Friday, April 21, 2017

Milani Writing Competition on Disability Law, Civil Rights, Family and Medical Leave, or Sexual Orientation

Mercer Law School and the American Bar Association host an annual legal writing competition in honor of Mercer's former legal writing professor, Adam A. Milani. The ABA website says that the First Prize will range between $300 and $500, depending on whether multiple awards are given, and possible publication in the Disability Rights Reporter. But the Mercer website says that the award is up to $1000, and that seems to be the correct information.

The submission may address any aspect of disability law, theory, or practice the contestant chooses. Other permissible topics include issues arising under any of the following statutes: Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Age Discrimination in Employment Act; Family and Medical Leave Act; or any state statutes or municipal ordinances prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

The deadline for submission is Friday, June 9, 2017.  Further information is available by clicking here.

Hat tip to Suzianne D. Painter-Thorne

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April 21, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

LWI Launches its New Website

The Legal Writing Institute released its new website this week. Click here to have a look.

It's fun, friendly, and engaging. You may want to spend your entire summer break surfing this website, which offers a "rich array of conferences, publications, resources, events, and projects sponsored by LWI and carried out by its active volunteer members." The website also includes membership information.

Congratulations to the website designers and to the brave content providers.

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April 21, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

National Order of Scribes

Scribes -- The American Society of Legal Writers -- offers its law school institutional members the opportunity to honor a small number of graduates to the National Order of Scribes.

The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, one of the institutional members of Scribes, inducted its student members yesterday as part of a special awards ceremony held at the law school. The new members inducted were:

  • Jordannah Bangi
  • Mitchell Brown
  • Francisco Espinosa
  • Katherine Fisk
  • Stephanie Snow
  • Taylor Riskin
  • Andrea Valle
  • Corey Varma

The students were welcomed into the National Order of Scribes by Dean Darby Dickerson, the Immediate Past-President of Scribes, and Professor Mark E. Wojcik, the President-Elect of Scribes.

In addition to the National Order of Scribes, The John Marshall Law School is one of two law schools that also has a Scribes Student Chapter that meets regularly through the year.

April 20, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Whittier Law School in California Decides to Close

Trustees of Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, California announced plans this week to stop admitting new students. A report in today's New York Times said the school had said that it was committed to ensuring that current students would be able to graduate, but it would not admit any new students for the Fall. Elizabeth Olson, Whittier Law School Announces Plan to Close, N.Y. Times, Apr. 20, 2017, at B4.

The New York Times reports that Whittier Law School, an ABA-accredited law school, currently has approximately 400 students. Its bar pass rate for the California Bar Exam last July was only 22 percent, and the employment rate for graduates was only 29.7 percent. The law school had opened in 1966 and was accredited in 1978.

Whittier will be the first ABA-accredited law school to close. Indiana Tech Law School in Fort Wayne, which will close in June, had only provisional ABA-accreditation. Two other schools in Minnesota merged (Hamline and William Mitchell). And the for=profit Charlotte Law School in North Carolina was put on probation and its students denied federal loan money.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Empire State Legal Writing Conference

Registration is now open for this year’s Empire State Legal Writing Conference being held this year at New York Law School on Friday, May 19, 2017. Click here to register (free) by May 1, 2017.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-empire-state-legal-writing-conference-registration-32533630966

Conference Schedule

8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.: Registration, Coffee, and Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. to 9:10 a.m.: Welcome

Presentations

9:20-10:10: Connections across the Curriculum

  • ·      Maya Grosz and Maggie Lewis (Seton Hall)
  • ·      Aníbal Rosario Lebrón (Howard)

10:10-11:10: The Writing and Thinking Jigsaw

  • ·      Jill Barton (Miami)
  • ·      Aliza Milner (Syracuse)
  • ·      Cynara Hermes McQuillan (NYLS)

11:10-11:20: Break

11:20-12:10: Inspiration in the Classroom and Beyond

  • ·      Joan Foley and Ann Nowak (Tuoro)
  • ·      Abigail Perdue (Wake Forest)

12:15-1:15: Lunch (sponsored by Lexis)

1:20-2:20: Lawyering in Action

  • ·      Stephen Paskey (Buffalo)
  • ·      Cameron Arnold and Susan Greene (Brooklyn)
  • ·      Laura Reilly (Buffalo)

2:20-3:10: Hinting at a Storyline

  • ·        Kristen Tiscione (Georgetown),
  •        Melissa Weresh (Drake),
  •        Ruth Anne Robbins (Rutgers Camden)

3:10-3:20: Break

3:20-4:10: Lawyers for the Next Generation

  • ·      Monica Todd and Lori Roberts (Western State)
  • ·      Debra Austin (Denver)

Register by May 1, 2017.

*Please contact Professor Anne Goldstein at anne.goldstein@nyls.edu for hotel information and other questions.

The Program Committee Members are Professors Robin Boyle (St. John’s), Heidi Brown (Brooklyn), Kirk Burkhalter (New York), Elizabeth Fajans (Brooklyn), Anne Goldstein (New York), Aliza Milner (Syracuse), Ann Nowak (Touro), Stephen Paskey (Buffalo), Gerald Rock (Albany), Amy Stein (Hofstra), Lynn Su (New York), and Michelle Whelan (Cornell).

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Journal of Legal Education Articles on ABA Standard 405(c)

The Journal of Legal Education (JLE) has released its Spring 2017 issue. This issues includes several articles addressing the American Bar Association Accreditation Standard 405(c), which sets minimum standards for the employment terms of clinical faculty at accredited law schools. The articles include:

Hat tip to Ralph Brill

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Nominations for the Mary Lawrence Award

The Awards Committee of the Legal Writing Institute is seeking nominations for the 2017 Mary S. Lawrence Award, which will be awarded at the Association of Legal Writing Directors Conference in July 2017.  Any member of LWI may nominate someone for the award. 
 
Please submit nominations directly to Kirsten Dauphinais, dauphinais@law.und.edu, by Friday, April 14, 2017.
 
The award is named for Professor Emerita Mary S. Lawrence, longtime Director of Legal Writing and Research at the University of Oregon School of Law and an early Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research.  For her scholarship and her pioneering work in legal writing education, Mary received the first Distinguished Service Award from the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research; the inaugural Marjorie Rombauer Award from the Association of Legal Writing Directors; a joint LWI/ALWD Lifetime Achievement Award; and the Burton Award for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education. 
 
In the spirit of recognizing the many individuals who make significant contributions to the field of legal writing, the LWI Awards Committee especially encourages nominees who have not already received other LWI or legal writing awards and nominations of women, people of color, and members of other traditionally under-represented groups. Members of the LWI Board of Directors and the LWI Awards Committee are ineligible for nomination until at least one year after completing their service.
 
Please include a brief statement (no more than 500 words) in support of the person or persons that you are nominating to receive the Mary S. Lawrence Award.  You may also attach that person’s C.V.

Hat tip to the LWI Award Committee (Myra Orlen and Kirsten Dauphinais, chairs, and members Brenda Gibson, Margaret Hannon, Greg Johnson, Mary Nagel, and Suzanne Rowe)

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Registration Now 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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Monday, March 27, 2017

Lauren Simpson Chosen as Professor of the Year at the University of Houston Law Center

LaurenSimpsonLauren Simpson, Clinical Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills and Strategies at the University of Houston Law Center, has been selected by the Student Bar Association as Professor of the Year Among Faculty Teaching Part-Time Students.

Professor Simpson earned her B.A. in French and International Studies (cum laude) at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1988. She obtained her J.D. (cum laude) from the University of Houston Law Center in 1994. While at the Law Center, Professor Simpson received the award for Best Speaker in the John Black Moot Court Competition and also participated in multiple interscholastic moot court competitions. She was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1994. From 1994 to 1997, Professor Simpson was an associate at Meyer, Orlando & Evans, P.C. She transitioned to the First Court of Appeals of Texas in early 1997, serving there as a staff attorney for more than 13 years.

Congratulations to Professor Simpson on her selection by the Student Bar Association as Professor of the Year. She also is the 2016 recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award, a university-wide award given in recognition of outstanding teaching.

Hat tip to Sarah J. Morath.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

CFP: The Central States Area Legal Writing Conference

The Central States Area Legal Writing Conference will be hosted by the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law on September 15-16, 2017. Presentation proposals are due by Friday, March 31, 2017.

The Program Committee is seeking proposals that are broadly related to this year’s theme, which focuses on how we can make our classes more fun; how we can find fun in our jobs and personal lives; and how we can best teach students the notion that lawyering is fun. The organizers are especially looking for presentation ideas that will provide conference participants with quick “take-aways” that they can bring home and incorporate into their classes. Time slots are generally set up in 50-minute increments. Please note that co-presenters and groups are welcome. As part of your proposal, please identify how your material(s) might be shared with the group.

  • 15-minute speed rounds (three to a time slot)
  • 25-minute presentations (single, co-presenter, or group) (two to a time slot)
  • 50-minute discussions (panel)

If you are interested in presenting, please send us a one- to two-page proposal with the following information:

  1. Your name, professional title and school.
  2. Contact information, e-mail address, and telephone number.
  3. Number of years teaching in a law school (we will consider applications with all levels of experience).
  4. Title of your presentation – what is the topic that would fit on a bumper sticker.
  5. One paragraph description of your presentation, about 300 words.
  6. Technology needs beyond the basics. All rooms have computers with internet, and projection and audio capabilities. We have DVD, CD, and flash drive ports.
  7. Whether the presentation is lecture style or, preferably, interactive.
  8. Preferred length and whether you’d be willing to adapt the presentation for a different length or format (e.g., presenting in a speed round or forming a panel with others presenting on the same topic).
  9. Although most presenters will be chosen to present on only one topic, please submit as many proposals as you would like considered.

Please send proposals to Judith A. Rosenbaum, Clinical Professor of Law, at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. Her e-mail address is j-rosenbaum2@law.northwestern.edu. Her telephone number is (312) 503-8943. Please send in Microsoft Word or the equivalent.

If you’ve never presented at a conference before, the organizers urge you to give this opportunity special consideration and to let them know that this will be your first conference presentation. Presenting at a regional conference is one of the best ways to jump into the legal writing community at a broader level than just your school.

The organizers plan to let presenters know by April 10 whether their proposals have been accepted; the specifics of the conference schedule (format, time, etc.) will be sent out in late April or early May.

Hat tip to the Central States Area Legal Writing Conference Program Committee: Judy Rosenbaum, Elizabeth De Armond, Mary Nagel, Norm Plate, and Wanda Temm.

Here's the link to reserve a room at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, a few blocks from the law school.

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March 26, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, March 25, 2017

AALS Section Award

The Association of American Law Schools' Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research Section Award recognizes individuals who have made a significant lifetime contribution to the field of legal writing, reasoning, and research. The award was formally 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 a Lifetime Achievement Award in Legal Writing Education.

Linda BergerAt the 2017 AALS Annual Meeting in San Francisco, the Section presented its Annual Award to Linda L. Berger, former President of the Legal Writing Institute and Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Research at UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law. Linda is also Linda Berger is the Family Foundation Professor of Law at UNLV. Her research, writing, and teaching converge on the study and practice of legal rhetoric, drawing on cognitive psychology as well as on composition, rhetoric, metaphor, analogy, and narrative theory. She is one of the co-editors of U.S. Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court (Cambridge 2016), the first volume in an ongoing series.

The 2017 Awards Committee for the AALS Section of Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research was co-chaired by Professors Rosario Schrier (Florida International University) and Mark E. Wojcik (The John Marshall Law School).

The 2018 Section Award will be presented at the Annual Meeting in San Diego. Nominations should be sent by October 1, 2017, to Professor Mark E. Wojcik, The John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60604. Email: mwojcik@jmls.edu. There is no particular nomination form required to nominate someone. A simple letter or email message naming the person and describing some of his or her contributions is enough. Nominations are carried over to subsequent years, so if you nominated someone for last year that person will be considered this year.

Past winners of the AALS Section Award are:

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

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March 25, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Teresa Godwin Phelps Award(s) for Scholarship in Legal Communication

The Legal Writing Institute Board of Directors has announced the establishment of the Teresa Godwin Phelps Award(s) for Scholarship in Legal Communication.
 
The creation of the Phelps Awards supports LWI's discipline-building priority.  Starting in 2017, the annual awards will recognize outstanding scholarship that strengthens the discipline of legal communication.  One or more awards will be given each year for scholarly articles or essays; if warranted, additional awards may be presented for outstanding books within the discipline.
 
Naming these awards in honor of Terry Phelps recognizes her consistent support for and encouragement of others’ scholarly work and her own exemplary scholarship in narrative, international human rights, and legal rhetoric, including the foundational article that nourished and influenced all subsequent study of the field, The New Legal Rhetoric, 40 Sw. L.J. 1089 (1986).  This article was the essential introduction to the idea that legal writing was itself a field worthy of serious study.
 
For the purposes of the award, discipline-building scholarship will include:
  1. scholarship on the theories, principles, practices, and conventions of legal communication, and
  2. scholarship fostering the development of legal writing and research as an independent field of study.

Eligibility for the Phelps Awards will be defined by the content of the scholarship—the discipline of legal communication—and not by the author’s faculty status, level of experience, or area(s) of teaching.  The sole criterion for the award will be the quality of the individual work of scholarship.

An inaugural selection committee made up of established legal writing scholars will establish the award selection process and recommend recipients to the LWI Board.  In subsequent years, past recipients of the Phelps Awards will join the selection committee.
 
The Legal Writing Institute also announced  the members of the inaugural selection committee for the Phelps Awards:
  • Lisa Eichhorn, Director of Legal Writing & Professor of Law, University of South Carolina School of Law
  • Elizabeth Fajans, Associate Professor of Legal Writing, Brooklyn Law School
  • Ian Gallacher, Professor of Law & Director of Legal Communication & Research, Syracuse University School of Law
  • Teri McMurtry-Chubb, Associate Professor of Law, Mercer University School of Law
  • Kate O'Neill, Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Washington School of Law
The Phelps Awards are an initiative of LWI’s Discipline-Building Working Group, which is chaired by Ellie Margolis and includes Linda Berger, Sherri Keene, Anne Ralph, Ruth Anne Robbins, and Nantiya Ruan.  The DBWG was formed during the summer of 2015 to work toward LWI's priority goal of building the discipline and focuses on activities in four primary areas:
  1. building understanding of what discipline building might include;
  2. persuading target audiences about its value;
  3. supporting the authors of discipline-building scholarship; and
  4. strengthening its impact and influence.
Hat tip to LWI President Kim D. Chanbonpin, Director of Lawyering Skills at The John Marshall Law School-Chicago.
 
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Global Legal Skills Conference Wraps Up in Mexico; Next GLS Conference Slated for Melbourne, Australia

GLS-12 Closing PhotoThe photo here shows some of the more than 120 participants who attended the 12th Global Legal Skills Conference at the Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey, Mexico. Participants came from more than 17 countries, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Qatar, Romania, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The conference is the world's leading conference devoted to international legal skills education, including "Legal English" for non-native speakers of English.

This year's conference also included a bilingual contract negotiation workshop for U.S. law students who spoke Spanish. The students had an opportunity to negotiate contracts with law students from Mexico, to improve their Legal Spanish and to learn about negotiating styles in Latin America.

The Global Legal Skills Conference was started by Professor Mark E. Wojcik of The John Marshall Law School, who served as a Co-Chair of thie year's conference. The GLS-12 Conference was held at the Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey, which twice before hosted the conference. The conference was also co-sponsored by the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico Department of Law (Mexico City), The John Marshall Law School (Chicago), and the University of Texas at Austin School of Law (Austin). Other cooperating entities included the American Bar Association Section of International Law (ABA-SIL) the International Law Institute, the International Law Students Association (ILSA), Scribes—The American Society of Legal Writers, and the Teaching International Law Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA). The conference has been held several times in Chicago, three times in Mexico, twice in Costa Rica, twice in Italy, and once in Washington, D.C.

Congratulations again to the individual winners of the 2017 Global Legal Skills Awards: Catherine Beck (Indiana University Department of English); Joan Blum (Boston College Law School); Lurene Contento (The John Marshall Law School-Chicago); Kim Holst (Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law); Matthew Homewood (Nottingham Trent University, England); Chantal Morton (Melbourne Law School); and Rebecca Schillings (Hamad bin Khalifa University College of Law and Public Policy, Qatar).

There were two institutional winners: the International Law Institute in Washington, D.C., and the Centro de Estudios sobre la Enseñanza y el Aprendizaje del Derecho, A.C., in Monterrey, Mexico.

The 2017 Global Legal Skills Book Award went to Professors S.I. Strong, Katia Fach Gómez, and Laura Carballo Piñeiro for their book, Comparative Law for Spanish–English Speaking Lawyers: Legal Cultures, Legal Terms and Legal Practices (Edward Elgar Publishing 2017).

More information about the Global Legal Skills Awards can by found by clicking here.

The next Global Legal Skills Conference will be held more than 18 months from now in Melbourne, Australia in December 2018.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Winners of the 2017 Global Legal Skills Awards Announced; Winners from Australia, Mexico, Qatar, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States

The 2017 Global Legal Skills Awards are being presented this week to individuals and institutions that have worked to promote global legal skills education. Awards are being presented in Monterrey, Mexico at the Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey, the host of the 12th Global Legal Skills Conference. A full list of winners from 2012 to 2017 can be found by clicking here.

Here are the 2017 GLS Award Winners:

Prof. M. Catherine Beck (Department of English, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indiana, United States) is recognized for creating the Legal English Program at the Indiana University Robert McKinney School of Law and for her support of global legal skills education. As a non-lawyer language specialist working in Legal English for more than 15 years, she has enhanced legal skills pedagogy for lawyers and law students who speak English as a second language. 

Prof. E. Joan Blum (Boston College Law School, Massachusetts, United States) is recognized for her years of teaching common law legal reasoning in the International Tax Program at Harvard Law School and later directing the Boston College Law Summer Institute for international lawyers, for her many publications in the field of legal writing education, for her service to the legal writing community, and for her work teaching legal reasoning and writing to judges, lawyers, and law students in the former Yugoslavia.

20170315_102415Prof. Lurene Contento (The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, United States) is recognized for many contributions to legal skills education around the world, including her interactive and innovative teaching in China, Central America, and Central Europe. She has shared her knowledge and ideas to improve legal writing at many international conferences and through her award-winning publications. She has given years of dedicated service to the Global Legal Skills Conference Series, ensuring its success and a positive experience for the participants. Over the years she has helped thousands of law students, including many non-native speakers of English. She has also contributed to the professionalization of writing centers across the United States through her leadership as Chair of the Association of Legal Writing Specialists.

Prof. Kimberly Holst (Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, United States) is recognized for her efforts on projects that advance legal skills training in the United States and around the world. Her recent scholarship examines the importance of teaching reflective practices to law students so that they can develop those skills in law school and transfer them to practice. She also explores drafting techniques in the context of alternative dispute resolution. She has also served the legal writing community through her leadership of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research. She also enhanced the ability of presenters to make presentation proposals to the Global Legal Skills Conference, deepening the pool of presenters from around the world.

Matthew J. Homewood (Nottingham Trent University, England, United Kingdom) is recognized for his extensive experience in teaching and innovative curriculum development across a comprehensive range of undergraduate, post-graduate, professional, and practitioner programs. He is the Acting Head of Postgraduate Programmes at Nottingham Law School, England. He has significant expertise in the use of educational technology and the impact of such technologies on student engagement. Matthew recently received an HEA National Teaching Fellowship, the most prestigious individual award in the United Kingdom for excellence in teaching in higher education.

Dr. Chantal Morton (Melbourne Law School, Australia) is a senior lecturer at Melbourne Law School, where she develops resources and runs programs with a focus on legal writing and academic skills for law students and graduate law students. She is recognized for her energetic and innovative teaching and for working to improve legal skills education in Australia. Before joining the faculty at Melbourne Law School, she taught at the Osgoode Hall Law School (Canada) where she was also the Director of Career Services. Dr. Morton will be a Co-Chair of the 2018 Global Legal Skills Conference to be held in Melbourne, Australia.

Prof. Rebecca Schillings (Hamad bin Khalifa University College of Law and Public Policy, Qatar) is an Assistant Professor at Hamad bin Khalifa University’s College of Law and Public Policy (CLPP), where she is responsible for the legal skills component of the curriculum. She created a legal lab that engages law students in experimentation and interactive prototyping to develop new approaches to legal practice.

The International Law Institute in Washington, D.C. was established in 1955 as part of Georgetown University to assist in the building of governmental and economic institutions in post-war Europe. Over the years, the ILI has provided training and technical assistance to thousands of lawyers, judges, and other government officials. It was a pioneer in creating a course in Legal English, publishing the first U.S. Coursebook on Legal English, and in creating a course to introduce the U.S. legal system to law students and lawyers from outside the United States. The ILI is headquarted in Washington DC and has regional offices in Chile, Egypt, Nigeria, Turkey, and Uganda. [2017 Institutional Winner]

The Centro de Estudios sobre la Enseñanza y el Aprendizaje del Derecho, A.C. in Monterrey, Mexico is an independent, non-profit research center. It is recognized for its dedication to improving the quality of the legal education and legal practice in Mexico. [2017 Institutional Winner]

Professors S.I. Strong (University of Missouri School of Law, United States), Katia Fach Gómez (University of Zaragoza, Spain), and Laura Carballo Piñeiro (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain), for their book, Comparative Law for Spanish–English Speaking Lawyers: Legal Cultures, Legal Terms and Legal Practices (Edward Elgar Publishing 2017). The book provides lawyers and law students who are conversationally fluent in both Spanish and English with the information and skills to undertake comparative legal research in their second language, and to facilitate communication with colleagues and clients in that language. [2017 GLS Book Award]

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

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The next Global Legal Skills Conference will be held in December 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. More information about the Global Legal Skills Conference is available by clicking here.

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March 17, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

CFP: The Central States Area Legal Writing Conference

The Central States Area Legal Writing Conference will be hosted by the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law on September 15-16, 2017. Presentation proposals are due by Friday, March 31, 2017.

The Program Committee is seeking proposals that are broadly related to this year’s theme, which focuses on how we can make our classes more fun; how we can find fun in our jobs and personal lives; and how we can best teach students the notion that lawyering is fun. The organizers are especially looking for presentation ideas that will provide conference participants with quick “take-aways” that they can bring home and incorporate into their classes. Time slots are generally set up in 50-minute increments. Please note that co-presenters and groups are welcome. As part of your proposal, please identify how your material(s) might be shared with the group.

  • 15-minute speed rounds (three to a time slot)
  • 25-minute presentations (single, co-presenter, or group) (two to a time slot)
  • 50-minute discussions (panel)

If you are interested in presenting, please send us a one- to two-page proposal with the following information:

  1. Your name, professional title and school.
  2. Contact information, e-mail address, and telephone number.
  3. Number of years teaching in a law school (we will consider applications with all levels of experience).
  4. Title of your presentation – what is the topic that would fit on a bumper sticker.
  5. One paragraph description of your presentation, about 300 words.
  6. Technology needs beyond the basics. All rooms have computers with internet, and projection and audio capabilities. We have DVD, CD, and flash drive ports.
  7. Whether the presentation is lecture style or, preferably, interactive.
  8. Preferred length and whether you’d be willing to adapt the presentation for a different length or format (e.g., presenting in a speed round or forming a panel with others presenting on the same topic).
  9. Although most presenters will be chosen to present on only one topic, please submit as many proposals as you would like considered.

Please send proposals to Judith A. Rosenbaum, Clinical Professor of Law, at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. Her e-mail address is j-rosenbaum2@law.northwestern.edu. Her telephone number is (312) 503-8943. Please send in Microsoft Word or the equivalent.

If you’ve never presented at a conference before, the organizers urge you to give this opportunity special consideration and to let them know that this will be your first conference presentation. Presenting at a regional conference is one of the best ways to jump into the legal writing community at a broader level than just your school.

The organizers plan to let presenters know by April 10 whether their proposals have been accepted; the specifics of the conference schedule (format, time, etc.) will be sent out in late April or early May.

Hat tip to the Central States Area Legal Writing Conference Program Committee: Judy Rosenbaum, Elizabeth De Armond, Mary Nagel, Norm Plate, and Wanda Temm.

Here's the link to reserve a room at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, a few blocks from the law school.

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March 16, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Registration Now 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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March 16, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sue Liemer Goes to Elon

Sue LiemerProfessor Sue Liemer of the Southern Illinois University School of Law and an Editor Emeritus of the Legal Writing Prof Blog has accepted an appointment to the faculty at Elon University School of Law. 

Professor Liemer received a B.A. degree in comparative literature from Princeton University, and a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia. She worked as a writer in the world of advertising and marketing. After law school she served as counsel to the state of Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Commission. Her law practice included administrative agency hearings and appellate court proceedings, as well as liaison work with the public, state and municipal employees, the press, and the legislature.

Before coming to SIU, Professor Liemer taught at Western New England College School of Law and the University of Mississippi School of Law. She served as the fourth president of the Association of Legal Writing Directors from 1999–2000 and also served on the Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute. Her scholarship interests include both legal writing and art law.

At Elon, she will assume responsibility for the school's 1L Legal Method & Communication curriculum.

Hat tips to Catherine Wasson and Cindy Buys.

(mew)

March 16, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

#GLS12FLDM

The social media hashtag for the 12th Global Legal Skills Conference taking place this week at the Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey is #GLS12FLDM.

(mew)

March 15, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

ALWD Scholars Conference at ASU

Se78j+lv.jpegFollowing the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law hosted a Scholars' Forum sponsored by the Association of Legal Writing Directors ("ALWD").  Terry Pollman of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas facilitated the discussions.  The participants were Professors Linda Anderson (Stetson University College of Law), Leslie Culver (California Western School of Law), Rachel Stabler (University of Miami School of Law), and Carolyn Williams (Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law). The Scholars' Forum also included a panel discussion about scholarship with Terry Pollman, Kim Holst, and Sue Chesler.

Thank you to the Association of Legal Writing Directors for sponsoring this and other Scholars' Forums.

Hat tip to Alyssa Dragnich.

(mew)

March 15, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, March 11, 2017

How to Take a Taxi from the Monterrey Airport to the 2017 Global Legal Skills Conference Hotel

Participants in the 12th Global Legal Skills Conference taking place this week have started to arrive in Monterrey, Mexico ("MTY"). Here is some advice on how to take a taxi from the airport to the conference hotel.

  1. Go through immigration and customs. After your flight lands in Monterrey, you'll go through immigration. Go to the lines on the right ("Extranjeros," which means foreigners or non-Mexican citizens). You'll pass through immigration, collect your luggage from the baggage claim, and go through customs. You'll be asked to push a button which randomly gives a red or green light. If you get the red light, you'll have to have your luggage inspected. If you get the green light, you will be on your way.
  2. ATM-MTYGet Mexican pesos from an ATM. After you make it through customs, go to the right (it's the only way you can go) until you pass some ATM machines on the left-hand side (look at the first picture). If you need pesos, then choose the ATM that feels right to you. Right now it's about 20 pesos to $1. This means that withdrawing $100US in pesos will give you just under 2,000 Mexican Pesos. The $ sign is used for both US dollars and for pesos, but you'll figure out which is which.
  3. Taxi-tickets-MTYFind the taxi ticket machines and buy a ticket for a taxi to Zone 5. These machines will sell you a taxi ticket to ZONE 5 where the MS Millennium Hotel is located. You can use the machine in Spanish, English, or French. Pick whether you want a "sedan" or a "camioneta" (minivan). If you are four persons or fewer, pick the sedan. Sedan

 4. You then pick a company and buy a ticket for zone 5. There are six different taxi companies and they're all ok. Here are the prices for the sedan (assuming you are alone or that you have fewer than four people in your group).

  • Ejecutivo $340 [about US$17.35]
  • Contaxi $350 [about US$17.85]
  • Golden $340 [about US$17.35]
  • Suburban $345 [about US$17.60]
  • TPA $330 [about US$16.85]
  • Totsa $320 [about US$16.35]

Taxi-TicketYou can see that the six companies are within $1.50 of each other. Pick one and pay for the ticket.

Take the ticket from the machine and continue walking down the hall to door number 4, go outside, and find your taxi company. More likely, they'll find you, put your luggage in the car, and be on your way. They will give you the part of your ticket that is the receipt.

The ride from the airport will take about 15-20 minutes (maybe longer if there's traffic). You don't have to tip the driver but it's certainly appreciated, and you would in your home country. 50 pesos is about US$2.55, if you're stuck on how much (or whether) to tip your taxi driver.

You'll soon arrive at the MS Millennium Hotel and be ready to enjoy the GLS Conference.

(mew)

March 11, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)