2024 Blackwell Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement

The Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute are proud to announce that Kristen K. Tiscione is the winner of the 2024 Thomas F. Blackwell Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Legal Writing!


Proposal to Eliminate Standard 405(d)

The ABA has agreed to study the ALWD/LWI joint proposal that would eliminate Standard 405(d), which allows schools to use short-term contracts and limit governance rights for LRW faculty. 

2022 Recipient of the Teresa G. Phelps Award

The Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute is delighted to announce that Robert Anderson is the 2022 recipient of the Teresa Godwin Phelps Award for Scholarship in Legal Communication.

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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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    New Workshop Series

    LWI is sponsoring a new scholarship workshop, modeled after workshops held in other disciplines. Each Peer Scholarship Exchange (“PSX”) will bring together

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    LWI's We Write Retreats provide a fixed space and dedicated time for legal writing professors to devote themselves to focused and intensive scholarly writing, away

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    How do you teach oral advocacy skills in your first-year writing course, appellate advocacy course, or moot court program?
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    May 19, 2017

    New York Law School

    New York, NY

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    October 21, 2017

    Regent University School of Law,

    Virginia Beach, VA

    Contact:  janikir@regent.edu

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    September 15-16, 2017,

    at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law,

    Indianapolis, IN