Friday, March 15, 2013

Empire State Legal Writing Conference information

Posted on behalf of Empire State Legal Writing Conference Organizers.

Dear colleagues,

Albany Law School is hosting an ALWD Scholars’ Forum on Friday, April 19th, 2013, the afternoon before the Fourth  Annual Empire State Legal Writing Conference, to be held on Saturday, April 20th.  This is a terrific opportunity to present and discuss an idea you are currently considering turning into an article or receive critiques on an article you are currently drafting – (or, rehearse your presentation for another conference!)  Lunch will be served and fantastic assistance from our wonderful Empire State Legal LW Conference committee will also be provided.  We are thrilled to announce that Robin Boyle of St. John’s University School of Law will be facilitating the forum.  Robin Boyle is the Assistant Dean for Academic Success and Professor of Legal Writing at St. John’s Law School in Queens, NY.   She has taught legal writing for 19 years and additionally teaches Drafting: Litigation Documents and Contracts and also Contracts I for conditional admission students.  She has served as a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute and as a Director and Secretary for the LWI Board of Directors.  She has published on topics of pedagogy and learning styles.

 To apply for the forum, please submit the following information by March 28, 2013:  (1) your name, title, law school affiliation and contact information; (2) an article abstract; and (3) a description of where you are in the writing process.  For example, do you have an outline, a partial first draft, a full first draft?  Please send submissions and any questions at all about the forum to Dede Hill:  (As an alum of the LWI Writers’ Workshop at the 2010 Biennial, I can attest to how motivating and useful these gatherings can be to guide you through the sometimes daunting process of writing an article!) 

In addition, registration for the Fourth Annual Empire State LW Conference will go live very soon.  The Conference will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Albany Law.  We hope the 10:00 a.m. start time will encourage those of you who would prefer to make this a one-day outing to join us.  For those who wish to spend more time in Albany, we are reserving a bank of rooms at a hotel right across the street from the law school for Thursday night (for those participating in the ALWD forum) and for Friday and Saturday nights (for those attending the conference – or both events).  We plan to organize an informal dinner for Friday night.  Stay tuned for an e-mail with a registration link for the conference and more details. 

We hope to see many of you in April!


Dorothy (Dede) Hill, Associate Lawyering Professor, Albany Law School,


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