Monday, September 21, 2020

Shira Perlmutter Selected as Next Registrar of Copyrights

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has announced her selection of Shira Perlmutter as the 14th Register of Copyrights. Click here for more information on the appointment.


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Sunday, September 20, 2020

Yale Law Journal Deadline for Articles and Essays is Wednesday

The Yale Law Journal is accepting articles and essays for its next volume until Wednesday, September 23, 2020.

Click here for more information.


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Saturday, September 19, 2020

Tips on Keeping Current

Michael Goldblatt has some tips for attorneys on how to keep current with legal developments. Have a look at this post on his Law Practice Tips Blog.


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Justice Ginsburg

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a great legal writer. In 2009, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Scribes--The American Society of Legal Writers. Here is a link to the transcript of Justice Ginsburg's conversation with Bryan Garner, as published in the Scribes Journal of Legal Writing.


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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Reminder & Extended Deadline - JLWI Call for Essays & Book Reviews

The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute has extended the deadline for Essay and Book Review Submissions to Monday October 19, 2020. More information below!

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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.  We anticipate publishing Volume 25 in March 2021. 

In these times, we invite 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:

We invite essays addressing the topic outlined above. Essays about online teaching methods are discouraged. Much has already been written on the subject and more will be written by the time Volume 25 is published.  Rather, we are 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.

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.

We envision essays ranging in length from 500 to 3,000 words, but the Board will consider essays of any length.  To read essays we printed in Volume 24, please visit Please submit essays for consideration by email no later than Monday, October 19, 2020, to the Journal’s Essay Editors, Brenda Tofte: and Irene Ten-Cate: Please email Brenda and/or Irene with any questions or concerns. We look forward to reviewing your submission.

Call for Book Reviews:

What have you been reading to better understand and grapple with current societal disruptions in the context of your teaching and/or scholarship?  Have you found any legal writing textbooks particularly responsive to current concerns? We encourage you to submit a book review on this topic, keeping in mind 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.  

Book reviews typically run between 1,000 and 3,000 words.  To read book reviews we printed in Volume 24, please visit The deadline for submitting a book review is Monday October 19, 2020.  

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