Thursday, April 18, 2019
California dreaming? Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles is seeking applicants for a full-time or part-time position as a visiting professor of Legal Analysis, Writing and Skills (LAWS).
The LAWS course offers first-year students six credits of instruction in core lawyering skills including research, writing, client counseling, oral advocacy, and professionalism. The LAWS program has a director and shared core assignments, but faculty members each select and develop their own teaching materials and lessons.
Applicants must have a law degree, strong academic record, and at least two years of post-law school experience demonstrating the potential for excellence in teaching legal writing and other practical lawyering skills. Teaching experience is preferred but not required. Southwestern is committed to faculty diversity.
Applicants should be prepared to start work as early as July 2019 and to start teaching as early August 10, 2019. Please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can address your cover letter to Members of the LAWS Hiring Committee.
This is a one-year visitorship with a possibility of renewal. We anticipate the need for a full-time hire. However, we would consider candidates who need part-time appointments for personal reasons. Although this is initially a visitorship, if the need becomes long-term, the school may subsequently offer a nonvisiting position (such a position would be 405(c)-compliant with renewable one-year contracts and eligibility for a five-year presumptively renewable contract after three years).
Hat tip to Tracy Turner, Director and Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing, and Skills at Southwestern Law School.
Georgia State University College of Law is looking for qualified candidates for the position of Lecturer in its Lawyering: Foundations program. Applications are invited from individuals who have the expertise to contribute fully at the lecturer level in support of the school's first-year required legal writing program.
Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from a nationally-accredited college, the first professional degree in law from a nationally-accredited American law school, and a specific interest in teaching legal writing at an institution committed to both day and evening educational opportunities.
Candidates with several years of legal practice experience are preferred. Although teaching experience is not required, the successful candidate should be prepared to undertake full teaching duties including lecturing, facilitating writing workshop exercises, and providing corrective feedback on weekly homework assignments, letters, memos, and briefs. Lawyering: Foundations faculty work collaboratively from a uniform syllabus, but the successful candidate is encouraged and expected to contribute his or her own ideas, exercises, and innovative approaches to the legal writing classroom experience.
This is a one-year, renewable, non-tenure track appointment. The period of appointment is ten months running from August to May. Compensation includes a contract salary commensurate with experience, plus a benefits package. This is a teaching appointment with a service requirement equivalent to one committee assignment. Neither research nor scholarship is required.
Applicants wishing to apply should register with http://academicjobsonline.org/ (the registration is free) and upload a résumé, cover letter, and writing sample. Cover letters should be directed to Lawyering Foundations Director Maggie Vath, Chair of Lawyering Foundations Faculty Search Committee, Georgia State University College of Law, P.O. Box 4037, Atlanta, Georgia 30302-4037. Applicants invited for interview will be required to submit three written letters of recommendation. For any questions related to the position, please contact Maggie Vath at email@example.com.
The application deadline is Friday, May 10, 2019. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. An offer of employment will be conditional on criminal and educational background verification.
Part of a comprehensive research university, the College of Law is a dynamic urban-centered law school located in the heart of Atlanta with approximately 650 full- and part-time law students. The school encourages applications from candidates who would diversify the faculty. Georgia State University, a unit of the University System of Georgia, is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.
Hat tip to Maggie Vath.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Our colleague Ian Gallacher (Syracuse) shared a moving tribute to the Notre Dame Cathedral that we thought worth sharing.
I apologize for posting on something not law or writing-related. The news from Paris is so devastating, I feel a strong need for my friends right now.
So. Amid the talk about what's been lost -- and it's incalculable -- this probably won't get much mention. But we've lost the only link to the origins of what we think of as classical music today, and that's worth moment's mourning.
When the building was new, the great composer Leonin, and his even greater student Perotin, wrote music for the Notre Dame choir to sing. They wrote the music down, but not in contemporary staff notation, and the only reason we know how to sing it is something that wouldn't happen in our computer age: a student -- English, probably, but otherwise unidentified (he's called Anonymous Four by musicologists, which is how the singing group got its name) -- took classes taught probably by Perotin and his class notes were preserved.
I took a class once that I thought would be deathly dull. We had to translate Anonymous Four's notes from Latin, even though none of us spoke Latin, and then use them to transcribe some works by Perotin and one by Leonin, and then sing them. It was enthralling and magical: this music written 800 years ago came to life and was profoundly strange and great. Literally otherworldly. And we learned (and unlike Anonymous Four, I didn't save my notes from the class so I only have my faulty recollection as proof of this) that Perotin made arguably the first purely musical decision on record, a choice to repeat the liturgy because the musical logic required it even though he was literally changing the word of God to do it. He got into trouble, but the result was so stunning that he got away with it. And from that decision grows, in one way of looking at it, every compositional decision made after it.
You can hear the music of Leonin and Perotin. There are several fine recordings, and I'm sure there will be many performances on YouTube. And until today, we had the physical space that music was written for, standing tall and proud and as magnificent as was its music. That link -- that connection to the deep musical past of Western culture -- is gone now. Gone in less than two hours. Something that stood for 850 years, gone in the time it took to go out to dinner (I'm in Wales today) and come home again. What a profound loss on such a mundane day.
In the days to come we'll learn what happened, and what the French will do about it. Surely they'll rebuild: many many German churches was destroyed in the war and are standing again today, and surely the Germans will help the French as, I hope, will my homeland -- setting aside the parochial nonsense of the past few years. But it probably won't be complete in our lifetime. Certainly not mine (this isn't pessimism. Dresden took 60 years or more to rebuild and not even the most optimistic views of my future see me living to 122!)
So if, like me, you're looking for a way to celebrate what Notre Dame has meant to all of us -- not just French, not just Catholics, not just Europeans -- can I suggest listening to some music written when the building still smelled of fresh wood and wet plaster, not smoke and ash? Leonin and Perotin have been dead for 800 years, and Notre Dame died tonight, but we can preserve what they've meant to us by remembering them and marvelling again at their accomplishments and beauty. If you're spoiled for choice and can't decide, I can recommend Perotin's stunning Viderunt Omnes: almost certainly the first ever masterwork of Western art music.
Sorry for blabbering on, folks. We never know what we have until we don't have it anymore.
To hear Leonin/Perotin music from the cathedral, click here. (Apologies for the ads.)
Jamie J. Baker, the Interim Director of the Law Library at Texas Tech University School of Law, was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of Scribes--The American Society of Legal Writers. She is a past Executive Director of Scribes.
Joseph Kimble, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, was re-elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of Scribes. Professor Kimble is also a past Executive Director of Scribes.
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Congratulations to Shakira Pleasant (Miami Law), whose article, "Fisher's Forewarning: Using Data to Normalize College Admissions, was recently published in the University of Pennsylvania’s Journal of Constitutional Law.
"In the second of the Fisher decisions, Justice Kennedy commented on the data collected by the University of Texas since the decision in Fisher I. He wrote, in Fisher II, “The type of data collected, and the manner in which it is considered, will have a significant bearing on how the University must shape its admissions policy to satisfy strict scrutiny in the years to come.” That language earned the Fisher II opinion a rating of “built to last,” and provides pretty clear marching orders for college admissions policies going forward. Shakira reviews the data and analyzes it under a framework used by healthcare and legal services industries. Under that analysis, she argues that the data collected by UT show a certain lack of diversity created by the Top-Ten Percent Law admissions policy that has not been evaluated and therefore not addressed. She therefore suggests three different ways that UT could improve its data collection and evaluation to assess the fairness of its admissions system."
For an abstract of the paper and download link, click here.
(h/t Ruth Anne Robbins)
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Illinois Appellate Court Justice Michael Hyman Wins the 2019 Kimble Distinguished Service Award from Scribes--The American Society of Legal Writers
Illinois Appellate Court Justice Michael B. Hyman received the 2019 Kimble Distinguished Service Award from Scribes—The American Society of Legal Writers. The award was presented in Washington D.C. at the Law Library of Congress on April 12, 2019. The Kimble Distinguished Service Award recognizes outstanding service to Scribes—The American Society of Legal Writers—and to its mission of improving legal writing.
The Kimble award is named for Joseph Kimble, a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. 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 lectured on writing to legal organizations around the world. He is a drafting consultant to the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the U.S. Judicial Conference and 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 Clarity, served as the executive director of Scribes, is a founding director of the Center for Plain Language, and was on the board of the Legal Writing Institute. In 2000, he was one of the first persons named as a “Plain English Champion” by the Plain English Campaign, in England. 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 a lifetime-achievement award from the Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research of the Association of American Law Schools. In 2017, Scribes created the Joseph Kimble Distinguished Service Award.
The Kimble award was first presented in 2017 to the Honorable Kenneth Gartner. Judge Gartner was a civil and criminal trial judge in the Nassau County District Court, where he earned the distinction of being the most published judge in the history of the New York State District Court. Judge Gartner served as a Special Professor of Legal Ethics at Hofstra Law School; and an Adjunct Professor at Touro Law School, overseeing the Judicial Externship program, and teaching a seminar for judicial externs examining the judge's role, in theory and practice. Judge Gartner has for over a decade been the Chair of a national committee of judges, law professors, and practicing attorneys which annually chooses a law school Moot Court brief for recognition by Scribes.
The award was presented in 2018 to Dean Darby Dickerson of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. She is a past president of Scribes and serves now as the host institution board member. Scribes is now housed at The John Marshall Law School.
Justice Hyman, the recipient of the 2019 award, is the immediate-past president of Scribes. He is a Justice on the Illinois Appellate Court. Before joining the judiciary, Justice Hyman was a principal at Much Shelist, Chicago, which he joined in 1979 after serving two years as an Assistant Illinois Attorney General in the Antitrust Division. He graduated from Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, with honors in 1974, and from Northwestern University School of Law in 1977. In addition to serving as a past president of Scribes, Justice Hyman has been president of the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois Judges Association, the Jewish Judges Association of Illinois, and the Decalogue Society of Lawyers.
Scribes—The American Society of Legal Writers—was established in August 1953 to celebrate and promote better legal writing. In addition to holding CLE programs and presenting awards, the organization publishes a journal, a newsletter, and tips for better legal research and writing. Individuals and institutions can find more information about Scribes (including membership information) at www.scribes.org.
University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
Visiting Professor – Legal Methods
The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law seeks applications for a visiting professor to teach in the Legal Methods program for the 2019-2020 academic year. Legal Methods is a rigorous, required first-year legal research, writing, and analysis course. The visiting professor will teach Legal Methods I (fall, three credits) and Legal Methods II (spring, two credits) with approximately thirty-six students each semester. The visiting professor will work closely with our Legal Methods Faculty, including the Director of Legal Methods.
Memphis Law has a strong interest in hiring a visiting professor who would contribute to the Law School’s commitment to providing a broadly diverse campus community. Applicants should have an outstanding academic record, demonstrated excellence in legal research and writing, and excellent communication skills. Applicants should also have a strong desire to teach legal research and writing to first-year law students, as well as a desire and ability to work collegially in a collaborative environment. Applicants must have a J.D., bar admission, and at least two years of practice experience. Teaching experience is desired but not required.
The base salary will be $60,000 for a nine-month visiting appointment. Tennessee does not have an income tax, and, in several different surveys, Memphis consistently ranks in the top ten for having one of the lowest costs of living in the United States.
Applicants should send the following materials to Jodi Wilson, Director of Legal Methods, atJodi.Wilson@memphis.edu: a letter of interest, a resume or CV, and a list of three references. (Please include “Visiting Professor Application” in the subject line of the e-mail.) In addition, applicants must submit materials through the University’s hiring portal at https://workforum.memphis.edu. The position is open until filled, and application review will begin immediately.
The following members of our community have been awarded ALWD Teaching Grants. Congratulations to all!
- Deirdre M. Bowen, Seattle University School of Law
Analysis Drills in a Legal Writing Classroom Lab: Deirdre has proposed to develop a series of intensive analytical skills exercises for use in the second semester of a year-long 1L legal writing program.
- Pamela DeMartino, Widener University Commonwealth Law School
Customizing Podcasts to Enhance Legal Writing Instruction: Pamela has proposed to develop a series of podcasts specifically designed to complement legal methods classes and selected upper-level doctrinal courses.
- Elizabeth Frost, University of Oregon School of Law
From Seat to Screens: Creating an Online, Distance Learning Writing Course for Upper-Level Students: Elizabeth has proposed to develop an online, distance-learning summer course geared toward weaker students who need additional exposure to the fundamental writing skills taught in a typical two-semester 1L legal writing course.
- Nancy Millar, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School; Delaware Law School (2019–2020)
Integrating Mind, Brain & Education Principles into Legal Education: Practical Applications of Collaborative Learning & Environmental Instruction in the Legal Writing Course: Nancy has proposed to employ research-tested methodology to develop collaborative and group exercises, tasks, and assignments that faculty can integrate into the 1L legal writing course, and a case file that blends instruction on writing mechanics with a robust series of assignments that also teach legal analysis, writing, research, and citation.
(h/t Whitney Heard and Kate Brem)
Friday, April 12, 2019
Here's a reminder that The Legal Writing Journal, invites submissions for possible publication in Volume 24, to be published in spring 2020. The Journal aims to provide a forum for the publication of essays, articles, and book reviews about the theory, substance, and pedagogy of legal writing. Additional information about the Journal may be found on its website. You may email your submission through the website (firstname.lastname@example.org), or via Express.
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Congratulations to Lauren Simpson for being selected by the University of Houston Law Center's Student Bar Association as Professor of the Year in the part-time program. Lauren will be honored for a third time at the Dean's Award Ceremony next week.
Lauren can be congratulated at: email@example.com.
(h/t Sarah Morath)
Congratulations to Katrina Lee (Ohio State), David Krech (West Virginia), Rebekah Hanley (University of Oregon), Mary Adkins (University of Florida) and Ellie Margolis (Temple) who will be our new (and/or returning) ALWD Board. Katrina Lee will be president and David Krech will be treasurer. Rebekah Hanley, Mary Adkins, and Ellie Margolis will serve on the the Board of Directors.
The Academic Excellence Department has an opening for a full-time Academic Excellence Specialist. Academic Excellence Specialists are responsible for teaching, guiding, and supporting MHSL students to ensure their successful transition to and completion of law school and ensure students are successful in the passage of the bar. Specialists meet with and counsel students on their academic progress; develop and oversee the execution of individualized learning plans; provide one-on-one tutoring; develop, implement and revise courses and programs; and teach classes and workshops.
Qualifications: J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school; admission to the bar; strong legal writing, research, and analysis skills; ability to build rapport with students, faculty and staff; demonstrated ability to exercise sound, ethical, and professional judgment; and proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and social learning platforms. Some evening and weekend work necessary based on program and student needs.
To apply please send cover letter and resume by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; by fax to (651) 290-8645; or by mail to Human Resources, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, 875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105. Members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.
Mitchell Hamline School of Law is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, veteran/military status, disability or handicap, age, sexual orientation, status with regard to public assistance, or any other protected class status defined by law.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Best wishes to Connie Krontz on her retirement from Seattle. Connie has been a wonderful colleague for years and has lived an adventurous life. For a link to read more, click here.
If you'd like to send congratulations, or a message, email here: email@example.com.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Scribes—The American Society of Legal Writers – has announced the winners of its annual competition for the best law-related book published during 2018. The first-place winner is Adam Winkler for We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights (Liveright Publishing 2018). Two other authors were named as the runners-up for the Scribes Book Award: Justin Driver, The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind (Penguin Random House 2018), and Margaret Edds, We Face the Dawn: Oliver Hill, Spottswood Robinson, and the Legal Team That Dismantled Jim Crow (University of Virginia Press 2018).
The Scribes Book Awards will be presented in Washington, D.C. on Friday, April 12, 2019 at the Law Library of Congress. The award presentation will be part of a Scribes CLE and Award Program that will also include the presentation of a Lifetime-Achievement Award to Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Adam Winkler is is a professor of constitutional law at the UCLA School of Law. His book, We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights, is an informative and engaging history of how American corporations became “persons” whose civil rights were protected even though they were not the traditional focus of Supreme Court jurisprudence. In addition to winning the 2019 Scribes Book Award, Mr. Winkler’s book was also a finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. It was also named a notable book of the year by both the New York Times and the Washington Post and as one of the Best Books of the Year by both The Economist and The Boston Globe.
One of the runners-up for the Scribes Book Award is Justin Driver, who served as a law clerk to Justice Stephen Breyer. Justice Breyer will receive the Scribes Lifetime-Achievement Award at the CLE and Award Program.
The Scribes CLE and Award Program will begin at 2:00 p.m. with an introduction and update on resources of the Law Library of Congress, the largest law library in the world. The program continues with a roundtable discussion among former Assistant Solicitor Generals who will discuss effective appellate advocacy before the U.S. Supreme Court and other appellate tribunals. And the program will conclude with the presentation of the Lifetime-Achievement Award to Justice Breyer. The program is free and open to the public but advance registration is required because of space limitations. Visit www.scribes.org for more information about the program and how to register. The program is presented in cooperation with the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress.
The Scribes Book-Award Committee was chaired by Justice Michael Hyman of the Illinois Appellate Court. Other committee members included Bryan Garner, Yoshinori H.T. Himel, Brian Melendez, and Stuart Shiffman.
Monday, April 8, 2019
Best of the Best – Florida State University Wins the Scribes Brief-Writing Award; Other Winners are the South Texas College of Law, Louisiana State University, and UC Hastings
Caitlin Messinger and Keriann Smith of the Florida State University College of Law in Tallahassee have won the prestigious Scribes Best-Brief Award. The award will be presented in Washington, D.C. on Friday, April 12, 2019 during a Scribes CLE and Award Ceremony at the Law Library of Congress. The award ceremony also includes the presentation of the Lifetime-Achievement Award to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.
The Scribes Brief-Writing Award considers submissions of moot-court briefs that have won first place in a national or regional moot-court competition. The award committee selects the best brief from all of the winning briefs submitted.
The second-place winners for 2019 are Cesar Escalante and Jonathan Peña of the South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas. Two schools tied this year for third place: Jacob Cunningham, Jessica Finley, and Sara Kuebel won from the Louisiana State University Paul M. Herbert Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Gabriella Gallego and Alyxandra N. Vernon won from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, California.
The Scribes CLE and Award Program on Friday, April 12 will begin at 2:00 p.m. with an introduction and update on resources of the Law Library of Congress, the world’s largest law library. The program continues with a roundtable discussion among former Assistant Solicitor Generals who will discuss effective appellate advocacy before the U.S. Supreme Court and other appellate tribunals. And the program will conclude with the presentation of the Lifetime-Achievement Award to Justice Breyer. The program is free and open to the public but advance registration is required because of space limitations. Visit www.scribes.org for more information about the program and how to register. The program is presented in cooperation with the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress.
The Brief-Writing Award Committee was chaired by the Honorable Kenneth Gartner and included as members Andrew Bender, Beth D. Cohen, Charles Dewey Cole, Stephen Fink, Susan Joffe, Robert Markle, and the Honorable Kevin G. Ross.
Screeners from across the country reviewed the first round of submissions for this award. Members of that committee included Rebecca Blemberg, Brooke Bowman, Megan E. Boyd, Alice Burke, Shannon Burke, Kathryn Campbell, Anna Chan, Maureen Collins, Elizabeth De Armond, Tessa Dysart, Lara Freed, Ardath Hamann, Amanda Harmon Cooley, Kimberly Holst, Michelle Johnson, Kerrin Kowach, Patrick J. Long, Karin Mika, Gail Mullins, Mary T. Nagel, Joseph Regalia, Mimi Samuel, Willie Schatz, Jim Sowerby, Mary Rose Strubbe, and Roberta Thyfault.
Joseph DeMott of Stanford Law School has won the 2019 Scribes Award for the best law-review article. The award will be presented to him in Washington, D.C. on Friday, April 12, 2019 at the Law Library of Congress. The award presentation is part of a Scribes CLE and Award Program that will also include the presentation of a Lifetime-Achievement Award to Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. DeMott won for his article, Rethinking Ashe v. Swenson from an Originalist Perspective. The article appears in volume 71 of the Stanford Law Review.
The Scribes CLE and Award Program on April 12 will begin at 2:00 p.m. with an introduction and update on resources of the Law Library of Congress, the largest law library in the world. The program continues with a roundtable discussion among former Assistant Solicitor Generals who will discuss effective appellate advocacy before the U.S. Supreme Court and other tribunals. The program will conclude with the presentation of the Lifetime-Achievement Award to Justice Breyer. The program is free and open to the public but advance registration is required because of space limitations. Visit www.scribes.org for more information about the program and how to register.
The Scribes Law-Review Award Committee was chaired by Glen-Peter Ahlers and included committee members Mary Bowman, Steven Feldman, Richard Leiter, and Sarah Ricks. Screeners from across the country reviewed the first round of submissions before the committee picked the final winner. Members of the Screening Committee included Anna Chan, Lurene Contento, Raoul Fernandez, Emily Grant, Karen Grundy, Amanda Harmon Cooley, Joanne Hodge, Jessica Hynes, Patrick J. Long, Denise Malloy, Karin Mika, Mimi Samuel, Zachary Schmooh, and Helene S. Shapo.
The Scribes CLE and Award Program on April 12 is presented in cooperation with the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress. The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States – and extensive materials from around the world – both on-site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. The Law Library of Congress is the world’s largest law library.
Saturday, April 6, 2019
The problem for the 2020 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition was announced today at the conclusion of the final round of this year's competition (United States -- Columbia University v. Hungary).
The 2020 problem will involve:
- multi-fora international litigation;
- responsibilities of heads of state for war crimes;
- killer robots; and
- a wall.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
For those who would like to see Charles Calleros' classic presentation "An Interactive, Multicultural Cross-Disciplinary Exploration of Teaching and Learning," click here.
Charles presented the session as a plenary at the Rocky Mountain Regional Legal Writing Conference held at the University of Las Vegas in March.
(h/t Terry Pollman)
Monday, April 1, 2019
Here's a final reminder that April 5 is the deadline for presentations for the 2019 Central States Area Legal Writing Conference.
Interwoven: The Fabric of Interdisciplinary Collaboration
Central States Area Legal Writing Conference
Location: The John Marshall Law School in Chicago (which at the time of the conference will be the UIC John Marshall Law School), 300 S. State Street, Chicago, Illinois
Conference Dates: Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14, 2019
Deadline for Proposals: Friday, April 5, 2019
The Central States Area Legal Writing Conference Program Committee is seeking proposals for presentations at the conference. They are particularly interested in proposals that are broadly related to this year’s theme, which focuses on how legal writing can work with other disciplines within the law school to enhance the educational experience of our students. Because this conference will be held close to the start of the school year, 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, and there are many ways to present your topic. Below is a list of some suggestions, which is by no means exhaustive. Please note that co-presenters and groups are welcome. In addition, as part of your proposal, please identify how your materials 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 panel discussion
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 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.
- Whether the presentation is lecture style or interactive. (please describe)
- While most presenters will be chosen to speak on one topic, please submit as many as you would like considered.
Please send proposals to Wanda M. Temm, Clinical Professor of Law, at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Her telephone number is (816) 235-5311.
If you’ve never presented at a conference before, you should give this opportunity special consideration and inform the organizers 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.
Presenters will know by April 30 whether their proposals have been accepted.
Hat tip to Wanda Temm and The Central States Program Committee