Monday, July 27, 2020

AALS 2021 Annual Meeting Goes Online

AALS LogoGiven the risks posed by COVID-19, and considering feedback gathered from faculty and deans across the United States, the Association of American Law Schools announced today that it will  hold the 2021 AALS Annual Meeting in a virtual format rather than holding the in-person meeting in San Francisco.

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Sunday, July 26, 2020

Nominations for AALS-LWRR Section Award

Here's a reminder that the Awards Committee of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research is soliciting nominations for the 2021 Section Award. This prestigious award recognizes individuals who have made a significant lifetime contribution to the field of legal writing and research.

 

The deadline for submitting nominations for the 2021 Section Award is Friday, August 14, 2020. The committee encourages nominations that reflect the richness and diversity of the legal writing community, including nominations of women, people of color, and members of other traditionally underrepresented groups.

 

Although there is no specific nomination form, committee members will appreciate a thorough and thoughtful nomination letter explaining the ways in which the nominee has contributed to the field of legal writing and research. Also, a link to a publicly available professional biography or CV is helpful. Please send nominations to both committee co-chairs, Ken Swift, krswift@central.uh.edu, and Dana Hill, dana-hill@law.northwestern.edu. Please note that, due to a change in the section bylaws, previous year nominations no longer carry over. Nominators are free to resubmit materials from a previous year’s nomination.

 

The 2021 AALS Section award will be presented at the Section Luncheon during the AALS Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The luncheon is a ticketed event.

 

The award was created at the AALS Section Business Meeting in 1995 and conferred for the first time in January 1996 at the AALS Annual Meeting. Past winners of the AALS Section Award include the following:

 

2020 – Grace Tonner (UC-Irvine)

2019 – Charles Calleros (Arizona State)

2018 – Darby Dickerson (The John Marshall Law School-Chicago)

2017 – Linda Berger (UNLV)

2016 – Suzanne Rowe (Oregon)

2015 – Mark E. Wojcik (The John Marshall Law School-Chicago)

2014 – Jan Levine (Duquesne)

2013 – Terrill Pollman (UNLV) and Jill Ramsfield (Hawaii) [two winners]

2012 – Susan Brody (The John Marshall Law School-Chicago) and Mary Barnard Ray (Wisconsin) [two winners]

2011 – Elizabeth Fajans (Brooklyn)

2010 – Joe Kimble (Thomas Cooley)

2009 – Richard K. Neumann, Jr. (Hofstra)

2008 – Eric Easton (Baltimore)

2007 – Anne Enquist (Seattle)

2006 – Terri LeClercq (Texas)

2005 – Marilyn Walter (Brooklyn)

2003 – Laurel Currie Oates (Seattle)

2002 – Helene Shapo (Northwestern)

1997 – Ralph Brill (Chicago-Kent)

1996 – Mary Lawrence (Oregon)

The Awards Committee is co-chaired by Ken Swift (Houston) and Dana Hill (Northwestern) and the members are Heather Baxter (Nova), DeLeith Gossett (Texas Tech), Lucy Jewel (Tennessee), Dyane O’Leary (Suffolk), Pamela Saindon (UIC-J. Marshall), Susie Salmon (Arizona), Michelle Zakarin (Touro).

 

The Chair of the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research is Mary Adkins; the Chair-Elect is Rosa Kim; the Secretary is Lori Johnson; and the Past Chair is Wendy-Adele Humphrey. The other members of the Executive Committee, which will approve the recommendations of the Awards Committee, are Kate Brem, Candace M. Centeno, Shailini J. George, Sammy M. Mansour, and Kayonia L Whetstone.

 

Hat tip to Dana Hill.

 

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Monday, July 20, 2020

New Editorial Board Announced for the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute

The Legal Writing Institute announced some new members of the Editorial Board members for the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute:

Irene Ten Cate

Annalee Hickman

Sara Ochs

Wayne Schiess

Drew Simshaw

Christine Venter

Katherine Vukadin

Pamela Wilkins

 

They join these experienced Editorial Board members:

Alyssa Dragnich

Liz Frost

Elizabeth Inglehart

Tami Lefko

Lori Johnson

Sarah Morath

Dyane O'Leary

Rachel Stabler

Brenda Tofte

Kathy Vinson

 

Congratulations also to the new Editorial Board leadership:

Elizabeth Inglehart, Editor-in-Chief

Liz Frost, Assistant Editor-in-Chief

Sarah Morath, Dyane O’Leary, and Rachel Stabler, Managing Editors

Lori Johnson, Book Review Editor

Brenda Tofte, Essay Editor

 

And these members of the Editorial Board are rotating off after aerving the Journal and the legal writing community:

Lindsey Gustafson

Anna Hemmingway

Kim Holst

Jeff Jablonski

Lisa Mazzie

Karen Sneddon

 

Hat tip to Lindsey Gustafson

 

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

JLWI Call for Essays and Book Reviews!

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Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute, invites essay and book review submissions around the theme of “Disruption” to be considered for publication in Volume 25 of JLWI (March 2021).  JLWI encourages writers to think about the topic broadly, considering the following questions, among others:

  • How has COVID-19 and/or the civil unrest surrounding police brutality disrupted or changed your approach to teaching?  Your course goals?  Your scholarship?
  • Do you find yourself thinking differently about interactions with students and colleagues as you learn from these disruptions?
  • Are these disruptions good or bad and why?     

Call for Essays:

JLWI is specifically looking for essays related to the long-term effects these major societal disruptions have had on your approach to legal writing and your future teaching and scholarship (rather than online teaching tips). Essays should continue the Journal’s mission, which is to provide a forum for the publication of scholarly works on the theory, substance, and pedagogy of legal writing. Essays may be scholarly either because they fully prove a thesis with relevant support or because they are part of a larger, coordinated section of related essays that build on each other toward a shared thesis. Essays should not feel like an underdeveloped article. The form an author chooses — essay or article — should be driven by the thesis and its necessary proof.   An essay is typically shorter than an article and may be less formal and more personal. It may focus on an unusual experience in, or insight into, the field or careful analysis of a new topic. An essay often demonstrates a deft hand with humor or a lovely way with words. Essays in JLWI ranging in length from 500 to 3,000 words. Please submit essays for consideration by email no later than Thursday, October 1, 2020, to Brenda Tofte: bltofte@gmail.com

Call for Book Reviews:

JLWI encourages writers to submit a proposal for a book review on the topic of disruption, also keeping in mind the Journal's mission.  Book reviews in JLWI typically run between 1,000 and 3,000 words.  The deadline for submitting book review proposals is Monday August 3, 2020, and book review drafts will be due by October 1, 2020.  An accepted proposal is not a guarantee of publication in the Journal (as final book reviews remain subject to editorial approval). Please submit both proposals and completed book reviews to the Journal’s Book Review Editor, Lori Johnson: Lori.Johnson@unlv.edu

To read book essays and book reviews JLWI printed in previous volumes, please visit http://www.legalwritingjournal.org/volume-24/.  

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Nominations for AALS-LWRR Section Award

The Awards Committee of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research is now soliciting nominations for the 2021 Section Award. This prestigious award recognizes individuals who have made a significant lifetime contribution to the field of legal writing and research.

 

The deadline for submitting nominations for the 2021 Section Award is Friday, August 14, 2020. The committee encourages nominations that reflect the richness and diversity of the legal writing community, including nominations of women, people of color, and members of other traditionally underrepresented groups.

 

Although there is no specific nomination form, committee members will appreciate a thorough and thoughtful nomination letter explaining the ways in which the nominee has contributed to the field of legal writing and research. Also, a link to a publicly available professional biography or CV is helpful. Please send nominations to both committee co-chairs, Ken Swift, krswift@central.uh.edu, and Dana Hill, dana-hill@law.northwestern.edu. Please note that, due to a change in the section bylaws, previous year nominations no longer carry over. Nominators are free to resubmit materials from a previous year’s nomination.

 

The 2021 AALS Section award will be presented at the Section Luncheon during the AALS Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The luncheon is a ticketed event.

 

The award was created at the AALS Section Business Meeting in 1995 and conferred for the first time in January 1996 at the AALS Annual Meeting. Past winners of the AALS Section Award include the following:

 

2020 – Grace Tonner (UC-Irvine)

2019 – Charles Calleros (Arizona State)

2018 – Darby Dickerson (The John Marshall Law School-Chicago)

2017 – Linda Berger (UNLV)

2016 – Suzanne Rowe (Oregon)

2015 – Mark E. Wojcik (The John Marshall Law School-Chicago)

2014 – Jan Levine (Duquesne)

2013 – Terrill Pollman (UNLV) and Jill Ramsfield (Hawaii) [two winners]

2012 – Susan Brody (The John Marshall Law School-Chicago) and Mary Barnard Ray (Wisconsin) [two winners]

2011 – Elizabeth Fajans (Brooklyn)

2010 – Joe Kimble (Thomas Cooley)

2009 – Richard K. Neumann, Jr. (Hofstra)

2008 – Eric Easton (Baltimore)

2007 – Anne Enquist (Seattle)

2006 – Terri LeClercq (Texas)

2005 – Marilyn Walter (Brooklyn)

2003 – Laurel Currie Oates (Seattle)

2002 – Helene Shapo (Northwestern)

1997 – Ralph Brill (Chicago-Kent)

1996 – Mary Lawrence (Oregon)

The Awards Committee is co-chaired by Ken Swift (Houston) and Dana Hill (Northwestern) and the members are Heather Baxter (Nova), DeLeith Gossett (Texas Tech), Lucy Jewel (Tennessee), Dyane O’Leary (Suffolk), Pamela Saindon (UIC-J. Marshall), Susie Salmon (Arizona), Michelle Zakarin (Touro).

 

The Chair of the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research is Mary Adkins; the Chair-Elect is Rosa Kim; the Secretary is Lori Johnson; and the Past Chair is Wendy-Adele Humphrey. The other members of the Executive Committee, which will approve the recommendations of the Awards Committee, are Kate Brem, Candace M. Centeno, Shailini J. George, Sammy M. Mansour, and Kayonia L Whetstone.

 

Hat tip to Dana Hill.

 

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Loyola New Orleans is Hiring a Westerfield Fellow

Position:  Westerfield Fellow, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law; start date: August 2020 

Description: This position is designed for individuals pursuing a career in law teaching and seeking to gain law teaching experience, while being afforded time to devote to scholarly writing and publication.  Applicants should have strong academic credentials, writing experience in a judicial clerkship, law practice, or both, and excellent written and oral communication skills.  The Fellow will be responsible for teaching legal reasoning, legal research, legal writing, and oral advocacy skills to two sections of first-year law students in a three-credit hour class each semester.  The Fellow will teach his or her own classes, but will have the benefit of working under the guidance of an experienced director and with experienced professors in a program in which the director and the professors teaching the courses coordinate the content and pace of the courses.  The Fellow will also have student teaching assistants to aid with courses.  The Fellow will have a faculty mentor in addition to the other professors teaching in the program.  One-year contracts may be renewed.  Salary is competitive with fellowships of a similar nature.  Westerfield Fellows have been successful in obtaining tenure track positions at a number of ABA accredited law schools.

About the School: The College of Law is located in a largely residential area of New Orleans, one of the most culturally diverse cities in the United States, with unique cuisine, numerous museums and historical sites, and a flourishing arts community.  New Orleans is also the seat of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, the Louisiana Supreme Court, and the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as other lower courts.   The College of Law has a student population of approximately 500 students, over forty faculty members, active clinics that have spearheaded numerous social justice reform efforts, and summer programs in Europe and Central America.  Its location in Louisiana, one of the world’s best known “mixed jurisdictions,” provides unique opportunities for comparative and international law scholarship.

Loyola University New Orleans is an educational institution dedicated to fostering intellectual achievement, personal development, and social responsibility, and it is committed to the human dignity and worth of every person.  Loyola University New Orleans strives to create and maintain a working and learning environment in which individuals are treated with dignity, decency, and respect. The University acknowledges and values individual differences, including, but not limited to, the dimensions of race; color; sex; national origin; age; religion; gender identity; transgender status; sexual orientation; ethnicity; disability status; and marital status and citizenship status. We recognize that diversity enriches our social interactions and intellectual lives, and we strongly encourage applications from individuals who will bring diversity to the College of Law.

Dean Louis Westerfield was the first African American dean of the College of Law.  He is remembered for promoting diversity and excellence in legal education.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.  Applications should be emailed to resumes@loyno.edu. 

Hat tip to Mary Garvey Algero.

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