Friday, November 6, 2015

LWI One-Day Workshops: Tropical Miami on December 4

MiamiSeveral years ago the Legal Writing Institute started a series of one-day workshops held around the country in early December.  Hundreds of individuals have attended over the years as speakers or attendees. The national event is a fundraiser for the good work of the Legal Writing Institute. It also offers law schools an opportunity to show their commitment to legal writing and allows individual professors an opportunity to present their work. 

We'll highlight these workshops as information becomes available.

Florida International University College of Law will host a workshop in tropical Miami on Friday, December 4.  The theme will be “Teaching: Both Tried & True and Something New.”  Presentations will cover topics such as professional communication, pre-writing skills, fundamental skills, research, analogical reasoning, appellate advocacy, and learning outcomes.  There will also be a session on sharing teaching ideas.  To register, click here.

Hat tips to Dionne Anthon and Christi Hayes at FIU.

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November 6, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Vague Pronouns

I read a great "laughter" item in the November 2014 Reader's Digest about the impact of a vague pronoun.

A wanna-be apprentice blacksmith approached the village smithie about working with him.  The more-experienced man said, "Let's see how good you are.  I'll hold this horseshoe and nail up to the horse's hoof, and you take this big hammer.  When I nod my head, hit it as hard as you can."

The wanna-be apprentice did, and that's how he became the new village blacksmith.

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November 6, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Love Your Lawyer Day?

Some folks are promoting the first Friday in November as a day to celebrate lawyers.  What do you think?  The ABA's law practice division passed a resolution last month, and according to The Wall Street Journal, reaction is mixed.

What do you think? 

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Legal Education: New U.S. Policy Guidance on Student Loans

On November 2, 2015, the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced a Policy Guidance relating to its Joint Statement of Principles on Student Loan Servicing, released in conjunction with the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Education. FR67389

Hat tip to the ABA Governmental Affairs Office.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Don't Reinvent the Wheel: An Introduction to Compiled Federal Legislative Histories

Barbara Bavis and Robert Brammer of the Law Library of Congress write about a new Beginner's Guide for federal legislative history -- a topic that strikes fear into the hearts of first year associates and faculty research assistants.  They describe how to find legislative history documents that someone else has already done!  Sources of pre-compiled legislative histories range from finding aids that help you locate a compiled legislative history to monographs that contain the legislative history for one act.

Click here to learn more.

Hat tip (and a big thank you) to the Law Library of Congress

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Nominations for AALS Section Officers

Are you interested in serving as an officer of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research?  Please consider nominating yourself or a colleague for an officer position (Secretary) or an Executive Committee officer-at-large position. You may nominate yourself and you may have others join with you in nominating someone, but the person you nominate should know that they are being nominated. 

We are asking for nominations for the office of Secretary and for Executive Committee officers-at-large. The Secretary produces multiple issues of our Section newsletter. The newsletters are

to be completed in the spring following the annual meeting and the fall before the next annual

meeting. The Secretary becomes Chair-Elect of the Section. The members of the Executive

Committee assists the Section officers and serves as liaisons to the Section’s committees.

 

The Nominations Committee will review the submissions and make recommendations to the

Executive Committee. That Committee will nominate a slate of officers for approval at the

Section’s Business Meeting on January 9, 2016 in New York City.

 

Please send nominations to Lou Sirico, Chair of the Nominations Committee, at Sirico@law.villanova.edu, by November 9, 2015.   The nomination should provide the nominee’s name, contact information, a brief statement about why the nominee would like to serve, and a statement of the nominee's qualifications.

 

Under AALS rules, the Section may appoint only individuals from AALS member schools. Officers must be faculty at regular member law school of the AALS, listed here: http://www.aals.org/member-schools/.  Associate members at other law schools may participate in all activities of the Section except holding office and voting. 

 

Nominations from the floor during our business meeting on January 9th are also permitted.

 

For your reference, the current Chair is Jennifer Romig of Emory University.   The current Chair-elect is Bob Brain of Loyola Law School Los Angeles. The current Secretary is Sabrina DeFabritiis of Suffolk University Law School.  Kim Holst of ASU is the immediate past Chair. Current members of the Executive Committee are: Mary Garvey Algero, Loyola University New Orleans; Grace Hum, University of San Francisco; Lucy Jewel, University of Tennessee; and Wendy Adele Humphrey, Texas Tech University School of Law. Current Executive Committee members may be nominated for another term.

 

Nominations Committee

Lou Sirico, Chair

Suzanna Moran

Mark E. Wojcik

Kathleen Elliott Vinson

Grace Hum, Executive Committee Liaison

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Reminder: Nominations for the Penny Pether Award for Law and Language Scholarship

A passionate advocate for interdisciplinary scholarship in law, literature, and language, Penelope J. Pether was Professor of Law at Villanova University School of Law and former Professor of Law and Director of Legal Rhetoric at the American University Washington College of Law. Her own scholarship focused not only on law, literature, and language, but also on constitutional and comparative constitutional law; legal theory, including constitutional theory; common law legal institutions, judging practices, and professional subject formation. 

Beginning in November 2013, the Penny Pether Award for Law and Language Scholarship has been given annually to an article or essay published during the preceding year (September 1 to September 1) that exemplifies Penny’s commitment to law and language scholarship and pedagogy. 

The Committee selecting award recipients from among the articles and essays nominated will look for scholarship that not only embodies Penny’s passion and spirit but also has some or all of the following characteristics:

1. “[S]cholarship concerning itself with the unique or distinctive insights that might emerge from interdisciplinary inquiries into ‘law’ grounded in the work of influential theorists of language and discourse.” 

2. Scholarship that “attempts to think through the relations among subject formation, language, and law.”

3. Scholarship that provides “accounts of—and linguistic interventions in—acute and yet abiding crises in law, its institutions and discourses.”

4. Scholarship and pedagogy, including work addressing injustices in legal-academic institutions and practices, that is “[c]arefully theorized and situated, insisting on engaging politics and law, [and that] charts ways for law and its subjects to use power, do justice.”

More explanations and descriptions of these characteristics can be found in Penny’s chapter from which these quotations are drawn: Language, in Law and the Humanities: An Introduction (Austin Sarat et al. eds., Cambridge U. Press 2010).  

Nominations should be sent by November 13, 2015 to Jeremy Mullem at mullem@law.duke.edu.  You are free to nominate more than one work and to nominate work you’ve written.  Please provide a citation for each work you nominate.

The Selection Committee includes Linda Berger, David Caudill, Amy Dillard, Bruce Hay, Ian Gallacher, Melissa Marlow, Jeremy Mullem, Nancy Modesitt, and Terry Pollman.  Members of the Selection Committee are not eligible for the award.

Hat tip to Professor Jeremy Mullem of Duke University Law School in Durham, North Carolina

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November 1, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Indiana Supreme Court Holds Oral Arguments . . . at a High School!

Bravo, Indiana Supreme Court!

The justices of the Indiana Supreme Court held oral arguments at Portage High School, witnessed by 875 students from 10 high schools. The case they heard involved the definition of "family" for purposes of a domestic battery case, affecting a felony battery charge. The justices then fielded questions from the high school students about the judicial process and about how lawyers prepare for argument.

I would not be at all surprised if many in that audience end up being lawyers themselves.

What about it, supreme courts of the 49 other states? Are you ready to bring a court case to a high school? (Click on the comments to see answers from Maine and Oregon).

More information at Amy Lavalley, Indiana Students Witness State High Court in Action, Chicago Trib., Nov. 1, 2015, sec. 1, at 10.

(mew)

November 1, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (3)

Friday, October 23, 2015

Overheard at a Bar Association Meeting . . . .

"If the client wants that in plain English, it's going to be more expensive . . . ."

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Vote No on Libarry

Our favorite photo of the week -- a reason to vote "yes" for the library!

Vote No On LibarryFrom the website sabinabecker.com

Hat tip to Professor Stephen Paskey (SUNY Buffalo Law School)

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October 15, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Call for Nominations for AALS Section Officers and Executive Committee

Are you interested in serving as an officer of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research?  Please consider nominating yourself or a colleague for an officer position (Secretary) or an Executive Committee officer-at-large position. You may nominate yourself and you may have others join with you in nominating someone, but the person you nominate should know that they are being nominated. 

 

We are asking for nominations for the office of Secretary and for Executive Committee officers-at-large. The Secretary produces multiple issues of our Section newsletter. The newsletters are

to be completed in the spring following the annual meeting and the fall before the next annual

meeting. The Secretary becomes Chair-Elect of the Section. The members of the Executive

Committee assists the Section officers and serves as liaisons to the Section’s committees.

 

The Nominations Committee will review the submissions and make recommendations to the

Executive Committee. That Committee will nominate a slate of officers for approval at the

Section’s Business Meeting on January 9, 2016 in New York City.

 

Please send nominations to Lou Sirico, Chair of the Nominations Committee, at Sirico@law.villanova.edu, by November 9, 2015.   The nomination should provide the nominee’s name, contact information, a brief statement about why the nominee would like to serve, and a statement of the nominee's qualifications.

 

Under AALS rules, the Section may appoint only individuals from AALS member schools. Officers must be faculty at regular member law school of the AALS, listed here: http://www.aals.org/member-schools/.  Associate members at other law schools may participate in all activities of the Section except holding office and voting. 

 

Nominations from the floor during our business meeting on January 9th are also permitted.

 

For your reference, the current Chair is Jennifer Romig of Emory University.   The current Chair-elect is Bob Brain of Loyola Law School Los Angeles. The current Secretary is Sabrina DeFabritiis of Suffolk University Law School.  Kim Holst of ASU is the immediate past Chair. Current members of the Executive Committee are: Mary Garvey Algero, Loyola University New Orleans; Grace Hum, University of San Francisco; Lucy Jewel, University of Tennessee; and Wendy Adele Humphrey, Texas Tech University School of Law. Current Executive Committee members may be nominated for another term.

 

Nominations Committee

Lou Sirico, Chair

Suzanna Moran

Mark E. Wojcik

Kathleen Elliott Vinson

Grace Hum, Executive Committee Liaison

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Monday, October 12, 2015

hiring at McGeorge

Global Lawyering Skills Professor

 University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law is expanding its Global Lawyering Skills (GLS) program and will be hiring a full-time faculty member for a position commencing in August 2016. GLS is a two-year legal writing, research, advocacy, and skills program. The person hired will teach one section of GLS I (a full year first year course) and one section of GLS II (a full year second year course). Lawyering Skills faculty also often teach other elective courses for additional compensation.

 The person hired may come in as an Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of Lawyering Skills, depending on experience. Candidates must be available to teach in both the day and evening divisions. The position is not tenure-track, but may lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years consistent with ABA Standard 405(c)

The McGeorge faculty is accomplished and engaging. The law school is a wonderful community with friendly people, a vibrant intellectual culture, and a beautiful campus. Its programs in international law, advocacy and dispute resolution, and government lawyering are innovative and well known. Its location in Sacramento, the capital of California, offers the opportunity to be part of a robust legal and policy-making community. As a relatively small city by California standards, Sacramento also has a close knit legal community and a number of interesting residential neighborhoods, as well as a burgeoning arts and restaurant scene.

Interested candidates must have a J.D. degree and be admitted to a bar. Candidates should have at least three years of practical experience, high academic achievements, and a strong commitment to legal skills education. Legal writing teaching experience is preferred. We particularly encourage applications from people whose backgrounds will contribute to the diversity of the faculty. 

Interested applicants should apply by submitting a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three references at:  https://pacific.peopleadmin.com/postings/6137.

For more information about the hiring process, please contact Professor Omar Dajani, Chair, Employment, Tenure, and Promotion Committee, at odajani@pacific.edu. If you have questions about the GLS program or the position, also please feel free to contact Professor Mary-Beth Moylan at mmoylan@pacific.edu. The Committee will begin reviewing resumes this fall and will continue until the position is filled. 

University of the Pacific is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.  

 

1.  Which of the following best describes the position you wish to advertise?

_x_ May lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years.

 

2. Will the person hired be permitted to vote in faculty meetings?

 

_x_ Yes*
__ No

 

* Professors of Lawyering Skills vote on all matters except the promotion and tenure of tenure track faculty members.

 

3. The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the range: (A base salary does NOT include stipends for coaching moot court teams, teaching other courses, or teaching in summer school; nor does a base salary include conference travel or other professional development funds.)

__ $30,000to $39,999
__ $40,000 to $49,999
__ $50,000 to $59,999
_x_ $60,000 to $69,999*
_x_ $70,000 to $79,999*

 

*Depending on experience.

 

4. The person hired will teach legal writing each semester to a total number of students in the range:

 35-45 students

 

5.  I certify that my institution's nondiscrimination policy is in substantial compliance with the LWI nondiscrimination policy: "The Legal Writing Institute is committed to a policy against discrimination and in favor of equal opportunity for all of its members regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity."

 

hat tip:    Mary-Beth Moylan

 

October 12, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Nominations Sought for the Penny Pether Award for Law and Language Scholarship

A passionate advocate for interdisciplinary scholarship in law, literature, and language, Penelope J. Pether was Professor of Law at Villanova University School of Law and former Professor of Law and Director of Legal Rhetoric at the American University Washington College of Law. Her own scholarship focused not only on law, literature, and language, but also on constitutional and comparative constitutional law; legal theory, including constitutional theory; common law legal institutions, judging practices, and professional subject formation. 

Beginning in November 2013, the Penny Pether Award for Law and Language Scholarship has been given annually to an article or essay published during the preceding year (September 1 to September 1) that exemplifies Penny’s commitment to law and language scholarship and pedagogy. 

The Committee selecting award recipients from among the articles and essays nominated will look for scholarship that not only embodies Penny’s passion and spirit but also has some or all of the following characteristics:

1. “[S]cholarship concerning itself with the unique or distinctive insights that might emerge from interdisciplinary inquiries into ‘law’ grounded in the work of influential theorists of language and discourse.” 

2. Scholarship that “attempts to think through the relations among subject formation, language, and law.”

3. Scholarship that provides “accounts of—and linguistic interventions in—acute and yet abiding crises in law, its institutions and discourses.”

4. Scholarship and pedagogy, including work addressing injustices in legal-academic institutions and practices, that is “[c]arefully theorized and situated, insisting on engaging politics and law, [and that] charts ways for law and its subjects to use power, do justice.”

More explanations and descriptions of these characteristics can be found in Penny’s chapter from which these quotations are drawn: Language, in Law and the Humanities: An Introduction (Austin Sarat et al. eds., Cambridge U. Press 2010).  

Nominations should be sent by November 13, 2015 to Jeremy Mullem at mullem@law.duke.edu.  You are free to nominate more than one work and to nominate work you’ve written.  Please provide a citation for each work you nominate.

The Selection Committee includes Linda Berger, David Caudill, Amy Dillard, Bruce Hay, Ian Gallacher, Melissa Marlow, Jeremy Mullem, Nancy Modesitt, and Terry Pollman.  Members of the Selection Committee are not eligible for the award.

Hat tip to Professor Jeremy Mullem of Duke University Law School in Durham, North Carolina

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October 12, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, October 9, 2015

Webinar on How to Use Congress.Gov

For anyone who teaches legal research or who has to do legal research . . . 

The Law Library of Congress (the largest law library in the world) will hold a webinar on Thursday October 29, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. EDT on how to use Congress.gov, the successor to THOMAS.gov.  The orientation provides a basic overview of the website and its resources (with a focus on searching legislation and Congressional member information). The webinar will also explain new features on the website. To register, call (202) 707-9801, or complete the registration form by clicking here.

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Faculty Job Opening: Wake Forest

Here's a reminder that Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, North Carolina anticipates hiring one tenure-track Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research Professor to begin in the 2016-2017 academic year.  The Faculty Appointments Committee seeks applications from entry-level candidates with excellent academic records and demonstrated potential for exceptional teaching and scholarly achievement.  They also welcome applications from lateral candidates who possess outstanding academic credentials, including demonstrated teaching ability and a record of distinguished scholarship. The Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research program at Wake Forest University School of Law is a six-credit, three-semester course.  Students receive two credits in the fall semester of their first year (LAWR 1), followed by two credits in the spring semester of their first year (LAWR 2), and two credits in either the fall or spring semester of their second year (LAWR 3).  Professors in the Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research program teach one section of approximately 20 students for LAWR 1 and 2 for the full academic year, and one section of approximately 23-26 students for LAWR 3 for one semester.  The Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research program currently includes six full-time professors. 

In addition to teaching in the program, there is an expectation of scholarship. The Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research professors are, however, provided the same opportunities and support for research, scholarship, and other professional development as doctrinal faculty, including summer research stipends and research assistants. In addition, at Wake Forest University School of Law, the Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research professors are involved in all aspects of law school life, including chairing and serving on faculty committees and serving as advisors to students and student organizations. Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research professors attend faculty meetings and vote on all matters other than tenure, promotion, and retention.

Salary, benefits, and research support are nationally competitive. Applicants must have a law degree; a long-term commitment to the Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research program; 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 legal practice experience is required. 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. They 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 a cover letter, resume, and references by mail to: Professor Kami Simmons, Wake Forest University School of Law, P.O. Box 7206, Winston-Salem, NC  27109.  The Appointments Committee would like to receive all material by October 9, 2015.  Confidential inquiries are welcome.  If you have questions, or would like to inquire more about the position, please feel free to contact Professor Laura Graham, Associate Director, Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research, at grahamlp[at]wfu.edu or by phone at 336-758-1995.

 

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October 4, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

job opening: Boston College

Boston College Law School invites applications for full-time Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing faculty to teach Law Practice I and Law Practice II, a new two-semester course sequence that replaces its current first-year LRR&W course.  Law Practice I, a graded three-credit course, uses simulated problems to teach professional skills in legal problem solving, including legal analysis, legal research, fact analysis, and oral and written communication. Law Practice II, 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, 2016, 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 College strongly encourages women, minorities and others who would enrich the diversity of our academic community to apply. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office of Institutional Diversity at http://www.bc.edu/offices/diversity. 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 the position is filled. 

1. The position advertised:

 __ a. is a tenure-track appointment.

 X b. may lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years.

Additional information about job security or terms of employment, any applicable term limits, and whether the position complies with ABA Standard 405(c):   

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)). A tenure track appointment may be possible for this position, depending on qualifications and experience.

 

2. The professor hired:

X a. will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.

__ b. will not be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.

 

Additional information about the extent of the professor’s voting rights:  

At Boston College Law School, contract faculty are entitled to participate fully in faculty meetings, except that contract faculty in the initial three-year contract do not vote. Contract faculty holding subsequent three-year contracts may vote on all matters except matters concerning appointments and promotions of tenure track faculty, contract renewals of contract faculty senior to them, changes in the status of the contract faculty positions, and conversions of contract faculty positions.

 

3. 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; nor does a base salary include conference travel or other professional development funds.) 

X a. $90,000 or more

__ b. $80,000 to $89,999

 

Additional information about base salary or other compensation: 

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.

 

4. 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 professor is being hired to teach within the legal reasoning, research, and writing program. A professor may in addition teach a course outside the legal writing program with approval of the Dean of Faculty.

hat tip:  Joan Blum

 

(njs)

September 30, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Faculty Job Opening: Wake Forest

Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, North Carolina anticipates hiring one tenure-track Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research Professor to begin in the 2016-2017 academic year.  The Faculty Appointments Committee seeks applications from entry-level candidates with excellent academic records and demonstrated potential for exceptional teaching and scholarly achievement.  They also welcome applications from lateral candidates who possess outstanding academic credentials, including demonstrated teaching ability and a record of distinguished scholarship. The Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research program at Wake Forest University School of Law is a six-credit, three-semester course.  Students receive two credits in the fall semester of their first year (LAWR 1), followed by two credits in the spring semester of their first year (LAWR 2), and two credits in either the fall or spring semester of their second year (LAWR 3).  Professors in the Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research program teach one section of approximately 20 students for LAWR 1 and 2 for the full academic year, and one section of approximately 23-26 students for LAWR 3 for one semester.  The Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research program currently includes six full-time professors. 

In addition to teaching in the program, there is an expectation of scholarship. The Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research professors are, however, provided the same opportunities and support for research, scholarship, and other professional development as doctrinal faculty, including summer research stipends and research assistants. In addition, at Wake Forest University School of Law, the Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research professors are involved in all aspects of law school life, including chairing and serving on faculty committees and serving as advisors to students and student organizations. Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research professors attend faculty meetings and vote on all matters other than tenure, promotion, and retention.

Salary, benefits, and research support are nationally competitive. Applicants must have a law degree; a long-term commitment to the Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research program; 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 legal practice experience is required. 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. They 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 a cover letter, resume, and references by mail to: Professor Kami Simmons, Wake Forest University School of Law, P.O. Box 7206, Winston-Salem, NC  27109.  The Appointments Committee would like to receive all material by October 9, 2015.  Confidential inquiries are welcome.  If you have questions, or would like to inquire more about the position, please feel free to contact Professor Laura Graham, Associate Director, Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research, at grahamlp[at]wfu.edu or by phone at 336-758-1995.

 

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September 29, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Worth a Read: Four Edits Never Made

An article on Above the Law lists four edits that the author never made to briefs.  We agree.  Click here to have a look.

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September 29, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, September 21, 2015

New Gaming Law Moot Court Competition at UNLV

UNLV's William S. Boyd School of Law will be hosting the inaugural Frank A. Schreck Gaming Law Moot Court Competition on April 1 – 3, 2016.   The competition will be judged by prominent jurists and gaming practitioners in the gaming (a/k/a gambling) capital of the world, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Early registration opened on September 21, 2015, late registration begins Monday, November 2, 2015, and registration closes on December 7, 2015.  Competition rules will be posted online and the problem will be released in January 2016. 

If your students are feeling lucky - they can register here.

Dice

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September 21, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Nominations Open for AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research

Call for Nominations for AALS Section Officers and Executive Committee

 

Are you interested in serving as an officer of the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research?  Please consider nominating yourself or a colleague for an officer position (Secretary) or an Executive Committee officer-at-large position. You may nominate yourself and you may have others join with you in nominating someone, but the person you nominate should know that they are being nominated. 

 

We are asking for nominations for the office of Secretary and for Executive Committee officers-at-large. The Secretary produces multiple issues of our Section newsletter. The newsletters are

to be completed in the spring following the annual meeting and the fall before the next annual

meeting. The Secretary becomes Chair-Elect of the Section. The members of the Executive

Committee assists the Section officers and serves as liaisons to the Section’s committees.

 

The Nominations Committee will review the submissions and make recommendations to the

Executive Committee. That Committee will nominate a slate of officers for approval at the

Section’s Business Meeting on January 9, 2016 in New York City.

 

Please send nominations to Lou Sirico, Chair of the Nominations Committee, at Sirico@law.villanova.edu, by November 9, 2015.   The nomination should provide the nominee’s name, contact information, a brief statement about why the nominee would like to serve, and a statement of the nominee's qualifications.

 

Under AALS rules, the Section may appoint only individuals from AALS member schools. Officers must be faculty at regular member law school of the AALS, listed here: http://www.aals.org/member-schools/.  Associate members at other law schools may participate in all activities of the Section except holding office and voting. 

 

Nominations from the floor during our business meeting on January 9th are also permitted.

 

For your reference, the current Chair is Jennifer Romig of Emory University.   The current Chair-elect is Bob Brain of Loyola Law School Los Angeles. The current Secretary is Sabrina DeFabritiis of Suffolk University Law School.  Kim Holst of ASU is the immediate past Chair. Current members of the Executive Committee are: Mary Garvey Algero, Loyola University New Orleans; Grace Hum, University of San Francisco; Lucy Jewel, University of Tennessee; and Wendy Adele Humphrey, Texas Tech University School of Law. Current Executive Committee members may be nominated for another term.

 

Nominations Committee

Lou Sirico, Chair

Suzanna Moran

Mark E. Wojcik

Kathleen Elliott Vinson

Grace Hum, Executive Committee Liaison

 

(mew)

 

September 21, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)