Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Southwestern is Hiring

Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles iss seeking applicants for a full-time position as a professor of Legal Analysis, Writing, and Skills (LAWS).  Its LAWS course offers first-year students six credits of instruction in core lawyering skills including research, writing, oral advocacy, and professionalism.  Entry-level appointment as an Associate Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing, and Skills is for an initial contract of one year with the possibility of presumptively renewable five-year contracts after the third year.  LAWS professors participate actively in the life of Southwestern and enjoy full faculty voting rights.  The LAWS program has a director and shared core assignments, but faculty members each select and develop their own teaching materials and lessons.  Applicants must have a law degree, strong academic record, and at least three years of post-law school experience demonstrating the potential for excellence in teaching legal writing and other practical lawyering skills.  Teaching experience is preferred but not required.  Southwestern is committed to faculty diversity.  Applicants should be prepared to start work as early as July 1, 2021 and to start teaching as early as August 10, 2021.  Please send a cover letter and resume to lawsad2021@swlaw.edu

Hat tip to Tracy Turner.


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Sunday, January 3, 2021

Your AALS Legal Writing Online Dance Card

AALS LogoThe Association of American Law Schools (AALS) holds its annual meeting this week online instead of in San Francisco. Most U.S. law schools (and maybe all of the accredited ones?) have purchased packages that allow faculty members to attend all of the sessions without having to register individually. If you're a faculty member at a U.S. law school you should look into this right away -- the AALS Conference starts on Tuesday!

The 2021 AALS Annual Meeting is also notable because it's the first time that the Annual Meeting is taking place with a former legal writing professor as AALS President. Dean Darby Dickerson of the UIC John Marshall Law School has chosen "The Power of Words" as her theme for the meeting.

Here is a list of events of particular interest to legal writing professors and law librarians: your 2021 Legal Writing Online Dance Card!

All times listed here are Eastern Standard Time (EST). Programs sponsored or co-sponsored by the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research are in bold. Visit the AALS website for descriptions of each panel and the lineup of speakers.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. EST. Section on Teaching Methods, Co-Sponsored by Balance in Legal Education: Mindfulness in Legal Pedagogy

12:15 to 1:15 p.m. EST. Section on Law Libraries and Legal Education - Law Libraries and Legal Information Award Presentation to Pauline Aranas (University of Southern California, Gould School of Law).

1:15 to 2:30 p.m. EST. AALS Awards Ceremony: Honoring AALS Impact Award Winners, Scholarly Paper Winners, Section Award Winners, and Teachers of the Year.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

12:15 to 1:15 p.m. EST. Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research - Presentation of the AALS Section Award for Lifetime Contributions to Legal Writing Education to Cassandra L. Hill (Northern Illinois University College of Law).

1:15 to 2:30 p.m. EST. Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research Co-Sponsored by Technology, Law and Legal Education, Law Libraries and Legal Information: The Future Has Arrived - The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Legal Writing and Research.

2:45 to 4:00 p.m. EST. Section on Global Engagement, Co-Sponsored by Teaching Methods, Technology and Law and Legal Education: Virtual Mobility: Innovating and Promoting Global Legal Education in Times of Crisis.

Thursday, January 7, 2021 [some programs of interest are at the same time]

12:15 to 1:15 EST. Section on Law Libraries and Legal Information - Networking Session.

1:15 to 2:30 EST. AALS Hot Topic Program: Breaking News in U.S. Legal Regulatory Reform.

1:15 to 2:30 EST. Law School Admission Council Program: The Future of Assessment in Legal Education - New Tools that Advance Learning in Law.

1:15 to 2:30 EST. Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution: Effective Twitter Advocacy - Is it Possible? 

2:45 to 4:00 EST. AALS Discussion Group: How the Pandemic Made Me a Better Teacher - Lessons Learned and Plans for Change.

2:45 to 4:00 p.m. EST. AALS Open Source Program: Rhetoric, Justice and the Construction of Law

2:45 to 4:00 p.m. EST. AALS Open Source Program, Author Meets Reader: Paving the Way: The First American Women Law Professors: A Discussion of Herma Hill Kay's Forthcoming Book.

4:15 to 5:30 p.m. EST. AALS Open Source Program: Author Meets Reader: Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court.

Friday, January 8, 2021 [some programs of interest are at the same time]

11:00 a.m to 12:15 p.m. EST. AALS Discussion Group: Race, Racism & the Language of Law School: Power of Words in Shaping Professional Identity.

2:45 to 4:00 p.m. EST. Section on Law Libraries and Legal Information: What Does the Modern Law Library Look Like? 

2:45 to 4:00 p.m. EST. Section on New Law Professors: Spreading the Word - Law Professors as Teachers, Scholars, and Legal Influencers 

4:15 to 5:30 p.m. EST. Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research: New Scholars Showcase. Session with Abigail A. Patthoff (Chapman), Adam Eckart (Suffolk), Maria Termini (Brooklyn), and J. Danielle Tully (Northeastern).

7:15 to 8:30 p.m. EST. Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) Annual Celebration to honor recipients of the Great Teacher Award, the M. Shanara Gilbert Human Rights Award, and the Junior Faculty Teaching Award. Register here: https://msu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwpf-yppjktE9GFoQFAYGq37xyas1LBwkqF

Saturday, January 9, 2021 [some times overlap]

1:15 to 2:30 p.m. EST. Section on Scholarship, Co-Sponsored by Constitutional Law, Comparative Law, and Law and Anthropology: Defining Scholarship in the Twenty-First Century.

1:30 to 2:30 p.m. EST. As a side event to the AALS Annual Meeting, the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) and the American Constitution Society (ACS) host a panel discussion on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, "The Notorious RBG: Looking Back with her Clerks." The panel will examine RBG's legacy through the eyes of her former clerks. Register in advance for this webinar: https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Beej_wimT8uz4tW9UUHChw

4:15 to 5:30 p.m. EST. Section on International Law: New Voices in International Law and International Legal Research Update.

Visit the AALS website for the full program of offerings this week.


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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Empire State Legal Writing Conference (Online)

The Empire State Legal Writing Conference will return for a two-day virtual event on Thursday and Friday, May 13 and 14, 2021. The conference will be hosted by New York Law School and will include sessions for scholars with works in progress on the 13th, as well as presentations and panels on both days. There will not be a charge to attend the online conference.


Hat tip to Stephen Paskey (Buffalo) and the 2021 Empire State Legal Writing Conference Committee Members:

Pam Armstrong, Albany

Robin Boyle, St. John’s

Heidi Brown, Brooklyn

Catharine Du Bois, Brooklyn

Elizabeth Fajans, Brooklyn

Anne Goldstein, NYLS

Antonella Milevski, NYLS

Aliza Milner, Syracuse

Ann Nowak, Touro

Stephen Paskey, Buffalo

Amy R. Stein, Hofstra

Lynn Su, NYLS

Michelle Fongyee Whelan, Cornell



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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

2021 Legal Writing Scholarship Grants

The Legal Writing Institute (LWI), the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD), and LexisNexis have announced the 2021 Legal Writing Scholarship Grants for teachers of legal research and writing.  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 if the proposals are related to legal research and writing or inform the teaching of legal research and writing. 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. In 2020, LWI and ALWD cooperatively evaluated and awarded grants to three applicants.

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. 

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. 

LWI, ALWD and LexisNexis specifically encourage proposals by faculty from historically underrepresented and marginalized groups and from those who have not, for example, received grants, presented in panels, or published in the past. LWI, ALWD, and LexisNexis recognize the historical inequalities that pervade the legal profession and the legal academy and affirms its commitment to contributing to a legal writing discipline that is equitable and inclusive. They further recognize that increasing diversity brings added intellectual, scholarly, cultural, social, and economic benefits to the academic and lawyering communities. 

  1. Deadline: Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. East Coast Time on February 22, 2021.  Please email the application as a Word document to: Susan Chesler, chesler@asu.edu, Sarah Morath, moraths@wfu.edu, and Jane Grisé, jane.grise@uky.edu
  1. Application materials: The Grant Application Form is available by email from Susan Chesler, chesler@asu.edu, Sarah Morath, moraths@wfu.edu, or Jane Grisé, jane.grise@uky.edu.
  1. Where to get help: If you would like a mentor for your grant application, please contact Sarah Morath, moraths@wfu.edu
  1. Review Process and Standards: The Proposal Description of the Grant Application Form, including the Detailed Description/Abstracts, will be blindly reviewed by the non-mentoring members of the Joint LWI-ALWD Scholarship Committee.  Personal information will be removed from the application before voters see it. 

The non-mentoring committee members will rank and rate the applications. First, they will  consider whether the applications meet the following requirements:

  • Is the proposed work related to Legal Writing?
  • Is the scope of the project realistic?
  • Is the work likely to be published?

In addition, the non-mentoring committee members will consider the following:

  • Is the proposal well thought-out and well written?
  • Are there appropriate research sources?
  • Is the topic interesting and will it appeal to targeted readers?
  • Is the topic one that has previously been covered in the relevant literature?  If so, does the proposed work add something substantive to the discussion?
  • Are the research methods (empirical research, multi-disciplinary research, statistical analysis, traditional legal research) chosen likely to result in a good quality written product?

Once the voters have scored and ranked the anonymous applications and have made their recommendations, the Joint Scholarship Committee will forward those recommendations to the LWI and ALWD Boards of Directors who make the final grant decisions. The Boards will, at the time they make their selections, have access to the information on the application forms in order to balance substantive review of the projects with due consideration for need (as reflected by eligibility for research grants at one’s own institution). 

Whether a person is eligible for funding from their own school is a significant factor for the Boards to weigh when awarding the grants. If a successful grant winner receives funding from another source after receiving a grant, the grant will be reduced by the amount of that funding. Recipients, however, may continue to publicize their status as a grant recipient in CVs or other documents.

  1. Selection date and grant disbursement: The committee will announce recipients of the research grants by May 3, 2021. At the time of selection, 40% of the research-grant award will be paid to each grant recipient. The grant recipient will receive the remaining 60% of the award when the article has been accepted for publication.  Grant recipients should submit the completed article to the Joint LWI-ALWD Scholarship Committee along with a copy of the acceptance for publication.
  1. Mentors: At the time that the awards are announced, each grant recipient will be assigned a mentor by the Joint Scholarship Committee. This mentor, chosen based upon the topic of the proposed scholarly work or any other criteria mutually agreed upon by the applicant and the Committee, will provide the recipient with guidance and assistance in developing the project through to completion and placing it for publication. 
  1. Formalities: Grant winners should thank both LWI & ALWD for the grant in the footnotes of the article. Recipients of the LexisNexis funding should thank that organization.
  1. Publication rights: Grant winners should negotiate permission from the publisher to post the article on the LWI & ALWD websites.  This requirement can be waived if it would prevent placing the article in a well-regarded publication or require that the author purchase rights. 
  1. Reporting requirement: Every June 1 and December 1, until the grant recipient publishes the article, the grant recipient will submit a written progress report to the Co-Chairs of the Joint LWI-ALWD Scholarship Grant Committee. 
  1. Time limit for completing the article: The time limit for completing the article for which the recipient is awarded a scholarship grant is 24 months. Completed, for the purposes of the grant, means that the article has been accepted for publication.

Adapted from an announcement from LWI and ALWD.


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Monday, December 28, 2020

Dayton is Hiring

The University of Dayton School of Law invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills. This is a non-tenure track position with an initial appointment of one year and the possibilityof renewal for long-term (three or five-year) appointments after three years of satisfactory service. Contact Professor Adam Todd at Dayton for more information.



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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Pound Civil Justice Institute Announces Winners of its 2021 Civil Justice Scholarship Awards

2021 Civil Justice Scholarship Award to Professors Sandra Sperino, Suja Thomas, and Mark E. Wojcik

2021 Award to Two Publications

The Officers and Trustees of the Pound Civil Justice Institute have bestowed the Institute’s 2021 Civil Justice Scholarship Award to Prof. Sandra Sperino (Cincinnati), Prof. Suja Thomas (Illinois), and Prof. Mark E. Wojcik (UIC John Marshall Law School).

Professor Sperino, of the University of Cincinnati College of Law, and Professor Thomas, of the University of Illinois College of Law, are honored for their book, Unequal: How America's Courts Undermine Discrimination Law  (Oxford University Press 2017), in which they examine the ways in which courts have impeded private enforcement of antidiscrimination laws through civil litigation.

Professor Wojcik, of UIC John Marshall Law School, is honored for his article, Extending Batson to Peremptory Challenges of Jurors Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, 40 No. Ill. U. L. Rev. 1 (2019), in which he argues that it is time to extend the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Batson v. Kentucky to all federal and state trial courts, and to prohibit expressly the exclusion of jurors based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Award recipients will receive monetary stipends and a paid trip for themselves and a guest to be honored at the next Pound Fellows reception, which will take place (circumstances permitting) in Chicago on July 18, 2021.

High Distinction for a Book and an Article

The Institute also recognized two publications for high distinction among the nominations received.

Professors Stephen Burbank, of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and Sean Farhang, of the University of California, Berkeley, are recognized for their book Rights and Retrenchment: The Counterrevolution Against Federal Litigation  (Cambridge University Press 2017), in which they examine responses to the “rights revolution” that unfolded in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s, and trace the increasing hostility to the enforcement of rights through lawsuits.

Professor Nora Freeman Engstrom, of Stanford Law School, is recognized for her article, The Trouble with Trial Times Limits, 106 Geo. L. J. 933 (2018). In the article, Prof. Engstrom examines an issue that is quietly and negatively affecting trials at a time when few cases go to trial. She looks at specific trials and data that demonstrate the random implementation of time limits of trials, and how they add additional limitations on plaintiffs.

The Pound Institute established its Civil Justice Scholarship Award to recognize current scholarly legal research and writing focused on topics in civil justice, including access to justice and the benefits of the U.S. civil justice system, as well as the right to trial by jury in civil cases. The Award deliberation committee consists of two legal academics, a former judge, and several of the Institute’s Trustees. The committee reviewed 35 nominations for scholarly books and articles submitted for this third annual cycle of the Award, and was impressed by the high quality and breadth of the work submitted.

Press Release from the Pound Civil Justice Institute

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Nominations for the Scribes Law-Review Award

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 in the United States for student authors that places no limitation on subject matter.

Journals may enter year’s competition by submitting an outstanding student note or comment that has been, or will be, published between June 1, 2020, and May 31, 2021. 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.

Nominations are due by January 15, 2021. To receive a form or for any questions, contact Philip Johnson, the Executive Director of Scribes, at scribeslegalwriters@gmail.com.


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Michael Goldblatt has something to say about #hashtags. Click here to have a look at hjs blog, Law Practice Tips. As he notes in his blog post, hashtags (#) and handles (@) can be used to search content on social media and increase the visibility of your postings. His advice is to use # with words to lure readers searching for those words.


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LWI One-Day Workshops -- So Sweet to Tweet!

If you plan to tweet about any of the sessions at the upcoming Legal Writing Institute One Day workshops, the LWI Communications and Public Relations Officers ask that you please tag LWI––@Lwionline––and please use the hashtag #LWIOneDay2020 .
Hat tips to Lucy Jewel and Mary Bowman

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Monday, November 30, 2020

LWI One-Day Workshops - Such a Deal!

Cyber Monday is all about saving money and, boy, does the Legal Writing Institute havea deal for you!!! Do you want to attend ALL the One Day Workshops?  Do you want unlimited access to every single presentation at the brilliant events taking place all over the country without ever having to leave the comfort of your own living room!? WELL…we have just the deal for you!


You can take advantage of the special institutional rate and ensure that you and every single one of your legal writing colleagues can benefit from the amazing work being shared by some of the brightest lights in the LWR world. Yes, that’s right, folks!  ONE SINGLE PAYMENT will get you AND your legal writing colleagues an ALL ACCESS PASS!  Even better, for a limited time, you can get free access for all your doctrinal colleagues. What better way to remind them of how much we contribute to the academy and how the lessons we’ve learned about teaching under these trying circumstances can also help them in their own work as educators? 


This special offer expires December 12th, only one day after the last of the workshops will end. But act now so that you, and ALL of your colleagues can take advantage of this incredible opportunity!


Still not convinced!? Well, here’s just a taste of what’s in store if you register:


On December 9th, you can travel to sunny San Diego where the California Western School of Law will host a full day of exciting presentations on how to take lemons and make fabulous lemonade: “POSITIVE TAKEAWAYS FROM A DIFFICULT YEAR” is the theme of this One Day Workshop.  The program will kick off with “The Germ of An Idea: How CWSL Adapted Its Legal Skills Program in Response to the Pandemic.” The panel presentation will offer practical recommendations to professors in other programs who are looking to boost student engagement and one very practical solution that can help ensure program continuity in the event that any of your LWR colleagues get ill and need time to recover.  Olympia Duhart (Nova Southeastern) and Hugh Mundy (UIC John Marshall Law School) will share new course materials that harness the power of Netflix and podcasts to reach students, along with the blueprint for a summer session designed to teach faculty new strategies to bolster online teaching.


Worried about how to plan and execute your upcoming oral advocacy competitions on-line? Worry no more!  Melissa Shultz (Mitchell Hamline) and Christine Tamer (University of North Texas at Dallas) will share their top ten tips for keeping the magic of oral argument competitions alive on Zoom. And Joshua Aaron Jones (Indiana) will be illustrating the Top 5 LRW Apps. 


But, WAIT,  there’s MORE!!! Mark E. Wojcik (UIC John Marshall) will share his insights on how to conduct live grading and editing effectively on-line. Cindy Thomas Archer and Allison Mikkor (UC Irvine) will highlight how the move to on-line lawyering has changed the contexts in which our students will practice and how, as a result, we need to adapt our own teaching. Katherine Silver Kelly (Ohio State) and practitioner David Roper(Taft Law) will explore how to effectively co-teach an online class and how to integrate social justice themes into a multi-week module. Alexi Freeman and Lindsey Webb (Denver) will continue that exploration of social justice themes when they present an overview of an experiential course that allows for students to learn more about movement lawyering while also providing them with an opportunity to partner directly with national and grassroots organizations. 


And did we mention the social networking breaks that will allow every participant to share more intimate moments, at no extra cost, with colleagues from across the country!? You read that correctly:  AT NO EXTRA COST!


Don’t let this incredible deal slip through your fingers! Register now!! All it takes is a quick click here:  https://web.cvent.com/event/feee2a46-836f-43d0-9ef4-a7a1d1c5d674/summary


And remember, if your school is unable to invest in an institutional registration, you can still register individually at a much-reduced rate. But hurry:  the series of One Day Workshops begins in just a few short days. You won’t want to miss any of the amazing programs that lay in store. Details on all the programs can be found here: https://www.lwionline.org/one-day-workshops


One last reason to pull out that credit card NOW!? Know that your registration fee will help fund all the other activities LWI organizes. Yes, that’s right people, your registration is the gift that keeps on giving!!! Reward yourself. You deserve it!  And, why not help make these programs go viral by promoting them within your department and with your Administration as well: don’t let your school be one of the few that fails to take advantage of the institutional registration rate. 


David Austin, Legal Skills Professor, California Western School of Law


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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Daily Writing Tips

The website Daily Writing Tips publishes new articles daily on grammar, punctuation, spelling, usage, and vocabulary. Click here to have a look.

Hat tip to Michael Goldblatt.


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Friday, October 30, 2020

Bluebook Bloopers

Bluebook 21Previous editions of the Bluebook did not require authors to indicate that a Restatement was published by the American Law Institute. Every legal researcher knows that, and it's frankly silly to require legal citations now to include that information.

Here's what the 21st edition of The Bluebook requires on page 20:

  • Restatement (Second) of Contracts § 90 (Am. Law Inst. 1981).

The 21st edition also contains what we're going to call a "Bluebook Blooper." Page 131 of the current edition of the Bluebook contradicts what's on page 20, and requires this instead:

  • Restatement (Second) of Contracts § 90 (Am. L. Inst. 1981).

Perhaps there's some mysterious justification for requiring "Am. Law Inst." on one page and "Am. L. Inst." on another. But we'd like to remind the Bluebook editors that earlier editions instead just required the year, because everyone knows that the Restatements are published by the American Law Institute.

  • Restatement (Second) of Contracts § 90 (1981).


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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

CFP: Transnational Conference on the Future of Legal Education, the Practice of Law, and the Judiciary

October 15 is the deadline to submit proposals for presentation at the Transnational Conference on the Future of Legal Education, the Practice of Law, and the Judiciary with a focus on Disruption in the Legal Sector: How Technology Can Enable Educators, Students, Lawyers, and Judges Around the Globe to Stabilize the Sector and Provide Access to Justice. The conference will be held on Zoom in February.


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Monday, October 12, 2020

Justice John Browning of Texas Installed as Vice-President and President-Elect of Scribes

Justice BrowningJustice John G. Browning of Texas has been installed as Vice-President and President-Elect of Scribes--The American Society of Legal Writers.

Justice Browning was appointed to the Fifth District Court of Appeals by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on August 24, 2020. Before joining the Court, he was a trial and appellate lawyer for thirty-one years as a partner with large national law firms and his own small law firm. While in private practice, Justice Browning’s vast experience encompassed personal injury and wrongful death; product liability; commercial litigation; intellectual property disputes; employment matters; consumer protection and Deceptive Trade Practices Act ("DTPA") cases; professional liability; health care; class action litigation; defamation and media law; and cyberliability and data privacy. He is admitted in both Texas and Oklahoma, as well as before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas, the Western District of Oklahoma, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Justice Browning received bachelors degrees in History and Comparative Literature in 1986 from Rutgers University, where he was a National Merit Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa, and Henry Rutgers Scholar. He received his J.D. in 1989 from the University of Texas School of Law, where he received awards for legal writing and advocacy. A former varsity tennis player and teaching professional, Justice Browning won tournaments at the local, state, national, and international levels. During his years in private practice, Justice Browning was rated “AV Preeminent” (5.0 out of 5.0) by Martindale-Hubbell, designated a “Texas Super Lawyer” from 2005-2020, and named to a variety of “Best Lawyers” lists and trial lawyer honorary societies.

Justice Browning has a long record of leadership and service to the bar, and has served as Chair of the Texas Bar Journal Editorial Advisory Board, as Chair of the Computer & Technology Section of the State Bar, as an appointed member of the Professional Ethics Committee, as a member of the State Bar Grievance Committee, as a member of the State Bar Jury Service Committee, and as President of the Rockwall County Bar Association. He also serves on the UT Law Alumni Association Executive Committee. Justice Browning is an elected member of the American Law Institute and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society.

A noted legal author and CLE speaker, Justice Browning has received the Bar’s highest honors for legal writing, legal ethics, and public service. These include the State Bar of Texas Presidents’ Certificate of Merit; the Texas Bar Foundation’s Dan Rugeley Price Memorial Award; the Lola Wright Foundation Award for lifetime contributions to legal ethics; the Texas Bar College’s Patrick Nester Award for Outstanding Achievement in Continuing Legal Education; the Texas Bar College’s Jim Bowmer Professionalism Award; the Texas Bar Foundation’s Outstanding Law Review Article of the Year Award; the Texas Bar College’s Outstanding CLE Article of the Year Award; the Houston Bar Foundation’s Outstanding Legal Article of the Year Award; the DRI’s G. Duffield Smith Outstanding Publication of the Year Award; the J.L. Turner Foundation Award for Contributions to Legal History; and the Burton Award for Distinguished Achievement in Legal Writing (2009, 2010, 2012, 2014). Justice Browning is the author of four law books, more than forty law review articles, and hundreds of other articles on legal subjects.

Justice Browning follows Dean Susan Duncan of the University of Mississippi School of Law, who was previously Vice-President and President-Elect of Scribes--The American Society of Legal Writers. She became President of the organization last Friday.

Click here for more information about Scribes.


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Dean Susan Duncan of Mississippi Installed as President of Scribes—The American Society of Legal Writers

Susan Hanley Duncan Mark Wojcik PhotoSusan Duncan, Dean of the University of Mississippi School of Law, has been installed as President of Scribes—The American Society of Legal Writers. She follows the presidency of Professor Mark E. Wojcik of the UIC John Marshall Law School, who completed his term of office last Friday and passed the gavel to Dean Duncan.

Dean Duncan has served in national leadership positions on several boards that focus on the development of new legal writing professors. She was President of the Legal Writing Institute from 2006 to 2008 and was the 2007 Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research. She also was the representative of the Association of Legal Writing Directors to the American Bar Association Council for the Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. Dean Duncan was also Associate Executive Editor from 2006-2011 for the Journal of Law and Education.

Dean Duncan frequently presents on legal writing and education law topics. Her work has been honored by the 2010 Louisville Bar Association Award for Distinguished Service, the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from Louis Brandeis School of Law, and the 2016 Kentucky Bar President Special Service Award. Dean Duncan is the first woman to serve as Dean of the University of Mississippi Law School other than in an interim capacity. Her teaching and research interests include lawyering skills, education law, and restorative justice.

Before joining the faculty at Ole Miss, she served as Interim Dean at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, where she began as an adjunct in 1997 and became a full-time faculty member in 2000. She served as Chair of the University of Louisville’s Commission on the Status of Women. She also had previously taught legal writing in Tennessee as an adjunct professor at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis. Dean Duncan has also been a visiting professor at the University of Montpellier (France), the University KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa), the Johannes Gutenberg University (Mainz Germany), the University of Leeds (England), and the University of Turku (Finland).

Justice John Browning of Texas was installed as the Vice-President and President-Elect of Scribes.

Click here for more information about Scribes.

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Sunday, October 4, 2020

Webinar: Principles of Good Drafting

The International Association of Young Lawyers ("AIJA") will host a webinar on "Principles of Good Drafting" on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at 16.00 CEST (Central Europe). Click here for more information (and then click on "Events"). The seminar is free for AIJA members and 100 Euros for non-members (so you might as well join!).



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Submit Your Winning "Best Brief" for the 2021 Scribes Brief-Writing Award

Did a moot court team at your school win a Best Brief Award last year?

Here's a reminder that Scribes--The American Society of Legal Writers--is accepting submissions for the 2021 Brief-Writing Award. The deadline for submitting briefs is October 19, 2020.

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 2021 considers submissions of moot-court briefs that have won first place in a national or regional moot-court competition during the 2019-2020 academic year (September 2019 to August 2020). The award committee then selects the best briefs from all of the winning briefs submitted.

In 2020, the first-place winning brief was authored by students Allyson E. Lynch, Paul T. Madden, and Sarah L. Martin of Belmont University College of Law. The second- and third-place brief awards were won by students at South Texas College of Law. The students who won the the second-place award were Meredith J. Clark, David V. Dorris, and Sandra M. Guillen. South Texas College of Law. The winners of the third-place award were William N. Haacker, John Wooldridge, and Greg A. Urbach.

In 2019, the first-place 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.

To submit a brief that won a national or regional moot court competition during the 2019-20 academic year, email an electronic pdf of the winning brief to scribeslegalwriters@gmail.com. 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 scribeslegalwriters@gmail.com if you have any questions about submitting a brief for the competition (or if you need an extra day or two to submit your school's winning briefs).

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

October 4, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

National Day on Writing -- Words and Power

Wednesday, October 21, beginning at 12 PM Central Time

National Day on Writing is an initiative of the National Council of Teachers of English to amplify the importance of writing and celebrate it. In honor of National Day on Writing, you are invited to watch Write Chicago: Words and Power, a virtual 90-minute panel discussion that brings together a diverse and dynamic group of writers to discuss storytelling as a tool for advocacy and how strong writing skills are universal. Please use this link to learn about the program and to register. 

Panelists include:

Leslé Honoré, a Blaxican Poet, artivist, and author of Fist & Fire , a collection of powerful, unflinching poems that confront issues of social justice through the lens of real human lives and voices, and dive into the flames of love within the context of a relationship.

Maureen Kelleher, a senior writer and editor at Brightbeam. She is a veteran education reporter, a former high school English teacher, and also the proud mom of an elementary student in Chicago Public Schools.

Loy A. Webb, a Chicago born playwright, tv/film writer, and attorney. Her plays include The Light (MCC Theater 2018/2019, Outer Critics Circle nomination for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play; The New Colony, 2017/2018, Joseph Jefferson Award), and His Shadow (16th Street Theater 2019/2020).

Mark E. Wojcik, a professor at UIC John Marshall Law School. He teaches Lawyering Skills, International Criminal Law, International Human Rights, International Trade Law, Torts, International Law, and Human Rights in a Changing Society.


October 4, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Southern Illinois University is Hiring

Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is hiring a Clinical Assistant Professor for Lawyering Skills I and II, starting in August 2021.  

Click here for more details.


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Fordham is Hiring

Fordham University School of Law invites applications for a faculty position as the Director of Legal Writing and Lawyering. Laterals and experienced candidates on the entry-level market are welcome to apply. The Director will be a faculty member involved in teaching, administration, and faculty governance. The position offers a unique opportunity to take what is already an excellent legal writing and lawyering program to the next level. Applicants should have a J.D. and strong academic credentials, as well as substantial experience in practicing law and in teaching legal writing and professional skills. Fordham University is committed to excellence through diversity and welcomes candidates of all backgrounds. The position would start on May 1, 2021.

Please email a curriculum vitae and cover letter (addressed to Prof. Benjamin C. Zipursky, Chair, Search Committee for Director of Legal Writing and Lawyering, Fordham Law School) to: fordhamlwps@gmail.com

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Early applications are strongly encouraged.

Hat tip to Kim Holst.


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