Saturday, September 14, 2019

Denitsa Mavrova Heinrich has been named the Rodney & Betty Webb Professor at the University of North Dakota School of Law. Denitsa is only the third professor to have held the distinction.

Denitsa is a 2010 alumna of the UND School of Law, graduating at the top of her class and honored with induction as a member of the Order of the Coif and the Order of Barristers. After law school, she served as the judicial law clerk for Justice Mary Muehlen Maring of the North Dakota Supreme Court, and then as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Kermit E. Bye of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. She taught as a Faculty Fellow at UND Law before serving for two years as an Assistant Professor of Law at Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law in Orlando, Florida. She returned to the UND Law faculty as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Law in 2016. She currently serves as the Director of Lawyering Skills and Trial Advocacy Programs and has led the UND Law Trial Team to great success in its regional and national competitions.

Hat tip to Tammy Pettinato Oltz

 

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September 14, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Central States Regional Legal Writing Conference at UIC John Marshall Law School

20190914_092208The UIC John Marshall Law School was the host institution of the 2019 Central States Regional Legal Writing Conference. Conference speakers include:

  • Prof. Emily Aleisa (IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law)
  • Prof. Anne Alexander (University of Missouri School of Law)
  • Prof. David W. Austin (California Western School of Law, visiting at Brooklyn Law School)
  • Prof. Susan Bakhshian (Loyola Marymount University School of Law)
  • Prof. Heather Baxter (Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law)
  • Prof. Elizabeth Bloom (Northeastern University School of Law)
  • Prof. Cynthia Bond (UIC John Marshall Law School)
  • Prof. Deborah Borman (University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law)
  • Prof. Mary Bowen (Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law)
  • Prof Jean Boylan (Loyola Marymount University School of Law)
  • Prof. Janet Brown (Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law)
  • Prof. Jenny Carey (Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law)
  • Prof. Kim D. Chanbonpin (UIC John Marshall Law School)
  • Prof. John Cook (Elon University School of Law)
  • Prof. Leslie Culver (California Western School of Law, visiting at the University of California Irvine School of Law)
  • Prof. Michelle Cue (DePaul University College of Law)
  • Prof. Jim Dimitri (Indiana University Robert F. McKinney School of Law)
  • Prof. Brad Desnoyer (Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law)
  • Dean Darby Dickerson (UIC John Marshall Law School)
  • Prof. Elizabeth Dragnich (Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law)
  • Prof. Jeff Drobish (Washington University in St. Louis School of Law)
  • Prof. Olympia Duhart (Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law)
  • Prof. Adam Eckart (Suffolk University Law School)
  • Prof. Michele Falkoff (Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law)
  • Prof. Joe Fore (University of Virginia School of Law)
  • Prof. David Ganfield (DePaul University College of Law)
  • Prof. Doug Godfrey (IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law)
  • Prof. Patrick Gould (Appalachian School of Law)
  • Prof. Stephanie Roberts Hartung (Northeastern University School of Law)
  • Prof. Kim Holst (Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law)
  • Prof. Jeanna Hunter (Northern Illinois University College of Law)
  • Prof. Lucy Jewel (University of Tennessee College of Law)
  • Prof. Karl Johnson (IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law)
  • Prof. Pam Keller (University of Kansas School of Law)
  • Prof. Joe Kimble (Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School)
  • Prof. Jo Ellen Lewis (Washington University in St. Louis School of Law)
  • Prof. Christina Lockwood (University of Detroit Mercy School of Law)
  • Prof. Teri McMurtry-Chubb (Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law, visiting at UIC John Marshall Law School)
  • Prof. Rodney Miller (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law)
  • Prof. Hugh Mundy (UIC John Marshall Law School)
  • Prof. Michael Murray (University of Kentucky College of Law)
  • Prof. Nell Novara (Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law)
  • Prof. Abigail Patthoff (Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law)
  • Prof. Mary Ann Robinson (Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law)
  • Prof. Joyce Rosenberg (University of Kansas School of Law)
  • Prof. Suzanne Rowe (University of Oregon School of Law)
  • Prof. Karen Sanner (Saint Louis University School of Law)
  • Michelle Silverthorn (Inclusion Nation)
  • Prof. Betsy Six (University of Kansas School of Law)
  • Prof. Meredith Strange (Northern Illinois University College of Law)
  • Prof. John B. Thornton (Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law)
  • Prof. Shawn Watts (University of Kansas School of Law)
  • Prof. Whitney Werich Heard (University of Houston Law Center)
  • Prof. Mark E. Wojcik (UIC John Marshall Law School)
  • Prof. Vanessa Zboreak (Elon University School of Law)

The 2019 Central States Legal Writing Conference was the 20th edition of this regional writing conference. It is believed to be the oldest of the regional legal writing conferences held across the United States.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

UIC is Hiring an Executive Director of its Center for Teaching Excellence

The University of Illinois at Chicago is looking for an Executive Director of a new university Center for Teaching Excellence that will support all members of the UIC community who have a teaching role, including faculty and teaching assistants at the undergraduate, graduate and professional level. The Executive Director, along with a permanent staff, will build a highly interactive Center that utilizes current university expertise coupled with a vision for how best to support faculty and increase student success. Reporting to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs through the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, the Executive Director will work with faculty and other instructors at UIC, to help them improve all aspects of their teaching, including assessment, diversity, and social emotional learning. The Executive Director will leverage the ongoing work of the Student Success Initiative, the Office of Diversity, the Learning Sciences Research Institute, Language and Culture Learning Center, ACCC Instructional Designers and other programs at UIC to support UIC’s teaching mission. For fullest consideration, candidates should complete an electronic application, including a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for a minimum of three references by Monday, October 7, 2019. For more information please visit the search webpage at https://adminsearches.uic.edu/edcte/. Please direct nominations and questions or concerns regarding the search and application process to Faizan Abid, Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, at fabid2@uic.edu. (mew)

September 11, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Events at the Library of Congress Kluge Center

 

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is pleased to announce its schedule of fall conversations featuring renowned scholars and authors. All events will be held in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The events are free and open to the public. However, tickets are suggested and available via Eventbrite.

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 4 p.m.
John W. Kluge Center (Room 119) 
Complicity and Accountability in the Great Recession: Perspectives from Wall Street, Consumer Protection and Congress
Cathleen Kaveny, the recent Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History, will host a panel discussion about the Great Recession in terms of ethics, complicity and accountability. Panelists will represent perspectives from Wall Street, consumer protection and the legislative branch.  For event details, visit this event-ticketing website: complicityaccountability.eventbrite.com

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 4 p.m.
John W. Kluge Center (Room 119) 
Kluge Center Author Salon: Candice Millard on Destiny of the Republic
John W. Kluge Center Director John Haskell will interview author and journalist Candice Millard on James Garfield's rise from poverty to the American presidency and the dramatic history of his assassination and legacy. The papers of President James A. Garfield, who was assassinated in the first year of his presidency, have been digitized and are available online. The Garfield collection includes approximately 80,000 items, dating from 1850 to 1881. For event details, visit this event-ticketing website: millardkluge.eventbrite.com.

Thursday, Oct. 3, 4 p.m.
John W. Kluge Center (Room 119) 
Perspectives on Congressional Policymaking
Frances Lee, the Library of Congress Chair in Congressional Policymaking, and the former Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas will take part in a discussion on counterintuitive trends in congressional policymaking, including developments in the passage of major bipartisan legislation. Kluge Center Director John Haskell will moderate.  Lee was appointed as the inaugural Library of Congress Chair in Congressional Policymaking at the Library earlier this year. For event details, visit this event-ticketing website policymakingperspectives.eventbrite.com.

Tuesday, Oct. 22, noon
John W. Kluge Center (Room 119) 
Kluge Center Author Salon: Evan Thomas on First: Sandra Day O’Connor
Assistant Deputy Librarian Colleen Shogan will interview author Evan Thomas on his recent biography of Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court. For event details, visit this event-ticketing website dayoconnor.eventbrite.com.

Monday, Oct. 28, 8 p.m.
Coolidge Auditorium 
Oscar Hammerstein Collection

Oscar Hammerstein has been credited with the invention of the modern musical with his lyrics and librettos for classics such as “Show Boat,” “Oklahoma!,” “Carousel,” “South Pacific,” “The King and I,” “Cinderella” and “The Sound of Music.” The Library holds the Hammerstein Collection, which includes over 20,000 letters from and to Hammerstein. Music Division specialist and Kluge Center Staff Fellow Mark Horowitz has designed a concert that combines readings from these letters with songs that relate to them. Conductor, pianist and award-winning music director Jon Kalbfleisch will join Horowitz for this performance, presenting classic tunes along with insights about the personal life of Hammerstein. This concert is being presented in association with the Signature Theatre of Arlington, Va. For event details, visit this event-ticketing website lochammerstein.eventbrite.com/.

Horowitz will also host a pre-concert conversation titled “Inside the Envelope: Behind the Scenes with Oscar Hammerstein’s Correspondence” at 6:30 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. Tickets are not required for this portion of the event.

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 4 p.m.
John W. Kluge Center (Room 119) 
Kluge Center Author Salon: Ron White on Lessons from Lincoln and Grant
New York Times best-selling author Ronald C. White and Assistant Deputy Librarian Colleen Shogan will discuss what the lives and presidencies of Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant can teach us about leadership.  The Library of Congress holds Lincoln and Grant’s papers, which are available online. For event details, visit this event-ticketing website lincolngrant.eventbrite.com.

Thursday, Nov. 7, 4 p.m.
John W. Kluge Center (Room 119) 
Dynamics of Presidential Primaries
Kluge Center Director John Haskell will moderate a discussion on the dynamics of presidential primaries. Julia Azari, former Kluge Center Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Marquette University professor, and Amy Walter, national editor of the Cook Political Report, will be panelists. For event details, visit this event-ticketing website primarydynamics.eventbrite.com.

Tuesday, Nov. 12, noon
John W. Kluge Center (Room 119) 
Kluge Center Author Salon: Danielle Allen on Our Declaration:
A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality

Danielle Allen, the James Bryant Conant University Professor and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, will draw from her own experience teaching the Declaration of Independence as well as from historical sources. In her book, she makes the case that the Declaration of Independence was intended to ensure equality as much as it was intended to secure freedom. For event details, visit this event-ticketing website danielleallen.eventbrite.com.

Thursday, Nov. 21, noon
John W. Kluge Center (Room 119) 
100 Years of Women Voting
Christina Wolbrecht, co-author of the 2016 book “Counting Women's Ballots: Female Voters from Suffrage through the New Deal,” join Jane Junn, of the University of Southern California and Assistant Deputy Librarian Colleen Shogan for a discussion of 100 years of women voting, in connection with the Library’s exhibition “Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote.” For event details, visit this event-ticketing website womenvoting100.eventbrite.com.

The Kluge Center’s mission, as established in 2000, is to reinvigorate the interconnection between thought and action, bridging the gap between scholarship and policymaking. To that end, the Center brings some of the world’s great thinkers to the Library to make use of the Library collections and engage in conversations addressing the challenges facing democracies in the 21st century.

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States — and extensive materials from around the world — both on-site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at loc.gov; access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at congress.gov; and register creative works of authorship at copyright.gov.

(Library of Congress Press Release)

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Five Tips for First-Year Law Students

Professor Molly Bishop Shadel of the University of Virginia School of Law shares five tips for first-year law students.

Here's the video:

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

FIU is Hiring

Florida International University College of Law, Florida’s public law school located in Miami, seeks applicants for entry-level or lateral appointments for the position of Lecturer in Legal Skills and Values. The start date for the position is August 2020.

The College of Law’s Legal Skills and Values program consists of two required courses in the first year of law school and an additional required course by the end of a student’s fourth semester. We are seeking dedicated legal writing and skills teachers to teach legal research, analysis, and written and oral communication skills, all with a heavy emphasis on professionalism.

Lateral candidates should show a demonstrated record of teaching excellence. Entry-level candidates should show commitment to excellence in teaching and significant potential as law teachers. Experience in legal practice and/or judicial clerkships is preferred. JD required.

This is a 9-month, full-time faculty appointment, with an initial one-year term, with the possibility of successive three-year or five-year terms. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply to Job Opening ID 519269 at https://facultycareers.fiu.edu and attach a cover letter and curriculum vitae in a single PDF file.

Prior to a campus interview, applicants will also be required to submit a list of references.  The Appointments Committee may request additional material such as teaching evaluations, writing samples, and letters of recommendation.  To receive full consideration, applications and required materials should be received by September 30, 2019. Review will continue until position is filled.

Questions about the position can be directed to search committee co-Chairs, Scott Norberg (norberg@fiu.edu) and Jan OseiTutu(joseitut@fiu.edu).

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Emory is Hiring

Emory Law School invites applications for a full-time position in the non-tenure Professor of Practice track.  The successful candidate will serve as Externship Director, Co-Director of the Professionalism Program and Director of Adjunct Communications.  To view the full job description and apply, click here.  Inquiries may be directed to chair of the contract faculty appointments committee, Randee Waldman, at rwaldm2@emory.edu.

Emory University is dedicated to providing equal opportunities and equal access to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran's status.

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Jessup 2020 Team Registration Now Open

The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world’s largest moot court competition and it continues to grow each year. The Jessup is open to law schools all over the world. Each school may enter one team of two to five students in the Competition.

 

The 2020 Jessup Problem is scheduled to be released on Friday, 13 September 2019. Visit the <a href="http://www.ilsa.org">website of the International Law Students' Association </a>for more information about the Jessup Competition.

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

Remember to Submit Your Winning "Best Brief" for the 2020 Scribes Brief-Writing Award

Scribes--The American Society of Legal Writers--is now accepting submissions for the 2020 Brief-Writing Award. The deadline for submitting briefs is September 15, 2019.

In 1996, Scribes launched a Brief-Writing Award to recognize and celebrate excellent student-written briefs. Scribes believes that legal writing is of paramount importance to law students and their careers, and it hopes to encourage good legal writing by recognizing its finest examples.

The Scribes Brief-Writing Award for 2020 considers submissions of moot-court briefs that have won first place in a national or regional moot-court competition during the 2018-19 academic year (September 2018 to May 2019). The award committee then selects the best briefs from all of the winning briefs submitted.

In 2019, the winners were Caitlin Messinger and Keriann Smith of the Florida State University College of Law in Tallahassee. Their award was presented in April during a Scribes CLE and Award Ceremony at the Law Library of Congress in Washington D.C. (The 2019 award ceremony also included the presentation of the Lifetime-Achievement Award to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, so it was quite a day for those students!) The second-place winners for 2019 were Cesar Escalante and Jonathan Peña of the South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas. Two schools tied for third place: Jacob Cunningham, Jessica Finley, and Sara Kuebel won from the Louisiana State University Paul M. Herbert Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Gabriella Gallego and Alyxandra N. Vernon won from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, California.

The authors of the 2020 Scribes Brief-Writing Award will be recognized at the Scribes National CLE and Award Program that will be held in Chicago on Friday, April 3, 2020 at the UIC John Marshall Law School. Normally the winning law school has paid the travel expenses of the winning authors to attend the ceremony.

To submit a brief that won a national or regional moot court competition during the 2018-19 academic year, email an electronic pdf of the winning brief to scribeslegalwriters@gmail.com. The subject line of the email should indicate that it is a Scribes brief nomination from "____" Law School (the student's law school, not the school that hosted the moot court competition). The body of the email should set forth the name of the competition, the names of the students who wrote the brief and their school, and the name of the faculty coach or advisor, if any. The pdf (or Word) copy of the winning brief cannot include any information that identifies the student authors or their school. Please check the cover page, signature pages, and headers and footers.

Please contact Scribes Executive Director Philip Johnson at scribeslegalwriters@gmail.com if you have any questions about submitting a brief for the competition.

Mark E. Wojcik, President, Scribes--The American Society of Legal Writers

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