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LWI is moving its official membership list from LWINET-L to Mailchimp, which is associated with our website. If you did not receive a message through LWINET prompting you to re-join as an LWI Member and would like to do so, please follow the instructions here.  The deadline is March 25, 2019.


2018 One-Day Workshops

Congratulations to all host schools and presenters at the 2018 One-Day Workshops!  See more photos here.

Visit LWI's Teaching Bank

Teaching Legal Writing? Become a member of LWI's Teaching Bank to get access to a host of helpful teaching materials from syllabi to simulations.

Applied Legal Storytelling

Please join us July 9-11, 2019 for the Seventh Annual Applied Legal Storytelling Conference at the University of Colorado.  Conference organizers include the Legal Writing Institute, the Clinical Legal Education Association, and the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Scholarship Group.

For information, contact conference organizers, Amy Griffin, Amy.Griffin@Colorado.EDU, or Nantiya Ruan, nruan@law.du.edu.

In Memoriam

We mourn the loss of our mentor, colleague, and friend, Lou Sirico.  In his last communication to us, he wrote:

My parents always said that blood was thicker than water. They were right, although I have not always appreciated how tightly we are bound together and how much we support one another. Thanks for being my family.

Thank you, Lou.  You will be missed.


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The Legal Writing Institute (LWI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving legal communication. We believe that effective legal communication is critical to the wellbeing of society, the judicial system, and the legal profession.

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