Thursday, February 28, 2019

Comparative Law Works-in-Progress Roundtable in Texas ($500 in support available for travel and hotel)

The Constitutional Studies Program

at The University of Texas at Austin


and the


Institute for Transnational Law

at The University of Texas at Austin


in cooperation with the


Section on Comparative Law

Association of American Law Schools


invite submissions for




Convened by


Richard Albert (Texas)

Lauren Fielder (Texas)


Submissions are invited from comparative law scholars around the world for a works-in-progress roundtable on all subjects of comparative law. Preference will be given to early-career scholars as well scholars working on book projects. The purpose of this roundtable is to offer scholars the opportunity to develop their ideas as they work toward submitting a draft for publication.


Convened by Richard Albert and Lauren Fielder, this roundtable will be held in the School of Law at the University of Texas at Austin on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. The roundtable may be extended to a second day (Wednesday, May 22, 2019) depending on the number of submissions accepted.




Submissions are welcome on any subject of comparative law—public or private—taking any perspective and using any methodological approach.




The roundtable will feature a small number of accepted submissions. The roundtable will devote up to one hour to each accepted submission. Participants must have read all submissions prior to the program in order to facilitate a robust and constructive discussion on each submission.




Submissions are invited from comparative law scholars around the world at any level of seniority, including students enrolled in graduate programs in law or related disciplines that engage the study of comparative law.


Submission Instructions


Interested scholars should email PFD versions of their work-in-progress and CV by 5pm Austin (Texas) time on Thursday, March 14, 2019 to on the understanding that the work-in-progress will be shared with all accepted roundtable participants. Scholars should identify their submission with the following subject line: “Work-in-Progress Roundtable on Comparative Law.”




Accepted applicants will be notified no later than Monday, April 4, 2019. If you do not receive a notification by this date, we regret that we were unable to accommodate your application.




There is no cost to participate in this roundtable. Group meals will be generously sponsored by the Constitutional Studies Program at The University of Texas at Austin. The Constitutional Studies Program will moreover provide a travel stipend of $250 USD to each accepted applicant. The Institute for Transnational Studies at The University of Texas at Austin will offer an additional stipend of $250 USD for accommodation. Accepted applicants are responsible for securing their own funding for all other expenses.




Please direct inquiries in connection with this roundtable to:


Richard Albert

William Stamps Farish Professor of Law

The University of Texas at Austin



February 28, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Dayton is Hiring

The University of Dayton School of Law invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills. This is a non-tenure track position with an initial appointment of one year and the possibility of renewal for long-term (three or five-year) appointments after three years of satisfactory service.


The focus of the Legal Profession Program at the University of Dayton School of Law to help students develop essential lawyering skills. The Program is a comprehensive two-semester six- credit-hour sequence during your first year at the School of Law. These courses, called Legal Profession I and Legal Profession II, are devoted to building the legal research, analysis, and writing skills used in today's law practice. Classes meet in small groups led by experienced full- time faculty who are at the forefront of trends in legal writing and research. Responsibilities of the Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills will include:


·       teaching Legal Profession I and II, and other legal research and writing courses related to legal reasoning and critical reading;

·       providing service to the School of Law and the University, and

·       participating in the larger community for legal research and writing professionals through regular attendance or presentations at conferences and other relevant endeavors to  support the faculty member’s professional development.


Minimum  Qualifications:

·       A J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school;

·       Articulable commitment to the field of legal research and writing, including implementing the best models and practices available to teach legal research and writing and utilizing recent developments in pedagogy in law schools in the United States; and

·       Excellent written communication skills.


Preferred Qualifications:

·       Demonstrable recent successful experience in legal research and writing teaching, including implementing best models and practices available to teach legal research and writing and utilizing recent developments in pedagogy in law schools in the United States;

·       Prior legal practice experience in the United States;

·       Excellent oral communication skills, including effective presentation skills;

·       Effective interpersonal communication skills with various constituencies;

·       Demonstrable successful experience working independently and collaboratively;

·       Demonstrable successful experience mentoring and working with students from diverse backgrounds;

·       Expressed willingness to engage with Catholic and Marianist educational values; and

·       Law school achievements and accomplishments, including high academic achievement, law review, moot court, and/or mock trial. 

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

University Summary Information

The University of Dayton is a top tier, Catholic research university with offerings from the undergraduate to the doctoral levels.  Founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary, the University is a diverse community committed to advancing the common good through intellectual curiosity, academic rigor, community engagement and local, national and global partnerships. Guided by the Marianist educational philosophy, we educate the whole person and link learning and scholarship with leadership and service.

Informed by and responsive to its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion and seeks to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in our campus community. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, we will not discriminate against minorities, females, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. 

The University is also pleased to provide support for spouses of prospective and newly hired faculty through its dual career program. While we cannot guarantee placement, we serve as an effective resource and support system for your spouse. Information can be found at 

Required Documents

·       Cover Letter

·       Curriculum Vitae (including contact information for three references)

·       A document describing your commitment to legal research and writing, including implementing the best models and practices available to teach legal research and writing and utilizing recent developments in pedagogy in law schools in the United States.


Applications will be accepted until March 13, 2019.  To be considered as a candidate for this position, you must apply online at  All required documents should be submitted electronically on the website at the time of application.  For more information about the School of Law, please visit our website at


Legal Research & Writing Faculty Teaching Position

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for the LRWPROF-L Listserv


The completed form must appear within the body of an E-mail posting about a posting, and the completed form must be included within the text of any file attachment.


Check here _X_ if the law school posting this job announcement complies with LWI’s non-discrimination policy. 


That policy provides: “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, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.”


At least one option must be checked for each of the remaining four items below; but all options for any item may not be checked to avoid giving a specific answer, or in an effort to avoid specifying a legitimate range.  Space is provided for additional textual explanations after each item. 


1.  The position advertised:

     __   a.   is a tenure-track appointment.

       X   b.   may lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years.

     __   c.   may lead only to successive short-term contracts of one to four years.

     __   d.  has an upper-limit on the number of years a teacher may be appointed.

     __   e.  is part of a fellowship program for one or two years.

     __   f.   is a part-time appointment, or a year-to-year adjunct appointment.


2.  The professor hired:

       X   a.   will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.

     __   b.   will not be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.


Professors of Lawyering Skills will vote on all matters except matters concerning appointments and promotions of tenure track faculty; changes in the status of the Lawyering Skills staff positions; conversions of the Lawyering Skills staff positions; and continuation of the Legal Profession Program.



3.  The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the range checked below.  (A base salary does not include stipends for coaching moot court teams, teaching other courses, teaching in summer school, or conference travel or other professional development funds.)

___ over $80,000

___ $70,000 - $79,999
___ $65,000 - $69,000

_X_ $60,000 - $64,999

___ $50,000 - $59,999

___ less than $50,000

___ this is a part-time appointment paying less than $30,000

___ this is an adjunct appointment paying less than $10,000


4.  The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing professor will be:

       X   a.   30 or fewer

       X   b.   31 - 35

       X   c.   36 - 40

       X   d.   41 - 45

       X   e.   46 - 50

     __   f.    51 - 55

     __   g.   56 - 60

     __   h.   more than 60


Professors of Lawyering Skills generally teach two sections of students each semester.  Each section has no more than 25 students.  


February 28, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Proposals for the 14th Global Legal Skills Conference in Phoenix, Arizona

Proposals are invited for the next Global Legal Skills Conference, which will take place on December 12-14, 2019 in Phoenix at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.  In addition to the conference, there will be a Scholars’ Forum on December 11 and an optional day trip on December 15, 2019.

Proposals for presentations are now being at  The first call for proposals will close on March 15 and presenters will be notified by April 30.  Late submissions will be reviewed until May 31 on a space-available basis. 

Please contact Professor Kim Holst at Arizona State Univeristy or Professor Mark E. Wojcik at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago if you have questions about the conference.


February 27, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Emojis and their real world uses

Will we now need to teach about translating emojis?  It's not just an accommodation that we would reluctantly be making for our students, but rather emojis (emoticons) are creeping into the our world as evidence that needs to be assessed.  In a recent  case,                                                                                                                                                                 Emoji bank

"Bay Area prosecutors were trying to prove that a man arrested during a prostitution sting was guilty of pimping charges, and among the evidence was a series of Instagram DMs he’d allegedly sent to a woman. One read: “Teamwork make the dream work” with high heels and  money bag emoji placed at the end. Prosecutors said the message implied a working relationship between the two of them. The defendant said it could mean he was trying to strike up a romantic relationship. Who was right?"

Emojis are not only coming up as evidence in criminal cases, but in civil cases as well:

"In 2017, a couple in Israel was charged thousands of dollars in fees after a court ruled that their use of emoji to a landlord signaled an intent to rent his apartment. After sending an enthusiastic text confirming that they wanted the apartment, which contained a string of emoji including a champagne bottle, a squirrel, and a comet, they stopped responding to the landlord’s texts and went on to rent a different apartment. The court declared that the couple acted in bad faith, ruling that the “icons conveyed great optimism” that “naturally led to the Plaintiff’s great reliance on the Defendants’ desire to rent his apartment[....]”

For an article about the status of emojis in our court system, click here

For an article about whether emoji is singular or plural, click here





February 27, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Supreme Court quip has academics guessing

In a recent decision, the Supreme Court considered the question, "May a federal court count the vote of a judge who dies
before the decision is issued?"

The facts involved a Ninth Circuit case in which the vote of Judge Stephen Reinhardt was counted as part of the majority after he had died.  As explained by my colleague David Forte, "This was contrary to the rule that votes of retired  or deceased judges are not counted as valid if the judge's retirement or death occurred prior to the publication of the opinion."

In its per curiam opinion (with Justice Sotomayor concurring) by, the Court declared, "[F]ederal judges are appointed for life, not eternity."

Those who study the writing styles of the Justices are wondering who penned that line.  What's your guess?

Here's a link to the opinion:



February 27, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Sherri Keene to present at Cleveland-Marshall as an ALWD Visiting Scholar

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On March 4-5, 2019, Sherri Keene will be speaking at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law as part of the ALWD Visiting Scholar Grant Program.  Professor Keene, who serves as the Director of the Legal Writing Program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, will be presenting at a community CLE session, as well as holding various sessions for students and faculty.  Professor Keene's areas of expertise include criminal law and implicit bias in the courtroom (and beyond).  For further information, see here 

February 26, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, February 24, 2019

University of Maryland is Hiring Visitors

The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, located in Baltimore, is currently accepting applications for two full-time visitors to teach in its Legal Writing Program during Fall 2019. The visitor appointment will begin on or before August 1, 2018, and end on December 31, 2018. The visitor will teach the required LAW course (3 credits) to first-year law students.

The successful applicant should be able to plan and execute their own legal writing course. While there is an opportunity to collaborate with other professors, LAW professors plan their own syllabus, choose their own teaching materials, and select their own legal writing problems. In addition to teaching, the successful applicant will be expected to provide written feedback on student drafts throughout the semester and to provide students with the opportunity to conference one-on-one. During, the semester, an upper level student will be assigned to assist the visitor, but it will be the visitor’s responsibility to evaluate student performance and provide feedback to students on final papers.

While the primary need is for the fall legal writing course, there may be an option for a full-year visit that would involve teaching Written and Oral Advocacy and/or Civil Procedure in the spring semester.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • J.D. degree with a record of high academic achievement from an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Experience teaching legal writing.
  • Experience working as a judicial law clerk or as an attorney, excellent writing skills, and excellent interpersonal skills are preferred.

Applications accepted online only at Interested applicants should submit (a) cover letter, (b) resume, and (c) the names and telephone numbers of at least three references.

Questions about the position should be directed to the Director of the Legal Writing Program, Professor Sherri Lee Keene,


START DATE: On or before August 1, 2018

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience

February 24, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

New Edition of The Handbook for the New Legal Writer is Now Available

Barton Smith BookThe second edition of The Handbook for the New Legal Writer by Jill Barton (University of Miami School of Law) and Rachel H. Smith (St. John's University School of Law) is now available from WoltersKluwer. Click here for more information about the book, including a link to a pdf of the table of contents.


February 24, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Christine Durkin

Christine Durkin NortheasternChristine Durkin, a professor in the Legal Skills in Social Context program at Northeastern University School of Law, passed away on February 15, at the age of 52, following a struggle with ovarian cancer. She is survived by her devoted husband, John A. Menslage, and her two beloved children, Grace and Luke. 

Professor Durkin joined the Northeastern faculty as an associate teaching professor in 2017, and she taught as an adjunct at the law school.  She also taught LRW, family law drafting, and legal English at Boston University School of Law for 20 years, and was an adjunct professor of legal writing at Suffolk University Law School.  

In a message to legal writing colleagues, Professor Margaret Hahn-DuPont at Northeastern University School of Law described Christine Durkin as "a born teacher - kind, supportive, and encouraging.  Her students adored her, calling her 'Mama Durkin' (they even created a graphic of her as a mother duck and each of the students as her ducklings, imprinted on her and following her everywhere).  She was also deeply committed to improving the lives of children and women."

After Professor Durkin left civil litigation practice, she served as the coordinator of legal services at Casa Myrna Vazquez, New England’s largest service provider for women and children escaping family violence.  She then joined the legal staff of the Family Law Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services, where she focused on assisting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  

Professor Hahn-DuPont added that "Christine was an incredibly warm and generous person, with a unique capacity to make people feel welcomed and cared-for.  She was a deeply valued member of our community, and we feel fortunate to have known her.  We miss her more than words can say." 

We extend our condolences to Professor Durkin's family, students, and colleagues.


February 24, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

RFP: New England Consortium of Legal Writing Teachers (NECLWT) Annual Conference

Legal writing faculty are invited to submit proposals for the annual conference of the New England Consortium of Legal Writing Teachers (NECLWT), which will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the University of Maine School of Law in Portland, Maine.  The conference theme will be “Innovations” and presentation proposals are invited on a broad range of topics, such as innovations in first-year or upper level legal writing classes, collaboration with other faculty, connections with your local legal community, and approaches to your own wellness or work-life balance.

The organizers expect to have short (20-25 min) and long (45-60 min) sessions. They welcome joint proposals. Legal Writing faculty from across the United States and Canada are encouraged to submit proposals. If you are interested in participating, please send the following information in a Word or Google document or pdf to Angie Arey ( by midnight on Friday, March 8, 2019:

  • Name(s) and contact information of presenter(s)
  • Working title of the presentation
  • Brief description of the presentation
  • Time needed
  • Anticipated technology needs
Hat tips to Angela C. Arey and Sara Wolff

February 24, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Karin Mika Joins the Legal Writing Prof Blog

Karin MikaProfessor Karin Mika of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University will be joining the Legal Writing Prof Blog as a Contributing Editor.

Professor Mika has been associated with the Cleveland-Marshall Legal Writing Program for more than 30 years She has also worked as an as an Adjunct Professor of English at Cuyahoga Community College and is a research consultant for various firms and businesses in the Cleveland area.

Professor Mika presents nationally on topics related to integrating technology and multimedia into classroom teaching. Her scholarly research includes Native American Law, Employment Law, Learning Theories, and Health Care. She is the Archivist for the Legal Writing Institute and maintains the LWI's history page. She is co-chair of the website (content) committee of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD),  She is also the National Publicity Director for the William C. Burton Awards, an annual event that honors excellence in Legal Writing.

We are happy to welcome Karin as a Contributing Editor to the Legal Writing Prof Blog.


February 24, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Arizona State University Adds Three Professors to Its Legal Writing Faculty

The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University announced the addition of three new faculty members starting in Fall 2019: Mary Bowman, Ann Ching, and Rachel Stabler.

Mary Bowman ASUMary Bowman will join ASU as a Clinical Professor of Law.  She is currently the Director of the Legal Writing Program at Seattle University Law School, where her scholarship has focused on the intersection of legal writing teaching and clinical teaching.  She has also published on topics relating to cognitive bias and the justice system.  She has been a member of the Legal Writing Institute Board of Directors for the past five years, where she has served as Co-Chair of the Professional Status Committee.

Ann Ching ASUAnn B. Ching will join ASU as an Associate Clinical Professor of Law. She previously taught legal writing at Pepperdine Law School and at the U.S. Army’s JAG School in Virginia before returning to Arizona where she has been practicing as the State Bar of Arizona Ethics Counsel.  Ann recently published “Military Justice in Film” in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Crime, Media, and Popular Culture.   While at Pepperdine, Ann regularly presented at national and regional conferences.

Rachel Stabler ASURachel Stabler will join ASU as an Associate Clinical Professor of Law. She has been on the writing faculty at the University of Miami School of Law since 2010.  She recently joined the Board of Editors of the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute.  Her most recent article, “Screen Time Limits: Reconsidering Presentation Software for the Law School Classroom,” is forthcoming in Volume 23 of the Journal.  She has also published in the Second Draft and is a regular presenter at national and regional conferences.

Hat tip to Prof. Kimberly Y.W. Holst at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.


February 21, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

News from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge

The Tenure Committee at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana has voted to recommend to SULC's Chancellor that Angela A. Allen-Bell, Regina L. Ramsey, and Wendy K. Shea, who are currently associate professors of legal analysis and writing, receive immediate tenure and the title of Associate Professor of Law. The SULC Chancellor announced that he would recommend their tenure to the board of supervisors in March. The tenure committee also voted to award an endowed professorship to Wendy Shea.

Angela Allen-Bell SULCProfessor Angela A. Allen-Bell is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and a 1998 graduate of the Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Prior to entering law school, she served as a Program Director for the National Council of Negro Women of Greater New Orleans. After law school, she spent ten years working at an appellate court and, in this capacity, gained an expertise in appellate law. In 2008, she left the judiciary and began her career in academia as a law professor. Professor Allen-Bell frequently lends her time to causes involving social and/or restorative justice, criminal justice reform and prisoner reentry. She is regular speaker to community groups and professional organizations. Her topics range from motivational messages to diversity and cultural competency talks to presentations about social, restorative or criminal justice and/or constitutional, civil or human rights issues. She has the distinction of having worked on several historic advocacy campaigns, such as the Angola 3 case, the case of Soledad Brother John Clutchette and the abolishment of Louisiana’s non-unanimous jury law.

Regina Ramsey SULCProfessor Regina Ramsey is the associate vice chancellor for evening division and emerging programs and serves on the legal analysis and writing faculty. She joined the Southern University Law Center as director of career counseling and development in September 2000. Before joining the Law Center administration, Ramsey was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable John Michael Guidry of the First Circuit Court of Appeal. She is also a former associate with McGlinchey Stafford in the firm’s New Orleans office and then in the Baton Rouge office. She is a magna cum laude law graduate who ranked number one in her class. She was editor-in-chief of the Southern University Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Board, where she was winner of awards for Best Brief and Best Team in the Intra-school Competition. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, where she was inducted in Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma. Her research and scholarship focuses on education law and constitutional law. She is also a frequent CLE speaker on issues of professionalism and ethics.

Wendy Shea SULCWendy K. Shea joined the Southern University Law Center faculty in 2008 as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Legal Analysis and Writing. Shea had served as a law clerk for the Illinois Appellate Court of Illinois and taught legal writing as an adjunct instructor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and DePaul University College of Law. She received her J.D. magna cum laude from Valparaiso University School of Law where she was a Presidential Honors Scholar and an associate editor for the VUSL Law Review. Shea received her B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Mary in North Dakota.

Hat tip to Professor Gail S. Stephenson, the Louisiana Outside Counsel A.A. Lenoir Endowed Professor and Director of Legal Analysis & Writing at the Southern University Law Center.


February 21, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Librarian of Congress Names New Chief Copyright Royalty Judge and Interim Copyright Royalty Judge


Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced her selection of Judge Jesse Feder as the new chief copyright royalty judge and head of the Copyright Royalty Board. Feder will be replacing Chief Judge Suzanne Barnett who, having served in the position since 2012, will retire from federal service effective February 16.

"I am pleased to appoint Judge Feder to this important position,” Hayden said. “We are grateful for the expertise, insight and institutional knowledge that he brings from his years of service on the Copyright Royalty Board and in other posts at the Library of Congress and in the private sector. I also thank outgoing Chief Judge Suzanne Barnett for her dedication and able service over the last 7 years.”

Feder currently serves as a judge on the Copyright Royalty Board. A published author, he has more than 25 years of experience in copyright and intellectual property law, including as Director of International Trade and Intellectual Property for the Business Software Alliance, Acting Associate Register in the U.S. Copyright Office; and Legal Adviser in the Office of the General Counsel for the Library of Congress.

Feder received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and his law degree from Columbia University School of Law, where he served as Managing Editor of the Columbia Law Review. He has also served as an adjunct professor of law at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan and John Marshall Law School in Illinois.

To fill the vacancy left by Feder’s appointment, the Librarian of Congress has appointed Richard C. Strasser interim copyright royalty judge on the Copyright Royalty Board. Strasser will serve for a period of six months, or until the Librarian fills the position permanently. The Library will be posting the position of Copyright Royalty judge within the next few weeks.

Strasser has been senior staff attorney on the Copyright Royalty Board since its inception in 2007 and previously served as an interim copyright royalty judge in 2012. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in rhetoric, and an M.B.A. His graduate coursework included microeconomics, macroeconomics and finance. Strasser obtained a law degree from the University of Virginia in 1989 where he served as an editor of the Virginia Law Review.

Strasser has broad experience in economics and finance, including several years at the Securities and Exchange Commission. At the SEC, he served for a period as Attorney Fellow, focusing on market structure and derivatives. He has published articles dealing with economic and financial analysis.

“I extend my gratitude to Judge Strasser for being willing once again to serve in this important role.” Hayden said. “His service will enable the Board to continue its important work uninterrupted while we recruit a permanent replacement.”

Feder and Strasser serve on the Copyright Royalty Board alongside Judge David Strickler. The three copyright royalty judges are charged by statute with facilitating efficiency of transactions required by law between copyright holders and distributors ( The judges conduct proceedings between parties when the parties are unable to reach agreement on royalty terms, and facilitate distribution of royalties in concert with the U.S. Copyright Office.

(Adapted from a press release from the Library of Congress)


February 14, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Legal Writing Journal Invites Essays, Articles, and Book Reviews

The Editorial Board of The Legal Writing Journal, invites essays, articles, and book reviews for publication consideration. Volume 23 will be publishing this spring, so they are currently seeking submissions for Volume 24 to be published in spring 2020.


The Journal aims to provide a forum for the publication of essays, articles, and book reviews about the theory, substance, and pedagogy of legal writing. Additional information about the Journal may be found on its website. You may email your submission through the website (, or via Express.


Hat tip to Prof. Lindsey P. Gustafson at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law

February 14, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Last Call for Nominating Books for the Scribes Book Award

Since 1961, Scribes--The American Society of Legal Writers--has presented an annual award for the best work of legal scholarship published during the previous year. The Scribes Book-Award Committee receives between 30 and 40 nominees each year. The Scribes Book Award is presented at a CLE program held in conjunction with the Scribes' annual meeting, which this year will be held in Washington, D.C. on Friday, April 12, 2019.

International law experts may remember that the 2018 winner of the Scribes Book Award was The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World by Oona A. Hathaway and Scott J. Shapiro. Honorable mentions went to The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein, and to Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice by Roberta Walburn.

Nominations for the 2019 Scribes Book Award will be accepted until February 15, 2019. To nominate a book for this year's book award, all a publisher needs to do is send a copy to each of our book award committee members.  For more information, please contact the Executive Director of Scribes, Philip Johnson, at


February 14, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Save the Date: 2019 ALWD Conference in Boston

Here's a reminder that the 2019 Biennial Conference of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) will be held May 29-31, 2019 at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. The theme of the conference will be "Time for Transformative Leadership: Teaching and Learning."

February 12, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Santa Clara is Hiring

Santa Clara University School of Law is hiring both full-time and adjunct faculty for its Office of Academic and Bar Success, and for the Legal Writing Department. The position advertised may lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years.

The professor hired will not be permitted to vote in faculty meetings, although the issue of voting for renewable term faculty is under discussion and set for a vote this spring semester.

The law school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary of $90,000 to $119,999.  (A base salary does not include stipends for coaching moot court teams, teaching other courses, or teaching in summer school; a base salary does not include conference travel or other professional development funds.) Renewable term faculty members are entitled to a $3,000 faculty support budget.  Other teaching and coaching opportunities are available for additional stipends.

The number of students enrolled in each semester will be 30 or fewer for the legal writing course. The number of students taught overall will depend on teaching assignments other than the first-year legal writing course.

Hat tip to Associate Dean Michael W. Flynn at Santa Clara University School of Law


February 12, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, February 11, 2019

John Marshall Chicago is Hiring Podium Visitors

The John Marshall Law School in Chicago seeks two or more experienced faculty members to serve as full-time visiting professors for the 2019-2020 academic year (one or both semesters). We need coverage in the areas of Civil Procedure, Corporations, Employee Benefits, Estates & Trusts, Income Taxation, Legal Research and Writing, and Property. Candidates must have law school teaching experience. It is contemplated that the successful candidates will be current full-time faculty members at ABA-approved law schools, although others with extraordinary credentials may be considered.


To apply, submit a current CV, cover letter, and three professional references to Associate Dean David Sorkin at The Committee will begin reviewing applications as they are received and will continue on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. We may conduct an interview via Skype or a similar platform or in person, and may request submission of teaching evaluations or other materials.


The John Marshall Law School is committed to diversity, access, and opportunity. Subject to the approval of our accreditors, JMLS is in the process of being acquired by the University of Illinois at Chicago, with an anticipated closing date in August 2019. For more information, visit and


The John Marshall Law School, finding any invidious discrimination inconsistent with the mission of free academic inquiry, does not discriminate in admission, services, or employment on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic characteristics, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

February 11, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Hal Lloyd Promoted to Full Professor at Wake Forest

Hal Lloyd Wake ForestThe faculty of Wake Forest University School of Law has voted to promote Hal Lloyd to Professor of Law. He is the first legal writing faculty member to apply for full tenure under the school's new unitary tenure standard.

Professor Lloyd graduated with High Honors from Duke University School of Law and magna cum laude from Davidson College, where he majored in philosophy. He was Vice President and General Counsel of The Fresh Market, Inc. for approximately ten years. Before that, he was a partner with the firm of Tuggle, Duggins & Meschan, P.A. where he had a general commercial practice. That practice included representing clients in commercial contracts, commercial leasing, commercial lending, intellectual property, and commercial bankruptcy law. Professor Lloyd has served as a co-editor-in-chief of The Second Draft, and has also served as the Ethics Chair for the Corporate Counsel Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Professor Lloyd's legal interests include law and language, semiotics of law, rhetoric, interpretation theory, commercial transactions and drafting, and legal education theory and reform. He also enjoys genealogy, verse composition (some of which has been set to music), and the art of translation. His translations include the complete epigrams of Palladas and various French works including Racine's Phedre and Moliere's Tartuffe.

Hat tip to Laura Graham.


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