Friday, October 23, 2015

Overheard at a Bar Association Meeting . . . .

"If the client wants that in plain English, it's going to be more expensive . . . ."


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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Vote No on Libarry

Our favorite photo of the week -- a reason to vote "yes" for the library!

Vote No On LibarryFrom the website

Hat tip to Professor Stephen Paskey (SUNY Buffalo Law School)


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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Call for Nominations for AALS Section Officers and Executive Committee

Are you interested in serving as an officer of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research?  Please consider nominating yourself or a colleague for an officer position (Secretary) or an Executive Committee officer-at-large position. You may nominate yourself and you may have others join with you in nominating someone, but the person you nominate should know that they are being nominated. 


We are asking for nominations for the office of Secretary and for Executive Committee officers-at-large. The Secretary produces multiple issues of our Section newsletter. The newsletters are

to be completed in the spring following the annual meeting and the fall before the next annual

meeting. The Secretary becomes Chair-Elect of the Section. The members of the Executive

Committee assists the Section officers and serves as liaisons to the Section’s committees.


The Nominations Committee will review the submissions and make recommendations to the

Executive Committee. That Committee will nominate a slate of officers for approval at the

Section’s Business Meeting on January 9, 2016 in New York City.


Please send nominations to Lou Sirico, Chair of the Nominations Committee, at, by November 9, 2015.   The nomination should provide the nominee’s name, contact information, a brief statement about why the nominee would like to serve, and a statement of the nominee's qualifications.


Under AALS rules, the Section may appoint only individuals from AALS member schools. Officers must be faculty at regular member law school of the AALS, listed here:  Associate members at other law schools may participate in all activities of the Section except holding office and voting. 


Nominations from the floor during our business meeting on January 9th are also permitted.


For your reference, the current Chair is Jennifer Romig of Emory University.   The current Chair-elect is Bob Brain of Loyola Law School Los Angeles. The current Secretary is Sabrina DeFabritiis of Suffolk University Law School.  Kim Holst of ASU is the immediate past Chair. Current members of the Executive Committee are: Mary Garvey Algero, Loyola University New Orleans; Grace Hum, University of San Francisco; Lucy Jewel, University of Tennessee; and Wendy Adele Humphrey, Texas Tech University School of Law. Current Executive Committee members may be nominated for another term.


Nominations Committee

Lou Sirico, Chair

Suzanna Moran

Mark E. Wojcik

Kathleen Elliott Vinson

Grace Hum, Executive Committee Liaison


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Monday, October 12, 2015

hiring at McGeorge

Global Lawyering Skills Professor

 University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law is expanding its Global Lawyering Skills (GLS) program and will be hiring a full-time faculty member for a position commencing in August 2016. GLS is a two-year legal writing, research, advocacy, and skills program. The person hired will teach one section of GLS I (a full year first year course) and one section of GLS II (a full year second year course). Lawyering Skills faculty also often teach other elective courses for additional compensation.

 The person hired may come in as an Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of Lawyering Skills, depending on experience. Candidates must be available to teach in both the day and evening divisions. The position is not tenure-track, but may lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years consistent with ABA Standard 405(c)

The McGeorge faculty is accomplished and engaging. The law school is a wonderful community with friendly people, a vibrant intellectual culture, and a beautiful campus. Its programs in international law, advocacy and dispute resolution, and government lawyering are innovative and well known. Its location in Sacramento, the capital of California, offers the opportunity to be part of a robust legal and policy-making community. As a relatively small city by California standards, Sacramento also has a close knit legal community and a number of interesting residential neighborhoods, as well as a burgeoning arts and restaurant scene.

Interested candidates must have a J.D. degree and be admitted to a bar. Candidates should have at least three years of practical experience, high academic achievements, and a strong commitment to legal skills education. Legal writing teaching experience is preferred. We particularly encourage applications from people whose backgrounds will contribute to the diversity of the faculty. 

Interested applicants should apply by submitting a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three references at:

For more information about the hiring process, please contact Professor Omar Dajani, Chair, Employment, Tenure, and Promotion Committee, at If you have questions about the GLS program or the position, also please feel free to contact Professor Mary-Beth Moylan at The Committee will begin reviewing resumes this fall and will continue until the position is filled. 

University of the Pacific is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.  


1.  Which of the following best describes the position you wish to advertise?

_x_ May lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years.


2. Will the person hired be permitted to vote in faculty meetings?


_x_ Yes*
__ No


* Professors of Lawyering Skills vote on all matters except the promotion and tenure of tenure track faculty members.


3. The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the range: (A base salary does NOT include stipends for coaching moot court teams, teaching other courses, or teaching in summer school; nor does a base salary include conference travel or other professional development funds.)

__ $30,000to $39,999
__ $40,000 to $49,999
__ $50,000 to $59,999
_x_ $60,000 to $69,999*
_x_ $70,000 to $79,999*


*Depending on experience.


4. The person hired will teach legal writing each semester to a total number of students in the range:

 35-45 students


5.  I certify that my institution's nondiscrimination policy is in substantial compliance with the LWI nondiscrimination policy: "The Legal Writing Institute is committed to a policy against discrimination and in favor of equal opportunity for all of its members regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity."


hat tip:    Mary-Beth Moylan


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Nominations Sought for the Penny Pether Award for Law and Language Scholarship

A passionate advocate for interdisciplinary scholarship in law, literature, and language, Penelope J. Pether was Professor of Law at Villanova University School of Law and former Professor of Law and Director of Legal Rhetoric at the American University Washington College of Law. Her own scholarship focused not only on law, literature, and language, but also on constitutional and comparative constitutional law; legal theory, including constitutional theory; common law legal institutions, judging practices, and professional subject formation. 

Beginning in November 2013, the Penny Pether Award for Law and Language Scholarship has been given annually to an article or essay published during the preceding year (September 1 to September 1) that exemplifies Penny’s commitment to law and language scholarship and pedagogy. 

The Committee selecting award recipients from among the articles and essays nominated will look for scholarship that not only embodies Penny’s passion and spirit but also has some or all of the following characteristics:

1. “[S]cholarship concerning itself with the unique or distinctive insights that might emerge from interdisciplinary inquiries into ‘law’ grounded in the work of influential theorists of language and discourse.” 

2. Scholarship that “attempts to think through the relations among subject formation, language, and law.”

3. Scholarship that provides “accounts of—and linguistic interventions in—acute and yet abiding crises in law, its institutions and discourses.”

4. Scholarship and pedagogy, including work addressing injustices in legal-academic institutions and practices, that is “[c]arefully theorized and situated, insisting on engaging politics and law, [and that] charts ways for law and its subjects to use power, do justice.”

More explanations and descriptions of these characteristics can be found in Penny’s chapter from which these quotations are drawn: Language, in Law and the Humanities: An Introduction (Austin Sarat et al. eds., Cambridge U. Press 2010).  

Nominations should be sent by November 13, 2015 to Jeremy Mullem at  You are free to nominate more than one work and to nominate work you’ve written.  Please provide a citation for each work you nominate.

The Selection Committee includes Linda Berger, David Caudill, Amy Dillard, Bruce Hay, Ian Gallacher, Melissa Marlow, Jeremy Mullem, Nancy Modesitt, and Terry Pollman.  Members of the Selection Committee are not eligible for the award.

Hat tip to Professor Jeremy Mullem of Duke University Law School in Durham, North Carolina


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Friday, October 9, 2015

Webinar on How to Use Congress.Gov

For anyone who teaches legal research or who has to do legal research . . . 

The Law Library of Congress (the largest law library in the world) will hold a webinar on Thursday October 29, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. EDT on how to use, the successor to  The orientation provides a basic overview of the website and its resources (with a focus on searching legislation and Congressional member information). The webinar will also explain new features on the website. To register, call (202) 707-9801, or complete the registration form by clicking here.




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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Faculty Job Opening: Wake Forest

Here's a reminder that Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, North Carolina anticipates hiring one tenure-track Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research Professor to begin in the 2016-2017 academic year.  The Faculty Appointments Committee seeks applications from entry-level candidates with excellent academic records and demonstrated potential for exceptional teaching and scholarly achievement.  They also welcome applications from lateral candidates who possess outstanding academic credentials, including demonstrated teaching ability and a record of distinguished scholarship. The Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research program at Wake Forest University School of Law is a six-credit, three-semester course.  Students receive two credits in the fall semester of their first year (LAWR 1), followed by two credits in the spring semester of their first year (LAWR 2), and two credits in either the fall or spring semester of their second year (LAWR 3).  Professors in the Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research program teach one section of approximately 20 students for LAWR 1 and 2 for the full academic year, and one section of approximately 23-26 students for LAWR 3 for one semester.  The Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research program currently includes six full-time professors. 

In addition to teaching in the program, there is an expectation of scholarship. The Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research professors are, however, provided the same opportunities and support for research, scholarship, and other professional development as doctrinal faculty, including summer research stipends and research assistants. In addition, at Wake Forest University School of Law, the Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research professors are involved in all aspects of law school life, including chairing and serving on faculty committees and serving as advisors to students and student organizations. Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research professors attend faculty meetings and vote on all matters other than tenure, promotion, and retention.

Salary, benefits, and research support are nationally competitive. Applicants must have a law degree; a long-term commitment to the Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research program; an interest in teaching and scholarship; excellent legal research, analysis, reasoning, writing and communication skills; and the ability to work both independently and cooperatively. Prior teaching experience is preferred, and legal practice experience is required. Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. They are strongly dedicated to the pursuit of excellence by including and integrating individuals who represent different groups as defined by race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, age, disability, national origin, religion, and veteran status.  

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and references by mail to: Professor Kami Simmons, Wake Forest University School of Law, P.O. Box 7206, Winston-Salem, NC  27109.  The Appointments Committee would like to receive all material by October 9, 2015.  Confidential inquiries are welcome.  If you have questions, or would like to inquire more about the position, please feel free to contact Professor Laura Graham, Associate Director, Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research, at grahamlp[at] or by phone at 336-758-1995.



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