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
2016 Blackwell Award Reception at AALS
LWI congratulates Coleen Barger, the recipient of the 2016 Blackwell Award. Celebrate with ALWD and LWI on January 6, 2016. Your invitation to the Blackwell Award Reception honoring Coleen, from 8-10 p.m. Wednesday, January 6, at the New York Hilton is here. Please join ALWD and LWI in celebrating Coleen! More details here.
Joint Scholarship Workshop January 6, 2016
LWI will join ALWD, AALS, and Fordham Law School in sponsoring a half-day Scholars & Scholarship Workshop at Fordham Law School on January 6, 2016, coinciding with the start of the 2016 AALS Annual Meeting in New York. Register here and find the full program here.
Registration open for LWI One Day Workshops
LWI is delighted to announce the locations, dates, and themes for the December 2015 One-Day Workshops. There will be 12 workshops all across the country. More information can be found here. You may now register here, or get more information about registering 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.
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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