Linda L. Berger
Professor Berger joined UNLV in July 2011. Her research, writing, and teaching converge on the study and practice of legal rhetoric, drawing on cognitive psychology as well as composition, rhetoric, metaphor, and narrative theory.
Professor Berger is president-elect and serves on the national board of directors of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) and is a member of the editorial board of the LWI Monograph Series. She was a founder and the long-time editor of Legal Communication & Rhetoric (formerly known as J. ALWD); initiated and edits the Law & Rhetoric e-Journal on SSRN's Legal Scholarship Network (with co-editor Jack Sammons); and was one of the first ALWD Visiting Scholars in Legal Communication & Rhetoric. She also is a former member of the national board of directors of ALWD.
Professor Berger's early scholarship focused on how New Rhetoric composition theory could improve the teaching of legal writing in articles addressing law students' and law teachers' reading and writing processes. More recently, she has been applying rhetorical analysis and metaphor and narrative theory to interpret persuasive briefs and judicial opinions; these articles also recommend methods for professional legal writers to strengthen their effectiveness and persuasiveness. Professor Berger’s articles have been published in, among other outlets, the Journal of Legal Education, Legal Communication & Rhetoric, the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute, the Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal, the Houston Law Review, the Washburn Law Review, the Mercer Law Review, and the Loyola-LA Law Journal.
Prior to joining UNLV, Professor Berger taught at Mercer University School of Law in Macon, GA; the University of San Diego; and Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, where she designed and developed the legal writing program