Professor Suzanne Rowe Receives AALS Legal Writing Award

Nov 02, 2015

Suzanne Rowe has been selected to receive an award from the Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).  Rowe is the James L. and llene R. Hershner Professor and director of the nationally ranked Legal Research and Writing Program here at the University of Oregon School of Law.

Professor Rowe was nominated by her colleagues here and at 11 other institutions around the country for her leadership, scholarship, and service to the legal writing community. Rowe joins nationally revered Professor Emerita Mary Lawrence as the other Oregon Law recipient of this prestigious award.

Rowe’s work ethic and commitment to the community are highly praised by her colleagues.  The nomination letter noted, “The legal writing community is deeply indebted to Suzanne for her longstanding dedication and commitment to our profession.”

Rowe has held leadership positions and served on multiple committees within the AALS, the Legal Writing Institute, and the Association of Legal Writing Directors. She also authored six books on legal research and published over 55 articles in the Oregon State Bar Bulletin.

The AALS is a non-profit association of 180 law schools. Founded in 1900, the AALS’s mission is to “uphold and advance excellence in teaching and scholarship, academic freedom, and diversity.”  The association seeks “to improve the legal profession, to foster justice, and to serve our many communities—local, national, and international.”

Along with her outstanding achievements outside of the classroom, Rowe is no stranger to awards while teaching. In 2014, Rowe received the Thomas F. Herman Achievement Award for Excellence in Pedagogy from the university.  In 2011, Rowe was honored with the Orlando J. Hollis Faculty Teaching Award at the law school.   Additionally, in 2012, she received the Thomas F. Blackwell award for her contributions to the field of legal writing.

Rowe’s award will be celebrated at a Section Luncheon on January 7, 2016, during the AALS Annual Meeting in New York City.