Thursday, September 15, 2016
Guest Blog Post: Building the Legal Writing Discipline -- A Good Reason to Attend the Rhetoric Society of America Conference
In case you missed her earlier guest blog post this year, we're happy to share again this article from Professor Kirsten Davis of Stetson University, who strongly recommends attending conferences and institutes of the Rhetoric Society of America. Here's her report on the 2016 Conference:
The 17th Biennial Rhetoric Society of America Conference was held earlier this year in Atlanta: 1600 participants, 500 sessions, a countless number of intriguing ideas about words, symbols, and meaning. And I'm awash in thoughts about the future of legal writing teaching and scholarship.
In the community of law school faculty with research interests in legal writing, we are in the middle period, I believe, of developing the field of legal writing as an academic discipline. We are creating a canon of legal writing, theorizing our practices and pedagogy, testing our assumptions, engaging in scholarly debates, and turning a critical eye upon the acts and artifacts of legal writing. It's an exciting time. Being at the RSA Conference reminded me that faculty whose academic homes are in composition, technical writing, English, and human communication can offer much in the continued discipline-building process. Their work, sophisticated and rich, can prompt us to expand and explode our boundaries, learn new methods, and ask both the big and small questions of legal writing.
In her conference talk entitled The Fifth Persona, Katie Langford of Texas Tech explored how Justice Kennedy in his Obergefell opinion used his insider status to assume the role of an outsider and give voice to same-sex couples when the political attempts to gain voice had failed. This made me think about patterns of legal writing: How do we identify when other judges and lawyers are writing from this insider/outsider position? Does this style of legal writing suggest a sub-genre? What other sub-genres might we identify?
In a session entitled run_progynasmata: The Training of a Rhetorical Device, William Hart-Davidson of Michigan State, James Brown of Rutgers-Camden, Kevin Brock of the University of South Carolina, and Ryan Omizo, of the University of Rhode Island blew my mind with their work at the intersection of rhetoric, writing, and machine learning. Their computer application, Hedge-O-Matic, uses machine learning to identify hedging language in documents. As an aid the rhetoric researcher, the machine analyzes written texts on a scale and at a speed that humans cannot accomplish. And it does this by being shown examples of hedges and then applying its own reasoning to find instances of hedges in new documents.
I think this project is of double importance to the legal writing community. First, it provokes new questions about the future of legal writing and what it might hold. We've been interested in reading on the screen, mobile technologies, and visual images as part of legal writing's future. But what about machine learning in legal writing? If machines can take over part of the legal writing process, should they? Which aspects of writing are suitable for machines? And, should we be teaching legal writers how to train their machine writing partners? What will we lose or gain if machines reason through parts of the legal writing process for lawyers?
Second, legal writing researchers can ask how machine learning can help us study legal writing and legal texts. What components of legal writing could we train machines to recognize? What would we learn from that process? For example, if we used Hedge-O-Matic to identify instances of hedging in judicial opinions, briefs, or, perhaps, even contracts, what would we learn and what could we theorize?
On a panel that addressed Rhetorical Education as Legal Education, Elizabeth Britt of Northeastern University presented her research on rhetorical listening in clinical legal education. Britt's ethnographic study observed law students interviewing—but not giving legal advice to—victims of domestic violence. The results showed how rhetorical listening, the act of listening to learn the other's point of view, is an essential precursor to the "legal" listening that lawyers do. Dr. Britt's study made me wonder whether rhetorical listening should be part of legal writing education. How would we teach it? How does rhetorical listening relate to legal writing? In what other contexts would we observe rhetorical listening in the law and study it?
Finally, Brian Larson of Georgia Tech in his talk, LeMeme Chose: Lawyers Use of Exemplary Reasoning in Legal Writing, used argumentation theory and technical writing research methods to examine case-based legal argument in court briefs and opinions. Dr. Larson applied exemplary-argument schema by coding briefs and opinions for different kinds of case references. His pilot study showed that none of the texts used a case reference to expressly claim the relevance of precedent cases to the client facts. Hmmm. So, what's going on here? If this step of argument is missing from briefs and opinions, is legal writing as a course failing to teach it? How might we know? If Dr. Larson's full study yields the results of the pilot, should we rethink best practices in legal writing? How else might we test the structure of lawyers' arguments, and what would we learn?
I am thoroughly energized from my time at the RSA Conference. My mind was opened to new ideas and new directions for legal writing research. And I found a welcoming community of colleagues and collaborators. The next RSA Institute will be in 2017: Hope to see you there!
Kirsten K. Davis, Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for the Advancement of Legal Communication, Stetson University College of Law
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
SAMFORD UNIVERSITY’S CUMBERLAND SCHOOL OF LAW is seeking applicants to fill the position of Director of Lawyering and Legal Reasoning beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year. The Lawyering and Legal Reasoning program is a first-year required course offering designed to ensure students possess outstanding legal reasoning, research and writing skills. The program forms the cornerstone of the first-year curriculum.
In addition to teaching core aspects of the legal writing curriculum, the Director of the Lawyering and Legal Reasoning program is responsible for the training and supervision of legal writing instructors and student teaching fellows. The position requires strong leadership and collaborative skills as well as the ability to adapt the legal writing curriculum to meet the changing needs of the legal profession. This is a tenure-track position and applicants should have superior academic credentials and a demonstrated record of, or the potential for, of excellence in teaching, legal scholarship and service. Prior teaching experience is advantageous but not required. The committee is particularly interested in candidates with relevant experience in private practice, government or public service. Salary and rank are commensurate with the candidate’s experience and skills.
Samford University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national or ethnic origin, disability, or age in its hiring. In furtherance of our strong institutional commitment to a diverse faculty, we particularly welcome applications from minorities, women, and others who enrich and diversify our faculty. Please forward a letter of interest, a resume or Curriculum Vitae, and a list of three references to: Professor Jill E. Evans, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham AL 35229 or by email to email@example.com.
Friday, September 9, 2016
The Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference will be held April 21-22, 2017 at Stetson University’s Institute for the Advancement of Legal Communication. There will also be a one-day Law and Rhetoric Colloquium that same weekend. For more information about these events, contact Professor Kirsten K. Davis at Stetson University College of Law.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Here are links to 20 job postings for legal writing professors and other law faculty positions in the United States and Canada. The list is alphabetical by state (followed by the listing in Canada). Cut and paste the links.
- Phoenix, Arizona: http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legalwriting/2016/09/arizona.html
- Little Rock, Arkansas (1): http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legalwriting/2016/09/job-opening-in-arkansas.html
- Little Rock, Arkansas (2): http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legalwriting/2016/09/arkansas.html
- Little Rock, Arkansas (3): http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legalwriting/2016/09/business-innovations-law-clinic-director-job.html
- Colorado Springs, Colorado [U.S. Air Force Academy]: http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legalwriting/2016/09/air-force.html
- Miami, Florida: http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legalwriting/2016/09/job-opening-in-miami.html
- Boston, Massachusetts [Suffolk]: http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legalwriting/2016/09/suffolk.html
- Boston, Massachusetts [Boston University]: http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legalwriting/2016/09/boston.html
- Newton, Massachusetts: http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legalwriting/2016/09/job-opening-near-boston.html
- Lincoln, Nebraska: http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legalwriting/2016/09/nebraska.html
- Las Vegas, Nevada: http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legalwriting/2016/09/job-opening-in-las-vegas.html
- Ithaca, New York (1): http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legalwriting/2016/09/legal-writing-job-at-cornell-university.html
- Ithaca, New York (2): http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legalwriting/2016/09/professors-at-cornell.html
- Ithaca, New York (3): http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legalwriting/2016/09/job-opening-at-cornell.html
- New York, New York: http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legalwriting/2016/09/job-at-cornell-tech-in-new-york-city.html
- Winston-Salem, North Carolina: http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legalwriting/2016/09/job-opening-in-north-carolina-at-wake-forest.html
- Akron, Ohio: http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legalwriting/2016/09/job-opening-in-ohio.html
- Memphis, Tennessee: http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legalwriting/2016/09/job-opening-in-tennessee.html
- Fort Worth, Texas: http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legalwriting/2016/09/job-opening-in-texas.html
- British Columbia, Canada: http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legalwriting/2016/09/law-professor-job-in-british-columbia-canada.html
If your school has an opening not listed here, please send it to us and we'll be happy to put it on the Legal Writing Prof Blog for you. We're also happy to post news of new hires and promotions, upcoming conferences, calls for papers and proposals, new scholarship, and other events of interest to the legal writing community. (And thank you for more than 1.6 million views of the Legal Writing Blog over the years!)
Prof. Mark E. Wojcik, The John Marshall Law School-Chicago, Editor, The Legal Writing Prof Blog
BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW is seeking exceptionally qualified and experienced candidates for full-time positions as Lecturers in our Lawyering Program with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2017. The Lawyering Program is a new two-semester course replacing our current First Year Legal Writing Program. Lecturers will be responsible for teaching the required first year Lawyering course that will cover legal reasoning, legal writing, oral advocacy, and lawyering skills. Lecturers will also teach in our one-week Lawyering Lab during January intercession.
It is anticipated that each Lecturer will teach thirty-five to forty students a semester in the Lawyering Program, divided into two sections. Each section of the course will be assigned two upper-class Writing Fellows, who will work with the students as they draft their assignments. In addition to teaching, Lecturer responsibilities include helping to develop persuasive and objective writing assignments and simulations, conducting individual student conferences, training and judging students in oral advocacy, coaching moot court teams, and providing individual feedback on students’ written work.
These Lecturer positions are non-tenure track appointments to a one- or two-year initial contract, with the possibility of successive appointments. Candidates must have a degree from an accredited law school, excellent writing and analytical skills, and a strong academic record. Legal writing teaching, and legal practice or clerkship experiences are preferred.
Boston University School of Law is committed to faculty diversity and welcomes expressions of interest from diverse applicants.
Applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, and a list of three references to Professor Robert Volk, Boston University School of Law, 765 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02215. Email applications are encouraged and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
To learn more about the law school, click here.
Hat tip to Robert Volk.
Monday, September 5, 2016
Call for Presenters: New Scholars' Showcase Program at the 2017 AALS Annual Meeting in San Francisco -- Apply by September 9th
The Association of American Law Schools' Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research (LWRR) is seeking participants in a “New Scholars Showcase” session that will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. during the 2017 AALS Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California.
During this session, three newer scholars who teach legal writing and who have been selected through a competitive process described below will present their works-in-progress or recently completed article. Each scholar will have approximately 10-12 minutes to present, and the remainder of the session will be spent on questions and comments from the audience. The LWRR Section is seeking participation from both newer scholars and more experienced legal writing faculty.
Newer Scholar Participants
Anyone who teaches legal writing and has been in the legal academy for seven years or fewer (or if teaching longer than seven years has recently moved into or has their position converted to one that requires scholarship) and who has a work-in-progress or an article that has been published since January 1, 2016, can apply to present that work at the New Scholars Showcase. That scholarship can be on any topic, using any method, at any level of controversy, and suitable for publication in any scholarly journal.
Applications from newer scholars will be due on Friday, September 9, 2016. Please email your application to Lisa Mazzie, Program Committee Co-Chair, at email@example.com. Please include “New Scholars Showcase” in your subject line. Each application should include:
- the author’s name, school affiliation, and years teaching in the legal academy;
- an abstract of the article;
- the current draft of the article; and
- an indication of your interest in being matched up with a scholarly mentor.
The LWRR Program Committee will remove identifying information from each application, review the applications, and select three applicants to present at the New Scholars Showcase session at AALS. All applicants who indicate an interest will be paired with a mentor, and we anticipate publicizing the other applicants’ scholarship through the session to help provide additional opportunities for mentorship and feedback.
More Experienced Legal Writing Faculty Participants
The section is also seeking experienced legal writing faculty to serve as mentors for the applicants. If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please email Lisa Mazzie, Program Committee Co-Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org, to indicate your interest by Friday, September 9, 2016. Please indicate “New Scholars Showcase Mentor” in your subject line.
Mary Bowman (Seattle) Co-Chair, Lisa Mazzie (Marquette) Co-Chair, Joan Blum (Boston College), Selina Brandt (Pepperdine), Scott Fraley (Baylor), Elizabeth Inglehart (Northwestern), Susan McMahon (Georgetown), and Wayne Schiess (Texas).
Hat tip to Lisa A. Mazzie
The Department of Law of the U.S. Air Force Academy anticipates filling a full-time 12-month Assistant Professor of Law position, beginning approximately 26 June 2017. The person hired can expect to teach Legal Research, Writing, and Advocacy. These gateway courses introduce Legal Studies majors to the research and communication skills needed to effectively advocate a position. They are similar to typical 1L research and writing courses in law school, except taught at the undergraduate level.
The successful applicant will also teach the core (required) course, Law for Air Force Officers, a survey course covering topics such as criminal and constitutional law, law of armed conflict, jurisprudence, and legal tools of military discipline. The person selected may also teach upper-level law courses as part of the Legal Studies major.
For a complete listing of courses please visit the Department of Law webpage: http://www.usafa.edu/df/dfl/?catname=dfl In lieu of tenure, presumptive re-appointments of up to four years in length are possible and will be based upon an assessment of performance, Air Force and departmental needs, and financial constraints. Over 90% of faculty are reappointed after their initial appointment. Duties will also include scholarship and service on committees related to the curriculum and the academic mission of the Academy. Academic promotions to associate and full professor are available based upon records of teaching, scholarship, and service. Faculty members will be expected to be in the office for a full duty day to be available to cadets and to participate in a variety of cadet activities in addition to teaching.
A Juris Doctorate degree from an American Bar Association accredited law school and a minimum of five years full-time teaching at the undergraduate or graduate level are required. Applicants will be assessed based on teaching credentials, scholarship, service, and education. Candidates with demonstrated experience in course and curriculum development and assessment, as well as experience teaching and mentoring students in legal research and writing are highly desirable. The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), located just north of Colorado Springs, Colorado, is an undergraduate institution that awards the Bachelor of Science degree as part of its mission to educate, train, and inspire men and women to become officers of character, motivated to lead in the United States Air Force and in service to our nation. Faculty applications are invited from candidates who can contribute to this mission by interacting with cadets, both in and out of the classroom, as instructors and mentors. The student body consists of approximately 4,000 men and women representing every state and several foreign countries. The Academy faculty is an integrated group of military and civilian educators. The curriculum includes core academic and professional courses, and 27 disciplinary and interdisciplinary majors. The Department of Law is composed of 18 military and civilian attorneys and a small administrative staff.
How to Apply: Application instructions and further information is at www.usajobs.gov Type "Professor" in the Keyword box and "USAF Academy" in the Location box and click "Search." You must submit your application so that it will be received by the closing date of the announcement, Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Faxed, emailed or incomplete applications WILL NOT be accepted or considered--no exceptions.
The position is for one to four years and the professor hired will be allowed to vote in faculty meetings. The salary starts at $90,000 and the number of students estimated is 46 to 50. Deadline to apply is October 19, 2016.
The University of Akron School of Law invites applications for two full-time faculty appointments to teach legal writing in its J.D. program, beginning in the fall of 2017 at the rank of Assistant Professor of Legal Writing. The professors will each teach 10-12 credits per year of some combination of first-year legal writing courses and upper-level legal drafting courses. Candidates hired as Assistant Professors of Legal Writing will serve on a probationary basis for their first two years, then be eligible for reappointment under a three-year term, followed by eligibility for reappointment under presumptively renewable five year terms.
Candidates should have strong academic records (including a J.D. or its equivalent) and either experience in law practice or a judicial clerkship (or both). They should be able to show a strong interest and competency in teaching legal research and writing. Candidates should also show a record of or potential for successful scholarly publication.
The University of Akron School of Law is a public, mid-size law school of approximately 450 students located in the Akron/Cleveland metropolitan area. Akron Law offers excellent teaching, relatively low tuition and a commitment to student success, as well as a strong relationship with the local and regional bars. Akron Law prides itself on outcomes including our high bar passage rate, strong job placement, award-winning clinical programs, national championship trial team program and various areas of excellence.
Akron Law is committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff by including individuals from varied backgrounds and characteristics, including age, gender, religion, ethnicity, disability, national origin, sexual orientation and socioeconomic background. They are also committed to offering competitive salary and benefits packages to qualified candidates.
Required Qualifications: A Juris doctor or equivalent law degree, and either experience practicing law or a judicial clerkship (or both).
Preferred Qualifications: A demonstrated record of or potential for successful scholarship and teaching.
For complete details and to apply for these positions, visit: http://www.uakron.edu/jobs. Job ID# 9651. Applying for one position will automatically count as applying for the other, so there is no need to apply for both positions. Although all candidates must submit their applications via this centralized system, please feel free to direct any inquiries to Professor Bernadette Genetin, Chair of the search committee, at email@example.com. For assistance with your application or attachments please call 330-972-8431. Review of applications will begin immediately. Anticipated start date: August 15, 2017.
The position is long-term but not tenure-track. The professor hired will be allowed to vote in faculty meetings. Salary is estimated at $70,000 to $79,000. The number of students to be taught each semester is estimated at 41 to 45. The deadline to apply is September 15, 2016.
The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University invites applications for a full-time position commencing in August 2017 to teach first-year and upper-level courses in the College of Law's highly-ranked Legal Method and Writing program. The position offers a professional environment with job security that exceeds the requirements of ABA Standard 405(c). The College of Law is ranked nationally in the top 25 by U.S. News and has recently opened a new state-of-the-art building on ASU's downtown Phoenix campus.
This is a full-time, benefits-eligible appointment. This appointment is as a probationary academic professional, on track to continuing status, under the university title of Associate Instructional Professional. Information about Academic Professionals at ASU, including status, rank, titles, and appointment categories, can be found at http://www.asu.edu/aad/ manuals/acd/acd505-03.html.
Candidates must possess a J.D. degree and at least one year of experience teaching Legal Method and Writing courses to J.D. students at a fully-accredited law school. Preferred candidates will have a record of demonstrated excellence as a teacher, professional contributions in the field of legal writing, and service activities.
The application deadline is September 15, 2016 and if not filled, every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed. To apply, please submit a resume, a statement of interest, and the contact information for two references. Successful applicants may be invited on campus for an interview, though in rare cases an interview may take place by telephone or by video. Please direct inquiries and applications to Ms. Rebecca Hutchison, Coordinator for Appointments Committee, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, MC9520 Arizona State University 111 E. Taylor St. Phoenix, AZ 85004-4467 or electronically to: Rebecca.Hutchison@asu.edu.
Additional information about the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law and Arizona State University is available at: law.asu.edu.
The position is tenure-track and the professor hired will be allowed to vote in faculty meetings. Salary is estimated at $70,000 to $89,000. The number of students taught each semester will be 36 to 40. The deadline to apply is September 15, 2016.
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law seeks applicants for a tenure-track position to design, manage, and teach our required second-year Lawyering Skills I and II courses beginning August 2017. The successful candidate will also hire, train, and supervise the adjunct faculty who teach the courses and will oversee the law school’s trial advocacy teams. For more information about the required second-year Lawyering Skills courses, see http://ualr.edu/law/lawyering-skills-i-ii/. Salary and rank are commensurate with experience. Minimum qualifications are a J.D. from an accredited law school and strong litigation 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 proximity to extensive recreational areas. The law school 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 the MacArthur Museum of Military History and the Arkansas Arts Center.
Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, together with a cover letter indicating 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 University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law invites applicants for a non-tenure-track, full-time visiting clinic director position in our new Business Innovations Law Clinic. The position is available beginning June 1, 2017. The successful candidate will supervise clinical students and work with participating attorneys to provide free and low-cost legal services to qualified start-ups, small businesses, innovators, and non-profit organizations in Central Arkansas. Candidates must hold a J.D. from an accredited law school and demonstrate experience in transactional, intellectual property, and corporate law. Candidates must either be admitted to the Arkansas bar or capable of admission to it prior to February 1, 2018. Preferred qualifications include business law practice, collaboration with community partners, and experience supervising attorneys or direct clinical teaching. Salary and rank are commensurate with experience.
Little Rock is the capital city and largest metropolitan area in Arkansas, boasting extremely affordable housing, cultural attractions, and proximity to extensive recreational areas. The law school is located in revitalized downtown Little Rock, less than two miles from the state capitol, federal, state, and county courthouses, the largest law firms in the state, and the Clinton Presidential Library. Housed in a completely renovated building, the law school is situated within the historic Quapaw Quarter, next to the MacArthur Museum of Military History and the Arkansas Arts Center.
Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, with a cover letter indicating 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. 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.
Hat tip to Lyn Entrikin.
The University of Nebraska College of Law invites applications for entry-level and lateral candidates for a tenure-track faculty position to direct and teach in its Legal Research and Writing Program. The position may also include teaching a classroom law school course depending on the candidate's interest and experience.
Minimum Required Qualifications: J.D Degree or Equivalent, Superior Academic Record, Demonstrated Interest in Relevant Substantive Areas. Title of Asst/Assoc/or Full Professor will be based on qualifications of applicant. General information about the Law College is available by clicking here. The application for this job can by found by clicking here.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers. Review of applications has already begun and continue until the position is filled. If you have questions, please contact Associate Dean Eric Berger, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, University of Nebraska College of Law, Lincoln, NE 68583-0902, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The position is a tenure-track appointment and the professor hired will be allowed to vote in faculty meetings. Salary is anticipated above $90,000 and students per semester should be less than 30. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2016.
Hat tip to Eric Berger.
The Faculty of Law at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) invites applications from candidates with a strong commitment to innovation and excellence in teaching and research as well as collegial interaction for tenure-track appointments at the rank of Assistant Professor or tenured appointments at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, depending on qualifications and experience. The appointments are expected to commence January 3, 2017, although alternate starting dates may be arranged for excellent candidates.
The successful applicants will be expected to teach and mentor undergraduate and (in future) graduate law students, establish a significant research program, contribute to the further building of our new law school now in its 6th year of operation, as well as provide leadership in strengthening our growing ties with the communities and First Nations of Interior and Northern BC.
Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law offers a dynamic legal education located in the stunning natural beauty of British Columbia’s Thompson Valley, in unceded Secwepemc territory. It offers a well-established curriculum taught by an outstanding group of legal academics with the benefit of state-of the-art facilities in an award winning new law school building that includes bright, modern classrooms and student study spaces. It also houses a brand new law library. It further benefits from the active participation of highly talented lawyers and judges as sessional lecturers, moot coaches, and mentors.
More information about the Faculty of Law at Thompson Rivers University can be found by clicking here. More information about the job posting can be found by clicking here.
Suffolk University Law School in Boston invites applications for a full-time position as a legal writing faculty member beginning in the fall semester of the 2017-2018 academic year. The appointment will be made at the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor of Legal Writing, commensurate with experience. Legal writing faculty are responsible for teaching the required first year LPS course that covers legal research, legal reasoning, legal writing, and oral advocacy. In addition to teaching, responsibilities include developing persuasive and objective writing assignments, conducting individual student conferences, judging students’ oral arguments, and providing individual feedback on students’ memoranda.
Candidates must be available to teach both day and evening-division students and must work with students both in the classroom and on a one-on-one basis. The position is not tenure-track, but may lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years. The person hired will teach legal writing each semester to a total of approximately 45 students a semester. The school welcomes applications from all persons of high academic achievement with a strong commitment to legal writing, and particularly encourage applications from people whose backgrounds will contribute to the diversity of the faculty. Legal writing teaching experience is preferred. Interested candidates must have a J.D. degree and be admitted to a bar. Interested applicants should address a cover letter, résumé, and a list of three references to this website. The Committee will begin reviewing resumes in the fall of 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Suffolk University is an equal opportunity employer.
And the disclosures: The position is not (yet) tenure-track but it may lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years. Although the position may lead to successive long-term contracts of five years or more, it is anticipated that the faculty will be examining the issue of tenure for legal writing faculty during the upcoming academic year. The professor hired will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings. Legal writing faculty are entitled to vote on all matters except appointments and promotions of tenure track faculty and tenure issues.
The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the range of $80,000 to $109,999. Salary depends on qualifications and experience of the professor. The professor will be eligible for funds for travel and for a summer research stipend. And the number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing professor will be 36 to 45.
Hat tip to Kathy Vinson.
Suffolk Law School will hold another meeting of the New England Scholarship Circle on Monday, September 19, 2016 from 10:00am-12:00pm in the Corcoran Room at Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont Street, Boston, Massachusetts.
The New England Scholarship Circle had its inaugural meeting back in May. They had several legal writing faculty discuss their summer writing plans for short articles as well as books. Some ideas were still being formed while others were putting their final touches on their article title. No matter what stage in the writing process, the participants received helpful feedback and were able to discuss how different authors approach the writing process.
Part of the meeting on September 19th may include feedback on individual faculty scholarship as well as everyone sharing their “Top Three Tips” for certain parts of publications: Abstracts, Titles, Editing, Outlining, Cover Letters, Research, and Using Research Assistants.
If you would like to attend (and who wouldn't, this sounds like a lot of fun), please rsvp to Professor Kathy Vinson at email@example.com by September 12, 2016. All are welcome.
Hat tip to Kathy Vinson.
One of my legal writing colleagues at The John Marshall Law School, Professor Hugh Mundy, tells me that more than 180 professors are coming to Chicago at the end of next month to attend the annual Society of American Law Teachers ("SALT") Teaching Conference. Although the schedule is still being finalized, the program includes many panels and programs of particular interest to legal writing professors, including a large interactive panel on legal writing and social justice.
Hat tip to Hugh Mundy and SALT.
Cornell Law School invites applications from experienced candidates for a full-time, non-tenured faculty position as Professor of the Practice in our new Masters of Law program in Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at Cornell Tech in New York City, commencing in the 2017-18 academic year. The position carries a five-year renewable term. The school especially welcomes applications from individuals whose background and experience may contribute to the diversity of the faculty.
Applicants must have completed their JD degree and be distinguished senior practitioners in business law, with experience in the legal needs of businesses, including technology start-ups. They must also have extensive law teaching experience, either as an adjunct or visiting faculty member.
Interested candidates should e-mail a cover letter, curriculum vita, law school transcript, the names of three references, writing sample, and other significant supporting material to:
Liz Flint, Director of Human Resources, 257 Myron Taylor Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for submission of all application materials is Thursday, December 1, 2016.
The Lawyering Program at Cornell Law School seeks candidates for a full-time, non-tenured clinical faculty position commencing in the 2017-18 academic year. The Lawyering course is a year-long, four-credit course that introduces first-year students to lawyering skills, with an emphasis on legal writing, legal analysis, oral-presentation skills, and legal research. Lawyering faculty collaborate to ensure a uniform core curriculum, but they retain substantial academic freedom. Law librarians teach the research component of the course.
Lawyering faculty teach a section of the Lawyering course (approximately 35 students) and, after two years, also teach an upper-level, skills-related course. Positions in the program are not eligible for tenure, but are eligible for long-term renewal. Entry-level faculty start with a three-year contract (eligible for renewal for another three years) and, after six years, are eligible for renewable, five-year contracts. Benefits are competitive and include a budget for research and travel. Faculty may also apply to the Dean for summer research stipends to work on individual and collective projects. The Law School especially welcomes applications from individuals whose background and experience may contribute to the diversity of the faculty.
Applicants must have a JD, excellent academic credentials, a strong writing background, and substantial legal-practice experience (a minimum of three years is strongly preferred). Teaching experience is also preferred.
Interested candidates should mail (hard copies only) a cover letter, curriculum vitae, law school transcript, the names of three references, and two writing samples to Joel Atlas, Director of the Lawyering Program, Cornell Law School, Myron Taylor Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853
The deadline for submission of all application materials is September 30, 2016. The school plan to interview candidates at the AALS recruitment conference in Washington, DC in October 2016.
Hat tip to Joel Atlas.
Cornell Law School invites applications from both experienced and entry-level candidates for one or more tenured or tenure-track faculty positions commencing in the 2017-18 academic year. Responsibilities of the position include research in area(s) of expertise, teaching a normal cohort of three courses per academic year, and service to the school. Benefits are competitive and include a budget for research and travel. Faculty may also apply to the Dean for summer research stipends to work on individual and collective projects. The Law School especially welcomes applications from individuals whose background and experience may contribute to the diversity of the faculty. Applicants must have completed their JD degree or be at the dissertation stage of a doctorate program leading to a degree with strong inter-disciplinary connections to law.
Interested candidates should e-mail a cover letter, curriculum vita, research statement, law school transcript, three letters of recommendation, writing sample, and other significant supporting material to Liz Flint, Director of Human Resources, 257 Myron Taylor Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853, E-mail: email@example.com