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School of Law | Legal Writing Teaching Workshop Slated for December

Legal Writing Teaching Workshop Slated for December

The School of Law and its Legal Profession Program will hold a Training Workshop for Legal Writing Faculty on Friday, December 3, in Keller Hall. The workshop will begin at 9 a.m. and run all day.

The workshop is designed for new legal writing faculty and law librarians, and persons interested in entering the field of legal writing and research. It will also interest seasoned educators looking for practical ideas and insights on handling some of the more challenging aspects of this growing academic field.

Presenters will offer tips and best practices for creating appropriate assignments, grading papers and holding student conferences. They will also discuss recent developments in teaching legal research and professional development.

The workshop faculty includes legal writing professors from law schools around the Midwest: Maria Perez Crist, Dayton; Diane B. Kraft, University of Kentucky; Elizabeth A. Shaver, Akron; Elizabeth Sherowski, Capital; Vicki VanZandt, Dayton; and Julie Zink, Dayton.

Dayton Law is one of 16 law schools around the U.S., and the only one in Ohio, selected to host the workshop, which part of a national one-day training program coordinated by the Legal Writing Institute, a national organization dedicated to improving legal writing education.

Ohio CLE credit may be available to participants.

Registration Information

Registration for the workshop is $100. Registration fees will be donated to the Legal Writing Institute. Online registration is now available.

A small number of need-based scholarships are available. To apply for a scholarship, contact Professor Tracy McGaugh of the Touro Law Center at

More information about the workshop is available on the Legal Writing Prof Blog.

Contact Maria Perez Crist, director of the Legal Profession Program at UDSL, at 937-229-3050 or

Workshop Schedule

9-10:20 a.m.: Nuts and Bolts

Instructors: Elizabeth Sherowski, Capital Law School, and Sheila Miller, UDSL
Topics: Choosing Textbooks; What You Need to Know About Teachers¿ Manuals; Tips on Creating Appropriate Assignments; Essential Tips for Your Syllabus; How Writing Specialists Can Save You; Other Resources

10:40 a.m.-noon: Grading Papers and Handling Student Conferences

Instructors: Diane B. Kraft, Kentucky College of Law, and Julie Zink, UDSL 
Topics: How to Grade Papers Without Losing Your Mind; Effective Comments; Best Practices for Handling Student Conferences; No, I Won't Change Your Grade

Lunch Discussion

2-3:20 p.m.: Teaching Legal Research and Citation

Instructors: Maria Perez Crist, UDSL, and Elizabeth A. Shaver, Akron School of Law
Topics: Learn the Latest in Teaching Legal Research; Developing Legal Research Exercises; Teaching SSRN and Other Electronic Research Sources; Teaching State Legal Research; How Law Librarians Can Help You

3:40-5 p.m.: Thinking Forward

Instructors: Maria Perez Crist, UDSL, and Vicki VanZandt, UDSL
Topics: Getting Meaningful Feedback from Colleagues, Directors, and Department Chairs; Getting the Most Out of Your (Free) LWI Membership; Finding Time and Support For Your Own Scholarship; Finding Other Opportunities; Why This is the Most Rewarding Job in Legal Education; Overview of Upcoming Legal Writing Conferences; Additional Resources

5 p.m.: Unanswered Questions Session

Instructors: All Panelists
Topics: Experienced legal writing professors will be available to answer individual questions not addressed during the formal sessions


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