2020 Phelps Award Winners

The Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute is delighted to announce that Susan Chesler and Karen Sneddon are the 2020 recipients of the Teresa Godwin Phelps Award for Scholarship in Legal Communication.

The Selection Committee recommended Professors Chesler and Sneddon for their article titled, From Clause A to Clause Z: Narrative Transportation and the Transactional Reader, 71 S. C. L. Rev. 247 (2019-2020).

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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.   

Call for Proposals for 2022 Biennial

Submit your proposal for the 2022 Biennial Conference! The theme is "Punctuated Equilibrium." This theme acknowledges the evolutionary theory that change occurs rapidly and that the Pandemic has pushed us, as educational leaders, into such a period of rapid change. The deadline for submitting a proposal is Friday, July 9, 2021.

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Congrats LWI/ALWD/ LexisNexis Grant Recipients

The Legal Writing Institute (LWI), the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD), and LexisNexis are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Legal Writing Scholarship Grants for teachers of legal research and writing. 

Marissa Meredith (Duquesne), Dr. Almas Khan (Georgetown), and Michael Blasie (Penn State Dickinson)

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.


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