Professor Leslie Culver will visit Oregon Law in September 2018 as the Galen Distinguished Guest in Legal Writing. Her scholarship in critical race theory, anthropology, feminist communication, and social science aims to empower marginalized law students and attorneys. Her current work combines prior research with legal writing pedagogy. During her visit, she will present an article to the faculty and meet with students in various settings.
The University of Oregon’s 2017-18 Galen Distinguished Guest in Legal Writing was the Deputy Solicitor General in the Washington State Attorney General’s Office and one of the primary attorneys in Washington v. Trump, regarding the travel ban
On January 25, 2018, she made a presentation to all first-year students about preparing pleadings, appeals, and oral arguments—both on an expedited schedule and under typical circumstances. She was a guest lecturer in Administrative Law, addressing historical and current uses of executive orders, and she shared tips on oral argument preparation with moot court teams. The Galen Distinguished Guest is supported by generous funding provided by alumnus Morris Galen (Oregon Law 1950).
The inaugural Galen Distinguished Guests in Legal Writing were Professor Mary Beth Beazley and Professor Melissa Weresh.
Mary Beth Beazley Melissa Weresh
Professor Weresh visited Oregon Law in October 2016. She spoke to law faculty about her “threshold concept” article, with an emphasis on writing and writing instruction. Then, she held an informal colloquium with second-year students writing advanced papers. Finally, she led a workshop for a broad group of university faculty abut her innovative use of team-based learning in writing and doctrinal law classes of varying sizes.
Professor Weresh teaches legal writing, advocacy, ethics, and environmental law at Drake University Law School. She has written numerous articles and textbooks, including her most recent article Stars upon Thars: Evaluating the Discriminatory Impact of ABA Standards 405(c) “Tenure-Like" Security of Position, and has been a leader in the team-based learning movement. Professor Weresh served as president of the Legal Writing Institute and chair of the AALS Section on Teaching Methods, and she is a member of the editorial board of Legal Communication & Rhetoric: JALWD. In 2009, she received the 2009 Warren E. Burger Writing Competition Prize from the American Inns of Court.
Professor Beazley visited Oregon Law in January 2017. As an expert in appellate advocacy, she is currently researching the impact of digital platforms on how readers process information. While at Oregon Law, she made presentations to law students, law faculty, and practitioners.
Professor Beazley taught at Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University until Fall 2017, when she joined the faculty of UNLV’s William S. Boyd School of Law.. Her expertise is in legal writing and advocacy, and she is the author of a highly regarded textbook, A Practical Guide to Appellate Advocacy. Professor Beazley has served as president of the Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute, and she is a past Chair of the ABA Communications Skills Committee. She has received national recognition for her creative teaching and mentorship, including the 2006 Thomas F. Blackwell Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Legal Writing and the 2008 Burton Award for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education.