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
ALWD/LWI Survey Committee Update:
The ALWD/LWI Survey Committee has an update on recent activities about the 2014-15 ALWD/LWI Survey Report, the new ALWD/LWI Survey, and more.
2017 GOLDEN PEN AWARD Recipient: Dahlia Lithwick. The Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute is pleased to award the 2017 Golden Pen Award to Dahlia Lithwick, Lithwick is an author, journalist, former attorney, and senior editor at Slate. Since 2014, she has also served as the founder and host of the podcast Amicus: Law and the Supreme Court Justices Who Interpret it. The award will be presented during the 2017 Association of American Law Schools annual meeting in Sanf Francisco, California, on January 4, 2017. More information can be found 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.
Nominations for the TERESA PHELPS GODWIN SCHOLARSHIP AWARD are now open. The award honors and draws attention to individual works of outstanding scholarship specific to the legal writing discipline. The award is meant to set aspirational standards for others writing in the field. More information can be found HERE.
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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