19th Annual Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference - Presentations & Contacts

When

March 15 - 16, 2019

Where

William S. Boyd School of Law

Thank you for attending the 19th Annual Rocky Mountain Conference at William S. Boyd School of Law!

Please see below for the event program, list of contacts, and presentations. Note not all presentations are posted per presenters' request.

For different formats of the presentation files, please contact the presenter directly. Thank you!


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Presentations from Friday, March 15, 2019

presentations are listed in the order of the event program

 

Know Your Audience: Using a Role-Play Exercise to Enhance the Client Letter Assignment

Joseph S. Jackson, University of Florida Levin College of Law

Ask a "Real" Lawyer: The Numerous Classroom Benefits of Incorporating a Virtual Interview Between Students and Practitioners

Kerry Kornblatt, Wayne State University Law School

Teaching Our Students to Write to the Audience—Top Brief-Writing Tips from Judges

Tessa L. Dysart, The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Pass the OODA Loops: A New Paradigm for Large-Scale Organization

Kenneth Dean Chestek, University of Wyoming College of Law

Student Collaboration and Assessment of Practical Writing Assignments

Evelyn H. Hutchison, University of Tulsa College of Law and Gina Nerger, University of Tulsa College of Law

Are Our Policies on Deadlines Passé?

Joel Schumm, Indiana University, Robert H. McKinney School of Law

From LSAT to Law School

Scott A. Anderson, Capital University Law School

Using Group Conferences Effectively

Deborah McIntosh, University of Idaho College of Law and Jessica Gunder, University of Idaho College of Law

Creating an Inclusive Classroom Environment

Shailini J. George, Suffolk University Law School

Fostering Professional Identity Development with Team-Based Learning

Melissa H. Weresh, Drake University Law School

Write Worse? Rethinking Fluency

Andrew M. Carter, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University

The Power of Connectivity: The Science and Art of Transitions

Diana J. Simon, The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

This is Not Your Grandmother's Brief: Borrowing from Harry Potter to Teach Our Students Persuasion in the Magical World of Digital Filings

Maureen Johnson, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

Digital Justice: Shining Future or Illusory Chimera?

Scott Fraley, Baylor University School of Law

The When and How of Teaching the "Why" in Legal Writing 

Timothy J. McFarlin , University of La Verne College of Law

Teaching 1Ls to Effectively Make Policy Arguments in Legal Analysis

Angela D. Morrison, Texas A&M University School of Law

High-Tech Peer Feedback: Peer Review Software as Legal Writing Technology Tool

Kirsten K. Davis, Stetson University College of Law and Brian Larson, Texas A&M University School of Law

Dancing In the Dark: Advocating for Legal Writing Faculty with Law School & University Administrations 

MaryBeth Beazley, Moderator, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Christine Coughlin, Wake Forest University School of Law
Brian A. Glassman, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Richard J. Neumann, Jr., Hofstra University, Maurice A. Deane School of Law

Live Grading (or Critiquing): A 30-Year Retrospective
Joseph Kimble , Western Michigan University-Cooley School of Law

Pay No Attention to the Assessment Behind the Curtain: The Two-Way Rubric that You (and Your Students) Will Love
Elizabeth Sherowski, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law

What Have We Wrought? How Learning Expectations, Outcomes Assessments, Best Practices, and Standardized Testing Have Undermined Learning at Every Level
Karin Mika, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

How to Foster Mindful and Creative Problem Solving in an Age of Innovation
Kathleen Elliott Vinson, Suffolk University School of Law

Authority's Tacit Conventions
Amy J. Griffin, Colorado Law, University of Colorado, Boulder

Finding Deeper Meaning: Guiding Students to Look Past What Courts Say and Extract What They Mean
Sarah B. Hadjimarkos, University of Wisconsin Law School

Critical Case-Reading Skills: Clarifying Common Areas of Confusion for (New) Law Students
Queena Mewers, UC Irvine School of Law

#Fail: How Law Schools Are Violating ABA Standards by Overlooking that Law Students Can't Critically Read
Carolyn V. Williams, The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Politics, Bias, & Rhetoric: The Art of Using Student Surveys
Susan Smith Bakhshian, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

Helping Law Students Improve Their Legal Writing by Developing Editing Checklists
Timothy J. Duff, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

 

Presentations from Saturday, March 16, 2019

presentations are listed in the order of the event program

 

The Reading-Writing Club [for Books, Articles, Journals]
Linda L. Berger, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Linda H. Edwards , William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Ellie Margolis, Temple University, Beasley School of Law
Terrill Pollman , William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Transactional Storytelling
Susan M. Chesler, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University
Lori D. Johnson, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Karen J. Sneddon, Mercer University School of Law

Writing Effectively to Convince the Family Court Judge
Honorable Gerald W. Hardcastle, District Court Judge, Ret.

Competing Definitions of Gibberish and Their Relation to Philosophy's Consensus Definition of Bullshit as a Precise Concept
Richard K. Neumann, Jr., Hofstra University, Maurice A. Deane School of Law

Zen and the Art of Teaching Millennials
Chad Noreuil, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University

Not all Law Review Articles: Why You Should Consider Writing Short, Practical Pieces for a Practitioner Audience (and How to Do It!)
Susie Salmon, The University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law

Reclaiming Your Time and Empowering Students Through Live Grading
Iva Johnson Ferrell, Widener University, Delaware Law School

Being a Legal Writer: Professional Identity Formation and Legal Writing for 1L's
Christopher Corts, University of Richmond School of Law

Integrating Transactional Skills into the Legal Writing Classroom Through Small Teaching
Adam Eckart, Suffolk University Law School

Making Legal Logic Click: Using Metaphors to Teach Tough Concepts
Brad Desnoyer, Indiana University, Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Ding, Dong! The (Wicked?) Upper-Level Writing Survey Class Is (Not) Dead
Tamara Herrera, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University

End of the Line
Kimberly Y.W. Holst, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University
Deborah L. Borman, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law

Cognitive Science of Induction and Rule Synthesis
Jennifer M. Cooper, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law

"Why Are My Best Students Always Women?" An Empirical Study of Gender and Performance in Legal Writing Classes
Peter Nemerovski, UNC School of Law

Breaking Away from the Linear Syllabus: Creating Resources to Facilitate Self-Guided Learning for a Diverse Student Body
Jason G. Dykstra, Concordia University School of Law

From Live to Online: Incorporating Online Instruction into Live Legal Writing Courses
Allison Martin, Indiana University, Robert H. McKinney School of Law

"We Go Together": Strategic Partnerships Between Legal Writing Programs and Law Library Faculty
Alyson Drake, Texas Tech University School of Law
Wendy-Adele Humphrey, Texas Tech University School of Law

Gen Z Is Coming to Law School—It's Time to Step Up Our Information Literacy Game
Kristen E. Murray, Temple University, Beasley School of Law
Ellie Margolis, Temple University, Beasley School of Law

Repurposing Old Tools to Foster Deep Thinking in Writing Practice
L. Danielle Tully, Suffolk University Law School

Catching On: How Post-Critique Assessments Deepen Understanding and Improve Legal Writing

Katherine T. Vukadin, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University

D'Andra Millsap Shu, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University

Gender Degradation: How the Law Perpetuates Occupational Segregation and Gender Disparities in the Workplace
Kristen K. Tiscione, Georgetown University Law Center

The Skills to Pay the Bills: How Well Are Experiential Courses Preparing Students to Use Essential Lawyering Skills in Their 2L Summer Jobs
Gary Craig, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Aimee Dudovitz, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Katherine Lyons, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

Spinning Straw into Gold? The Challenge of Maintaining and Enhancing Legal Writing Programs Amid Institutional Austerity
Claire C. Robinson May, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Getting Gritty with It: Practices that Promote Grit in the LRW Classroom
Olympia Duhart, Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law
Hugh Mundy, The John Marshall Law School

Teaching Legal Writing to the Growth Mindset
Ezra Goldschlager, University of La Verne College of Law

Small Group Conferences
Alyssa Dragnich, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University

From Courtroom to Classroom
Ryan S. Lincoln, University of Idaho College of Law
Jessica Gunder, University of Idaho College of Law

Doing Well by Our Students: Incorporating Wellness into the LRW Classroom
Nancy Soonpaa, Texas Tech University School of Law

"My Favorite Law School Class"—The Wellness Perks of a Short Story Reading Group
Sylvia J. Lett, The University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law

Escape the Ordinary: How to Close Out Your Semester with a Challenging "Escape Room" Competition
Joy E. Herr-Cardillo, The University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law

So You Haven’t Taught Legal Writing in a While . . .
Judith Stinson, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University