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November 8, 2013

Professor Elizabeth Frost is inaugural Galen Scholar in Legal Writing

Professor Elizabeth Frost has been named the inaugural Galen Scholar in Legal Writing. The Galen Scholar is a University of Oregon School of Law faculty member committed to promoting excellence in student writing, who will work throughout the year to enhance writing opportunities for Oregon students. 

Professor Frost earned her undergraduate degree from Yale University and her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. At Michigan she was managing editor of the Michigan Journal of Race and Law. Professor Frost has been teaching Legal Research and Writing at Oregon Law for four years. She also teaches Legal Drafting, Intensive Writing, and Advanced Legal Research.

In addition to teaching, Professor Frost participates in committees for the Legal Writing Institute and the AALS Section of Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research. She also is a frequent contributor to the Oregon State Bar Bulletin's monthly column, "The Legal Writer."

Professor Frost's work as the Galen Scholar will revolve around this year's theme: Enhancing Writing for Upper-Level Students.

During the next year as Galen Scholar, Professor Frost has three specific goals. First, she will provide new resources for doctrinal faculty. Second, she will develop curriculum to teach students "writing under pressure." Third, she will assist adjuncts and visitors who are teaching new, upper-level writing classes.

"Each of these goals relate to the theme because they all increase opportunities for students to write. Students get better at writing by writing and getting lots of feedback, then trying again, then getting more feedback," said Frost.

Under the leadership of Professor Frost, students will receive even more opportunities for writing and even more effective feedback from their professors.

The platform for a successful legal career, whether that is in a government office, a non-profit, or a law firm, revolves around Legal Research and Writing. The Legal Research and Writing Program at Oregon Law has been nationally recognized since its inception in 1978. Oregon's Legal Writing program has been named in the top ten for six years in a row, and this year's program is currently ranked fifth by U.S. News & World Report.

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