Oregon Law professor to serve as president-elect of national legal writing organization

The members of the national Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) have selected Oregon Law professor Rebekah Hanley to serve as their incoming President-Elect.

ALWD is one of the most prestigious and influential professional legal writing organizations, with hundreds of members representing over 150 law schools across the United States, Canada, and Australia.

While Rebekah’s leadership within the law school is well-known and celebrated, she’s also been very active in the national legal writing community for many years. Her recent service on the ALWD board of directors brought her leadership skills and vision to the forefront as a strong candidate to lead the organization. She was also co-chair of a major national legal writing conference in 2018.

“I’m honored to be selected to lead ALWD, an organization that has been critical to my own professional development since 2004,” Rebekah said. “The past year has illustrated just how important our support for one another is during times of uncertainty and rapid change. I deeply value ALWD’s strong national community and look forward to expanding my service as the organization’s President-Elect.”

Rebekah’s new role will be a three-year commitment. She will serve first as President-Elect, then President, and finally as Immediate Past President. Oregon Law is only the second school in the history of the organization to boast two ALWD presidents; Megan McAlpin also served in this role in 2017-2018.

Suzanne Rowe, director of Oregon Law’s top ranked LRW program, praised Rebekah for her commitment to advancing the discipline and for her creative, problem-solving approach to leadership. “As President-Elect of ALWD, Rebekah will devote her incredible insight, focus, and enthusiasm to supporting and advancing the legal writing community. Her vision and her collaborative leadership style will continue the important work of this vital organization.”