Linda L. Berger

Linda L. Berger

Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Research

Family Foundation Professor of Law

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Areas of expertise:

Legal Writing, Law and Rhetoric, First Amendment


Linda Berger is the Family Foundation Professor of Law at UNLV. Her research, writing, and teaching converge on the study and practice of legal rhetoric, drawing on cognitive psychology as well as on composition, rhetoric, metaphor, analogy, and narrative theory. She is one of the co-editors of U.S. Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court (Cambridge 2016), the first volume in an ongoing series.

Professor Berger has been a leader in discipline building and professional development initiatives within the national legal writing community. She served as President of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) from 2014-16, President-Elect from 2012-14, and a member of the LWI Board of Directors from 2008-11 and from 2012 to the present.  Professor Berger was a founder and the long-time editor-in-chief of Legal Communication & Rhetoric: JALWD; served on the editorial board of the LWI Monograph Series for six years; initiated and continues to co-edit the Law & Rhetoric e-Journal on SSRN's Legal Scholarship Network; 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 applied New Rhetoric composition theory to the reading and writing processes of law students and law teachers. Her later scholarly work blends interdisciplinary study with rhetorical analysis, drawing on research findings from analogy, metaphor, and narrative studies in order to examine the persuasiveness and effectiveness of written and oral communication. 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 Michigan State Law Review, the Journal of Law and Policy, the Houston Law Review, the Washburn Law Review, the Mercer Law Review, and the Loyola-LA Law Journal.

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