Lawyering Process Faculty

The faculty who teach in the lawyering process curriculum come from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds. This variety is reflected in the diverse teaching approaches we employ. Although professors create their own courses, we often share materials or teach together. We care deeply about legal writing, are excited to be in the classroom, and feel privileged to learn from each other and from our students.

A Breadth of Teaching Experience

We

  • have teaching experience ranging from three years for our newest faculty member to twenty-five for our most experienced. This mix of experience and fresh viewpoints enriches and invigorates us.
  • have won “outstanding teacher” awards from the university and the law school.
  • have contributed to the law school’s curriculum over the years by teaching other subjects, including Property, Professional Responsibility, Conflicts, Evidence, Negotiations, Wills and Trusts, Jurisprudence, Criminal Procedure, Administrative Law, Juvenile Justice, Employment Law, Community Property, Family Law, and Indian Law.

A Breadth of Practice Experience

We

  • have over 50 years of practice experience.
  • have clerked in the chambers of state supreme court judges, federal district court judges and federal circuit court judges.
  • have practiced in many areas including high impact public service litigation, employment law, corporate law, media and First Amendment law, criminal defense and creating and administering a legal department for a state prison system.

A Depth of Professional Contributions

We

  • have written over 50 books, articles, essays, and book reviews, and delivered well over 100 academic presentations in national and regional publications and conferences.
  • have won grants for special projects including taking the lead in developing service learning opportunities at UNLV or developing an undergraduate law course which uses specially designed CALI exercises.
  • have taught dozens of Continuing Legal Education classes and special training workshops in Nevada and other states. Audiences have included the justices and clerks of the Nevada Supreme Court, the paralegals of the Las Vegas Federal Public Defenders, professors in the Southern Nevada Community College paralegal program and lawyers who are members of the Nevada and Clark County Bar Associations.
  • have hosted the popular Rocky Mountain Regional Legal Writing Conference many times, and continue to be involved in supporting the conference
  • have been active in the most prominent national legal writing organizations, serving on committees and as officers, and as editors of the two peer-reviewed legal writing journals.

Recent Publications from Faculty Who Teach in the Lawyering Process Curriculum

Peter Bayer:

The Individual Mandate’s Due Process Legality: A Kantian Explanation and Why It Matters (forthcoming Loyola University Chicago Law Journal forthcoming 2013)

Sacrifice and Sacred Honor: Why the Constitution is a “Suicide Pact,” 20 William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal (2011).

Linda Berger:

A Revised View of the Judicial Hunch: Intuitive Decision Making and Judicial Problem Solving (submitted 2012).

The Law’s Mystery (with Jack L. Sammons), 2 Brit. J. Am. Legal Stud. (forthcoming Spring 2013).

Metaphor in Law as Poetic and Propositional Language, The European Legacy: Towards New Paradigms, Journal Of The International Society For The Study Of European Ideas (forthcoming).

The Lady, or the Tiger? A Field Guide to Metaphor & Narrative, 50 Washburn L. Rev. 275 (2011).

Studying and Teaching “Law as Rhetoric”: A Place to Stand, 16 J. Legal Writing 3 (2010).

Linda Edwards:

Readings In Persuasion: Briefs That Changed The World (2012)

Legal Writing And Analysis (3d Ed. 2011)

Once Upon a Time in Law: Myth, Metaphor, and Authority, 77 Tenn. L. Rev. 885 (2010).

Sara Gordon:

Through the Eyes of Jurors: The Use of Cognitive Psychology in the Application of “Plain Language” Jury Instructions (forthcoming Hastings Law Review 2013)

Lori Johnson:

Using Real Cases to Teach Contract Drafting Principles and Skills (in progress, expected submission 2/2013)

Rebecca Scharf:

Psychological Parentage, Troxel, and the Best Interests of the Child, 13 Geo.J. Gender & L. 615 (2012).

Terrill Pollman:

Cognitive Science, Composition Theory and Examples in the Legal Writing Classroom (in progress, expected completion 2/2013)

Examples And Explanations: Legal Writing (with Judith Stinson, Richard K. Neumann Jr. and Elizabeth Pollman) (2011)