Friday, June 17, 2022

GLS Online Coference on Legal Education in Ukraine

Ukraine Flag JPEGThe Global Legal Skills Conference Committee is organizing a series of three virtual workshops to help raise awareness about how the war in Ukraine is impacting legal skills education in that country and to provide a platform to discuss ways we can help our Ukrainian colleagues through collaboration and networking.  

Each session will be two hours long -- an hour of presentation followed by an hour of discussion in break out rooms.

First Session: WHAT THE GLS COMMUNITY CAN LEARN FROM OUR UKRAINIAN COLLEAGUES AND HOW WE CAN HELP THEM

DATE/TIME: Thursday, June 30, 2022, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CDT.  

Click here to locate the specific day and time for your time zone.

Plenary session will feature:

  • Artem Shaipov,  Legal Advisor/Team Lead for Legal Education Reform, USAID Justice for All Activity in Ukraine
  • Serhiy Riznyk, Vice-Rector for Research, Teaching, and International Cooperation at Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Ukraine
  • Prof. Dmytro Boichuk, Head of the Center for Legal Education Quality Assurance at the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University in Kharkiv, Ukraine
  • Mariia Tsypiashchuk, Board Member of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine, Head of the Pro Bono Legal Clinic of the National University of Ostroh Academy,Ukraine
  • Adil Abduramanov, President of the European Law Students’ Association in Ukraine.

Follow-up workshops will take place at the same time on:

  • Thursday, July 28, 2022 
  • Friday, August 26, 2022 

Attendance at each online session will be limited to 100 people, but a recording of the plenary presentations will be made available for those who cannot attend.

Please click here to register for the series.

Prof. Mark E. Wojcik, University of Illinois Chicago School of Law 

Artem Shaipov,  Legal Advisor/Team Lead for Legal Education Reform, USAID Justice for All Activity in Ukraine 

Prof. Kimberly Holst, Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law 

Prof. Lurene Contento, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law 

Prof. David Austin, California Western School of Law 

June 17, 2022 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sonia Green Receives UIC's Award for Excellence in Teaching

Sonia Green UICProfessor Sonia Bychkov Green of the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law was chosen as one of five recipients of UIC’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (AET) for 2022-2023. Each year UIC recognizes no more than five faculty colleagues across the University for exceptional teaching, effectiveness in curriculum and instructional material development, and for the impact their research and service activities have on the classroom.

Professor Green joined the UIC faculty in 2001 (when the school was known as The John Marshall Law School). She teaches Civil Procedure, Conflicts of Law, Lawyering Skills, and a seminar she developed assisted reproductive technologies and the law. Her research focuses on conflicts of law issues in family law, access to assisted reproductive technologies, and how the law can improve rates of vaccination. Professor Green is a frequent speaker and commentator on these topics.

Professor Green emigrated from the former USSR as a child and speaks fluent Russian. She received her AB (’90), MA (’90), and JD (’93) from the University of Chicago and studied at the Hague Academy of International Law. Professor Green has spoken on panels and been interviewed about the legal and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

Prior to joining the faculty of UIC Law, Professor Green taught at Chicago Kent College of Law and Loyola Law School. Before moving to academia, Professor Green practiced in insurance and commercial litigation at McCullough, Campbell, and Lane and then Bates, Meckler, Bulger, and Tilson.

Congratulations, Sonia!

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June 17, 2022 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, April 15, 2022

William Burton Named Recipient of the 2022 Scribes Lifetime-Achievement Award

William C. Burton, author of Burton's Legal Thesaurus, has been named as the recipient of a Lifetime-Achievement Award from Scribes--The American Society of Legal Writers.

Mr. Burton is a partner at Sagat|Burton LLP, New York. He is the Founder and Chairman of the Burton Foundation and the Burton Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in legal writing and legal writing education.

Mr. Burton previously served as a New York State Assistant Attorney General and an Assistant New York State Special Prosecutor. For fifteen years, he was the Director of Government Affairs for Continental Insurance, then one of the largest international insurance companies.

Burton's Legal Thesaurus, now in its sixth edition, is the first and only reference book of its kind written for the legal profession. When it was first published more than forty years ago, the Association of American Publishers recognized it as “One of the most Creative and Innovate Projects of the Year.” 

In 2010, Mr. Burton was awarded the prestigious Golden Pen Award by the Legal Writing Institute for his advocacy and impact on legal writing. In 2011, he received the Blackstone Award from the Friends of the Law Library of Congress for embodying and promoting the best ideals of that venerable institution, the largest law library in the world. 

The Scribes Lifetime-Achievement Award will be presented to Mr. Burton at the Library of Congress as part of the Burton Awards on June 13, 2022. Click here for more information about that event. 

Mr. Burton joins the following list of recipients of the Scribes Lifetime-Achievement Award:

  • 2020 Professor Bryan A. Garner, Author of Garner's Modern English Usage and Editor of Black's Law Dictionary
  • 2019 The Honorable Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice Supreme Court of the United States
  • 2018 The Honorable Diane Wood, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • 2017 The Honorable Robert Henry, President, Oklahoma City University
  • 2016  The Honorable Frank Easterbrook & The Honorable Richard Posner, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • 2015  The Right Honorable the Lord Woolf, the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, 2000 to 2005
  • 2012  The Honorable John Paul Stevens, Associate Justice Supreme Court of the United States
  • 2010  Professor Emeritus Richard C. Wydick, University of California, Davis, School of Law 
  • 2009  The Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice Supreme Court of the United States
  • 2008  The Honorable Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice Supreme Court of the United States
  • 2004  The Honorable Richard Sheppard Arnold, Chief Judge United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • 2002  The Honorable Guido Calabresi, Judge United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

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April 15, 2022 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, April 10, 2022

University of Cebu (Philippines) Wins 2022 Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition; Rare Final Round Pairing of The Philippines Versus The Philippines

20220409_164110Two law schools from the Philippines faced each other in the Final Round of the 2022 Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition, held in person this past week at Stetson University College of Law  in Gulfport, Florida.

The Stetson International Environmental Competition was founded 26 years ago by Stetson Professor Royal Gardner, who is pictured here with the winning team.

This year's problem involved in part the adequacy of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the construction of a hotel complex near a turtle nesting site. Pictured here with teams and final bench judges is also one of the sea turtles that would be affected by the construction of the hotel.

20220409_200318In the Final Round, the University of Cebu School of Law emerged victorious over the University of the Philippines College of Law.

Here is the final breakdown:

Winner:

  • Philippines: University of Cebu School of Law

Runner-up:

  • Philippines: University of the Philippines College of Law

Semi-Finalists:

  • Ireland: Law Society of Ireland
  • Singapore: Singapore Management University

Quarter-Finalists:

  • Brazil: Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie
  • Canada: St. Thomas University
  • Kenya: University of Nairobi
  • United States: University of Illinois Chicago School of Law

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April 10, 2022 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, April 9, 2022

University of Nairobi Wins Best Memorial at the 2022 Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition

S 20220409_200657tudents at the University of Nairobi, Kenya took the First-Place Prize for the Best Memorial (Best Brief) in the 2022 Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition.

Second-Place Best Memorial went to Singapore Management University.

And the Third-Place Best Memorial went to the Law Society of Ireland.

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April 9, 2022 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Quarterfinalists Announced in the 2022 Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition

The following teams advanced to the Quarterfinals of the 2022 Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition being held in Gulfport, Florida:

  • Brazil: Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie
  • Canada: St. Thomas University
  • Ireland: Law Society of Ireland
  • Kenya: University of Nairobi
  • Philippines: University of Cebu School of Law
  • Philippines: University of the Philippines College of Law
  • Singapore: Singapore Management University
  • United States: University of Illinois Chicago School of Law

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April 9, 2022 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, April 8, 2022

Website Disclaimers and Privacy Policies

The Law Practice Tips Blog has a useful post on using (and updating) website disclaimers and privacy policies. The post has links to articles with writing tips and sample forms. Have a look by clicking here.

Hat tip to Michael Goldblatt.

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April 8, 2022 in Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition

20220408_103225The International Final Rounds of the 26th annual International Environmental Moot Court Competition are underway in person at the Gulfport, Florida campus of Stetson University College of Law.

Twelve teams from eleven countries are competing in these International Final Rounds:

  • Brazil: Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie
  • Canada: St. Thomas University
  • Colombia: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
  • Ireland: Law Society of Ireland
  • Kenya: University of Nairobi
  • Mexico: Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
  • Philippines: University of Cebu School of Law
  • Philippines: University of the Philippines College of Law
  • Republic of Korea: Soongsil University College of Law
  • Singapore: Singapore Management University
  • United Kingdom: Institute of Professional Legal Studies at Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom
  • United States: University of Illinois Chicago School of Law

20220408_122721Pictured above after one of the Preliminary Rounds are the teams from Colombia (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana) and the United States (University of Illinois Chicago School of Law). Also pictured in the team lounge are the teams from the United States and Kenya (University of Nairobi).

Congratulations to Professor Royal Gardner who started the competition 26 years ago and to Stetson University School of Law for its support of the competition.

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April 8, 2022 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Legal Writing Scholarship Grant Deadline is February 21

Here's a reminder that the Legal Writing Institute (LWI), the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD), and LexisNexis will offer Legal Writing Scholarship Grants for professors of legal research and writing. These grants reflect the three organizations' commitment to the professional development of legal research and writing professionals.

Each year, LWI, ALWD, and LexisNexis award several research grants to legal research and writing teachers. These research grants enable gifted educators to spend their summers exploring scholarly ideas and producing scholarship that will assist others in the field of legal research and writing. While preference is given to proposals in the field of legal research and writing, consideration will be given to all proposals from legal research and writing professionals. The grants provide evidence of the three organizations' support for the scholarly pursuits of legal research and writing professionals.

In the past, the grants have varied from $2,000 to $10,000. The number of grants awarded depends on the quality of the applications and funds available.

The joint LWI-ALWD committee awarding grants consists of two groups that function independently. Committee members are either voters or mentors for the grant applicants. Voters review and score grant applications with no information about the identities of the applicants. Applicants may approach the mentors for advice on the grant application. Mentors will not score applications or participate in any way in deciding who receives a grant. Any applicant interested in a mentor for the application process should contact Jane Bloom Grisé, jane.grise@uky.edu, or Sue Chesler, Susan.Chesler@asu.edu.

Application Procedures

1. Eligibility: The grants are open to both full-time and adjunct teachers of legal writing and research. Teachers who have previously received a scholarship grant are ineligible for this program for three years after they have received such a grant. LWI and ALWD Board members, officers, and members of the Joint LWI-ALWD Scholarship Committee or the LWI Scholarship Development Committee are ineligible to participate until they have been out of those positions for a full academic year. LWI, ALWD and LexisNexis encourage proposals from both veteran professionals and those new to the field.

2. Deadline: Applications must be received by 5 p.m. East Coast Time on February 21, 2022. Please email the application as a Word document to: Elizabeth Ruiz Frost, efrost@uoregon.edu, Jane Bloom Grisé, jane.grise@uky.edu, and Sue Chesler, Susan.Chesler@asu.edu.

3. Application materials: The Grant Application Form is a separate Word document accompanying this Announcement. If you are missing the Application, please check the announcements on the LWI ListServ or Dircon, or email Elizabeth Ruiz Frost, efrost@uoregon.edu, Jane Bloom Grisé, jane.grise@uky.edu., or Sue Chesler, susan.chesler@asu.edu.

4. More information:. More information about the scholarship grants is available by clicking here.

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Sunday, January 16, 2022

ABA Midyear Meeting Goes Virtual

The American Bar Association's Board of Governors voted this week to move the ABA Midyear Meeting entirely online. The Midyear Meeting will be held February 9-14, 2022. Registration is free.

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January 16, 2022 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, January 15, 2022

ALWD Teaching Grant Deadline is January 31

Here's a reminder that the Teaching Grants Committee of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) is accepting applications for 2022 ALWD teaching grants. These grants reflect ALWD’s commitment to the professional development of legal research and writing faculty and enable gifted educators to produce teaching tools, materials, and curriculum that will assist others in the field.

The announcement and application are available by clicking here. Eligibility: Teaching grants are open to both full-time and adjunct faculty who teach legal research and writing. Deadline: Applications must be received by Monday, January 31, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. MST. Send applications to committee chair Jessica Gunder, at jgunder@uidaho.edu. The subject line of the e-mail should read: ALWD Teaching Grants.

Hat tips to Jessica R. Gunder and the ALWD Teaching Grants Committee.

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January 15, 2022 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, January 10, 2022

Scribes Law-Review Award -- Submit Articles by January 29

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 hopes that your journals will enter this year’s competition by submitting an outstanding student note or comment that has been, or will be, published between June 1, 2021, and May 31, 2022. 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.

The deadline to submit a nomination for this year’s award is January 29, 2022. For more information and an entry form, please contact scribeslegalwriters@gmail.com.

January 10, 2022 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, January 7, 2022

Georgetown is Hiring

Georgetown Law is seeking a new Director of Academic Success. The Director is primarily responsible for supporting the academic skills development of first-year students, oversees the Barristers' Council competition program, and participates in developing Georgetown's wellness programming.

The listing is available by clicking here.

 Hat tip to Kristen K. Tiscione.

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January 7, 2022 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Maryland is Hiring

Murray Fellow/Visiting Assistant Professor (for the first-year Lawyering program)

The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in downtown Baltimore is hiring for its new Donald Gaines Murray Lawyering Teaching Fellows/Visiting Assistant Professor program. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with a deadline of February 1, 2022, for the 2022-23 academic year.

Murray Fellows, who will jointly hold the title of Visiting Assistant Professor, will teach approximately 30 students each semester in the law school's first-year Lawyering program. They also will receive support for scholarship (junior faculty workshops, a law student research assistant, and a conference travel budget). A JD degree and three years of legal practice experience are required, and prior law school teaching experience is preferred.

Fellows will earn an annual salary of $75,000, plus benefits, and will serve for an initial year-long appointment, with the expectation of reappointment for a second year based on satisfactory performance (and may include an option to renew for a third year). 

Hat tip to Anne-MarieCarstens.

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January 7, 2022 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, January 3, 2022

Karin Mika to Receive 2022 AALS LWRR Section Award

Karin MikaHere's a reminder that Professor Karin Mika of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law has been selected as the recipient of the 2022 AALS Section Award from the Section on Legal Writing, Research, and Writing. This prestigious award recognizes professors who have made significant lifetime contributions to the field of legal research and writing.

The award will be presented during the AALS Annual Meeting to take place online on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET, following the Section’s Main Program at 12:35-1:50 p.m.

Professor Mika has been associated with the Cleveland-Marshall Legal Writing Program since 1988. She has also worked as an Adjunct Professor of English at Cuyahoga Community College and is a research consultant for various firms and businesses in the Cleveland area. Professor Mika presents nationally on topics related to integrating technology and multimedia into classroom teaching, and has judged at numerous moot court competitions. She has lectured on essay-writing technique for several bar review courses and has written bar exam essay questions for both the California and Minnesota bar examiners. Prof. Mika's areas of scholarly research are varied and she has published in the areas of Native American Law, Employment Law, Learning Theories, and Health Care.

Professor Mika is also active in both the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) and Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD). She is currently the Archivist for the Legal Writing Institute, the co-chair of the website (content) committee of ALWD, and a member of the website (content) committee for LWI. She is also responsible for maintaining the history page of the Legal Writing Institute website. Recently, Professor Mika is also the National Publicity Director for the William C. Burton Awards, a yearly event that honors excellence in Legal Writing

Hat tip to Rosa Kim, AALS LWRR Section Chair

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January 3, 2022 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Legal Writing Scholarship Grants

The Legal Writing Institute (LWI), the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD), and LexisNexis have announced the 2022 Legal Writing Scholarship Grants for professors of legal research and writing. These grants reflect the three organizations' commitment to the professional development of legal research and writing professionals.

Each year, LWI, ALWD, and LexisNexis award several research grants to legal research and writing teachers. These research grants enable gifted educators to spend their summers exploring scholarly ideas and producing scholarship that will assist others in the field of legal research and writing. While preference is given to proposals in the field of legal research and writing, consideration will be given to all proposals from legal research and writing professionals. The grants provide evidence of the three organizations' support for the scholarly pursuits of legal research and writing professionals.

In the past, the grants have varied from $2,000 to $10,000. The number of grants awarded depends on the quality of the applications and funds available.

The joint LWI-ALWD committee awarding grants consists of two groups that function independently. Committee members are either voters or mentors for the grant applicants. Voters review and score grant applications with no information about the identities of the applicants. Applicants may approach the mentors for advice on the grant application. Mentors will not score applications or participate in any way in deciding who receives a grant. Any applicant interested in a mentor for the application process should contact Jane Bloom Grisé, jane.grise@uky.edu, or Sue Chesler, Susan.Chesler@asu.edu.

Application Procedures

1. Eligibility: The grants are open to both full-time and adjunct teachers of legal writing and research. Teachers who have previously received a scholarship grant are ineligible for this program for three years after they have received such a grant. LWI and ALWD Board members, officers, and members of the Joint LWI-ALWD Scholarship Committee or the LWI Scholarship Development Committee are ineligible to participate until they have been out of those positions for a full academic year. LWI, ALWD and LexisNexis encourage proposals from both veteran professionals and those new to the field.

2. Deadline: Applications must be received by 5 p.m. East Coast Time on February 21, 2022. Please email the application as a Word document to: Elizabeth Ruiz Frost, efrost@uoregon.edu, Jane Bloom Grisé, jane.grise@uky.edu, and Sue Chesler, Susan.Chesler@asu.edu.

3. Application materials: The Grant Application Form is a separate Word document accompanying this Announcement. If you are missing the Application, please check the announcements on the LWI ListServ or Dircon, or email Elizabeth Ruiz Frost, efrost@uoregon.edu, Jane Bloom Grisé, jane.grise@uky.edu., or Sue Chesler, susan.chesler@asu.edu.

4. More information:. More information about the scholarship grants is available by clicking here.

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January 3, 2022 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, January 2, 2022

Stetson is Hiring

Assistant Professor of Law Position and Distinguished Visitor Position

STETSON UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LAW seeks applicants for one entry-level tenure-track position in Legal Research and Writing. Prior experience teaching Research and Writing is helpful but not required. The ideal candidate will show potential for outstanding scholarship, teaching skill, and engagement with colleagues nationally. Research and Writing faculty teach the two-semester R&W sequence to first-year students. They also have opportunities to teach other courses, including courses in upper-level areas of interest. Stetson’s R&W sequence includes its R&W II where faculty can choose to offer subject-matter focused sections. These specialized sections have included topics such as Environmental Law, Social Justice, Elder Law, International Law, and Employment Law. Stetson has a unified tenure-track for all faculty and makes no distinctions among faculty in matters such as governance and sabbaticals. 

Stetson also continues to accept applications for a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law in the field of Legal Research and Writing, for either a semester or a full year. The ideal candidate for the Distinguished Visitorship will be an established scholar and teacher in the field seeking to engage with colleagues and students at one of the nation’s top Legal Writing programs. The Distinguished Visiting Professor will have the opportunity to work with faculty in Stetson’s Institute for the Advancement of Legal Communication, which supports an active community of legal communication and writing scholars. https://www.stetson.edu/law/academics/lrw/. The Distinguished Visiting Professor will teach a section of one of our Legal Research and Writing courses, and possibly a small upper level writing or skills-focused course. The position will include the ability to hire teaching and research assistants and support for professional travel. 

Stetson encourages applications from women, minorities, LGBTQ+ candidates, and all others who will contribute to our stimulating and diverse cultural and intellectual environment. All applicants must have a strong academic record and be committed to outstanding teaching and scholarship. Stetson’s Equal Employment Opportunity policy is available at https://www.stetson.edu/administration/human-resources/media/hotline/eeo-non-discrimination.pdf.

The Faculty Appointments Committee will review applications until positions are filled.

Contact: Applicants should send a cover letter indicating teaching and scholarly interests, a current CV, and at least three professional references to Professors Ellen Podgor and James Fox at facultyappointments@law.stetson.edu  or by standard mail to Professors Podgor and Fox at Stetson University College of Law, 1401 61st Street South, Gulfport, FL 33707.

Hat tip to Anne E. Mullins.

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January 2, 2022 | Permalink | Comments (0)

ALWD Teaching Grants

The Teaching Grants Committee of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) announced its call for applications for 2022 ALWD teaching grants. These grants reflect ALWD’s commitment to the professional development of legal research and writing faculty and enable gifted educators to produce teaching tools, materials, and curriculum that will assist others in the field.

The announcement and application are available by clicking here. Eligibility: Teaching grants are open to both full-time and adjunct faculty who teach legal research and writing. Deadline: Applications must be received by Monday, January 31, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. MST. Send applications to committee chair Jessica Gunder, at jgunder@uidaho.edu. The subject line of the e-mail should read: ALWD Teaching Grants.

Hat tips to Jessica R. Gunder and the ALWD Teaching Grants Committee.

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January 2, 2022 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Karin Mika to Receive 2022 AALS LWRR Section Award

Karin MikaProfessor Karin Mika of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law has been selected as the recipient of the 2022 AALS Section Award from the Section on Legal Writing, Research, and Writing. This prestigious award recognizes professors who have made significant lifetime contributions to the field of legal research and writing.

The award will be presented during the AALS Annual Meeting to take place online on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET, following the Section’s Main Program at 12:35-1:50 p.m.

Professor Mika has been associated with the Cleveland-Marshall Legal Writing Program since 1988. She has also worked as an Adjunct Professor of English at Cuyahoga Community College and is a research consultant for various firms and businesses in the Cleveland area. Professor Mika presents nationally on topics related to integrating technology and multimedia into classroom teaching, and has judged at numerous moot court competitions. She has lectured on essay-writing technique for several bar review courses and has written bar exam essay questions for both the California and Minnesota bar examiners. Prof. Mika's areas of scholarly research are varied and she has published in the areas of Native American Law, Employment Law, Learning Theories, and Health Care.

Professor Mika is also active in both the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) and Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD). She is currently the Archivist for the Legal Writing Institute, the co-chair of the website (content) committee of ALWD, and a member of the website (content) committee for LWI. She is also responsible for maintaining the history page of the Legal Writing Institute website. Recently, Professor Mika is also the National Publicity Director for the William C. Burton Awards, a yearly event that honors excellence in Legal Writing

Hat tip to Rosa Kim, AALS LWRR Section Chair

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December 29, 2021 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Craig Smith to Receive 2022 Blackwell Award

Craig Smith UNCThe 2022 winner of the Thomas Blackwell Award is Associate Dean Craig T. Smith of the University of North Carolina School of Law. The award presentation and virtual reception will be held at 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) on Friday, January 21, 2022.

Craig T. Smith joined the Carolina Law faculty in 2010 and serves as a Clinical Professor of Law and Assistant Dean for the Writing and Learning Resources Center. That center operates Carolina’s legal writing program and its Academic Excellence Program. His teaching and research interests focus mainly on legal research and writing. He has served on the editorial boards of several journals, chaired accreditation teams for the American Bar Association, and been the president and a board member of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD).

He attended Michigan Law School, serving on its law review and graduating cum laude. He practiced law at Pierce Atwood in Portland, Maine, worked for a court and a ministry in Germany as a Bosch Fellow, and earned an LL.M. magna cum laude from the University of Potsdam. He also clerked for Judge James Carr of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, taught at Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law, and directed the legal writing program at Vanderbilt University Law School. He is a frequent speaker at legal writing conferences, including the Global Legal Skills Conference.

The Blackwell Award honors the memory of Thomas Blackwell, a legal writing professor at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia.  He was one of three people killed at the law school on January 16, 2002, when a former student opened fire at the school with a handgun. Tom's widow Lisa and their children usually participate in the award ceremony.

Recognizing the contributions that Tom Blackwell made to the legal writing community, the Blackwell Award is presented annually to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to improve the field of Legal Writing by demonstrating:

  • an ability to nurture and motivate students to excellence;
  • a willingness to help other legal writing educators improve their teaching skills or their legal writing programs; and
  • an ability to create and integrate new ideas for teaching and motivating legal writing educators and students.

Previous winners of the Blackwell Award include:

  • 2021 - Teri McMurtry-Chubb of the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law
  • 2020 - Brade Clary of the University of Minnesota
  • 2019 - Terry Pollman of UNLV
  • 2018 - Ian Gallacher of Syracuse University
  • 2017 - Melissa H. Weresh of Drake University
  • 2016 - Coleen Miller Barger of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • 2015 - Helene Shapo of Northwestern University
  • 2014 - Jan Levine of the Duquesne University School of Law
  • 2013 - Judy Stinson of Arizona State University
  • 2012 - Suzanne Rowe of the University of Oregon
  • 2011 - Carol McCrehan Parker of the University of Tennessee
  • 2010 - Steve Johansen of Lewis & Clark
  • 2009 - Linda Edwards of Mercer Law (later at UNLV)
  • 2008 - Diana Pratt of Wayne State
  • 2007 - Louis Sirico of Villanova Law School
  • 2006 - Mary Beth Beazley of Ohio State (now at UNLV)
  • 2005 - Ralph Brill of Chicago-Kent
  • 2004 - Pam Lysaght of Detroit Mercy
  • 2003 - Richard K. Neumann of Hofstra University

The 2021 award presentation was the first virtual presentation of the award. Legal writing professors and friends joined the event from across the United States. The 2022 award is being presented in the same week that marks the 20th anniversary of Thomas Blackwell's death.

Hat tips to the Blackwell Reception Committee:

  • Wendy-Adele Humphrey, Chair (Texas Tech)
  • Paige Carlos (Florida)
  • Irina Gott (Roger Williams)
  • Emily Grant (Washburn)
  • Sylvia Lett (University of Arizona) 

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