The Legal Writing Institute (LWI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving legal communication by supporting the development of teaching and scholarly resources and establishing forums to discuss the study, teaching, and practice of professional legal writing. LWI is the second largest organization of law professors in the United States: its nearly 3,000 members represent 38 countries.
LWI Policy Statement on Law Faculty (Adopted March 2015)
The Legal Writing Institute is committed to a policy of full citizenship for all law faculty. No justification exists for subordinating one group of law faculty to another based on the nature of the course, the subject matter, or the teaching method. All full-time law faculty should have the opportunity to achieve full citizenship at their institutions, including academic freedom, security of position, and governance rights. Those rights are necessary to ensure that law students and the legal profession benefit from the myriad perspectives and expertise that all faculty bring to the mission of legal education.
LWI Policy Statement on Best Practices for 405(c) Faculty (Adopted July 2015)
Many legal writing professors have earned the form of security of position defined as being reasonably similar to tenure under ABA Accreditation Standard 405(c). Believing that concrete and specific information about satisfying this standard would be immediately useful to law professors and law schools, the Boards of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute and the Association of Legal Writing Directors have adopted the Best Practices for 405(c) Faculty Policy Statement.
Mercer University School of Law is the LWI host school. LWI appreciates the administrative support and services Mercer provides in this role.
News from LWI
Registration for the 2016 Biennial Conference: Registration is now open for the LWI 2016 Biennial Conference, to be held in Portland July 10-13, 2016. Visit the CONFERENCE HOME PAGE for more information, access to the registration website, and information about accommodations. We hope to see you all in Portland this summer!
Pro bono CLE: Members of LWI will be presenting a Law Practitioner CLE on July 8, 2016, in Portland, Oregon. The CLE will be held at Lewis & Clark Law School and will focus on techniques for more effective written analysis, including Macro Organization, Techniques at Smaller Levels, and Details, as well as providing an opportunity for practitioners to receive individual critiques for practitioners. The program will feature six members of LWI from law schools across the country.
2016 GOLDEN PEN AWARD Recipient: Ross Guberman. The Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute is pleased to award the 2016 Golden Pen Award to Ross Guberman, author of Point Made, Deal Struck, and Point Taken, and known around the world as an expert and advocate for better legal writing. The award will be presented during the 2016 Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, July 10-13, 2016, in Portland, Oregon. More information can be found HERE.
LWI Professional Status Projects The LWI Board has established an LWI Professional Status Committee as one of several new efforts aimed at protecting and improving the professional status of LWI members. Contact information for members of the Committee and more information can be found HERE.
2016 BLACKWELL AWARD Winner: Coleen Barger. On January 6, 2016, Coleen Miller Barger received the 2016 Blackwell Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Legal Writing. ALWD and LWI presented the award to Professor Barger at a reception held at the New York Hilton.
Collected Guidelines for LRWPROF-L The Listserv Committee and the LWI Board have collected voluntary guidelines for use by members of the LRWPROF-L listserv. They can be found HERE.
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