Monday, April 6, 2020
The University of San Francisco School of Law seeks candidates for the position of Co-Director of ABES (Academic Foundations) and Assistant Professor to commence summer 2020.
The Academic and Bar Exam Success (ABES) Program at USF Law School offers comprehensive support services to help all students succeed in law school, in legal practice, and on the bar exam. The program has two Directors, one that focuses on academic foundations, especially in the first and second years of law school and with an emphasis on building foundational academic and legal skills, and the other that focuses on bar success. The two Directors work closely together to develop and implement the overall ABES program.
Reporting to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Co-Director of ABES (Academic Foundations) will be responsible for designing and implementing a 1L and 2L curriculum for students to develop strong academic and legal skills (including teaching workshops and a course), meeting individually with students who are in academic difficulty and working with them toward academic success, and working together with the other Co-Director of ABES (Bar Success) to link legal and academic skills to bar exam success.
Applicants should demonstrate a record of strong writing and reading comprehension skills, a record or aptitude for programmatic planning and assessment, and a record or aptitude for working closely with a diverse range of students to advance their skills and success.
Applications from minority group members and individuals whose background or interests will enhance the school's diversity are highly encouraged.
This is a full-time, non-tenure track position.
A cover letter, CV, references, and teaching evaluations, if available, should be submitted via this link: https://usfca.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/USF_Full-Time_Faculty/job/USF-Hilltop-Campus/University-of-San-Francisco-School-of-Law-Full-time-Non-tenure-Track-Assistant-Professor---Co-Director--Academic-and-Bar-Exam-Success-Program--Academic-Foundations-_R0003068-1.
Sunday, April 5, 2020
Friday, April 3, 2020
The law faculty at Loyola University New Orleans made a short video for its students, but actually they expressed the wish of every law faculty for each of its students. Have a look by clicking here.
Hat tips to Dean Madeleine M. Landrieu and Professor Mary Garvey Algero.
The Legal Writing Institute has extended the nomination deadline for a new, LWI Influential Teaching Award. The new deadline is 5 p.m. EST on April 24, 2020.
The new award will recognize outstanding teachers who have influenced the teaching of legal writing beyond their individual classrooms. The award will be presented at an LWI conference or, if necessary, at a legal writing conference near the recipient. With this award, the LWI acknowledges its continued commitment to excellence in teaching and advances in legal writing pedagogy.
This is not a lifetime achievement award. Eligible candidates include professors currently teaching in the field, with a preference for new or mid-level professors who have yet to be recognized in the national legal writing community. Anyone can nominate an eligible candidate, and we encourage people to nominate colleagues from their own or other schools whose contributions have made a difference in their own teaching. Nominators should submit the name of the candidate(s) and a detailed description of the candidate’s (or candidates’) contributions, including how
- the nominator(s) learned of the contribution(s),
- the nominee's contribution(s) were influential, and
- the nominee's contribution(s) have affected the nominator’s or nominators’ own teaching or the teaching approach in their legal writing programs.
These contributions could include, but are not limited to, the following examples:
- “I was at a conference and I saw a presentation that changed my teaching.” This type of nomination would describe the influence of teaching idea(s), material(s), or technique(s) shared through a conference presentation;
- “I have a colleague who has started doing x in the classroom.” This type of nomination would describe the influence of teaching idea(s), material(s), or technique(s) shared through a mechanism other than a conference presentation (e.g., an article, an email to the listserv, a contribution to the Idea Bank); or
- “This person consistently shares:” This type of nomination would focus on the breadth of influential idea(s), technique(s), or material(s) consistently shared by the nominee with the legal writing community. These reasons are only suggestions. What we seek is a broad range of nominations highlighting the many ways that legal writing professors are advancing our discipline through innovative teaching and pedagogy.
Please email your nominations to Brenda Gibson at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 p.m. EST, Friday, April 24, 2020.
The committee especially encourages a diverse and inclusive pool of nominees. Members of the LWI Board of Directors and the LWI Awards Committee are ineligible for nomination until at least one year after completing service.
Members of the LWI awards committee are:
- Brenda Gibson (North Carolina Central) (Co-Chair)
- Greg Johnson (Vermont) (Co-Chair)
- Andrew Carter (Arizona State)
- Lindsey Gustafson (Arkansas, Little Rock)
- Margaret Hannon (Michigan)
- Mary Nagel (Southwestern)
- Suzanne Rowe (Oregon)
Hat tip to Brenda Gibson.
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Larry Cunningham, the Associate Dean for Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness; Professor of Legal Writing; and Director, Center for Trial and Appellate Advocacy, at St. John's University School of Law, has been appointed the new Dean of Charleston School of Law. He joins a growing list of legal writing faculty who have become law school deans.
Here's his welcome message to law students, in which he shares some of his background:
Hat tip to Professor Kristen K. Tiscione at Georgetown University Law Center
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Keeping current with federal legislation is a time-consuming research task.
Or is it?
Congress.gov offers several ways to track federal legislation and legislative actions. We recommend a blog post by Robert Brammer, "Congress.gov Keeps You Up to Date with Email Alerts."
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
HOWARD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW in Washington, D.C., invites applications for two positions in our legal writing program: (1) a full time, non-tenure-track faculty position and (2) a one-year visitor position. Successful applicants will begin in August of 2020 and will join a highly effective and collegial team. Our legal writing program includes a required full-year, first year 4-credit course (Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing I (LRRW I)) that introduces students to the fundamentals of legal reasoning, research, and written and oral advocacy, and a one-semester, second year course (Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing II – Appellate Advocacy (LRRWII)), taken fall or spring, that focuses on appellate advocacy and serves to reinforce the skills learned during the first year. Contributing to the strength and effectiveness of our Legal Writing Program are our librarians who teach legal research and teaching assistants (Henry Ramsey Dean’s Fellows) who support the legal writing professors. Applicants must have a J.D. from an accredited law school, distinguished academic credentials, a record of excellence in academia or practice, and the potential to be an outstanding classroom teacher. Applicants should also be prepared to spend significant time outside the classroom working with students.
Interested persons should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae and a list of four references to Professor Alice Thomas, Initial Appointments Subcommittee Chair, at email@example.com and to Ms. Donnice Butler, Director of Faculty Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Howard University School of Law is committed to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. The school encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and others whose background, experience, and viewpoints contribute to the diversity of our institution. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by Friday, April 17, 2020.
Hat tip to Sha-Shana Crichton
Monday, March 30, 2020
The Nevada Law Journal is soliciting authors for an upcoming Symposium Volume on Race, Gender, and Policing. The call is open to everyone, and we know that some legal writing profs have expertise in this area. Full call for papers below:
We are pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue of the Nevada Law Journal on“Race AND Gender AND Policing.” Guest-edited by the faculty board of UNLV Boyd School of Law’s Program on Race, Gender & Policing, this issue will bring together scholars of Law, Criminology, and related fields for an interdisciplinary conversation centered on the simultaneous analysis of race and gender and policing. We construe this topic broadly as encompassing all forms of surveillance and control, including but not limited to aspects of local law enforcement, national immigration policies, and school discipline rules that reflect or construct assumptions about both race and gender.
Interested parties should submit abstracts of at least 375 words (we encourage longer abstracts and draft papers are permitted) to email@example.com with the heading “Call For Papers.” Submissions may be Essays of approximately 6,250 words or Articles of significantly greater length. Abstracts are due on or before May 5, 2020. We will notify people of their acceptance by May 20, 2020. Complete first drafts of Essays will be due August 20, 2020. Submissions will be published in Volume 21, Issue 3 of the Nevada Law Journal, which will print in April 2021.
The Program on Race, Gender & Policing explores the relationship between race, gender, and the ways people are policed. Policing refers to not only the activities of law enforcement officers, but also the ways that other actors, such as immigration officials, prison officials, schools, and private civilians, participate in surveillance and control. The Program seeks to foster interdisciplinary research and concrete reforms in Nevada, the nation, and beyond. Our goal for this symposium is nothing less than to produce an issue that becomes the best statement of how race and gender and policing come together.
Potential paper topics include, but are in no way limited to, the following:
- Analyses of how police officers view both race and gender;
- Constitutional issues surrounding policing of both race and gender;
- Criminalization of Latinx identities;
- Police assaults against women of color;
- Policing of LGBTQ+ in Asia;
- Differential race and gender effects of private patrolling of space;
- Policing of Native women;
- Racial profiling and masculinities;
- Disappearances of women in Mexico, the U.S., Canada, or elsewhere;
- Disparities in policing in schools;
- Differential racial effects of low rape clearance rates;
- [Anything else addressing a form of policing and both race and gender].
We also encourage activists and practitioners to write accounts of their activities and cases that bring together issues of race and gender and policing. Regardless of an author’s topic, the editors will carefully review all proposals and make selections based on quality and relevance. We encourage both veterans of this topic and emerging scholars to submit proposals.
If you have any questions, please contact Frank at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The website for the Law Library of Congress includes a feature called "Ask a Librarian." It's free, it's available to law professors, law students, and other researchers all around the globe. And it's open, even if the Law Library itself is closed. Click here to read more about it.
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Out of an abundance of caution, all Library of Congress buildings and facilities will be closed to the public, including researchers and others with reader identification cards, until further notice to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus. The Library has reduced the number of people in Library buildings to a very small number of necessary individuals.
Useful Oral Argument Instructional Video from UMKC Helps 1L Students Prepare for Their First Oral Arguments
We're sharing this video again for first-year law students who are preparing their first oral arguments. The video shows students how to prepare a folder with argument points and legal authorities (both favorable and unfavorable). At the end of the video there's also a cartoon with additional useful advice for students.
Sunday, March 22, 2020
The Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law invites applications from entry-level and lateral candidates for a tenure-track faculty position. This faculty member will be expected to teach Legal Methods I and Legal Methods II as a core element of their package. All first year students at the Law School are required to complete Legal Methods I and Legal Methods II, each a three credit, graded course. In the most recent rankings, U.S. News named the Law School’s Legal Methods program as the #14 legal writing program in the country.
The Law School has a unitary tenure track which does not distinguish between individuals based on their course package. There are currently three tenured members of the faculty who teach Legal Methods at the Law School. The individual selected in this search will be the fourth tenure-line faculty member teaching in the program.
Successful candidates will demonstrate both a record of scholarly achievement and experience in teaching. Law faculty are expected to engage in significant scholarship, which can reflect diverse educational, methodological, or practice perspectives. Drexel is committed to cross-campus collaboration and research that extends beyond disciplinary borders. Faculty members at the Law School receive funding and other support to facilitate their scholarship and other professional development. The Law School curriculum combines theory and practice, with an intensive professional practice requirement of (at least) one cooperative or clinical experience before graduation. Applications are encouraged from people of color, individuals with disabilities, people of all sexual and gender identities, and those with diverse backgrounds, experiences, or viewpoints.
The Law School, founded in 2006, has quickly established its academic strength. Faculty publish in top journals and presses (from Oxford, Chicago, Columbia, and Penn, among others) and the school has advanced into the top 100 law schools, as ranked by U.S. News, moving up 29 spots since 2015. The Fordham Trial Competition Performance Rankings rank the Law School’s trial team #2 in the country for performance since 2016.
Located in Philadelphia's University City, the Law School is part of Drexel University, an R1 research/doctoral university with distinctive strengths in engineering, health, business, and the arts.
To apply, please use the Drexel University job portal (link to come soon). If you have questions, please reach out to Professor David S. Cohen, Faculty Appointments Chair, at KlineLawAppointments@drexel.edu. Applications will be reviewed beginning March 23, 2020.
The position 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 in the range of $110,000 to $119,999. And the number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing professor is expected to be 35 or fewer.
Hat tip to Professor Deborah S. Gordon.
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Upon her retirement from Wake Forest in July 2012, Professor Felsenburg was one of the longest-serving members of the Wake Forest faculty Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research (LAWR) group. In her more than 17 years at Wake Forest Law, she taught LAWR, Appellate Advocacy, as well as several business law-related courses in the Wake Forest School of Business.
Professor Felsenburg graduated from the University of Denver in 1969 with a journalism degree and remained in her native Colorado working in public relations for the AT&T-owned Western Electric and performing freelance photography.
In 1978, she earned her MBA from Wake Forest School of Business. She returned to Wake Forest to earn her J.D. degree in 1991 and was recognized as the Outstanding Woman Law Graduate. She was also a Wake Forest Law Faculty Scholar, a member of Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Board.
Before joining the Wake Forest Law faculty in the fall of 1994, she worked for the law firm of Elliot, Pishko, Gelbin, and Morgan, P.A. During her first several years of teaching, she continued practicing law, working for the Forsyth County Public Defender's Office.
Professor Felsenburg participated in a long-term research project concentrating on the earliest portion of LAWR instruction. In 2007, she and Professor Laura Graham began an empirical study of the incoming first-year classes at two schools to learn more about their struggles during this essential, difficult instructional period. The first draft of their resulting article was considered "groundbreaking" and was a "top ten download" on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN) for more than three months. The completed article, "Beginning Legal Writer in Their Own Words: Why the First Weeks of Legal Writing are So Tough and What We Can Do About It," appeared in print in the Fall 2010 Journal of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI).
Felsenburg and Professor Graham presented their findings at several important venues, including the 2010 LWI Biennial Conference. In 2011, they completed their second article in this research series, "A Better Beginning: Why and How to Help Novice Legal Writers Build a Solid Foundation by Shifting Their Focus from Product to Process." They also recently published the second edition of their book, The Pre-Writing Handbook for Law Students (Carolina Academic Press, 2d ed. 2019).
Professor Felsenburg was also a member of the American Board for Specialty Nursing Certification. She enjoyed playing and watching sports, like golf, and visiting antique shows and flea markets. She was a frequent attendee at Wake Forest's basketball and football games.
Friday, March 20, 2020
Jill Barton Appointed as Director of the Legal Communication Program at the University of Miami School of Law
In law school, Professor Barton received the West Publishing Award for Outstanding Scholarly Accomplishment and won the National Association of Women Lawyers student writing competition. She also served as managing editor of the UMKC Law Review and as a teaching assistant for the school's legal writing program. Prior to joining the Miami Law faculty, Professor Barton clerked for Judge Leslie B. Rothenberg at Florida's Third District Court of Appeal.
She and colleague Rachel H. Smith are the authors of The Handbook for the New Legal Writer, a comprehensive legal writing textbook for first-year law students. Professor Barton is also the author of A Show Don’t Tell Lesson on Plain Language, 70 Clarity (2013).
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Dr. Michael Bruening is a Professor at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T).
His video about the anxiety of professors suddenly teaching online has, well, gone viral. You can enjoy it here, even if you're not a professor yourself.
Dr. Bruening is a historian of medieval and early modern Europe who specializes in the Reformation. He received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Virginia, and his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, in the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies. His first book, Calvinism's First Battleground, explores the origins of Calvinism in early modern Switzerland through the religious and political struggles between Catholics and Protestants in the region, as well as within Protestantism itself. In 2012, he published Epistolae Petri Vireti, a critical edition of the unedited correspondence of the Calvinist reformer Pierre Viret. He most recently published A Reformation Sourcebook: Documents from an Age of Debate, a reader for courses on the Reformation. At Missouri S&T, Dr. Bruening teaches early Western Civilization, as well as upper-level courses on pre-modern European history, from ancient Rome through the Reformation. He also teaches the history of Christianity and Islam. Before coming to Missouri S&T in 2007, Dr. Bruening taught at Concordia University, Irvine.
And somewhere along the way he also learned to sing.
The University of Alabama School of Law seeks applicants for the position of Assistant Professor of Legal Writing. The non-tenure earning position will be on a contract basis with an initial three-year term, with possible additional three-year terms. The successful applicant must demonstrate a strong commitment to contribute to the further growth, development, and improvement of the legal writing program. The Legal Writing faculty have a director. The successful candidate will be expected to collaborate on teaching strategies and share core assignments, but faculty members select and develop their own teaching materials and lessons.
Applicants must have a law degree from an ABA-accredited law school and a strong academic record. Applicants must demonstrate effective legal writing skills and should be admitted to and in good standing with a state bar. Preference will be given to applicants with four or more years of legal experience and to applicants with teaching experience. Applicants will teach in the first-year program and will also be expected to develop an upper-level writing or drafting course.
All applicants must apply for this position through the University of Alabama’s job board at http://facultyjobs.ua.edu/postings. Applications must include a resume, cover letter, list of three references, and a writing sample. Applications will be received until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by March 22, 2020.
The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age, genetic or family medical history information, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other legally protected basis, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under federal law from discrimination on several bases.
Hat tip to Professor Anita Kay Head.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
We think this conference is still on because it's in September and the Call for Proposals is June 1, 2020. So you have time now to come up with a proposal!
The Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) will hold its 2020 SALT Teaching Conference on September 25–26, 2020 at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. The Conference, Social Justice in Action, will provide opportunities to engage in broad, substantive, and innovative discussions on the roles that the legal academy and the profession can and should take to prepare our students to address the social injustices of our time.
Call for Proposals -- The CFP is available on Google Drive by clicking here.
Please submit proposals via email to SALT_20.email@example.com by June 1, 2020. Given the many different areas of law that intersect with social justice and the myriad of settings in which lawyers practice, we encourage submissions that address a range of topics.
Hat tip to the 2020 SALT Teaching Conference Committee
The University of Idaho’s College of Law seeks an individual (and maybe two individuals) to teach the College’s legal writing & analysis course on a full-time basis at its Boise, Idaho location. The course is a two-semester, five-credit, required first-year course. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing the course collaboratively with three other faculty members. In addition to shared responsibility for course development, the successful candidate will be responsible for the direct instruction of approximately 25-35 students. The successful candidate will also teach an additional course, depending on areas of interest and the College of Law’s curricular needs.
The University of Idaho College of Law provides one outstanding law program with two locations — one in Moscow and one in Boise. Situated in the Idaho Law and Justice Learning Center, the Boise location is adjacent to the Idaho State Capitol, Idaho Supreme Court and Idaho State Bar. The ILJLC also houses the Idaho State Law Library, which provides attorneys, judges and students a vast array of resources for legal research. Boise is the hub of Idaho’s economic and government activity. The city of approximately 225,000 people is growing quickly and offers art galleries, museums, opera, a Shakespeare Festival and a music festival. The city also has a rich and dynamic downtown area with theater, ballet, a zoo, parks, and first-rate dining and shopping.
The University of Idaho is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.
Applicants must provide a cover letter, resume or CV, list of references, and an 8-12 page writing sample demonstrating legal analysis. Click here to see complete details and to apply.
Hat tip to Professor Jessica Gunder.
LEGAL PRACTICE SKILLS FULL-TIME VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR (“VAP”)
AT SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL
Suffolk University Law School in Boston invites applications for a position as a full-time Legal Practice Skills (LPS) Visiting Assistant Professor (“VAP”) for the upcoming academic school year (2020-2021). The VAP position aims to serve as a pipeline for underrepresented groups who may not otherwise have opportunities to transition into the legal writing academy. The VAP will receive mentorship and support for scholarship, attendance at legal writing conferences, and exposure to legal writing pedagogy to prepare the VAP to enter into the legal writing community as permanent legal writing faculty.
The VAP position is a full-time, non-tenure track hire whose primary responsibility is to teach one section of the 1L LPS course in our innovative program during the academic year (Fall and Spring) for the first year of teaching and the possibility of teaching two sections in subsequent years in either the day or evening division. The initial appointment to the VAP position is for one year.
The expected term of a VAP is for two years, though a VAP’s appointment to a second year is subject to a satisfactory review. The position can be renewed further, depending on satisfactory performance and progress of the VAP towards entering the legal writing academy, and the VAP may apply for any LPS tenure-track positions that may become available. Interested candidates must have a J.D. and be admitted to a bar. A complete application should be sent to: http://jobs.jobvite.com/suffolkuniversity/job/oDItcfwK by March 27 (although applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled) and must include a letter detailing desire and qualifications to teach LPS, a curriculum vitae, as well as a list of at least three professional references.
Suffolk University is an equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive faculty and staff that reflect the broad range of human experience who contribute to the robust exchange of ideas on campus, and who are committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment. We strongly encourage applications from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented because of race/color, gender, religious creed, disability, national origin, veteran status, or LGBTQ status. The search committee is especially interested in candidates who, through their research, teaching, service and/or experience, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.
Suffolk University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, genetic information, or status as a veteran in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs, activities, or employment.
Hat tip to Kathy Vinson.