Charge: To develop and support discipline-building projects. New for 2020-22: The DBWG will be expanded and will work to integrate the efforts of the former Scholarship Development Committee, which sought to provide outreach and resources to foster and support scholarship by legal writing professors and encourage scholarly collaborations with the larger legal academy.
Charge: To identify and manage items that impact the budget and finances of the organization.
Charge: To serve as a resource for members facing specific employment or professional development issues and to promote efforts to achieve equality of status.
For information about the work of this committee, visit its committee page here.
Charge: To support the interests of legal writing faculty and programs with regard to ABA Standards.
Charge: To gather information on the growing need for and provision of academic support programs in law schools and recommend ways in which LWI can partner with ASP faculty to further LWI's mission.
Charge: To identify nominees and assess and recommend to the Board recipients of the Golden Pen, Courage, Mary Lawrence, and Hecht awards.
Charge: To identify nominees and assess and recommend to the Board a recipient of the Blackwell Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Legal Writing.
Charge: To plan and prepare for the Blackwell Award Reception held in conjunction with the AALS Annual Meeting.
Charge: To foster and support diversity and inclusion in legal writing education by supporting legal writing faculty of color, LGBTQ legal writing faculty, legal writing faculty with disabilities, and the inclusion of a diversity of perspectives in the legal writing classroom.
Special Charge for 2020-22: To work collaboratively with the Pro Bono & Community Outreach Committee to create resources and presentation materials to share with outside organizations to address and combat systemic racism in the judicial system.
Charge: To develop resources to improve global legal skills education of international law students studying in the U.S. and promote global legal skills in U.S. legal education.
Charge: To produce and disseminate periodic newsletters exploring and
communicating the emerging identity of LWI and its members.
Charge: To gather and disseminate information about moot court programs and competitions, including collection and coordination of lists of programs and banks of moot court problems; and to foster more scholarship and presentations about topics relevant to moot court, for example, through the Moot Court Advisors Conference.
Charge: To welcome new members into the LWI community through such efforts as outreach activities at legal writing and other conferences, and to assist new members in identifying legal writing resources and finding ways to become more involved in service and leadership positions.
Charge: To plan and organize the annual One-Day Workshops held in December of each year.
Charge: To identify and implement ways to foster faculty engagement with social justice concerns, including collaboration with bar associations, reshaping legal writing curricula around social justice themes, and supporting faculty pro bono work.
Special Charge for 2020-22: To work collaboratively with the Diversity and Inclusion Committee to create resources and presentation materials to share with outside organizations to address and combat systemic racism in the judicial system.
Charge: To promote LWI and its mission to improve the teaching and quality of legal communication through social media.
Charge: To recommend and implement collaborative projects with SALT that further LWI's mission.
Charge: To mentor emerging scholars seeking scholarship grants and to assess and recommend to the ALWD and LWI Boards recipients of the joint scholarship grants. Information regarding 2021 Scholarship Grants can be found here and the application can be found here.
Charge: To publish short, readable, lightly footnoted essays and articles related to teaching legal research and writing that combine theory with practical experience and personal insight three times per year.
Charge: To coordinate with all legal writing-related publications to increase quality and consumption of legal writing scholarship and to help build the discipline of legal writing.
Charge: To conduct an annual survey of legal writing programs and to report the results to the membership.
Charge: To provide outreach and resources to foster and support the teaching of legal writing and supervise the LWI Teaching Bank.
Charge: To manage the LWIC community including maintaining the membership to LWIC, monitoring LWIC usage and policies, reminding users to observe LWIC policies (when necessary), and overseeing maintenance and updating of the LWI website.
Charge: To identify nominees and assess and recommend to the Board a recipient of the Teresa Godwin Phelps Award for Scholarship in Legal Communication.