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). 

2019 Blackwell Award Winner

            Terry Pollman

The Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute are proud to announce the winner of the 2019 Thomas F. Blackwell Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Legal Writing to Terry Pollman.

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.

Terry’s service to the legal writing community has been vast.  She has been a member of ALWD since its inception and has served both on the Board of Directors and as President.  She has acted as Assistant Editor-in-Chief as well as Managing Editor of the Journal of Legal Writing and was instrumental in moving that journal online.  Terry is also a co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference and the West Coast Rhetoric Group.

In all aspects of Terry’s career, she has devoted herself to building our discipline, mentoring junior faculty, and inspiring young minds.  From encouraging us to develop a common legal writing language, to helping map the scholarship of our discipline, and advocating for better conditions for legal writing faculty, Terry’s scholarship has made an outstanding contribution to our community.

The Blackwell Award Reception was held at the 2019 AALS Annual Meeting in January.  The Award was presented by Jodi Wilson, President of ALWD and Kristen Tiscione, President of LWI.