Wednesday, January 19, 2011

ALWD Scholars Workshop

Every year, the Association of Legal Writing Directors funds writing workshops for legal writing professors, in conjunction with regional legal writing conferences held throughout the U.S.  The next such ALWD-funded opportunity for scholars in the field of legal writing to assist each other with works-in-progress will take place on Sunday, March 27 in Las Vegas, in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing conference.  The workshop will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include a continental breakfast and a box lunch.

Participants will work in groups of 6-8. Each participant will read and comment on each paper in the group. Forty-five minutes will be allotted for each paper.  The moderators/mentors will be Linda Edwards, Judy Stinson and Terry Pollman.  Your paper can be in the early stages of development or nearly ready for publication. The topic does not have to be related to legal writing. Outlines are acceptable, but should be in enough detail to make the process worthwhile for participants.

If you are accepted as a participant your draft will be due by Friday, March 11, electronically to  To apply, you need to send an e-mail with one paragraph describing your wish to participate, the topic of your paper, and the stage of development you expect the paper to be in on March 11.  Applications are due on February 14.

This workshop has been described as "what you thought your life would be like when you decided to be a professor -- sitting around drinking coffee and talking about ideas."  If you have a work-in-progress, it is a great way to make progress towards publication.  BTW, the money to support these workshops comes directly from sales of the ALWD Citation Manual.

hat tip:  Terry Pollman


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