Blackwell Award

Jointly created with the Association of Legal Writing Directors, this award honors the life of our colleague, Tom Blackwell. The award is presented annually to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to improve the field of legal writing by demonstrating an ability to nurture and motivate students to excellence; a willingness to help other legal writing educators improve their teaching skills or their legal writing programs; and an ability to create and integrate new ideas for teaching and motivating legal writing educators and students. The Blackwell Award is presented at the annual January meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). 

2018 Blackwell Award Winner

Ian Gallacher

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The Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute are proud to announce the winner of the 2018 Thomas F. Blackwell Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Legal Writing to: Ian Gallacher

This distinguished award is presented annually to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to improve the field of Legal Writing by demonstrating:

  • an ability to nurture and motivate students to excellence;
  • a willingness to help other legal writing educators improve their teaching skills or their legal writing programs;
  • and an ability to create and integrate new ideas for teaching and motivating legal writing educators and students.

As stated in his nomination letter, Ian exemplifies these qualities in several important ways:

Ian has become prominent and well known in our field, attending and presenting at numeous legal writing events, has been involved in editing legal writing journals, has contributed by performing peer-evaluations and other contributions, sharing of himself and tirelessly working with others in collaboration to improve the field of legal writing in the United States.

In short, Ian is a product of multidisciplinary areas of study and scholarship, something he still plies to this day.  He is a legal writing professor, a program director, a great lawyer, a great former conductor, a violist and violinist, and a gifted prodigious scholar who is very active within our community.

The Blackwell Award Reception was held at AALS at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.  The Award was presented by Kristen Tiscione, President-Elect of LWI & Megan McAlpin, President of ALWD