Friday, May 5, 2017
Professor Coughlin is the director of the Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research Program at Wake Forest University (WFU) School of Law. She also has appointments in the WFU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, where she is a core faculty member of the Wake Forest Center for Bioethics, Health & Society, as well as the WFU School of Medicine’s Translational Science Institute.
The award will be presented during the 2017 Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) Biennial Conference in Minneapolis, Minneso ta in July 2017. The Mary S. Lawrence Award recognizes an individual for a combination of pioneering scholarship and innovative curriculum or program design. The award is named for Professor Emerita Mary S. Lawrence, longtime Director of the Legal Writing and Research Program at the University of Oregon School of Law and an early Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section (AALS) on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research. For her scholarship and her pioneering work in legal writing education, Mary received the first Distinguished Service Award from the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research; the inaugural Marjorie Rombauer Award from the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD); a joint LWI/ALWD Lifetime Achievement Award; and the Burton Award for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education.
The LWI Awards Committee recommended Professor Coughlin for the 2017 Mary S. Lawrence Award to recognize her impactful scholarship, especially her lead authorship of the first-year legal writing text A Lawyer Writes; her curricular innovations at Wake Forest, especially those springing from her cross-appointments with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine; and her influence in our field as a mentor. A press release issued by the Legal Writing Institute stated that Professor Coughlin’s nominator had said that one of her “most unique contributions” was in “fostering dialogue between legal writing teachers and ‘doctrinal’ teachers. Chris believes that legal writing underlies every other legal discipline and that all scholarship is ‘legal writing scholarship.’”
The LWI Awards Committee includes Co-Chairs Myra Orlen and Kirsten Dauphinais, and members Brenda Gibson, Margaret Hannon, Greg Johnson, Mary Nagel, and Suzanne Rowe.
THE LEGAL WRITING INSTITUTE WRITERS WORKSHOP
The Legal Writing Institute announced an extension of the deadline to apply for the fourteenth Legal Writing Institute Writers Workshop. The workshop will take place on Friday, July 14 through Monday, July 17, 2017 and it will give up to twelve Legal Writing faculty the opportunity to spend time working on their academic writing projects and improving their scholarly skills.
The Workshop will take place at a Victorian Mansion in the 16th Street Heights area of Northwest Washington DC; depending on demand, there may also be a few rooms in a nearby bed and breakfast or hotel. The Workshop will take place immediately after the Applied Legal Storytelling Conference.
Who Can Attend?
All members of the Legal Writing Institute are eligible. You must have a scholarly writing project well underway and beyond the initial stages of performing early research and drafting a tentative outline. You must at least have some sort of partial draft. To be clear, we expect you to arrive with a substantial work product. In most cases, a scholarly writing project should result in a law review article or something similar.
Although all LWI members are encouraged to apply, the workshop is limited to 12 participants. We give priority to full-time Legal Writing faculty for whom scholarly writing is a prerequisite for retention, promotion, or tenure. Priority goes to applicants who have not attended past Workshops.
What Will You Do at the Workshop?
Participants make presentations on their projects to small groups of three and receive feedback. Each session runs about ninety minutes. They also take part in several guided discussion groups, each on a different topic. Participants will also have time to work on their drafts.
Will There Be Facilitators?
Yes, experienced scholarly writers: Christine Coughlin, Deborah Gordon, and Louis Sirico
Where Will the Workshop Be?
The workshop will take place at a large Victorian mansion (an AirBnB property), a great location for thought and productivity. We will have exclusive access to the whole mansion
Participants will pay a $300 registration. LWI will cover all meals, beginning with lunch on July 14 and ending with breakfast on July 17.
Contact Kim Holst at firstname.lastname@example.org or (480) 965-1144.
How to Apply
Please fill out the application found here (or at forms.law.asu.edu/LWIWW2017) by noon, Wednesday, May 10.
Hat tip to the Writers Workshop Governing Board: Cynthia Adams, Ken Chestek, Deborah Gordon, Kim Holst, Chris Rideout, and Lou Sirico
Monday, April 24, 2017
Many readers of this blog are coaches of teams that compete in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.
The International Law Students' Association announced that the topics for the 2018 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition will be:
- the validity of interstate arbitral awards,
- the capture of a marine vessel,
- the breach of nuclear disarmament obligations, and
- the conduct of naval warfare.
The problem itself will be released in September and memorials will be due in January. Qualifying national and regional rounds are held around the world before the international finals in Washington DC in April 2018.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Another presenter at the Scribes CLE program at the Oklahoma City University School of Law was attorney John Browning of Passman & Jones P.C., in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Browning is an elected member of the American Law Institute and a member of Scribes -- The American Society of Legal Writers. His practice areas include Data Privacy, Network Security, Electronic Discovery, and Information Management & Compliance.
His presentation warned attorneys and law students of the dangers of social media for lawyers, citing many recent cases of attorney misconduct and disciplinary actions based on Twitter and Facebook posts. He also discussed whether attorneys now have a duty to investigate social media posts of potential jurors, parties, and witnesses in litigation. He warned against misguided attempts to "friend" jurors, witnesses, or adverse parties, noting that such attempts would be ethical violations (and that you can't avoid the ethical violation by asking your paralegal to "friend" an adverse party).
One important admonition he shared involved the breach of a confidential settlement agreement for $80,000. When the plaintiff's daughter disclosed on her Facebook account that she was going to Europe on a trip being paid for by that settlement money, the settlement was voided and the plaintiff had to return the entire amount. You can read more about that case by clicking here or here.
For his work to promote ethical uses of social media by lawyers, Mr. Browning received the 2016 Lola Wright Foundation Award. That award is presented annually to a Texas attorney to recognize "outstanding public service in advancing and enhancing legal ethics in Texas.”
Among the panels today was one on drafting judicial opinions and appellate briefs. The panelists (from left to right) were: Valerie Couch, Dean of the Oklahoma City University School of Law; Illinois Appellate Court Justice (and President of Scribes) Michael Hyman; Chief Judge Kem Thompson Frost of the Texas 14th Court of Appeals; and Minnesota Appellate Court Judge (and Scribes Board Member) Kevin Ross, the panel moderator.
The panel examined the structure and purpose of each part of an appellate court opinion. The panel described effective ways of presenting the facts and controlling law. They discussed the dangers of using humor in judicial opinions, noting that for litigants their cases are complex, expensive, and serious. And not to disappoint, the panelists also discussed the hot topic of whether citations should appear in the text of an appellate court opinion or in a footnote.
Scribes – The American Society of Legal Writers – has renamed its Distinguished Service Award as the Joseph Kimble Distinguished Service Award. The honor came as a complete surprise to Professor Kimble, a former Executive Director and longtime Board Member of Scribes. Professor Kimble was in the audience at the Oklahoma City University School of Law when the announcement was made. The decision to name the Distinguished Service Award for Professor Kimble was a unanimous decision of the Scribes Board of Directors in great appreciation of his years of dedicated service to Scribes.
Joseph Kimble is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. He was a staff attorney for the Michigan Supreme Court and the Michigan Court of Appeals. He later practiced law in Flint, Michigan. He joined the full-time Thomas Cooley faculty in 1984.
He is senior editor of The Scribes Journal of Legal Writing and the longtime editor of the "Plain Language" column in the Michigan Bar Journal. He has published dozens of articles on legal writing and written two acclaimed books. He led the redrafting of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence. Professor Kimble is also a past president of the international organization Clarity, served as the executive director of Scribes (the American Society of Legal Writers), is a founding director of the Center for Plain Language, and was on the board of the Legal Writing Institute. He is a Fellow of the State Bar of Michigan and a member of the State Bar's Publications Committee.
In 2000, he was named a "Plain English Champion" by the Plain English Campaign, in England. He is one of the first persons to receive that award. In 2007, he won the first Plain Language Association International Award for being a "champion, leader, and visionary in the international plain-language field." He has twice won a prestigious Burton Award for Reform in Law — in 2007 for his work on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and in 2011 for his work on the Federal Rules of Evidence. In 2010, he won the award from the Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research of the Association of American Law Schools. And in 2015, he received the John W. Reed Lawyer Legacy Award from the State Bar of Michigan.
The first recipient of the Kimble Distinguished Service Award was the Honorable Kenneth L. Gartner, a longtime Chair of the Scribes Brief-Writing Award Committee. With the help of a large team of legal writing professors and attorneys who read winning briefs submitted from moot court competitions across the country, the Scribes Brief-Writing Award Committee annually selects the “Best of the Best” Moot Court Briefs.
Kenneth Gartner is a commercial trial and appellate litigator with the New York law firm of Lynn, Gartner, Dunne & Covello LLP, where his practice includes commercial real property, business contracts, tort, and fraud cases. He also represents judges, lawyers, and law firms in criminal, civil, and disciplinary matters and serves as an expert witness or special counsel on legal ethics issues. He previously served as a civil and criminal trial judge in the Nassau County District Court, where he earned the history of being the most published judge in the history of the New York State District Court. He has chaired the Scribes Brief-Writing Committee for more than ten years.
Milani Writing Competition on Disability Law, Civil Rights, Family and Medical Leave, or Sexual Orientation
Mercer Law School and the American Bar Association host an annual legal writing competition in honor of Mercer's former legal writing professor, Adam A. Milani. The ABA website says that the First Prize will range between $300 and $500, depending on whether multiple awards are given, and possible publication in the Disability Rights Reporter. But the Mercer website says that the award is up to $1000, and that seems to be the correct information.
The submission may address any aspect of disability law, theory, or practice the contestant chooses. Other permissible topics include issues arising under any of the following statutes: Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Age Discrimination in Employment Act; Family and Medical Leave Act; or any state statutes or municipal ordinances prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
The deadline for submission is Friday, June 9, 2017. Further information is available by clicking here.
Hat tip to Suzianne D. Painter-Thorne
The Legal Writing Institute released its new website this week. Click here to have a look.
It's fun, friendly, and engaging. You may want to spend your entire summer break surfing this website, which offers a "rich array of conferences, publications, resources, events, and projects sponsored by LWI and carried out by its active volunteer members." The website also includes membership information.
Congratulations to the website designers and to the brave content providers.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Scribes -- The American Society of Legal Writers -- offers its law school institutional members the opportunity to honor a small number of graduates to the National Order of Scribes.
The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, one of the institutional members of Scribes, inducted its student members yesterday as part of a special awards ceremony held at the law school. The new members inducted were:
- Jordannah Bangi
- Mitchell Brown
- Francisco Espinosa
- Katherine Fisk
- Stephanie Snow
- Taylor Riskin
- Andrea Valle
- Corey Varma
The students were welcomed into the National Order of Scribes by Dean Darby Dickerson, the Immediate Past-President of Scribes, and Professor Mark E. Wojcik, the President-Elect of Scribes.
In addition to the National Order of Scribes, The John Marshall Law School is one of two law schools that also has a Scribes Student Chapter that meets regularly through the year.
Trustees of Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, California announced plans this week to stop admitting new students. A report in today's New York Times said the school had said that it was committed to ensuring that current students would be able to graduate, but it would not admit any new students for the Fall. Elizabeth Olson, Whittier Law School Announces Plan to Close, N.Y. Times, Apr. 20, 2017, at B4.
The New York Times reports that Whittier Law School, an ABA-accredited law school, currently has approximately 400 students. Its bar pass rate for the California Bar Exam last July was only 22 percent, and the employment rate for graduates was only 29.7 percent. The law school had opened in 1966 and was accredited in 1978.
Whittier will be the first ABA-accredited law school to close. Indiana Tech Law School in Fort Wayne, which will close in June, had only provisional ABA-accreditation. Two other schools in Minnesota merged (Hamline and William Mitchell). And the for=profit Charlotte Law School in North Carolina was put on probation and its students denied federal loan money.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Registration is now open for this year’s Empire State Legal Writing Conference being held this year at New York Law School on Friday, May 19, 2017. Click here to register (free) by May 1, 2017.
8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.: Registration, Coffee, and Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. to 9:10 a.m.: Welcome
9:20-10:10: Connections across the Curriculum
- · Maya Grosz and Maggie Lewis (Seton Hall)
- · Aníbal Rosario Lebrón (Howard)
10:10-11:10: The Writing and Thinking Jigsaw
- · Jill Barton (Miami)
- · Aliza Milner (Syracuse)
- · Cynara Hermes McQuillan (NYLS)
11:20-12:10: Inspiration in the Classroom and Beyond
- · Joan Foley and Ann Nowak (Tuoro)
- · Abigail Perdue (Wake Forest)
12:15-1:15: Lunch (sponsored by Lexis)
1:20-2:20: Lawyering in Action
- · Stephen Paskey (Buffalo)
- · Cameron Arnold and Susan Greene (Brooklyn)
- · Laura Reilly (Buffalo)
2:20-3:10: Hinting at a Storyline
- · Kristen Tiscione (Georgetown),
- Melissa Weresh (Drake),
- Ruth Anne Robbins (Rutgers Camden)
3:20-4:10: Lawyers for the Next Generation
- · Monica Todd and Lori Roberts (Western State)
- · Debra Austin (Denver)
Register by May 1, 2017.
*Please contact Professor Anne Goldstein at email@example.com for hotel information and other questions.
The Program Committee Members are Professors Robin Boyle (St. John’s), Heidi Brown (Brooklyn), Kirk Burkhalter (New York), Elizabeth Fajans (Brooklyn), Anne Goldstein (New York), Aliza Milner (Syracuse), Ann Nowak (Touro), Stephen Paskey (Buffalo), Gerald Rock (Albany), Amy Stein (Hofstra), Lynn Su (New York), and Michelle Whelan (Cornell).
The Journal of Legal Education (JLE) has released its Spring 2017 issue. This issues includes several articles addressing the American Bar Association Accreditation Standard 405(c), which sets minimum standards for the employment terms of clinical faculty at accredited law schools. The articles include:
“Best Practices for Protecting Security of Position for 405(c) Faculty” by Melissa H. Weresh
“Rhetoric and Reality in the ABA Standards” by Linda L. Berger
“The Problem with ABA 405(c)” by Kathryn Stanchi
“‘Best Practices’: A Giant Step Toward Ensuring Compliance with ABA Standard 405(c), a Small Yet Important Step Toward Addressing Gender Discrimination in the Legal Academy” by Kristen Konrad Tiscione
“On Writing Wrongs: Legal Writing Professors of Color and the Curious Case of 405(c)” by Teri A. McMurtry-Chubb
“Employment Law Considerations for Law Schools Hiring Legal Writing Professors” by Ann C. McGinley
“Academic Freedom, Job Security, and Costs” by Richard K. Neumann, Jr.
“Standard 405 and Terms and Conditions of Employment: More Chaos, Conflict and Confusion Ahead?” by Donald J. Polden and Joseph P. Tomain
Hat tip to Ralph Brill
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Hat tip to the LWI Award Committee (Myra Orlen and Kirsten Dauphinais, chairs, and members Brenda Gibson, Margaret Hannon, Greg Johnson, Mary Nagel, and Suzanne Rowe)
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Monday, March 27, 2017
Lauren Simpson, Clinical Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills and Strategies at the University of Houston Law Center, has been selected by the Student Bar Association as Professor of the Year Among Faculty Teaching Part-Time Students.
Professor Simpson earned her B.A. in French and International Studies (cum laude) at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1988. She obtained her J.D. (cum laude) from the University of Houston Law Center in 1994. While at the Law Center, Professor Simpson received the award for Best Speaker in the John Black Moot Court Competition and also participated in multiple interscholastic moot court competitions. She was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1994. From 1994 to 1997, Professor Simpson was an associate at Meyer, Orlando & Evans, P.C. She transitioned to the First Court of Appeals of Texas in early 1997, serving there as a staff attorney for more than 13 years.
Congratulations to Professor Simpson on her selection by the Student Bar Association as Professor of the Year. She also is the 2016 recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award, a university-wide award given in recognition of outstanding teaching.
Hat tip to Sarah J. Morath.
Sunday, March 26, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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: email@example.com. 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.