2021 One Day Workshops

Registration for the  LWI One-Day Workshops is now open! We have 7 host sites this year, with 5 virtual sites and 2 in-person sites. 

Congratulations to 2022 Blackwell Award Winner Craig Smith

The Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute are proud to announce the winner of the 2022 Thomas F. Blackwell Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Legal Writing: Craig T. Smith.

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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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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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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