Friday, October 12, 2018
Charles Calleros, Professor and Alan A. Matheson Fellow in Law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Charles has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 Association of American Law Schools Section Award for the Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research. This prestigious award recognizes individuals who have made significant lifetime contributions to the field of legal research and writing. It has sometimes been referred to as the lifetime achievement award in legal writing. The award was created in 1995 and conferred for the first time at the 1996 AALS Annual Meeting.
As the award announcement notes, Charles is one of the legends of legal writing. More than 35 years after he started teaching at ASU, he remains actively engaged in teaching, scholarship, and service (not to mention being the drummer in a rhythm and blues band). From the publication of his first-generation legal writing text, Legal Method and Writing, now in its 8th edition, to his use of the flamenco guitar to illustrate teaching principles, Charles brings a distinctively thoughtful and engaging perspective to explain and illuminate difficult topics of legal communication.
Many legal writing professors have experienced his "dance lessons" at conferences such as the Global Legal Skills Conference in Verona, Italy. We are happy to share here some rare Charles Calleros flamenco and drumming photos that have not been seen before on his blog or on the legal writing listserve. The black and white photo (right) is of Charles Calleros flamenco dancing with the Lydia Torea Spanish Dance Company. The other dance photo is of Charles dancing "sometime in the 1980s."
His colleagues at ASU and across the country praise his warmth, generous spirit, and kindness; he “unfailingly models cheerful, nonjudgmental inclusiveness.” Charles has been a constant champion of diversity in legal education, and he has long been engaged with a variety of organizations that assist and embrace law students of color.
His work has taken place within the academy (e.g., AALS, LSAC, CLEO) and within the practicing bar (e.g., Hispanic National Bar Association). Charles’s significant lifetime contributions to the field of legal writing have greatly enriched law teaching and legal education.
The 2019 AALS Section award will be presented to Charles Calleros at the AALS Annual Meeting in New Orleans during the luncheon for the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research. That luncheon on Friday, January 4, 2019 from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. is a ticketed event. Tickets should be purchased when registering for the AALS Annual Meeting. We do not know if the luncheon will include live drumming or flamenco dancing on the table tops, but we'll be ready with a camera in case it happens.
The award recipient is selected from nominations submitted to the section. The AALS Section Awards Committee is co-chaired by Linda Berger and Rebekah Hanley and the members are Mary Algero, Annie Chan, Raúl Fernández-Calienes, Darby Dickerson, Deleith Gossett, Dana Hill, Jan Levine, Kathryn Mercer, Terry Pollman, and Ursula Weigold.
Here is the full list of winners of the AALS Section Award:
- 1996 - Mary Lawrence (Oregon)
- 1997 - Ralph Brill (Chicago-Kent)
- 2002 - Helene Shapo (Northwestern)
- 2003 - Laurel Currie Oates (Seattle)
- 2005 - Marilyn Walter (Brooklyn)
- 2006 - Terri LeClerq (Texas)
- 2007 - Anne Enquist (Seattle)
- 2008 - Eric Easton (Baltimore)
- 2009 - Richard K. Neumann, Jr. (Hofstra)
- 2010 - Joe Kimble (Thomas Cooley)
- 2011 - Elizabeth Fajans (Brooklyn)
- 2012 - Susan Brody (The John Marshall Law School-Chicago) and Mary Barnard Ray (Wisconsin) [two winners that year]
- 2013 - Terrill Pollman (UNLV) and Jill Ramsfield (Hawaii) [two winners that year]
- 2014 - Jan Levine (Duquesne)
- 2015 - Mark E. Wojcik (The John Marshall Law School-Chicago)
- 2016 - Suzanne Rowe (Oregon)
- 2017 – Linda Berger (UNLV)
- 2018 - Darby Dickerson (The John Marshall Law School-Chicago)
- 2019 - Charles R. Calleros (Arizona State University)
Hat tip to Professor Suzanna Moran, Chair, AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, & Research
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Monday, May 20, 2019
Burton Awards event begins: Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress 4:00p.m. prompt
Cocktail Reception: Great Hall of the Library of Congress, 6:00p.m.
Gala/Dinner: Great Hall, Atrium Level, 6:30p.m. to 8:00p.m.
Event Venue: Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium and Great Hall.
City/State/Zip: 10 First Street, S.E., Washington, D.C.
The awards program recognizes major achievements in the law, ranging from literary awards to the greatest reform in law. The awards are selected by professors from Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, UC Berkeley School of Law, Stanford Law School, and Columbia Law School, among others. The members of the Honorary Board of Directors are Chief Judge Richard Posner (retired), Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals; U.S. Senator John Cornyn; U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.; U.S. Senator Mike Crapo; U.S. Senator Michael F. Bennet; California Supreme Court Justice Carol Corrigan of California; Yabo Lin, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP; Jane Sullivan Roberts, Partner, Major, Lindsey & Africa; Lisa Rickard, President, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform; Thomas L. Sager, Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP; Les Parrette, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Compliance Officer, Novelis Inc.; James M. Rishwain, Jr., Chairman Emeritus, Pillsbury Winthrop LLP; Betty Whelchel, Head of Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs, BNP Paribis SA; Stephen R. Mysliwiec, Partner, DLA Piper LLP (US); Leslie T. Thornton, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas; and Linda Klein, Immediate Past President, American Bar Association.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Professor Walter's book, Writing and Analysis in the Law, is a widely used first-year legal writing text. She was also the co-author of the first edition of the Sourcebook on Legal Writing Programs. A leader in her field, Professor Walter was the recipient of the 2005 Association of American Law Schools' Legal Writing Section Award in recognition of her “pioneering leadership, extraordinary vision, and outstanding service.”
Marilyn was a former Chair of the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research, a member of the Board of the Legal Writing Institute, a member of the ABA’s Committee on Communication Skills, and an Editorial Committee member of the Journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors. She was a frequent and popular a speaker on numerous panels at legal writing conferences.
Before she joined the faculty of Brooklyn Law School in 1980, she was a legal writing instructor at New York University Law School and a staff attorney at the National Employment Law Project. In spring 2008, she was a Visiting Professor at the University of Delhi Law School in India.
As her colleague Betsy Fajans noted, Marilyn was central in making the field of legal writing what it is today. She was also a mentor to dozens of people in the legal writing community. We extend our condolences to her family, colleagues, and former students. She will be missed.
Friday, October 5, 2018
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Here's a tip from the Illinois Supreme Court Style Guide: Because underscoring has become the standard way to indicate a hyperlink to another document, it should not be used in lieu of italics.
- NOT: Duffy v. Orlan Brook Condo. Owners’ Ass’n, 2012 IL App (1st) 113577 ¶36, 981 N.E.2d 1069, 1079 (Ill. App. Ct. 2012).
- BUT THIS: Duffy v. Orlan Brook Condo. Owners’ Ass’n, 2012 IL App (1st) 113577 ¶36, 981 N.E.2d 1069, 1079 (Ill. App. Ct. 2012).
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Here's a helpful tool to help you decipher unfamiliar or obscure abbreviations of legal reporters and journals.
The Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations allows you to search for the meaning of abbreviations for English language legal publications, from the British Isles, the Commonwealth and the United States, including those covering international and comparative law. Many major foreign language law publications are also included in the database.
The database mainly covers law reports and legal periodicals but some other legal publications are also included. The Index is under continuous development with new abbreviations and titles being added on a regular basis.
Hat tip to the law librarians at Yale Law School.
Friday, September 7, 2018
The Legal Writing Institute will again host one-day workshops around the country in late November and December. A list of locations and dates can be found by clicking here, with information on how to be a presenter.
Professor Michael D. Murray has joined the full-time legal research and writing faculty University of Kentucky College of Law in Lexington. He had been a Visiting Professor of Law at UK Law in 2016-2017, when he taught Legal Writing, Professional Responsibility, and Advanced Legal Research and Writing.
Professor Murray graduated from Loyola College in Maryland and from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He was a member of a national champion Jessup International Law Moot Court team at Columbia, and Notes Editor of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. After law school, Mike clerked for U.S. District Judge John F. Nangle of the Eastern District of Missouri, who was then the Chair of the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. He also practiced commercial, intellectual property, and products liability litigation for seven years at Bryan Cave law firm in St. Louis.
After leaving private practice, Professor Murray taught at the law schools of Saint Louis University, University of Illinois, Valparaiso University, University of Michigan, and University of Massachusetts, and internationally in Italy and the United Kingdom. He currently has published 27 books and numerous law review articles on advocacy, legal research and writing, rhetoric, copyright, art law, right of publicity, and other topics.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Do you need to find unpublished decisions of the Illinois Appellate Court? The archives of the Louis L. Biro Law Library at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago contain the largest collection of unpublished Illinois Appellate Court Opinions available. John Marshall's collection spans nearly 350 legal-size volumes dating from about 1900 to 1975. Copies of unpublished decisions may also be found at the Cook County Law Library.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Professor Eric Goldman of Santa Clara University School of Law observed that as "emoticons and emojis play an increasingly important role in how we communicate with each other, they will increasingly raise legal issues." Eric Goldman, Surveying the Law of Emojis, Santa Clara University School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 8-17, at 5.
This week, a "smiley face" and the "pile of poo" emoji appeared in Emerson v. Dart, an opinion of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, The Seventh Circuit was quoting a Facebook post that used both the smiley face and the emoji. The Facebook post was written by a plaintiff who was attempting to dissuade employees of the Cook County Department of Corrections from assisting the County in its defense of the plaintiff's discrimination claim.
The Seventh Circuit opinion does not discuss the smiley face or the emoji. They are simply in a quote in the opinion. But their presence illustrates that lawyers and legal writing professors will have to start dealing with these new forms of communication that will raise issues as to their interpretation (and other legal issues flagged in Professor Goldman's article.
Hat tip to Aggie Baumert.
Saturday, August 11, 2018
South Texas College of Law Houston invites applications from both experienced and entry-level faculty for two full-time, tenure-track Legal Research & Writing positions beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year. All legal research and writing faculty positions at the law school are tenure-track or tenured. The school seeks candidates with outstanding academic records who are committed to both excellence in teaching and sustained scholarly achievement. Individuals whose backgrounds will contribute to the diversity of the faculty are encouraged to apply.
South Texas College of Law Houston provides a diverse body of students with the opportunity to obtain an exceptional legal education, preparing graduates to serve their community and the profession with distinction. The school, located in downtown Houston, was founded in 1923 and is the oldest law school in Houston. South Texas is a private, nonprofit, independent law school, fully accredited by the American Bar Association and a member of the Association of American Law Schools, with 65 full-time and 37 adjunct professors serving a student body of 931 full and part-time students.
South Texas is home to the most decorated advocacy program in the United States, which, alongside the LRW program, boasts countless best brief awards. STCL Houston students benefit from six additional Centers of Excellence: The Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution, The Harry L. Reed Oil and Gas Law Institute, the Institute for International Legal Practice and National Security, the Legal Research & Writing Program, The Randall O. Sorrels Legal Clinics, and the Transactional Practice Center.
The LRW Program is committed to excellence in preparing students for practice. Its faculty members are also committed to being collegial and supportive of each other’s teaching, research, and service. The LRW Program leads the nation in students winning first-place Best Brief awards from the national Scribes competition.
Please submit your cover letter, CV, and contact information for professional references, and address your application to Professor Maxine Goodman, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee. You may email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org You may also apply through standard mail to Professor Maxine Goodman, South Texas College of Law Houston, 1303 San Jacinto Street, Houston, TX 77002-7006. The positions will be open until filled.
Hat tip to Prof. Amanda Harmon Cooley
Saturday, August 4, 2018
The University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law invites applicants for a tenure-track position in the school's first-year legal analysis and writing course. The successful applicant will begin in July 2019. Contact Professor JoAnne Sweeney at the University of Louisville for more information.
Friday, August 3, 2018
Many state and local bar associations offer free legal research tools as a benefit of bar association membership. The two main companies offering their services through state and local bar associations are Fastcase and Casemaker.
- Alabama State Bar
- Alaska Bar Association
- Colorado Bar Association
- Connecticut Bar Association
- Idaho State Bar
- Hampden County Bar (MA)
- Indiana State Bar Association
- Kansas Bar Association
- Kentucky Bar Association
- Maine State Bar Association
- State Bar of Michigan
- Nebraska State Bar Association
- New Hampshire Bar Assocation
- New York City Bar Association
- Bar Association of Erie County (NY)
- Monroe County Bar Association (NY)
- Oneida County Bar Association (NY)
- State Bar Association of North Dakota
- Ohio State Bar Association
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Rhode Island Bar Association
- Santa Clara County Bar Association (CA)
- Schenectady County Bar (NY)
- State Bar of Texas
- Utah State Bar
- Vermont Bar Association
- Washington State Bar Association
- Wyoming State Bar
Here's the list of state, local, and specialty bar associations that offer access to Fastcase:
- Akron Bar Association
- Alameda County Bar Association
- Allegheny County Law Library
- American Immigration Lawyers Association
- State Bar of Arizona
- Arkansas Bar Association
- Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
- Columbus Bar Association
- Dayton Bar Association
- D.C. Bar
- Delaware State Bar Association
- Federal Circuit Bar Association
- The Florida Bar
- State Bar of Georgia
- Hamilton County Law Libary
- Hawaii State Bar Association
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Iowa State Bar Association
- Jenkins Law Library (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
- Los Angeles County Law Library
- Louisiana State Bar Association
- Massachusetts Bar Association
- Maryland State Bar Association
- Minnesota State Bar Association
- The Mississippi Bar
- The Missouri Bar
- State Bar of Montana
- National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
- National Creditors Bar Association
- State Bar of Nevada
- New Jersey State Bar Association
- New York State Bar Association
- State Bar of New Mexico
- North Carolina Bar Association
- Oklahoma Bar Association
- Oregon State Bar
- Toledo Bar Association
- South Carolina Bar
- San Fernando Valley Bar Association
- State Bar of South Dakota
- Tennessee Bar Association
- State Bar of Texas
- Virginia State Bar
- Virgin Islands Bar Association
- West Virginia State Bar
If you're a member of one of the bar associations listed above, be sure to learn about the research resources available through Casemaker or Fastcase.
The American Bar Association Annual Meeting continues in Chicago with hundreds of meetings and programs. One of those programs is "How to Conduct FREE Legal Research Online," presented by Barbara Bavis, the Bibliographic and Research Instruction Librarian at the Law Library of Congress. The program was sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress. Here's some of the information that was shared during the two-hour program:
The Law Library of Congress is the world's largest law library. It was established by law in 1832 as a separate department of the Library of Congress to serve the legal research needs of all three branches of government. It is the largest law library in the world with more than 2.9 million volumes of federal, state, and foreign materials, including codes, constitutions, official gazettes, law journals, secondary sources, and other legal materials from 267 nations and jurisdictions. It includes research materials from countries that no longer exist as separate countries (such as Sikkim).
The Guide to Law Online is a legal portal with more than 9,000 links to annotated compilations of Internet links. It is organized by jurisdiction and topic and includes international, U.S., and state materials. It provides links to the full text of laws, regulations, and court decisions. There's also a link to the Indigenous Law Portal, which includes links to American Indian constitutions and legal materials.
Current Legal Topics is a resource with current international issues, in-depth legal commentary and comparisons of international and foreign laws, and extensive bibliographic resources.
The Global Legal Monitor provides worldwide legal news and is frequently updated. It may be searched by topic, country, keywords, author, date, and other terms.
In Custodia Legis is the blog for the Law Library of Congress. It publishes new posts on research guides, current legal trends, information about changes and additions to Congress.gov, significant international law developments, legal history, and "arcana" (inspired by rare items in the collection of the Law Library of Congress.
The program on cost-effective legal research also included information on free legislative and regulatory research, judicial opinions and citators, judicial records and briefs, and presidential documents.
Photo: Barbara Bavis (Bibliographic and Research Instruction Librarian at the Law Library of Congress) and Professor Mark E. Wojcik (Incoming Chair of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress).
Thursday, August 2, 2018
The Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association includes several panels on legal research and writing. One such panel is “The Power of Personal Narrative: The Role of Compelling Storytelling in Criminal and Civil Cases.” The program was co-sponsored by The John Marshall Law School and Scribes--The American Society of Legal Writers.
Crafting a compelling narrative is a skill all attorneys should master. This panel featured English Professor Jill Patterson, a former Soros Justice Fellow who serves as the Case Storyteller for the Texas Regional Public Defenders Office for Capital Cases. Professor Patterson regularly works as a litigation team member, interviewing capital clients and helping the attorneys develop the client’s narrative and the themes for trial. She described techniques for developing powerful personal narratives for clients.
Her presentation was followed by attorney-filmmaker Doug Passon, who has pioneered the field of producing videos for sentencing hearings.
Pictured here (from left to right) are: Moderator Darby Dickerson, Dean and Professor at The John Marshall Law School and Past President if Scribes—The American Society of Legal Writers, Chicago, Illinois; Professor Jill Patterson, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas; Doug Passon, President and Creative Director, Doug Passon Law, Scottsdale, Arizona; Natalie Chan, Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago, Illinois; and Anthony Franze, Author and Counsel at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, Washington, D.C.
The 2018 American Bar Association Annual Meeting in Chicago includes several programs on legal writing and research. One such program is "The Art and Craft of Legal Writing: Advice from Master Writers," held on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago as part of the ABA's "CLE in the City." The program was co-sponsored by The John Marshall Law School and Scribes--The American Society of Legal Writers.
Pictured here (from left to right) are: Professor Mark E. Wojcik (President of Scribes–The American Society of Legal Writers and Professor, The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois); Linda Coberly, (Managing Partner, Winston Strawn, Chicago, Illinois); Anthony Franze (Acclaimed Author and Counsel, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, Washington, D.C.); and panel moderator Paula Hudson Holderman (President of The John Marshall Law School Board of Trustees, Chicago, Illinois).
Wednesday, August 1, 2018