Sunday, September 4, 2016

Job Opening in Arkansas

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law seeks applicants for a full-time, tenure-track position to teach in its autonomous Research, Writing, and Analysis (RWA) program. The position is available beginning August 2017. The successful candidate will teach two sections of first-year RWA (a six-credit, two-semester course sequence) and periodically may teach other courses. Salary and rank are commensurate with experience. Minimum qualifications are a J.D. from an accredited law school and strong writing and interpersonal skills. Preferred qualifications include outstanding academic credentials, prior teaching experience, and law review or moot court service.

Little Rock is the capital city and largest metropolitan area in Arkansas, boasting extremely affordable housing, cultural attractions, and close proximity to extensive recreational areas. The Bowen School of Law is located in revitalized downtown Little Rock, less than two miles from the state capitol, the federal, state, and county courthouses, the largest law firms in the state, and the Clinton Presidential Library. Housed in a spacious 150,000 square foot, completely renovated building, the law school is situated within the historic Quapaw Quarter, next to MacArthur Park, the MacArthur Museum of Military History, and the Arkansas Arts Center.

Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, together with a cover letter dicating teaching and scholarly interests, and three references, to Professor Michael T. Flannery, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, UALR William H. Bowen School of Law, 1201 McMath Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas 72202-5142, or to Mxflannery@ualr.edu. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. The University of Arkansas at Little Rock, an Equal Opportunity Employer, affirms the values and goals of diversity and strongly encourages the applications of all candidates, including women and candidates from historically under-represented groups.

The position is a tenure-track appointment and the professor hired will be allowed to vote in faculty meetings. The school anticipates paying a salary of $80,000 to $95,000. The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research and writing professor will be 36 to 40.

Hat tip to Professor J. Lyn Entrikin.

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Job Opening in Memphis, Tennessee

The University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, anticipates hiring up to three full-time faculty members to teach in the Legal Methods program beginning Fall 2017. Legal Methods is a rigorous, required first-year legal research, writing, and analysis course. The Law School anticipates that each professor would teach Legal Methods I (fall) and Legal Methods II (spring) with approximately thirty-six students each semester. The legal writing professors and our Director of Legal Methods will work collaboratively to implement and coordinate the program, including identifying and designing aspects of the program that will be consistent across all sections, but the legal writing professors will have substantial autonomy in formulating course content.

The position is not tenure-track. Candidates should have an outstanding academic record, demonstrated excellence in legal research and writing, and excellent communication skills. Candidates must have a J.D., bar admission, and at least two years’ practice experience. Candidates should have a strong desire to teach legal research and writing to first-year law students as well as a desire and ability to work collegially in a collaborative environment. Teaching experience is desired but not required. The positions are contingent on available funding.

The Law School anticipates that the annual academic year base salary will be $60,000.  Tennessee does not have an income tax, and, in several different surveys, Memphis consistently ranks in the top ten for having one of the lowest costs of living in the United States. Additionally, the positions will be benefits eligible. (Click here for more information.) The Law School encourages expressions of interest from candidates whose backgrounds will contribute to the diversity of the faculty. Please forward a letter of interest, a resume or C.V., and a list of three references by September 16, 2016, to Professor David S. Romantz, Chair, Faculty Recruitment Committee, at dromantz@memphis.edu. Please submit your materials in a single Word or .pdf document with the subject line “LM 2016 [your name].” The University of Memphis is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.     

The position may lead only to successive short-term contracts of one to four years. The University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, is in the process of converting its program from an adjunct staffing model to a full-time faculty model.  The positions advertised are subject to University approval of funding.  Consistent with the current University of Memphis rules, the Law School anticipates that the professors hired will have nine-month clinical faculty appointments with presumptively renewable contracts of one year.  The Law School anticipates working with the University to establish a path to a security of position reasonably similar to tenure, as contemplated by ABA Standard 405(c), which will apply to these positions.

The professor hired will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings on all matters except hiring, promotion, and tenure of tenured/tenure-track faculty.

Subject to University approval of funding, the Law School anticipates that the annual academic year base salary will be $60,000.  Tennessee does not have an income tax, and, in several different surveys, Memphis consistently ranks in the top ten for having one of the lowest costs of living in the United States.  Additionally, the positions will be benefits eligible.

The Law School anticipates that the professor hired will teach 30-36 first-year students each semester.  The professor hired will teach Legal Methods I (3 credits) in the fall and Legal Methods II (2 credits) in the spring.

Hat tip to Jodi Wilson.

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Job Opening in Fort Worth, Texas

Texas A&M University School of Law seeks a full-time candidate to fill a tenure-track or contract position in its Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing Program. The program consists of eight required credit hours of first year and upper-level specialized drafting courses.

Candidates must have a minimum J.D. degree or its equivalent. Preference will be given to those with demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement and strong classroom teaching skills. Although the law school primarily is interested in entry-level candidates, more experienced candidates may be considered if their qualifications respond to the law school’s needs and interests. Texas A&M Law School has a unified tenure track system that requires all tenure-track and tenured faculty to engage in scholarship in addition to teaching and service.

Texas A&M University is a tier one research institution and American Association of Universities member. The university consists of 16 colleges and schools that collectively rank among the top 20 higher education institutions nationwide in terms of research and development expenditures. As part of its commitment to continue building on its tradition of excellence in scholarship, teaching, and public service, Texas A&M acquired the law school from Texas Wesleyan University in August 2013. Since then, the law school has embarked on a program of investment that increased its entering class credentials and financial aid budgets, while shrinking the class size; hired 19 new faculty members, including thirteen prominent lateral hires; improved its physical facility; and substantially increased its career services, admissions, and student services staff. 
Texas A&M School of Law is located in the heart of downtown Fort Worth, one of the largest and fastest growing cities in the country. The Fort Worth/Dallas area, with a total population in excess of six million people, offers a low cost of living, a strong economy, and access to world-class museums, restaurants, entertainment, and outdoor activities.
The school welcomes applications from a broad spectrum of qualified individuals who will enhance the rich diversity of the university’s academic community. Applicants should email a résumé and cover letter indicating research and teaching interests to Professor Gabriel Eckstein, Chair of the Faculty Appointments Committee, at appointments@law.tamu.edu. Alternatively, résumés can be mailed to Professor Eckstein at Texas A&M University School of Law, 1515 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102-6509.
The position is a tenure-track appointment or may lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years. Preference will be given to entry-level tenure track candidates but the committee will consider more experienced candidates or candidates for long-term contracts depending on qualifications. The professor hired will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings. The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary of $100,ooo to more than $120,000. And the number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing professor is expected to be between 31 and 35.
 
Hat tip to Professor Angela Morrison at Texas A&M University School of Law.
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Job Opening near Boston

Boston College Law School invites applications for a full-time legal writing faculty position to teach Law Practice 1 and Law Practice 2. 

Law Practice 1, a graded three-credit course, uses simulated problems to teach professional skills in legal problem solving, including legal analysis, legal research, and oral and written communication. Law Practice 2, a graded two-credit course, focuses on development of legal writing skills.

Candidates must have a degree from an accredited law school, excellent writing and analytical skills, a strong academic record, and experience in law practice or a judicial clerkship. Teaching experience is preferred. The position, which will begin August 1, 2017, may lead to a form of security reasonably similar to tenure. A tenure track appointment may be possible, depending on qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.

Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, or any other classification protected under federal, state or local law. The school encourages women, minorities, and others who would enrich the diversity of our academic community to apply. Boston College Law School, part of a Jesuit, Catholic university, is located in Newton, Massachusetts, just outside Boston. To apply, please send a statement of interest and resume with three references by email to Professor Mark Spiegel at lrrwsearch@bc.edu.  Applications will be accepted until November 1, 2016.

At Boston College Law School, long-term faculty contracts are for three years.  Following the first two reviews, after six years of service, subsequent renewals do not require committee review, and the full faculty views the position as providing “a form of security reasonably similar to tenure” (see ABA Standard 405(c)).

The professor hired will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings. The school anticipates paying an annual salary of $90,000 to $119,999. Salary will depend on qualifications and experience of the professor. The professor will be eligible for funds for research and travel and for a summer research stipend.

The number of students enrolled each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing professor will be 41 to 45. The professor is being hired to teach within the legal research and writing program. A professor may also teach a course outside the legal writing program with approval of the Dean of Faculty.

Hat tip to E. Joan Blum, Associate Professor of Legal Reasoning, Research, & Writing at Boston College Law School.

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Job Opening in North Carolina at Wake Forest

Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, seeks an individual who will fill one tenure-track position as a Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research (LAWR) Professor and also be the Director of Outreach, beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year.

This person will teach one section of LAWR I in the fall semester and one section of LAWR II in the spring semester. As the Director of Outreach, this person will have administrative responsibility over the student-led Pro Bono Project and Public Interest Law Organization (PILO).

In administering the Pro Bono Project, this person will be responsible for enhancing and promoting pro bono opportunities for students and serving as the licensed attorney who reviews student work. In administering PILO, this person will be responsible for promoting public interest employment options and raising funds to support PILO summer fellowship grants, and will serve as a supervising attorney where required. The person will need to cultivate networks with legal organizations, businesses, non-profits, governmental agencies, and law firms nationwide to create pro-bono partnerships for Wake Forest law students. The person will also ensure that students who participate in pro bono projects meet all requirements of bar licensing associations regarding client confidentiality and client conflicts. 

The Faculty Appointments Committee seeks applications from candidates with outstanding academic credentials, including demonstrated or potential teaching and administrative ability and the potential for or a record of distinguished scholarship. In addition to teaching in the LAWR program and performing the various administrative duties as Director of Outreach, there is an expectation of scholarship. This person will be provided the same opportunities and support for research, scholarship, and other professional development as doctrinal faculty, including summer research stipends and research assistants.

Applicants must have a law degree; a long-term commitment to the LAWR and Outreach programs; an interest in teaching and scholarship; excellent legal research, analysis, reasoning, writing, and communication skills; and the ability to work both independently and cooperatively. Prior teaching experience is preferred, and at least three years of legal practice (preferably public interest law) experience is required. The candidate must be licensed to practice law in North Carolina or be willing to sit for the North Carolina bar no later than July 2017. 

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. We are strongly dedicated to the pursuit of excellence by including and integrating individuals who represent different groups as defined by race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, age, disability, national origin, religion, and veteran status.  

Interested applicants should submit an application—including a cover letter, resume, research agenda, and list of references—through the Wake Forest website.

The application deadline is Friday, September 30, 2016 and all materials must be received by this date. Confidential inquiries are welcome.  

The position is a tenure-track appointment and the professor hired will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings. The school anticipates paying an annual salary in the range of $80,000 to $89,999. The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research and writing professor will be 30 or fewer.

Hat tip to Professor Laura Graham at Wake Forest University School of Law.

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Job Opening in Miami

The University of Miami School of Law seeks to hire two full-time faculty members to teach Legal Communication and Research Skills (LComm) beginning August 2017. Each successful candidate will teach two sections of LComm I in the fall semester, and two sections of LComm II in the spring.

Candidates must have a J.D. degree from an accredited law school, excellent writing and analytical skills, and outstanding academic credentials.  Preferred qualifications include prior teaching experience, and experience in law practice or judicial clerkships. Additional details are provided below and in the attached disclosure form.

Applicants should email a cover letter and resume with three references to Professor Stephen Schnably, Chair of the Faculty Appointments Committee, at schnably@law.miami.edu (with a copy to the Committee's assistant, Detra Davis Fleming, at ddavis@law.miami.edu). Applications will be considered until the positions are filled.

The position may lead only to successive short-term contracts of one to four years. The professor hired  will not be permitted to vote in faculty meetings; legal writing faculty serve and vote in faculty committees, and attend and participate in faculty meetings (but not vote there). The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the range cf $80,000 to $99,999. Legal writing faculty are eligible for summer research grants, upper-level summer teaching, and overload short course teaching. Full faculty health and retirements are provided. The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing professor will be 41-45.

Hat tip to Professor Annette Torres of the University of Miami School of Law.

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

The Fact Pattern Almost Writes Itself . . . .

A university student assumed the risk that the karate instructor would punch him in the face. Morgan v. Kent State Univ., 54 N.E.3d 1284 (Ohio App. 10th Dist. 2016). There's a legal writing problem in there . . . .

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Melina Healey and Anthony Kreis Join Legal Writing Faculty at Chicago-Kent

Two new visiting assistant professors have have joined the legal writing faculty at Chicago-Kent College of Law. They are Melina Healey and Anthony Michael Kreis.
 
Melina HealeyMelina joins Chicago-Kent from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she has been a Teaching Fellow since 2014. She has taught both a clinic with an associated seminar and a doctrinal class. The clinic pertained to child law-related policy and legislative projects. Her doctrinal class centered on child welfare and education and juvenile law. She received her J.D. from N.Y.U. School of Law. Her scholarship area is federal and tribal criminal justice policy; for the past five years she has worked with the tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation in northeastern Montana.
 
Anthony KreisAnthony joins Chicago-Kent from the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs, where he just completed his Ph.D. He received his law degree from Washington and Lee University. He taught several undergraduate classes at the University of Georgia and won four teaching awards. His scholarship areas are political science and public administration, and he has recently written about marriage equality issues and comparative judicial efficiency.
 
Hat tip to Elizabeth De Armand at Chicago-Kent College of Law.
 
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Kelly Brewer Joins Faculty at UMKC School of Law

Kelly BrewerKelly Brewer will be a Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law after teaching as a visitor at Valparaiso University Law School and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Hat tip to Wanda M. Temm, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Bar Services, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Rhetoric Society of America to Hold 2017 Summer Institute and Workshops

The Rhetoric Society of America will hold its 2017 Summer Institute in Bloomington, Indiana, from Monday, May 22 through the morning of Thursday, May 25, and workshops from the afternoon of Thursday, May 25 through noon on Saturday, May 27, 2017. To attend the Institute you must apply (and be accepted) into a seminar, workshop, or both. Because they do not overlap, you may apply to both seminars AND workshops

Applications can be found online at http://associationdatabase.com/aws/RSA/pt/sp/institute_application. The application deadline is October 1, 2016. Acceptances will be announced by December 2016. The registration deadline will be April 1, 2017.

The eight seminars will investigate the racial contract (Mark McPhail and Keith Miler), the new materialism (Diane Davis and Thomas Rickert), rhetoric’s affect and the affect of rhetoric (Joshua Gunn and Jenny Rice), digital rhetoric beyond the screen (James Brown, Casey Boyle, and Steph Ceraso), in/visible bodies and human rights (Wendy Hesford and Wendy Kozol), post-cold war presidential rhetoric (John Murphy and Mary Stuckey), the rhetorical spaces of memory (Carole Blair and Greg Dickinson), and queer archival immersion—to be held in the world famous Kinsey Institute and working with its collections (Charles Morris, E. Cram, Eric Darnell Pritchard, K.J. Rawson, and Jennifer Tyburczy).

The Institute Workshops will feature a workshop on academic publishing led by the immediate past editor of the Quarterly Journal of Speech and the current editor of Rhetoric Society Quarterly, and a wide array of topical workshops on argumentation, the archive, animal rhetoric, computational rhetoric, decolonizing rhetoric in the 21st century, disability rhetorics, rhetoric and environmental justice, rhetoric and the scientific object, rhetoric and sport, non-western rhetorical traditions, cinema and social movement, sonic rhetoric and much more.

Spring is a beautiful time of the year in Bloomington. The Indiana University campus is a short walk from Kirkwood Avenue where Bloomington features a wide array of ethnic cuisines. The Art Museum, designed by I. M. Pei holds an incredible collection of art, and the Lilly Rare Book library holds a wide collection of rare books and special holdings, including a Gutenberg Bible (you can actually touch it you like!), the original manuscript for Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, and some of Kenneth Burke’s letters (for you Burkophiles out there).

Hat tip to Brian Larson, Georgia Institute of Technology

For more information you can visit the website or contact John Louis Lucaites, Director of the RSA Summer Institute, at RSA2017@indiana.edu.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Does Anyone Use Juritool?

Juritool-logoWe've been asked to review Juritool (http://juritool.com/) to see how it compares to other legal research tools. Do any of you who use Juritool have thoughts to share about your experience? 

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August 19, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Your Scrabble Word of the Day: Syzygy

"Syzygy" is a straight-line configuration of three celestial bodies within the same celestial system, such as during a solar or lunar eclipse. It's pronounced /siz-ә-jee/.

Hat tip to Bryan Garner.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

AALS 2017 Annual Meeting

Early bird registration is now open for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools in San Francisco in January. Visit http://www.aals.org/am2017/registration/ for more information and to see the full dance card of events.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Approximations in Legal Writing

In a nice little post on Above the Law earlier today, contributor Mark Herrmann nicely summarized a skill that so many students tend to struggle with -- the degree of approximation necessary (and appropriate) when dealing with facts in court documents. I've often found it difficult to explain to students why the middle initial of the plaintiff is not necessarily a relevant detail in most circumstances (but could be in others).  Herrmann's post provides a quick, concise insight into the problem. I look forward to directing students struggle with fact relevance to this post in the future!! 

{ldj} Hat tip, Mark Herrmann

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

What's a Researcher to Do?

Many legal researchers got a surprise earlier back in April when Thomson Reuters sent an email informing its subscribers that Thomson Reuters had erroneously omitted text from some 600 judicial decisions published since November 2014.
 
Here's the message that Thomson Reuters sent to its customers and posted on its website:
To our customers:

As part of our commitment to transparency, I wanted to alert you to some errors related to publishing cases in Westlaw® and our print volumes that we have now corrected.

In March, Thomson Reuters became aware that small portions of text were missing in a number of new cases posted to Westlaw due to the introduction of an upgrade to our PDF conversion process in November 2014. We immediately conducted an investigation, which revealed that approximately one-half of one percent (0.5%) of total decisions added to our collection during this period were affected by these issues. We have now corrected those cases on Westlaw and we will be shipping replacement print volumes to all affected customers as soon as possible. We will work closely with those customers to minimize any disruption.

Our analysis of the cases found that none of these issues resulted in any change to the meaning of the law. To provide clarity, we are posting examples of the issues, as well as a listing of all corrected cases, here. We will post all affected cases with corrections highlighted within the text.

Additional details and answers to common questions can be found here. If you have questions, please contact your sales representative or Thomson Reuters Customer Service at 1-800-249-9378.

We are very aware of our crucial role in supporting the U.S. legal system, and there is nothing more important to us than delivering the best possible solutions and customer service to you. Please accept our apologies for our errors. We are very sorry for the inconvenience.
Although this message was undoubtedly embarrassing for Thomson Reuters, we commend their investigation of the problem, the openness of their message, and their ultimate response: to correct the electronic versions of cases and to print replacement volumes of the reporters.
 
 
Hat tip to Ann Schwing.
 
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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

U.S. Senate Confirms Carla Hayden as 14th Librarian of Congress

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States – and extensive materials from around the world – both on site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at loc.gov, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at congress.gov and register create works of authorship at copyright.gov.

Last month the United States Senate confirmed Dr. Carla D. Hayden as the 14th Librarian of Congress. She was approved for a renewable 10-year term. The vote was 74-18.

Dr. Hayden was nominated by President Barack Obama in February. She was the longtime chief executive of the Enoch Pratt Free Library system in Baltimore and a former president of the American Library Association. She's also the first woman and the first African-American to head the Library of Congress.

"This is truly a great honor to be nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to lead the nation’s library, the Library of Congress," Dr. Hayden said. "It has been my privilege to serve the citizens of Baltimore for 23 years and help restore the Enoch Pratt Free Library as a world-renowned institution. I look forward to working with the dedicated staff of the Library of Congress. I will be honored to build on the legacy and accomplishments of my predecessors in this position, to be part of a continuing movement to open the treasure chest that is the Library of Congress even further and to make it a place that can be found and used by everyone."

Dr. Hayden takes the helm from Acting Librarian David S. Mao, who has served since the retirement of Dr. James H. Billington on September 30, 2015.

Dr. Hayden has recently overseen the renovation of the central branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, a four-year, $112 million project, and has also led $40 million in renovations to other units within the 22-branch Pratt system. The system is named for the businessman and philanthropist who financed its founding in 1886.

She took the helm of the Baltimore system in 1993, winning strong praise for her work to ensure that the city’s library system offers a broad array of services to assist citizens from all walks of life, from access to books and other learning materials to computer access and job information. A program of outreach into neighborhoods served by the Pratt libraries included after-school centers for teens, offering homework assistance and college counseling; a program offering healthy-eating information for residents in areas with insufficient access to high-quality food; programming in Spanish; establishment of an electronic library, and digitization of the Library’s special collections.

Dr. Hayden won high praise, during recent civil unrest in some Baltimore neighborhoods, for keeping library branches open citywide to continue service and provide citizens with safe havens.

Dr. Hayden first served as a children’s librarian in the Chicago Public Library system, eventually rising to the post of deputy commissioner and chief librarian in that system. She also taught Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh. She received Library Journal’s 1995 Librarian of the Year Award, and served as president of the American Library Association 2003-2004.

Dr. Hayden received a B.A. from Roosevelt University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Graduate Library School of the University of Chicago.

(Adapted from a press release from the Library of Congress)

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

New Editors for Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute

The Editorial Board of the Legal Writing Journal published by the Legal Writing Institute announced that the following editors joined Journal’s Editorial Board last month at the 2016 LWI Biennial Conference in Portland:
  • Prof. Elizabeth Inglehart (Northwestern)
  • Prof. Lori Johnson (UNLV)
  • Prof. Lisa Mazzie (Marquette)
  • Prof. Sarah Mortah (Akron)
  • Prof. Kath Vinson (Suffolk)
Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute is now published online. You can find the previous 20 volumes (and much more) by clicking here.
 
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Monday, July 25, 2016

Job Opening in San Diego

California Western School of Law (CWSL) invites applications for the position of Assistant Director of Academic Support.

Summary Description: Under the general direction of the Assistant Dean for Academic Achievement, the Assistant Director of Academic Support provides academic support to law students, particularly those at academic risk. The Assistant Director is primarily responsible for supervising the tutoring program, presenting skills workshops, and working with first-year students who are facing academic difficulty. The Assistant Director teaches the Academic Achievement Workshop for second-year students and assists alumni who are studying for the California bar exam.

About the School: California Western School of Law is a not-for-profit, independent law school located in downtown San Diego, with approximately 800 students. San Diego’s oldest law school, CWSL was accredited by the American Bar Association in 1962 and has been a member of the Association of American Law Schools since 1967. In addition to its strong JD and LLM programs, California Western offers dual and joint degrees with UC San Diego and San Diego State University and administers numerous clinical programs including the California Innocence Project, Community Law Project, and several programs focused on improving the rule of law in Latin America.

Qualifications: Juris Doctor Degree from an ABA-accredited law school; successful passage of California Bar exam; at least one year of law teaching experience in an academic support or bar preparation program required. Experience in course planning, classroom presentations, and one-on-one tutoring; experience in learning theories and effective pedagogy, including formative and summative assessment; and knowledge of California Civil Procedure preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Candidates must be self-starters, able to prioritize and complete multiple tasks of varying complexity and urgency in a timely and efficient manner. This individual will be joining a great Academic Achievement team that consistently collaborates and reinforces each other’s efforts in furtherance of a truly supportive learning community for our students. The individual must have a firm commitment to provide exemplary services in a demanding and challenging environment, while understanding processes and compliance requirements necessary to execute academic success programming. Demonstrating good judgement is key. The applicant must have a demonstrated ability to speak effectively to groups. The individual must have poise, tactfulness, diplomacy and professionalism when dealing with staff, faculty, students and outside constituents. The candidate must also demonstrate a passion for working with students – particularly those who struggle academically – and have a track record of developing robust relationships with students.

Salaries are commensurate with qualifications and experience. The institution offers competitive benefits, including 403(b) and flexible spending plans.

Interested individuals should provide a cover letter describing their interest in and qualifications for the position, salary requirements, and resume to: Human Resources at HR@cwsl.edu by August 1, 2016. The search will continue until the position is filled.

Start Date: Ideally September 2016 to facilitate transition into the fall trimester and prior to the kick-off of student tutor programming.

The institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to affirmative action and to excellence through diversity. The institution provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities upon request.

h/t Leslie Culver

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Friday, July 22, 2016

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

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

Davis

From Kirsten:

Two Minutes for Professional Status in Legal Writing

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

Here are my two minutes:

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

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

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

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

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

{ldj} Thanks to Kirsten Davis!

July 22, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Word That Only Lawyers and Judges Could Love: Defalcation

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

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

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

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

(mew)

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