Friday, March 20, 2020
Professor 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 Times, The 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