Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Scalia and teaching legal writing

Picture_133_4 U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spoke at Texas Tech on Monday, and I had an opportunity to talk with him for a few minutes.  When I mentioned our Legal Practice Program, he told me that he had taught legal writing his first two years of teaching at UVa (about 40 years ago).  He then went on to recall how labor-intensive it was, between reading the papers and commenting on them in a way that would help the students to improve their writing.

Later, in his remarks to the faculty, he talked about his teaching days and finding a balance between classroom teaching and scholarly writing.  He said that the shelf-life of the "Great American Law Review Article" is maybe five years, but that the impact of reaching law students' hearts and minds is much longer lasting. 


(Photo courtesy of Prof. Joe Kimble and Scribes)


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