One-to-one mentoring (usually from a more experienced faculty member) is only one way to support and nurture faculty professional development. The need for professional development support—whether scholarly draft feedback or mentoring on all kinds of questions—does not end when the first few years of teaching are complete or when the first few articles have been published. All faculty members have individual needs that ebb and flow over time, reflecting changes in life, work, family, friends, and other conditions; and these needs may most effectively be met by a broad network of individuals and organizations. Such networks provide information, community support and engagement, and accountability as well as feedback. These networks help all of us accommodate the responsibilities of scholarship: reading, writing, teaching, collegiality, and engagement.
As a part of LWI’s ongoing support of legal writing scholarship, we are excited to announce “We Write”-- a new initiative from the Discipline Building Working Group (DBWG). The scholarship retreat will provide a fixed space and dedicated time for legal writing professors to devote themselves to focused and intensive scholarly writing, away from regular professional and personal commitments. This new retreat, which is in addition to the Writers Workshop traditionally held in conjunction with the biennial conference, is intended to expand the range of opportunities for LWI members to develop their scholarship. For more information, please see the attached announcement, guidelines, and Operating Instructions for a successful writing retreat. Additionally, access to the recorded March 2 conference call discussing the program is available here or by using the call-in number (712) 775-7279, access code 423425#, reference number 1.
May 2, 2017
The Legal Writing Institute and the Association of Legal Writing Directors are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 LWI/ALWD/LexisNexis Scholarship Grants. We received many excellent proposals. In a blind review process, a joint committee of LWI and ALWD evaluated the proposals and made funding recommendations, which both Boards affirmed. This year, LWI and ALWD each contributed $7500. LexisNexis contributed $5000. Through their generosity, we are able to award four grants of $5000.
The grant winners and titles of the proposals are as follows:
Mark Cooney (Western Michigan, Cooley Law School), What Courts Cite
Lindsay Head (LSU), A Contract to Hire: Unilateral Grading Contracts in the Legal Writing Classroom
Nancy Millar (Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School), The Science of Successful Teaching
Amanda Smith (Widener University, Commonwealth Law School), “Say What?”: A How-To Guide on Providing Formative Assessment to Law Students Through Live Critique
We wish to thank the members of the Joint Scholarship Grants Committee who mentored the applicants and evaluated the proposals. The committee members are: Sue Chesler, David Cleveland, Lyn Entrikin, Elizabeth Frost, Jane Grise, Anne Mullins, Rebecca Scharf, and Emily Zimmerman.
We also wish to thank all the applicants, whose wonderful scholarship ideas made the committee’s work so interesting (and challenging in terms of making the difficult funding decisions). We encourage them to apply again next year, and we also encourage others to consider applying for a scholarship grant next year. Keep an eye out for the announcement next December.
Thanks especially to LWI, ALWD, and LexisNexis for their generous contributions in recognizing the important role scholarship plays in our developing discipline.
Louis Sirico (LWI) and Greg Johnson (ALWD)
Co-Chairs of the Joint Scholarship Grants Committee
Professors working on scholarly projects, whether these are focused on legal communication or on other legal topics, will benefit from participating in workshops where feedback can be sought and long-term relationships can be forged. In addition, grant support is available through a joint program.