The Legal Writing Institute held its 14th Biennial Conference at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort from June 27 to 30, 2010. The 2010 Conference continued the LWI's tradition of providing a collegial, collaborative environment for the sharing of ideas. Colleagues had a chance to meet, reconnect, and discuss ideas about pedagogy, scholarship, and professional growth. In addition, for the first time in its history, the LWI also reached out to practicing lawyers, hoping to facilitate bridges between the teachers of good writing and the practitioners of good writing. The Conference’s program included something for people at all stages of their teaching and practice careers.
Widener Law was well-represented among the presenters at the Conference. Micah Yarbrough
and Iva Johnson Ferrell
from the Delaware Campus presented "We’re Here Too — Don’t Count Us Out: Issues Facing Under-Represented Groups in the Legal Writing Classroom." Mary Ann Robinson
, Alison Donahue Kehner
, and Jean K. Sbarge
participated in a group presentation focused on ideas for educating students about professionalism issues. The topic discussed by Professors Kehner and Robinson was "Professionalism Illustrated on Film: A Guide for Law Students and Lawyers," and Professor Sbarge’s presentation was entitled "No Swedish Bikini Team Screensavers: Teaching Professionalism in the Legal Writing Classroom and Beyond." In addition, Adjunct Professor Rebecca Scalio was part of a group presentation on "Teaching After Dark: Evening Students and the LRW Classroom."
Harrisburg Legal Writing Professors Anna Hemingway
, Dionne Anthon
, Jennifer Lear
, David Raeker-Jordan
, Amanda Smith
, and Starla Williams
presented on "Assessing Collaboration: Misery Loves Company or There is No "I" in Team?"
Professors Susan King
and Ann Fruth
The Legal Writing Institute is a nonprofit corporation founded in 1984. The Institute’s purpose is to exchange ideas about legal writing and to provide a forum for research and scholarship about legal writing and legal analysis. The Institute is currently housed at Mercer University School of Law in Macon, Georgia.
The Institute has close to 2000 members representing all the ABA-accredited law schools in the United States. The Institute also has members from other countries, as well as from English departments, independent research-and-consulting organizations, and the practicing bar. Anyone who is interested in legal writing or the teaching of legal writing may join the Institute.