Friday, April 11, 2008

LWI Conference Preview - Opening Session with the Ha-Ha Sisterhood

Indianapolis_artsgarden The Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference is the single most important legal writing event in our community.  Over the next few weeks, we'll post descriptions of some of the events, presentations, and panels that will be given in Indianapolis.

The conference begins at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 14, 2008 at the Indianapolis Artsgarden.  This is, of course, Bastille Day -- but I haven't seen that acknowledged in the official LWI Program.  This opening night event will have scholarship and awards presentations, and the opening of the posters.

Hollee_s_temple Sheila_simon The event goes only until 7:00 p.m.  Undoubtedly there will be a mad rush to find the best place for dinner in Indianapolis.  (Save a spot for me at your table, ok?)

The meat of the conference (except for vegetarians of course, of which there are many in the legal writing community) begins at 8:00 a.m.  (Keep that early time in mind when you decide how late you are going to stay out exploring Indianapolis the night before!).  The plenary session will be the Divine Secrets of the Ha-Ha Sisterhood, with Sheila Simon (Southern Illinois University School of Law), Mary Beth Beazley (The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law), and Beazley_marybeth Hollee Temple (West Virginia University College of Law).

I'm looking forward to it already.  I had the opportunity to present at the last LWI Conference with Sheila Simon (who, by the way, has just published a book that I have heard about but not yet seen).  We were also joined by Melissa Weresh.  Sheila made superhero capes for us -- each with an "MW" on the back (for Mark Wojcik and Melissa Weresh) and then she tossed out extra capes to members of the audience attending our session.  If you still have YOUR cape, I suspect it would be appropriate attire for this very promising opening plenary session at the 13th Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute.


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The reason that we haven't mentioned Bastille Day is because that's also the day the new LWI Board members are installed. One of whom is Mark. We have consulted the legal writing haruspex but no word yet on whether the symbolism of that day is a good or ill omen for LWI.

Posted by: Ruth Anne Robbins | Apr 27, 2008 6:55:30 AM

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