Friday, March 7, 2014

Welcome to the Legislation Law Prof Blog

Welcome to the Legislation Law Prof Blog!

The last few years have witnessed a dramatic increase in the number of clinical, legal writing, and doctrinal faculty focused on legislation and policymaking.  Many schools have created new policy clinics or added policy work to existing clinics. More legal writing faculty are incorporating legislative drafting assignments into the curriculum. Almost every school has a legislation course, and a number of faculty from law schools across the country contribute to the American Legislative and Issue Campaign Exchange (overseen by our co-editor, Professor Rogers). Despite the large demand in the legal academy for resources and information related to legislation, there was no centralized location for information sharing and discussion before now. 

We created this new law prof blog focused on legislation and administrative advocacy and policymaking to fill this void and support our colleagues in the legal academy. Through the Legislation Law Prof Blog, we hope to make meaningful contributions to: 

Teaching.  Legislation permeates every aspect of law and is discussed to some extent in almost all law courses. The Legislation Law Prof Blog disseminates trends, innovative approaches, and other opportunities to teach about legislation and policymaking in the classroom.

Skills Training.  Legislation provides unique and exciting ways for law faculty to incorporate experiential opportunities into our classrooms.  The Legislation Law Prof Blog highlights these opportunities.

Advocacy.  The Preamble to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct encourages all lawyers to “cultivate knowledge of the law beyond its use for clients [and] employ that knowledge in reform of the law.”  The Legislation Law Prof Blog promotes the engagement of law faculty and students in the development of model policies responsive to the needs of underserved people and communities. 

In the coming posts, we will cover topics that include: Skills, Theory, Advocacy, and News. We will also shine a Monthly Spotlight on our trailblazing colleagues in the legal academy and field. We invite you to join us in this exciting endeavor and to read, subscribe to, and participate in the Legislation Law Prof Blog.

Kevin Barry, Emily Benfer, Sara Rankin, Joel Rogers

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