Saturday, February 20, 2010

Terri LeClercq Visits Chicago This Week as the First Ralph Brill Distinguished Visitor

LeClercq 2We reported last year about the appointment of Terri LeClercq as the first Ralph L. Brill Distinguished Visitor at Chicago-Kent College of Law.  Click here to read that post.  The law school actually established a Ralph L. Brill Professor of Law Chair to recognize the contributions of one of the nation's most well-known and best-loved heroes of legal writing, but the school decided to go with short-term visitors for the moment until it fills that Chair. 

This photo a Terri was taken in January by David Austin (California Western School of Law) at the Friends of Legal Writing Luncheon.

Terri LeClercq was a Senior Lecturer in Legal Writing at the University of Texas School of Law and Director of the University of Texas Law International Programs.  She was also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at The University of Alabama Law School and at the University of Nevada Las Vegas Law School.  LeClerq Book Terri is the author of Guide to Legal Writing Style (4th ed. Aspen 2007), and I understand that she's planning a new edition of that to be co-authored with Karin Mika.  Her other writings include Expert Legal Writing (Univ. of Texas Press 1995), and perhaps 90 articles on writing in various publications (including the  Second Draft, Perspectives, Scribes, various bar journals, and the Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute).  She has been a speaker at countless programs, including as the plenary speaker at several of the National Legal Writing Institute conferences.   

Within the Legal Writing Institute, Terri established the "Terri LeClercq Courage Award" to recognize outstanding acts of courage in the legal writing community.  Terri hersefl deserves the award for coming to Chicago in February (and arriving on the morning of a snowstorm expected tonight). 

Brill, RalphI just finished having a great Sunday brunch with Terri, her husband Jack, and Ralph Brill.  It was a warm welcome to Chicago (if such a thing can be done in Chicago in February).  Terri's husband, Jack Getman, is the Earle E. Sheffield Regents Chair Professor at the University of Texas Law School and one of the country's most illustrious Labor Law professors. 


Welcome to Chicago, Terri (and Jack) and congratulations again to Ralph Brill on hosting her as the first Ralph Brill Distinguished Visitor.


Events scheduled for this week include a legal writing faculty roundtable on Monday afternoon at The John Marshall Law School, a reception at Chicago Kent on Monday evening, meetings with law review editors and moot court teams, and a roundtable on Friday with legal writing professors from the Chicago-area law schools.



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