Saturday, December 14, 2019

Nominations for the Scribes' Law-Review Award Requested by January 15

Each year, Scribes—The American Society of Legal Writers—sponsors a competition to recognize an outstanding note or comment written by a law student who is associated with a student-edited law review or journal. This award has the distinction of being the only national award for student authors that places no limitation on subject matter.

Scribes invites law schools to submit one outstanding student note or comment that has been, or will be, published between June 1, 2019, and May 31, 2020. The competition will be judged by the Scribes Law-Review Committee. The winning journal and the author of the winning note or comment will each receive a plaque.

Scribes was founded in 1953 with the goal of recognizing legal writers and improving legal writing. Its members consist of judges, lawyers, law professors, and students who served on law reviews or journals. Scribes also publishes its own journal, The Scribes Journal of Legal Writing, and offers two national awards in addition to the Law-Review Award.

To get an entry form or for any questions, contact Scribes Executive Director Philip Johnson at Please submit your nomination by January 15, 2020.

Mark E. Wojcik, President, Scribes--The American Society of Legal Writers


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Friday, December 13, 2019

Global Legal Skills Conference Being Held This Week in Phoenix

The fourteenth Global Legal Skills Conference is being held this week at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law. The Global Legal Skills Conference is the leading international gathering for global skills education. Presenters at this year's conference include:

  • Rummana Alan (University of Illinois)
  • David W. Austin (California Western School of Law, visiting at Brooklyn Law School)
  • Marta Baffy (Georgetown University Law Center)
  • Elizabeth Baldwin (University of Washington)
  • Kevin Bennardo (UNC Chapel Hill)
  • Hilary Bell (Hamad bin Khalifa University, Qatar)
  • Kate Brem (University of Houston Law Center)
  • Teresa Kissane Brostoff (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Tatiana Calda Lottiger (Executive HUB, Sweden)
  • Susan Chesler (Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law)
  • Bruce Ching (Syracuse)
  • Dean Adam Chodorow (Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law)
  • Diana Coetzee (Georgia State University)
  • Lurene Contento (Chicago-Kent College of Law)
  • Rachel Croskery-Roberts (UC Irvine School of Law)
  • Evelyn Cruz (Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law)
  • Leslie P. Culver (California Western School of Law, visiting at UC Irvine School of Law)
  • Megan Davis (University of Houston Law Center)
  • Susan DeJarnatt (Temple)
  • Janet Dickson (Seattle University)
  • Beverly C. Dureus (SMU Dedman School of Law)
  • Kathryn Falk Campbell (Southwestern)
  • Fabio Fisicaro (University of Catania, Sicily, Italy)
  • Eun Hee Han (Georgetown University Law Center)
  • Priscilla Harris (Vanderbilt University Law School)
  • Alissa Hartig (Portland State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Applied Linguistics)
  • Maryann Herman (Duquesne)
  • Kimberly Holst (Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law)
  • Marcy Karin (UDC)
  • Rosa Kim (Suffolk)
  • Leila Lawlor (Georgia State University)
  • Sylvia Lett (University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law)
  • Antonino Longo (University of Catania, Sicily, Italy)
  • Alan Mamood (LexisNexis)
  • John Mounier (California Elder Protection Attorneys)
  • Michael Murray (University of Kentucky)
  • Mark Nadeau (DLA Piper)
  • Nell Navarro (Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law)
  • Nadia Nedzel (Southern University Law Center)
  • Olugbenga Oke-Samuel (Kampala International University, Uganda)
  • Cathren Page (Barry)
  • Trevor Reed (Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law)
  • Trilby Robinson-Dorn (UC Irvine School of Law)
  • Karen Ross (New York University School of Law)
  • Victoria Saliani (Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law)
  • Susan Salmon (University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law)
  • Kirsten Schaetzel (Georgetown University Law Center)
  • Rebecca Scharf (UNLV)
  • Diana J. Simon (University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law)
  • Sheila Simon (Southern Illinois University School of Law)
  • Ann Sinsheimer (University of Pittsburg)
  • Clayton Carter Steele (Brooklyn Law School)
  • JoAnne Sweeny (Louisville)
  • Maria Termini (Brooklyn Law School)
  • John Thornton (Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law)
  • Grace Tonner (UC Irvine School of Law)
  • Maggie Vath (Georgia State University)
  • Jesse Weins (Arizona State University School of Criminology and Criminal Justice)
  • Mark E. Wojcik (UIC John Marshall Law School)
  • Bobette Wolski (Bond University, Australia)

Professors from other law schools around the world are also attending the conference. Click here for more information about the conference. The next Global Legal Skills Conference will be held in southern Italy at the University of Bari Department of Law from May 20-22, 2020.


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Saturday, November 23, 2019

Qatar University is Hiring

Position Announcement
Legal Skills Department Faculty, Qatar University College of Law

Qatar University anticipates hiring one faculty member, commencing August 2020, to teach Legal Writing/Legal Skills courses in English in the College of Law’s LL.B. program. In addition to teaching, the selected candidate will lead various endeavors and support the Legal Skills Department.

Required qualifications for this full-time faculty appointment include a J.D. or Ph.D. and at least two years of experience teaching legal writing/legal skills courses, preferably to first-year J.D. or undergraduate law students. Practice, clerkship, or other post-graduate legal experience is also desirable. Preference will be given to candidates who have a record of publication, or show great potential for publication, and have potential for service to the law school and the local legal community. Preference will also be given to candidates who are willing to commit to the College of Law for an initial contract length of three years. Candidates who have taught international students and/or are bilingual (English and Arabic) will bring added benefit to the program, although this is not a required qualification. 

Very competitive salary commensurate with experience. Benefits for full-time hires, as governed by the university’s policies and regulations, include:

  • furnished accommodation or housing allowance;
  • potential annual salary increase based on performance;
  • annual round-trip air tickets to one’s registered city of residence for the faculty member, spouse, and up to three children (under 18 years of age);
  • health insurance for the faculty member, spouse, and up to four children;
  • educational allowance for up to three children (from grade 1 up to 18 years of age);
  • annual summer leave, winter, and semester breaks in accordance with the university’s H.R. policies and calendar;
  • conference travel support; and,
  • end-of-service gratuity.

    About the College of Law

    The College of Law, Qatar’s sole law school, has a record of academic excellence and scholarly influence and aspires to be the premier law school in the region. It is committed to excellence in legal education in accordance with international standards.

    The College of Law prepares students for success in the complex, competitive, and ever-changing worlds of law practice, business, public service, and teaching. A number of its courses are in English, including the legal skills courses that the hired faculty member will teach. In its ninth year now (after evolving from the Lawyering Skills Program), the Legal Skills Department has brought legal writing, analysis, advocacy, legal English and research skills that are foundational to common law systems to the mixed Qatari civil and common law system.

    About Qatar and Qatar University

    On the Arabian Gulf, Qatar has a rapidly growing economy, a richly diverse national and expatriate community, and ambitious development goals. Qatar is a wealthy, stable, and safe country with an international outlook. In recent times, Qatar has played a prominent role in hosting negotiations and mediating regional disputes. Qatar has hosted various international events including the Doha Development Round of World Trade Organization negotiations, the 20th World Petroleum Congress (the first in the region), and the 2006 Asian Games. It looks forward to hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, a first for the region.

    Located in the capital city of Doha, Qatar University is the oldest and most popular university in Qatar. It has considerable teaching and research expertise and students from over 52 nations. It is undergoing continued expansion as Qatar rapidly develops.
  • Application Submission

    Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until December 15, 2019. Please direct a cover letter and your curriculum vitae to Dr. Mohamed Mattar at the email address below. If available, reference letters, teaching evaluations, and/or transcripts will also be helpful.

    Dr. Mohamed Mattar
    Clinical Professor of Law & Head of the Legal Skills Department
    Qatar University College of Law
    P.O. Box: 2713 Doha - Qatar

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University of San Francisco is Looking to Fill a Chair in Animal Law

The University of San Francisco School of Law is conducting a search for a Chair in Animal Law. The position begins in the fall of 2020.

By virtue of the generous support of an anonymous donor, this fully funded tenured or tenure-track Chair will establish and build an Animal Law Program in a law school backed by Jesuit values located in beautiful San Francisco. USF’s geographic location will put the Chair in the physical center of cutting-edge debates over climate change, sustainability, and animal welfare. In addition to substantial experience teaching, writing, and advocating in the animal law field, the ideal candidate will have the capacity to build a program from the ground up within a supportive environment. Expertise in some combination of the following categories is desirable: factory farming, conservation of wildlife, the use of animals in research, and the intersection of animal law and environmental sustainability, food law/safety, or public health.

Applications from members of minority or historically disadvantaged groups and individuals whose background or interests will enhance our diversity are highly encouraged. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, link to recent scholarship, and recent teaching evaluations (if available) to Lara Bazelon, Chair of the Faculty Appointments Committee, USF School of Law, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, California 94117. Email: The application deadline is December 9, 2019.

Hat tip to Eugene Y. Kim at the University of San Francisco School of Law


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Thursday, November 21, 2019

The Harvard Law Review Crossword Puzzle

In case you missed it, the Harvard Law Review now includes a crossword puzzle. You can find the November 2019 crossword puzzle at 133 Harv. L. Rev. 428 (2019).

You're welcome.


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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Our Favorite Halloween Cases

Here are some of our favorite Halloween cases:

  • United States ex rel. Mayo v. Satan and His Staff, 54 F.R.D. 282 (W.D. Pa. 1971). A civil rights action against Satan and his servants for allegedly placing deliberate obstacles in the pro se plaintiff's path, causing his downfall and depriving him of his constitutional rights. The court questioned whether the plaintiff could obtain personal jurisdiction over the defendant in Pennsylvania, although the court noted an unofficial account of "a trial in New Hampshire where this defendant filed an action of mortgage foreclosure as plaintiff." Id. at 283.
  • Lugosi v. Universal Pictures, 160 Cal. Rptr. 323, 603 P.2d 425 (Cal. 1979). The widow and son of the actor who played Dracula sued Universal Pictures for licensing others to use the Count Dracula character. The California Supreme Court ruled that the right to exploit a name and likeness is personal to the artist and must be exercised, if at all, during the artist's lifetime.
  • Stambovsky v. Ackley, 169 A.D.2d 254, 572 N.Y.S.2d 672 (N.Y. App. Div. 1st Dept.1991). The court ruled that because a home seller had previously reported the Victorian house as being haunted, the seller was estopped from denying the existence of poltergeists on the premises. The house was haunted as a matter of law. The court also ruled that haunting cannot ascertained by reasonable inspection of the premises. Id. at 257, 572 N.Y.S.2d at 675 ("[T]he notion that a haunting is a condition which can and should be ascertained upon reasonable inspection of the premises is a hobgoblin which should be exorcised from the body of legal precedent and laid quietly to rest.").
  • Griffin v. Haunted Hotel, Inc., 194 Cal. Rptr. 3d 830, 242 Cal. App. 4th 490 (2015). A patron of a haunted house attraction assumed the risk of injury from being frightened by an actor confronting him with a chain saw. "The risk that a person will be frightened, run, and fall is inherent in the fundamental nature of a haunted house attraction . . . ." Id. at 834, 242 Cal. App. 4th at 493.
  • Galan v. Covenant House New Orleans, 695 So.2d 1007 (La. Ct. App. 1997). "[T]he very purpose of a haunted house is to frighten its patrons." Id. at 1009.
  • Hayward v. Carraway, So.2d 758 (La. Ct. App. 1965). The court held that believing that house is haunted was not a defense to liability for vandalism.

Looking for a book? Try this:

  • Douglas Graham, Trick or Treaty?, (Institute of Policy Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand 1997).

If you're looking for a law review article, try this:

  • Adam Chodorow, Death and Taxes and Zombies, 98 Iowa L. Rev. 1207 (2013) (probably can be used to support the proposition that taxes are very scary).

And here's a link you'll want to explore further: the Harvard Law School Law Library's Halloween and the Law.

Happy Halloween!

Hat tips to Adriana Duffy, Kim Holst, and Tami Lefko.


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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Finding Transcripts of Oral Arguments Before the U.S. Supreme Court

This week marked the first Monday in October and the start of a new U.S. Supreme Court Term. It promises to be a blockbuster year for the court with many interesting cases. Today the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on whether Title VII's prohibition of discrimination based on "sex" also applies to "sexual orientation" and "transgender."

The transcripts are available shortly after the oral arguments conclude. Click here to have a look. Recordings (but not video) of oral arguments will be release later in the week (on Friday).


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Friday, October 4, 2019

The First Monday in October

When the 2019-2020 Supreme Court Term opens on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court will try out a new rule that the lawyers will have two minutes to talk before the Justices interrupt them with questions. Read more about the new rule here.

In the early days of the Republic, arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court might go on for a couple of days. Today arguments are limited to an hour (half an hour for each side).

Cases consolidated for argument can also be limited to an hour even though there are two cases being heard. We'll see that on Tuesday October 8 when the U.S. Supreme Court will hear two consolidated cases in one hour: Bostock v. Clayton County and Altitude Express, Inc. v. Zarda. Those two cases involve the question of whether Title VII extends to sexual orientation discrimination. That consolidated argument will be followed by R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc. v. EEOC, a case that will consider whether Title VII extends to gender identity. These three cases are the first LGBT cases to come before the Supreme Court following the departure of Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was often the "swing vote" in earlier LGBT cases.

Hat tip to Heather Baxter for sharing news of the new, two-minute no questions rule.


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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Denitsa Mavrova Heinrich has been named the Rodney & Betty Webb Professor at the University of North Dakota School of Law. Denitsa is only the third professor to have held the distinction.

Denitsa is a 2010 alumna of the UND School of Law, graduating at the top of her class and honored with induction as a member of the Order of the Coif and the Order of Barristers. After law school, she served as the judicial law clerk for Justice Mary Muehlen Maring of the North Dakota Supreme Court, and then as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Kermit E. Bye of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. She taught as a Faculty Fellow at UND Law before serving for two years as an Assistant Professor of Law at Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law in Orlando, Florida. She returned to the UND Law faculty as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Law in 2016. She currently serves as the Director of Lawyering Skills and Trial Advocacy Programs and has led the UND Law Trial Team to great success in its regional and national competitions.

Hat tip to Tammy Pettinato Oltz



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Central States Regional Legal Writing Conference at UIC John Marshall Law School

20190914_092208The UIC John Marshall Law School was the host institution of the 2019 Central States Regional Legal Writing Conference. Conference speakers include:

  • Prof. Emily Aleisa (IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law)
  • Prof. Anne Alexander (University of Missouri School of Law)
  • Prof. David W. Austin (California Western School of Law, visiting at Brooklyn Law School)
  • Prof. Susan Bakhshian (Loyola Marymount University School of Law)
  • Prof. Heather Baxter (Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law)
  • Prof. Elizabeth Bloom (Northeastern University School of Law)
  • Prof. Cynthia Bond (UIC John Marshall Law School)
  • Prof. Deborah Borman (University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law)
  • Prof. Mary Bowen (Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law)
  • Prof Jean Boylan (Loyola Marymount University School of Law)
  • Prof. Janet Brown (Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law)
  • Prof. Jenny Carey (Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law)
  • Prof. Kim D. Chanbonpin (UIC John Marshall Law School)
  • Prof. John Cook (Elon University School of Law)
  • Prof. Leslie Culver (California Western School of Law, visiting at the University of California Irvine School of Law)
  • Prof. Michelle Cue (DePaul University College of Law)
  • Prof. Jim Dimitri (Indiana University Robert F. McKinney School of Law)
  • Prof. Brad Desnoyer (Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law)
  • Dean Darby Dickerson (UIC John Marshall Law School)
  • Prof. Elizabeth Dragnich (Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law)
  • Prof. Jeff Drobish (Washington University in St. Louis School of Law)
  • Prof. Olympia Duhart (Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law)
  • Prof. Adam Eckart (Suffolk University Law School)
  • Prof. Michele Falkoff (Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law)
  • Prof. Joe Fore (University of Virginia School of Law)
  • Prof. David Ganfield (DePaul University College of Law)
  • Prof. Doug Godfrey (IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law)
  • Prof. Patrick Gould (Appalachian School of Law)
  • Prof. Stephanie Roberts Hartung (Northeastern University School of Law)
  • Prof. Kim Holst (Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law)
  • Prof. Jeanna Hunter (Northern Illinois University College of Law)
  • Prof. Lucy Jewel (University of Tennessee College of Law)
  • Prof. Karl Johnson (IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law)
  • Prof. Pam Keller (University of Kansas School of Law)
  • Prof. Joe Kimble (Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School)
  • Prof. Jo Ellen Lewis (Washington University in St. Louis School of Law)
  • Prof. Christina Lockwood (University of Detroit Mercy School of Law)
  • Prof. Teri McMurtry-Chubb (Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law, visiting at UIC John Marshall Law School)
  • Prof. Rodney Miller (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law)
  • Prof. Hugh Mundy (UIC John Marshall Law School)
  • Prof. Michael Murray (University of Kentucky College of Law)
  • Prof. Nell Novara (Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law)
  • Prof. Abigail Patthoff (Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law)
  • Prof. Mary Ann Robinson (Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law)
  • Prof. Joyce Rosenberg (University of Kansas School of Law)
  • Prof. Suzanne Rowe (University of Oregon School of Law)
  • Prof. Karen Sanner (Saint Louis University School of Law)
  • Michelle Silverthorn (Inclusion Nation)
  • Prof. Betsy Six (University of Kansas School of Law)
  • Prof. Meredith Strange (Northern Illinois University College of Law)
  • Prof. John B. Thornton (Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law)
  • Prof. Shawn Watts (University of Kansas School of Law)
  • Prof. Whitney Werich Heard (University of Houston Law Center)
  • Prof. Mark E. Wojcik (UIC John Marshall Law School)
  • Prof. Vanessa Zboreak (Elon University School of Law)

The 2019 Central States Legal Writing Conference was the 20th edition of this regional writing conference. It is believed to be the oldest of the regional legal writing conferences held across the United States.



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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

UIC is Hiring an Executive Director of its Center for Teaching Excellence

The University of Illinois at Chicago is looking for an Executive Director of a new university Center for Teaching Excellence that will support all members of the UIC community who have a teaching role, including faculty and teaching assistants at the undergraduate, graduate and professional level. The Executive Director, along with a permanent staff, will build a highly interactive Center that utilizes current university expertise coupled with a vision for how best to support faculty and increase student success. Reporting to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs through the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, the Executive Director will work with faculty and other instructors at UIC, to help them improve all aspects of their teaching, including assessment, diversity, and social emotional learning. The Executive Director will leverage the ongoing work of the Student Success Initiative, the Office of Diversity, the Learning Sciences Research Institute, Language and Culture Learning Center, ACCC Instructional Designers and other programs at UIC to support UIC’s teaching mission. For fullest consideration, candidates should complete an electronic application, including a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for a minimum of three references by Monday, October 7, 2019. For more information please visit the search webpage at Please direct nominations and questions or concerns regarding the search and application process to Faizan Abid, Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, at (mew)

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Events at the Library of Congress Kluge Center


The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is pleased to announce its schedule of fall conversations featuring renowned scholars and authors. All events will be held in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The events are free and open to the public. However, tickets are suggested and available via Eventbrite.

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 4 p.m.
John W. Kluge Center (Room 119) 
Complicity and Accountability in the Great Recession: Perspectives from Wall Street, Consumer Protection and Congress
Cathleen Kaveny, the recent Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History, will host a panel discussion about the Great Recession in terms of ethics, complicity and accountability. Panelists will represent perspectives from Wall Street, consumer protection and the legislative branch.  For event details, visit this event-ticketing website:

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 4 p.m.
John W. Kluge Center (Room 119) 
Kluge Center Author Salon: Candice Millard on Destiny of the Republic
John W. Kluge Center Director John Haskell will interview author and journalist Candice Millard on James Garfield's rise from poverty to the American presidency and the dramatic history of his assassination and legacy. The papers of President James A. Garfield, who was assassinated in the first year of his presidency, have been digitized and are available online. The Garfield collection includes approximately 80,000 items, dating from 1850 to 1881. For event details, visit this event-ticketing website:

Thursday, Oct. 3, 4 p.m.
John W. Kluge Center (Room 119) 
Perspectives on Congressional Policymaking
Frances Lee, the Library of Congress Chair in Congressional Policymaking, and the former Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas will take part in a discussion on counterintuitive trends in congressional policymaking, including developments in the passage of major bipartisan legislation. Kluge Center Director John Haskell will moderate.  Lee was appointed as the inaugural Library of Congress Chair in Congressional Policymaking at the Library earlier this year. For event details, visit this event-ticketing website

Tuesday, Oct. 22, noon
John W. Kluge Center (Room 119) 
Kluge Center Author Salon: Evan Thomas on First: Sandra Day O’Connor
Assistant Deputy Librarian Colleen Shogan will interview author Evan Thomas on his recent biography of Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court. For event details, visit this event-ticketing website

Monday, Oct. 28, 8 p.m.
Coolidge Auditorium 
Oscar Hammerstein Collection

Oscar Hammerstein has been credited with the invention of the modern musical with his lyrics and librettos for classics such as “Show Boat,” “Oklahoma!,” “Carousel,” “South Pacific,” “The King and I,” “Cinderella” and “The Sound of Music.” The Library holds the Hammerstein Collection, which includes over 20,000 letters from and to Hammerstein. Music Division specialist and Kluge Center Staff Fellow Mark Horowitz has designed a concert that combines readings from these letters with songs that relate to them. Conductor, pianist and award-winning music director Jon Kalbfleisch will join Horowitz for this performance, presenting classic tunes along with insights about the personal life of Hammerstein. This concert is being presented in association with the Signature Theatre of Arlington, Va. For event details, visit this event-ticketing website

Horowitz will also host a pre-concert conversation titled “Inside the Envelope: Behind the Scenes with Oscar Hammerstein’s Correspondence” at 6:30 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. Tickets are not required for this portion of the event.

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 4 p.m.
John W. Kluge Center (Room 119) 
Kluge Center Author Salon: Ron White on Lessons from Lincoln and Grant
New York Times best-selling author Ronald C. White and Assistant Deputy Librarian Colleen Shogan will discuss what the lives and presidencies of Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant can teach us about leadership.  The Library of Congress holds Lincoln and Grant’s papers, which are available online. For event details, visit this event-ticketing website

Thursday, Nov. 7, 4 p.m.
John W. Kluge Center (Room 119) 
Dynamics of Presidential Primaries
Kluge Center Director John Haskell will moderate a discussion on the dynamics of presidential primaries. Julia Azari, former Kluge Center Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Marquette University professor, and Amy Walter, national editor of the Cook Political Report, will be panelists. For event details, visit this event-ticketing website

Tuesday, Nov. 12, noon
John W. Kluge Center (Room 119) 
Kluge Center Author Salon: Danielle Allen on Our Declaration:
A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality

Danielle Allen, the James Bryant Conant University Professor and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, will draw from her own experience teaching the Declaration of Independence as well as from historical sources. In her book, she makes the case that the Declaration of Independence was intended to ensure equality as much as it was intended to secure freedom. For event details, visit this event-ticketing website

Thursday, Nov. 21, noon
John W. Kluge Center (Room 119) 
100 Years of Women Voting
Christina Wolbrecht, co-author of the 2016 book “Counting Women's Ballots: Female Voters from Suffrage through the New Deal,” join Jane Junn, of the University of Southern California and Assistant Deputy Librarian Colleen Shogan for a discussion of 100 years of women voting, in connection with the Library’s exhibition “Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote.” For event details, visit this event-ticketing website

The Kluge Center’s mission, as established in 2000, is to reinvigorate the interconnection between thought and action, bridging the gap between scholarship and policymaking. To that end, the Center brings some of the world’s great thinkers to the Library to make use of the Library collections and engage in conversations addressing the challenges facing democracies in the 21st century.

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. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at; access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at; and register creative works of authorship at

(Library of Congress Press Release)

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Five Tips for First-Year Law Students

Professor Molly Bishop Shadel of the University of Virginia School of Law shares five tips for first-year law students.

Here's the video:


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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

FIU is Hiring

Florida International University College of Law, Florida’s public law school located in Miami, seeks applicants for entry-level or lateral appointments for the position of Lecturer in Legal Skills and Values. The start date for the position is August 2020.

The College of Law’s Legal Skills and Values program consists of two required courses in the first year of law school and an additional required course by the end of a student’s fourth semester. We are seeking dedicated legal writing and skills teachers to teach legal research, analysis, and written and oral communication skills, all with a heavy emphasis on professionalism.

Lateral candidates should show a demonstrated record of teaching excellence. Entry-level candidates should show commitment to excellence in teaching and significant potential as law teachers. Experience in legal practice and/or judicial clerkships is preferred. JD required.

This is a 9-month, full-time faculty appointment, with an initial one-year term, with the possibility of successive three-year or five-year terms. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply to Job Opening ID 519269 at and attach a cover letter and curriculum vitae in a single PDF file.

Prior to a campus interview, applicants will also be required to submit a list of references.  The Appointments Committee may request additional material such as teaching evaluations, writing samples, and letters of recommendation.  To receive full consideration, applications and required materials should be received by September 30, 2019. Review will continue until position is filled.

Questions about the position can be directed to search committee co-Chairs, Scott Norberg ( and Jan OseiTutu(


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Emory is Hiring

Emory Law School invites applications for a full-time position in the non-tenure Professor of Practice track.  The successful candidate will serve as Externship Director, Co-Director of the Professionalism Program and Director of Adjunct Communications.  To view the full job description and apply, click here.  Inquiries may be directed to chair of the contract faculty appointments committee, Randee Waldman, at

Emory University is dedicated to providing equal opportunities and equal access to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran's status.


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Jessup 2020 Team Registration Now Open

The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world’s largest moot court competition and it continues to grow each year. The Jessup is open to law schools all over the world. Each school may enter one team of two to five students in the Competition.


The 2020 Jessup Problem is scheduled to be released on Friday, 13 September 2019. Visit the <a href="">website of the International Law Students' Association </a>for more information about the Jessup Competition.


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Sunday, September 1, 2019

Remember to Submit Your Winning "Best Brief" for the 2020 Scribes Brief-Writing Award

Scribes--The American Society of Legal Writers--is now accepting submissions for the 2020 Brief-Writing Award. The deadline for submitting briefs is September 15, 2019.

In 1996, Scribes launched a Brief-Writing Award to recognize and celebrate excellent student-written briefs. Scribes believes that legal writing is of paramount importance to law students and their careers, and it hopes to encourage good legal writing by recognizing its finest examples.

The Scribes Brief-Writing Award for 2020 considers submissions of moot-court briefs that have won first place in a national or regional moot-court competition during the 2018-19 academic year (September 2018 to May 2019). The award committee then selects the best briefs from all of the winning briefs submitted.

In 2019, the winners were Caitlin Messinger and Keriann Smith of the Florida State University College of Law in Tallahassee. Their award was presented in April during a Scribes CLE and Award Ceremony at the Law Library of Congress in Washington D.C. (The 2019 award ceremony also included the presentation of the Lifetime-Achievement Award to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, so it was quite a day for those students!) The second-place winners for 2019 were Cesar Escalante and Jonathan Peña of the South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas. Two schools tied 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 authors of the 2020 Scribes Brief-Writing Award will be recognized at the Scribes National CLE and Award Program that will be held in Chicago on Friday, April 3, 2020 at the UIC John Marshall Law School. Normally the winning law school has paid the travel expenses of the winning authors to attend the ceremony.

To submit a brief that won a national or regional moot court competition during the 2018-19 academic year, email an electronic pdf of the winning brief to The subject line of the email should indicate that it is a Scribes brief nomination from "____" Law School (the student's law school, not the school that hosted the moot court competition). The body of the email should set forth the name of the competition, the names of the students who wrote the brief and their school, and the name of the faculty coach or advisor, if any. The pdf (or Word) copy of the winning brief cannot include any information that identifies the student authors or their school. Please check the cover page, signature pages, and headers and footers.

Please contact Scribes Executive Director Philip Johnson at if you have any questions about submitting a brief for the competition.

Mark E. Wojcik, President, Scribes--The American Society of Legal Writers

September 1, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, August 30, 2019

CFP: AALS Annual Meeting (Section on Defamation and Privacy Law)

The Association of American Law Schools' Section on Defamation and Privacy welcomes submissions on any topic relating to social media, free speech, and content moderation, including recent proposals to reform platform immunity under Section 230 of the Communication Decency Act, calls for transparency as to online censorship by platforms, concerns about hindering innovation, or other issues surrounding social media and free speech.

Please email submissions to Agnieszka McPeak,, by Friday, September 13th. Include your name, institution, and a copy of your work with your email. While submissions have no length requirements, full drafts may be given preference over abstracts or outlines. The author(s) of the paper chosen from this Call for Papers will be invited to participate on the AALS Defamation & Privacy Law panel taking place in Washington, D.C. at the AALS Annual Meeting on Thursday, January 2nd from 3:30-5:15pm (this panel is co-sponsored by the Sections on Internet & Computer Law and Communication, Information, & Media Law). Selections will be announced no later than September 27th.


August 30, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Wake Forest is Hiring

WakeforestlawschoolWake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, North Carolina anticipates hiring a tenure-track Legal Analysis, Writing, & Research (LAWR) Professor to begin in 2020-2021. The Faculty Appointments Committee seeks applications from (1) entry-level candidates with excellent academic records and demonstrated potential for exceptional teaching and scholarly achievement, and (2) lateral candidates with outstanding academic credentials, including demonstrated teaching ability and a record of distinguished scholarship.

In Wake Forest’s LAWR program, professors teach one section of approximately 20 students for LAWR 1 and 2 for the full academic year, and one section of approximately 20-26 students for LAWR 3 for one semester.

In addition to teaching, scholarship is expected. LAWR professors receive significant support for research, scholarship, and professional development. Salary, benefits, and research support are nationally competitive. LAWR professors are involved in all aspects of law school life, including chairing and serving on faculty committees and serving as advisors to students and student organizations.

Applicants must have a law degree; a long-term commitment to teaching LAWR; an interest in scholarship; excellent legal research, analysis, reasoning, writing, and communication skills; and the ability to work both independently and cooperatively. Prior teaching experience is preferred, and legal practice experience is required. The law school will participate in the AALS Recruitment Conference in Washington, D.C. October 3-5, 2019.

Technical questions regarding the application process should be addressed to or by calling 336-758-4700 and asking for a member of the recruitment team. Questions regarding the position should be addressed to Omari Scott Simmons, Chair of the Faculty Appointments Committee, at

The position advertised is a tenure-track appointment and the professor hired will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings. The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary between $80,000 and $109,999. LAWR professors typically teach three courses each year, each with approximately 20 students.

Hat tip to Prof. Laura P. Graham


August 29, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Congratulations, Dr. Dennis!

Johanna-dennisProfessor Johanna K.P. Dennis, the Associate Director of Legal Writing at Golden Gate University School of Law, received her PhD in Educational Leadership this summer from Trident University. She wrote her dissertation on The Effect of Access to In-State Tuition Subsidy After Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals on Tertiary Education Enrollment.

Before joining the faculty at GGU, she served on the full-time faculties at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock's Bowen School of Law, Northeastern University School of Law, Southern Illinois University School of Law, Southern University Law Center, Vermont Law School, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, and Florida A&M University College of Law.

Hat tip to Sue LIemer.


August 28, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)