Tuesday, April 30, 2019
LWI Joins SALT and CLEA in Opposing Proposed Revisions to ABA Standard 316
Dear members and colleagues,
On the agenda for the April 2019 monthly LWI Board meeting was a discussion of Resolution 105—the proposed revision to ABA Accreditation Standard 316, which would require all law schools to achieve a 75 percent bar passage rate for all graduates within two years of graduation.
The current standard holds that accredited law schools are not in compliance if within five years, fewer than 75 percent of first-time test-takers do not pass bar exams or the schools are not within 15 points of state bar passage rates. The proposed revision was rejected by the ABA House of Delegates in 2017. The Council sent the proposal back to the House of Delegates in January 2019, and the House rejected it again. The Council’s options now are to abandon the effort to revise the standard, propose a different revision, or reaffirm and implement the changes. The Council meets again May 16-18 in Chicago.
At that meeting, the Board voted to join SALT and CLEA in opposing the proposal for a number of reasons including the lack of transparency in the process, the impact on minority students, and the likely adverse impact on the legal writing community.
The text of the statement is reprinted below:
The Legal Writing Institute (LWI) is the second largest organization of law professors in the United States. Our nearly 3,000 members also include lawyers and judges, researchers, consultants, and undergraduate researchers.
LWI joins the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA), the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT), and other interested parties that have raised strong objections to the proposed revision to Standard 316. LWI is concerned about both the process surrounding the proposed change as well as the proposal itself. As other groups have noted, the Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar’s (the Council’s) decision-making over the past several years has lacked transparency in process as well as collaboration with affiliates and other constituencies. Additionally, LWI notes that the Council has been made aware of the “substantial negative impact on HBCU and other law schools with significant enrollment of people of color, including the law schools in Puerto Rico. . . .” See Letter from Chairs of ABA Goal III Entities (Jan. 2019) (extensive discussion of ABA data). The predicted disparate impact on law students of color is an important concern, which has not been adequately debated during open sessions of the Council.
Radical changes to Standard 316—without adequate input and attention to differences in the degree of difficulty of different states’ bar exams, investigation of the cause of declining bar passage rates, the impact on schools with the mission of admitting students with lower predictors of success, and existing, dramatically expanded academic success and bar preparation programs in law schools—will likely have an adverse impact on the legal writing community.
Enacting a more rigorous standard at a time when law schools are already struggling to comply with current Standard 316 will divert valuable resources to even more academic success and bar preparation programs—activities with which our community is often tasked without course relief, additional compensation, or adequate governance rights to give meaningful input at their own institutions. As CLEA has noted, it will also likely “shift legal education away from courses that integrate doctrine, theory, and skills and prepare students for the practice of law.” CLEA Statement to ABA House of Delegates, January 27, 2019, at 3. Because LWI believes these resources are better spent continuing to improve integrated skills teaching in the schools’ existing curriculum, the LWI Board has voted to support the efforts of both CLEA and SALT and joins the statements submitted by those organizations in opposition to the proposed revision. See, e.g., SALT letter to ABA House of Delegates, Jan. 21, 2019; CLEA, SALT Joint Memo to Council, Feb. 20, 2019.
For more information, as well as the statements filed by CLEA and SALT, see https://www.lwionline.org/lwi-joins-salt-and-clea-opposing-proposed-revisions-aba-standard-316.
LWI Board of Directors
Kristen Tiscione, President
Kimberly Holst, President Elect
Kim Chanbonpin, Immediate Past President and SALT Affiliate
Jason Palmer, Treasurer
Rebecca Scharf, Secretary
Iselin Gambert, Communications and Public Relations Officer
April 30, 2019
Thursday, April 25, 2019
The Global Lawyering Skills Program at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California anticipates the need to hire visitor for the entire academic year, 2019-2020. If you are interested in joining a great group of colleagues, on a lovely campus, in a nice climate, for an academic year, please send expressions of interest to email@example.com. The position is a one-year visitorship. Other faculty at McGeorge have 405(c) or 405(c) track positions. If the school were to hire the following year, the visitor would be eligible to apply. Visiting professors do not have voting rights, but are welcome to attend faculty meetings. The school anticipates paying a base salary of $70,000 to $89,999 The visitor would teach one section of GLS I (their first-year course) and one section of GLS II (their second-year course).
Hat tip to Mary-Beth Moyland, Associate Dean for Experiential Learning, Professor of Lawyering Skills, and Director of the McGeorge Global Lawyering Skills Program.
The University of Washington School of Law in Seattle is looking for a visiting professor to teach two sections of its first-year Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing course. Each section tends to have about 18-22 students, though the numbers fluctuate depending on the size of the incoming class.
This position would be a true one-year visit! As detailed below, they don’t currently expect the visit to transition into a longer-term position.
If you are interested, please email me a PDF of: (1) a resume, and (2) a cover letter that discusses (a) your interest in the position, (b) how your experience has prepared you to teach two sections of first-year legal writing at the law school, (c) how this one-year visit fits into your long-term career goals, and (d) anything else you’d like to tell then. The letter should be addressed to Scott Schumacher, our Associate Dean. But please send the materials to David J.S. Ziff, the Director of Legal Writing at the University of Washington School of Law, who is collecting the applications.
Hat tip to David Ziff
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School’s Board of Directors announced that James McGrath, professor of law and associate dean for academic support and bar services at Texas A&M University School of Law, will be the law school’s next president and dean. McGrath will be the third president and sixth dean since the law school’s founding in 1972.
Dean McGrath replaces Don LeDuc, who retired after 16 years serving as WMU-Cooley’s President and Dean. Dean LeDuc was a recipient of the Legal Writing Institute's Golden Pen Award for his advocacy on behalf of legal writing and legal writing professors.
Thursday, April 18, 2019
California dreaming? Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles is seeking applicants for a full-time or part-time position as a visiting professor of Legal Analysis, Writing and Skills (LAWS).
The LAWS course offers first-year students six credits of instruction in core lawyering skills including research, writing, client counseling, oral advocacy, and professionalism. The LAWS program has a director and shared core assignments, but faculty members each select and develop their own teaching materials and lessons.
Applicants must have a law degree, strong academic record, and at least two years of post-law school experience demonstrating the potential for excellence in teaching legal writing and other practical lawyering skills. Teaching experience is preferred but not required. Southwestern is committed to faculty diversity.
Applicants should be prepared to start work as early as July 2019 and to start teaching as early August 10, 2019. Please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can address your cover letter to Members of the LAWS Hiring Committee.
This is a one-year visitorship with a possibility of renewal. We anticipate the need for a full-time hire. However, we would consider candidates who need part-time appointments for personal reasons. Although this is initially a visitorship, if the need becomes long-term, the school may subsequently offer a nonvisiting position (such a position would be 405(c)-compliant with renewable one-year contracts and eligibility for a five-year presumptively renewable contract after three years).
Hat tip to Tracy Turner, Director and Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing, and Skills at Southwestern Law School.
Georgia State University College of Law is looking for qualified candidates for the position of Lecturer in its Lawyering: Foundations program. Applications are invited from individuals who have the expertise to contribute fully at the lecturer level in support of the school's first-year required legal writing program.
Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from a nationally-accredited college, the first professional degree in law from a nationally-accredited American law school, and a specific interest in teaching legal writing at an institution committed to both day and evening educational opportunities.
Candidates with several years of legal practice experience are preferred. Although teaching experience is not required, the successful candidate should be prepared to undertake full teaching duties including lecturing, facilitating writing workshop exercises, and providing corrective feedback on weekly homework assignments, letters, memos, and briefs. Lawyering: Foundations faculty work collaboratively from a uniform syllabus, but the successful candidate is encouraged and expected to contribute his or her own ideas, exercises, and innovative approaches to the legal writing classroom experience.
This is a one-year, renewable, non-tenure track appointment. The period of appointment is ten months running from August to May. Compensation includes a contract salary commensurate with experience, plus a benefits package. This is a teaching appointment with a service requirement equivalent to one committee assignment. Neither research nor scholarship is required.
Applicants wishing to apply should register with http://academicjobsonline.org/ (the registration is free) and upload a résumé, cover letter, and writing sample. Cover letters should be directed to Lawyering Foundations Director Maggie Vath, Chair of Lawyering Foundations Faculty Search Committee, Georgia State University College of Law, P.O. Box 4037, Atlanta, Georgia 30302-4037. Applicants invited for interview will be required to submit three written letters of recommendation. For any questions related to the position, please contact Maggie Vath at email@example.com.
The application deadline is Friday, May 10, 2019. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. An offer of employment will be conditional on criminal and educational background verification.
Part of a comprehensive research university, the College of Law is a dynamic urban-centered law school located in the heart of Atlanta with approximately 650 full- and part-time law students. The school encourages applications from candidates who would diversify the faculty. Georgia State University, a unit of the University System of Georgia, is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.
Hat tip to Maggie Vath.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Our colleague Ian Gallacher (Syracuse) shared a moving tribute to the Notre Dame Cathedral that we thought worth sharing.
I apologize for posting on something not law or writing-related. The news from Paris is so devastating, I feel a strong need for my friends right now.
So. Amid the talk about what's been lost -- and it's incalculable -- this probably won't get much mention. But we've lost the only link to the origins of what we think of as classical music today, and that's worth moment's mourning.
When the building was new, the great composer Leonin, and his even greater student Perotin, wrote music for the Notre Dame choir to sing. They wrote the music down, but not in contemporary staff notation, and the only reason we know how to sing it is something that wouldn't happen in our computer age: a student -- English, probably, but otherwise unidentified (he's called Anonymous Four by musicologists, which is how the singing group got its name) -- took classes taught probably by Perotin and his class notes were preserved.
I took a class once that I thought would be deathly dull. We had to translate Anonymous Four's notes from Latin, even though none of us spoke Latin, and then use them to transcribe some works by Perotin and one by Leonin, and then sing them. It was enthralling and magical: this music written 800 years ago came to life and was profoundly strange and great. Literally otherworldly. And we learned (and unlike Anonymous Four, I didn't save my notes from the class so I only have my faulty recollection as proof of this) that Perotin made arguably the first purely musical decision on record, a choice to repeat the liturgy because the musical logic required it even though he was literally changing the word of God to do it. He got into trouble, but the result was so stunning that he got away with it. And from that decision grows, in one way of looking at it, every compositional decision made after it.
You can hear the music of Leonin and Perotin. There are several fine recordings, and I'm sure there will be many performances on YouTube. And until today, we had the physical space that music was written for, standing tall and proud and as magnificent as was its music. That link -- that connection to the deep musical past of Western culture -- is gone now. Gone in less than two hours. Something that stood for 850 years, gone in the time it took to go out to dinner (I'm in Wales today) and come home again. What a profound loss on such a mundane day.
In the days to come we'll learn what happened, and what the French will do about it. Surely they'll rebuild: many many German churches was destroyed in the war and are standing again today, and surely the Germans will help the French as, I hope, will my homeland -- setting aside the parochial nonsense of the past few years. But it probably won't be complete in our lifetime. Certainly not mine (this isn't pessimism. Dresden took 60 years or more to rebuild and not even the most optimistic views of my future see me living to 122!)
So if, like me, you're looking for a way to celebrate what Notre Dame has meant to all of us -- not just French, not just Catholics, not just Europeans -- can I suggest listening to some music written when the building still smelled of fresh wood and wet plaster, not smoke and ash? Leonin and Perotin have been dead for 800 years, and Notre Dame died tonight, but we can preserve what they've meant to us by remembering them and marvelling again at their accomplishments and beauty. If you're spoiled for choice and can't decide, I can recommend Perotin's stunning Viderunt Omnes: almost certainly the first ever masterwork of Western art music.
Sorry for blabbering on, folks. We never know what we have until we don't have it anymore.
To hear Leonin/Perotin music from the cathedral, click here. (Apologies for the ads.)
Jamie J. Baker, the Interim Director of the Law Library at Texas Tech University School of Law, was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of Scribes--The American Society of Legal Writers. She is a past Executive Director of Scribes.
Joseph Kimble, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, was re-elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of Scribes. Professor Kimble is also a past Executive Director of Scribes.
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Congratulations to Shakira Pleasant (Miami Law), whose article, "Fisher's Forewarning: Using Data to Normalize College Admissions, was recently published in the University of Pennsylvania’s Journal of Constitutional Law.
"In the second of the Fisher decisions, Justice Kennedy commented on the data collected by the University of Texas since the decision in Fisher I. He wrote, in Fisher II, “The type of data collected, and the manner in which it is considered, will have a significant bearing on how the University must shape its admissions policy to satisfy strict scrutiny in the years to come.” That language earned the Fisher II opinion a rating of “built to last,” and provides pretty clear marching orders for college admissions policies going forward. Shakira reviews the data and analyzes it under a framework used by healthcare and legal services industries. Under that analysis, she argues that the data collected by UT show a certain lack of diversity created by the Top-Ten Percent Law admissions policy that has not been evaluated and therefore not addressed. She therefore suggests three different ways that UT could improve its data collection and evaluation to assess the fairness of its admissions system."
For an abstract of the paper and download link, click here.
(h/t Ruth Anne Robbins)
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Illinois Appellate Court Justice Michael Hyman Wins the 2019 Kimble Distinguished Service Award from Scribes--The American Society of Legal Writers
Illinois Appellate Court Justice Michael B. Hyman received the 2019 Kimble Distinguished Service Award from Scribes—The American Society of Legal Writers. The award was presented in Washington D.C. at the Law Library of Congress on April 12, 2019. The Kimble Distinguished Service Award recognizes outstanding service to Scribes—The American Society of Legal Writers—and to its mission of improving legal writing.
The Kimble award is named for Joseph Kimble, a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. He is senior editor of The Scribes Journal of Legal Writing and the longtime editor of the “Plain Language” column in the Michigan Bar Journal. He has lectured on writing to legal organizations around the world. He is a drafting consultant to the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the U.S. Judicial Conference and he led the redrafting of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence.
Professor Kimble is also a past president of Clarity, served as the executive director of Scribes, is a founding director of the Center for Plain Language, and was on the board of the Legal Writing Institute. In 2000, he was one of the first persons named as a “Plain English Champion” by the Plain English Campaign, in England. In 2007, he won the first Plain Language Association International Award for being a “champion, leader, and visionary in the international plain-language field.” He has twice won a prestigious Burton Award for Reform in Law — in 2007 for his work on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and in 2011 for his work on the Federal Rules of Evidence. In 2010, he won a lifetime-achievement award from the Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research of the Association of American Law Schools. In 2017, Scribes created the Joseph Kimble Distinguished Service Award.
The Kimble award was first presented in 2017 to the Honorable Kenneth Gartner. Judge Gartner was a civil and criminal trial judge in the Nassau County District Court, where he earned the distinction of being the most published judge in the history of the New York State District Court. Judge Gartner served as a Special Professor of Legal Ethics at Hofstra Law School; and an Adjunct Professor at Touro Law School, overseeing the Judicial Externship program, and teaching a seminar for judicial externs examining the judge's role, in theory and practice. Judge Gartner has for over a decade been the Chair of a national committee of judges, law professors, and practicing attorneys which annually chooses a law school Moot Court brief for recognition by Scribes.
The award was presented in 2018 to Dean Darby Dickerson of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. She is a past president of Scribes and serves now as the host institution board member. Scribes is now housed at The John Marshall Law School.
Justice Hyman, the recipient of the 2019 award, is the immediate-past president of Scribes. He is a Justice on the Illinois Appellate Court. Before joining the judiciary, Justice Hyman was a principal at Much Shelist, Chicago, which he joined in 1979 after serving two years as an Assistant Illinois Attorney General in the Antitrust Division. He graduated from Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, with honors in 1974, and from Northwestern University School of Law in 1977. In addition to serving as a past president of Scribes, Justice Hyman has been president of the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois Judges Association, the Jewish Judges Association of Illinois, and the Decalogue Society of Lawyers.
Scribes—The American Society of Legal Writers—was established in August 1953 to celebrate and promote better legal writing. In addition to holding CLE programs and presenting awards, the organization publishes a journal, a newsletter, and tips for better legal research and writing. Individuals and institutions can find more information about Scribes (including membership information) at www.scribes.org.
University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
Visiting Professor – Legal Methods
The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law seeks applications for a visiting professor to teach in the Legal Methods program for the 2019-2020 academic year. Legal Methods is a rigorous, required first-year legal research, writing, and analysis course. The visiting professor will teach Legal Methods I (fall, three credits) and Legal Methods II (spring, two credits) with approximately thirty-six students each semester. The visiting professor will work closely with our Legal Methods Faculty, including the Director of Legal Methods.
Memphis Law has a strong interest in hiring a visiting professor who would contribute to the Law School’s commitment to providing a broadly diverse campus community. Applicants should have an outstanding academic record, demonstrated excellence in legal research and writing, and excellent communication skills. Applicants should also have a strong desire to teach legal research and writing to first-year law students, as well as a desire and ability to work collegially in a collaborative environment. Applicants must have a J.D., bar admission, and at least two years of practice experience. Teaching experience is desired but not required.
The base salary will be $60,000 for a nine-month visiting appointment. Tennessee does not have an income tax, and, in several different surveys, Memphis consistently ranks in the top ten for having one of the lowest costs of living in the United States.
Applicants should send the following materials to Jodi Wilson, Director of Legal Methods, atJodi.Wilson@memphis.edu: a letter of interest, a resume or CV, and a list of three references. (Please include “Visiting Professor Application” in the subject line of the e-mail.) In addition, applicants must submit materials through the University’s hiring portal at https://workforum.memphis.edu. The position is open until filled, and application review will begin immediately.
The following members of our community have been awarded ALWD Teaching Grants. Congratulations to all!
- Deirdre M. Bowen, Seattle University School of Law
Analysis Drills in a Legal Writing Classroom Lab: Deirdre has proposed to develop a series of intensive analytical skills exercises for use in the second semester of a year-long 1L legal writing program.
- Pamela DeMartino, Widener University Commonwealth Law School
Customizing Podcasts to Enhance Legal Writing Instruction: Pamela has proposed to develop a series of podcasts specifically designed to complement legal methods classes and selected upper-level doctrinal courses.
- Elizabeth Frost, University of Oregon School of Law
From Seat to Screens: Creating an Online, Distance Learning Writing Course for Upper-Level Students: Elizabeth has proposed to develop an online, distance-learning summer course geared toward weaker students who need additional exposure to the fundamental writing skills taught in a typical two-semester 1L legal writing course.
- Nancy Millar, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School; Delaware Law School (2019–2020)
Integrating Mind, Brain & Education Principles into Legal Education: Practical Applications of Collaborative Learning & Environmental Instruction in the Legal Writing Course: Nancy has proposed to employ research-tested methodology to develop collaborative and group exercises, tasks, and assignments that faculty can integrate into the 1L legal writing course, and a case file that blends instruction on writing mechanics with a robust series of assignments that also teach legal analysis, writing, research, and citation.
(h/t Whitney Heard and Kate Brem)
Friday, April 12, 2019
Here's a reminder that The Legal Writing Journal, invites submissions for possible publication in 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), or via Express.
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Congratulations to Lauren Simpson for being selected by the University of Houston Law Center's Student Bar Association as Professor of the Year in the part-time program. Lauren will be honored for a third time at the Dean's Award Ceremony next week.
Lauren can be congratulated at: email@example.com.
(h/t Sarah Morath)
Congratulations to Katrina Lee (Ohio State), David Krech (West Virginia), Rebekah Hanley (University of Oregon), Mary Adkins (University of Florida) and Ellie Margolis (Temple) who will be our new (and/or returning) ALWD Board. Katrina Lee will be president and David Krech will be treasurer. Rebekah Hanley, Mary Adkins, and Ellie Margolis will serve on the the Board of Directors.
The Academic Excellence Department has an opening for a full-time Academic Excellence Specialist. Academic Excellence Specialists are responsible for teaching, guiding, and supporting MHSL students to ensure their successful transition to and completion of law school and ensure students are successful in the passage of the bar. Specialists meet with and counsel students on their academic progress; develop and oversee the execution of individualized learning plans; provide one-on-one tutoring; develop, implement and revise courses and programs; and teach classes and workshops.
Qualifications: J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school; admission to the bar; strong legal writing, research, and analysis skills; ability to build rapport with students, faculty and staff; demonstrated ability to exercise sound, ethical, and professional judgment; and proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and social learning platforms. Some evening and weekend work necessary based on program and student needs.
To apply please send cover letter and resume by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; by fax to (651) 290-8645; or by mail to Human Resources, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, 875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105. Members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.
Mitchell Hamline School of Law is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, veteran/military status, disability or handicap, age, sexual orientation, status with regard to public assistance, or any other protected class status defined by law.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Best wishes to Connie Krontz on her retirement from Seattle. Connie has been a wonderful colleague for years and has lived an adventurous life. For a link to read more, click here.
If you'd like to send congratulations, or a message, email here: email@example.com.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Scribes—The American Society of Legal Writers – has announced the winners of its annual competition for the best law-related book published during 2018. The first-place winner is Adam Winkler for We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights (Liveright Publishing 2018). Two other authors were named as the runners-up for the Scribes Book Award: Justin Driver, The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind (Penguin Random House 2018), and Margaret Edds, We Face the Dawn: Oliver Hill, Spottswood Robinson, and the Legal Team That Dismantled Jim Crow (University of Virginia Press 2018).
The Scribes Book Awards will be presented in Washington, D.C. on Friday, April 12, 2019 at the Law Library of Congress. The award presentation will be part of a Scribes CLE and Award Program that will also include the presentation of a Lifetime-Achievement Award to Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Adam Winkler is is a professor of constitutional law at the UCLA School of Law. His book, We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights, is an informative and engaging history of how American corporations became “persons” whose civil rights were protected even though they were not the traditional focus of Supreme Court jurisprudence. In addition to winning the 2019 Scribes Book Award, Mr. Winkler’s book was also a finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. It was also named a notable book of the year by both the New York Times and the Washington Post and as one of the Best Books of the Year by both The Economist and The Boston Globe.
One of the runners-up for the Scribes Book Award is Justin Driver, who served as a law clerk to Justice Stephen Breyer. Justice Breyer will receive the Scribes Lifetime-Achievement Award at the CLE and Award Program.
The Scribes CLE and Award Program will begin at 2:00 p.m. with an introduction and update on resources of the Law Library of Congress, the largest law library in the world. The program continues with a roundtable discussion among former Assistant Solicitor Generals who will discuss effective appellate advocacy before the U.S. Supreme Court and other appellate tribunals. And the program will conclude with the presentation of the Lifetime-Achievement Award to Justice Breyer. The program is free and open to the public but advance registration is required because of space limitations. Visit www.scribes.org for more information about the program and how to register. The program is presented in cooperation with the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress.
The Scribes Book-Award Committee was chaired by Justice Michael Hyman of the Illinois Appellate Court. Other committee members included Bryan Garner, Yoshinori H.T. Himel, Brian Melendez, and Stuart Shiffman.