Friday, September 16, 2011

Confirmed Locations for the LWI One-Day Workshops on December 2

LWI On Friday December 2, 2011, the Legal Writing Institute will hold one-day workshops for legal writing faculty (including adjunct faculty) at various locations around the country.   Here is a list of the law schools confirmed to host:
  1. California:  Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
  2. Florida:  University of Miami
  3. Georgia:  Atlanta‚Äôs John Marshall Law School
  4. Illinois:  Chicago-Kent College of Law
  5. Massachusetts:  Northeastern University School of Law, Boston
  6. Minnesota:  Hamline University School of Law
  7. Missouri:  University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
  8. New York:  Brooklyn Law School
  9. North Carolina:  Campbell University Wiggins School of Law, Raleigh
  10. Pennsylvania:  Temple University Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia
  11. Tennessee:  University of Memphis Humphreys School of Law

We are confirming additional locations in Ohio and the Washington DC/Northern Virginia area.

The format of the one-day workshops has been expanded to cover these four topics:

  1. Teaching Legal Writing (including creating problems, grading, selecting materials, conducting paper conferences, and including other assignments as part of the research and writing course).
  2. Teaching Persuasive Writing, Appellate Advocacy, and Moot Court (including materials, practice sessions, and guidelines for moot court practices and competitions).
  3. Legal Research Update (including updates on new research methods and materials that you and your students need to know).
  4. Other Innovations (a potpourri panel that will differ at each location, where individual speakers and faculty roundtables can discuss classroom teaching innovations, scholarship opportunities, effective use of research assistants, and other subjects of interest to legal research and writing faculty).

The workshops have been a great opportunity for legal writing faculty around the county to meet and share new ideas.  Adjunct faculty who are often unable to travel have found the sessions to be particularly valuable, but as you can see from the topics they are now designed for all legal writing faculty.  The programs have also been of interest to persons who are thinking about entering the legal writing academy as teachers. Those presenting at the workshops have found them to be a great speaking opportunity too.

The one-day workshops are a fundraiser for the Legal Writing Institute to allow it to continue its many fine and important programs.  Attendees pay a $100 registration fee.  As in past years, scholarships will be available to anyone who cannot pay the registration fee. 

Information will be available soon on how to register for the conference and on how to volunteer to be a speaker at one of our locations.  For now, save the date and plan to attend a workshop near you.    

Mark E. Wojcik, Board Member, Legal Writing Institute

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