The Monograph Series of the Legal Writing Institute
Description and Administration of Series
Scope and Goals
Scope: The Monograph Series will be a sequence of electronic volumes posted on the LWI web site. Each volume will focus on a specific topic relevant to teaching, curriculum, scholarship or status of Legal Writing professionals and will include substantial, well-developed pieces of scholarship in the form of law review articles or book chapters that have been previously published elsewhere. The Editorial Board will choose the content for each volume and then contact the authors and publishers for copyright permission.
The Series will benefit all teachers in the Legal Writing community, but individual volumes will be directed to different audiences in the profession; some volumes will be directed to new teachers or experienced teachers, and others will be directed to teachers across a range of experience. The specific target audience will obviously depend upon the subject focus of the particular volume. For instance, Volume One addresses a fundamental teaching methodology—providing feedback on written work—and it will therefore have a primary audience of newer teachers yet will also benefit more experienced teachers.
Goals: This Series will be valuable to all members of the Legal Writing community. First, volumes on specific fundamental topics about teaching and curriculum will support new legal writing teachers in learning their craft as well as prevent them from “reinventing the wheel” since they will have one convenient place to access what has already been written by experienced members of the discipline. Monograph volumes will also rejuvenate more experienced teachers by giving them easy access to articles with different points of view about the same topic. Second, by collecting all articles relevant to important topics, the Series will provide scholars with a basic reference tool and a foundation for further scholarship in the same or related areas.
In January 2008, the LWI Board approved the Monograph Committee’s proposal for a monograph series that would reprint foundational Legal Writing scholarship in subject-oriented electronic volumes on the LWI web site. It also appointed Jane Kent Gionfriddo as the first Editor-in-Chief of the Series.
The first volume of the Monograph Series, “The Art of Critiquing Written Work,” includes articles discussing feedback on written work by teachers and peers as well as self-critique by authors. This volume contains articles of interest to both experienced and newer teachers of Legal Writing.
The second volume of the Monograph Series, “The New Teacher’s Deskbook,” includes a range of articles addressing approaches to teaching legal analysis, research and writing.
The third volume of the Monograph Series, “Teaching Legal Writing: Theory,” includes articles addressing various theoretical approaches to teaching legal analysis, research and writing.
The fourth volume, "Advanced Legal Writing: Courses & Theme", reprints important articles on the development and range of upper level legal writing seminars as well as articles that can supplement advanced writing courses because of their focus on legal documents and their accompanying concerns and themes.
The Editorial Board will continually update the Monograph Series so that all volumes remain current. As new pieces of scholarship are published, the Board will evaluate whether they would add substantial value to any volume of the Series.
It is possible to search the more recent articles in the Monograph Series—those in pdf form converted from the original Word document—by natural language using the Search function button located on the left-hand menu of the web site. However, the older articles in the Series—those in pdf form scanned from the print version with optical character resolution—will only be searchable if we introduce a special search engine, which is under investigation and study.
Viewing Article Pdfs
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Individual articles or an entire volume may be downloaded from the Table of Contents page for any particular volume of the Monograph Series.
The Editor-in-Chief of Volumes 4 and 5 of the Monograph is Elizabeth Fajans (Brooklyn Law School). The Editorial Board of Volume Four is:
Linda Berger (UNLV)
Bruce Ching (Michigan State)
Brenda Gibson (North Carolina Central)
Margaret Hannon (Michigan)
Cassandra Hill, Managing Editor (Thurgood Marshall)
Mehmet Konar-Steenberg (William Mitchell)
Samantha Moppet (Suffolk)
Jason Palmer (Stetson)
Editor in Chief, Volume Four
The Editor-in-Chief ot Volumes 2 and 3 of the Monograph was Susan DeJarnatt (Temple). The Editorial Board for Volume Two of the Monograph Series was:
Linda Berger (UNLV)
The Volume One Editor-in-Chief was Jane Kent Gionfriddo (Boston College), who began working with the members of the original Monograph Committee, which ultimately became the Volume One Editorial Board. This group included Susan DeJarnatt (Temple), Steven Johansen (Lewis and Clark), Alison Julien (Marquette), and Kathleen Elliott Vinson (Suffolk).
Board Membership Policies and Procedures
The LWI Monograph Series Editorial Board Membership Policies and Procedures were approved by the LWI Board in February 2010.
Professor Elizabeth Fajans
Editor-in-Chief, Volumes Four and Five
Monograph Series of the Legal Writing Institute
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