Call for Proposals: AALS Section on Legal writing, Reasoning &Research



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01/6/16 to 01/10/16

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2016 AALS Annual Meeting in New York City


The Association of American Law Schools

Call for Proposals for the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research 2016 AALS Annual Meeting January 6 – 10, 2016 - New York, NY “Reimagining the Curriculum to Address Student Needs and Bench and Bar Demands” Deadline for Proposals: Thursday, April 23, 2015 This panel will aim to cover topics stemming from changes in teaching loads and law-practice demands. Requiring the appellate brief assignment in the first year of law school has been a practice for decades. Challenging this requirement, panelists can explore whether 1) shorter motion briefs would better prepare students for their early years in litigation practice; 2) requiring transactional skills would be appropriate when so many of our soon-to-be graduates land in corporate practice; and 3) changes in traditional assignments comport with evolving ABA standards. The Program length is one hour and 45 minutes. If interested in presenting, please send us a one- to two-page proposal with the following categories of information: 1) Your name, professional title and school. 2) Contact information – email and telephone number. 3) Number of years teaching in a law school. (We will consider applications from experienced as well as new professors.) 4) Courses that you currently teach or have taught in the past five years. (We welcome proposals from both skills and casebook faculty.) 5) Title of your presentation – what is the topic in a phrase: “ “ 6) One paragraph description of your presentation. 7) Technology needs, such as overheard projector and laptop. Internet connection? 8) Whether lecture-style or interactive (describe how). 9) Length of presentation (we are looking for presentations of approx. 20 mins in length, but other lengths will be considered). 10) If applicable, provide a bibliography of your scholarship on the topic, and feel free to include a description of work-in-progress. Please send proposals to Robin Boyle Laisure, Professor of Legal Writing at St. John’s University School of Law. Email address is Telephone number if need to reach Robin directly: (718) 990-6609. Please send in Microsoft Word, or the equivalent, but not in PDF. Program Committee: • Mary Beth Beazley • Robin Boyle Laisure (Program Committee Chair) • Joseph Mastrosimone • Susan McMahon • Samantha Moppett

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