Thursday, June 27, 2013

an excellent teaching workshop

PhotoThe presentations and discussions at the ALWD Innovative Teaching Workshop in Milwaukee yesterday afternoon were, in the words of one participant, "amazing!  Everyone has great ideas to share and we're building exciting new classes and courses together."  
The teaching workshops were the brain child of Kristen Dauphinais.  This year's committee includes Pamela Keller, Olympia Duhart, Michael Sackey, Jessica Clark, Sue Chessler, Bernadette Gargano, and Philip Kaplan. Cara Cunningham presented the plenary session, giving us immediately helpful ideas on how to apply in practical ways what we already know about learning theories. And of course, Cara modeled excellently what she was teaching.
Pictured above is one of the small group break-out sessions during the workshop (hat tip & photo credit: Suzanne Rowe).

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

ALWD conference about to launch!

Legal writing directors, co-ordinators, and professors of all stripes are converging on Marquette University's law school for the start of the bi-ennial ALWD conference today. The ALWD Innovative Teaching Workshop takes place this afternoon, as does ALWD's Board of Directors meeting. Then a hearty reception officially launches the conference this evening.

Our legal writing colleagues will give over sixty presentations throughout the day on Thursday and Friday. At tomorrow's plenary lunch, we'll get an update on what's brewing with the ABA Standards. Then for dinner, everyone gets to unwind at an actual brewery, take the tour, enjoy a fish fry, and dance to a polka band. (Hey, we're in Milwaukee.)

Syverudk4At the plenary lunch on Friday, the keynote speaker is Dean Kent Syverud. You may remember him as the author of The Caste System and Best Practices in Legal Education, an article cited frequently in legal writing scholarship. The conference ends on Friday evening with an ice cream social (although a highly reliable source tells us it's actually custard, Kopp's custard). Then it's off to Summerfest, and it just so happens that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are the headliners Friday evening. Tom_petty_60x48_filter_thumbnail


hat tip: Mary Beth Beazley



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Monday, June 24, 2013

Entertaining Cease and Desist Response

Entertaining legal letter writing in response to a cease and desist (the complete letter is available here):



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when your audience is a federal judge ...

ImagesSo, once your students are well-situated within the world of legal writing and ready to tackle writing a persuasive document for an audience consisting of a federal judge, the advice here might be helpful.

hat tip: Andy Pardieck



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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Psychology and Lawyering Conference

IStock_000017096425Medium_ForEventPageI've sometimes quipped that after a couple of decades teaching legal writing, surely through life experience I've earned the equivalent of a Masters degree in Pyschology. So it makes sense that legal writing professors might be interested in the Psychology and Lawyering Conference now being organized. The conference will be held February 21-22, 2014, at UNLV. Proposals are due by July 15th, and you can find more information here.




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