Friday, April 12, 2024

Next Year's Jessup Problem

Here is the subject matter of the 2025 problem for the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the world's largest moot court competition:

“The Jessup 2025 Problem will present the following issues: (1) the rights and obligations of other members of the international community when two persons claim to be the legitimate president of a state; (2) invocation of immunity for government officials accused of grave violations of human rights; (3) the legal consequences of receding coastlines for the maritime zones of coastal states; and (4) the interpretation of the compromissory clause in a treaty creating a regional organization.”

April 12, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Next Year's Jessup Problem

Here is the subject matter of the 2025 problem for the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the world's largest moot court competition:

“The Jessup 2025 Problem will present the following issues: (1) the rights and obligations of other members of the international community when two persons claim to be the legitimate president of a state; (2) invocation of immunity for government officials accused of grave violations of human rights; (3) the legal consequences of receding coastlines for the maritime zones of coastal states; and (4) the interpretation of the compromissory clause in a treaty creating a regional organization.”

April 12, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, April 4, 2024

New LWI Board Members Elected

The Legal Writing Institute announced that the following individuals were elected as new Board members:

  • Jacob Carpenter (Marquette)
  • Lori Johnson (UNLV)
  • Kristen Murray (Temple)
  • Robert Parrish (Emory)
  • Em Wright (Stetson)
  • Nancy Soonpaa (Texas Tech)
  • Ellie Margolis (Temple)

Hat tip to Abby Perdue, President-Elect, Legal Writing Institute and Professor of Law at Wake Forest University School of Law.


April 4, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

A New Edition of Plain English for Lawyers

Carolina Academic Press announced that it is about to publish a new edition of Plain English for Lawyers, the classic text originally authored by Richard Wydick and now updated by Amy Sloan. As the CAP website states:

Plain English for Lawyers has been a favorite of law students, legal writing teachers, lawyers, and judges for almost 40 years. The seventh edition, co-authored by Amy Sloan, updates this classic text while preserving all the approaches that make it such a standard in the field. In addition to guiding students through techniques for producing clear writing, this edition includes new exercises, a discussion of the principles of document design, a chapter on the appropriate uses of generative AI for writing, and detailed coverage of best practices for correct pronoun usage and avoiding gendered language. Plain English for Lawyers remains (in size only!) a little book, small enough and palatable enough not to intimidate overloaded law students.

The book can be used as one of your course texts or as a recommended supplement.

Click here for more information about the seventh edition (including how to request an examination copy for your fall syllabus).


March 12, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Oklahoma is Hiring

The University of Oklahoma College of Law is hiring an Assistant Professor of Legal Writing to join its LRW faculty beginning in the 2024-25 academic year.

Hat tip to Erin DeWalt.


February 15, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, January 15, 2024

Zoom Workshop for New Legal Writing Scholars

On Monday, May 13, 2024, the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law will host an online workshop for new legal writing scholars. You may be a “new” scholar if you’ve published "fewer than two full-length law review articles or book chapters," but the organizers intend this definition of "new" to include rather than exclude participants.

In this Zoom workshop, participants can receive feedback on their work and learn from fellow legal writing scholars. Please come with a draft of any length, of any kind of project (non-law-review articles welcome!), and you’ll leave the day with feedback on your specific project and thoughts from colleagues around the country on how to succeed in academic writing.

Contact Professor Susan McMahon, Professor Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff, or Professor Mary Bowman for more information (they're all at ASU).

Hat tip to Susan A. McMahon


January 15, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, January 13, 2024

Memphis is Hiring

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law is hiring two entry-level, tenure-track faculty positions. Course needs include Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Contracts, and other transactional law courses.

More information is available at the University of Memphis’ WorkForum link:

Hat tip to Professor Regina L. Hillman.


January 13, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, January 12, 2024

In Memoriam: Professor Nancy L. Schultz

Nancy-schultzChapman University Dale Fowler School of Law in southern California shared the following announcement about Professor Nancy Schultz, who passed away unexpectedly in December:

It is with profound sorrow that we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Professor Nancy L. Schultz, the Kennedy Professor of Dispute Resolution and the Director of Chapman’s Competitions Program, who passed away at her home on Thursday, December 15.

Nancy, as she insisted on being addressed by students and faculty alike, was synonymous with student advocacy at the Fowler School of Law. She will be remembered as a tireless advocate for the thousands of students she taught and coached during her 27 years at the Fowler School of Law. Nancy was recruited to the Chapman family in 1996, where she created the Competitions Program from scratch and personally oversaw each competition team for almost three decades.

She began her academic career as a legal writing professor at Villanova University Law School, before becoming Director of Legal Research and Writing at the George Washington University Law School. Throughout her career, she co-authored textbooks and published articles in legal writing, with an emphasis on the benefits of speaking, writing, and drafting in plain English. She was one of the rare coaches who was equally able to teach appellate advocacy, trial skills and technique, and alternative dispute resolution in all its forms: negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and client counseling. With Nancy at the center, Chapman quickly rose to national prominence in trial advocacy. To this day, Kennedy Hall is crammed with trophies won by Fowler School of Law students and teams, including seven individual and team awards that Nancy’s teams collected from the Fall of 2023 competitions alone.

As impressive as her resume was, Nancy stridently opposed self-promotion in any form, and insisted that the attention be placed squarely on her students. She prioritized intelligence and charisma, but only through integrity and fair play, “Win or lose, we play clean” was her mantra. It was often Nancy who first showed students what they were capable of achieving, and through her example they brought accolades to Kennedy Hall–later becoming judges, law firm partners, senior litigators, public interest lawyers, legal specialists, mediators, in-house attorneys, politicians, and professors.

Nancy’s home was in Orange, and her hub was in Kennedy Hall, but she was truly a citizen of the world–her expertise was recognized globally and she had friends on every continent. She served in significant leadership roles for the International Client Counseling Competition Committee, the International Law School Mediation Tournament, and the International Negotiation Competition Committee, where she was the North American representative to the Executive Committee. She could speak fondly of the friendships, the tournaments, and travels in Ireland, Great Britain, Brazil, Dubai, Singapore, and all over Europe and the United States.

At the conclusion of the 2023 fall semester, Nancy returned from the United Arab Emirates, where she had gathered with friends and administrators from around the world at the International Ad Hoc Mediation Competition. Yet again, her team of three Fowler School of Law students had won gold. Without a single word about the hundreds of hours she spent preparing and coaching for this triumph, nor discussing her role in establishing a seat at the table for Chapman, her note to faculty read:

“[Our students] represented us with grace, enthusiasm, civility, and professionalism. It is hard to imagine a better performance, not only in terms of talent and skill, but also in terms of just being good human beings. I can hardly remember when a team was so universally liked and respected by judges, competitors, and organizers.”

We are sure that Nancy would take great joy in knowing that her final email to the Chapman community was to share the success of her students.

Her devastating loss is felt keenly by her deepest source of joy and pride, her daughter Lindsay and her son Kyle, and by her three remaining siblings, Lisa, Cindy, and Carl. Nancy’s greatest wish was to create a better world through her children and her students, and as a result, she will be remembered by a global circle of friends. May we keep them in our thoughts during this time of loss, and may our students and faculty carry forward Nancy’s legacy of success, integrity, and humility.

An online Memorial Service is planned for  January 25, 2024, at 5pm PST.



January 12, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

San Francisco is Hiring

The University of San Francisco School of Law is hiring for Visiting Professor positions in a variety of areas for the academic year 2024-25.

They  are also searching for a Visiting Professor of Practice with expertise in various areas of corporate law. This position is renewable for an additional three years.

Hat tip to Adam Abelkop, Associate Professor & Director of Legal Writing at the University of San Francisco School of Law.


January 9, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Wolters Kluwer integrates GenAI into its legal research products

Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory (LR) announced in a press release a new feature for legal professionals: Generative Pre-training Transformer (GPT)-generated summaries of court rulings. GPT summarization harnesses generative AI (GenAI) to simplify legal research, eliminating (it says) "the need to read through multiple court cases, saving valuable time." This innovation in beta will initially serve legal professionals using the Wolters Kluwer Online research platform in Germany before being rolled out to other products.

Martin O’Malley, CEO of Wolters Kluwer LR, is quoted in the press release as saying: “We recognize our customers’ need for efficiency and accuracy in legal research. With the integration of GPT-generated summaries into our legal research products, we’re transforming the way in which legal professionals assess and interpret case law. This innovative feature is a testament to our commitment to empowering our customers with our deep domain knowledge, the highest editorial quality and the latest in GenAI technology, ensuring they remain at the forefront of the legal field.”

Wolters Kluwer’s GPT summarization feature significantly reduces the time spent on legal research by:

  • Providing more than tens of thousands of GPT-generated summaries for quick understanding of court decisions.
  • Enabling easy categorization of relevance with comprehensive summaries that encompass the facts and history of the case.
  • Reducing the volume of documents requiring in-depth review through efficient content assessment.

Wolters Kluwer LR recently published Future Ready Lawyer 2023 report, which found 73% of lawyers expect to integrate GenAI into their legal work.

(Adapted from a Wolters Kluwer press release)


December 7, 2023 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Sue Liemer to Receive the 2024 AALS LWRR Section Award

The Association of American Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research has chosen Professor Sue Liemer (Elon University School of Law) to receive its Section Award, which recognizes lifetime contributions to the field of legal writing, reasoning, and research. 

The award will be presented at noon on January 4, 2024 at the AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The presentation will be made in the Marquis Salon 3 (Level M2) of the Marriott Marquis DC Hotel

Professor Liemer joined the Elon Law faculty in North Carolina in 2017 and was appointed Elon Law’s associate dean for academic affairs in 2021. She had previously served as the Director of Lawyering Skills at Southern Illinois University School of Law. She is also an editor emeritus of the Legal Writing Prof Blog.

Click here to learn more about Professor Liemer and the award.


November 29, 2023 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, November 25, 2023

Janet Sinder to Receive AALS Law Libraries and Legal Information Section Award

Janet Sinder BrooklynThe Association of American Law Schools Section on Law Libraries and Legal Information has announced that its Section Award will go to Janet Sinder (Professor Emerita at Brooklyn Law School).

The award will be presented at the 2024 AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Janet Sinder joined the Brooklyn Law School faculty in 2012 as the Director of the Brooklyn Law School Library. Her professional interests include the intersection of library services and information technology, copyright, journal open-access issues, as well as legal history. An active member of the American Association of Law Libraries, she served as the editor of Law Library Journal, the association’s official journal, from 2007 to 2013.

Professor Sinder was awarded the 2014 Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship by the American Association of Law Libraries. 

Prior to coming to Brooklyn Law School, Professor Sinder worked at the law libraries of Duke University and the University of Maryland. She began her legal career as an Assistant Defender at the Office of the State Appellate Defender in Springfield, Illinois.


November 25, 2023 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

2024 Global Legal Skills Conference

The next Global Legal Skills Conference will take place 4-6 June 2024 in southern Italy at the University of Bari.

If you're planning to attend, this is a good week to book travel and hotels because of the "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" sales offered by many companies this week. We recommend that you make reservations that will be possible to change or cancel in case your travel plans change.

Bari is served by an international airport. A train takes you quickly to the city of Bari, quite near the University of Bari where the GLS-16 Conference will be held. You can arrange your air travel to arrive in or depart from another Italian city such as Rome or Naples.


November 21, 2023 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, October 7, 2023

New England Legal Writing Conference

The Future of Legal Education is Golden

The New England Legal Writing Conference will be held on November 2, 2023 in Boston. Registration is free, but you should register for the conference by October 23, 2023

The full-day conference will begin with presentations starting at 9 a.m. and will be capped off with a reception at 5 p.m. to celebrate the 50th (Golden) anniversary of Suffolk’s Legal Practice Skills Program. 

Hat tip to Professor Samantha A. Moppett,  Associate Director of Legal Practice Skills at Suffolk University Law School


October 7, 2023 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Central States Legal Writing Conference

Congratulations to Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa for successfully hosting the 2023 Central States Legal Writing Conference on September 22-23. We hear that the presentations were great and the food abundant.


October 7, 2023 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Connecticut is Hiring

The University of Connecticut School of Law is seeking a Director of its Legal Practice Program.  Get more information at this link:

Hat tip to Jessica Rubin.


August 29, 2023 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Cincinnati is Hiring

The University of Cincinnati College of Law is looking for someone to supervise their moot court teams and advocacy competition teams and to teach some advocacy courses. Contact the law school for more information.

Hat tip to Rachel Smith.


August 29, 2023 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Mercer is Hiring

The Mercer University School of Law invites applications from entry-level and pre-tenure lateral candidates (Assistant and Associate rank) for three tenure-track faculty positions to begin in the Fall of 2024. They welcome applications from candidates in all subject matter areas, especially commercial law, and legal writing. They also welcome candidates who are truly entry-level, with no prior law teaching experience, but who show significant promise for excellence in teaching and scholarship.  

Founded in 1873, Mercer University School of Law has a long tradition of producing lawyers who are ready to practice and committed to service. The School has earned a reputation as an excellent provider of legal education with an intense focus on student and faculty interaction. With an enrollment of about 375 students, Mercer Law School is one of 12 schools and colleges of Mercer University, which has been listed among the top institutions of higher education in the nation. The School of Law is nationally recognized for its exceptional programs in legal writing, advocacy (moot court and mock trial), public service, and professionalism and ethics.

The School of Law is located in Macon, Georgia, a city of approximately 156,000. Macon is known for its strong musical heritage (e.g., Otis Redding, Little Richard, the Allman Brothers), its vibrant arts community, its recreational offerings (e.g., the Ocmulgee Mounds National Historic Park), and its affordable cost of living. Located 85 miles from Atlanta, Macon offers the livability of a smaller city with ready access to large city amenities.

Mercer University recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds. Mercer University is an AA/EEO/Veteran/ADA employer. 

Applicants should have a J.D. degree from an accredited university/college, a commitment to excellence in teaching, and demonstrated potential for excellence in research and scholarship. Interested applicants will need to complete the brief online application at attach a current CV with the names and contact information for three references. For information contact Professor Pam Wilkins, Chair, Appointments Committee, Mercer University School of Law, [email protected].

Hat tip to Suzianne D. Painter-Thorne


August 17, 2023 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

“Practical English Language Skills for Lawyers” Wins the 2023 GLS Book Award

20230815_105356Natasha Costello and Louise Kulbicki have won the 2023 Global Legal Skills Book Award for their book, Practical English Language Skills for Lawyers: Improving Your Legal English.” The book was published in 2023 by Routledge (London and New York). The award was presented during the closing plenary session of the Global Legal Skills Conference held July 30 to August 1, 2023 at Nottingham Trent University.

The 354-page book on Practical Legal English Skills includes chapters on networking, telephoning and conference calls, client meetings, presentations, social media marketing, and job applications and interviews. There are also short chapters with advice on legal writing, contract negotiation and drafting, advocacy, and alternative dispute resolution. Appendices in the book include questions for self-assessment and peer-assessment, a short chart with examples of how to convert legalese to plain English, transcripts of conversations, and a useful glossary of legal terms.  

Natasha Costello is a non-practicing English solicitor and a former senior lecturer in law at Manchester Metropolitan University in England. She is currenting working as an independent teacher in Paris, where she teaches legal English to practicing French lawyers and to law students at various universities in the Paris area.

Louise Kulbicki is a legal English teacher and the founder of Study Legal English, which provides online legal English resources to learners in more than 140 countries. She gained practical experience in the field of international environmental law before turning to teaching legal English.

Both Natasha and Louise have served on the board of EULETA, the European Legal English Teachers’ Association. EULETA was also recognized with a Global Legal Skills Award during the 2023 GLS Conference in Nottingham.

Pictured here (from left to right) are Natasha Costello, Professor David Austin (California Western School of Law and member of the GLS-15 Planning Committee), Louise Kulbicki, and Mark E. Wojcik (University of Illinois Chicago School of Law and founder of the Global Legal Skills Conference Series).

The next Global Legal Skills Conference will be held June 4-6, 2024 at the University of Bari in Southern Italy.


August 15, 2023 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, July 28, 2023

Save the Dates: Central States Legal Writing Conference in Des Moines

The Central States Legal Writing Conference will be held September 22-23, 2023 at Drake Law School in Des Moines, Iowa. Programming starts at 2:00 pm. Friday and runs through Saturday at 5:00 p.m.


July 28, 2023 | Permalink | Comments (0)