Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Marilyn Walter has died.

Walter_marilynMarilyn Walter, who directed Brooklyn Law School’s legal writing program for more than thirty years, died last Friday after a long battle with cancer.

Professor Walter's book, Writing and Analysis in the Law, is a widely used first-year legal writing text. She was also the co-author of the first edition of the Sourcebook on Legal Writing Programs.  A leader in her field, Professor Walter was the recipient of the 2005 Association of American Law Schools' Legal Writing Section Award in recognition of her “pioneering leadership, extraordinary vision, and outstanding service.”

Marilyn was a former Chair of the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research, a member of the Board of the Legal Writing Institute, a member of the ABA’s Committee on Communication Skills, and an Editorial Committee member of the Journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors. She was a frequent and popular a speaker on numerous panels at legal writing conferences.

Before she joined the faculty of Brooklyn Law School in 1980, she was a legal writing instructor at New York University Law School and a staff attorney at the National Employment Law Project. In spring 2008, she was a Visiting Professor at the University of Delhi Law School in India.

As her colleague Betsy Fajans noted, Marilyn was central in making the field of legal writing what it is today. She was also a mentor to dozens of people in the legal writing community. We extend our condolences to her family, colleagues, and former students. She will be missed.


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