Friday, January 10, 2020

Dr. Alissa Hartig Wins a 2019 Global Legal Skills Award

ALISSA AWARDDr. Alissa J. Hartig, a professor at the Portland State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Applied Linguistics, received a Global Legal Skills Award last month in recognition of her scholarship and work to improve our understanding of the intersections between law and language.

The award presentation was made at Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law during the 14th Global Legal Skills Conference.

Dr. Hartig's research interests include:

  • Second language writing
  • Discipline-specific literacy
  • English for Specific Purposes
  • Sociocultural theory and second language learning
  • Usage-based linguistics
  • Intercultural competence

Those who read Dr. Hartig’s scholarship appreciate the substantial training and wide-reaching experience that stands behind her work. Dr. Hartig received her B.A. summa cum laude in French from New York University and her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Penn State University. After graduating from New York University she taught English as a foreign language as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea, and she later taught or did research in Ecuador, Mexico, and South Korea. She was also an Applied Linguistic Specialist at Penn State Law. She has also presented her work at academic conferences in Canada, Costa Rica, Italy, Norway, and Poland. Dr. Hartig’s global experience sets her apart in this field because very few experts have accumulated global experience in Africa, Asia, North and South America, and Europe.

            Her scholarship on advanced academic literacy in law for non-native speakers of English fills a void in academic research and scholarship on second language legal literacy. Her publications include:

  • Hartig, A.J. (2017). Connecting language and disciplinary knowledge in English for Specific Purposes: Case studies in law. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.
  • Hartig, A.J. (2016). Intersections between law and language: Disciplinary concepts in second language legal literacy. Studies in Logic, Grammar and Rhetoric, 45(1), 69-96.
  • Hartig, A.J. (2016). Conceptual blending in legal writing: Linking definitions to facts. English for Specific Purposes, 42, 66-75.
  • Hartig, A.J., and Lu, X. (2014).  Plain English and legal writing: Comparing expert and novice writers.  English for Specific Purposes.  33, 87-96,

Pictured here (from left to right) at the award presentation are the GLS Conference Co-Chairs Professors Mark E. Wojcik (UIC John Marshall Law School) and Kim Holst (Arizona State University), Dr. Hartig, and Professor Lurene Contento (Chicago-Kent College of Law).


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