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The Legal Writing online Archives will enable access to a variety of historical materials related not only to the history of the Legal Writing Institute, but the history of Legal Writing programs, professionals, and the organizations that have supported Legal Writing and skills professionals.

Compiled by Karin Mika and Ralph Brill.



Contents

Videos

Legal Writing History Video

A Road Less Traveled: The History of Legal Writing

The History of Legal Writing, Version Two


Other History Videos

Interview with George Gopen

(Gopen discusses his attempts to create an undergraduate program that would prepare students for writing in law school.)


Mary Lawrence converses with Marjorie Rombauer about the early days of Legal Writing

Ralph Brill, Mary Lawrence and Marjorie Rombauer converse about Legal Writing prior to the formation of LWI

Conversation with Chris Rideout, Laurel Oates, Anne Enquist, Lori Lamb, and Ralph Brill


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Articles

History

Mary S. Lawrence, An Interview with Marjorie Rombauer, 9 J.L.W.I. 19 (2001).

(Discusses Marjorie Rombauer's role in creating the first Legal Writing program staffed by full-time professionals. The program was created in 1960 at the University of Washington. Rombauer remained director or Legal Writing program until 1978 and was a major advocate for increasing the quality of skills training in law school for her entire career.)


Mary S. Lawrence, The Legal Writing Insitute The Beginning: Extraordinary Vision, Extraordinary Accomplishment, 11 J.L.W.I. 213 (2005).


The Second Draft Spring 2010: Happy Anniversary LWI


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Documents

Schedule for 1980 Legal Writing Workshop held in Louisville, Kentucky

Brochure from the 1984 Conference held at Puget Sound Law School

Original Articles of Incorporation for the Legal Writing Institute

History of the Board of Directors for the LWI

Past LWI Presidents

Original Bylaws for the Legal Writing Institute

First LWI Newsletter

(includes the Statement on Security of Position discussed at the 1984 Conference)

The First Sourcebook on Legal Writing, Ralph Brill, Susan Brody, Chris Kunz, Richard Neumann, Marilyn Walter.)

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Click this link for AALS Newsletters and List of Section Award Winners

Click this link for Other Documents (Other Documents includes Survey links and invitations to Awards Ceremonies)


Click this link for Miscellaneous Conference Materials

Click this link for Legal Writing Departments and Professors Featured in Postcards and Brochures

Audio Recordings

AALS Section Recordings

1975 American Association of Law Schools Section on Legal Research and Writing

(Approaches to the Organization of Legal Research and Writing Courses in a First Year Curriculum. The 1975 session includes a recital of the history of the field of Legal Writing done by Ed Schroeder.)


1976 American Association of Law Schools Section on Legal Research and Writing

(Computerized Legal Research and Law Teaching)


1979 American Association of Law Schools Section on Legal Research and Writing

(Defining and Teaching Legal Analysis in a First Year Legal Research and Writing Course)


1980 American Association of Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research

(Assisted Faculty Directed Writing Programs and Alternate Pedagogies for Teaching Analysis, Writing, Research, and Drafting.

This recording is a combination program done with the Clinicians. It is the first session done after the Section name was changed. It includes the debut of Richard Neumann as a national speaker and also includes declaration from a representative of the ABA that law schools need to finally understand that students need more extensive skills training.)


1981 American Association of Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research

(Methods of Critiquing Student Writing)


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