Linda Berger, associate dean for faculty development and research and Family Foundation Professor of Law, won this year's Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research Section Award from the Association of American Law Schools.
The award, sometimes described as a lifetime achievement award, recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of legal writing and research.
Robert D. Brain, chair of the Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research Section of the AALS, wrote the following about Professor Berger:
"Linda Berger is a towering figure in the legal writing world, as a scholar, teacher, mentor to countless legal writing teachers, and friend to all. As a scholar, Linda has been at the forefront of incorporating rhetoric into the consciousness of the legal writing community. Linda’s early work showed the power of rhetorical analysis when applied to legal writing. Most recently, she has completed her term as President of the Legal Writing Institute, and undertaken a project of enormous scholarly importance as a co-editor of the U.S. Feminist Judgments Project, a collaborative effort to produce an edited collection of feminist revisions of influential Supreme Court opinions.
"... Linda’s work as a founding member and former Editor-in Chief of JALWD (Legal Communication & Rhetoric or LC&R) is perhaps the most public sign of her commitment to helping support and to develop legal writing scholarship.
"Her colleagues and students speak of her warmth, intelligence, and skill as a faculty member and teacher. She is an inspiring and generous mentor to junior colleagues, and her current appointment as UNLV’s Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Research demonstrates the high regard in which she is held at the school."