The Legal Writing Institute (LWI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving legal communication by supporting the development of teaching and scholarly resources and establishing forums to discuss the study, teaching, and practice of professional legal writing. 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.
LWI Policy Statement on Best Practices for 405(c) Faculty (Adopted July 2015)
Many legal writing professors have earned the form of security of position defined as being reasonably similar to tenure under ABA Accreditation Standard 405(c). Believing that concrete and specific information about satisfying this standard would be immediately useful to law professors and law schools, the Boards of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute and the Association of Legal Writing Directors have adopted the Best Practices for 405(c) Faculty Policy Statement.
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
Scholarship & Social Justice:
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.
And the updated Social Justice & Legal Writing Bibliography compiled by the LWI Pro Bono Cooperation Committee can be accessed here.
LWI Professional Status Projects
The LWI Board has established an LWI Professional Status Committee as one of several new efforts aimed at protecting and improving the professional status of LWI members. Contact information for members of the Committee and more information can be found here.
2016 Blackwell Award Winner: Coleen Barger
On January 6, 2016, Coleen Miller Barger received the 2016 Blackwell Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Legal Writing. ALWD and LWI presented the award to Professor Barger at a reception held at the New York Hilton.
Joint Scholarship Workshop January 6, 2016
On January 6, 2016, LWI joined with ALWD, AALS, and Fordham Law School in sponsoring a half-day Scholars & Scholarship Workshop at Fordham Law School The workshop coincided with the start of the 2016 AALS Annual Meeting in New York.
Collected Guidelines for LRWPROF-L
The Listserv Committee and the LWI Board have collected voluntary guidelines for use by members of the LRWPROF-L listserv. They can be found here.
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