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Joan Rocklin

Legal Research and Writing Professor


Joan Rocklin earned her undergraduate degree from Williams College and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of law, serving as an editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and graduating Order of the Coif. Professor Rocklin clerked for Senior Judge William W. Schwarzer, working on cases from the Ninth Circuit, the Third Circuit, and the Northern District of California. Afterward, she returned to her home state of New York, working in the litigation department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. There, she worked on complex international litigation, often involving allegations of anti-trust violations and fraud.

At Oregon Law, Professor Rocklin has taught Legal Research and Writing I and II and several upper level writing classes including Intensive Writing and Legal Drafting. She served as the school's Director of Externships and Clinics for three years.

She is active in national legal writing organizations, and recently completed a term as Treasurer of the Legal Writing Institute. She has led LWI's Critiquing Workshop for new legal writing professors at the last three biennial conferences, and will make a similar presentation to new legal writing professors at the June 2015 AALS meeting in Washington, D.C. She was also the 2008-09 secretary for the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research.

She is co-author of A Lawyer Writes, a textbook that develops legal analysis and writing skills by placing first-year law students in the role of a new associate. She is working on her second book, To Move a Court.

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