Join us for Coffee and Conversation!

Join us for a free virtual Coffee & Conversation event on Friday, April 30, 2021, from 1:30-2:45pm EDT. This event is hosted by the members of the LWI New Member Outreach Innovative Events Subcommittee. There is no RSVP required. However, due to Zoom restrictions, spots will be limited to the first fifty participants.

Small groups will engage in an icebreaker and then discuss: What is one strategy, activity, or exercise that you utilized because of the pandemic that you hope to continue using post-pandemic? How has your teaching improved during the pandemic? During the last fifteen minutes, participants will return to the main lobby, and one reporter from each group will have the opportunity to share a key takeaway or reflection from each group. Whether you are a seasoned professor or a new member, we hope to see you there! 

Global Gatherings – Fostering Connections and International Collaboration

The Legal Writing Institute’s Global Legal Writing Skills Committee is pleased to host our second Global Gathering, an opportunity for Legal Skills professors to connect and discuss topics related to global legal skills with each other and with colleagues in other countries who are promoting legal skills pedagogy. Our next gathering will provide us with an opportunity to discuss how we can promote exchanges and interaction between faculty and students across borders, using some of the insights that we have all gained in connection with the switch to long-distance learning necessitated by the pandemic.

Monday, April 26 at 1:00-2:30 p.m. EDT

Please RSVP by Thursday, April 22 via email to David Austin at daustin@cwsl.eduPlease type "Global Gathering" in the subject line of the email. 

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 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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