2023-24 Joint ALWD/LWI Survey

The report on the Individual Phase of the 2023-24 Joint ALWD/LWI Survey results is now available! Thank you to all members of the community who responded, and special thanks to the Joint Survey Committee, led by LWI co-chair Ted Becker and ALD co-chair Marci Rosenthal. You can find that report, along with reports on all past Individual and Institutional Phases of the Survey, at the link below. 

Congrats to Heather Hall!

The LWI Board wishes to congratulate Heather Hall for being selected as our new LEAP Board Member! Given her unique background as a non-traditional law student and faculty member, Heather will provide a fresh voice on the Board. Heather will serve a two-year term commencing with the LWI Biennial

Teresa G. Phelps Award

The Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute is delighted to announce that Susan McMahon is the recipient of the 2024 Teresa Godwin Phelps Award for Scholarship in Legal Communication.

Mary Lawrence Award

The Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) is elated to announce Helene Shapo as the recipient of the 2024 Mary Lawrence Award. Professor Shapo is Professor of Law Emerita at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

Sirico Scholars’ Workshop

The Governing Board of the Sirico Scholars’ Workshop is pleased to announce the 2024 Sirico Scholars’ Workshop in Indianapolis, July 13-16, 2024. More details will be coming soon.

Influential Teaching Award

The Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute is thrilled to announce that Professor Joan M. Rocklin is the recipient of the 2024 Influential Teaching Award.

Courage Award

The Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) announces with enthusiasm that Professors Mary Bowman and Bob Brain are the recipients of the 2024 Courage Award.

10th Biennial Applied Legal Storytelling Conference

Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more details on registration, accommodations, and programming. We look forward to seeing you in Ann Arbor!

Emerging Scholar Award

The Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) is delighted to announce that Professor Michael Blasie is the recipient of the 2024 Emerging Scholar Award. The Board created this award in 2019 to help foster a new generation of scholars in our field. The award is limited to a professor’s first or second full-length, published article on legal writing or pedagogy.

Golden Pen Award

The Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute is pleased to announce that Joseph Kimble is the recipient of the 2024 Golden Pen Award.

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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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