Committees & Reports
2014-2016 LWI Committees
The committee assignments for 2014-16 are available here.
Charge: To identify nominees and to assess and recommend to the Board the recipients of the Golden Pen, Courage, and Hecht awards. The Committee may also be given responsibility for coordinating awards presentations and for establishing a nomination and recommendation process for any other award authorized by the Board.
Charge: To identify and implement ways that legal writing professors and the practicing bar can actively work together to improve the quality of legal writing.
Charge: To identify and implement ways that legal writing and clinical professor can work together to improve the quality of skills education in law schools.
Charge: To foster and support diversity in legal writing education by supporting legal writing faculty of color, GLBTQ legal writing faculty, legal writing faculty with disabilities, and the inclusion of diverse perspectives in the legal writing classroom.
Charge: To explore and communicate the emerging identity of LWI and its members.
Charge: To gather and disseminate resources resources that help legal writing professors teach students and lawyers whose native language is not English, whether in the U.S. or internationally.
Charge: To oversee and maintain the success of the Idea Bank and to identify and implement ways to encourage and support expansion, development, and use of Idea Bank resources.
Charge: To maintain the membership list of the listserv, the monitor listserv usage, an, when necessary, to remind users to observe listserv policies.
Charge: To mentor emerging scholars in seeking scholarship grants and to assess recommend to the ALWD and LWI boards recipients for the joint scholarship grants.
Charge: To gather and disseminate information about moot court instruction, programs, and competitions and to encourage communication about moot court among LWI members.
Charge: To welcome new members into the LWI community through such efforts as outreach activities at legal writing and other conferences, and to assist new members in identifying legal writing resources and finding ways to become more involved in service and leadership positions.
Charge: To organize and coordinate LWI's one-day workshops and to identify and implement initiatives to develop and promote future workshops.
Charge: To gather and disseminate information and resources addressing evolving issues of plagiarism in the legal writing classroom, in law schools generally, and in legal practice.
Charge: To identify and implement ways to promote legal writing as an integral part of legal education in undergraduate and other pre-law programs.
Charge: To identify and implement ways to foster faculty engagement with social justice concerns, including collaboration with social justice organizations, reshaping legal writing curricula around social justice themes, and supporting faculty pro bono work.
Updated Bibliography of Social Justice and Legal Writing (Updated 12.10.15)
LWI Pro-Bono Cooperation Committee 2014 Survey Data (Updated 10.26.16)
Charge: To provide resources and mentoring activities to foster and support professional development and growth by legal writing professors.
Charge: To act as a resource for members who are facing specific employment or professional development issues and to gather information about status issues and challenges facing the LWI membership. For more information click HERE.
Charge: To provide outreach and resources to foster and support scholarship by legal writing professors and to find innovative ways to promote legal writing scholarship.
The LWI Scholarship Development and Outreach Committee's recent webinar, The Perfect Time is Now: Getting Started and Finding Support for your Scholarship, can be viewed here.
Charge: To conduct an annual survey of legal writing programs,to report the results to the membership, and to continue to implement the updates recommended by the joint ALWD/LWI committee in December 2011.
Charge: To provide outreach and resources to foster and support the teaching of legal writing, including upper-level writing courses and outcomes assessment measures; to collect, develop, and evaluate resources that address additional subject matters and newer methods of communicating with students; and to maintain and update the Frequently Asked Questions resource for teachers.
Charge: To facilitate the exchange of information among schools regarding upper- level writing courses, and to provide resources for schools to implement upper- level writing programs.
Charge: To oversee maintenance and updating of the existing website (www.lwionline.org), to coordinate LWI's social media programs, to make short-term and long-term recommendations for improvement and use of the existing website, and to help LWI committees make efficient and productive use of the committee wiki pages.
Charge: To oversee and maintain the success of the LWI Writers' Workshops and to encourage and support the continuing development of emerging scholars.
Each committee or project should submit a status report approximately twice each year; the deadlines of the reports will be announced by the LWI board.
For sample reports, see:
For information on past committees, click here.