The Influential Teaching Award recognizes outstanding teachers who have influenced the teaching of legal writing beyond their individual classrooms. The award will be presented at an LWI conference or, if necessary, at a legal writing conference near the recipient. With this award, we acknowledge our continued commitment to excellence in teaching and advances in legal writing pedagogy.
This is not a lifetime achievement award. Eligible candidates include professors currently teaching in the field, with a preference for new or mid-level professors who have yet to be recognized in the national legal writing community. Anyone can nominate an eligible candidate, and we encourage people to nominate colleagues from their own or other schools whose contributions have made a difference in their own teaching. Nominators should submit the name of the candidate(s) and a detailed description of the candidate’s (or candidates’) contributions, including how
(1) the nominator(s) learned of the contribution(s),
(2) the nominee's contribution(s) were influential, and
(3) the nominee's contribution(s) have affected the nominator’s or nominators’ own teaching or the teaching approach in their legal writing programs.
These contributions could include, but are not limited to, the following examples:
The committee especially encourages a diverse and inclusive pool of nominees. Members of the LWI Board of Directors and the LWI Awards Committee are ineligible for nomination until at least one year after completing service.
The Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) is thrilled to announce that Professor Rosario Lozada is the recipient of the 2022 Influential Teaching Award. She is a Professor of Legal Skills and Values and Director of Well-Being in Law at the Florida International University College of Law, currently serving as a Faculty Fellow in the FIU Provost’s Office for Faculty Leadership and Success.
The Influential Teaching Award recognizes our colleagues in the legal writing academy who are outstanding teachers and who have influenced the teaching of legal writing beyond their individual classrooms. With this award, LWI acknowledges its continued commitment to excellence in teaching and advances in legal writing pedagogy. Rather than a lifetime award coming at the end of a career, the Influential Teaching Award seeks to celebrate new or midlevel professors who have yet to be recognized in the national legal writing community. Professor Lozada’s recognition rests upon her innovative work incorporating mindfulness into legal education, particularly in the legal writing classroom. In an effort to teach law more humanely, she encourages and teaches faculty how to
• help students reach their potential as legal writers by addressing well-being;
• enhance their commitment to excellence in the classroom by encouraging students to be healthy people; and
• become more effective and resilient teachers by practicing self-care.
Professor Lozada is also an incredible influence as a mentor. She is an active participant in ALWD’s Leadership Academy and participated in the 2020 AALS Annual Meeting Discussion Group on the topic of mentorship. Her unwavering commitment to well-being has been recognized by FIU, where she was named its new Director in Well-Being in Law. In addition, she has been elected as the chair of the AALS Section on Balance in Legal Education.
In short, Professor Lozada embodies the tenets of the Influential Teaching Award. Her work empowers us all to be kinder teachers, students, and lawyers — to know our limits and care as much for ourselves as we do for others. The LWI Board appreciates the work of the LWI Awards Committee in identifying nominees and making recommendations to the Board.
The Committee includes Chair Brenda Gibson, and members Andrew Carter, Janet Dickson, Kathryn Mercer, Samantha Moppett, Dyane O’Leary, Suzanne Rowe, and Mark Wojcik.