Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Teaching Legal Writing: Thinking Outside the Box

Stetson’s Institute for the Advancement of Legal Communication is now in the second year of its project, Teaching Legal Writing: Out of the Box Ideas Inside. The goal of the project is to curate a set of legal writing teaching ideas in a box on your desk and provide related, password-protected materials to you online. This is the project that Kirsten Davis unveiled at the 2016 LWI Conference.  To learn more about the project, please click here.

If you already have The Box, Kirsten will send you a new set of teaching idea cards this fall (if she has your contact information, of course). If you need to update your address or if  you don't have "The Box," send an email to SendMeTheBox@stetson.edu.

Hat tip (and round of applause) to Kirsten Davis.

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August 1, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, July 31, 2017

Bhutan Opens its First Law School

David and Mark in Gho (Bhutan)At a formal ceremony attended by many dignataries, the Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law (JSW Law) in Bhutan presented its first batch of 25 students at its temporary academic campus at Taba, Thimphu on Saturday, July 29, 2017.

The ceremony marked the start of the five-year undergraduate programme in law and the completion of the bridging course that began on July 3, 2017. The Class of 2022 consists of 25 students, who were selected from 499 applicants. The students were chosen according to a process that included of their Grade XII BCSEA national examinations, their score on a custom-designed law school admission test (LSAT), and their score in a personal interview with members of the JSW Law faculty.

There are 13 women and 12 men in the class and they hail from 15 of Bhutan's twenty Dzongkhags. They also represent 19 of Bhutan's 58 Higher Secondary Schools and Central Schools.

The formal opening ceremony was graced by the Law School’s Honorable President, HRH Princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck. Guests included the Venerable Vairochana Rimpoche and Yonten Lopon, members of the Law School’s Governing Council, officials from the Royal Government of Bhutan, and foreign dignitaries and donors.

The students were presented to the Honorable President, followed by Zhudrey Puensum Tshogpa. The event concluded with Tashi Lebey and the blessing of the campus by the Vairochana Rimpoche.

Upon the Royal Command of His Majesty The King, the nation’s first law school, JSW Law, was founded as an independent, autonomous tertiary educational institution. His Majesty granted the Royal Charter for the institution on February 21, 2015, envisioning JSW Law as a world-class law school that promotes Bhutanese culture, traditions, and customs and complements wider efforts to develop long-term legal capacity and institutions in the Kingdom of Bhutan. JSW Law is supported by the Royal Government of Bhutan, the Government of India, the international law firm White & Case LLP, the U.S.-based Karuna Foundation, and the Austrian Development Agency. The U.S.-based Fulbright Commission has also sent two Fulbright specialists to the campus.

The first-year curriculum includes a course in Legal Composition and Rhetoric, part of a three-semester legal skills program at the new school.

(Adapted from a JSW Law School Press Release).

PHOTO: Legal writing professors David Austin (California Western School of Law) and Mark E. Wojcik (The John Marshall Law School-Chicago) in traditional dress, in a photo taken after the ceremony to formally open the school. Professors Austin and Wojcik are Fulbright Specialists working at the law school until October. Photo by Judy Stark.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Congratulations, ALWD!

The Association of Legal Writing Directors ("ALWD") finished a great conference this past weekend at Minnesota Law School. Congratulations to Professors Megan McAlpin (chair), Anne Mullins (program chair), Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff (site chair), Chris Soper and Brad Clary (site hosts), and the amazing committee of Professors Chris Coughlin, Michelle Falkoff, Ellie Margolis, Bonny Tavares, Rosi Schrier, Tanya Bartholomew, Joe Mastrosimone, Shakira Pleasant, Alyssa Dragnich, Sam Moppett, Norman Plate, Mary Algero, Greg Johnson, Scott Fraley, Anne Ralph, David Kerch, and Amy Vorenburg (board liaison).

Conference photos are available by clicking here. You can also search social media posts for #ALWD2017.

Hat tip to legal writing cheerleader Suzanne Rowe.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Western Regional Legal Writing Conference at Seattle University School of Law

Registration is now open for the Western Regional Legal Writing Conference to be held at Seattle University School of Law on August 25 and 26, 2017.  Although there is no registration fee, the organizers need a headcount, so please register here.

The theme for the conference is “connections” including the following:

  • connecting your legal writing classes with students' other foundational courses;
  • connecting and collaborating with other faculty to improve your students' ability to transfer what they have learned to clinics, externships, and jobs;
  • connecting legal writing classwork with clinics or external nonprofits;
  • connecting with alumni and practitioners;
  • connecting with other legal scholars; and
  • connecting with others to help improve legal writing faculty status.

Those themes will be explored in 24 sessions involving presenters associated with 17 law schools across the country. In addition, making the connection to practice and to current events, attendees will hear from Washington State Deputy Solicitor General Anne Egeler, who will give us an insider's view into the Washington v. Trump et al. litigation. Attendees will also hear from local practitioners at the Microsoft Corporation with their views on the skills that law graduates need for successful entry into practice.

You can find a detailed program for the conference here. Information about hotel accommodations and  on-campus dorm rooms is available on the conference website.

Hat tip to Mimi Samuel.

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July 17, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Scribes--The American Society of Legal Writers--Is Moving Its National Headquarters to The John Marshall Law School in Chicago

Scribes LogoScribes -- The American Society of Legal Writers -- will be moving its national headquarters from Texas to The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Since 2015, its executive office has been located in Texas at the Texas Tech University School of Law. Before that, it was located in Michigan at the Western Michigan University Thomas Cooley Law School.

The national legal writing organization has strong connections in Chicago to support a successful move to that city. Darby Dickerson, the new Dean of The John Marshall Law School, was the longest-serving President of Scribes. She is now the organization's immediate past president. The current Scribes President is the Honorable Michael Hyman, a Justice on the Illinois Appellate Court and a past president of the Chicago Bar Association. He is also a past president of the Illinois Judges Association and the Decalogue Society. The President-Elect is Professor Mark E. Wojcik of The John Marshall Law School. The editor of The Scrivener, the newsletter for Scribes, is Professor Maureen Collins of The John Marshall Law School. The new Executive Director of Scribes will be Philip Johnson, Student Services Librarian at the Louis L. Biro Law Library of The John Marshall Law School.

Scribes is dedicated to encouraging legal writers and improving legal writing throughout the entire legal community. Founded in the 1950s, Scribes is the oldest organization of its kind. It has almost 2,700 members, including state and federal judges, practicing lawyers, law-school deans and professors, and legal editors. As written in its Constitution, Scribes's goals are:[

  1. to foster a feeling of fraternity among those who write about the law, and especially among its members;
  2. to create an interest in writing about the history, philosophy, and language of the law and about those who make, interpret, and enforce it;
  3. to help and encourage people who write about the law; and
  4. above all, to promote a clear, succinct, and forceful style in legal writing.

Scribes confers a variety of awards to recognize excellence in legal writing, including awards for books, law review articles, and moot court briefs. It also confers a lifetime achievement award whose recipients include: Federal Circuit Court Judges Richard Arnold, Guido Calabresi, Frank Easterbrook, and Richard Posner; U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, and John Paul Stevens; and the Right Honorable Harry Woolf, former Master of the Rolls and Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.

Scribes has both individual and institutional members (including law schools and courts). There are also (so far) two Student Chapters of Scribes -- one at Texas Tech University School of Law and the other at The John Marshall Law School. In 2007, Scribes created the National Order of Scribes to honor graduating law students who excel in legal writing. Each year, every law school that is an institutional member of Scribes may nominate law students to be inducted into the National Order of Scribes. 

The John Marshall Law School, the new institutional home of Scribes, has long been regarded as having one of the strongest legal writing programs in the United States. The Lawyering Skills Program is chaired by Professor Kim Chanbonpin, the current President of the Legal Writing Institute. Professor Wojcik, the President-Elect of Scribes, is also a member of the Board of the Legal Writing Institute and a past Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research. Professor Maureen Straub Kordesh, another member of the JMLS Lawyering Skills Faculty is also a former board member of the Legal Writing Institute and a former president of the Association of Legal Writing Directors.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Save the Date: The New England Consortium of Legal Writing Teachers

The New England Consortium of Legal Writing Teachers will hold its annual conference on Friday, October 27, 2017 at the University of Connecticut School of Law, in Hartford.  

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Guest Blog Posts Invited from the Applied Legal Storytelling Conference

If you're attending the Legal Writing Institute's Applied Legal Storytelling Conference this week at American University Washington College of Law, we invite your summaries of interesting panels and presentations to share with readers of this blog. We know that you know how to tell stories, so tell us yours!

Congratulations to the conference presenters and organizers.

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July 10, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

No-Host Happy Hour at the Applied Legal Storytelling Conference

The Legal Writing Institute New Member Committee and the Association of American Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Rearch Outreach Committee have planned a no-host Happy Hour this week in Washington D.C. at Nando’s Peri Peri Tenleytown on Wednesday, July 12 at 5:15 p.m.

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July 10, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

ALWD Conference

Registration for the 2017 ALWD Conference, Acknowledging Lines: Talking About What Unites and Divides Us, will be held at the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from July 19-21, 2017. Speaker details and a link to the registration page are available on the conference website.

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Washburn is Hiring an Assistant Director of Academic Support and Bar Readiness.

The Washburn University School of Law invites applications for the position of Assistant Director of Academic Support and Bar Readiness. This is a full-time, twelve-month, nontenure-track position designed to support the Director of Academic Support and Bar Readiness.  (The official job posting can be found by clicking here).

  • With respect to the Academic Support program this position will support and/or teach in academic success courses, work one-on-one with students on academic probation or at academic risk to help them develop habits and methods to improve their academic performance, and design and implement periodic assessments of academic support programs to identify program facets that offer opportunities for continuous improvement.
  • With respect to the Bar Readiness program, this position’s duties include coordinating and providing instruction during the winter and summer bar preparation initiatives, coaching and supporting students and alumni as they prepare for the bar exams, offering active learning workshops on bar essay writing and on multiple choice test taking skills, and reading and critiquing student practice essays.

The Washburn campus is located in the heart of Topeka, Kansas, blocks from the state capitol. Recently, the Topeka and Shawnee County Library was named the 2016 Library of the Year, the highest honor for libraries in the U.S. and Canada. Topeka has previously been named a Top Ten City in Kiplinger’s magazine. Topeka features affordable housing and beautiful, historic neighborhoods filled with well-maintained parks. It is also the home of the Brown v. Board of Education historical site.

Required Qualifications: Juris Doctor degree from an ABA approved law school, with a strong academic record, and successful completion of a bar exam. Background demonstrating a potential for excellence in academic support. Understanding of legal pedagogy including current trends. Strong oral presentation skills and ability to remediate complex legal rules. Excellent written communication and legal writing skills. Ability to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines. Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse student body and work collaboratively with faculty and staff. Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint. Must have passed a state or uniform bar exam and hold a current license to practice law.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience running a law school academic support program or other relevant teaching or tutoring experience. Law practice experience. Experience using TWEN, D2L, and Banner.

Application Procedures: Submit a letter of interest, resume, Resume Supplement form (available at //www.washburn.edu/hrforms), copy of unofficial transcript(s) for highest level of postsecondary education (official transcript for all levels of postsecondary education may be requested upon hire), and names and phone numbers of three professional references to getajob@washburn.edu or to Washburn University Human Resources, 118 Morgan Hall, 1700 SW College, Topeka, Kansas 66621. Applicants are encouraged to submit complete applications by July 17, 2017. Applications will continue to be reviewed until interviews are scheduled.  

Salary is upper $60,000 to lower $70,000 commensurate with qualifications. Washburn provides an excellent fringe benefits package. Employment at Washburn University will be conditioned upon satisfactory completion of a background check.

Hat tip to Associate Dean Joseph Mastrosimone.

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July 9, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, July 3, 2017

First Law School in Bhutan Opens Today

Congratulations to the Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law, the first law school in the history of the Kingdom of Bhutan. The law school is welcoming 25 fortunate law students from all across Bhutan. They begin their orientation classes today, Monday, July 3, 2017.
Opening the first law school in any country is a tremendous accomplishment. Special congratulations to the visionary Bhutanese leaders and lawyers who are supporting this new school, and to Michael Peil and Judy Stark, who have devoted several years to making this special day possible.
For those of you who would like to know  more about the school, the New York Times did a story about the law school back in October 2016.
The law school's website is www.jswlaw.bt
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July 3, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Last Call: Nominations for the Teresa Godwin Phelps Scholarship Award

The Teresa Godwin Phelps Scholarship Award honors individual works of outstanding scholarship specific to the legal writing discipline that are published in any given calendar year. The award is meant to set aspirational standards for others writing in the field.

In making an award, the selection committee and the Legal Writing Institute Board of Directors will focus solely on whether an individual work is specific to the discipline of legal writing and on whether it makes an outstanding contribution to the discipline. Neither the selection committee nor the Board will take into account long-term contributions to the field or contributions in service, program design, teaching, or improving status for the legal writing field.

The selection committee may recommend and the LWI Board may give more than one award for any given year.

Eligible works

Published articles and books are eligible for the award. To be eligible for an award made for any given calendar year, the work must be nominated for the award, and the work must have been published in its final form in that calendar year.

Anyone, except a member of the selection committee in that year or author of the nominated work, may nominate a work for consideration by the selection committee. Nominations must be in writing, briefly summarize the reasons for the nomination, include a copy of or link to the work, and must be received by the deadline for nominations.  Nomination deadlines and contact information for that year’s selection committee will be posted on the Legal Writing Institute website.

The publication date assigned by the publisher determines eligibility regardless of whether the work is actually available on that date. If the final form of the work is not actually available to the public in the year of its official publication date with the result that a nomination is untimely or the selection committee lacks time to consider the work before making award(s) for that year, the selection committee may evaluate the work and recommend an award for the subsequent year even though its official publication date was in the previous year.

Eligible authors

Any person, except a member of the selection committee in a given award year, is eligible to win the award.  The author’s faculty status, level of experience, and areas of teaching will not be taken into account.

Annual Nomination Deadline and Process

For works published in 2016, the nomination deadline is June 30, 2017.  The LWI Board plans to announce the Award winner or winners by September 30, 2017.

Send nominations to Kate George, administrative assistant to Ian Gallacher, the secretary of the 2016 selection committee, at kageorge@law.syr.edu.

Nominations must be in writing, briefly summarize the reasons for the nomination, provide a copy of or link to the nominated work, and must be received by the deadline for nominations.  The committee will not accept nominations by the author of the nominated work or by any member of the committee in that year.

Questions:  Please contact Kate O’Neill, Chair of the 2016 selection committee, at kateon@uw.edu.

Hat tip to Ian Gallacher.

(mew)

June 27, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Nominations for AALS Section Award for Significant Lifetime Contributions to Legal Writing and Research

As announced in the Section Newsletter for the Association of American Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research, the Section is pleased to solicit nominations for the 2017 Section Award for the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research. This prestigious award recognizes individuals who have made a significant lifetime contribution to the field of legal writing and research. The award was created at the AALS Section Business Meeting in January 1995 and conferred for the first time in January 1996 at the AALS Annual Meeting. The award has sometimes been described as the "Lifetime Achievement Award in Legal Writing Education."

The 2017 AALS Section award
will be presented at the AALS  Annual Meeting in San Francisco on Thursday, January 5, 2017, during the section luncheon.  That event is a ticketed event.

Past winners of the AALS Section Award include:

  • 2017 - Linda Berger (UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law)
  • 2016 - Suzanne Rowe (Oregon)
  • 2015 - Mark E. Wojcik (The John Marshall Law School-Chicago)
  • 2014 - Jan Levine (Duquesne)
  • 2013 - Terrill Pollman (UNLV) and Jill Ramsfield (Hawaii) [two winners that year]
  • 2012 - Susan Brody (The John Marshall Law School-Chicago) and Mary Barnard Ray (Wisconsin) [two winners that year]
  • 2011 - Elizabeth Fajans (Brooklyn)
  • 2010 - Joe Kimble (Thomas Cooley)
  • 2009 - Richard K. Neumann, Jr. (Hofstra)
  • 2008 - Eric Easton (Baltimore)
  • 2007 - Anne Enquist (Seattle)
  • 2006 - Terri LeClerq (Texas)
  • 2005 - Marilyn Walter (Brooklyn)
  • 2003 - Laurel Currie Oates (Seattle)
  • 2002 - Helene Shapo (Northwestern)
  • 1997 - Ralph Brill (Chicago-Kent)
  • 1996 - Mary Lawrence (Oregon)

Please submit nominations before October 1, 2017. There is no particular form required to nominate someone. A simple letter or email message naming the person and describing some of his or her work should be enough. (If it isn't, we'll contact you for more information.) You can also submit additional letters of support, but the nomination form by itself is enough. Nominations are carried over to the subsequent year, so if you nominated someone for the 2017 award that person will be considered for the 2018 award. 

Please send nominations to the Awards Committee Co-Chair, Prof. Mark E. Wojcik, The John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60604. Email: mwojcik@jmls.edu. Please put "AALS Section Award Nomination" in the re line. You can also send a copy to the Awards Committee Co-Chair, Linda Berger, at linda.berger@unlv.edu.

The 2018 AALS Awards Committee for the Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research is co-chaired by Linda Berger (UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law) and Mark E. Wojcik (The John Marshall Law School). The Awards Committee Members are Janet Siegel Brown (Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law), Alyssa Dragnich (Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law), J. Lyn Entrikin (William H. Bowen School of Law, University of Arkansas at Little Rock), Suzanne Row (University of Oregon School of Law), and Helene Shapo (Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law).

The AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research is chaired by Professor Sabrina DeFabritiis (Suffolk Law School). The Chair-Elect is Suzanna Moran (University of Denver School of Law) and the Section Secretary is Wendy Adele Humphrey (Texas Tech School of Law). The immediate past Section Chair is Bob Brain (Loyola Law School, Los Angeles). Other members of the Section Executive Committee, which will approve the recommendations of the Awards Committee, are Rebekah Hanley (University of Oregon School of Law), Allison Martin (Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law), Joseph Mastrosimone (Washburn School of Law), Anne Mullins (University of North Dakota School of Law), and Nancy Soonpaa (Texas Tech University School of Law).

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June 25, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Call for Presenters for the AALS Section on North American Cooperation at the 2018 AALS Annual Meeting in San Diego

The Association of American Law Schools Section on North American Cooperation is pleased to announce a call for presenters from which two or more additional presenters will be selected for the section’s program during the AALS 2018 Annual Meeting in San Diego. The session topic is: “What Would a New NAFTA Look Like?” The program will be held on the last day of the AALS Conference, Saturday, January 6, 2018, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The session will be co-sponsored by the AALS Section on Graduate Programs for Non-U.S. Lawyers and the AALS Section on International Legal Exchange.
 
In April 2017, the Trump Administration indicated that it would seek to terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement between Canada, Mexico, and the United States. A few hours later, the Trump Administration indicated that there were no immediate plans to renegotiate NAFTA, an agreement that Trump once called the worst trade deal ever signed by the United States. The inconsistent messages on NAFTA and U.S. trade policy generally concern our trading and business partners around the world. This roundtable will discuss several questions relating to a new NAFTA, if one is negotiated, including whether NAFTA should be expanded to include other countries (such as Chile and Peru), whether negotiators should create provisions to summarily dismiss frivolous suits (such as challenge to new regulations that corporations complain will diminish their profits), and whether a new agreement should have even stronger enforcement mechanisms for environmental and worker protection.
 
The panel moderators will be Section Chair Gerardo Puertas (Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey, Mexico) and Section Chair-Elect Professor Lisa Black (California Western School of Law). 
 
To submit your name as a possible presenter, please submit your name and a brief description of what you would like to contribute to the discussion. Please send an email to Professor Mark E. Wojcik at mwojcik@jmls.edu. The due date for submission is Tuesday, September 12, 2017. Members of the Section’s Executive Committee will review the proposals and select presenters. Final decisions will be made by September 20, 2017. 
 
Like others on the panel, presenters will be responsible for paying the AALS registration fee as well as their own hotel and travel expenses.
 
If you have any questions about the call for presenters, please contact Professor Lisa Black at California Western School of Law or Professor Mark E. Wojcik at The John Marshall Law School-Chicago, mwojcik@jmls.edu or (312) 987-2391.

 

June 24, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, June 23, 2017

Call for Presenters for the AALS Section on International Legal Exchange Program at the 2018 AALS Annual Meeting in San Diego

The AALS Section on International Legal Exchange has announced a call for presenters from which one or two additional presenters will be selected for the section’s program during the AALS 2018 Annual Meeting in San Diego. The session topic is: “A Global Guide to International Legal Exchange: Practical Secrets of Success and What to Do When Things Go Horribly Wrong.” The program will be held on the first day of the AALS Conference, Wednesday, January 3, 2018, from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. The session is co-sponsored by the AALS Section on North American Cooperation.

This program will review recent changes to the ABA standards that make it easier to send U.S. law students on overseas programs sponsored by their own schools. That presentation will be made by William E. Adams, Jr. (Deputy Managing Director, ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar). That introduction will be followed by a survey of successful international exchange programs, including an objective assessment of the value these exchanges should have for law students. We will also review the responsibility of schools to look after non-U.S. law students and exchange ideas on how to prevent and respond to problems that might arise in international exchange programs.

The panel co-moderators will be Professors George Edwards (Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law) and Gabrielle Goodwin (Indiana University Maurer School of Law). Confirmed speakers also include Charlotte Ku (Texas A&M University School of Law), Sue Liemer (Elon University School of Law), and Mark E. Wojcik (The John Marshall Law School-Chicago).

To submit your name as a possible presenter, please submit your name and a brief description of what you would like to contribute to the discussion. Please send an email to Professor Mark E. Wojcik at mwojcik@jmls.edu. The due date for submission is Tuesday, September 12, 2017. Members of the Section’s Executive Committee will review the proposals and select presenters. Final decisions will be made by September 20, 2017.

Like others on the panel, presenters will be responsible for paying the AALS registration fee as well as their own hotel and travel expenses.

If you have any questions about the call for presenters, please contact Professor Mark E. Wojcik at The John Marshall Law School-Chicago, mwojcik@jmls.edu or (312) 987-2391.

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June 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Seton Hall is Hiring

Seton Hall Law School in New Jersey is looking to hire a part-time Adjunct Professor of Legal Practice to teach in it Introduction to Lawyering course for the fall 2017 semester, with the likelihood that the position will be renewed for the spring 2018 semester.  The Introduction to Lawyering course is a full-year, six-credit course. The course covers legal writing, legal research, client interviewing, client counseling, negotiation, oral argument, and professionalism. The course is taught by doctrinal and legal practice professors in a coordinated and collaborative manner. In teaching the course, the faculty member will be responsible for the following:

  • Teaching Introduction to Lawyering classes twice a week during weeks when classes are scheduled.
  • Meeting with students in individual and joint conferences to discuss writing assignments and interactive skills exercises.
  • Providing students with detailed written feedback on writing assignments and interactive skills exercises.
  • Attending Introduction to Lawyering faculty meetings to prepare for upcoming classes and activities.
  • Teaching several sessions at the Introduction to Lawyering Day at law school orientation on Friday, August 18.
  • Meeting with students outside of class time and conferences as needed to discuss assignments and other law school topics.
  • Other assignments consistent with the needs of the program.

Most weeks, the faculty member will be expected to come to the law school at least two days a week to teach classes and meet with students and faculty.  However, some weeks will require a more substantial time commitment.

Qualifications: Seton Hall seeks individuals with stellar legal writing, interpersonal, and practice skills. Candidates must have 3-5 years of practice experience and excellent academic records. Teaching experience is preferred.  Please send a resume and cover letter to: Maya Grosz, Director of the Legal Practice Curriculum and Associate Professor of Law, Seton Hall University, School of Law, One Newark Center, 1109 Raymond Boulevard, Newark, NJ 07102; maya.grosz@shu.edu. Deadline for applications is June 30, 2017.  

Seton Hall University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. It honors diversity and respects the religious commitments of all its employees. In turn, its employees respect Catholic beliefs and values, and they support its mission as a Catholic institution of higher education.

The position is a part-time appointment, or a year-to-year adjunct appointment.The professor hired will not be permitted to vote in faculty meetings. The law school anticipates paying a salary of less than $50,000. The number of students will be 30 or fewer.

Hat tip to Maya Grosz.

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June 21, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Registration Open for the 2017 ALWD Conference

The 2017 Association of Legal Writing Directors ("ALWD") Conference Committee invites you to the 2017 conference, Acknowledging Lines: Talking About What Unites and Divides Us.  Speaker details, and a link to the registration page, are available on the conference website: http://alwd.umn.edu/.  The ALWD Conference will be held at the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from July 19-21, 2017.
 
Hat tip to the 2017 ALWD Conference Committee: Amy Vorenberg, Anne Mullins, Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff, Alyssa Dragnich, Chris Soper, Brad Clary, Anne Ralph, David Krech, Rosi Lozada Schrier, Joe Mastrosimone, Shakira Pleasant, Tanya Bartholomew, Sam Moppett, Norm Plate, Mary Garvey Algero, Greg Johnson, Scott Farley, Christine Coughlin, and Michelle Falkoff.
 
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June 18, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Teresa Godwin Phelps Scholarship Award

The Teresa Godwin Phelps Scholarship Award honors individual works of outstanding scholarship specific to the legal writing discipline that are published in any given calendar year. The award is meant to set aspirational standards for others writing in the field.

In making an award, the selection committee and the Legal Writing Institute Board of Directors will focus solely on whether an individual work is specific to the discipline of legal writing and on whether it makes an outstanding contribution to the discipline. Neither the selection committee nor the Board will take into account long-term contributions to the field or contributions in service, program design, teaching, or improving status for the legal writing field.

The selection committee may recommend and the LWI Board may give more than one award for any given year.

Eligible works

Published articles and books are eligible for the award. To be eligible for an award made for any given calendar year, the work must be nominated for the award, and the work must have been published in its final form in that calendar year.

Anyone, except a member of the selection committee in that year or author of the nominated work, may nominate a work for consideration by the selection committee. Nominations must be in writing, briefly summarize the reasons for the nomination, include a copy of or link to the work, and must be received by the deadline for nominations.  Nomination deadlines and contact information for that year’s selection committee will be posted on the Legal Writing Institute website.

The publication date assigned by the publisher determines eligibility regardless of whether the work is actually available on that date. If the final form of the work is not actually available to the public in the year of its official publication date with the result that a nomination is untimely or the selection committee lacks time to consider the work before making award(s) for that year, the selection committee may evaluate the work and recommend an award for the subsequent year even though its official publication date was in the previous year.

Eligible authors

Any person, except a member of the selection committee in a given award year, is eligible to win the award.  The author’s faculty status, level of experience, and areas of teaching will not be taken into account.

Annual Nomination Deadline and Process

For works published in 2016, the nomination deadline is June 30, 2017.  The LWI Board plans to announce the Award winner or winners by September 30, 2017.

Send nominations to Kate George, administrative assistant to Ian Gallacher, the secretary of the 2016 selection committee, at kageorge@law.syr.edu.

Nominations must be in writing, briefly summarize the reasons for the nomination, provide a copy of or link to the nominated work, and must be received by the deadline for nominations.  The committee will not accept nominations by the author of the nominated work or by any member of the committee in that year.

Questions:  Please contact Kate O’Neill, Chair of the 2016 selection committee, at kateon@uw.edu.

Hat tip to Ian Gallacher.

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June 6, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Applied Legal Storytelling Conference

Here's a reminder that registration is now open for the 6th Biennial Applied Legal Storytelling Conference, which will be held this year from July 11-13, 2017 in Washington, D.C at the American University Washington College of Law.

Register by clicking on the link - Applied Legal Storytelling Conference.  The website has information on hotels and dorms, as well as program information. The Gala Reception will be held at the Lincoln Cottage, Abraham Lincoln's home in Washington, D.C. and the "Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation."

Hat tip to Jason Palmer.

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May 31, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Registration for the 2017 ALWD Conference

The 2017 Association of Legal Writing Directors ("ALWD") Conference Committee invites you to the 2017 conference, Acknowledging Lines: Talking About What Unites and Divides Us.  Speaker details, and a link to the registration page, are available on the conference website: http://alwd.umn.edu/.  The ALWD Conference will be held at the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from July 19-21, 2017.
 
Hat tip to the 2017 ALWD Conference Committee: Amy Vorenberg, Anne Mullins, Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff, Alyssa Dragnich, Chris Soper, Brad Clary, Anne Ralph, David Krech, Rosi Lozada Schrier, Joe Mastrosimone, Shakira Pleasant, Tanya Bartholomew, Sam Moppett, Norm Plate, Mary Garvey Algero, Greg Johnson, Scott Farley, Christine Coughlin, and Michelle Falkoff.
 
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