Thursday, February 15, 2024
Monday, January 15, 2024
On Monday, May 13, 2024, the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law will host an online workshop for new legal writing scholars. You may be a “new” scholar if you’ve published "fewer than two full-length law review articles or book chapters," but the organizers intend this definition of "new" to include rather than exclude participants.
In this Zoom workshop, participants can receive feedback on their work and learn from fellow legal writing scholars. Please come with a draft of any length, of any kind of project (non-law-review articles welcome!), and you’ll leave the day with feedback on your specific project and thoughts from colleagues around the country on how to succeed in academic writing.
Contact Professor Susan McMahon, Professor Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff, or Professor Mary Bowman for more information (they're all at ASU).
Hat tip to Susan A. McMahon
Saturday, January 13, 2024
The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law is hiring two entry-level, tenure-track faculty positions. Course needs include Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Contracts, and other transactional law courses.
More information is available at the University of Memphis’ WorkForum link: https://workforum.memphis.edu/postings/37078.
Hat tip to Professor Regina L. Hillman.
Friday, January 12, 2024
Chapman University Dale Fowler School of Law in southern California shared the following announcement about Professor Nancy Schultz, who passed away unexpectedly in December:
It is with profound sorrow that we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Professor Nancy L. Schultz, the Kennedy Professor of Dispute Resolution and the Director of Chapman’s Competitions Program, who passed away at her home on Thursday, December 15.
Nancy, as she insisted on being addressed by students and faculty alike, was synonymous with student advocacy at the Fowler School of Law. She will be remembered as a tireless advocate for the thousands of students she taught and coached during her 27 years at the Fowler School of Law. Nancy was recruited to the Chapman family in 1996, where she created the Competitions Program from scratch and personally oversaw each competition team for almost three decades.
She began her academic career as a legal writing professor at Villanova University Law School, before becoming Director of Legal Research and Writing at the George Washington University Law School. Throughout her career, she co-authored textbooks and published articles in legal writing, with an emphasis on the benefits of speaking, writing, and drafting in plain English. She was one of the rare coaches who was equally able to teach appellate advocacy, trial skills and technique, and alternative dispute resolution in all its forms: negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and client counseling. With Nancy at the center, Chapman quickly rose to national prominence in trial advocacy. To this day, Kennedy Hall is crammed with trophies won by Fowler School of Law students and teams, including seven individual and team awards that Nancy’s teams collected from the Fall of 2023 competitions alone.
As impressive as her resume was, Nancy stridently opposed self-promotion in any form, and insisted that the attention be placed squarely on her students. She prioritized intelligence and charisma, but only through integrity and fair play, “Win or lose, we play clean” was her mantra. It was often Nancy who first showed students what they were capable of achieving, and through her example they brought accolades to Kennedy Hall–later becoming judges, law firm partners, senior litigators, public interest lawyers, legal specialists, mediators, in-house attorneys, politicians, and professors.
Nancy’s home was in Orange, and her hub was in Kennedy Hall, but she was truly a citizen of the world–her expertise was recognized globally and she had friends on every continent. She served in significant leadership roles for the International Client Counseling Competition Committee, the International Law School Mediation Tournament, and the International Negotiation Competition Committee, where she was the North American representative to the Executive Committee. She could speak fondly of the friendships, the tournaments, and travels in Ireland, Great Britain, Brazil, Dubai, Singapore, and all over Europe and the United States.
At the conclusion of the 2023 fall semester, Nancy returned from the United Arab Emirates, where she had gathered with friends and administrators from around the world at the International Ad Hoc Mediation Competition. Yet again, her team of three Fowler School of Law students had won gold. Without a single word about the hundreds of hours she spent preparing and coaching for this triumph, nor discussing her role in establishing a seat at the table for Chapman, her note to faculty read:
“[Our students] represented us with grace, enthusiasm, civility, and professionalism. It is hard to imagine a better performance, not only in terms of talent and skill, but also in terms of just being good human beings. I can hardly remember when a team was so universally liked and respected by judges, competitors, and organizers.”
We are sure that Nancy would take great joy in knowing that her final email to the Chapman community was to share the success of her students.
Her devastating loss is felt keenly by her deepest source of joy and pride, her daughter Lindsay and her son Kyle, and by her three remaining siblings, Lisa, Cindy, and Carl. Nancy’s greatest wish was to create a better world through her children and her students, and as a result, she will be remembered by a global circle of friends. May we keep them in our thoughts during this time of loss, and may our students and faculty carry forward Nancy’s legacy of success, integrity, and humility.
An online Memorial Service is planned for January 25, 2024, at 5pm PST.
Tuesday, January 9, 2024
The University of San Francisco School of Law is hiring for Visiting Professor positions in a variety of areas for the academic year 2024-25.
They are also searching for a Visiting Professor of Practice with expertise in various areas of corporate law. This position is renewable for an additional three years.
Hat tip to Adam Abelkop, Associate Professor & Director of Legal Writing at the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Thursday, December 7, 2023
Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory (LR) announced in a press release a new feature for legal professionals: Generative Pre-training Transformer (GPT)-generated summaries of court rulings. GPT summarization harnesses generative AI (GenAI) to simplify legal research, eliminating (it says) "the need to read through multiple court cases, saving valuable time." This innovation in beta will initially serve legal professionals using the Wolters Kluwer Online research platform in Germany before being rolled out to other products.
Martin O’Malley, CEO of Wolters Kluwer LR, is quoted in the press release as saying: “We recognize our customers’ need for efficiency and accuracy in legal research. With the integration of GPT-generated summaries into our legal research products, we’re transforming the way in which legal professionals assess and interpret case law. This innovative feature is a testament to our commitment to empowering our customers with our deep domain knowledge, the highest editorial quality and the latest in GenAI technology, ensuring they remain at the forefront of the legal field.”
Wolters Kluwer’s GPT summarization feature significantly reduces the time spent on legal research by:
- Providing more than tens of thousands of GPT-generated summaries for quick understanding of court decisions.
- Enabling easy categorization of relevance with comprehensive summaries that encompass the facts and history of the case.
- Reducing the volume of documents requiring in-depth review through efficient content assessment.
Wolters Kluwer LR recently published Future Ready Lawyer 2023 report, which found 73% of lawyers expect to integrate GenAI into their legal work.
(Adapted from a Wolters Kluwer press release)
Wednesday, November 29, 2023
The Association of American Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research has chosen Professor Sue Liemer (Elon University School of Law) to receive its Section Award, which recognizes lifetime contributions to the field of legal writing, reasoning, and research.
The award will be presented at noon on January 4, 2024 at the AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The presentation will be made in the Marquis Salon 3 (Level M2) of the Marriott Marquis DC Hotel
Professor Liemer joined the Elon Law faculty in North Carolina in 2017 and was appointed Elon Law’s associate dean for academic affairs in 2021. She had previously served as the Director of Lawyering Skills at Southern Illinois University School of Law. She is also an editor emeritus of the Legal Writing Prof Blog.
Saturday, November 25, 2023
The award will be presented at the 2024 AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
Janet Sinder joined the Brooklyn Law School faculty in 2012 as the Director of the Brooklyn Law School Library. Her professional interests include the intersection of library services and information technology, copyright, journal open-access issues, as well as legal history. An active member of the American Association of Law Libraries, she served as the editor of Law Library Journal, the association’s official journal, from 2007 to 2013.
Professor Sinder was awarded the 2014 Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship by the American Association of Law Libraries.
Prior to coming to Brooklyn Law School, Professor Sinder worked at the law libraries of Duke University and the University of Maryland. She began her legal career as an Assistant Defender at the Office of the State Appellate Defender in Springfield, Illinois.
Tuesday, November 21, 2023
The next Global Legal Skills Conference will take place 4-6 June 2024 in southern Italy at the University of Bari.
If you're planning to attend, this is a good week to book travel and hotels because of the "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" sales offered by many companies this week. We recommend that you make reservations that will be possible to change or cancel in case your travel plans change.
Bari is served by an international airport. A train takes you quickly to the city of Bari, quite near the University of Bari where the GLS-16 Conference will be held. You can arrange your air travel to arrive in or depart from another Italian city such as Rome or Naples.
Saturday, October 7, 2023
The Future of Legal Education is Golden
The New England Legal Writing Conference will be held on November 2, 2023 in Boston. Registration is free, but you should register for the conference by October 23, 2023.
The full-day conference will begin with presentations starting at 9 a.m. and will be capped off with a reception at 5 p.m. to celebrate the 50th (Golden) anniversary of Suffolk’s Legal Practice Skills Program.
Hat tip to Professor Samantha A. Moppett, Associate Director of Legal Practice Skills at Suffolk University Law School
Tuesday, August 29, 2023
Thursday, August 17, 2023
The Mercer University School of Law invites applications from entry-level and pre-tenure lateral candidates (Assistant and Associate rank) for three tenure-track faculty positions to begin in the Fall of 2024. They welcome applications from candidates in all subject matter areas, especially commercial law, and legal writing. They also welcome candidates who are truly entry-level, with no prior law teaching experience, but who show significant promise for excellence in teaching and scholarship.
Founded in 1873, Mercer University School of Law has a long tradition of producing lawyers who are ready to practice and committed to service. The School has earned a reputation as an excellent provider of legal education with an intense focus on student and faculty interaction. With an enrollment of about 375 students, Mercer Law School is one of 12 schools and colleges of Mercer University, which has been listed among the top institutions of higher education in the nation. The School of Law is nationally recognized for its exceptional programs in legal writing, advocacy (moot court and mock trial), public service, and professionalism and ethics.
The School of Law is located in Macon, Georgia, a city of approximately 156,000. Macon is known for its strong musical heritage (e.g., Otis Redding, Little Richard, the Allman Brothers), its vibrant arts community, its recreational offerings (e.g., the Ocmulgee Mounds National Historic Park), and its affordable cost of living. Located 85 miles from Atlanta, Macon offers the livability of a smaller city with ready access to large city amenities.
Mercer University recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds. Mercer University is an AA/EEO/Veteran/ADA employer.
Applicants should have a J.D. degree from an accredited university/college, a commitment to excellence in teaching, and demonstrated potential for excellence in research and scholarship. Interested applicants will need to complete the brief online application at merceruniversity.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/external/...and attach a current CV with the names and contact information for three references. For information contact Professor Pam Wilkins, Chair, Appointments Committee, Mercer University School of Law, [email protected].
Hat tip to Suzianne D. Painter-Thorne
Tuesday, August 15, 2023
Natasha Costello and Louise Kulbicki have won the 2023 Global Legal Skills Book Award for their book, Practical English Language Skills for Lawyers: Improving Your Legal English.” The book was published in 2023 by Routledge (London and New York). The award was presented during the closing plenary session of the Global Legal Skills Conference held July 30 to August 1, 2023 at Nottingham Trent University.
The 354-page book on Practical Legal English Skills includes chapters on networking, telephoning and conference calls, client meetings, presentations, social media marketing, and job applications and interviews. There are also short chapters with advice on legal writing, contract negotiation and drafting, advocacy, and alternative dispute resolution. Appendices in the book include questions for self-assessment and peer-assessment, a short chart with examples of how to convert legalese to plain English, transcripts of conversations, and a useful glossary of legal terms.
Natasha Costello is a non-practicing English solicitor and a former senior lecturer in law at Manchester Metropolitan University in England. She is currenting working as an independent teacher in Paris, where she teaches legal English to practicing French lawyers and to law students at various universities in the Paris area.
Louise Kulbicki is a legal English teacher and the founder of Study Legal English, which provides online legal English resources to learners in more than 140 countries. She gained practical experience in the field of international environmental law before turning to teaching legal English.
Both Natasha and Louise have served on the board of EULETA, the European Legal English Teachers’ Association. EULETA was also recognized with a Global Legal Skills Award during the 2023 GLS Conference in Nottingham.
Pictured here (from left to right) are Natasha Costello, Professor David Austin (California Western School of Law and member of the GLS-15 Planning Committee), Louise Kulbicki, and Mark E. Wojcik (University of Illinois Chicago School of Law and founder of the Global Legal Skills Conference Series).
The next Global Legal Skills Conference will be held June 4-6, 2024 at the University of Bari in Southern Italy.
Friday, July 28, 2023
Monday, July 10, 2023
Global Legal Skills Award Winners Since 2012
The first Global Legal Skills Awards were presented in 2012 in San Jose, Costa Rica, at the Seventh Global Legal Skills Conference. This is a cumulative list of GLS Award Winners from 2012 to 2019, including awards for individuals, scholarship and books, and law firms, bar associations, and other organizations. GLS Awards were not presented from 2020-2022, during the Covid-19 Pandemic. The next GLS Awards will be presented in Nottingham, England on August 1, at the close of the 2023 Global Legal Skills Conference.
Individual Award Winners
This category recognizes individuals around the world who have made significant contributions to the promotion and improvement of global legal skills.
- David W. Austin (California Western School of Law, San Diego, California) in recognition of his longstanding commitment to legal skills education around the world and in appreciation of his many contributions to the Global Legal Skills Conference Series. [2018 Winner]
- Amrtia Bahri (Head of Global Legal Skills and Common Law Program, ITAM University, Mexico) in recognition of her demonstrated and energetic commitment to the promotion of global legal skills. [2016 Winner]
- M. Catherine Beck(Department of English, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indiana) for creating the Legal English Program at the Indiana University Robert McKinney School of Law and for her support of global legal skills education. As a non-lawyer language specialist working in Legal English for more than 15 years, she has enhanced legal skills pedagogy for lawyers and law students who speak English as a second language. [2017 Winner]
- E. Joan Blum (Boston College Law School, Massachusetts, United States) is recognized for her years of teaching common law legal reasoning in the International Tax Program at Harvard Law School and later directing the Boston College Law Summer Institute for international lawyers, for her many publications in the field of legal writing education, for her service to the legal writing community, and for her work teaching legal reasoning and writing to judges, lawyers, and law students in the former Yugoslavia.[2017 Winner]
- Heidi Brown, (then at New York Law School, later at Brooklyn Law School, New York), was recognized for her work with students to reduce extreme fear of public speaking and increase performance in classrooms, oral arguments, and client-centered legal skills activities. [2014 Winner]
- Juliana V. Campagna, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University (New York) and Adjunct Professor of Law, Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey (Mexico), was recognized for developing English Immersion Training Programs and for exceptional devotion to meeting the needs of international students around the world. [2014 Winner]
- Lurene Contento (then at The John Marshall Law School, now at Chicago-Kent College of Law) was recognized for many contributions to legal skills education around the world, including her interactive and innovative teaching in China, Central America, and Central Europe. She has shared her knowledge and ideas to improve legal writing at many international conferences and through her award-winning publications. She has given years of dedicated service to the Global Legal Skills Conference Series, ensuring its success and a positive experience for the participants. Over the years she has helped thousands of law students, including many non-native speakers of English. She has also contributed to the professionalization of writing centers across the United States through her leadership as Chair of the Association of Legal Writing Specialists.[2017 Winner]
- Sha-Shana Crichton (Howard University School of Law, Washington, D.C., United States), in recognition of her steadfast commitment to the promotion of global legal skills education and for advancing diversity and inclusion in legal education around the world. [2018 Winner]
- Marion Dent (ANO Pericles, Moscow, Russian Federation) was recognized for her work in higher education in Russia and for her work to bring the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition to Russia. [2014 Winner]
- Diane Penneys Edelman(Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, now at Brooklyn Law School), in recognition of her early and sustained contributions to the promotion of legal skills internationally, to international legal exchange programs, and to closer cooperation between law professors and the global practicing bar. [2018 Winner]
- Alissa Hartig (Department of Applied Linguistics at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Portland State University) was recognized for her research and scholarly contributions to the field of Global Legal Skills. Dr. Hartig received her B.A. summa cum laude in French from New York University and her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Penn State University. She taught English as a foreign language as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea. She later taught and did research in Ecuador, Mexico, and South Korea. Her scholarship on advanced academic literacy in law for non-native speakers of English informs professors and challenges them to look underneath the surface of what they see. For example, her work on “Connecting Language and Disciplinary Knowledge for Specific Purposes” examines how international students develop legal writing skills and an awareness of how lawyers and legal scholars communicate. [2019 Winner]
- Craig Hoffman (Georgetown University Law Center) in recognition of his research in legal discourse and for his contributions to promoting global legal skills education. [2019 Winner]
- Kimberly Holst (Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law) was recognized for her efforts on projects that advance legal skills training in the United States and around the world. Her recent scholarship examines the importance of teaching reflective practices to law students so that they can develop those skills in law school and transfer them to practice. She also explores drafting techniques in the context of alternative dispute resolution. She has also served the legal writing community through her leadership of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research. She also enhanced the ability of presenters to make presentation proposals to the Global Legal Skills Conference, deepening the pool of presenters from around the world. After receiving the 2017 award, Kim served as a Co-Chair of the 2019 GLS Conference at Arizona State University She also served a term as President of the Legal Writing Institute.[2017 Winner]
- Matthew J. Homewood (Nottingham Trent University, England, United Kingdom) is recognized for his extensive experience in teaching and innovative curriculum development across a comprehensive range of undergraduate, post-graduate, professional, and practitioner programs. He is the Acting Head of Postgraduate Programmes at Nottingham Law School, England. He has significant expertise in the use of educational technology and the impact of such technologies on student engagement. Matthew recently received an HEA National Teaching Fellowship, the most prestigious individual award in the United Kingdom for excellence in teaching in higher education. After receiving the 2017 award, Dr. Homewood served as a Co-Chair of the 2023 Global Legal Skills Conference at Nottingham Trent University. [2017 Winner]
- Rosa Kim (Suffolk University Law School, Massachusetts) was recognized for her dedication to teaching global legal writing skills and for promoting global legal skills education. [2019 Winner]
- Charlotte Ku (Texas A&M University School of Law and former Executive Director of the American Society of International Law) was recognized for her longstanding commitment and contributions to global legal education. Before joining Texas A&M, Dr. Ku was the assistant Dean for Graduate and International Legal Studies at the University of Illinois College of Law. Before that, she was executive vice president and executive director of the American Society of International Law. Through her international work at ASIL, Dr. Ku became well known by professors, judges, and lawyers across the world. Dr. Ku is a political scientist with a rich background in global legal education. Her interest in world affairs began during her childhood in Hong Kong, then under British rule. She earned a Ph.D. in International Relations at Tufts University in the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. [2019 Winner]
- Chantal Morton (Melbourne Law School, Australia) is a senior lecturer at Melbourne Law School, where she develops resources and runs programs with a focus on legal writing and academic skills for law students and graduate law students. Dr. Morton was recognized for her work to improve legal skills education in Australia. Before joining the faculty at Melbourne Law School, she taught at the Osgoode Hall Law School (Canada) where she was also the Director of Career Services. After receiving the 2017 award, Dr. Morton served as a Co-Chair of the 2018 Global Legal Skills Conference in Melbourne, Australia. [2017 Winner]
- Laurel Currie Oates (Seattle University School of Law) in recognition of her demonstrated commitment to excellence in global legal skills education, including work in Afghanistan and Africa. [2016 Winner]
- Robin Palmer, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, in recognition of his demonstrated commitment to excellence in global legal skills education in South Africa and New Zealand and for his work to improve clinical legal education. [2016 Winner].
- Shelley Saltzman, Associate Director for Curriculum and Assessment and Senior Lecturer for the American Language Program (ALP) at the Columbia University School of Professional Studies (New York, USA), received the Global Legal Skills (GLS) Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Legal Skills Education for 25 years of innovation. [2015 Winner]
- Mimi Samuel, Seattle University School of Law, in recognition of her demonstrated commitment to excellence in global legal skills education, including work in Afghanistan and Africa. [2016 Winner]
- Rebecca Schillings (Hamad bin Khalifa University College of Law and Public Policy, Qatar) is an Assistant Professor at Hamad bin Khalifa University’s College of Law and Public Policy (CLPP), where she is responsible for the legal skills component of the curriculum. She created a legal lab that engages law students in experimentation and interactive prototyping to develop new approaches to legal practice. [2017 Winner]
- Lynn Su (New York Law School) in recognition of her strong commitment to promoting global legal skills education, cross-cultural communication, and the empowerment of diverse students. [2018 Winner]
- Elena Trosclair (Ural State Law University, Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation) was recognized for her dedication to teaching English to law students in the Russian Federation and for promoting scholarship in global legal skills. [2015 Winner]
Scholarship and Book Awards
This category recognizes exceptional books and articles that advance the teaching of global legal skills, including new casebooks and texts for lawyers and law students.
- Cynthia M. Adams, The International Lawyer’s Guide to Legal Analysis and Communication in the United States(Wolters Kluwer 2008). [2014 Winner, with Deborah B. McGregor]
- Mary Ann E. Archer, International Law Legal Research (Carolina Academic Press 2013), a book designed to enrich international law courses by showing students how to research sources of international law, and to help law schools create stand-alone courses in international law legal research. [2014 Winner, with Anthony Winer and Lyonette Louis-Jacques]
- Teresa Brostoff and Ann Sinsheimer created the U.S. Law and Language program at the University of Pittsburgh. They co-authored a legal English text, United States Legal Language and Culture, published by Oxford University Press. Their book, in its third edition at the time of the award, helped develop the field of legal English education. In addition to teaching at Pittsburgh, Professors Brostoff and Sinsheimer have taught in China, Ethiopia, Iceland, Japan, Oman, Poland, Serbia, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, and other countries. [2019 Winner, with Ann Sinsheimer]
- Laura Carballo Piñeiro(University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain), for the book, Comparative Law for Spanish–English Speaking Lawyers: Legal Cultures, Legal Terms and Legal Practices (Edward Elgar Publishing 2017). [2017 Winner, with S.I. Strong and Katia Fach Gómez]
- Katia Fach Gómez(University of Zaragoza, Spain) for the book, Comparative Law for Spanish–English Speaking Lawyers: Legal Cultures, Legal Terms and Legal Practices (Edward Elgar Publishing 2017). [2017 Winner, with S.I. Strong and Laura Carballo Piñeiro].
- Paul Kossof (Beijing, China) in recognition of his books that promote a better understanding of Chinese law and the Chinese legal system, including Chinese Legal Research, the condensed guide to legal research in China for foreign researchers. [2018 Winner]
- Lyonette Louis-Jacques, International Law Legal Research (Carolina Academic Press 2013), a book designed to enrich international law courses by showing students how to research sources of international law, and to help law schools create stand-alone courses in international law legal research. [2014 Winner, with Mary Ann E. Archer and Anthony Winer]
- Deborah B. McGregor,The International Lawyer’s Guide to Legal Analysis and Communication in the United States (Wolters Kluwer 2008). [2014 Winner, with Cynthia M. Adams]
- Nadia E. Nedzel (Southern University Law Center, Louisiana) in celebration of her book, Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing for International Graduate Students, and her contributions to international legal education. [2019 Winner]
- Alison Riley (United Kingdom/Italy) in recognition of her contributions to global legal skills education through years of dedicated teaching and through the publication of her co-authored books, Legal English and the Common Lawand Common Law Legal English and Grammar: A Contextual Approach. [2016 Winner, with Patricia Sours]
- Karen M. Ross (New York University School of Law) in recognition of her book, Essential Legal English in Context: Understanding the Vocabulary of U.S. Law and Government (NYU Press 2019) [2019 Winner]
- Ann Sinsheimer and Teresa Brostoff created the U.S. Law and Language program at the University of Pittsburgh. They co-authored a legal English text, United States Legal Language and Culture, published by Oxford University Press. Their book, in its third edition at the time of the award, helped develop the field of legal English education. In addition to teaching at Pittsburgh, Professors Brostoff and Sinsheimer have taught in China, Ethiopia, Iceland, Japan, Oman, Poland, Serbia, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, and other countries. [2019 Winner, with Teresa Brostoff]
- Patricia Sours (United States/Italy) in recognition of her contributions to global legal skills education through years of dedicated teaching and through the publication of her co-authored books, Legal English and the Common Lawand Common Law Legal English and Grammar: A Contextual Approach. [2016 Winner, with Alison Riley]
- S.I. Strong(University of Missouri School of Law, United States), for the book, Comparative Law for Spanish–English Speaking Lawyers: Legal Cultures, Legal Terms and Legal Practices (Edward Elgar Publishing 2017). [2017 Winner, with Katia Fach Gómez and Laura Carballo Piñeiro].
- John B. Thornton, S. Legal Reasoning, Writing, and Practice for International Lawyers(LexisNexis 2014). [2015 Winner]
- Anthony S. Winer, International Law Legal Research (Carolina Academic Press 2013), a book designed to enrich international law courses by showing students how to research sources of international law, and to help law schools create stand-alone courses in international law legal research. [2014 Winner, with Mary Ann E. Archer and Lyonette Louis-Jacques]
Law Firms, Bar Associations, and Other Institutional Winners
This category recognizes companies, professional associations, law firms, and other organizations around the world that give special support for global legal skills. The names of persons accepting these law firm and institutional awards are in parentheses.
- Arias and Muñoz, Costa Rica (José Antonio Muñoz F.), was recognized for innovative skills training for its lawyers and in thanks for its active support of holding the Global Legal Skills Conference in Central America. [2012 Winner]
- BarWrite and BarWrite Press, New York, USA (Dr. Mary Campbell Gallagher), for the company’s early and thoughtful recognition of the special bar exam preparation needs of lawyers and law students from other countries. [2014 Winner]
- The Centro de Estudios sobre la Enseñanza y el Aprendizaje del Derecho, A.C.(Mexico) in Monterrey is an independent, non-profit research center dedicated to improving the quality of the legal education and legal practice in Mexico. [2017 Winner]
- The law firm of DLA Piper was recognized for its extraordinary support of education and training in international commercial arbitration. Mark Nadeau, founding partner of the law firm’s Phoenix office, accepted the award when the GLS Conference was held in Phoenix. [2019 Winner]
- Fondazione Floresta Longo, Catania (Sicily), Italy (Prof. Antonino Longo), in recognition of its dedicated commitment to improving the quality of legal services by teaching global legal skills to lawyers and law students. [2015 Winner]
- The International Law Institute in Washington, D.C. was established in 1955 as part of Georgetown University to assist in the building of governmental and economic institutions in post-war Europe. Over the years, the ILI has provided training and technical assistance to thousands of lawyers, judges, and other government officials. It was a pioneer in creating a course in Legal English, publishing the first U.S. Coursebook on Legal English, and in creating a course to introduce the U.S. legal system to law students and lawyers from outside the United States. The ILI is headquartered in Washington DC and has regional offices in Chile, Egypt, Nigeria, Turkey, and Uganda. [2017 Winner]
- Lawbility Professional Language Program, Zurich, Switzerland (Jean-Luc Delli),in recognition of its innovative programming, publications, and demonstrated commitment to excellence in global legal skills education. [2016 Winner]
- The Legal Writing Institute Global Legal Writing Skills Committee(Professors Cara Cunningham of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and Sammy Mansour of the Michigan State University College of Law), was recognized for its support and active encouragement of global legal skills. [2014 Winner]
- The Library Teaching Team at Melbourne Law School Law Library,given to Lucie GoudieIn, Jane Jilbert, Christina Ward, and Kirsty Wilson for sharing their understanding of the global nature of law and for their longstanding and dedicated support of law students from around the world. [2018 Winner]
Law School Winners
This category recognizes law schools around the world that give special attention to and support for global legal skills.
- Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey, Mexico,was recognized for its innovative educational leadership in requiring its graduates to have taken classes in three languages, for successfully bringing the Global Legal Skills Conference to its first international destination, for hosting the GLS Conference two times in Mexico, and for other efforts to promote the study of Legal English and comparative law. [2012 Winner]
- University of Houston Law Center, in recognition of its strong commitment to international legal education. [2019 Winner]
- Melbourne Law School, Melbourne, Australia, in recognition of its groundbreaking commitment to legal skills education in Australia and around the world. [2018 Winner]
- Pacific McGeorge School of Law was recognized for innovations in its legal research and writing program that introduce students to cross-cultural awareness, comparative law, and international law.[2015 Winner]
- Peking University School of Transnational Law, People’s Republic of China,in recognition of creating an academically rigorous, bilingual four-year program of legal education that prepares students for the mixture of common law, civil law, and Chinese legal traditions. [2018 Winner]
- Qatar University College of Law Lawyering Skills Program, in recognition of creating the first comprehensive program in legal writing, research, reasoning, and advocacy in the Middle East and North African region. [2018 Winner]
- University of Verona Department of Law, Italy,in recognition of its demonstrated commitment to excellence in global legal skills education and in appreciation of hosting the 2014 and 2016 Global Legal Skills Conferences. [2016 Winner]
- Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law, Bhutan,in recognition of being the first law school in the history of Bhutan and for its dedication to teaching legal skills as a fundamental part of legal education. [2018 Winner]
Friday, June 30, 2023
Here's a reminder that the Association of Legal Writing Directors will hold its 2023 Biennial Conference at the University of California-Irvine on July 12-14, 2023. Click here for more information about the ALWD Conference.
Hat tip to Kim Peterson.
Wednesday, June 21, 2023
Nominations are open for the 2023 Global Legal Skills Awards, which will be presented on August 1, 2023 at the next GLS Conference in Nottingham, England.
To nominate an individual, institution, or organization for one of the categories below, please send an email to [email protected] by July 15, 2023. There is no particular format required for the nomination. Nominees not selected for 2023 will be carried over to the 2024 GLS Conference.
We invite nominations for the GLS Awards in the following categories:
- Individuals: This category recognizes individuals around the world who have made significant contributions to the promotion and improvement of global legal skills.
- Scholarship and Book Awards: This category recognizes exceptional books and articles that advance the teaching of global legal skills, including new casebooks and texts for lawyers and law students.
- Law Firms, Professional Organizations, and Other Institutions: This category recognizes companies, professional associations, law firms, and other organizations around the world that give special support for global legal skills
- Law Schools: This category recognizes law schools around the world that give special attention to and support for global legal skills.
Mark E. Wojcik
Tuesday, June 13, 2023
Here's a reminder that the Association of Legal Writing Directors will hold its 2023 Biennial Conference at the University of California-Irvine on July 12-14, 2023. Click here for more information about the ALWD Conference.
Hat tip to Kim Peterson.