Who We Are
The Legal Writing Institute (LWI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving all forms of legal communication by supporting the development of teaching and scholarly resources and establishing a forum to discuss the study, practice, and teaching of legal writing. LWI works toward its goal by supporting a national biennial conference, a range of publications, writing workshops and specialty conferences, resource banks for members and the public, achievement awards and scholarship grants, and various channels for members to connect and communicate. LWI is the second largest organization of law professors in the United States: its nearly 3,000 members represent 38 countries.
LWI Policy Statement on Law Faculty
Adopted March 2015
The Legal Writing Institute is committed to a policy of full citizenship for all law faculty. No justification exists for subordinating one group of law faculty to another based on the nature of the course, the subject matter, or the teaching method. All full-time law faculty should have the opportunity to achieve full citizenship at their institutions, including academic freedom, security of position, and governance rights. Those rights are necessary to ensure that law students and the legal profession benefit from the myriad perspectives and expertise that all faculty bring to the mission of legal education.
Mercer University School of Law is the LWI host school. LWI appreciates the administrative support and services Mercer provides in this role.
News from LWI
LWI Professional Status Projects
Grant Opportunity: 2015 ALWD/LWI Survey Revision
ALWD and LWI anticipate awarding a grant of $10,000 for revising the ALWD/LWI annual survey. It is anticipated that the bulk of the revision work would be performed during the summer of 2015.
Further information is available here.
Applied Legal Storytelling Conference: July in Seattle
Along with CLEA and Seattle University, LWI will sponsor the 2015 Applied Legal Storytelling Conference July 21-23 in Seattle. Registration details and more information are available here.
Teaching International Students
The Global Legal Writing Skills Committee has launched an exciting new Program on Teaching International Students that includes recorded videocasts and live webinars. Details can be found here.
Idea Bank 2015+
Idea Bank 2015+ is up and running. Legal writing professors can upload documents and access this password-protected source of teaching resources here.
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