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September 1, 2009

Faculty Coordinate Northwest Regional Legal Writing Conference

Oregon Law’s Legal Research and Writing faculty recently coordinated and participated in the 2009 Northwest Regional Legal Writing Competition sponsored by the University of Oregon and Lewis and Clark College.

Professors Joan Rocklin, Rebekah Hanley, Megan McAlpin, Suzanne Rowe, and Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff joined legal writing professors from across the country to discuss the topic, “Legal Writing in a Green World: Recycle, Reuse, Rethink.” Professor Hanley served as conference committee co-chair, with responsibility for the opening reception and programming, among other details.

At the conference, professors Hanley and McAlpin presented “To Build or to Borrow: Using New and Recycled Materials to Create Legal Writing Assignments,” and Professor Fordyce-Ruff presented “More than Googling: Teaching 21st Century Students the Depth of Legal Research.” Professor Rowe facilitated the Scholar’s Forum, designed to help newer professors develop their scholarship.

Oregon Law Professor Emeritus and founder of the school’s LRW Program Mary Lawrence received special recognition at the conference for her lifelong work and dedication to legal writing. Former Oregon Law Professor Greg Johnson spoke of Professor Lawrence’s early vision for legal writing, noting that like Beethoven she wasn’t just ahead of her time, but her time still hasn’t arrived.

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