Legal Writing with an Eye Toward Equity

Prof. Leslie Culver Welcomed As Galen Distinguished Guest in Legal Writing

In September, the University of Oregon School of Law hosted Leslie Culver, professor of legal writing at California Western School of Law, as the 2018-2019 Galen Distinguished Guest in Legal Writing. Professor Culver’s scholarship combines critical race theory, anthropology, feminist communication, and social science with legal writing pedagogy.

During her visit, Prof. Culver presented her recent and upcoming scholarship to the faculty. She also held a special session with journal students focused on developing their scholarly agenda, stressing the importance and value of engaging in personally meaningful scholarship. A third presentation included a roundtable discussion with students about conscious identity performance and gender sidelining.

In addition to her scholarly and teaching engagements, Prof. Culver also met with administrators and faculty to discuss the many ways students and faculty can support each other’s success and actionable strategies for creating a more inclusive and equitable experience for traditionally marginalized students.

Reflecting on Professor Culver’s visit, Galen Scholar and legal writing professor Liz Frost remarked, “Professor Culver brought terrific insight and energy to our community. We are incredibly honored that Professor Culver could join us and share her critical and influential work.”

The University of Oregon’s Galen Distinguished Guest in Legal Writing series is due to generous support from our donors, particularly alumnus Morris Galen '50. Past distinguished guests have included Professor Melissa Weresh, Professor Mary Beth Beazley, and Anne Egeler, Deputy Solicitor General in the Washington Attorney General’s Office.