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
On International Women's Day, March 8, 2017, Advocacy Groups Launch “Full Citizenship Project for All Law Faculty"
The Legal Writing Institute (LWI) and the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) announce the launch of The Full Citizenship Project for All Law Faculty to raise awareness about gender and related disparities among U.S. law faculty teaching skills-related courses. The goal is to gain support for the view that no justification exists for subordinating one group of law faculty to another. The first step involves gathering signatures endorsing the Full Citizenship Statement, which was adopted by these organizations in 2015 and by the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) in 2016. A copy of the Full Citizenship Statement is available here. We invite all interested parties—both within and beyond the legal academy—to endorse the Statement by SIGNING HERE. The signature campaign will end on Equal Pay Day (April 4). We plan to report and present the results of the project to interested organizations, including the American Association of Law Schools, the American Bar Association, and the American Law Deans Association.
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 is useful to law professors and law schools, LWI, ALWD, and SALT have adopted the Best Practices for 405(c) Faculty Policy Statement. Look for more information on these Best Practices in the upcoming issue of the Journal 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
ALWD/LWI Survey Committee Update:
The 2015 ALWD/LWI Survey, with a record (95%) response rate, is available HERE.
2017 GOLDEN PEN AWARD In January, the Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute awarded 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. 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.
2017 BLACKWELL AWARD Melissa H. Weresh, Professor of Law at Drake University Law School, has received the 2017 Blackwell Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Legal Writing. ALWD and LWI presented the award to Professor Weresh at a reception held at the AALS Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
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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