Thursday, February 14, 2019

Librarian of Congress Names New Chief Copyright Royalty Judge and Interim Copyright Royalty Judge

 

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced her selection of Judge Jesse Feder as the new chief copyright royalty judge and head of the Copyright Royalty Board. Feder will be replacing Chief Judge Suzanne Barnett who, having served in the position since 2012, will retire from federal service effective February 16.

"I am pleased to appoint Judge Feder to this important position,” Hayden said. “We are grateful for the expertise, insight and institutional knowledge that he brings from his years of service on the Copyright Royalty Board and in other posts at the Library of Congress and in the private sector. I also thank outgoing Chief Judge Suzanne Barnett for her dedication and able service over the last 7 years.”

Feder currently serves as a judge on the Copyright Royalty Board. A published author, he has more than 25 years of experience in copyright and intellectual property law, including as Director of International Trade and Intellectual Property for the Business Software Alliance, Acting Associate Register in the U.S. Copyright Office; and Legal Adviser in the Office of the General Counsel for the Library of Congress.

Feder received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and his law degree from Columbia University School of Law, where he served as Managing Editor of the Columbia Law Review. He has also served as an adjunct professor of law at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan and John Marshall Law School in Illinois.

To fill the vacancy left by Feder’s appointment, the Librarian of Congress has appointed Richard C. Strasser interim copyright royalty judge on the Copyright Royalty Board. Strasser will serve for a period of six months, or until the Librarian fills the position permanently. The Library will be posting the position of Copyright Royalty judge within the next few weeks.

Strasser has been senior staff attorney on the Copyright Royalty Board since its inception in 2007 and previously served as an interim copyright royalty judge in 2012. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in rhetoric, and an M.B.A. His graduate coursework included microeconomics, macroeconomics and finance. Strasser obtained a law degree from the University of Virginia in 1989 where he served as an editor of the Virginia Law Review.

Strasser has broad experience in economics and finance, including several years at the Securities and Exchange Commission. At the SEC, he served for a period as Attorney Fellow, focusing on market structure and derivatives. He has published articles dealing with economic and financial analysis.

“I extend my gratitude to Judge Strasser for being willing once again to serve in this important role.” Hayden said. “His service will enable the Board to continue its important work uninterrupted while we recruit a permanent replacement.”

Feder and Strasser serve on the Copyright Royalty Board alongside Judge David Strickler. The three copyright royalty judges are charged by statute with facilitating efficiency of transactions required by law between copyright holders and distributors (www.loc.gov/crb). The judges conduct proceedings between parties when the parties are unable to reach agreement on royalty terms, and facilitate distribution of royalties in concert with the U.S. Copyright Office.

(Adapted from a press release from the Library of Congress)

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The Legal Writing Journal Invites Essays, Articles, and Book Reviews

The Editorial Board of The Legal Writing Journal, invites essays, articles, and book reviews for publication consideration. Volume 23 will be publishing this spring, so they are currently seeking submissions for Volume 24 to be published in spring 2020.

 

The Journal aims to provide a forum for the publication of essays, articles, and book reviews about the theory, substance, and pedagogy of legal writing. Additional information about the Journal may be found on its website. You may email your submission through the website (info@legalwritingjournal.org), or via Express.

 

Hat tip to Prof. Lindsey P. Gustafson at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law

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Last Call for Nominating Books for the Scribes Book Award

Since 1961, Scribes--The American Society of Legal Writers--has presented an annual award for the best work of legal scholarship published during the previous year. The Scribes Book-Award Committee receives between 30 and 40 nominees each year. The Scribes Book Award is presented at a CLE program held in conjunction with the Scribes' annual meeting, which this year will be held in Washington, D.C. on Friday, April 12, 2019.

International law experts may remember that the 2018 winner of the Scribes Book Award was The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World by Oona A. Hathaway and Scott J. Shapiro. Honorable mentions went to The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein, and to Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice by Roberta Walburn.

Nominations for the 2019 Scribes Book Award will be accepted until February 15, 2019. To nominate a book for this year's book award, all a publisher needs to do is send a copy to each of our book award committee members.  For more information, please contact the Executive Director of Scribes, Philip Johnson, at scribesleglwriters@gmail.com.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Save the Date: 2019 ALWD Conference in Boston

Here's a reminder that the 2019 Biennial Conference of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) will be held May 29-31, 2019 at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. The theme of the conference will be "Time for Transformative Leadership: Teaching and Learning."
 
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Santa Clara is Hiring

Santa Clara University School of Law is hiring both full-time and adjunct faculty for its Office of Academic and Bar Success, and for the Legal Writing Department. The position advertised may lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years.

The professor hired will not be permitted to vote in faculty meetings, although the issue of voting for renewable term faculty is under discussion and set for a vote this spring semester.

The law school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary of $90,000 to $119,999.  (A base salary does not include stipends for coaching moot court teams, teaching other courses, or teaching in summer school; a base salary does not include conference travel or other professional development funds.) Renewable term faculty members are entitled to a $3,000 faculty support budget.  Other teaching and coaching opportunities are available for additional stipends.

The number of students enrolled in each semester will be 30 or fewer for the legal writing course. The number of students taught overall will depend on teaching assignments other than the first-year legal writing course.

Hat tip to Associate Dean Michael W. Flynn at Santa Clara University School of Law

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Monday, February 11, 2019

John Marshall Chicago is Hiring Podium Visitors

The John Marshall Law School in Chicago seeks two or more experienced faculty members to serve as full-time visiting professors for the 2019-2020 academic year (one or both semesters). We need coverage in the areas of Civil Procedure, Corporations, Employee Benefits, Estates & Trusts, Income Taxation, Legal Research and Writing, and Property. Candidates must have law school teaching experience. It is contemplated that the successful candidates will be current full-time faculty members at ABA-approved law schools, although others with extraordinary credentials may be considered.

 

To apply, submit a current CV, cover letter, and three professional references to Associate Dean David Sorkin at 7sorkin@jmls.edu. The Committee will begin reviewing applications as they are received and will continue on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. We may conduct an interview via Skype or a similar platform or in person, and may request submission of teaching evaluations or other materials.

 

The John Marshall Law School is committed to diversity, access, and opportunity. Subject to the approval of our accreditors, JMLS is in the process of being acquired by the University of Illinois at Chicago, with an anticipated closing date in August 2019. For more information, visit www.jmls.edu and jmls.uic.edu.

 

The John Marshall Law School, finding any invidious discrimination inconsistent with the mission of free academic inquiry, does not discriminate in admission, services, or employment on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic characteristics, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

February 11, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Hal Lloyd Promoted to Full Professor at Wake Forest

Hal Lloyd Wake ForestThe faculty of Wake Forest University School of Law has voted to promote Hal Lloyd to Professor of Law. He is the first legal writing faculty member to apply for full tenure under the school's new unitary tenure standard.

Professor Lloyd graduated with High Honors from Duke University School of Law and magna cum laude from Davidson College, where he majored in philosophy. He was Vice President and General Counsel of The Fresh Market, Inc. for approximately ten years. Before that, he was a partner with the firm of Tuggle, Duggins & Meschan, P.A. where he had a general commercial practice. That practice included representing clients in commercial contracts, commercial leasing, commercial lending, intellectual property, and commercial bankruptcy law. Professor Lloyd has served as a co-editor-in-chief of The Second Draft, and has also served as the Ethics Chair for the Corporate Counsel Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Professor Lloyd's legal interests include law and language, semiotics of law, rhetoric, interpretation theory, commercial transactions and drafting, and legal education theory and reform. He also enjoys genealogy, verse composition (some of which has been set to music), and the art of translation. His translations include the complete epigrams of Palladas and various French works including Racine's Phedre and Moliere's Tartuffe.

Hat tip to Laura Graham.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

UALR Honors Lyn Entrikin and Lindsey Gustafson

Two legal writing faculty members members are being recognized by the University of Arkansas Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law.

 

J. Lyn Entrikin received a Faculty Award for Excellence in Research or Creative Endeavors.

 

J Lyn EntrikinJ. Lyn Entrikin is the Charles Baum Distinguished Professor of Law at UALR. Her award recognizes individuals whose research or creative endeavors have been particularly successful and recognized locally, regionally, and nationally. The results of these efforts should have contributed to the expansion of knowledge and the quality of life, or encouraged additional research.

Beginning in 2003, Professor Entrikin taught legal research and writing, legal drafting, and legislation at her alma mater, Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas. She was the Director of Washburn’s Legal Writing Program from 2004-08 and was granted tenure in 2010. She recently completed two three-year terms on the Board of Directors of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD), serving as President in 2011-12. She remains an active member of ALWD, currently serving as co-chair of the Association’s Task Force on the ABA accreditation standards and as a member of various other committees. She is a member of the Executive Board of the Section on Balance in Legal Education of the Association of American Law Schools.

Professor Entrikin’s scholarship interests focus on public policy and the interrelationships among the three branches of government. She has published articles on judicial rulemaking, administrative law, state and local tax, statutory interpretation, and privacy law. She is presently co-authoring a legal drafting textbook focusing on rule-based public and private law.

 

Lindsey P. Gustafson Received Her Third Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.

 

Lindsey Gustafson UALRThe award received by Professor Gustafson recognizes superior classroom teachers – individuals whose command of their respective disciplines, teaching methodologies, communications skills, concern for student performance, and commitment to the learning process exemplify the teacher/mentor model. The award is designed to distinguish teachers who maintain high expectations of their students and who ensure academic rigor in their courses. This year marks (by our count) the third time that she's received this award.

 

Professor Gustafson is an Associate Professor of Law and has been a member of the faculty since 1998. Since joining the faculty, she has worked extensively on improving student scholarship and supporting faculty-edited, peer-reviewed journals. She was hired as the founding Executive Editor of The Journal of Appellate Practice and Process, and still serves on its editorial board. She is also a Managing Editor for The Journal of Legal Writing Institute and a Co-Editor of The Law Teacher, published by the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning. She has published articles on improving student scholarship and on the impact of technology on student writing, and has created three new classes to train students in writing and editing legal scholarship. She has also frequently presented at both regional and national legal writing conferences on effective teaching methods. Professor Gustafson has been nominated four times for the Bowen School of Law Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, and has previously won the award twice, in 2004 and 2014. Prior to joining the law school, she clerked and then served as staff attorney for several Utah trial court judges. Professor Gustafson is a graduate of the J. Reuben Clark School of Law, Brigham Young University, where she was the Executive Editor of the Brigham Young University Law Review and elected to the Order of the Coif.

 

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Dawn Anderson Wins Award for Teaching Excellence at the University of Iowa

Dawn Barker Anderson, Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing & Research at the University of Iowa, has been awarded the President and Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence, the highest teaching award at the University of Iowa.

Professor Anderson graduated with highest honors from the University of Northern Iowa in 1992, and with high distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1995. She practiced law at Meardon, Sueppel & Downer P.L.C.in Iowa City for five years, concentrating her practice on corporate and distribution law. She then went to work as the first in-house lawyer for ACT, where she worked for six years. She joined the University of Iowa College of Law in 2005 when she started teaching Legal Analysis, Writing and served as Associate Director of the Writing Resource Center. She then joined the Faculty of the University of Iowa in 2009 as an Assistant Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research.

Congratulations on this important recognition.

Hat tip to Caroline Sheerin.

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Save the Date: Burton Awards 2019

The 20th Annual Burton Awards will be held in Washington, D.C., on Monday, May 20, 2019.

Burton Awards event begins: Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress 4:00p.m. prompt
Cocktail Reception: Great Hall of the Library of Congress, 6:00 p.m.
Gala/Dinner: Great Hall, Atrium Level, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m​.

Event Venue: Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium and Great Hall.
City/State/Zip: 10 First Street, S.E., Washington, D.C.

The awards program recognizes major achievements in the law, ranging from literary awards to the greatest reform in law. The awards are selected by professors from Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, UC Berkeley School of Law, Stanford Law School, and Columbia Law School, among others. The members of the Honorary Board of Directors are Chief Judge Richard Posner (retired), Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals; U.S. Senator John Cornyn; U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.; U.S. Senator Mike Crapo; U.S. Senator Michael F. Bennet; California Supreme Court Justice Carol Corrigan of California; Yabo Lin, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP; Jane Sullivan Roberts, Partner, Major, Lindsey & Africa; Lisa Rickard, President, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform; Thomas L. Sager, Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP; Les Parrette, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Compliance Officer, Novelis Inc.; James M. Rishwain, Jr., Chairman Emeritus, Pillsbury Winthrop LLP; Betty Whelchel, Head of Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs, BNP Paribis SA; Stephen R. Mysliwiec, Partner, DLA Piper LLP (US); Leslie T. Thornton, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas; and Linda Klein, Immediate Past President, American Bar Association.

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Reminder: Nominations for the LWI Phelps Award Due By March 31, 2018

LEGAL WRITING INSTITUTE: CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Teresa Godwin Phelps Scholarship Award for Works Published in 2018

 

This award honors and draws attention to individual works of outstanding scholarship specific to the legal writing discipline that are published in a given calendar year. The award is meant to set aspirational standards for others who produce scholarship in the field.The award is not meant to honor instructional materials, such as textbooks.

In making an award, the selection committee and the LWI Board will focus solely on whether an individual work is specific to the discipline of legal writing and on whether it makes an outstanding contribution to scholarship in the discipline. Neither the selection committee nor the Board will consider the author’s long-term contributions to the field or contributions in service, program design, teaching, or improving status for the legal writing field. 

The selection committee may recommend, and the Board may give, more than one award for any given year.

 

Eligible works

To be eligible for this year’s award, an article or book must have been published in its final form in 2018 and must be nominated through the process described below. Textbooks and similar instructional materials are not eligible.

The publication year assigned by the publisher determines eligibility, regardless of whether the work is actually available in that year. However, if the final form of the work is not actually available to the public in the year of its official publication date, and if, as a result, the selection committee lacks time to consider the work before making the award(s) for that year, the selection committee may evaluate the work for an award in the following year, despite the official publication year.

Examples:  

1. A draft of an article is posted on SSRN in October 2017 and the final form of the article is published in print by a law review. The law review’s issue is dated February 2018. The article is eligible for consideration for an award for works published in 2018.  

2.  A law review has a “Fall 2018” issue, but the law review is running behind and does not actually publish that issue, either in print or online, until March 2019. In this instance, the article is eligible for either an award for works published in 2018 or an award for works published in 2019, but not both. If time permits, the selection committee will consider the article for an award for 2018 publications. If time does not so permit, the committee will roll it over and consider it next year for an award for 2019 publications, despite its official publication date.

 

Eligible authors

Any person, except a member of the current selection committee, is eligible to win the award. The author’s faculty status, level of experience, or area(s) of teaching will not be considered. Members of the current selection committee are Mary Beth Beazley, Sha-Shana Crichton, Linda Edwards, Lisa Eichhorn, Elizabeth Fajans, and Lucy Jewel.

 

 

Nomination Deadline and Process 

 

For works published in 2018, the nomination deadline is March 31, 2019.  Please email nominations to eichhorn@law.sc.edu.

 

Nominations must be in writing, must briefly summarize the reasons for the nomination, must provide a copy of or link to the nominated work, and must be received by the deadline above. The selection committee will not accept nominations by the author of the nominated workor by any member of the selection committee.

 

The LWI Board plans to announce the Phelps Award winner(s) by July 2018.

 

Questions?  Please contact Lisa Eichhorn, chair of the selection committee, at eichhorn@law.sc.edu.

 

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Don't Neglect Your Writerly Voice

We fully endorse a tip found in this week's issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education in a short piece called "How Not to Neglect Your Writerly Voice." Jan. 25, 2019 at A3.

The article laments that academia "spends little time training most people who will spend much of their time teaching."

The article notes that "[t]eaching and publishing are the two most important parts of many professors' jobs" and that in an ideal world, "they should feed each other."

Teachers need to develop their own voice in a way that serves themselves and their students. "One of your jobs, as a writer, is to write like the best, smartest version of yourself."

We agree.

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January 25, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Best Job Posting of the Week

The Wine and Viticulture Department, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo is seeking a full-time, academic year, tenure track Assistant/Associate/Full professor in Wine Marketing Strategy to start September 12, 2019. Click here for details.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

ALWD Conference in Boston May 29-31, 2019

The 2019 Association of Legal Writing Directors' Biennial Conference: A Time for Transformative Leadership: Teaching and Learning will take place May 29-31, 2019 at Suffolk University Law School in Boston.

 

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Paulette Brown, Senior Partner and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Locke Lord; past President of the American Bar Association
  • Marcilynn A. Burke, Dean and Dave Frohnmayer Chair in Leadership and Law, University Of Oregon School of Law
  •  Audrey J. Lee, Executive Director, Boston Law Collaborative Institute; Senior Mediator, Boston Law Collaborative
  • Carla D. Pratt, Dean and Professor of Law, Washburn Law School

The conference will begin at noon on May 29, and presentations will begin at 2 p.m. that day. The conference will end at 5 p.m. on May 31. Hotel and registration information will be available in February, along with details of the full program.

 

Hat tips to ALWD and its Conference Committees Members: 

 

Invited Speakers Subcommittee

  • Olympia Duhart (Nova), Chair
  • Cynthia Adams (Indiana University McKinney)
  • Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff (Concordia)
  • Tiffany Jeffers (Penn State)
  • Lucy Jewel (Tennessee)

 

25/50 Min. Presentations Subcommittee

  • Liz Frost (Oregon), Chair
  • Chelsi Hayden (Nebraska)
  • Samantha Moppett (Suffolk)
  • Sarah Morath (Houston)

 

Media Presentations Subcommittee

  • Lindsey Gustafson (Arkansas Little Rock), Chair
  • Deirdre Bowen (Seattle)
  • Robin Boyle Laisure (St. John's)

  

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January 21, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Kirsten Davis Named Interim Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at Stetson

Dr. Kirsten K. Davis, Director of the Stetson Law School's Institute for the Advancement of Legal Communication, has been appointed the Interim Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at Stetson University College of Law.

She received her law degree from The Ohio State University College of Law, where she was a member of the Ohio State Law Journal and chief justice of the Moot Court Governing Board. She clerked for a federal judge in the Northern District of West Virginia. She later practiced in the areas of litigation, employment and taxation. Dr. Davis began her legal teaching career at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

She holds a Ph.D. in Human Communication from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. She has served on the board of directors of the Association of Legal Writing Directors and is a past chair for the Association of American Law Schools' Section on Women in Legal Education. She is currently Vice Chair of the Florida Bar’s Standing Commission on Professionalism and is on the Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute.

Hat tip to Jason Palmer.

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January 19, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Nominations Open Until February 15 for the 2019 Scribes Book Award

Since 1961, Scribes--The American Society of Legal Writers--has presented an annual award for the best work of legal scholarship published during the previous year. The Scribes Book-Award Committee receives between 30 and 40 nominees each year. The Scribes Book Award is presented at a CLE program held in conjunction with the Scribes' annual meeting, which this year will be held in Washington, D.C. on Friday, April 12, 2019.

The 2018 winner was The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World by Oona A. Hathaway and Scott J. Shapiro. Honorable mentions went to The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein, and to Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice by Roberta Walburn.

Nominations for the 2019 Scribes Book Award will be accepted until February 15, 2019. To nominate a book for this year's book award, all a publisher needs to do is send a copy to each of our book award committee members.  For more information, please contact Executive Director Philip Johnson at scribesleglwriters@gmail.com.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Lahav Wins 2019 Civil Justice Scholarship Award

The Pound Civil Justice Institute have given the Institute’s 2019 Civil Justice Scholarship Award to Professor Alexandra Lahav of the University of Connecticut School of Law in recognition of her book, In Praise of Litigation (Oxford University Press, 2017).

Lahav is the Ellen Ash Peters Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law. She teaches civil procedure, torts, complex litigation, professional responsibility, and related subjects. In her winning work, In Praise of Litigation, Lahav argues that lawsuits are good for society and are needed in a healthy democracy. She finds that most critiques of “litigiousness” in America today are based not on facts, but on anecdotes, and that most “tort reform” proposals will make it harder for citizens to fight for their rights. In other recent work on the civil justice system, Professor Lahav has studied the changing win-rate patterns in federal courts, the effects of incentives on judicial decision-making, and the optimal design of procedural systems. She has also studied the role of litigation tactics in changing the law in the antebellum period of American history.  Read more about Lahav's book here.

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January 16, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Legal Writing Seminar in DC

Rick Horowitz will be giving a legal writing seminar in Washington D.C. on January 25, 2019. The course is limited to 30 registrants. Contact the DC Bar CLE Office at 202-626-3488 for more information about the program.

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Nominations for the LWI Phelps Award Due By March 31, 2018

LEGAL WRITING INSTITUTE: CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Teresa Godwin Phelps Scholarship Award for Works Published in 2018

 

This award honors and draws attention to individual works of outstanding scholarship specific to the legal writing discipline that are published in a given calendar year. The award is meant to set aspirational standards for others who produce scholarship in the field.The award is not meant to honor instructional materials, such as textbooks.

In making an award, the selection committee and the LWI Board will focus solely on whether an individual work is specific to the discipline of legal writing and on whether it makes an outstanding contribution to scholarship in the discipline. Neither the selection committee nor the Board will consider the author’s long-term contributions to the field or contributions in service, program design, teaching, or improving status for the legal writing field. 

The selection committee may recommend, and the Board may give, more than one award for any given year.

 

Eligible works

To be eligible for this year’s award, an article or book must have been published in its final form in 2018 and must be nominated through the process described below. Textbooks and similar instructional materials are not eligible.

The publication year assigned by the publisher determines eligibility, regardless of whether the work is actually available in that year. However, if the final form of the work is not actually available to the public in the year of its official publication date, and if, as a result, the selection committee lacks time to consider the work before making the award(s) for that year, the selection committee may evaluate the work for an award in the following year, despite the official publication year.

Examples:  

1. A draft of an article is posted on SSRN in October 2017 and the final form of the article is published in print by a law review. The law review’s issue is dated February 2018. The article is eligible for consideration for an award for works published in 2018.  

2.  A law review has a “Fall 2018” issue, but the law review is running behind and does not actually publish that issue, either in print or online, until March 2019. In this instance, the article is eligible for either an award for works published in 2018 or an award for works published in 2019, but not both. If time permits, the selection committee will consider the article for an award for 2018 publications. If time does not so permit, the committee will roll it over and consider it next year for an award for 2019 publications, despite its official publication date.

 

Eligible authors

Any person, except a member of the current selection committee, is eligible to win the award. The author’s faculty status, level of experience, or area(s) of teaching will not be considered. Members of the current selection committee are Mary Beth Beazley, Sha-Shana Crichton, Linda Edwards, Lisa Eichhorn, Elizabeth Fajans, and Lucy Jewel.

 

 

Nomination Deadline and Process 

 

For works published in 2018, the nomination deadline is March 31, 2019.  Please email nominations to eichhorn@law.sc.edu.

 

Nominations must be in writing, must briefly summarize the reasons for the nomination, must provide a copy of or link to the nominated work, and must be received by the deadline above. The selection committee will not accept nominations by the author of the nominated workor by any member of the selection committee.

 

The LWI Board plans to announce the Phelps Award winner(s) by July 2018.

 

Questions?  Please contact Lisa Eichhorn, chair of the selection committee, at eichhorn@law.sc.edu.

 

January 14, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Photos and Materials from a One-Day Workshop at Oregon

The Legal Writing Institute (LWI) holds One-Day Workshops in various locations across the country. Most of these are held in late November or early December, and usually the only beneficiaries are those who are able to attend.

No longer.

The University of Oregon School of Law has uploaded photographs and materials from its One-Day Workshop held on November 30, 2018. The materials include PowerPoint Presentations, Handouts, and Notes from various sessions. Click here to have a look, and thank you Oregon!

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