Saturday, December 4, 2021

LWI One-Day Workshops: Oregon

Each year, the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) organizes One-Day Legal Writing Workshops hosted at law schools across the country. These workshops have given legal writing professors an opportunity to attend smaller conferences on selected themes. Over the years, hundreds of legal writing professors have been presenters at these workshops.

This year the LWI is hosting seven One-Day Workshops.

The theme of the workshop held yesterday at the University of Oregon School of Law was "(Not) Just Visiting: Navigating Early Careers in Legal Writing."

Speakers at the Oregon workshop included:

  • Mary N. Bowman (Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law)
  • Marcilynn Burke (Oregon)
  • Alexa Chew (University of North Carolina School of Law)
  • Tom Cobb (Mitchell Hamline School of Law)
  • Ericka Curran (Dayton)
  • Ebony Davenport (Dayton)
  • Denielle J. Lewis (NKU Chase College of Law)
  • Anne Mullins (Stetson)
  • Latisha Nixon-Jones (Mercer University School of Law)
  • Amanda Peters (South Texas College of Law)
  • Katrina Robinson (Oregon)
  • Ezra Ross (University of California Irvine School of Law)
  • Suzanne Rowe (Oregon)
  • Emily Wright (Oregon)

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December 4, 2021 | Permalink | Comments (0)

LWI One-Day Workshops: Stetson

Each year, the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) organizes One-Day Legal Writing Workshops hosted at law schools across the country. These workshops have given legal writing professors an opportunity to attend smaller conferences on selected themes. Over the years, hundreds of legal writing professors have been presenters at these workshops.

This year the LWI is hosting seven One-Day Workshops.

The theme of the workshop held yesterday at the Stetson University College of Law was "Looking Forward: Strategies for Assessment that Ensure Equity, Measure Learning, and Prepare Students for the Demands of Practice."

Speakers at the Stetson conference included:

  • Michele Alexandre (Stetson)
  • Cindy Thomas Archer (University of California Irvine School of Law)
  • Elizabeth E. Berenguer (Stetson)
  • Natalie V. Blinkova (The George Washington University Law School)
  • Catherine Cameron (Stetson)
  • Ashley Chase (Stetson)
  • Sha-Shana Crichten (Howard University School of Law)
  • Jane E. Cross (Nova Southeastern University Sheperd Broad College of Law)
  • Catherine DuBois (Brooklyn)
  • Brooke Ellinwood McDonough (The George Washington University Law School)
  • Rachel T. Goldberg (Cornell Law School)
  • Jazzirelle Hill (Loyola Los Angeles)
  • Lucille A. Jewel (University of Tennessee College of Law)
  • Carmen B. Johnson (Stetson)
  • Brian N. Larson (Texas A&M University School of Law)
  • Lance Long (Stetson)
  • Teri A. McMurtry-Chubb (University of Illinois Chicago School of Law)
  • Alissa Rubin Gomez (University of Houston Law Center)
  • Wendy Shea (Mitchell Hamline School of Law)
  • Sandra L. Simpson (Gonzaga University School of Law)B
  • Alison Stites (University of Wisconsin Law School)
  • Erica Stohl (Mitchell Hamline School of Law)
  • Irene Ten Cate (Brooklyn)
  • Melissa H. Weresh (Drake University Law School)
  • Michelle Zakarin (Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center)

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December 4, 2021 | Permalink | Comments (0)

LWI One-Day Workshops: Brandeis

Each year, the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) organizes One-Day Legal Writing Workshops hosted at law schools across the country. These workshops have given legal writing professors an opportunity to attend smaller conferences on selected themes. Over the years, hundreds of legal writing professors have been presenters at these workshops.

This year the LWI is hosting seven One-Day Workshops.

The theme of the workshop held yesterday at the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law was "This is Who We Are: Teaching Professional Identity, Diversity, and Cultural Competency."

The speakers at the Brandeis conference included:

  • Marni Goldstein Caputo (Boston University School of Law)
  • Shavonnie Carthens (University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law)
  • Daniel Craine (Dayton)
  • Catherine DuBois (Brooklyn)
  • Adam Eckart (Suffolk)
  • Amanda Elyse (Seattle)
  • Michael Fahy (OSU)
  • Margaret Hahn-DuPont (Northeastern)
  • Joy Kanwar (Brooklyn)
  • Katherine Silver Kelly (OSU)
  • Katherine C. Kim (Loyola Law School Los Angeles)
  • Delores Korb Mayer (Wayne State University Law School)
  • Kathy Luz (Boston University School of Law)
  • Jennifer Mitchell (George Washington University)
  • Sara Ochs (University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law)
  • Erika Nicole Pont (George Washington University)
  • JoAnne Sweeney (University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law)
  • Danielle Tully (Brooklyn)
  • Gigi Walker (Boston University School of Law)
  • Whitney Werich Heard (University of Houston Law Center)
  • Patricia Winograd (Loyola Law School Los Angeles)
  • Marcia Ziegler (University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law)

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LWI One-Day Workshops: UIC

Each year, usually in the first and second weeks of December, the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) organizes One-Day Legal Writing Workshops hosted at law schools across the country. These workshops have given legal writing professors an opportunity to attend smaller conferences on selected themes. Over the years, hundreds of legal writing professors have been presenters at these workshops.

This year the LWI is hosting seven One-Day Workshops.

The theme of the workshop being held today at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law is "Rethinking Leadership: An LRW Perspective on Institutional Hierarchies."

Presenters at the UIC workshop include:

  • Cindy Thomas Archer (University of California Irvine)
  • Janet Brown (Northwestern)
  • Cassie Christoper (Texas Tech)
  • Cassandra Hill (NIU)
  • Kim Holst (ASU Law)
  • Katrina Lee (OSU)
  • Sue Liemer (Elon)
  • Harold A. Lloyd (Wake Forest)
  • Danielle McCain (UIC Law)
  • Teri A. McMurtry-Chubb (UIC Law)
  • Mary-Beth Moylan (Pacific McGeorge)
  • Shakira D. Pleasant (UIC Law)
  • Kim D. Ricardo (UIC Law)
  • Craig T. Smith (UNC)
  • Julie M. Spanbauer (UIC Law) 
  • Melissa Weresh (Drake)
  • Mark E. Wojcik (UIC Law)

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Sunday, October 31, 2021

Mary Campbell Gallagher (1938-2021)

Mary Campbell GallagherWe are saddened by news that Dr. Mary Campbell Gallagher died last Monday after a year-long illness.

The company she founded, BarWrite and BarWrite Press in New York, was recognized in 2014 with a Global Legal Skills Award for the company's early and thoughtful recognition of the special bar exam preparation needs of lawyers and law students who spoke English as a second language. Dr. Campbell Gallagher was a regular attendee and presenter at Global Legal Skills Conferences around the world.

Outside of the bar preparation field, Dr. Campbell Gallagher was the Founder and President of the Save Paris / International Coalition for the Preservation of Paris. She was the editor of a forthcoming book called "Paris Without Skyscrapers."

Dr. Campbell Gallagher had received her B.A. from New York University, her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. We sometimes met at the Harvard Club in New York, where we would discuss legal English training programs and bar preparation for non-U.S.-trained lawyers.

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Friday, October 29, 2021

Louisiana State University is Hiring

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY, PAUL M. HEBERT LAW CENTER seeks to hire a full-time Assistant Professor of Professional Practice to teach legal analysis and writing. A successful candidate will teach the fundamentals of legal reasoning and writing by way of predictive and objective memoranda in the fall semester and advance those skills by teaching persuasive writing of an appellate brief and appellate oral advocacy in the spring semester. The legal writing faculty collaboratively develop the course materials that are used across the 1L curriculum. Applicants must have a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school, superior academic credentials, and should have at least two to three years of post-J.D. experience in a position or positions requiring substantial legal writing.

Applications should include a letter of application, resume, references, and teaching evaluations (if available) and should be submitted via LSU Workday at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU/job/0400-Hebert-Law-Center/Assistant-Professor-Professional-Practice_R00051045

Hat tip to Susan Tanner.

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Go West

Golden Gate University School of Law will host the online Western Regional Virtual Legal Writing Conference on Saturday, November 13.  You can register for the conference using this link. Registration is free, and the schedule seems comfortable with a single track of programming and breakout sessions.

The registration form asks if you'd be willing to join a Virtual Happy Hour before or after the conference (but it unfortunately doesn't allow you to pick both).

The Zoom link to the conference will be distributed on Friday, November 12, but only to those who register.

Hat tip to Fiona McKenna.

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Friday, October 22, 2021

Central States Legal Writing Conference

The 2021 Central States Legal Writing Conference begins this afternoon under the theme  "I Am Not a Robot: Teaching in the Digital Environment." The conference is hybrid, with some presenters online and others live at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

Speakers at the two-day conference include:

  • Emily Aleisa (Chicago-Kent College of Law)
  • David W. Austin (California Western School of Law)
  • Betsy Brand Six (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law)
  • Dustin B. Brown (University of Wisconsin Law School)
  • Thomas D. Cobb (Mitchell-Hamline School of Law)
  • Lurene Contento (Chicago-Kent College of Law)
  • Ericka Curran (University of Dayton School of Law)
  • Megan Davis (University of Houston Law Center)
  • Shelly DeAdder (North Carolina Central University School of Law)
  • Brad Desnoyer (Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law)
  • Kathleen Dillon Narko (Northwestern Pritzker School of Law)
  • Jim Dimitri (Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law)
  • Timothy J. Duff (Suffolk University Law School)
  • Amanda Elyse (Seattle University School of Law)
  • Deborah Enix-Ross (President-Elect, American Bar Association)
  • Douglas Wm. Godfrey (Chicago-Kent College of Law)
  • Emily Grant (Washburn University School of Law)
  • Kimberly Y.W. Holst (Arizona State University and President, Legal Writing Institute)
  • Joshua Aaron Jones (California Western School of Law)
  • Joy Kanwar (Brooklyn Law School)
  • Pamela Keller (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law)
  • Joseph Kimble (WMU Cooley Law School)
  • Jody Marcucci (DePaul University College of Law)
  • Jennifer Mitchell (The George Washington University Law School)
  • Mary Nagel (Chicago-Kent College of Law)
  • Martha Pagliari (DePaul University College of Law)
  • Shakira Pleasant (University of Illinois Chicago School of Law)
  • Judy Popper (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law)
  • Scott Rempell (South Texas College of Law)
  • Kim Ricardo (University of Illinois Chicago School of Law and Immediate Past President, Legal Writing Institute)
  • Joyce Rosenberg (University of Kansas School of Law)
  • Matthew A. Salerno (Case Western Reserve University School of Law)
  • Joel Schumm (Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law)
  • Danielle Shelton (Drake University Law School)
  • Meghan Sholy (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law)
  • Cecilia A. Silver (Yale Law School)
  • Sandra Simpson (Gonzaga University School of Law)
  • Meredith Stange (Northern Illinois University College of Law)
  • Allison Stites (University of Wisconsin Law School)
  • DeShayla M. Strachan (Mitchell-Hamline School of Law)
  • Wanda Temm (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law)
  • Shawn Watts (University of Kansas School of Law)
  • Melissa Weresh (Drake University Law School)
  • Mark E. Wojcik (The University of Illinois Chicago School of Law and Immediate Past President, Scribes--The American Society of Legal Writers)
  • Desmond Wu (University of Wisconsin Law School)

We wish everyone a successful conference.

Hat tip to UMKC.

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October 22, 2021 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Writing Law Firm Press Releases

From a Blog on Law Practice Tips, we recommend a short blog post by Michael Goldblatt on the topic of Writing Law Firm Press Releases.

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October 21, 2021 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, October 4, 2021

Nominations for Legal Writing Institute Awards

The Legal Writing Institute presents a number of awards each year. This year, there is a combined announcement for all of the LWI awards and a common deadline for nominations. 

The Golden Pen Award

LWI created the Golden Pen Award to recognize individuals or organizations for significantly advancing the cause of professional legal writing. Anyone who has made an extraordinary contribution to improving legal writing may be nominated for the Golden Pen. The contribution may take any form, such as promoting the use of clear language in public documents; engaging in outstanding scholarship or journalism about legal writing or in exceptional writing for law practice; improving the quality of legal writing instruction; or advocating for better writing within the legal community. The award is usually given to someone who is not an active LWI member, but an active member may be considered in exceptional circumstances. Find more information about the award here.

The Deborah Hecht Memorial Writing Award

The Deborah Hecht Memorial Writing Award honors the life of  Deborah Hecht. The award is given to the writing specialist who writes the best article for The Second Draft during a two-year period.  The award is presented during the LWI Biennial Conference. Find more information about the award here.

The Courage Award

Terri LeClercq created the Courage Award to honor “courage writ large” concerning legal writing. Through the award, LWI seeks to honor a member who has demonstrated courage by doing, despite fear, something that most people would not do. Find more information about the award here.

The Mary S. Lawrence Award

The Mary S. Lawrence Award recognizes an individual from the legal writing community for a combination of pioneering scholarship and innovative curriculum or program design. Find more information about the award here.

The Emerging Scholar Award

This new award (created in 2019) recognizes emerging scholars in our discipline to foster a new generation of scholars while recognizing the rich diversity of our community.  Unlike the Phelps Award, this award is limited to a professor’s first or second full-length, published article on legal writing doctrine or pedagogy.  Find more information about the award here.

Influential Teaching Award

This new award (created in 2019) recognizes outstanding teachers who have influenced the teaching of legal writing beyond their individual classrooms.  With this award, we acknowledge our continued commitment to excellence in teaching and advances in legal writing pedagogy. This is not a lifetime achievement award. Find more information about the award here

The committee reminds everyone of LWI’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The committee especially encourages the nominations of women, people of color, and members of other traditionally under-represented groups. 

All nominations will be due by Friday, January 14, 2022. 

The most helpful nominations are around 500 words. The nominations should go beyond reiterating information on the nominee’s website or CV by specifically showing how the person’s work fulfills the goal of the award. Also, your nomination should include the name of the award for which the nomination is written.  Members of the LWI Board of Directors and the LWI Awards Committee are ineligible for nomination until at least one year after completing their service. If you have any questions, feel free to contact a member of the LWI Awards Committee:

  • Brenda Gibson (chair) (Wake Forest)
  • Andrew Carter (Arizona State)
  • Janet Dickson (Seattle)
  • Kathryn Mercer (Case Western)
  • Samantha Moppett (Suffolk)
  • Dyane O’Leary (Suffolk)
  • Suzanne Rowe (Oregon)
  • Mark E. Wojcik (University of Illinois Chicago)

Hat tips to Kris Tiscione and Brenda Gibson

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October 4, 2021 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Reminder: LWI Symposium on Artificial Intelligence and the Legal Profession

Here's a reminder that

The Legal Writing Institute is holding a free, two-day symposium webinar on the topic of Artificial Intelligence and the Legal Profession. It is scheduled for Friday, September 24, 2021, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. ET and Saturday, September 25, 2021, from 11:am to 6 pm ET. The event is hosted virtually by Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. Here is the impressive list of speakers:

  • Kevin Ashley, Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Jamie Baker, Associate Dean and Director of the Law Library; Dean's Distinguished Service Professor of Law, Texas Tech University School of Law
  • Kade Crockford, Director, ACLU of Massachusetts Technology for Liberty Project
  • Amy Cyphert, Lecturer in Law and Director of ASPIRE, West Virginia University College of Law
  • Adam Eckart, Assistant Professor of Legal Writing, Suffolk University Law School
  • Hilary Escajeda, Assistant Professor of Law, Mississippi College School of Law
  • Erica Friesen, Research & Instruction Librarian and Online Learning Specialist, Queen’s University Faculty of Law
  • Brian Frye, Spears-Gilbert Professor of Law, University of Kentucky College of Law
  • Chris Chambers Goodman, Professor of Law, Pepperdine Caruso School of Law
  • Rebekah Hanley, Legal Research & Writing Professor, University of Oregon School of Law
  • Teresa Godwin Phelps, Professor of Law Emerita, American University, Washington College of Law
  • Carla Reyes, Assistant Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law
  • Shannon Salter, Chair, Civil Resolution Tribunal and Adjunct Professor, UBC Allard School of Law
  • Drew Simshaw, Assistant Professor of Law, Gonzaga University School of Law
  • Harry Surden, Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School

Hat tips to the LWI Symposium Committee

  • Michelle Falkoff, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
  • Liz Frost, University of Oregon School of Law
  • Lindsey Gustafson, University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law
  • Elizabeth Inglehart, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
  • Tiffany Jeffers, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Sarah Morath, Wake Forest University School of Law
  • Kristen Murray, Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • Dyane O’Leary, Suffolk University Law School
  • Kristen Tiscione, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Desmund Wu, University of Wisconsin Law School

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

LWI Symposium on Artificial Intelligence and the Legal Profession

The Legal Writing Institute is holding a free, two-day symposium webinar on the topic of Artificial Intelligence and the Legal Profession. It is scheduled for Friday, September 24, 2021, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. ET and Saturday, September 25, 2021, from 11:am to 6 pm ET. The event is hosted virtually by Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. Here is the impressive list of speakers:

  • Kevin Ashley, Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Jamie Baker, Associate Dean and Director of the Law Library; Dean's Distinguished Service Professor of Law, Texas Tech University School of Law
  • Kade Crockford, Director, ACLU of Massachusetts Technology for Liberty Project
  • Amy Cyphert, Lecturer in Law and Director of ASPIRE, West Virginia University College of Law
  • Adam Eckart, Assistant Professor of Legal Writing, Suffolk University Law School
  • Hilary Escajeda, Assistant Professor of Law, Mississippi College School of Law
  • Erica Friesen, Research & Instruction Librarian and Online Learning Specialist, Queen’s University Faculty of Law
  • Brian Frye, Spears-Gilbert Professor of Law, University of Kentucky College of Law
  • Chris Chambers Goodman, Professor of Law, Pepperdine Caruso School of Law
  • Rebekah Hanley, Legal Research & Writing Professor, University of Oregon School of Law
  • Teresa Godwin Phelps, Professor of Law Emerita, American University, Washington College of Law
  • Carla Reyes, Assistant Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law
  • Shannon Salter, Chair, Civil Resolution Tribunal and Adjunct Professor, UBC Allard School of Law
  • Drew Simshaw, Assistant Professor of Law, Gonzaga University School of Law
  • Harry Surden, Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School

Hat tips to the LWI Symposium Committee

  • Michelle Falkoff, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
  • Liz Frost, University of Oregon School of Law
  • Lindsey Gustafson, University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law
  • Elizabeth Inglehart, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
  • Tiffany Jeffers, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Sarah Morath, Wake Forest University School of Law
  • Kristen Murray, Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • Dyane O’Leary, Suffolk University Law School
  • Kristen Tiscione, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Desmund Wu, University of Wisconsin Law School

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Friday, September 3, 2021

Nominations for Legal Writing Institute Awards

The Legal Writing Institute presents a number of awards each year. This year, there is a combined announcement for all of the LWI awards and a common deadline for nominations. 

The Golden Pen Award

LWI created the Golden Pen Award to recognize individuals or organizations for significantly advancing the cause of professional legal writing. Anyone who has made an extraordinary contribution to improving legal writing may be nominated for the Golden Pen. The contribution may take any form, such as promoting the use of clear language in public documents; engaging in outstanding scholarship or journalism about legal writing or in exceptional writing for law practice; improving the quality of legal writing instruction; or advocating for better writing within the legal community. The award is usually given to someone who is not an active LWI member, but an active member may be considered in exceptional circumstances. Find more information about the award here.

The Deborah Hecht Memorial Writing Award

The Deborah Hecht Memorial Writing Award honors the life of  Deborah Hecht. The award is given to the writing specialist who writes the best article for The Second Draft during a two-year period.  The award is presented during the LWI Biennial Conference. Find more information about the award here.

The Courage Award

Terri LeClercq created the Courage Award to honor “courage writ large” concerning legal writing. Through the award, LWI seeks to honor a member who has demonstrated courage by doing, despite fear, something that most people would not do. Find more information about the award here.

The Mary S. Lawrence Award

The Mary S. Lawrence Award recognizes an individual from the legal writing community for a combination of pioneering scholarship and innovative curriculum or program design. Find more information about the award here.

The Emerging Scholar Award

This new award (created in 2019) recognizes emerging scholars in our discipline to foster a new generation of scholars while recognizing the rich diversity of our community.  Unlike the Phelps Award, this award is limited to a professor’s first or second full-length, published article on legal writing doctrine or pedagogy.  Find more information about the award here.

Influential Teaching Award

This new award (created in 2019) recognizes outstanding teachers who have influenced the teaching of legal writing beyond their individual classrooms.  With this award, we acknowledge our continued commitment to excellence in teaching and advances in legal writing pedagogy. This is not a lifetime achievement award. Find more information about the award here

The committee reminds everyone of LWI’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The committee especially encourages the nominations of women, people of color, and members of other traditionally under-represented groups. 

All nominations will be due by Friday, January 14, 2022. 

The most helpful nominations are around 500 words. The nominations should go beyond reiterating information on the nominee’s website or CV by specifically showing how the person’s work fulfills the goal of the award. Also, your nomination should include the name of the award for which the nomination is written.  Members of the LWI Board of Directors and the LWI Awards Committee are ineligible for nomination until at least one year after completing their service. If you have any questions, feel free to contact a member of the LWI Awards Committee:

  • Brenda Gibson (chair) (Wake Forest)
  • Andrew Carter (Arizona State)
  • Janet Dickson (Seattle)
  • Kathryn Mercer (Case Western)
  • Samantha Moppett (Suffolk)
  • Dyane O’Leary (Suffolk)
  • Suzanne Rowe (Oregon)
  • Mark E. Wojcik (University of Illinois Chicago)

Hat tips to Kris Tiscione and Brenda Gibson

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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Scribes Brief-Writing Award

If your law school won a best-brief award in a regional or national moot court competition during the 2020-2021 academic year, you can submit that winning brief to be considered for the 2021 Scribes Brief-Writing Award.

Scribes--The American Society of Legal Writers--established the Brief-Writing Award to recognize the Best of the Best. It selects the best brief from moot court competitions held in the previous academic year.

Nominations for the 2021 Scribes Brief-Writing Award can be submitted until October 4, 2021. 

Instructions for submitting a brief for the Scribes competition:

1.      By October 4, 2021, email an electronic copy of the winning brief to scribeslegalwriters@gmail.com         

2.     The subject line of the email should indicate that it’s a Scribes brief nomination from “___ Law School" (the students’ law school).

3.     The body of the e-mail must include the following information:

  • Name of the moot court competition
  • Place where the brief was named best brief (e.g., “finals,” “SW regional”)
  • Names of the students who wrote the brief
  • Students’ school
  • Name of students’ advisor or coach, if any

4.     The brief itself cannot include any information that identifies the student authors or their school. Please check the cover page, signature pages, and headers or footers.

5.     Submit the brief as a PDF file if possible, although they will accept Word format if necessary.

6.     The brief should be submitted as a single file.

The award committee will consider briefs from the 2020-2021 academic year, and the award winners will be announced early next year. If you have any questions, please contact Philip Johnson, Executive Director of Scribes, at scribeslegalwriters@gmail.com.

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Philip Johnson

Instructional & Student Services Librarian, Louis L. Biro Law Library
Executive Director, SCRIBES

School of Law

The University of Illinois at Chicago

300 S. State Street, MC 300

Chicago, IL 60604

philipj@uic.edu

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Central States Regional Legal Writing Conference

The Central States Regional Legal Writing Conference will be held in person in Kansas City, Missouri on October 22-23, 2021.

Click here for the program and information on how to register for the conference.

Hat tip to the Central States Regional Conference Program Committee: Professors Elizabeth DeArmond, Sophia Goodman, Pamela Keller, and Shannon Moritz

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August 31, 2021 | Permalink | Comments (0)

AALS Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research Section Social

On September 14, 2021, 5:00 PM ET, the Association of American Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research will hold an online Social.

It sounds like a nice way to start a new semester.

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August 31, 2021 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Dayton Webinar on "Law in the Americas: Legal Writing Skills"

Have you ever been sitting around at the start of the weekend, wondering what you're going to be doing? Well the University of Dayton School of Law has an idea -- at least for Friday, September 17, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. ET/ 5:00 p.m. Central -- a time unlikely to conflict with any classes, faculty meetings, or other webinars. And it's at 7:00 p.m. BRT, in case you're on Brasilia time. The webinar is part of the Law in the Americas Series, and will give us a chance to learn about how legal writing is taught outside the United States.

The topic is one of interest to readers of this blog:

Legal Writing Skills
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 6 P.M. EDT (7 P.M. BRT)
 
Held in partnership between the University of Dayton School of Law and Mackenzie Presbyterian University, the panelists will examine the ways legal writing skills are taught to students.
 
The speakers will be Denise Neves Abade, a Professor at the Law School at Mackenzie Presbyterian University, and Ericka Curran, an Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills and the Leadership Honors Program Director at the University of Dayton School of Law.
 
Here's more information about the program, including links to register for it (it's free). Law In The Americas Webinar Series : University of Dayton, Ohio (udayton.edu)
 
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Saturday, August 21, 2021

South Dakota is Hiring

The University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law looks to hire an entry-level or lateral professor, dependent upon qualifications, with expertise in the field of Legal Writing. This position is on the tenure track and will start at the beginning of the 2022-2023 academic year.

The successful candidate will teach in the 1L Legal Writing program as well as select upper-division writing courses. The remainder of the course package will be subject to negotiation. Individuals appointed to tenure-track positions are expected to fulfill the tripartite responsibilities of teaching, scholarship, and service. The successful applicant must be a licensed attorney in a United States jurisdiction (a state or the District of Columbia) or able to be licensed at the time appointment begins.

The University of South Dakota encourages diverse candidates to apply. EEO/AA. For application assistance or accommodation, call 605-677-5671. Please include your application letter, vita, and the names and addresses of three current references.

Inquiries and informal applications may be directed to Eric W. Young, Assistant Dean, University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law, 414 East Clark Street, Vermilion, SD 57069. You may also send a message by email to eric.young@usd.edu or call at 605-658-3524.

Hat tip to Wendy Hess.

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Monday, August 16, 2021

UIC is Hiring

The University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, Chicago's only public law school, is seeking entry-level or near entry-level candidates for two full-time faculty positions in the tenure/tenure-track at all ranks to teach a combination of courses needed in the law school curriculum. The law school’s primary needs are Civil Procedure, Property, and Torts and secondary needs are Professional Responsibility, Remedies, Estates and Trust, and Business Associations.

The Law School, which is located in Chicago's downtown Loop, was created by merging a 120- year-old independent law school with a strong history of access, opportunity, and innovation into the University of Illinois Chicago, a Carnegie Research 1 University that is part of the University of Illinois system. The Law School is committed to diversity, access, and opportunity and is excited to recruit individuals who are- or demonstrates the potential to be- exceptional teachers and scholars. For more information about the Law School, visit https://law.uic.edu .

Responsibilities include teaching law students at the Juris Doctor’s and Master’s Levels. Regularly producing high-quality scholarship. Collaborating with other faculty and staff to establish a strong learning environment. Engaging in internal and external service activities, including attending Law School and University meetings, serving on law school and University committees, participating in scholarly organizations or organizations related to the legal profession, delivering presentations, and providing other service to the academy, community, or legal profession.

Candidates must have a Juris Doctor from an ABA-approved law school or its equivalent from a foreign country; record of teaching excellence or demonstrated potential to become an excellent teacher and record of high-quality scholarship or demonstrated potential to produce high-quality scholarship; and demonstrated interested in serving at an urban, public, Research 1 university Excellent writing and communication skills and demonstrated ability to mentor students is highly preferred. Salary, academic rank and tenure/tenure-track will commensurate with experience and qualifications.

For fullest consideration, applicants should submit a letter of intent, current curriculum vitae, and the name of three professional references by August 27, 2021 by applying online at https://jobs.uic.edu/job-board/job-details?jobID=149463 . Initial screening interviews will be conducted via Zoom or a similar platform. Individuals invited to interview for the position should be prepared to submit teaching evaluations for past law-school teaching (whether as an Adjunct, Visiting Professor, or full-time Professor), copies of or links to published scholarship, and, where applicable, copies of promotion reports from current or past law schools. Applicants can continue to apply as a confidential review and screening of candidates will continue until positions are filled.

All full time benefits eligible positions include a comprehensive benefits package which include; Health, Dental, Vision, Life, Disability & AD&D insurance, a defined benefit pension plan as well as paid leave which includes; Vacation, Holiday and Sick.  In addition, we offer tuition waivers for employees and dependents.  Click for a complete list of benefits at: https://www.hr.uillinois.edu/benefits.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity and is particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people. UIC does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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August 16, 2021 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Northern Illinois University School of Law is Hiring

The Northern Illinois University College of Law, David C. Shapiro Memorial Law Library anticipates an opening for a Resources Management Librarian/Assistant Professor position. The law school is located about an hour west of Chicago. Applicants must apply online at https://employment.niu.edu/postings/57547 and complete their applicant profile and upload their materials. Priority consideration will be given to complete applications received by Friday, August 27, 2021. Applications received after that date will only be reviewed if needed. For additional information, contact Therese Arado, Acting Dir. David C. Shapiro Memorial Law Library at tclarke@niu.edu, or Tita Kaus, Administrative Assistant to the Dean at tkaus@niu.edu. 815-753-1068.

Hat tip to Merideth Stange.

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August 15, 2021 | Permalink | Comments (0)