LWI Board Committee on Committees

Charge: To coordinate communications between the Board and LWI Committees, to assess and recommend changes in committee structures and operations, and to make recommendations on committee appointments.

  • Kim Holst, ASU 
  • Sue Painter-Thorne, Mercer 
  • Bob Brain, Loyola LA 

LWI Professional Status Committee

Board liaisons:

  • Mary Bowman
  • Kris Tiscione

Charge: To serve as a resource for members who are facing specific employment or professional development issues and to promote efforts to achieve equality of status.

  • Mary Bowman, Seattle, Co-Chair 
  • Kristen Tiscione, Georgetown, Co-Chair 
  • David Austin, Cal Western 
  • Olympia Duhart, Nova Southeastern 
  • Lyn Entrikin, UALR 
  • Lucy Jewel, Tennessee 
  • Melissa Weresh, Drake 
  • Cliff Zimmerman, Northwestern 

LWI Discipline-Building Working Group

Board liaison:

  • Linda Berger

Charge: To develop and support discipline-building projects.

  • Ellie Margolis, Temple, Chair
  • Linda Berger, UNLV
  • Sherri Lee Keene, Maryland
  • Anne Ralph, Ohio State 
  • Ruth Anne Robbins, Rutgers 
  • Nantiya Ruan, Denver

Administrative Options

Board liaison:

  • Linda Berger

Charge: To investigate and make recommendations among the various options for meeting LWI’s administrative needs.

  • Olympia Duhart, Nova Southeastern, Chair
  • Cindy Archer, Loyola LA
  • Anne Mullins, North Dakota
  • Terry Seligmann, Drexel
  • Mel Weresh, Drake

Awards

Board liaison:

  • Alison Julien

Charge: To identify nominees and to assess and recommend to the Board recipients of the Golden Pen, Courage, Mary Lawrence, and Hecht awards.  Also, to coordinate tokens of appreciation to outgoing LWI Board members and outgoing LWI Journal Board members at the biennial conference.  The Committee may also be given responsibility for coordinating awards presentations and for establishing a nomination and recommendation process for any other award authorized by the Board.

  • Myra Orlen, Western New England, Co-chair 
  • Kirsten Dauphinais, North Dakota, Co-chair 
  • Brenda Gibson, UNNC
  • Margaret Hannon, Michigan
  • Greg Johnson, Vermont 
  • Mary Nagel, JMLS Chicago
  • Suzanne Rowe, Oregon

Committee on Collaborations with Clinical Teaching

Board liaison:

  • Sue Painter-Thorne

Charge: To enhance relationships and understandings between legal writing and clinical faculty; to share clinic pedagogies with legal writing faculty; to identify and implement ways that legal writing and clinical faculty can actively work together to improve the quality of experiential education in law schools; and to propose a presentation of these at the next LWI biennial.​​​​​

  • Jason Cohen, Rutgers, Chair 
  • Kathleen Dillon Narko, ex officio 
  • Lynn Su, New York Law School, ex officio

Diversity Initiatives

Board liaison:

  • Kim Holst

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.

  • Sha-Shana Crichton, Howard, Chair

All LWI members are welcome to join the Diversity Initiatives Committee.  

Global Legal Writing Skills

Board liaison:

  • Jason Palmer

Charge: (1) To develop resources to improve global legal skills education of foreign law students studying in the U.S. and U.S. law students; and (2) to promote acquiring global legal skills as a learning outcome in U.S. legal education.

  • Rosa Kim, Suffolk, Chair 
  • Lurene Contento, JMLS Chicago 
  • Alissa Hartig, Portland State 
  • Rebecca Olavarria, FAMU
  • Cara Cunningham Warren, Detroit Mercy, ex officio
  • Sammy M. Mansour, Michigan, ex officio

Listserv

Board liaison:

  • Alison Julien

Charge: To maintain the membership list of the listserv, to disseminate the LWI newsletter, to monitor listserv usage policies and listserv usage, and, when necessary, to remind users to observe listserv policies.

  • Jodi Wilson, Memphis, Chair
  • Jennifer Franklin, William & Mary 
  • Joseph Regalia, UNLV
  • Jarrod Reich, GULC 
  • David Sorkin, JMLS Chicago 

LWI Lives

Board liaison:

  • Bob Brain

Charge: To produce and disseminate periodic newsletters exploring and communicating the emerging identity of LWI and its members.

  • Maureen Collins, JMLS Chicago, Co-chair 
  • Allison Ortlieb, DePaul 
  • Jody Marcucci, DePaul 
  • Alexa Chew, UNC 
  • Grace Hum, USF, Co-chair 
  • Rebecca Rich, Duke 
  • Elizabeth Berenguer, Campbell
  • Jenn Matthews, Emory
  • Joan Rocklin, Oregon, Co-chair 
  • Iselin Gambert, GWU
  • Janis Kirkland, Regent 
  • Byron Wardlaw, JMLS Chicago 

Moot Court

Board liaison:

  • Mark Wojcik

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.

  • Ardath Hamann, JMLS Chicago, Co-chair 
  • Rob Sherwin, Texas Tech, Co-chair 
  • David Krech, WVU
  • Shaundra Lewis, TSU Thurgood Marshall 
  • Kelley Mauerman, Whittier
  • Mary Nagel, JMLS 
  • Jerry Rock, Albany 
  • Connie Smothermon, Oklahoma
  • Brooke Bowman, Stetson, ex officio 
  • Susie Salmon, Arizona, ex officio

New Member Outreach

Board liaison:

  • Mark Wojcik

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.

  • Cathren Koehlert, Barry, Co-chair 
  • Abigail Perdue, Wake Forest, Co-chair 
  • Deanne Andrews Lawrence, Michigan State 
  • Diane Kraft, Kentucky 
  • Rachel Stabler, Miami 

One-Day Workshops

Board liaison:

  • Jason Palmer

Charge: To organize and coordinate LWI’s One-Day Workshops and to identify and implement initiatives to develop and promote future workshops.

  • Cindy Archer, Loyola LA 
  • Renee Allen, FAMU
  • Meredith Stange, NIU 

Pink Ink Committee

Board liaison:

  • Jason Palmer

Charge: To support LGBTQ faculty and to strengthen the inclusion of diverse perspectives in the legal writing classroom.

  • Steven K. Homer, New Mexico, Chair 

All LWI members are welcome to join the Pink Ink Committee.

Pre-Law Outreach

Board liaison:

  • Judy Rosenbaum

Charge: To identify and implement ways to promote legal writing as an integral part of legal education in undergraduate and other pre-law programs.

  • Wendy Adele Humphrey, Texas Tech, Co-chair 
  • Kathy Vinson, Suffolk, Co-chair
  • Allison Mittendorf, Ohio Northern 
  • Rebekah Hanley, Oregon

Pro Bono and Bar Outreach

Board liaison:

  • Cassandra Hill

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. 

  • Heather Baum, Villanova, Co-chair
  • Kristin Hazelwood, Kentucky, Co-chair
  • Bernadatte Gargano, SUNY Buffalo 
  • Vanita Snow, UDC
  • Jennifer Romig, Emory 
  • Aníbal Rosario Lebrón, Howard 
  • Cynthia K. Stroud, Florida Coastal 
  • Jessica Webb, Villanova 
  • Sherri Keene, Maryland, ex officio
  • Ted Becker, Michigan, ex officio

Professional Development and Outreach

Board liaison:

  • Iselin Gambert

Charge: To provide resources and mentoring activities to foster and support professional development and leadership growth by legal writing professors; to prepare a presentation proposal on this topic for the next LWI biennial.

  • Tammy Pettinato, North Dakota 
  • Roma Perez, Nova Southeastern 
  • Tanya Pierce, Texas A&M 
  • Dana Hill, Northwestern, Co-chair
  • Shailini George, Suffolk, Co-chair 
  • Shahabudeen Khan, Nova Southeastern

Scholarship Development and Outreach

Board liaison:

  • Iselin Gambert

Charge: To provide outreach and resources to foster and support scholarship by legal writing professors; to find innovative ways to promote legal writing scholarship, including through co-sponsored workshops and symposia; and to collaborate with the joint Scholarship Grants committee to facilitate mentoring relationships.

  • Katrina Lee, Ohio State, Chair
  • Kristy A. Cote, Creighton
  • Olympia Duhart, Nova Southeastern 
  • Hugh Mundy, JMLS Chicago

Scholarship Grants (Joint Committee with ALWD)

Board liaison:

  • Candace Centeno

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.

  • Lou Sirico, Chair, Villanova 
  • Lyn Entrikin, UALR 
  • Elizabeth Frost, Oregon 
  • Anne Mullins, North Dakota 

Survey (Joint Committee with ALWD)

Board liaison:

  • Judy Rosenbaum

Charge: To conduct an annual survey of legal writing programs and to report the results to the membership.

  • Alyssa Dragnich, Miami, Chair 
  • Raul Fernandez-Calienes, St. Thomas University 
  • Kristin Knudsen, Alaska 
  • Gail E. Mullins 
  • Dyane O’Leary, Suffolk 

Teaching Resources

Board liaison:

  • Rebecca Scharf

Charge: To provide outreach and resources to foster and support the teaching of legal writing, including upper-level writing courses, outcomes assessment measures, and emerging plagiarism issues; to collect, develop, and evaluate resources that address additional subject matters and newer methods of communicating with students; and to coordinate the transition of teaching resource materials to the redesigned website.

  • Heather Baxter, Nova Southeastern, Chair 
  • Jan Baker, South Carolina 
  • Joseph Bazan, Minnesota School of Business 
  • Kirsten Clement, Florida Coastal 
  • Michelle Cue, DePaul 
  • Jim Dimitri, Indiana PUI 
  • Tamara Herrera, ASU 
  • Christine L. Jones, UDC 
  • Trisha Kanan, Georgia State 
  • Tracy McGaugh Norton, Touro 

Website and Social Media

Board liaison:

  • Sam Moppett

Charge: To oversee maintenance and updating of the existing LWI website (www.lwionline.org); to coordinate with other LWI committees to ensure that the content on the website is updated regularly; to coordinate LWI’s social media programs; and to work towards a smooth transition to the newly redesigned website.  

  • Dan Real, Creighton, Co-chair 
  • Neil Sobol, Texas A&M, Co-chair
  • Sonia Green, JMLS Chicago 

Website Redesign Committee

Board liaison:

  • Linda Berger

Charge: To carry out a redesign of the existing website and assist the Website and Social Media Committee in the transition to the new website.

  • Kristen Murray, Temple, Co-chair 
  • Linda Berger, UNLV, Co-chair
  • Peter Nemerovski, Miami 
  • Dan Real, Creighton 
  • Neil Sobol, Texas A&M 
  • Meredith Strange, NIU 
  • Gabe Teninbaum, Suffolk