Tuesday, October 8, 2019

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

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

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


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Friday, October 4, 2019

The First Monday in October

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

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

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

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


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Saturday, September 14, 2019

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

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

Hat tip to Tammy Pettinato Oltz



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

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

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

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



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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

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

The University of Illinois at Chicago is looking for an Executive Director of a new university Center for Teaching Excellence that will support all members of the UIC community who have a teaching role, including faculty and teaching assistants at the undergraduate, graduate and professional level. The Executive Director, along with a permanent staff, will build a highly interactive Center that utilizes current university expertise coupled with a vision for how best to support faculty and increase student success. Reporting to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs through the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, the Executive Director will work with faculty and other instructors at UIC, to help them improve all aspects of their teaching, including assessment, diversity, and social emotional learning. The Executive Director will leverage the ongoing work of the Student Success Initiative, the Office of Diversity, the Learning Sciences Research Institute, Language and Culture Learning Center, ACCC Instructional Designers and other programs at UIC to support UIC’s teaching mission. For fullest consideration, candidates should complete an electronic application, including a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for a minimum of three references by Monday, October 7, 2019. For more information please visit the search webpage at https://adminsearches.uic.edu/edcte/. Please direct nominations and questions or concerns regarding the search and application process to Faizan Abid, Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, at fabid2@uic.edu. (mew)

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Events at the Library of Congress Kluge Center


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, Nov. 21, noon
John W. Kluge Center (Room 119) 
100 Years of Women Voting
Christina Wolbrecht, co-author of the 2016 book “Counting Women's Ballots: Female Voters from Suffrage through the New Deal,” join Jane Junn, of the University of Southern California and Assistant Deputy Librarian Colleen Shogan for a discussion of 100 years of women voting, in connection with the Library’s exhibition “Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote.” For event details, visit this event-ticketing website womenvoting100.eventbrite.com.

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

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States — and extensive materials from around the world — both on-site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at loc.gov; access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at congress.gov; and register creative works of authorship at copyright.gov.

(Library of Congress Press Release)

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Five Tips for First-Year Law Students

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

Here's the video:


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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

FIU is Hiring

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

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

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

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

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

Questions about the position can be directed to search committee co-Chairs, Scott Norberg (norberg@fiu.edu) and Jan OseiTutu(joseitut@fiu.edu).


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Emory is Hiring

Emory Law School invites applications for a full-time position in the non-tenure Professor of Practice track.  The successful candidate will serve as Externship Director, Co-Director of the Professionalism Program and Director of Adjunct Communications.  To view the full job description and apply, click here.  Inquiries may be directed to chair of the contract faculty appointments committee, Randee Waldman, at rwaldm2@emory.edu.

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


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Jessup 2020 Team Registration Now Open

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


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


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Sunday, September 1, 2019

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

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

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

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

In 2019, the winners were Caitlin Messinger and Keriann Smith of the Florida State University College of Law in Tallahassee. Their award was presented in April during a Scribes CLE and Award Ceremony at the Law Library of Congress in Washington D.C. (The 2019 award ceremony also included the presentation of the Lifetime-Achievement Award to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, so it was quite a day for those students!) The second-place winners for 2019 were Cesar Escalante and Jonathan Peña of the South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas. Two schools tied for third place: Jacob Cunningham, Jessica Finley, and Sara Kuebel won from the Louisiana State University Paul M. Herbert Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Gabriella Gallego and Alyxandra N. Vernon won from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, California.

The authors of the 2020 Scribes Brief-Writing Award will be recognized at the Scribes National CLE and Award Program that will be held in Chicago on Friday, April 3, 2020 at the UIC John Marshall Law School. Normally the winning law school has paid the travel expenses of the winning authors to attend the ceremony.

To submit a brief that won a national or regional moot court competition during the 2018-19 academic year, email an electronic pdf of the winning brief to 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.

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

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Friday, August 30, 2019

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

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

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


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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Wake Forest is Hiring

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hat tip to Prof. Laura P. Graham


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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Congratulations, Dr. Dennis!

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

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

Hat tip to Sue LIemer.


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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

AALS LWRR Section Seeks New Scholars to Present at the AALS Annual Meeting in January

The AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research (“LWRR”) seeks participants in a “New Scholars Showcase” session during the 2020 AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. 

During this session, three newer scholars who teach legal writing and who have been selected through the competitive process described below, will present their work-in-progress or recently completed article. Each scholar will have approximately 10-12 minutes to present, and the remainder of the session will be spent on questions and comments from the audience. The LWRR Section is seeking participation from both newer scholars and more experienced legal-writing faculty.

A “new scholar” is:

(1) anyone who teaches legal writing and has been in the legal academy for seven years or fewer or anyone who teaches legal writing who within the last seven years has moved into a position or had their position converted to one that requires publication; and

(2) who has a work-in-progress, an article accepted for publication (but not yet published), or an article that has been published since January 1, 2019.

A new scholar who meets the above requirements can apply to present that work at the New Scholars Showcase. That scholarship can be on any topic, using any method, at any level of controversy, and suitable for publication in any scholarly journal.

Applications from newer scholars will be due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, August 30, 2019. Please submit your application by email to Tim Duff, Program Committee Co-Chair, timothy.duff@case.edu. Please include “New Scholars Showcase” in your subject line. Each application should include the following information: (1) the author’s name, school affiliation, and years teaching in the legal academy (and, if applicable, years in position that requires publication); (2) an abstract of the article; (3) the current draft of the article; and (4) an indication of your interest in being matched up with a scholarly mentor. Please use Microsoft Word or the equivalent, but do not use PDF. By submitting an application, you are agreeing that you will appear at AALS in person to present your work. 

The AALS-LWRR Program Committee will then remove the identifying information from each application, review the applications, and select three applicants to present at the New Scholars Showcase session at AALS.  All applicants who indicate an interest will be paired with a mentor, and we anticipate publicizing the other applicants’ scholarship through the session as well to help provide additional opportunities for mentorship and feedback. Applicants are asked to self-anonymize their articles to the extent possible.

More Experienced Legal Writing Faculty Participants

We are also seeking experienced legal-writing faculty to serve as mentors for the applicants. If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please email Tim Duff, Program Committee Co-Chair, timothy.duff@case.edu, to indicate your interest by Friday, August 30, 2019. Please include “New Scholars Showcase Mentor” in your subject line. We will contact you once we have received the applications to begin the process of matching applicants with mentors.

Program Committee

  • Shailini George (Suffolk) Co-Chair
  • Tim Duff (Case Western) Co-Chair
  • Mary Garvey Algero (Loyola - New Orleans)
  • Susie Salmon (Arizona)
  • Dyane O'Leary (Suffolk)
  • Abby Patthoff (Chapman)
  • Candace Centeno (Villinova)
  • Therese Clarke Arado (Northern Illinois)
  • Cara Cunningham Warren (Detroit Mercy)
  • Alyssa Dragnich (Arizona State)
  • Scott Fraley (Baylor) EC Liaison



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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Golden Gate is Hiring

GGU LawGolden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco is looking for an Associate Director of Bar Performance & Assessment and an Associate Director of Academic Achievement – both are full-time, staff positions. At GGU, academic support (managed by Reichi Lee) and bar services (managed by Rana Boujaoude) are separate programs that work closely together.



Hat tip to Fiona L. McKenna


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Duke is Hiring for July 2020

Duke Law SchoolDuke Law School invites applications for a full-time instructor to teach in its JD writing program beginning July 1, 2020. The candidate hired will teach one section of Duke’s required, first-year course, Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing, and one upper-level writing seminar.  

LARW is a graded, two-semester, four-credit course. LARW sections have no more than 30 students (in recent years the norm has been 26-28). Upper-level writing seminars have generally been two-credit, simulation-based courses offering significant practical experience. Their enrollment is capped at 14.  Candidates are encouraged to think creatively in designing an upper-level seminar of their own.

Candidates must have superior academic records and at least four years of experience in practice (which may include clerking). Teaching experience is also preferred and candidates with significant transactional practice experience are especially encouraged to apply.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a list of at least three references by October 1, 2019 through the following link: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/14288.

Address applications to Jeremy Mullem, Director of Legal Writing. Questions about the position may be directed to Jeremy Mullem at mullem@law.duke.edu.

Duke is committed to encouraging and sustaining work and learning environments that are free from harassment and prohibited discrimination. Duke prohibits discrimination and harassment in the administration of both its employment and educational policies. Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.  Duke also makes good faith efforts to recruit, hire, and promote qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

The position may lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years. The professor hired will NOT be allowed to vote in faculty meetings.  The anticipated salary is $70,000 - $79,999.

The professor will teach Legal Analysis, Research and Writing, a year-long, four-credit course, to no more than 30 students.  In addition, the professor will teach one upper-level, writing-focused seminar (likely in the spring of the professor’s first year at Duke).  Upper-level writing seminars have generally been two-credit, simulation-based courses offering significant practical experience.

Hat tip to Jeremy Mullem.


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Saturday, August 17, 2019

San Francisco is Hiring

The University of San Francisco School of Law has an opening for an Assistant Director of its Academic and Bar Exam Success Program for the 2019-2020 academic year.  Contact Director Jonathan Chu at jchu@usfca.edu or Associate Dean Tristin Green at tgreen4@usfca.edu for more information.


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Friday, August 16, 2019

North Dakota is Hiring

UND Law SchoolThe University of North Dakota School of Law invites applications for one or more tenure-track positions, to commence August 2020. The selected candidates will likely teach one section of Lawyering Skills (3 credits in the Fall and 2 credits in the Spring) and one upper-level course each semester. The upper-level course package will be determined in consultation with the Dean, taking into account the School of Law’s curricular needs and the candidate’s expertise, experience, and expressed teaching preferences. Please contact Denitsa Mavrova Heinrich at denitsa.mavrovaheinr@law.und.edu or Julia Ernst, Chair of the Faculty Selection Committee, at julia.ernst@und.edu with any questions.


Hat tip to Denitsa Mavrova Heinrich.


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UIC John Marshall Law School

The John Marshall Law School of Chicago merged yesterday with the University of Illinois at Chicago. The new name of the institution is UIC John Marshall Law School. The institution is the first (and obviously only) public law school in Chicago.

And although the law school itself did not move, the law school updated its address from 315 S. Plymouth Court to 300 S. State Street. The city and zip code remain the same: Chicago, IL 60604


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