September 1, 2011
Professor Suzanne Rowe earns prestigious legal writing award
Professor Rowe honored with Thomas Blackwell Award
The University of Oregon School of Law’s Suzanne Rowe, director of the Legal Research and Writing Program and the James L. and Ilene R. Hershner Professor, is the 2012 recipient of the Thomas F. Blackwell Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Legal Writing. The award was made jointly by the Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute.
The Thomas Blackwell Award recognizes a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of legal writing by demonstrating an ability to nurture and motivate students, an ability to create and integrate new teaching ideas, and a willingness to help other legal writing educators improve their programs.
In announcing the award, Lyn Entrikin and Ken Chestek, the presidents of the two organizations, said that Rowe “exemplifies each of these qualities.” They also noted Rowe’s wide ranging public service, from her work monitoring the American Bar Association Standards Review revision process to organizing events to welcome and support new legal writing directors.
Rowe is the author of five books on legal research, and she is the editor of the Legal Research Series published by Carolina Academic Press. Rowe writes a monthly column, “The Legal Writer,” in the Oregon State Bar Bulletin, which takes a fresh look at writing problems.
Rowe has held major positions in the most prestigious legal writing organizations. She has served on the Board of Directors of both the Association of Legal Writing Directors (2001-2004) and the Legal Writing Institute (2006-2010). She is a past-chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research, and she just completed a term as chair of the American Bar Association’s Communication Skills Committee.
The Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) and the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) are non-profit organizations dedicated to improving legal writing; advancing scholarship about legal writing; and supporting those who teach legal writing, analysis, and research.
The Blackwell award was presented during the 2012 annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools in January in Washington, D.C.