Tuesday, February 22, 2011

conference on teaching advanced legal writing

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

The three lead presentations will be from nationally-renowned  scholars of advanced legal writing: Michael Smith (Wyoming), Elizabeth Fajans (Brooklyn), and Mary Ray (Wisconsin).  They will be followed by Sheila Miller (Dayton), Susan Wawrose (Dayton), Victoria VanZandt (Dayton), and Johanna Oreskovid (Buffalo), who will speak about their surveys of the bench and bar, reporting on the advanced writing skills that lawyers and judges believe new attorneys should have.  Then Julia Glencer (Duquesne), Erin Karsman (Duquesne), and Tara Willke (Duquesne) will speak about 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.

A continental breakfast, buffet lunch, and closing reception will be available to all attendees.  Attendance at the conference is free for attendees who are Duquesne employees, faculty at other law schools, working in fields related to legal education, or working for a sponsoring organization or law firm.  See the conference website to register for the conference, and for additional information about accommodations, Pittsburgh, travel, and other local attractions.

hat tip:  Jan Levine



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