Thursday, April 7, 2016

Our own Legal Skills Prof blogger Lou Sirico wins prestigious national award

We're very proud to announce that our blogging colleague here at the Legal Skills Prof blog, Professor Lou Sirico, is this year's recipient of the prestigious Burton Award for Outstanding Contribution to Legal Writing Education. The award recognizes "the finest law school teacher who has promoted and advanced legal writing."  You can read more about the Burton Awards, including a list of past winners, at the BA website here. Professor Sirico will receive his award at a black tie event held at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. on May 23, 2016.  

Here's more about our colleague from the official announcement: 

Professor Sirico was accurately described in the letter nominating him as a “giant in the legal writing community.” He has been involved in nearly every imaginable corner of the legal-writing world. As an author, his stellar books include Persuasive Legal Writing (4th ed. 2015) (with Nancy Schultz), Legal Writing and Other Lawyering Skills(6th ed. 2014) (with Nancy Schultz), and Judging: A Book for Student Clerks (2003). He was the Technical Editor for Roy Stuckey’s Best Practices for Legal Education (2007), he sits on the Academic Advisory Panel for Black’s Law Dictionary, and he has written many articles both inside and outside our field. For decades, he has supported the scholarship of other members of our community—both as a generous mentor and in the more formal role of serving on the editorial boards of Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing and Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute. For seven years, he served on the Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute; he was a member of the Executive Committee from 2000 to 2002. He chaired the AALS Section on Teaching Methods. He chaired the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research. He served on numerous committees, penned many editorials, advised the Plain English Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar, and offered limitless wisdom to our community at conferences and through the LWI listserv. In recognition of Lou’s career-long, outstanding service to the legal writing community, LWI and ALWD awarded him the Thomas Blackwell Award in 2007.

We're very proud of one of our own.

- The Legal Skills Prof Bloggers.

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A well-deserved award for a great teacher-scholar. Professor Sirico deserves high praise for not only contributing to the advancement of legal writing, but for being a kind and generous mentor to colleagues and students alike. I join everyone in the academic legal community and in the Legal Writing Institute in congratulating this wonderful scholar.

Posted by: Emil A. Ricci | Apr 10, 2016 5:13:42 AM

A well deserved award for the guru of legal writing.

Posted by: James Edward Maule | Apr 9, 2016 7:37:41 AM

I second that emotion!!!!

Posted by: Scott Fruehwald | Apr 8, 2016 8:04:50 AM

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