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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Monday, June 6, 2016

UNLV Tenure-Track Hiring Announcement!

See below for the announcement and disclosure form posted by Terrill Pollman on the LWI and DIRCON Listservs:

UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS—WILLIAM S. BOYD SCHOOL OF LAW invites applications from entry-levels and laterals. The Boyd School of Law is a leading public law school with a reputation for a strong commitment to scholarship and teaching.  The law school’s state-of-the-art facilities are located in the center of the UNLV campus.  UNLV is the state’s largest comprehensive doctoral degree granting institution, including a new medical school.  Applicants for law school faculty positions should submit a letter of interest along with a detailed resume, at least three professional references, and cites or links to published works. We anticipate hiring as many as three new faculty colleagues, although of course the number of available positions is contingent on funding. We invite applications from scholars in all subject areas, and are especially interested in deepening our strengths in the areas of Criminal Law, Business/Commercial Law, Health Law, and Legal Writing. We are also especially interested in hearing from professors who are interested in teaching a clinic. With respect to our clinics and legal writing program, please note that UNLV has a unified tenure track; accordingly, professors who teach clinics or legal writing have all of the privileges and scholarly expectations that are associated with tenure. Applications are considered on a rolling basis, and appointments would likely begin with the 2017-2018 academic year.

Contact:  Please send application materials to the Appointments Committee Coordinator, Ms. Annette Mann, Faculty Appointments Committee, UNLV—Boyd School of Law, 4505 South Maryland Parkway – Campus Box 451003, Las Vegas, NV  89154-1003 or by email to annette.mann@unlv.edu. Members of the Appointments Committee are Thomas Main (chair), Michael Kagan, Terry Pollman, Jeff Stempel, Jean Sternlight, and Stacey Tovino.  

UNLV is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity educator and employer committed to excellence through diversity.

Disclosure form: 

1.  The position advertised:
_X_   a.   is a tenure-track appointment.
      b.   may lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years.
__   c.   may lead only to successive short-term contracts of one to four years.
__   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:  The UNLV position is the same tenure or tenure-track status as all the faculty at UNLV.  It includes all the benefits of tenure including a three course load. 

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:
       Full voting rights. 

  1.  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; a base salary does not include conference travel or other professional development funds.)
    _X_   over $120,000
    _X_   $110,000 - $119,999
    ___   $100,000 - $109,999
    __   $90,000 - $99,999
    ___$80,000 - $89,999

 ___$70,000 - $79,999
___$60,000 - $69,999$50,000 - $59,999
__   less than $50,000
__   this is a part-time appointment paying less than $30,000
__   this is an adjunct appointment paying less than $10,000

Additional information about base salary or other compensation:
        Commensurate with experience, including in teaching/legal writing instruction. We will be considering both lateral and entry level candidates. Faculty at UNLV also receive a travel/research grant and or eligible for summer research stipends. 

4.  The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing
professor will be:
_X_   a.   30 or fewer
_X_   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:
      This varies.  UNLV professors have a three course load.  Our position will most often include teaching two sections of the basic legal writing courses each year.  For the third course the prof will negotiate with the administration and can be in another area or an advanced writing course of your choosing.    Our basic legal writing courses are divided into sections of around 14-19.  Thus, you could have semesters where you teach at a 1-38 ratio---but most semesters writing courses will be at around a 1-16 ratio.  You could also teach a course like Business Associations or Employment Law and be at a 1-65 ratio.

{LDJ}

 

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summer article submission offer

FSU Law Review Exclusive Review

The Florida State University Law Review will be conducting exclusive article reviews over the next few weeks. Any article submitted to the Law Review between now and June 15th will be evaluated for publication purposes by June 22nd.  By submitting an article the author agrees to immediately accept a publication offer with the Review should one be extended.  The author is not required to withdraw any article previously or contemporaneously submitted for consideration elsewhere.  However, the author may not accept an offer of publication from another journal  for any article submitted to the Law Review’s exclusive review process unless the Review indicates that the submitted article will not receive a publication offer. Author requests to further expedite the exclusive review process will be accommodated to the extent practicable. Any articles accepted through this exclusive review process will be published in the Review's third and fourth issues, which are slated for publication in summer of 2017.   If you have an article you would like to submit, please e-mail Jazz Tomassetti a copy of the article and your CV at  jazztomassetti@gmail.com with the subject line "Exclusive Article Review." We look forward to reading your submissions.

Mary Ziegler

Stearns Weaver Miller Professor of Law

Florida State University College of Law

406-565-2394

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Summary of the 11th Global Legal Skills Conference in Verona, Italy

GLS-11 Closing PhotoThe eleventh Global Legal Skills Conference was held in Italy on May 24-26, 2016 at the University of Verona Department of Law (Universitá di Verona Dipartimento di Scienze Giuridiche). GLS-11 had more than 130 presenters and attendees from 16 countries.

Attendees included many well-known names in legal writing, including Professors Charles Calleros, Linda Edwards, Laurel Oates, Helene Shapo, Mimi Samuel, Grace Calabrese Tonner, and many others.

The GLS-11 Conference opened with welcomes from the Conference Co-Chairs, Professor Stefano Troiano (University of Verona Department of Law) and Professor Mark E. Wojcik (The John Marshall Law School, and founder of the GLS Conference Series). Welcomes were also made by the GLS-11 Conference Program Co-Chairs, Professor David Austin (California Western School of Law in San Diego) and Professor Lurene Contento (The John Marshall Law School). Professor Lidia Angeleri (University of Verona Delegate for Internationalization), Professor Maria Caterina Baruffi (University of Verona Department of Law), and Professor Stefano Fuselli (University of Verona College of Law) also extended greetings to attendees at the opening session.

The GLS-11 Conference was supported by the cooperation of many other organizations and entities. Professor Bob Brain, Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research, gave welcoming remarks on behalf of various AALS Sections with leaders attending the GLS Conference. Professor William B.T. Mock gave welcoming remarks on behalf of the American Bar Association Section of International Law. Other supporting organizations included the American Society of International Law, the International Law Students Association (which organizes the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition), Scribes—The American Society of Legal Writers, and the Teaching International Law Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association.

Professor Kim Holst, Immediate Past Chair of the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research, introduced the opening plenary speaker, Professor Charles Calleros, who had arranged for Ivan Caburlon, a flamenco guitarist from Verona, to help give instructions on classical flamenco dance rhythms. The unsuspecting audience joined in the exercise, which reminded participants how disorienting first semester legal writing courses can be to new students.

The next days of the conference offered thirty different panels and roundtables with speakers from around the world. Speakers and participants came from Austria, Canada, China, Colombia, Egypt, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Qatar, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Other speakers who had been expected from Russia and Singapore were unfortunately unable to attend the conference. The full schedule of speakers and topics can be viewed by clicking here. Persons interested in any particular topic can contact speakers directly for more information about their presentations.

Verona Arena and OrganizersThe opening conference reception was held in Piazza Bra in Verona, directly across from the Arena, the Roman amphitheater built in the first century and still in use. (Adele gave a concert in that theatre during the week of the GLS Conference.) The law school reception featured singer Daniela Austin and an exceptional jazz quartet. American singer Mark Campbell also made a surprise guest appearance to entertain the audience. Reception attendees also received a special conference gift of hand-painted candle-holders.

GLS Awards were presented during the conference to individuals and organizations that have made substantial contributions to the promotion and development of global legal skills education. Award recipients this year were Dr. Amrita Bahri (Mexico), Professors Laurel Oates and Mimi Samuel (United States), Professor Robin Palmer (New Zealand), Legal English book authors Alison Riley and Patricia Sours (Italy), the Lawbility Professional Language Program (Switzerland), and the University of Verona Department of Law (Italy). Prior winners of GLS awards presented the 2016 GLS Awards, which have become global award to recognize innovation and excellence in legal skills education. A cumulative list of the GLS Award Recipients can be found by clicking here.

The speaker in the closing session was Professor David Austin (California Western School of Law), whose popular and entertaining presentation introduced the intersections of law, literature, and art in medieval Padua and served as a prelude to the post-conference day trip to explore the city that Shakespeare described in The Taming of the Shrew as a “nursery of arts.”

Participants visited the Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua, the world’s first botanic garden, the second oldest law school in Europe, the classroom where Galileo taught for more than a decade, the historic surgical operating theatre in the medical school of Padua, the medieval law courts of Padua, and one of the most important masterpieces of Western Art -- the magnificent frescos of the Scrovegni Chapel painted by Giotto between 1303 and 1305. A farewell dinner in Rovolon in the romantic Euganean hills completed the day.

This was the second time that the GLS conference had been held in Verona, Italy. Other GLS conferences have been held in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Mexico, and Costa Rica. The next GLS conference will be held in 2017, with a location and dates still to be announced.

Members of the GLS-11 Program Committee (Comitato Scientifico) included Professors Paolo Butturini (University of Verona), Juli Campagna (Hofstra University), Kimberly Holst (Arizona State University), William B.T. Mock (The John Marshall Law School), and John Thornton (Northwestern University). The GLS-11 Communications Officer was Tommaso Lecca of the University of Cagliari in Sardinia. Student volunteers from the University of Verona Department of Law assisted with registration and ensured that all of the conference participants could fully enjoy the conference.

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Lawbility of Switzerland is a Winner of a 2016 Global Legal Skills Award

Lawbility GLS 2016The Swiss firm Lawbility, based in Zurich, was named among the winners of a 2016 Global Legal Skills Award, presented on May 26, 2016 at the University of Verona Department of Law as part of the 11th Global Legal Skills Conference.

Lawbility is a firm that offers specialized courses in Legal English, courses on practical legal skills, and preparation for bar examinations. In 2013 it also published The Legal English Manual which, as many of the award nominators noted, is "an indispensible tool for teaching legal English in Switzerland."

The Legal English Manual published by Lawbility was co-authored by four lawyers and Legal English teachers: Alison Wiebalck, Clemens von Zedwitz, Richard Norman, and Kathrin Weston Walsh. The book covers 14 specific areas of law and has been well received by reviewers, course participants, and students who speak English as a second language.

The GLS Award was signed by the Co-Chairs of the GLS Conference, Professor Stefano Troiano of the University of Verona Department of Law (pictured at left), and Professor Mark E. Wojcik of The John Marshall Law School, who was the founder of the GLS Conference Series. The award was accepted by Lawbility's founder, Jean-Luc Delli of Switzerland. The award was presented to him by a previous GLS Award Recipient, Dr. Mary Campbell Gallagher of New York, who is the President and Founder of BarWrite and BarWrite Press.

Other winners of GLS awards presented at the University of Verona Department of Law in May 2016 were:

The full list of GLS Award Recipients is available by clicking here. The next GLS Awards will be presented in 2017.

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Laurel Oates and Mimi Samuel are Winners of 2016 Global Legal Skills Awards

Legal writing legends Laurel Oates and Mimi Samuel of Seattle University School of Law are winners of 2016 Global Legal Skills Awards that were presented on May 26, 2016 at the 11th Global Legal Skills Conference in Verona, Italy. They have promoted global legal skills around the world by conducting training programs in Afghanistan, India, Uganda, South Africa, and elsewhere.

Professor Laurel Oates was the Director of Seattle University’s Legal Writing Program until 2012. She was a co-founder of the Legal Writing Institute, helped establish the LWI newsletter known as The Second Draft, and helped organize and host seven national LWI conferences, including the 1984, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004 conferences. She is the co-author of five books, including The Legal Writing Handbook, which is now in its sixth edition, and Just Research, Just Memos, Just Briefs, Just Writing, and a Practice Book.

During the last seven years, Professor Oates has taught workshops on legal writing in Afghanistan, Botswana, China, India, South Africa, and Uganda and has hosted programs for both students and lawyers in South Africa. In June 2007, Professor Oates received the Burton Award for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.; in October 2009 she received the Marjorie Rombauer Award for Contributions to the Teaching of Legal Writing. In October 2012 she received the Tom Holdych Award for Meritorious and Transformational Service. And now in 2016, she is also a recipient of a Global Legal Skills Award.

Mimi Samuel GLS 2016Mimi Samuel is an Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills and Associate Director of the Legal Writing Program at Seattle University School of Law. She embraces opportunities to work with law students, lawyers, and judges around the world. In 2003, she taught the foundations of the American legal system to Russian law students at Far Eastern National University in Vladivostok. In 2007, Professor Samuel and Laurel Oates conducted a series of workshops in India, Uganda, and South Africa. She also co-organized the Conference on the Pedagogy of Legal Writing for Academics in Nairobi, Kenya, which brought academics from the U.S. together with academics from East Africa. At the end of the conference, the participants decided to form a new organization ("APPEAL") dedicated to promoting the teaching of legal writing and the exchange of information among academics in the U.S. and Africa. Professor Samuel was the first U.S. co-president of that organization. Professor Samuel has also taught in Seattle University’s Global Justice Advocacy Program in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The GLS Awards were signed by the GLS-11 Conference Co-Chairs, Professor Stefano Troiano of the University of Verona Department of Law (where the conference was held) and Professor Mark E. Wojcik of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago (the founder of the GLS Conference Series). The awards were presented to Professors Oates and Samuel by two prior GLS award winners, Professor Hether Macfarlane of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in California (in the photo, she is the one holding the award for Mimi Samuel) and Professor John Thornton of the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in Chicago.

Other winners of GLS awards presented at the University of Verona Department of Law in May 2016 were:

Click here for more information about the GLS Awards and to see the full list of award recipients.

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Professor Robin Palmer of New Zealand is a Winner of a 2016 Global Legal Skills Award

Palmer New ZealandProfessor Robin Palmer, a Clinical Professor in New Zealand, was named among the winners of a 2016 Global Legal Skills Award for his work in Africa and New Zealand. You can read more about him and the award by clicking here.

The GLS Awards were presented during the 11th Global Legal Skills Conference held at the University of Verona Department of Law in Verona, Italy.

Other winners of GLS awards presented in May 2016 were:

Click here for more information about the GLS Awards and to see the full list of award recipients.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Building the Legal Writing Discipline: Reasons to Attend the Rhetoric Society of America Conference

Please welcome a guest post from Kirsten K. Davis below:

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The 17th Biennial Rhetoric Society of America Conference is wrapping up in Atlanta: 1600 participants, 500 sessions, a countless number of intriguing ideas about words, symbols, and meaning. And I'm awash in thoughts about the future of legal writing teaching and scholarship.

In the community of law school faculty with research interests in legal writing, we are in the middle period, I believe, of developing the field of legal writing as an academic discipline. We are creating a canon of legal writing, theorizing our practices and pedagogy, testing our assumptions, engaging in scholarly debates, and turning a critical eye upon the acts and artifacts of legal writing. It's an exciting time. Being at the RSA Conference reminded me that faculty whose academic homes are in composition, technical writing, English, and human communication can offer much in the continued discipline-building process. Their work, sophisticated and rich, can prompt us to expand and explode our boundaries, learn new methods, and ask both the big and small questions of legal writing.  

In her conference talk entitled The Fifth Persona, Katie Langford of Texas Tech explored how Justice Kennedy in his Obergefell opinion used his insider status to assume the role of an outsider and give voice to same-sex couples when the political attempts to gain voice had failed. This made me think about patterns of legal writing:   How do we identify when other judges and lawyers are writing from this insider/outsider position? Does this style of legal writing suggest a sub-genre? What other sub-genres might we identify?

In a session entitled run_progynasmata: The Training of a Rhetorical Device, William Hart-Davidson of Michigan State, James Brown of Rutgers-Camden, Kevin Brock of the University of South Carolina, and Ryan Omizo, of the University of Rhode Island blew my mind with their work at the intersection of rhetoric, writing, and machine learning. Their computer application, Hedge-O-Matic, uses machine learning to identify hedging language in documents. As an aid the rhetoric researcher, the machine analyzes written texts on a scale and at a speed that humans cannot accomplish. And it does this by being shown examples of hedges and then applying its own reasoning to find instances of hedges in new documents.

I think this project is of double importance to the legal writing community. First, it provokes new questions about the future of legal writing and what it might hold. We've been interested in reading on the screen, mobile technologies, and visual images as part of legal writing's future. But what about machine learning in legal writing? If machines can take over part of the legal writing process, should they? Which aspects of writing are suitable for machines? And, should we be teaching legal writers how to train their machine writing partners? What will we lose or gain if machines reason through parts of the legal writing process for lawyers?

Second, legal writing researchers can ask how machine learning can help us study legal writing and legal texts. What components of legal writing could we train machines to recognize? What would we learn from that process? For example, if we used Hedge-O-Matic to identify instances of hedging in judicial opinions, briefs, or, perhaps, even contracts, what would we learn and what could we theorize?

On a panel that addressed Rhetorical Education as Legal Education, Elizabeth Britt of Northeastern University presented her research on rhetorical listening in clinical legal education. Britt's ethnographic study observed law students interviewing—but not giving legal advice to—victims of domestic violence. The results showed how rhetorical listening, the act of listening to learn the other's point of view, is an essential precursor to the "legal" listening that lawyers do. Dr. Britt's study made me wonder whether rhetorical listening should be part of legal writing education. How would we teach it? How does rhetorical listening relate to legal writing? In what other contexts would we observe rhetorical listening in the law and study it?

Finally, Brian Larsen of Georgia Tech in his talk, Le Meme Chose: Lawyers Use of Exemplary Reasoning in Legal Writing, used argumentation theory and technical writing research methods to examine case-based legal argument in court briefs and opinions. Dr. Larson applied exemplary-argument schema by coding briefs and opinions for different kinds of case references. His pilot study showed that none of the texts used a case reference to expressly claim the relevance of precedent cases to the client facts. Hmmm. So, what's going on here? If this step of argument is missing from briefs and opinions, is legal writing as a course failing to teach it? How might we know? If Dr. Larson's full study yields the results of the pilot, should we rethink best practices in legal writing? How else might we test the structure of lawyers' arguments, and what would we learn?

(Side note: You can hear Dr. Larson talk about this project at the LWI Conference in Portland in July!)

I am thoroughly energized from my time at the RSA Conference. My mind was opened to new ideas and new directions for legal writing research. And I found a welcoming community of colleagues and collaborators. The next RSA Conference is in 2017: Hope to see you there!

{ldj - via guest poster Kirsten Davis}

 

 

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Lou Sirico Receives the 2016 Burton Award for Legal Writing Education

Professor Lou Sirico of Villanova Univeristy received the 2016 Burton Award for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing and Education. The Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing and Education Committee presents this award (one of the Burton Awards) to the finest law school teacher who has promoted and advanced legal writing.

Courtesy of Professor Karin Mika, we are pleased to share the video of the award presentation by Burton Award Committee Chair Professor Noah Messing to Professor Sirico. The video also includes his brief remarks upon accepting the award. Congratulation, Lou, on this recognition of your contributions to legal writing education.

 

More information about the Burton Awards is available by clicking here.

Hat tip to Karin Mika.

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

More than 100 Participants from 16 Countries Gather in Verona for the 11th Global Legal Skills Conference

VeronaMore than 100 participants from at least 16 countries are gathering this week at the University of Verona Department of Law for the 11th Global Legal Skills Conference, organized by The John Marshall Law School of Chicago. The conference takes place from May 24-26, 2016 in Verona and on May 27, 2016 in Padua. Here are names of some of the speakers:

  • Prof. Lidia Angeleri, Delegate for Internationalization, University of Verona (Italy)
  • Prof. David W. Austin, California Western School of Law, San Diego (California, USA/Italy)
  • Dr. Amrita Bahri, Law Department, Instituto Tecnológico Autónimo de México (Mexico)
  • Prof. Caterina Baruffi, University of Verona Department of Law (Italy)
  • Tiffany Bennett, Pennsylvania State University Department of Applied Linguistics (Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Prof. Lisa M. Black, California Western School of Law, San Diego (California, USA)
  • Prof. Robert D. Brain, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (California, USA) and Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research
  • Prof. Heidi K. Brown, Brooklyn Law School (New York, USA)
  • Prof. Mireille O. Butler, Pepperdine University School of Law (California, USA)
  • Prof. Paolo Butturini, University of Verona Department of Law and the University of Verona School of Foreign Languages and Literature (Italy)
  • Tatiana Caldas-Löttiger, Eversheds Advokatbyrån, Stockholm (Sweden).
  • Prof. Charles R. Calleros, Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law (Arizona, USA)
  • Prof. Catherine June Cameron, Stetson University College of Law (Florida, USA)
  • Prof. Juli Campagna, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University (New York, USA) 
  • Dott. Enrico Canzonieri, Università degli studi di Catania e Floresta Longo Foundation, Catania (Sicily, Italy)
  • Prof. Ashley Krenelka Chase, Stetson University College of Law (Florida, USA)
  • Prof. Susan Chesler, Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law (Arizona, USA)
  • Prof. Leonardo ("Aldo") Ciano, Kansai Gaidai University (Japan)
  • Prof. Lurene Contento, The John Marshall Law School-Chicago (Illinois, USA)
  • Prof. Alessandra Cordiano, University of Verona Department of Law (Italy)
  • Prof. Rachel Croskery-Roberts, University of California at Irvine School of Law (California, USA)
  • Avv. Alessandro Di Carlo, Associate Attorney at Macchi di Cellere Gangemi - Studio Legale (Italy)
  • Dean Victoria L. Eastus, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, New York Law School (New York, USA)
  • Prof. Linda H. Edwards, University of Nevada at Las Vegas Boyd School of Law (Nevada, USA)
  • Mohamed Kamal Eldin, Association of Developmental Awareness, Alexandria (Egypt)
  • Angelica P. Elmido, San Beda College of Law, Manila (Republic of the Philippines)
  • Prof. Anne Enquist, Seattle University School of Law (Washington, USA)
  • Prof. Kathryn Falk Fehrman, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles (California, USA)
  • Prof. Stefano Fuselli, University of Verona College of Law (Italy)
  • Dr. Mary Campbell Gallagher, BarWrite (New York, USA)
  • Prof. Chris Gallavin, Massey University College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Palmerston North (New Zealand)
  • Prof. Aaron Ghirardelli, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (California, USA)
  • Prof. Heidi Gilchrist, Columbia Law School and Brooklyn Law School (New York, USA)
  • Janusz Glowka, Vienna (Austria)
  • Prof. Ann Goldstein, New York Law School (New York, USA)
  • Prof. Aaron Richard Harmon, Qatar University College of Law (Doha, Qatar)
  • Prof. Kimberly Holst, Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law (Arizona, USA)
  • Stephen Kress, Latham & Watkins, Frankfurt (Germany)
  • Lindsey M. Kurtz, Pennsylvania State University Department of Applied Linguistics (Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Prof. Diane Labrèche, Faculté de Droit, Université de Montréal (Canada)
  • Prof. C.J. Larkin, Visiting Associate Professor of the Practice of Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law (Colorado, USA)
  • Dott. Tommaso Lecca, Università degli studi di Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy)
  • Prof. Katerina Lewinbuk, South Texas College of Law (Texas, USA)
  • Prof. Giovanna Ligugnana, University of Verona Department of Law (Italy)
  • Prof. Antonino Longo, Università degli studi di Catania e Floresta Longo Foundation, Catania (Sicily, Italy).  
  • Prof. Paola Lucarelli, University of Florence Department of Law (Italy)
  • Prof. Hether Macfarlane, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento (California, USA)
  • Prof. Stefano Maffei, University of Parma Department of Law (Italy)
  • Dr. Meri West Maffet, Global Education Consultant (California, USA)
  • Prof. Kathryn L. Mercer, Case Western Reserve University School of Law (Ohio, USA)
  • Mr. Alan J. Miller (Florida, USA)
  • Prof. William B.T. Mock, The John Marshall Law School-Chicago (Illinois, USA)
  • Prof. James E. Moliterno, Washington and Lee University School of Law (Virginia, USA)
  • Prof. Amy Montemarano, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Philadelphia (Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Prof. Mary-Beth Moylan, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento (California, USA)
  • Prof. Ann L. Nowak, Touro Law Center (New York, USA)
  • Prof. Laurel Currie Oates, Seattle University School of Law (Washington, USA)
  • Prof. Claudia Onniboni, University of Verona Department of Law (Italy)
  • Ms Rachel Paling, Efficient Language Coaching (Germany/Italy/United Kingdom)
  • Prof. Robin Wickham Palmer, University of Canterbury (New Zealand)
  • Prof. Christian Pangilinan, Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School (Guandong, China)
  • Prof. Reema Parambath, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Philadelphia (Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Prof. Cecilia Pedrazza Goriero, University of Verona Department of Law (Italy)
  • Dr. Luis-Maria Pedriza, Osaka University Faculty of Law (Japan)
  • Prof. Marco Peruzzi, University of Verona Department of Law (Italy)
  • Dr. Teresa Phelps, American University Washington College of Law (District of Columbia, USA)
  • Mtro. Gerardo Puertas-Gómez, Presidente del Consejo, Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey (Mexico)
  • Prof. Alison Riley, University of Ferrara Department of Law (Italy)
  • Prof. Richard Risman, Syracuse University College of Law (New York, USA)
  • Prof. Barrie J. Roberts, University of California at Berkeley (California, USA)
  • Prof. Shannon P. Ryan, Syracuse University College of Law (New York, USA)
  • Prof. Susan Salmon, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law (Arizona, USA)
  • Prof. Mimi Samuel, Seattle University School of Law (Washington, USA)
  • Prof. Anila Scott-Monkhouse, Language Centre, University of Parma (Italy)
  • Prof. Terry Jean Seligmann, Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Drexel University (Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Prof. Helene S. Shapo, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law (Illinois, USA)
  • Prof. Craig T. Smith, University of North Carolina School of Law (North Carolina, USA)
  • Prof. Patricia Sours, University of Ferrara Department of Law and and the University of Padua Department of Humanities (Italy)
  • Prof. Lynn B. Su, New York Law School (New York, USA)
  • Prof. Carrie Teitcher, Brooklyn Law School (New York, USA)
  • Prof. Alberto Maria Tedoldi, University of Verona Department of Law (Italy)
  • Meghan Thomas, Osgoode Professional Development, Toronto (Ontario, Canada)
  • Prof. John B. Thornton, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law (Illinois, USA)
  • Prof. Grace Calabrese Tonner, University of California at Irvine School of Law(California, USA)
  • Prof. Marco Torsello, University of Verona Department of Law (Verona, Italy)
  • Prof. Stefano Troiano, University of Verona Department of Law (Verona, Italy)
  • Andrea Valsecchi, Lawyer at the Bar in Bergamo and Mediator for the Organismo Mediazione Forense Ordine Avvocati Bergamo (Italy)
  • Prof. Anthony S. Winer, Mitchell Hamline College of Law, St. Paul (Minnesota, USA)
  • Prof. Mark E. Wojcik, The John Marshall Law School-Chicago (Illinois, USA)
  • Prof. Paula Marie Young, Qatar University College of Law (Doha, Qatar)
  • Prof. Emily Zimmerman, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law (Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Rebecca Zoshak, Pennsylvania State University Department of Applied Linguistics (Pennsylvania, USA)

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

A Tribute to Richard Wydick

A Guest Post from David Marcello
For a dozen years, Dick Wydick generously shared his drafting expertise and his teaching talent at our International Legislative Drafting Institute. When illness curtailed his travels and he could no longer accommodate the flight to New Orleans, his wisdom nonetheless continued as a presence in the Institute classroom, where each participant receives a copy of “the little book” and several days of instruction on how to apply its techniques in legislative drafting.
 
Wydick’s wisdom accompanies us to distant training events as well. I was in Vietnam last week and on more than one occasion held up his book and quoted him to a room full of legislative drafters: ”We lawyers do not write plain English.” On Monday, I left behind two very happy legislative drafters with their own shrink-wrapped copies of “Plain English for Lawyers.”
 
I thought of Dick and Judy as our flight map showed Sacramento below. Then at a layover in Dallas-Fort Worth, I opened email and learned he was no longer with us.
 
We’ve lost a great teacher, an insightful writer, a thoughtful and considerate person. His work endures, embodied in the “Plain English” book and in the vivid memories of his former students and colleagues. His legacy is large, and his contributions are ongoing. Dick Wydick’s lessons continue to inform my teaching, and he will continue to accompany me into every classroom, as a model and a mentor.
 
My deepest condolences to Judy Wydick and the family at this time of loss,
 
David Marcello
Executive Director
The Public Law Center
6329 Freret Street, Suite 130
New Orleans, Louisiana  70118

 

May 19, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

New Members of the Legal Writing Journal's Editorial Board!

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The Legal Writing Journal announced that it will name five new members to its Editorial Board at the LWI Conference in Portland this July:

Elizabeth Inglehart, Northwestern

Lori Johnson, UNLV 

Lisa Mazzie, Marquette

Sarah Morath, University of Akron

Kathy Vinson, Suffolk

Congrats to the new Editors!  You can visit the Journal here

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May 19, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Richard Wydick

Richard WydickWe bring the sad news of the death of Professor Richard C. Wydick of the University of California at Davis School of Law. His book, Plain English for Lawyers, published by Carolina Academic Press, sold more than a million copies and was a standard text for many American lawyers and law students.

Professor Wydick joined the UC Davis Law School faculty in 1971, and was a fixture at King Hall until his retirement in 2003, teaching Evidence, Antitrust Law, Professional Responsibility, Advanced Legal Writing, and “what’s now called Intellectual Property, though it used to be called Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, and Unfair Competition,” he said.

In recognition of his contributions to legal writing, Professor Wydick received the Golden Pen Award from the Legal Writing Institute and a lifetime achievement award from Scribes--The American Society of Legal Writers.

He was a Board Member of Scribes and a member of the American Law Institute.

Professor Wydick died on May 11, 2016. We extend our sympathy to his family, friends, former students, and colleagues.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

News from Villanova

Villanova University School of Law has promoted Mary Ann Robinson to Professor of Law and Jessica Webb to Associate Professor of Law. Congratulations!

Hat tip to Diane Edelman.

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Global Legal Skills Conference in Verona, Italy

Verona Bridge David Austin PhotoThe next Global Legal Skills Conference is being held in Verona, Italy from May 24-26, 2016 at the University of Verona Department of Law, in cooperation with The John Marshall Law School of Chicago. Registration is still open. More information about the conference, including the conference schedule and speakers, is available by clicking here.

The conference is supported by a number of organizations, including the American Society of International Law, the American Bar Association Section of International Law, the International Law Students' Association, and Scribes--The American Society of Legal Writers. Speakers also include the chairs and past chairs of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research and the AALS Section on Graduate Programs for Non-U.S. Lawyers.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Important News for Legal Researchers: Goodbye, Thomas.gov. Hello, Congress.gov!

Thomas.gov, the search engine for federal legislative research, retires as of July 5, 2016. Its replacement is Congress.gov, a website already up and running. Make the switch now. Read more about it by clicking here.

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Friday, May 6, 2016

When Judges Change Their Minds

Justice Robert H JacksonRobert H. Jackson (1892-1954) was Solicitor General of the United States (1938-1940), the Attorney General of the United States (1940–1941) and an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1941–1954). He is the only person in U.S.history to have held all three of those offices. He was also the chief United States prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials.

Justice Jackson is widely considered as one of the greatest legal writers of all time. In a concurring opinion in McGrath v. Kristensen, 340 U.S. 162, 176-78 (1950), Justice Jackson wrote to explain why he joined the opinion of the Supreme Court when it was contrary to an Attorney General opinion written under his name just 10 years earlier. He wrote: "I am entitled to say of that opinion what any discriminating reader must think of it -- that it was as foggy as the statute the Attorney General was asked to interpret."

He then stated that there was no lack of precedent "for ways by which a judge may recede from a prior opinion that has proven untenable and perhaps misled others." He noted that Baron Bramwell had "extricated himself from a somewhat similar embarrassment by saying, 'The matter does not appear to me now as it appears to have appeared to me then.'" 340 U.S. at 233 (Jackson, J., concurring)(citing Andrew v. Styrap, 26 L.T.R. (N.S.) 704, 706).

And after citing other examples from Justice Story and Dr. Johnson, Justice Jackson quoted Lord Westbury, who, it was said, "rebuffed a barrister's reliance on an earlier opinion of his Lordship" by stating "I can only say that I am amazed that a man of my intelligence should have been guilty of giving such an opinion." Justice Jackson said that if there were "other ways of gracefully and good naturedly surrendering former views to a better considered position," he invoked them all.

Hat tip to Robert Epstein.

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May 6, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

An Empirical Look at the Prescriptivist vs. Descriptivist Dilemma in Drafting

In an interesting post for those of us who teach contract drafting, Golden Pen Awardee and legal writing expert Ross Guberman explores the prescriptivist versus descriptivist dilemma facing the contract drafting community.  In an attempt to "bridge the gap" between how transactional lawyers do write, and how some drafting pundits think they should write, Guberman ponders the adoption of a "rebuttal presumption."  Guberman posits if "more than 75 percent of seasoned corporate lawyers adopt a certain practice in contract drafting," it can be presumed such practices arise from more than mere inertia and fearful adherence to jargon.  An interesting hypothesis -- see this legal writing prof's response in the comments!   

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

University of Akron School of Law Seeks a Visiting Legal Writing Professor

 

THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON SCHOOL OF LAW invites applications for one or more Visiting Assistant Professor of Legal Writing positions in its J.D. program, beginning in the fall of 2016. The visiting professor will teach two sections (totaling approximately 36-45 students) of Legal Analysis, Research & Writing I & II. (This is a 3-credit course in the fall semester, and a 2-credit course in the spring semester.) A candidate hired as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Legal Writing will be given a one-year contract. We plan on conducting searches for one or two long-term Legal Writing faculty positions later this year with a start date of fall 2017.

Candidates should have strong academic records (including a J.D. or its equivalent) and experience in law practice. They should be able to show a strong interest and competency in teaching legal research and writing. Teaching experience is preferred.

The University of Akron School of Law is a public, mid-size law school of approximately 450 students located in the Akron/Cleveland metropolitan area. Akron Law prides itself on outcomes including our high bar passage rate (first in Ohio for the Feb. 2015 exam), award-winning clinical programs, national championship trial team program and various areas of excellence.

Akron Law is committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff by including individuals from varied backgrounds and characteristics, including age, gender, religion, ethnicity, disability, national origin, sexual orientation and socioeconomic background. We are also committed to offering competitive salary and benefits packages to qualified candidates.

Applicants must complete an on-line application and submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a writing sample, the names of three references, and teaching evaluations (if available) through the University website (see below) Job # 9540. For additional information, please feel free to direct any inquiries to Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Bill Jordan, at jordan@uakron.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately. http://www.uakron.edu/hr/jobs.dot Go to "My Activities" link and upload the required documents under the “my Cover Letters and Attachments” section. Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience with reference to the minimum and preferred qualifications. This is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based. For assistance with your application or attachments please call 330-972-8431.

The University of Akron is an equal education and employment institution. It is the policy of this institution that there shall be no unlawful discrimination against any individual in employment or in its programs or activities at The University of Akron because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information or status as a veteran. The University is also committed to the principles of affirmative action and acts in accordance with state and federal laws.

April 27, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Save the Date: The Fifth “Colonial Frontier” Legal Writing Conference -- Drafting Statutes and Rules: Pedagogy, Practice, and Politics

The Fifth “Colonial Frontier” Legal Writing Conference
Saturday, December 3, 2016 
 
Hosted by: Duquesne University School of Law
                                                               
THEME: Drafting Statutes and Rules: Pedagogy, Practice, and Politics
 
The least common, but perhaps one of the most important, advanced writing subjects addressed in law schools is the drafting of statutes, ordinances, regulations, and rules (for public laws or governance of non-governmental entities).  The current state of law school instruction focuses almost exclusively on the repercussions of poorly written statutes or rules, on the courts’ efforts at application and interpretation of statutory language, and on scholarly criticism of statutes.  Furthermore, required first-year legal writing courses traditionally address predictive and persuasive writing, and upper-level elective legal writing courses typically focus on litigation or transactional drafting.  Thus, in addition to the instruction already provided, law schools should also teach students how to better draft statutes and similar documents to avoid confusion, ambiguities, disagreements, and litigation.  This conference will offer attendees an opportunity to hear from academicians who teach the art of statutory drafting, practitioners who craft statutes and similar rules, and other scholars who study all forms of legislation.
 
In the morning plenary session Professor Richard Neumann of Hofstra Univ. and Professor J. Lyn Entrikin of the Univ. of Arkansas Little-Rock will speak about the importance of teaching statutory and rule drafting in law school.  In the afternoon plenary session former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett (R) and Pennsylvania Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D) will answer questions about the state legislative process and politics.
 
The organizers invite presentation proposals from educators and practitioners.   The Duquesne Law Review, which has published papers from three previous Colonial Frontier conferences, plans to devote space in its Summer 2017 symposium issue to papers from the conference.  

Possible topics about pedagogy include:
• Structuring statutory drafting courses
• Simulation courses designed using mock legislatures or committees
• Course linkages with real-world legislators and special interest organizations
• Service learning or clinical opportunities for law students 
• Courses focused on law reform efforts
• How to employ Plain-English principles in statutory and rule drafting
• Theoretical perspectives on statutory drafting
• Involving political realities in law school drafting courses
• Teaching practical aspects of drafting that addresses theories and principles of statutory interpretation and construction
 
Possible topics about practice include:
• Unique challenges of drafting laws and/or regulations in specific areas such as criminal law, environmental law, health law, etc.  
• Lawyering for nonprofits, federal and state agencies, local governments, and other clients in frequent need of rule-drafting
• Practicing in employment law, health law, environmental law, and other heavily regulated fields where private clients require rule and policy drafting
• Non-legal drafting opportunities, such as sports league rules, industry trade group policies, and university rules
 
Possible topics about politics include:
• Political influences affecting legislative drafting
• Direct democracy and the unique challenges of drafting initiatives and referenda
• The implications of special interests driving drafting decisions 
• Politics and its influence on legislative history
• Lobbyists as legislative drafters
 
We welcome proposals for 30-minute and 50-minute presentations on these topics, by individuals or panels.   Proposals for presentations should be sent as an e-mail file attachment in MS Word to Professor Jan Levine at levinej@duq.edu by June 1, 2016.  He will confirm receipt of all submissions.  Proposals for presentations should be 1000 to 2000 words long, and should denote the topic to be addressed, the amount of time sought for the presentation, any special technological needs for the session, the presenter’s background and institutional affiliation, and contact information.  Proposals should note whether the presenter intends to submit an article to the Duquesne Law Review, based on the presentation.  Proposals by co-presenters are welcome.  Proposals will be reviewed by Professors Julia Glencer, Jan Levine, Ann Schiavone, and Tara Willke of the Duquesne University School of Law, and by the editorial staff of the Duquesne Law Review.  
 
Decisions on proposals will be announced by June 15, 2016.  Full drafts of related articles will be due by September 9, 2016; within a month of that date the Duquesne Law Review will determine which of those articles it wishes to publish.  Final versions of articles will be due by January 13, 2017.  

Attendance at the one-day conference, on Saturday, December 3, 2016, will be free for presenters and $50 for non-presenters with an academic affiliation; other attendees will be charged $250. Continuing legal education credit of approximately four hours will be offered, depending upon the sessions included in the final agenda. Duquesne will provide free on-site parking to conference attendees.  The conference will begin 9:00 a.m. with a welcoming breakfast and reception at the Duquesne University School of Law, followed by two hours of presentations.  We will provide a catered, on-campus lunch, followed by 90 additional minutes of presentations, ending at approximately 3:00 p.m.  We will then host a closing reception in the “Bridget and Alfred Pelaez Legal Writing Center,” the home of Duquesne’s LRW program.   
 
Pittsburgh is an easy drive or short flight from many cities.  To accommodate persons wishing to stay over in Pittsburgh on Friday or Saturday evenings, Duquesne will arrange for a block of discounted rooms at a downtown hotel adjacent to campus, within walking distance of the law school and downtown Pittsburgh.  They will also provide attendees with information about the Pittsburgh area’s attractions, including our architectural treasures, museums, shopping, and sporting events.
 
Hat tip to Jan Levine.

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