Monday, December 20, 2010

Colonial Frontier Legal Writing Conference

The Second Colonial Frontier Legal Writing Conference will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2011, at the Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, PA.  The theme of the conference is The Arc of Advanced Legal Writing: From Theory through Teaching to Practice. There will be six presentations:

  • The three lead presenters are nationally-renowned  scholars of advanced legal writing: Michael Smith (Wyoming), Elizabeth Fajans (Brooklyn), and Mary Ray (Wisconsin).  Articles based on these three presentations will be published by the Duquesne Law Review this coming spring.
  • Sheila Miller (Dayton), Susan Wawrose (Dayton), Victoria VanZandt (Dayton), and Johanna Oreskovic (Buffalo), will speak about their extensive surveys of the bench and bar, and report on the advanced writing skills that lawyers and judges believe new attorneys should have. 
  • Julia Glencer (Duquesne), Erin Karsman (Duquesne), and Tara Willke (Duquesne) will describe the team-taught advanced legal writing "law firm simulation" course they created, which was supported by an ALWD Research Grant. 
  • The closing session will be a panel of law firm partners addressing how law firms can be agents of curricular change, encouraging law schools to implement advanced legal writing courses.

Aspen Law & Business is the prime sponsor for the event. Attendance at the conference is free to law school professors, and Duquesne will provide free on-site parking to conference attendees.  A continental breakfast, buffet lunch, and closing reception will be available to all attendees.  Pittsburgh is an easy drive or short flight from many cities.   CLE credit (5 hours) will be available for all attendees. 

For information on accommodations, the conference registration form, and more, click on the link at the beginning of this post.

hat tip:  Jan Levine


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