Saturday, March 25, 2017
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.
At 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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)
- scholarship on the theories, principles, practices, and conventions of legal communication, and
- 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.
- 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
- building understanding of what discipline building might include;
- persuading target audiences about its value;
- supporting the authors of discipline-building scholarship; and
- strengthening its impact and influence.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Global Legal Skills Conference Wraps Up in Mexico; Next GLS Conference Slated for Melbourne, Australia
The 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).
The next Global Legal Skills Conference will be held more than 18 months from now in Melbourne, Australia in December 2018.
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.
Prof. 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]
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.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
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:
- Your name, professional title and school.
- Contact information, e-mail address, and telephone number.
- Number of years teaching in a law school (we will consider applications with all levels of experience).
- Title of your presentation – what is the topic that would fit on a bumper sticker.
- One paragraph description of your presentation, about 300 words.
- Technology needs beyond the basics. All rooms have computers with internet, and projection and audio capabilities. We have DVD, CD, and flash drive ports.
- Whether the presentation is lecture style or, preferably, interactive.
- 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).
- 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 email@example.com. 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.
Professor 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.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Following 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.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
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.
- 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.
- Get 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.
- Find 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.
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]
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.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
The 2017 Global Legal Skills Conference (GLS-12) will be held in Monterrey, Mexico, at the Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey. The conference will begin on Wednesday, March 15, and continue through Friday, March 17, 2017. There will also be a pre-conference field trip on March 14, 2017. Participants are expected from Australia, Canada, Estonia, Germany, Haiti, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, Qatar, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Venezuela. The GLS-12 Conference is organized by the Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey (Monterrey, Mexico), 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).
The Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference will be held on April 22, 2017, at Stetson University in Gulfport, Florida. You can register for the Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference by clicking here. There is no conference fee, but advance registration is critical so the organizers can plan for a successful conference. Hotel information is available on the website and early reservations are highly recommended.
Hat tips to Professor Jason Scott Palmer and Catherine J. Cameron
Friday, February 10, 2017
Second Biennial Moot Court Conference
Saturday, April 29, 2017
The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
The Planning Committee for the Second Biennial Moot Court Conference invites proposals from participants on any topic of interest to those who coach moot court teams and teach appellate advocacy. We welcome individual and collaborative proposals.
- Name(s) and contact information
- Title of presentation
- Brief (one paragraph description)
- Time needed (25 minutes or 50 minutes)
- Technology needed.
In the email subject line, please state: Moot Court 2017 Proposal – [Name].
We hope to complete program selection by February 27. We look forward to receiving your proposals.
hat tip: Ardath Hamann
The Washburn University School of Law invites applications for the position of Visiting Associate Professor of Law (VAP) in its Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing (LARW) program. Washburn’s LARW program is staffed by four tenured or tenure-track professors specializing in legal writing pedagogy. The program is often ranked among the best legal writing programs in the nation by U.S. World and News Report.
This position is for a full-time nine-month visiting faculty member to teach first-year courses in our legal writing program during the 2017-2018 academic year, beginning in August 2017. The VAP will be expected to teach at least one section of LARW each semester in addition to one additional course each semester. Those additional courses may be in the upper-level curriculum and could include at least one upper-level writing course. However, the content of the additional courses would be decided based on the curricular needs of the institution and the VAP’s experience and interests.
Washburn University was founded in 1865 on the then-revolutionary premise of open access to and diversity in education. Washburn Law School is committed to continuing and expanding upon this legacy. Diversity among faculty, staff, and students is essential to fulfilling the mission and vision of the law school, and the school uses every means available to support robust diversity within the law school community. Applicants whose background and experiences might enhance the diversity of the law school are strongly encouraged to apply.
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.
Qualified candidates will have a JD degree from an ABA-accredited law school, outstanding academic credentials, and a strong law school and practice record demonstrating an outstanding level of accomplishment in legal research and writing. Prior experience teaching legal research and writing is preferred, but not required.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. (All faculty appointments are contingent upon funding.) Washburn University School of Law is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status. Interested candidates should send a resume, a list of at least three references, and a cover letter. Contact: Professor Janet Thompson Jackson, Chair, Faculty Recruitment Committee, Washburn University School of Law, 1700 College Avenue, Topeka, Kansas, 66621. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The position advertised:
__ a. is a tenure-track appointment
__ b. may lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years.
__ c. may lead only to successive short-term contracts of one to four years.
_X_ d. has an upper-limit on the number of years a teacher may be appointed.
__ e. is part of a fellowship program for one or two years.
__ f. is a part-time appointment, or a year-to-year adjunct appointment.
Additional information about job security or terms of employment, any applicable
term limits, and whether the position complies with ABA Standard 405(c):
The position is a one-year podium fill visitor.
- The professor hired:
_X_ a. will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.
__ b. will not be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.
Additional information about the extent of the professor’s voting rights:
- The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the range checked below. (A base salary does not include stipends for coaching moot court teams, teaching other courses, or teaching in summer school; a base salary does not include conference travel or other professional development funds.)
___ over $120,000
___ $110,000 - $119,999
__ $100,000 - $109,999
XX_ $90,000 - $99,999
Additional information about base salary or other compensation:
Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications
- The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing professor will be:
__ a. 30 or fewer
__ b. 31 - 35
_X_ c. 36 - 40
Additional information about teaching load, including required or permitted
teaching outside of the legal research and writing program:
The visitor would be expected to teach a section of LARW I in the Fall semester and a section of LARW II in the Spring semester. Depending on curricular needs, the visitor’s experience, and the visitor’s interests, the remaining two classes could include upper-level casebook classes or upper-level writing courses.
hat tip: Joseph Mastrosimone, Washburn
Thursday, February 9, 2017
The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
The Planning Committee for the Second Biennial Moot Court Conference invites proposals from participants on any topic of interest to those who coach moot court teams and teach appellate advocacy. The committee invites individual and collaborative proposals.
- Name(s) and contact information
- Title of presentation
- Brief summary (one paragraph description)
- Time needed (25 minutes or 50 minutes)
- Technology needed.
In the email subject line, please state: Moot Court 2017 Proposal – [Name].
The LWI Moot Court Conference Planning Committee hopes to make its selections by February 27, 2017.
Hat tips to Ardath Hamann and Rob Sherwin.
Monday, February 6, 2017
The Board of Trustees of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago has voted to grant tenure to Professors Marc Ginsberg and Hugh Mundy.
Professor Marc Ginsberg (pictured at left) joined the full-time faculty at The John Marshall Law School after a career as a trial and appellate litigator, primarily representing physicians. He was valedictorian of his class and the Lead Articles Editor of the Law Review. He teaches Evidence, Civil Procedure II and Medical Negligence. His scholarship focuses on evidence and medico-legal jurisprudence.
Professor Hugh Mundy (pictured at right) joined the faculty at The John Marshall School after teaching for two years at the Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University in Florida, where taught Lawyering Skills and supervised the Criminal Justice Clinic. Before entering academia, Mundy was an assistant federal public defender for eight years working first in the Middle District of Tennessee and then in the Southern District of New York. His work included representing clients charged with a range of offenses, including narcotics, firearms, immigration, federal benefits and internet-based crimes. He also argued multiple appellate cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He began his legal career clerking for Judge A. Richard Caputo at the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. After completing a one-year term with the judge, he was selected an Equal Justice Works Fellow and worked at the Tennessee Justice Center in Nashville. His primary work focused on litigation to expand services for children under Tennessee's Medicaid program. Professor Mundy teaches Lawyering Skills, Criminal Law, and Evidence.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
The website for the American Bar Association Journal shared that a reader had questioned the publication’s editorial judgment in describing a story of two women who pleaded guilty to criminal charges. The reader (going by the name "OKBankLaw" asked whether "pleaded" should instead be "pled."
Saturday, January 21, 2017
One Week Left for Early Bird Registration for the 2017 Global Legal Skills Conference in Mexico; Presentation Proposals Still Being Accepted Until January 28th
There's still a week left for the early bird registration for the 12th Global Legal Skills Conference being held at in Monterrey, Mexico at the Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey (FLDM), a previous host of the third and fifth Global Legal Skills Conferences. The conference is being held March 15-17, 2017. There is an optional full-day city tour of Monterrey on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.
Proposals for presentations at the conference are also being accepted for another week.
The first Global Legal Skills started as a conference to connect legal writing and ESL professionals who had an interest in teaching international students and lawyers who speak English as a second language. The GLS Conference series has since grown to include not only legal writing faculty, but also international and comparative law professors, clinical faculty, linguists, librarians, judges, attorneys, court translators, law students, and scholars interested in global legal skills education. Now in its 12th iteration, the conference draws hundreds of professionals from around the world.
The conference being hosted at the FLDM is being cosponsored by The John Marshall Law School-Chicago (Illinois, USA), the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico Department of Law (Mexico City, Mexico), and the University of Texas at Austin School of Law (Texas, USA). The conference is also supported by various professional organizations, including the American Bar Association Section of International Law, the American Society of International Law, the International Law Students Association, Lawbility (Switzerland), Scribes — The American Society of Legal Writers, and the Teaching International Law Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association.
Click here for more information about the conference (including descriptions of presentations already accepted), the early bird registration, conference hotel discounts, city tour information, and nominations for the GLS Awards.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Professor David Austin of the California Western School of Law, a contributing editor to the Legal Writing Prof Blog, has created a wonderful video montage of photos from the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools. These photos are from (1) the Golden Pen and Blackwell Reception hosted jointly by the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) and the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) and (2) the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research Awards Luncheon.