Monday, February 1, 2021

Teri McMurtry-Chubb Receives the 2021 Blackwell Award

McMurtry-ChubbThe Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute presented the 2021 Thomas F. Blackwell Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Legal Writing to Professor Teri A. McMurtry-Chubb of the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law.

Professor McMurtry-Chubb researches, teaches, and writes in the areas of critical rhetoric, discourse and genre analysis, and legal history. She has lectured nationally on structural discrimination in educational institutions and the workplace and is a leader in designing curricula to facilitate diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

Professor McMurtry-Chubb is a past president of Association of Legal Writing Directors and has served as a mentor for countless members of the legal research and writing community. She is the author of several books, book chapters, and articles. She is a past recipient of the Legal Writing Institute's Phelps Award for Scholarship in Legal Communication, an award presented annually to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to improve the field of Legal Writing by demonstrating (1) an ability to nurture and motivate students to excellence; (2) a willingness to help other legal writing educators improve their teaching skills or their legal writing programs; and, (3) an ability to create and integrate new ideas for teaching and motivating legal writing educators and students.

Professor McMurtry-Chubb has taught at Loyola Law School-LA, California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, the University of Iowa, Des Moines Area Community College, Drake University School of Law, and Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University. While at Fairhaven College, she served as an Assistant Professor of Law and Hegemony Studies, and was the co-founder and first director of Fairhaven’s Center for Law, Diversity and Justice.

She was a Civil Litigation Associate at a mid-sized law firm in Des Moines, Iowa. When she joined the firm, she was the first person of color ever to be hired there and one of two African-American women in the entire state of Iowa in private practice. She practiced in the areas of insurance defense, employment discrimination, and employee benefits. Before entering private practice, McMurtry-Chubb became the first African-American woman hired as a law clerk for the Fifth Judicial District of Iowa.

The Blackwell Award honors the memory of Thomas Blackwell, a legal writing professor at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia.  He was one of three people killed at the law school on January 16, 2002, when a former student opened fire at the school with a handgun. Tom's widow Lisa participates annually in the award ceremony and did so again this year.

Recognizing the contributions that Tom Blackwell made to the legal writing community, the Blackwell Award is presented annually to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to improve the field of Legal Writing by demonstrating:

  • an ability to nurture and motivate students to excellence;
  • a willingness to help other legal writing educators improve their teaching skills or their legal writing programs; and
  • an ability to create and integrate new ideas for teaching and motivating legal writing educators and students.

Previous winners of the Blackwell Award include:

  • 2020 - Brade Clary of the University of Minnesota
  • 2019 - Terry Pollman of UNLV
  • 2018 - Ian Gallacher of Syracuse University
  • 2017 - Melissa H. Weresh of Drake University
  • 2016 - Coleen Miller Barger of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • 2015 - Helene Shapo of Northwestern University
  • 2014 - Jan Levine of the Duquesne University School of Law
  • 2013 - Judy Stinson of Arizona State University
  • 2012 - Suzanne Rowe of the University of Oregon
  • 2011 - Carol McCrehan Parker of the University of Tennessee
  • 2010 - Steve Johansen of Lewis & Clark
  • 2009 - Linda Edwards of Mercer Law (later at UNLV)
  • 2008 - Diana Pratt of Wayne State
  • 2007 - Louis Sirico of Villanova Law School
  • 2006 - Mary Beth Beazley of Ohio State (now at UNLV)
  • 2005 - Ralph Brill of Chicago-Kent
  • 2004 - Pam Lysaght of Detroit Mercy
  • 2003 - Richard K. Neumann of Hofstra University

The 2021 award presentation was the first virtual presentation of the award. Legal writing professors and friends joined the event from across the United States.

Congratulations to Professor Teri McMurtry-Chubb.

(mew)

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