Saturday, April 26, 2008

LWI Conference Preview - Tuesday Session 2

Session 2 of the upcoming Legal Writing Institute Conference offers seven concurrent programs.  Read the descriptions below and pick the one that you'll attend.  Each of the following programs will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15, 2008.  SORRY - WE DON'T YET HAVE PHOTOS FOR EVERYONE.

Tracy_mcgaughT2A: Responding to Academic Misconduct of Millennial Students.  Here's a session with Tracy Leigh McGaugh (Associate Professor of Legal Process at the Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in Central Islip, New York).  Many of you will recognize Tracy as the name behind the Millennial Law Prof Blog that we wrote about here back in February.  Tracy wrote that millennials "don't seem to understand what's wrong with plagiarism, unauthorized collaboration, or outright cheating."  Her presentation will show you why that is and how a new model of responding to academic misconduct might cure some headaches for professors, academic support professionals, and administrators.  Tracy was recently re-elected as a board member of the Legal Writing Institute.  She's also the main organizer of a legal writing conference later this year in Istanbul, Turkey.


Susan_duncan T2B: Demystifying the SSRN Process: How to Make it Work for You.  Susan Hanley Duncan (formerly Kosse), an Associate Professor of Law at the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, will explain the Social Science Research Network (SSRN), and how to use it.  It is one of the key places for scholars to post academic papers. Susan is president of the Legal Writing Institute.  Click here to see her LWI President's message.


Kevin_rand_photo_3 Martin_allison T2C: The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades: A Study of Hope, Optimism, and Well-Being in Law School.  Do hope and optimism predict future performance and well-being in law school?  This interdisciplinary presentation will be made by Allison D. Martin, Clinical Associate Professor at Indiana University at Indianapolis, and Dr. Kevin Rand, an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Indiana University School of Science.  His primary area of research is "positive psychology."  In this presentation, Professors Martin and Rand will reveal their findings about first-year law students' measured hope, optimism, and well-being during their first semester, and compare those measures to their law school grades.  (I notice that they are NOT wearing shades in these photos . . . .)


Narko_kathleen T2D: Life-Long Legal Writing: Developing Attorney Writing Skills Within Law Firm Practice.  How do you provide a bridge between law school writing and real practice legal writing development?  Part of the answer to that question includes a dialog between law schools and law firms to understand how legal writing is taught in both sessions.  This presentation is by Kris Butler, Mike Cavanaugh, and Kathleen Dillon Narko (Kathleen, pictured here at the left, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Communication and Legal Reasoning Program at Northwestern University School of Law -- sorry, I don't have more information about Kris or Mike, but send it to us and we'll add it in!)


T2E: Law Students' Case Reading and Reasoning Study: Final Results and Tools for Legal Writing Teachers.  A presentation by Dorie Evensen, Ph.D., an associate professor of higher education at the Pennsylvania State College of Education, and Jim Stratman, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of the Technical Communication at the University of Colorado at Denver to show off the final results of a three-year study (sponsored by the Law School Admissions Council) of case reading and reasoning.  Their research indicates that law students are able to locate and understand canonical parts of single cases, but that they struggle when asked to synthesize among related cases and often fail to recognize nuances in cases to promote advocacy.  Panelists will discuss how legal writing professors can better assess student reading development.  (Trivia question: Did you know that Jim Stratman was one of the original board members of the Legal Writing Institute?)


Mcdonnell_thomas_2 T2F: Enhancing the Pedagogy of Oral Argument and First-Year Moot Court.  Here's a program with the superstar team of Mary S. Lawrence (Professor Emeritas at the University of Oregon, winner of the 1996 AALS Section Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession, winner of the 2000 Rombauer Award from the Association of Legal Writing Directors, and all-around magnificent person who you simply MUST meet if you don't already know her) and Thomas McDonnell (of Pace University, who was recently elected as Co-Chair of the American Society of International Law Interest Group for Teaching International Law).  Mary and Tom will share their thoughts on oral argument and moot court programs for first year students.  They note that many programs for first-year students fail to follow sound pedagogy, and that attorney judges are often ill-prepared, harsh, and ineffectual providers of feedback . . . while at the same time not challenging the students appropriately.  Mary and Tom will address these problems and propose how to deepen the oral argument experience by posing ethical issues.


T2G: The Science Behind the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Understanding the ADA and appropriate accommodations for law students with disabilities requires some familiarity with science.  Suzanne E. Rowe (Associate Professor and Director of the Legal Research and Writing Program at the University of Oregon, and editor of the state law research book series published by Carolina Academic Press) will explain disabilities, diagnosis, and the reasons for various accommodations.  And the best thing about it all is that she'll explain all of that in non-scientific, accessible terms.

Did you miss the preview of session 1?  Click here.

Did you miss the previews of the opening plenary?  Click here.

Do you need to register for the LWI Conference?  Click here.

Mark E. Wojcik, The John Marshall Law School-Chicago (mew)

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