One-Day Workshops

Please join LWI at one or more of the 2020 One-Day Virtual Workshops listed below. You can register by clicking HERE.

Registration fees: $30 for one workshop, $55 for two workshops, $75 for three or more; Institutional Rate: $240 for unlimited workshops

Thursday, December 3 

DePaul University, College of Law (CST) 

Looking Forward: pandemic innovations that are here to stay, innovations based on tighter budgets, innovations for Gen-Z, and other inspired innovations. 

DePaul Program

Northeastern University School of Law (EST) 

Getting Out of Our Comfort Zones:  Addressing Issues of Race in the LRW Classroom. 

We are at a critical moment in legal education in which students are clamoring for greater exploration of the connections between race and law. But for many of us, that feels easier said than done. This One-Day conference is intended to provide encouragement, resources, and advice on how to address issues of race in our legal skills classes. We welcome presenters who have created assignments that address issues of race, developed exercises for students to explore their own views about race, assigned readings about the legal history of race in the United States, created exercises that promote cultural humility, or adopted other approaches to including issues of race in the legal skills curriculum (co-hosted by the AALS LWRR Committee on Diversity). 

Northeastern Program

Friday, December 4 

Wake Forest University School of Law (EST) 

Critiquing Workshop (postponed from summer) 

The Critiquing Workshop has been offered at the past several LWI Conferences and was originally created by Dan Barnett. The purpose of the Workshop is to provide tips and strategies for effective commenting on student work, through a combination of large-group, individual, and small-group sessions. The Critiquing Workshop is designed with newer teachers in mind and is facilitated by veteran legal writing professors from across the country. Note: This workshop is not soliciting presenters, although it does need experienced colleagues to join us to serve as small-group facilitators. Please apply to be a facilitator by emailing  

WFU Critiquing Workshop Program

Mitchell Hamline (CST) 

Practice and Teaching: What We Can Learn from Each Other. We are interested in proposals from full-time professors, adjunct professors, and practitioners. 

Mitchell Hamline Program

KIMEP University School of Law (in Kazakhstan, will operate during U.S. daytime hours) 

Teaching Persuasion. We invite presentations on a variety of topics related to teaching persuasive techniques, including motions, appellate briefs, moot court and oral advocacy, and others. 

KIMEP Program

Wednesday, December 9 

University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law (CST) 

Effective Strategies & Innovative Ideas. What teaching strategy have you found to be particularly effective? What new teaching strategy idea do you have that you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t yet? 

USD Program

California Western School of Law (PST) 

Making Lemonade: Positive Takeaways from a Difficult Year. We welcome presentations on topics that relate to the many lessons learned amidst the challenges of this year, whether related to teaching online, meeting the needs of students during the pandemic, addressing issues of social and racial justice, or fostering and maintaining a sense of academic community.   

Cal Western Program 

Penn State Law (University Park) (EST) 

Newer Professors (5 years teaching experience or less). Note: speakers will be experienced professors. Topics could include things like best practices for creating assignments, commenting on student papers, holding student conferences, dealing with challenging students, and planning your career path. 

Penn State Program

Friday, December 11 

Appalachian School of Law (EST) 

Looking Forward: New teaching strategies for the future--innovations for 2021 and beyond.  

Our perspective on this topic is to encourage presentations on pandemic approaches that will continue into the future (the lemonade from the lemon called COVID), ideas on innovative course design and delivery, and generally strategies that "think outside the box." 

Appalachian Program

University of North Dakota School of Law (CST)  

Teaching in Turbulent Times: Legal Writing's Role in Eliminating Bias & Paving the Way Toward a More Just Judicial System. We welcome any proposals related to the theme. We have also brainstormed some suggested topics for presenters to consider: 

    • Feminist Perspectives: Adapting Legal Writing Pedagogy to Reduce Marginalization Based on Gender & Gender Bias  
    • Linguistics and the Law: Accounting for Racial Inequities in Judicial Writing and Beyond  
    • What to Do About Pronouns: Recognizing Individuals Beyond the Gender Binary in Legal Writing 
    • Telling Clients' Stories: Predictive & Persuasive Writing with Cultural Fluency as a Critical Component/Skill

UND Program