Taking the Temperature of the Legal Writing Community

The LWI Professional Status Committee continues its work to advance the status of legal writing professionals. We have created several resources for our community, including 

  • toolkits on status, security of position, and workload;  
  • data compilations relating to tenure eligibility and presumptively renewable contracts; and  
  • advocacy projects addressing full citizenship, best practices for ABA Standard 405(c) contract faculty, and the elimination of ABA Standard 405(d).  

We have more exciting initiatives planned and we also want to hear from you – what is going on around the country in legal writing? We are open to hearing about anything, but a few of the concerns we have been hearing include the following: Do you have concerns or successes to share about workload or security of position in light of changes prompted by the pandemic? Do you have concerns or successes related to online instruction? Would you like the committee to provide more information about standards for promotion and retention, navigating status changes, or curricular oversight? 

We are here to listen. Please join the committee for an open hour of discussion on Friday, March 12, at 3:00 p.m. ET, 2:00 CT, 1:00 MT, and Noon PT at https://georgetown.zoom.us/j/95491372040. We welcome your thoughts, observations, concerns, and questions.  

Artificial Intelligence and the Legal Profession

Join us on September 24-25, 2021 for this symposium sponsored by the Legal Writing Institute and the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute and hosted by Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.   

2021 Blackwell Award Winner

Join us for a celebration honoring our Blackwell Award winner: Teri A. McMurtry-Chubb.  The celebration will begin on Friday, Jan. 29 at 7:00 p.m. EST!  Information regarding registration can be found here. We'll be toasting Teri with her favorite cocktail--the Velvet Hammer. Access the event's program here

2021 Golden Pen Award Winner

The Legal Writing Institute is pleased to announce the winner of the 2021 Golden Pen Award:

Judge Carlton W. Reeves

Materials for Teaching Online

A collection of helpful resources with kudos to Tracy Norton


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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.


Each year, ALWD and LWI jointly sponsor a national survey of legal writing programs. The survey collects data on program design, curriculum, salary, workload, and status issues. Almost all law schools in the U.S. participate in these surveys.

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