Wednesday, February 6, 2019

UALR Honors Lyn Entrikin and Lindsey Gustafson

Two legal writing faculty members members are being recognized by the University of Arkansas Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law.


J. Lyn Entrikin received a Faculty Award for Excellence in Research or Creative Endeavors.


J Lyn EntrikinJ. Lyn Entrikin is the Charles Baum Distinguished Professor of Law at UALR. Her award recognizes individuals whose research or creative endeavors have been particularly successful and recognized locally, regionally, and nationally. The results of these efforts should have contributed to the expansion of knowledge and the quality of life, or encouraged additional research.

Beginning in 2003, Professor Entrikin taught legal research and writing, legal drafting, and legislation at her alma mater, Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas. She was the Director of Washburn’s Legal Writing Program from 2004-08 and was granted tenure in 2010. She recently completed two three-year terms on the Board of Directors of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD), serving as President in 2011-12. She remains an active member of ALWD, currently serving as co-chair of the Association’s Task Force on the ABA accreditation standards and as a member of various other committees. She is a member of the Executive Board of the Section on Balance in Legal Education of the Association of American Law Schools.

Professor Entrikin’s scholarship interests focus on public policy and the interrelationships among the three branches of government. She has published articles on judicial rulemaking, administrative law, state and local tax, statutory interpretation, and privacy law. She is presently co-authoring a legal drafting textbook focusing on rule-based public and private law.


Lindsey P. Gustafson Received Her Third Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.


Lindsey Gustafson UALRThe award received by Professor Gustafson recognizes superior classroom teachers – individuals whose command of their respective disciplines, teaching methodologies, communications skills, concern for student performance, and commitment to the learning process exemplify the teacher/mentor model. The award is designed to distinguish teachers who maintain high expectations of their students and who ensure academic rigor in their courses. This year marks (by our count) the third time that she's received this award.


Professor Gustafson is an Associate Professor of Law and has been a member of the faculty since 1998. Since joining the faculty, she has worked extensively on improving student scholarship and supporting faculty-edited, peer-reviewed journals. She was hired as the founding Executive Editor of The Journal of Appellate Practice and Process, and still serves on its editorial board. She is also a Managing Editor for The Journal of Legal Writing Institute and a Co-Editor of The Law Teacher, published by the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning. She has published articles on improving student scholarship and on the impact of technology on student writing, and has created three new classes to train students in writing and editing legal scholarship. She has also frequently presented at both regional and national legal writing conferences on effective teaching methods. Professor Gustafson has been nominated four times for the Bowen School of Law Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, and has previously won the award twice, in 2004 and 2014. Prior to joining the law school, she clerked and then served as staff attorney for several Utah trial court judges. Professor Gustafson is a graduate of the J. Reuben Clark School of Law, Brigham Young University, where she was the Executive Editor of the Brigham Young University Law Review and elected to the Order of the Coif.



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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Dawn Anderson Wins Award for Teaching Excellence at the University of Iowa

Dawn Barker Anderson, Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing & Research at the University of Iowa, has been awarded the President and Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence, the highest teaching award at the University of Iowa.

Professor Anderson graduated with highest honors from the University of Northern Iowa in 1992, and with high distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1995. She practiced law at Meardon, Sueppel & Downer Iowa City for five years, concentrating her practice on corporate and distribution law. She then went to work as the first in-house lawyer for ACT, where she worked for six years. She joined the University of Iowa College of Law in 2005 when she started teaching Legal Analysis, Writing and served as Associate Director of the Writing Resource Center. She then joined the Faculty of the University of Iowa in 2009 as an Assistant Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research.

Congratulations on this important recognition.

Hat tip to Caroline Sheerin.


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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Save the Date: Burton Awards 2019

The 20th Annual Burton Awards will be held in Washington, D.C., on Monday, May 20, 2019.

Burton Awards event begins: Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress 4:00p.m. prompt
Cocktail Reception: Great Hall of the Library of Congress, 6:00 p.m.
Gala/Dinner: Great Hall, Atrium Level, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m​.

Event Venue: Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium and Great Hall.
City/State/Zip: 10 First Street, S.E., Washington, D.C.

The awards program recognizes major achievements in the law, ranging from literary awards to the greatest reform in law. The awards are selected by professors from Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, UC Berkeley School of Law, Stanford Law School, and Columbia Law School, among others. The members of the Honorary Board of Directors are Chief Judge Richard Posner (retired), Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals; U.S. Senator John Cornyn; U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.; U.S. Senator Mike Crapo; U.S. Senator Michael F. Bennet; California Supreme Court Justice Carol Corrigan of California; Yabo Lin, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP; Jane Sullivan Roberts, Partner, Major, Lindsey & Africa; Lisa Rickard, President, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform; Thomas L. Sager, Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP; Les Parrette, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Compliance Officer, Novelis Inc.; James M. Rishwain, Jr., Chairman Emeritus, Pillsbury Winthrop LLP; Betty Whelchel, Head of Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs, BNP Paribis SA; Stephen R. Mysliwiec, Partner, DLA Piper LLP (US); Leslie T. Thornton, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas; and Linda Klein, Immediate Past President, American Bar Association.


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Friday, February 1, 2019

Reminder: Nominations for the LWI Phelps Award Due By March 31, 2019


Teresa Godwin Phelps Scholarship Award for Works Published in 2018


This award honors and draws attention to individual works of outstanding scholarship specific to the legal writing discipline that are published in a given calendar year. The award is meant to set aspirational standards for others who produce scholarship in the field. The award is not meant to honor instructional materials, such as textbooks.

In making an award, the selection committee and the LWI Board will focus solely on whether an individual work is specific to the discipline of legal writing and on whether it makes an outstanding contribution to scholarship in the discipline. Neither the selection committee nor the Board will consider the author’s long-term contributions to the field or contributions in service, program design, teaching, or improving status for the legal writing field. 

The selection committee may recommend, and the Board may give, more than one award for any given year.

Eligible works

To be eligible for this year’s award, an article or book must have been published in its final form in 2018 and must be nominated through the process described below. Textbooks and similar instructional materials are not eligible.

The publication year assigned by the publisher determines eligibility, regardless of whether the work is actually available in that year. However, if the final form of the work is not actually available to the public in the year of its official publication date, and if, as a result, the selection committee lacks time to consider the work before making the award(s) for that year, the selection committee may evaluate the work for an award in the following year, despite the official publication year.


1. A draft of an article is posted on SSRN in October 2017 and the final form of the article is published in print by a law review. The law review’s issue is dated February 2018. The article is eligible for consideration for an award for works published in 2018.  

2.  A law review has a “Fall 2018” issue, but the law review is running behind and does not actually publish that issue, either in print or online, until March 2019. In this instance, the article is eligible for either an award for works published in 2018 or an award for works published in 2019, but not both. If time permits, the selection committee will consider the article for an award for 2018 publications. If time does not so permit, the committee will roll it over and consider it next year for an award for 2019 publications, despite its official publication date.

Eligible authors

Any person, except a member of the current selection committee, is eligible to win the award. The author’s faculty status, level of experience, or area(s) of teaching will not be considered. Members of the current selection committee are Mary Beth Beazley, Sha-Shana Crichton, Linda Edwards, Lisa Eichhorn, Elizabeth Fajans, and Lucy Jewel.

Nomination Deadline and Process 


For works published in 2018, the nomination deadline is March 31, 2019.  Please email nominations to


Nominations must be in writing, must briefly summarize the reasons for the nomination, must provide a copy of or link to the nominated work, and must be received by the deadline above. The selection committee will not accept nominations by the author of the nominated work or by any member of the selection committee.


The LWI Board plans to announce the Phelps Award winner(s) by July 2019.


Questions?  Please contact Lisa Eichhorn, chair of the selection committee, at


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