
- January 4-7, 2017: San Francisco
- January 3-6, 2018: San Diego
- January 2-6, 2019: New Orleans
The Association of American Law Schools is a nonprofit association of 180 law schools. Its law school members enroll most of the law students in the United States. The AALS describes its mission as "to uphold and advance excellence in legal education." The AALS promotes the core values of excellence in teaching and scholarship, academic freedom, and diversity, including diversity of backgrounds and viewpoints, while seeking to improve the legal profession, to foster justice, and to serve local, national, and international communities.
Visit the AALS website for more information about the Association and its upcoming meetings and other activities. The AALS has a large number of Sections focused on various topics, including its Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research. That section holds at least one program at each Annual Meeting and a luncheon at which it confers its prestigious Section Award in recognition of lifetime contributions to the teaching of legal writing and research. The section also publishes a newsletter with information about upcoming AALS events and news of legal writing professors across the United States.
Friday, December 18, 2015
The Institute for Law Teaching and Learning has issued a Call for Proposals for its Summer 2016 conference on Real-World Readiness:
CALL FOR PRESENTATION PROPOSALS
Institute for Law Teaching and Learning—Summer 2016 Conference
June 10-11, 2016
Washburn University School of Law—Topeka, Kansas
The Institute for Law Teaching and Learning invites proposals for conference workshops addressing the many ways that law schools are preparing students to enter the real world of law practice. With the rising demands for “practice-ready” lawyers, this topic has taken on increased urgency in recent years. How are law schools and law professors taking on the challenge of graduating students who are ready to join the real world of practicing attorneys? Can we be doing more?
The Institute takes a broad view of educational practices that promote real-world readiness. Accordingly, we welcome proposals for workshops on incorporating such teaching techniques in doctrinal, clinical, externship, writing, seminar, hybrid, and interdisciplinary courses. Workshops can address real-world readiness in first-year courses, upper-level courses, required courses, electives, or academic support teaching. Workshops can present innovative teaching materials, course designs, curricular or program designs, etc. Each workshop should include materials that participants can use during the workshop and also when they return to their campuses. Presenters should model best practices in teaching methods by actively engaging the workshop participants.
The Institute invites proposals for 60-minute workshops consistent with a broad interpretation of the conference theme. To be considered for the conference, proposals should be one single-spaced page (maximum) and should include the following information:
- the title of the workshop;
- the name, address, telephone number, and email address of the presenter(s);
- a summary of the contents of the workshop, including its goals and methods; and
- an explanation of the interactive teaching methods the presenter(s) will use to engage the audience.
The Institute must receive proposals by February 1, 2016. Submit proposals via email to Emily Grant, Co-Director, Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, at email@example.com.
hat tip: Emily Grant
The Black Law Students' Association at Rutgers is honoring Sarah Ricks at its annual event in January — the 20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Banquet and Awards Ceremony. Here are details from the announcement that just went out:
The event will be from 6-9PM on Friday, January 15, 2016. There will be a cocktail hour from 6PM to 7PM, with the program officially beginning at 7PM.
Honorees include Professor Sarah Ricks (Rutgers Law School Co-founder and Co-Director of the Pro Bono Research Project; Commissioner of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations; Co-chair of the ABA Section 1983 Subcommittee on Civil Rights Litigation)
hat tip: Suzanne Rowe
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Just in time for the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools, here's a link to the Fall Newsletter of the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research. You'll want to have a look at the section newsletter even if you're not going to the annual meeting in New York.
- A column by Section Chair Jennifer Murphy Romig (Emory University)
- A description of the Joint Scholars and Scholarship Workshop on Feminist Jurisprudence, sponsored by the Legal Writing Institute, the Association of Legal Writing Directors, and the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research
- The list of AALS Section Officers slated by the nominating committee for election at some unbelievably early section meeting at 7:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning. (New York really is the city that never sleeps!)
- News about the presentation of the Section Award to Suzanne Rowe (University of Oregon) and of a remembrance of Molly Lien, former Legal Writing Director at Chicago-Kent College of Law and The John Marshall Law School
- An Update from the Section's Diversity and Inclusion Committee
- Tips from Heidi Holland (Gonzaga) on What to Do Over Winter Break to Make Your Spring Semester More Successful
- Reports (and photos) from LWI One-Day Workshops
- Announcements of Awards to legal writing faculty across the country
- New publications by legal writing faculty
- News of promotions, moves, and milestones for legal writing faculty
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
President of the University of Iowa Apologizes for Suggesting that Unprepared Professors Should Be Shot
Several news sources are reporting today that the President of the University of Iowa, J. Bruce Harreld, has apologized for suggesting that professors who are unprepared to teach should be shot.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
A study by Professor Celia M. Klin, Associate Professor of Psychology at Binghamton University asked 126 undergrads to evaluate several one-word text message responses (like "Sure" and "Yep") that ended with various forms of punctuation. Texts that ended in periods were rated as being less sincere — but handwritten notes with the same message and punctuation weren't. Click here to read more. Period.
Hat tip r/w
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
An article in the NYTimes yesterday explored the history of the Bluebook and presented two Yale librarians' historical research showing that Yale, not Harvard, originated the Bluebook. Although the Yale librarians conceded that a claim of creation may not be a point of pride given the now-hyper-complicated nature of the citation classic, they point out the the first two versions of the precursor to the Bluebook were 1 and 15 pages long.
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Sunday, November 22, 2015
If you're going to New York for the January 2016 meeting of the Association of American Law Schools, you might consider going a day early to attend a Joint Scholars and Scholarship Workshop on Feminist Jurisprudence on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Fordham Law School.
The event is co-sponsored by the Legal Writing Institute (LWI), the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD), the Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS-LWRR), and Fordham Law School.
There is no charge to attend, but the organizers ask attendees to register by December 1, 2015 to help them plan the workshop.
Hat tip to Linda Berger and other members of the planning committee: Bob Brain, Robin Boyle, Kim Chanbonpin, Mel Weresh, Nantiya Ruan, Shailini George, Emily Grant, Kathy Stanchi, Jessica Clark, Mary-Beth Moylan, Teri McMurtry-Chubb, and Jennifer Romig.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
You have to love a motion to dismiss that starts like this:
"A monkey, an animal-rights organization and a primatologist walk into federal court to sue for infringement of the monkey’s claimed copyright. What seems like the setup for a punchline is really happening. It should not be happening. Under Cetacean Community v. Bush, 386 F.3d 1169 (9th Cir. 2004), dismissal of this action is required for lack of standing and failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted. Monkey see, monkey sue is not good law – at least not in the Ninth Circuit."
For the full text, click here.
hat tip: Brian Shannon, Texas Tech
Friday, November 6, 2015
Several years ago the Legal Writing Institute started a series of one-day workshops held around the country in early December. Hundreds of individuals have attended over the years as speakers or attendees. The national event is a fundraiser for the good work of the Legal Writing Institute. It also offers law schools an opportunity to show their commitment to legal writing and allows individual professors an opportunity to present their work.
We'll highlight these workshops as information becomes available.
Florida International University College of Law will host a workshop in tropical Miami on Friday, December 4. The theme will be “Teaching: Both Tried & True and Something New.” Presentations will cover topics such as professional communication, pre-writing skills, fundamental skills, research, analogical reasoning, appellate advocacy, and learning outcomes. There will also be a session on sharing teaching ideas. To register, click here.
Hat tips to Dionne Anthon and Christi Hayes at FIU.
I read a great "laughter" item in the November 2014 Reader's Digest about the impact of a vague pronoun.
A wanna-be apprentice blacksmith approached the village smithie about working with him. The more-experienced man said, "Let's see how good you are. I'll hold this horseshoe and nail up to the horse's hoof, and you take this big hammer. When I nod my head, hit it as hard as you can."
The wanna-be apprentice did, and that's how he became the new village blacksmith.
Some folks are promoting the first Friday in November as a day to celebrate lawyers. What do you think? The ABA's law practice division passed a resolution last month, and according to The Wall Street Journal, reaction is mixed.
What do you think?
Thursday, November 5, 2015
On November 2, 2015, the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced a Policy Guidance relating to its Joint Statement of Principles on Student Loan Servicing, released in conjunction with the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Education. FR67389
Hat tip to the ABA Governmental Affairs Office.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Barbara Bavis and Robert Brammer of the Law Library of Congress write about a new Beginner's Guide for federal legislative history -- a topic that strikes fear into the hearts of first year associates and faculty research assistants. They describe how to find legislative history documents that someone else has already done! Sources of pre-compiled legislative histories range from finding aids that help you locate a compiled legislative history to monographs that contain the legislative history for one act.
Hat tip (and a big thank you) to the Law Library of Congress
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Are you interested in serving as an officer of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research? Please consider nominating yourself or a colleague for an officer position (Secretary) or an Executive Committee officer-at-large position. You may nominate yourself and you may have others join with you in nominating someone, but the person you nominate should know that they are being nominated.
We are asking for nominations for the office of Secretary and for Executive Committee officers-at-large. The Secretary produces multiple issues of our Section newsletter. The newsletters are
to be completed in the spring following the annual meeting and the fall before the next annual
meeting. The Secretary becomes Chair-Elect of the Section. The members of the Executive
Committee assists the Section officers and serves as liaisons to the Section’s committees.
The Nominations Committee will review the submissions and make recommendations to the
Executive Committee. That Committee will nominate a slate of officers for approval at the
Section’s Business Meeting on January 9, 2016 in New York City.
Please send nominations to Lou Sirico, Chair of the Nominations Committee, at Sirico@law.villanova.edu, by November 9, 2015. The nomination should provide the nominee’s name, contact information, a brief statement about why the nominee would like to serve, and a statement of the nominee's qualifications.
Under AALS rules, the Section may appoint only individuals from AALS member schools. Officers must be faculty at regular member law school of the AALS, listed here: http://www.aals.org/member-schools/. Associate members at other law schools may participate in all activities of the Section except holding office and voting.
Nominations from the floor during our business meeting on January 9th are also permitted.
For your reference, the current Chair is Jennifer Romig of Emory University. The current Chair-elect is Bob Brain of Loyola Law School Los Angeles. The current Secretary is Sabrina DeFabritiis of Suffolk University Law School. Kim Holst of ASU is the immediate past Chair. Current members of the Executive Committee are: Mary Garvey Algero, Loyola University New Orleans; Grace Hum, University of San Francisco; Lucy Jewel, University of Tennessee; and Wendy Adele Humphrey, Texas Tech University School of Law. Current Executive Committee members may be nominated for another term.
Lou Sirico, Chair
Mark E. Wojcik
Kathleen Elliott Vinson
Grace Hum, Executive Committee Liaison