Tuesday, February 11, 2020
The Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) announced that Dean David R. Cleveland is the recipient of the 2020 Terri LeClercq Courage Award. He is the Dean and a Professor of Law at Valparaiso University Law School in Valparaiso, Indiana.
The LWI Courage Award was created by Dr. Terri LeClercq to honor courageous legal writing professors. With this award, LWI seeks to honor members who have demonstrated courage by doing, despite fear, something that most people would not do.
The LWI announcement of the award stated that by any measure, Dean Cleveland has exhibited the courage this award is meant to honor. He has shown great courage as the dean at Valparaiso Law School as it faced severe and ultimately insurmountable financial difficulties. As dean, he consistently advocated for legal writing at Valparaiso and always put students’interests first. The LWI award selection committee agreed with his nominators that his valiant and selfless work on behalf of Valparaiso and its students represents “courage in action.”
Not only has he served as a role model for his courage in action, but Dean Cleveland has also published impassioned scholarship on court reform and appellate justice. This work qualifies as “civil courage” as described in the Call for Nominations. He is thus an authoritative, respected, and dedicated voice for our community. We could not be more proud.
The award will be presented this summer at the biennial conference of the Legal Writing Institute, being held this year at Georgetown Law. The award is scheduled to be presented during the opening reception, on Wednesday evening, July 15, 2020.
The LeClercq Courage Award is not presented every year. Dean Cleveland will join a small group of previous recipients:
The LWI Awards Committee includes Co-chairs Greg Johnson and Brenda Gibson, and members Andrew Carter, Lindsey Gustafson, Margaret Hannon, Dana Hill, Mary Nagel, and Suzanne Rowe.