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Several faculty present at writing conference
Several College of Law faculty recently presented at the Association of Legal Writing Directors 2013 Biennial Conference. The conference took place June 26-28 at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee. The theme of the conference was “Doing it Our Way: Learning from our Programmatic Differences and Similarities” and was attended by about 180 faculty from across the country.
was a co-facilitator of the “ALWD Innovative Teaching Workshop” that preceded the conference. This workshop was designed to provide legal writing faculty an opportunity to highlight, share, and further develop their creative teaching ideas and techniques. Chesler led a breakout session, in which a group of participants each presented their innovative teaching idea and received feedback from the group.
joined Kristen Tiscione, of Georgetown University, and Kirsten K. Davis, of Stetson University, on a panel that discussed the first semester legal writing curriculum. The panel considered the curriculum in light of hand-held devices, such as iPhones, on which a supervising attorney could conveniently read a research memo that is much shorter and simpler than the full-format office memorandum traditionally taught in law school. After Tiscione and Davis debated whether to stick to tradition or teach from a new paradigm, Calleros presented a sample curriculum that offered some of both: several assignments using full-format office memoranda, followed by a final-exam exercise in which students had 30 minutes to study an intervening case relevant to an earlier memorandum, and to compose a short follow-up memo for the body of an email, which the supervisor could easily read on the small screen of his iPhone as he made his way to a settlement conference.
presented "Beyond 1L Oral Arguments: Oral Communication Pedagogy Across the Curriculum." Her discussion focused on the pedagogical value of using appellate-style oral argument to teach oral communication skills. It also explored other options for teaching oral communication skills and for reinforcing those skills throughout law school.
, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, along with Terrill Pollman and Linda Edwards from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, presented “What Makes a Program a Program?” In light of the increasing movement of legal writing programs from directed programs to autonomous programs that are also less coordinated or standardized, this presentation offered attendees the opportunity to discuss the related issues of what makes legal writing a “program” and what are the possible pros and cons of retaining some coordination and standardization.
joined Janet Dickson, of Seattle University, to present, “Old Faces, New Places: Assimilating Lateral Hires into Successful Legal Writing Programs.” As the field of legal writing continues its growth as an area of professional scholarship and as a place where professors choose to spend their entire career, the number of professors hired by legal writing programs as laterals (as opposed to new professors) also increases. During the discussion, the panelists presented their differing perspectives on the challenges of integrating lateral hires into existing programs and on transitioning into new positions as laterals. The panelists also provided audience members with concrete ideas for best practices that they could integrate in their own legal writing programs when assimilating new lateral hires.