Professor Megan McAlpin became the President of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) on August 1, 2017. ALWD is a learned association of legal writing professors, with members from 150 law schools. ALWD’s goal is to improve both legal education and the analytical and writing abilities of lawyers. Professor McAlpin’s national leadership was most recently demonstrated in her role as the chair of ALWD’s national conference, Acknowledging Lines: Talking About What Unites and Divides Us, held at the University of Minnesota Law School in July 2017. The conference included invited speakers on topics of implicit bias, stereotype threat, diversity and inclusion, and equity and justice, as well as a wide array of presentations that showcased the pedagogy and scholarship of conference participants.
Professor McAlpin has taught at Oregon Law since 2007 and authored Beyond the First Draft, a textbook that shows law students and lawyers how to produce writing that is organized, vigorous, clear, and polished. Professor McAlpin served as Director of Clinics and Externships at Oregon Law 2012-14. She was selected as the Galen Scholar in Legal Writing for the 2014-15, and she was the law school’s first Writing Specialist.
In addition to her work with ALWD, she has served on committees of the Legal Writing Institute and on the editorial staff of the LWI journal, Legal Writing. Professor McAlpin is the first ALWD president who has not directed a legal writing program, reflecting the advancement of the legal writing discipline and the association.