2019 Golden Pen Award Recipient


            Tina L. Stark


The Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) is delighted to announce that the 2019 Golden Pen Award has been given to Tina L. Stark.  The Golden Pen Award honors those who make significant contributions to the cause of better and more effective legal writing.  This contribution may take many forms, including promoting plain English in public documents, improving legal writing education, and advocating for better writing within the legal community. 

Tina has had an amazing career as a consultant, author, speaker, law professor, and corporate law partner.  She has served as co-chair of the Committee on Business Law Education, a committee of the ABA Section of Business Law, and as a member, by appointment of New York Chief Judge Judith Kaye, of The Professional Education Project. In 2012, Tina received the Burton Award for her Outstanding Contribution to Legal Writing Education in 2012.

Tina is perhaps best known to us as a leader in teaching transactional skills and as the author of the groundbreaking textbook Drafting Contracts:  How and Why Lawyers Do What They Do. In 2016, based in part on this work, Emory University created an award in Tina’s name for excellence in teaching transactional law and skills.  As one of her nominators for this award wrote, Tina is “a world-renowned educator—a pioneer in the field of teaching transactional law and skills.  She is revered in teaching circles of legal writing and transactional drafting professors and well-respected by professors who teach transactional doctrine. But more importantly, she’s an exceptional colleague, even to those of us who don’t know her well.”