On Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) will hold one-day workshops at sixteen locations around the country, including UNC School of Law. Topics vary at some locations; our focus at UNC will be Preparing Practice-Ready Students. The workshops bring together legal research and writing faculty within regions to share ideas, experiences, and insights. A $100 registration fee helps support the LWI.
The Institute’s purpose is to exchange ideas about legal writing and to provide a forum for research and scholarship about legal writing and legal analysis. The Legal Writing Institute has close to 2,800 members, including representatives from all ABA-accredited law schools in the United States plus members from other countries, English departments, independent research-and-consulting organizations, and the practicing bar. The Institute promotes new activities through a newsletter, published twice a year; a scholarly journal, published about once a year; and a national conference that has been held every other year since 1984.
More information is available at www.lwionline.org.
Going Pro: Helping Students Transition from Social to Professional Correspondence
Ami Leventis teaches Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing at the University of South Carolina School of Law. She also teaches Drafting Business Agreements and has taught Advanced Legal Writing. Before joining the faculty, Leventis practiced as an associate attorney with a firm in Menlo Park, California. She negotiated and drafted agreements for intellectual property licensing, development, and distribution arrangements, as well as agreements for other corporate partnering and general commercial transactions. Leventis also advised clients regarding a variety of complex intellectual property matters, including in connection with venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, and other strategic financing arrangements.
Kristy Hazelwood is an Assistant Professor of Legal Research and Writing at the University of Kentucky College of Law. Before joining UK Law in 2012, she taught legal writing at Vanderbilt University Law School and Belmont University College of Law. Previously, she practiced with Bass, Berry & Sims in Nashville, handling a wide variety of matters, from condemnation proceedings for a local government and utility district to commercial litigation and property disputes for corporate and individual clients. She received her law degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law.
Melissa Henke is an Assistant Clinical Professor and the Director of Legal Research and Writing at the University of Kentucky College of Law. Previously, she was an Associate Professor of Legal Research and Writing at the Georgetown University Law Center. Before she began teaching full-time, Henke was an attorney with the Washington, D.C. firm Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells), where she represented clients in a wide range of commercial litigation matters. She also served as the senior associate in Hogan’s premiere pro bono practice group (2007-2008), litigating high-impact and individual pro bono matters involving civil rights, employment discrimination, and wrongful convictions. In addition, Henke was an adjunct professor of legal research and writing at her alma mater, the George Washington University Law School (2004 and 2006). Before joining Hogan in 2002, Henke clerked for Judge Gary Feess of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Jerry Rock is an Associate Lawyering Professor at Albany Law School, where he also serves as the faculty advisor for the school’s Moot Court Program. Previously he clerked in a United States District Court and spent more than ten years as a litigation attorney specializing in civil rights and employment discrimination. Professor Rock has presented at multiple regional legal writing conferences and the 2012 LWI Biennial Conference in California. He also currently is a committee member for the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research.
Professionalism and Ethics: Mentors, Technological Advances, and Ethical Writing
Katie Pryal teaches Research, Reasoning, Writing, and Advocacy at the University of North Carolina School of Law. She graduated from UNC Law in 2003 and then clerked for Judge Terrence Boyle of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. After her clerkship, she earned her Doctorate in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, where she also attended on a fellowship. Prior to coming to UNC Law, Pryal taught as full-time faculty in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill. She specialized in legal rhetoric and professional writing. She leads CLE seminars in writing and is a frequent presenter at professional conferences. She is the author of A Short Guide to Writing About Law (2010) and Core Grammar for Lawyers (2011), and she has another book forthcoming from Oxford University Press.
Anna Hemingway is an Associate Professor of Law and the Director of the Legal Methods program at Widener University School of Law–Pennsylvania. Before joining the faculty at Widener in 1998, she served as Assistant Corporate Counsel for Residential Warranty Corporation, the largest home warrantor in the United States. She is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Hemingway has a passion for legal writing, legal ethics, and academic support. She teaches and writes in the areas of Appellate Advocacy, Interviewing and Counseling, Legal Education, Legal Ethics, Legal Methods, Law and Psychology, Mediation, and Property. She has presented at several national and international conferences. Her recent publications include Accomplishing Your Scholarly Agenda While Maximizing Students’ Learning (a.k.a. How to Teach Legal Writing and Have Time to Write Too), 50 Duq. L. Rev. 545 (2012); Thurgood Marshall: The Writer, 47 Willamette L. Rev. 211 (2011) (co-authored); and Making Effective Use of Practitioner’s Briefs in the Law School Curriculum, 22 St. Thomas L. Rev. 417 (2010).
Anne Marie Burr is the director of the Legal Research and Writing program at Wayne State University Law School, where she teaches transactional drafting, legal writing and analysis, and introductory and advanced appellate advocacy. She was recently a visiting assistant professor at Peking University’s School of Transnational Law and serves as a guest lecturer on U.S. law for the Chinese University of Political Science and Law’s Legal Studies Program. Previously, she was senior counsel of a multinational corporation, equity partner of a regional law firm, and a federal judicial clerk. She has published several articles, and she frequently presents, on the subjects of teaching foreign students and professionalism. Her most recent article is Law and Harmony: An In-depth Look at China’s First Western Style Law School (2010) and she is co-authoring a textbook, U.S. Legal Skills for Foreign Students, to be published by Carolina Academic Press next year.
Practical Professionalism: Creating Practice Simulation Courses, Developing Oral Presentation Skills in Practice Settings, and Building Professional Writing Portfolios
Jan Baker teaches Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing, Writing in Law Practice, and Consumer Bankruptcy Drafting at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Baker began her legal career as a law clerk to a United States Bankruptcy Judge. She then entered private practice, representing consumers and small businesses in personal and corporate bankruptcy cases. Baker is a co-author of The South Carolina Bankruptcy Practice Manual, a chapter on bankruptcy in The Paralegal Survival Guide, and two coloring books for The South Carolina Bar Association, one addressing the role of lawyers in society and another addressing the sensitive issue of divorce.
Liz Dalzell teaches Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing at the University of South Carolina School of Law. She also teaches Advanced Legal Writing. Previously, Dalzell practiced as a partner with Baker, Ravenel & Bender in Columbia, South Carolina, and as an associate at Slevin & Hart in Washington, D.C. Her practice primarily focused on labor, employment and employee benefits litigation. Her experience includes representing both plaintiffs and defendants in employment discrimination cases and employee benefit claims. She has also drafted various employment-related agreements and counseled clients on a wide range of employment matters.
Amy Milligan teaches Legal Research, Analysis & Writing I and II to first-year law students at the University of South Carolina School of Law, where she has been a member of the faculty since 2007. She also teaches Advanced Legal Writing and Writing in Law Practice to second- and third-year law students. Previously, Milligan practiced law at Baker, Ravenel & Bender, L.L.P., in Columbia, South Carolina. Her practice focused on property-related matters. On the real property side, she counseled clients on real property rights and she handled real estate litigation and premises liability litigation. On the intellectual property side, she assisted creative professionals with protecting their copyrights and trademarks through registration, litigation, and drafting and negotiating related agreements.
New Opportunities in Research Instruction
Jodi Wilson is an Assistant Professor and Director of Legal Methods at the University of Memphis School of Law. She teaches Professional Responsibility, Arbitration, and Legal Methods, which is the first-year research and writing course. Before joining the faculty at the University of Memphis, she spent eight years as a litigator with a national practice focusing on class actions, business disputes, and securities industry arbitrations. While in private practice, Wilson also served as an adjunct legal research and writing professor. She has presented at professional conferences on topics related to legal writing, adjunct programs, and professional responsibility.
Brenda D. Gibson is the Director of Legal Writing at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law and an Assistant Professor of Law. She was born in Jasper County, South Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from North Carolina State University and her Juris Doctor cum laude from NCCU School of Law. She was previously a Staff Attorney with the North Carolina Court of Appeals, Office of Staff Counsel, and before that was law clerk to Judge Clifton E. Johnson (retired) and Judge (now Justice) Patricia Timmons-Goodson at the Court of Appeals. Gibson’s professional memberships include the N.C. State Bar, N.C. Bar Association, Tenth Judicial District Bar Association, and the Legal Writing Institute (LWI). Most recently, Gibson served as Chairperson of the LWI Plagiarism Committee and co-presented on electronic plagiarism resources during the 2012 Biennial Conference.
is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Academic Success at UNC School of Law. He teaches Applied Legal Concepts, Professional Responsibility, and the first-year research and writing course. He graduated in 2008 from UNC School of Law, where he served on the North Carolina Law Review and was student director of the Honors Writing Scholar program. He then clerked for the Honorable Roger Gregory of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He also was an officer in the North Carolina Army National Guard, serving in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. His primary research interests include criminal procedure, federal courts, and the division of responsibility in deciding legal disputes.
Sara Sampson is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Deputy Director of the Library at UNC School of Law. She previously worked at Georgetown University as the Head of Reference and as an adjunct professor, teaching Legal Research Skills for Practice, Advanced Legal Research, and Introduction to Scholarly Note Writing. She also has served as a reference librarian and adjunct legal writing professor at Ohio State University College of Law. Sampson is active in library professional organizations, and she regularly speaks at library conferences. She has also taught courses in the library schools at both the University of Maryland and the Catholic University of America and in the paralegal program at Georgetown University.
Craig T. Smith
is a Clinical Professor and the Assistant Dean for Legal Writing and Academic Success at the UNC School of Law. He directs the Writing and Learning Skills Center, which serves all UNC law students and operates the first-year research and writing program. He has served as a board member and president of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD), as a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute and of Perspectives, as a presenter at the AALS Workshop for Beginning Legal Writing Teachers. He also has served on the ABA’s Curriculum Committee, its Communication Skills Committee, and multiple accreditation site-evaluation teams.