Friday, July 8, 2016

Kim Chanbonpin to be Installed as the Next LWI President

Chanbonpin and GarmanProfessor Kim D. Chanbonpin of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago will be installed as next president of the Legal Writing Institute during the Institute's biennial conference which starts on Sunday in Portland, Oregon. Professor Chanbonpin is the first person of color to lead the Institute.  (Professor Chanbonpin is pictured here with Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita B. Garman.)

“I am honored for this opportunity to serve the members of LWI,” said Professor Chanbonpin. “When I was elected, I promised to incorporate diversity and racial inclusion practices into the core of the work I do for LWI. The composition of our LWI committees, rich with the varied perspectives and experiences of our members, is one example of that effort.”

She added, “Legal education is experiencing a transformation, and legal writing professors are poised to be at the forefront of pedagogical reforms.  To provide assistance for our members during this transition, LWI is building and nurturing systems of professional, scholarly and teaching support.  I am proud to be a part of this process,” she said.

Linda BergerProfessor Chanbonpin will serve a two-year term as LWI President, succeeding Linda L. Berger, the Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Research at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law (pictured at left). Dean Berger served as LWI President from 2014-16 and will continue on the LWI Board of Directors as Immediate Past President.

Professor Chanbonpin served on the LWI’s Board of Directors along with fellow John Marshall Professor Mark E. Wojcik. 

She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, and an LL.M. with distinction from the Georgetown University Law Center. She was a law clerk to the late Judge John S.W. Lim of the Hawai'i Intermediate Court of Appeals in Honolulu. Professor Chanbonpin also earned an LLM, with distinction, and a Certificate in National Security Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. While in Washington, D.C., she was a Short-Term Consultant at the World Bank. Before coming to John Marshall, Professor Chanbonpin was a Westerfield Fellow at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, where she taught National Security Law and Civil Liberties, Legal Research and Writing, and Appellate Advocacy.

The 2,800-member Legal Writing Institute provides a forum for the exchange of ideas about legal writing and for research and scholarship about legal writing and legal analysis. It holds a biennial conference and regional One-Day Legal Writing Workshops, it publishes a scholarly journal and a newsletter, and it has many working committees that assist legal writing professors across the United States and internationally.

Anthony Niedwiecki, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for John Marshall, said Chanbonpin’s appointment “reflects the great respect that our academic community has for the work she has done. Kim is an innovative and collaborative leader.  In just the past few years, Kim has been a leader on diversity issues in the academy; helped the legal writing community collaborate with the Society of American Law Teachers; worked on a task force that lobbies the American Bar Association on issues in legal education; and served as a board member for LWI.”

Professor Chanbonpin teaches Lawyering Skills, Criminal Law, Torts, and other courses at The John Marshall Law School in addition to directing the school's Lawyering Skills Program. She is also serving a three-year term on the Board of Governors for the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT).  She is also the Secretary for the Criminal Justice Section of the Illinois State Bar Association.   Her scholarly writing considers redress and reparations law, policy and social movements in the United States. Her scholarly work has appeared in the University of California at Irvine Law Review, the Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy, the Mercer Law Review, and the Washington University Global Studies Law Review, among other publications.

Congratulations to Professor Chanbonpin on becoming President of the Legal Writing Institute and congratulations to Professor Linda Berger on the conclusion of her own successful term as LWI President.

Adapted from a JMLS Press Release; hat tip to Miller McDonald.


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