Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Howard is Hiring

HOWARD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW in Washington, D.C., invites applications for two positions in our legal writing program: (1) a full time, non-tenure-track faculty position and (2) a one-year visitor position.  Successful applicants will begin in August of 2020 and will join a highly effective and collegial team.  Our legal writing program includes a required full-year, first year 4-credit course (Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing I (LRRW I)) that introduces students to the fundamentals of legal reasoning, research, and written and oral advocacy, and a one-semester, second year course (Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing II – Appellate Advocacy (LRRWII)), taken fall or spring, that focuses on appellate advocacy and serves to reinforce the skills learned during the first year.  Contributing to the strength and effectiveness of our Legal Writing Program are our librarians who teach legal research and teaching assistants (Henry Ramsey Dean’s Fellows) who support the legal writing professors.  Applicants must have a J.D. from an accredited law school, distinguished academic credentials, a record of excellence in academia or practice, and the potential to be an outstanding classroom teacher.  Applicants should also be prepared to spend significant time outside the classroom working with students. 

Interested persons should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae and a list of four references to Professor Alice Thomas, Initial Appointments Subcommittee Chair, at athomas@law.howard.edu and to Ms. Donnice Butler, Director of Faculty Services, at donnice.butler@law.howard.edu.  Howard University School of Law is committed to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body.  The school encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and others whose background, experience, and viewpoints contribute to the diversity of our institution.  Priority consideration will be given to applications received by Friday, April 17, 2020.

Hat tip to Sha-Shana Crichton



March 31, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, March 30, 2020

Publication Opportunity - Race, Gender & Policing - Deadline May 5th

The Nevada Law Journal is soliciting authors for an upcoming Symposium Volume on Race, Gender, and Policing.  The call is open to everyone, and we know that some legal writing profs have expertise in this area. Full call for papers below:

We are pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue of the Nevada Law Journal on“Race AND Gender AND Policing.” Guest-edited by the faculty board of UNLV Boyd School of Law’s Program on Race, Gender & Policing, this issue will bring together scholars of Law, Criminology, and related fields for an interdisciplinary conversation centered on the simultaneous analysis of race and gender and policing.  We construe this topic broadly as encompassing all forms of surveillance and control, including but not limited to aspects of local law enforcement, national immigration policies, and school discipline rules that reflect or construct assumptions about both race and gender.  

Interested parties should submit abstracts of at least 375 words (we encourage longer abstracts and draft papers are permitted) to frankrudy.cooper@unlv.edu with the heading “Call For Papers.”  Submissions may be Essays of approximately 6,250 words or Articles of significantly greater length.  Abstracts are due on or before May 5, 2020.  We will notify people of their acceptance by May 20, 2020.  Complete first drafts of Essays will be due August 20, 2020.  Submissions will be published in Volume 21, Issue 3 of the Nevada Law Journal, which will print in April 2021.  

The Program on Race, Gender & Policing explores the relationship between race, gender, and the ways people are policed.  Policing refers to not only the activities of law enforcement officers, but also the ways that other actors, such as immigration officials, prison officials, schools, and private civilians, participate in surveillance and control.  The Program seeks to foster interdisciplinary research and concrete reforms in Nevada, the nation, and beyond.  Our goal for this symposium is nothing less than to produce an issue that becomes the best statement of how race and gender and policing come together.  

Potential paper topics include, but are in no way limited to, the following:  

  • Analyses of how police officers view both race and gender;
  • Constitutional issues surrounding policing of both race and gender;
  • Criminalization of Latinx identities;
  • Police assaults against women of color;
  • Policing of LGBTQ+ in Asia; 
  • Differential race and gender effects of private patrolling of space; 
  • Policing of Native women; 
  • Racial profiling and masculinities;
  • Disappearances of women in Mexico, the U.S., Canada, or elsewhere;
  • Disparities in policing in schools;
  • Differential racial effects of low rape clearance rates;
  • [Anything else addressing a form of policing and both race and gender].

We also encourage activists and practitioners to write accounts of their activities and cases that bring together issues of race and gender and policing.  Regardless of an author’s topic, the editors will carefully review all proposals and make selections based on quality and relevance.  We encourage both veterans of this topic and emerging scholars to submit proposals.  

If you have any questions, please contact Frank at frankrudy.cooper@unlv.edu.  


March 30, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Law Library of Congress: Ask a Librarian is Available!

The website for the Law Library of Congress includes a feature called "Ask a Librarian." It's free, it's available to law professors, law students, and other researchers all around the globe. And it's open, even if the Law Library itself is closed. Click here to read more about it.


March 30, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Library of Congress Closes to Public

Out of an abundance of caution, all Library of Congress buildings and facilities will be closed to the public, including researchers and others with reader identification cards, until further notice to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus. The Library has reduced the number of people in Library buildings to a very small number of necessary individuals.


March 26, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

How to Prepare for Your First Oral Argument

Useful Oral Argument Instructional Video from UMKC Helps 1L Students Prepare for Their First Oral Arguments

We're sharing this video again for first-year law students who are preparing their first oral arguments. The video shows students how to prepare a folder with argument points and legal authorities (both favorable and unfavorable). At the end of the video there's also a cartoon with additional useful advice for students.

March 26, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Drexel in Philadelphia is Hiring

DrexelThe Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law invites applications from entry-level and lateral candidates for a tenure-track faculty position. This faculty member will be expected to teach Legal Methods I and Legal Methods II as a core element of their package. All first year students at the Law School are required to complete Legal Methods I and Legal Methods II, each a three credit, graded course. In the most recent rankings, U.S. News named the Law School’s Legal Methods program as the #14 legal writing program in the country.


The Law School has a unitary tenure track which does not distinguish between individuals based on their course package. There are currently three tenured members of the faculty who teach Legal Methods at the Law School. The individual selected in this search will be the fourth tenure-line faculty member teaching in the program.


Successful candidates will demonstrate both a record of scholarly achievement and experience in teaching. Law faculty are expected to engage in significant scholarship, which can reflect diverse educational, methodological, or practice perspectives. Drexel is committed to cross-campus collaboration and research that extends beyond disciplinary borders. Faculty members at the Law School receive funding and other support to facilitate their scholarship and other professional development. The Law School curriculum combines theory and practice, with an intensive professional practice requirement of (at least) one cooperative or clinical experience before graduation. Applications are encouraged from people of color, individuals with disabilities, people of all sexual and gender identities, and those with diverse backgrounds, experiences, or viewpoints.


The Law School, founded in 2006, has quickly established its academic strength. Faculty publish in top journals and presses (from Oxford, Chicago, Columbia, and Penn, among others) and the school has advanced into the top 100 law schools, as ranked by U.S. News, moving up 29 spots since 2015. The Fordham Trial Competition Performance Rankings rank the Law School’s trial team #2 in the country for performance since 2016.


Located in Philadelphia's University City, the Law School is part of Drexel University, an R1 research/doctoral university with distinctive strengths in engineering, health, business, and the arts.


To apply, please use the Drexel University job portal (link to come soon). If you have questions, please reach out to Professor David S. Cohen, Faculty Appointments Chair, at KlineLawAppointments@drexel.edu. Applications will be reviewed beginning March 23, 2020.

The position is a tenure-track appointment and the professor hired will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings. The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the range of $110,000 to $119,999. And the number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing professor is expected to be 35 or fewer.

Hat tip to Professor Deborah S. Gordon.


March 22, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Prof. Miki Felsenburg

Miki FelsenburgWe share the sad news that Miriam (“Miki”) Felsenburg, Professor Emeritus at Wake Forest University, passed away yesterday after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.

Upon her retirement from Wake Forest in July 2012, Professor Felsenburg  was one of the longest-serving members of the Wake Forest faculty Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research (LAWR) group. In her more than 17 years at Wake Forest Law, she taught LAWR, Appellate Advocacy, as well as several business law-related courses in the Wake Forest School of Business.

Professor Felsenburg graduated from the University of Denver in 1969 with a journalism degree and remained in her native Colorado working in public relations for the AT&T-owned Western Electric and performing freelance photography.

In 1978, she earned her MBA from Wake Forest School of Business. She returned to Wake Forest to earn her J.D. degree in 1991 and was recognized as the Outstanding Woman Law Graduate. She was also a Wake Forest Law Faculty Scholar, a member of Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Board.

Before joining the Wake Forest Law faculty in the fall of 1994, she worked for the law firm of Elliot, Pishko, Gelbin, and Morgan, P.A. During her first several years of teaching, she continued practicing law, working for the Forsyth County Public Defender's Office.

Professor Felsenburg participated in a long-term research project concentrating on the earliest portion of LAWR instruction. In 2007, she and Professor Laura Graham began an empirical study of the incoming first-year classes at two schools to learn more about their struggles during this essential, difficult instructional period. The first draft of their resulting article was considered "groundbreaking" and was a "top ten download" on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN) for more than three months. The completed article, "Beginning Legal Writer in Their Own Words: Why the First Weeks of Legal Writing are So Tough and What We Can Do About It," appeared in print in the Fall 2010 Journal of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI).

Felsenburg and Professor Graham presented their findings at several important venues, including the 2010 LWI Biennial Conference. In 2011, they completed their second article in this research series, "A Better Beginning: Why and How to Help Novice Legal Writers Build a Solid Foundation by Shifting Their Focus from Product to Process." They also recently published the second edition of their book, The Pre-Writing Handbook for Law Students (Carolina Academic Press, 2d ed. 2019).

Professor Felsenburg was also a member of the American Board for Specialty Nursing Certification. She enjoyed playing and watching sports, like golf, and visiting antique shows and flea markets. She was a frequent attendee at Wake Forest's basketball and football games.

Professor Felsenburg was beloved among the faculty and students at Wake Law, and teaching was one of her great passions. Colleagues report that she also had a profound influence on their professional development. 
We extend our deepest sympathy to her family, friends, colleagues, and former students.

March 21, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, March 20, 2020

Jill Barton Appointed as Director of the Legal Communication Program at the University of Miami School of Law

Jill Barton MiamiProfessor Jill Barton has been appointed as Director of the Legal Communication Program at the University of Miami School of Law!  Jill is an inaugural member of the UM LComm faculty, having taught in the program since 2010.   
Jill is a former appellate judicial clerk and an award-winning journalist. She earned her bachelor of journalism magna cum laude from the University of Missouri and also studied at Oxford University's Keble College, where she founded and co-edited Ox-Tales, a compilation of students' short stories. Professor Barton worked as a journalist for more than a decade, mostly for the Associated Press (AP) and other news organizations in Florida. As an AP correspondent, she regularly published news stories in The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and The Miami Herald. She later received her M.S. in journalism from the University of Kansas, where she taught advanced reporting, and her J.D. summa cum laude from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

In law school, Professor Barton received the West Publishing Award for Outstanding Scholarly Accomplishment and won the National Association of Women Lawyers student writing competition. She also served as managing editor of the UMKC Law Review and as a teaching assistant for the school's legal writing program. Prior to joining the Miami Law faculty, Professor Barton clerked for Judge Leslie B. Rothenberg at Florida's Third District Court of Appeal.

She and colleague Rachel H. Smith are the authors of The Handbook for the New Legal Writer, a comprehensive legal writing textbook for first-year law students. Professor Barton is also the author of A Show Don’t Tell Lesson on Plain Language, 70 Clarity (2013).

Hat tip to Prof. Jarrod F. Reich at Georgetown University Law Center

March 20, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, March 19, 2020

"I Will Survive" - The Caronavirus Song for Professors

Dr. Michael Bruening is a Professor at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T).

His video about the anxiety of professors suddenly teaching online has, well, gone viral. You can enjoy it here, even if you're not a professor yourself.


Dr. Bruening is a historian of medieval and early modern Europe who specializes in the Reformation.  He received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Virginia, and his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, in the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies.  His first book, Calvinism's First Battleground, explores the origins of Calvinism in early modern Switzerland through the religious and political struggles between Catholics and Protestants in the region, as well as within Protestantism itself.  In 2012, he published Epistolae Petri Vireti, a critical edition of the unedited correspondence of the Calvinist reformer Pierre Viret. He most recently published A Reformation Sourcebook: Documents from an Age of Debate, a reader for courses on the Reformation. At Missouri S&T, Dr. Bruening teaches early Western Civilization, as well as upper-level courses on pre-modern European history, from ancient Rome through the Reformation.  He also teaches the history of Christianity and Islam.  Before coming to Missouri S&T in 2007, Dr. Bruening taught at Concordia University, Irvine.

And somewhere along the way he also learned to sing.



March 19, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Alabama is Hiring

The University of Alabama School of Law seeks applicants for the position of Assistant Professor of Legal Writing. The non-tenure earning position will be on a contract basis with an initial three-year term, with possible additional three-year terms. The successful applicant must demonstrate a strong commitment to contribute to the further growth, development, and improvement of the legal writing program. The Legal Writing faculty have a director. The successful candidate will be expected to collaborate on teaching strategies and share core assignments, but faculty members select and develop their own teaching materials and lessons. 

Applicants must have a law degree from an ABA-accredited law school and a strong academic record. Applicants must demonstrate effective legal writing skills and should be admitted to and in good standing with a state bar. Preference will be given to applicants with four or more years of legal experience and to applicants with teaching experience. Applicants will teach in the first-year program and will also be expected to develop an upper-level writing or drafting course.

All applicants must apply for this position through the University of Alabama’s job board at http://facultyjobs.ua.edu/postings. Applications must include a resume, cover letter, list of three references, and a writing sample. Applications will be received until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by March 22, 2020.

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age, genetic or family medical history information, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other legally protected basis, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under federal law from discrimination on several bases.

Hat tip to Professor Anita Kay Head.


March 19, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Save the Dates: GLS 2021 (in Italy) and Applied Legal Storytelling 2021 (in London)

Although travel at the moment is in no one's plans, we have two reasons to plan to go to Europe next summer. First, the Fifteenth Global Legal Skills Conference, originally scheduled to be held in Bari, Italy, on May 20-22, 2020, has been rescheduled to May 19-21, 2021. It will be held at the University of Bari (in southern Italy). Second, the Eighth Biennial Applied Legal Storytelling Conference, sponsored by the Legal Writing Institute and the Clinical Legal Education Association, is slated to be held July 14-16, 2021, at The City Law School, University of London. (mew)

March 19, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

CFP: SALT Teaching Conference at Loyola Chicago

We think this conference is still on because it's in September and the Call for Proposals is June 1, 2020. So you have time now to come up with a proposal!

The Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) will hold its 2020 SALT Teaching Conference on September 25–26, 2020 at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. The Conference, Social Justice in Action, will provide SALT-logoopportunities to engage in broad, substantive, and innovative discussions on the roles that the legal academy and the profession can and should take to prepare our students to address the social injustices of our time. 
Call for Proposals --  The CFP is available on Google Drive by clicking here.  

Please submit proposals via email to SALT_20.vd52lu1pt8nfw3a1@u.box.com by June 1, 2020. Given the many different areas of law that intersect with social justice and the myriad of settings in which lawyers practice, we encourage submissions that address a range of topics. 
Hat tip to the 2020 SALT Teaching Conference Committee


March 18, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Idaho is Hiring

The University of Idaho’s College of Law seeks an individual (and maybe two individuals) to teach the College’s legal writing & analysis course on a full-time basis at its Boise, Idaho location. The course is a two-semester, five-credit, required first-year course. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing the course collaboratively with three other faculty members. In addition to shared responsibility for course development, the successful candidate will be responsible for the direct instruction of approximately 25-35 students. The successful candidate will also teach an additional course, depending on areas of interest and the College of Law’s curricular needs.

The University of Idaho College of Law provides one outstanding law program with two locations — one in Moscow and one in Boise. Situated in the Idaho Law and Justice Learning Center, the Boise location is adjacent to the Idaho State Capitol, Idaho Supreme Court and Idaho State Bar. The ILJLC also houses the Idaho State Law Library, which provides attorneys, judges and students a vast array of resources for legal research. Boise is the hub of Idaho’s economic and government activity. The city of approximately 225,000 people is growing quickly and offers art galleries, museums, opera, a Shakespeare Festival and a music festival. The city also has a rich and dynamic downtown area with theater, ballet, a zoo, parks, and first-rate dining and shopping.

The University of Idaho is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff.  Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants must provide a cover letter, resume or CV, list of references, and an 8-12 page writing sample demonstrating legal analysis.  Click here to see complete details and to apply. 


Hat tip to Professor Jessica Gunder.




March 18, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Suffolk is Hiring




Suffolk University Law School in Boston invites applications for a position as a full-time Legal Practice Skills (LPS) Visiting Assistant Professor (“VAP”) for the upcoming academic school year (2020-2021).  The VAP position aims to serve as a pipeline for underrepresented groups who may not otherwise have opportunities to transition into the legal writing academy.  The VAP will receive mentorship and support for scholarship, attendance at legal writing conferences, and exposure to legal writing pedagogy to prepare the VAP to enter into the legal writing community as permanent legal writing faculty. 


The VAP position is a full-time, non-tenure track hire whose primary responsibility is to teach one section of the 1L LPS course in our innovative program during the academic year (Fall and Spring) for the first year of teaching and the possibility of teaching two sections in subsequent years in either the day or evening division.  The initial appointment to the VAP position is for one year. 


The expected term of a VAP is for two years, though a VAP’s appointment to a second year is subject to a satisfactory review. The position can be renewed further, depending on satisfactory performance and progress of the VAP towards entering the legal writing academy, and the VAP may apply for any LPS tenure-track positions that may become available.  Interested candidates must have a J.D. and be admitted to a bar.  A complete application should be sent to: http://jobs.jobvite.com/suffolkuniversity/job/oDItcfwK by March 27 (although applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled) and must include a letter detailing desire and qualifications to teach LPS, a curriculum vitae, as well as a list of at least three professional references. 


Suffolk University is an equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive faculty and staff that reflect the broad range of human experience who contribute to the robust exchange of ideas on campus, and who are committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment.  We strongly encourage applications from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented because of race/color, gender, religious creed, disability, national origin, veteran status, or LGBTQ status. The search committee is especially interested in candidates who, through their research, teaching, service and/or experience, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.


Suffolk University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, genetic information, or status as a veteran in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs, activities, or employment.


Hat tip to Kathy Vinson.




March 18, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

U.S. News Rankings for Legal Writing Programs

The magazine U.S. News and World Report released the rankings we love to hate: its list of the "Best Legal Writing Programs" for 2021. The ranked programs are:

  • (1) University of Nevada--Las Vegas
  • (2) University of Oregon
  • (Tie for 3) Seattle University
  • (Tie for 3) Stetson University
  • (5) Suffolk University
  • (6) Wake Forest University
  • (Tie for 7) Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • (Tie for 7) University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • (Tie for 7) University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) John Marshall Law School
  • (Tie for 7) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • (11) University of California at Irvine
  • (Tie for 12) Drake University
  • (Tie for 12) Georgetown University
  • (Tie for 12) Marquette University
  • (Tie for 12) Temple University
  • (Tie for 12) Texas Tech University
  • (Tie for 12) University of Michigan

Click here to see the rankings for international law programs.


March 17, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Library of Congress Events are Canceled until May 11

The Library of Congress announced today that all public events at the Library are canceled until May 11 to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus. Whenever possible, the Library will reschedule the public programs that have been canceled. They will also provide regular public updates on the operating status of Library facilities. Library of Congress buildings and facilities remain closed to the public until Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 8 a.m.


March 17, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, March 16, 2020

Cleveland State Univeristy is Hiring

The Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University invites applications for the position of Legal Writing Professor of Law, beginning in the 2020-21 academic year. This is a non-tenure-track 10-month contract position starting August 1, 2020. This position leads to a presumptively renewable five-year appointment after a probationary period of five one-year appointments. Lateral candidates will also receive consideration. Legal Writing professors at Cleveland-Marshall may apply for promotion to Senior Legal Writing Professor three or more years after attaining the first five-year appointment. Salary to be competitive and commensurate with experience.
The successful candidate will regularly teach two sections of the required first-year Legal Writing and Research course (approximately 35 students total) . The candidate may occasionally teach a third-semester legal writing course in an area of specialization such as transactional drafting, litigation drafting, or scholarly writing. Legal Writing professors participate in academic service and faculty governance, including service on College of Law committees. Legal Writing professors may advise students undertaking independent research projects and may have other administrative and advising duties within the College of Law. They may choose to participate in the broader legal writing community through publications, presentations, and service.
Legal Writing professors at Cleveland-Marshall vote on all matters except those concerning the hiring, promotion, and tenure of tenure-track faculty. Legal Writing professors are eligible to apply for summer teaching and research grants as well as funding for academic travel.
Candidates must have a J.D. or equivalent degree from an ABA accredited law school and two years of legal practice experience or a judicial clerkship. Preferred qualifications include practice experience demonstrating legal writing and research expertise; a strong academic record; teaching experience; potential for excellence in teaching legal writing; strong interpersonal skills; and a long-term commitment to teaching legal writing; and the ability to contribute through teaching and service to the diversity, cultural sensitivity, and excellence of the academic community.
Candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, and the names and contact information of three references to: http://hrjobs.csuohio.edu/postings/12384
Cleveland State University is an urban campus serving a racially, culturally, and economically diverse student body. Diversity is extremely important to CSU. In your cover letter please explain your experience serving diverse students and how you will make a positive contribution to CSU’s diverse community.
Applications will be exclusively accepted online. Mailed or emailed application materials will not be accepted. Please direct any questions about the position via email to Claire Robinson May, Legal Writing Professor of Law and Administrative Liaison for Legal Writing, c.c.may@csuohio.edu with the subject line: Legal Writing Faculty Application. Apply by April 14, 2020 for full consideration.
It is the policy of Cleveland State University to provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.
The position is a 10-month contract, Aug. 1 – May 31. This position can lead to a presumptively renewable five-year appointment after five one-year appointments. There is an opportunity to apply for promotion three or more years after attaining the first five-year appointment. The Legal Writing Professor may vote on all matters except those relating to the hiring, tenure, and promotion of tenure-track faculty. The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary of $70,000-80,000, commensurate with experience.
The average is 35 students per professor in the 1L course.  Legal Writing professors are expected to teach primarily within the legal research and writing program but may teach other courses if scheduling and staffing permit.
Hat tip to Claire May.

March 16, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, March 15, 2020

University of Maryland is Hiring Full-Time Visitors

The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, located in Baltimore, seeks to hire full-time visitors to teach in its Legal Writing Program during Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. The visitor appointment will begin on or before August 1, 2020, and end on June 30, 2021. The visitor will teach the full-year required Lawyering course (3 credits in the fall and 3 credits in the spring) to first-year law students. 


While there is an opportunity to collaborate with other professors on designing the lawyering curriculum, successful applicants should be able to plan and execute their own legal writing course.  In addition to teaching, the successful applicant will be expected to provide written feedback on student drafts throughout the semester and to provide students with the opportunity to conference one-on-one.  During the year, an upper-level student will be assigned to assist the visitor, but it will be the visitor’s responsibility to evaluate student performance and provide feedback to students on final papers. 


Minimum Qualifications:

  • J.D. degree with a record of high academic achievement from an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Experience teaching legal writing.
  • Experience working as a judicial law clerk or as an attorney, excellent writing skills, and excellent interpersonal skills are preferred.

Applications accepted online only at  https://www.umaryland.edu/jobs/ (search “legal writing”). 

Interested applicants should submit (a) cover letter, (b) resume, and (c) the names and telephone numbers of at least three references.


Questions about the position should be directed to the Director of the Legal Writing Program, Professor Sherri Lee Keene, skeene@law.umaryland.edu




START DATE:   On or before August 1, 2020


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Hat tip to Sherri Keene.



March 15, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, March 14, 2020

CFP: SALT Teaching Conference in September at Loyola Chicago -- Submit Proposals by June 1

Here's another reminder that the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) will hold its 2020 SALT Teaching Conference on September 25–26, 2020 at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. The Conference, Social Justice in Action, will provide SALT-logoopportunities to engage in broad, substantive, and innovative discussions on the roles that the legal academy and the profession can and should take to prepare our students to address the social injustices of our time. 
Call for Proposals --  The CFP is available on Google Drive by clicking here.  

Please submit proposals via email to SALT_20.vd52lu1pt8nfw3a1@u.box.com by June 1, 2020. Given the many different areas of law that intersect with social justice and the myriad of settings in which lawyers practice, we encourage submissions that address a range of topics. 
Hat tip to the 2020 SALT Teaching Conference Committee


March 14, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

UIC John Marshall Law School Library Access Now Available for Licensed Attorneys in Illinois

The UIC John Marshall Law School Library is now open to licensed attorneys in Illinois. To access the library, licensed attorneys must present a current Illinois ARDC card and government-issued photo ID at the security desk located at the main entrance of the law school at 300 S. State Street.  Further details regarding library use, hours, contacts, etc can be found at https://library.jmls.uic.edu/access-policy.php.


March 4, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)