Eugene, Ore., (May 19, 2016) -- This fall, students taking Law 649 "Legal Profession" will gain more hands-on insight into the work of a lawyer under the tutelage of 2016-17 Galen Scholar for Legal Writing, Prof. Rebekah Hanley. This endowed position was unanimously awarded to Hanley following her proposal submission under this year's theme, “Building Professional Writing.”
Hanley shared, "I’d like [students] to regularly engage in the work of lawyers – and receive feedback on that work – while learning about the law of lawyering.” As the Galen Scholar, Rebekah will incorporate writing into her section of Law 649, the law school’s course in professional responsibility that is required of all students in the second or third year of law study. She envisions students working in small groups to conduct research, engaging in legal analysis, and solving complex problems. The students will also write short documents of the type they will produce as lawyers, and will review and critique each others’ documents.
A significant component of Hanley's work as the Galen Scholar will be to share her experience with the faculty in Spring 2017. She will host at least one faculty gathering to provide new ideas for “building professional writing” into other doctrinal law courses.
Professor Megan McAlpin’s work as the 2015-2016 Galen Scholar was so successful that she has continued her role as the Writing Specialist. McAlpin holds office hours to meet with students as they work on papers and leads workshops on writing that are well attended by first-year students. This focused legal writing instruction has made a difference in how students write and how they think about essential writing tools.
Prof. Hanley has been a member of the law school faculty since 2004, having earned her J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2000. She teaches courses in legal research and writing; legal drafting; legal profession; and judicial writing. Hanley speaks nationally on topics of legal writing and professionalism, and is active in leading organizations of legal writing professors, including the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research and the Legal Writing Institute.
The Morris J. Galen Endowment Fund was established in 2005 by University of Oregon School of Law alumnus and friends to honor Morris "Morrie" Galen, (J.D., ’50), the 2015 recipient of the Jaqua Distinguished Alumnus Award. Since the creation of the fund, Galen has significantly expanded the size of its endowment through personal contributions, in order to create a larger, more sustained impact on the quality of Oregon Law students’ professional writing skills.