Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Susan Brody Teaches Her Last Class at The John Marshall Law School

We continue to celebrate legal writing colleagues who are retiring after years of service to the legal academy.

Susan BrodyProfessor Susan Brody taught her "last-class-ever" last night at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, ending an illustrious career in legal writing and legal education.

After her own graduation from law school, she clerked for the Illinois Appellate Court and then entered private practice, concentrating in family law and appellate practice. Professor Brody joined the John Marshall faculty in 1982, and from 1985-95, she served as director of the school's Lawyering Skills Program. She was associate dean for academic affairs from 1995-1998 and associate dean for institutional affairs during 1998-99.

She was active with the American Bar Association Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, serving as chair or member of numerous site inspection teams as part of the ABA accreditation process. She has also helped prepare site team chairs, law school representatives, and new site evaluators for future site inspections by presenting at ABA-sponsored workshops.

She also participated in countless conferences concerning feminist legal theory and storytelling, especially their intersection with teaching law, becoming a skilled lawyer, and understanding issues of diversity.

Brody Drafting BookShe was one of the founders of the Legal Writing Institute and fought many battles over the years to improve and protect the status of legal writing professors.

Her publications include a leading text on legal drafting.

In 2012, Susan won the prestigious Section Award from the Association of American Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research for her lifetime contributions to legal writing education. Here is a link to a video (thanks Karin Mika!) of the award presentation at the Law Library of Congress.

We congratulate Susan Brody on her retirement from teaching and thank her for her many efforts over the years on behalf of legal writing professors across the country.



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We colleagues of Susan at John Marshall Law School will miss her a lot for all kinds of reasons but we are generous enough to wish her the best retirement . Celeste Hammond

Posted by: Celeste Hammond | Jul 24, 2018 5:19:11 PM

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