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The First Colonial Frontier Legal Writing Conference - December 5, 2009 "Engendering Hope in the Legal Writing Classroom: Pedagogy, Curriculum, and Attitude" Presenters: Contact Information & Biographies

Jamie Rene Abrams Legal Rhetoric Instructor and Research Coordinator American University Washington College of Law 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20016 202-274-4302 [email protected] Jamie R. Abrams is an instructor in the Legal Rhetoric Program at the Washington College of Law and the Coordinator of Legal Research. She also teaches Sex-Based Discrimination and implements a WCL grant on curricular innovations in the first year. Her scholarship focuses on the advancement and retention of women, immigrant rights, employment law, and domestic violence. She was recently awarded the DC Women's Bar Association's Star of the Bar award for her work coauthoring two white papers on the status of women and women of color in the legal profession. Prior to joining the faculty, Ms. Abrams was a Litigation Associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP where she specialized in complex civil litigation matters. She represented clients in various state and federal courts in a range of substantive areas, including accounting malpractice, products liability, wage and employment, contract disputes, and third-party discovery claims. As an associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, Ms. Abrams was profiled in the American Bar Association Journal in a piece titled "Coach Me, How 3 Lawyers Learned to be All-Stars at Climbing the Corporate Ladder, Making Rain, Marketing their Practice." Ms. Abrams began her career at Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. specializing in white collar criminal defense and environmental law.

Christine Pedigo Bartholomew University at Buffalo Law School The State University of New York 416 O'Brian Hall, North Campus Buffalo, NY 14260-1100 716-645-7399 [email protected] Christine Pedigo Bartholomew received her B.A. from San Francisco State University in 1997 and her J.D. from University at California, Davis in 2000. Upon graduation, Professor Bartholomew worked in the San Francisco Bay Area as an attorney, practicing in the areas of antitrust and consumer protection. In 2004, she helped open a branch office of a Washington D.C. based class action boutique. During her legal career, Professor Bartholomew worked on several significant antitrust actions, including Rodriguez, et. al v. West Publishing Corp., d/b/a For the last three years, Christine has been a member of the Law School's adjunct faculty, teaching Private Antitrust Suits, Complex Civil Litigation and Antitrust.

Ted Becker Clinical Assistant Professor University of Michigan Law School 625 S. State Street, 418 Hutchins Hall Ann Arbor, MI 48109 734- 763-6025 [email protected] Before joining the Law School faculty as a clinical assistant professor in 2000, Ted Becker was a litigator with Dickinson Wright in Lansing, Michigan, specializing in telecommunications arbitrations and other administrative agency proceedings. He also has substantial appellate experience in general corporate litigation, both with Dickinson Wright and as a sole practitioner. He previously was an adjunct professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, teaching an

upper-level course in litigation skills, including discovery and motion practice, as well as the practical business aspects of law firm operation. Professor Becker has contributed to articles published in the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute, the Second Draft, and the Michigan Defense Quarterly, and has presented at national legal writing conferences. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, where he was a member of Order of the Coif and an articles editor of the University of Illinois Law Review.

Dr. Barbara J. Brunner The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law 150 South College St. Carlisle, PA 17013 717-241-3538 [email protected] Professor Barbara Brunner joined the faculty of Penn State Law in 2007 as a visiting assistant professor teaching Legal Analysis, Research and Writing. She is a 2003 graduate of the Law School where she was a member of the Woolsack Honor Society and the comments editor of the Dickinson Law Review. She worked as an associate attorney at Barley Snyder in Reading, PA, specializing in business law, trusts and estates, education law, municipal law and immigration law. Prior to embarking on a career in law, Professor Brunner had a substantial academic career. She holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in Spanish and romance languages, and she was a professor of Spanish language and literature, and chair of the Spanish department at Dickinson College for several years.

Rebecca Cochran Professor of Law University of Dayton School of Law 300 College Park Dayton, Ohio 45469-2772 937-229-2332 [email protected] Professor Cochran joined the University of Dayton School of Law in 1991 to teach in the Legal Profession Program. She received her B.A. summa cum laude from the Colorado College; her M.A. in English, with honors, from Northwestern University; and her J.D. summa cum laude from the John Marshall Law School. Before entering law school, she pursued a career in social work , directing a Chicago shelter and 24 hour hotline for battered women and their children. At John Marshall, she served on the law review and earned best oralist in the Wagner Labor Law National Moot Court Competition. After graduation, Professor Cochran clerked for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois for Judge Charles Kocoras and later worked as an associate for the Chicago law firm, Sachnoff & Weaver, where she specialized in commercial and FDIC litigation. After re-locating to Dayton, Professor Cochran served as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Montgomery County, Ohio, in the criminal appeals division. Currently the faculty coordinator for the Road to Bar Passage, Professor Cochran works to raise awareness of the bar exam and teaches the bar preparation course, as well as Torts, Evidence, and Remedies. Professor Cochran received the 1999 University of Dayton's Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching and in 2009, the School of Law's Honorary Alumni Awar d. She served as the director of the Legal Profession Program from 1995 to 2004 and served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Legal Writing Directors for three years as well as the ABA Communication Skills Committee.


Larry Cunningham Assistant Professor of Legal Writing St. John's University School of Law 8000 Utopia Parkway Queens, New York 11439 718- 990-7616 [email protected] Larry Cunningham joined St. John's as an Assistant Professor of Legal Writing in 2008. He received his B.S., summa cum laude, from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif, served on the law review, and was executive director of the moot court and mock trial organization. After graduating from Georgetown, he clerked for the Honorable Claude M. Hilton, then-Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Professor Cunningham had extensive practice and teaching experience before coming to St. John's. He served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx County District Attorney's Office where, as a member of the office's Appeals Bureau, he litigated post-conviction matters in state and federal court. He was also the Mental Health Coordinator, supervising approximately fifteen lawyers litigating post-adjudication insanity review proceedings, and he served on felony-homicide duty, where he responded to crime scenes, questioned suspects, and prepared search warrants. Professor Cunningham was previously an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Alexandria, Virginia, where he prosecuted juvenile delinquency offenses and gang cases. Professor Cunningham was a professor for three years at Texas Tech University School of Law, where he taught criminal justice-related courses and directed a criminal litigation clinic. During that time, he was pro bono counsel in a successful, high-profile appeal challenging the prosecution of pregnant women for delivering controlled substances to their fetuses. His work on the case led to the reversal of several convictions. He has also taught as a visiting professor at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law and Stetson University College of Law and as an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School. Professor Cunningham has published widely in the fields of criminal justice, juvenile justice, animal law, appellate litigation, and legal education. His articles have appeared in the Georgetown Law Journal, Syracuse Law Review, Quinnipiac Law Review, and the peer-reviewed journal Criminal Justice Ethics, among others. He has been a frequent speaker on legal education and other topics before bar associations, law schools, and other organizations. In June 2008, he testified before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution, on the legality of laptop searches at the international border. In 2008, Professor Cunningham established a blog on New York Criminal Law and Procedure. The blog provides summaries of recent decisions from New York's appellate courts, analysis of important issues in New York criminal practice, and news of interest to practitioners and judges about the criminal justice system. Professor Cunningham teaches legal writing and legal research.


Terri Enns Clinical Professor of Law The Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law 55 W. 12th Ave Columbus, Ohio 43210 614-292-9592 [email protected] Professor Enns serves as a Clinical Professor of Law for the Legislation Clinic. Prior to coming to Ohio State in 2000, she spent three years as the Legal Counsel for the Ohio Senate Minority Caucus. While at the Statehouse, she staffed the Judiciary and Education committees and worked extensively on school-funding and accountability issues, juvenile criminal law, and the tobacco settlement. In addition to teaching in the Legislation Clinic, Professor Enns regularly teaches a section of the first-year Legal Writing course. Professor Enns is also a Senior Fellow with Election Law @ Moritz.

Joan Foley Assistant Professor of Legal Process Touro Law Center 225 Eastview Drive Central Islip, NY 11722 631-761-7181 [email protected] Prior to joining the Touro Law faculty in 2009, Professor Foley taught at the University of Washington School of Law from 2007 to 2009. From 2000 through 2006, she was a partner at the law firm of Gordon Thomas Honeywell in Seattle, Washington. Her practice focused on complex litigation, appellate litigation, and environmental litigation. Professor Foley graduated from the New York University School of Law. She interned at the Natural Resources Defense Council, Corporation Counsel of the City of New York, New York County District Attorney's Office, and Evergreen Legal Services. Professor Foley has served on the boards and committees of several professional and non-profit organizations, including The Center of Environmental Law & Policy, Washington State Bar Association Pro Bono & Legal Aid Committee, and King County Washington Women Lawyer's. Professor Foley has also been a volunteer attorney for the Northwest Justice Project. Professor Foley was named a "Rising Star of Washington Law 2007" in Law & Politics Magazine. She was named a Chapter Member of the Year by Washington Women Lawyers in 1997.

Julia Glencer Assistant Professor of Legal Writing Duquesne Univ. School of Law 600 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15282 412-396-4663 [email protected] Julia M. Glencer, a native of Pittsburgh, holds a B.A. in English from Carlow College and a J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law. She spent six years as a judicial law clerk, serving the Hon. Joseph F. Weis, Jr. and the Hon. D. Michael Fisher, both on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and more recently, the Hon. Joan Orie Melvin on the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. Ms. Glencer also practiced law for five years with the national law firm of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP, where she concentrated in appellate litigation and governmental affairs. Ms. Glencer has co-authored briefs filed before all three Pennsylvania appellate courts and various federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. She lives in the North Hills of Pittsburgh with her husband and their five-year-old daughter.


Doug Godfrey Professor of Legal Writing and Research Chicago-Kent College of Law 565 West Adams Chicago, Illinois 60661 312-906-5283 [email protected] Professor Godfrey received his B.A. with honors (history and philosophy) and M.A. (literature) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Prior to joining Chicago-Kent he was the sole practitioner of the Law Office of Douglas Wm. Godfrey, where he practiced litigation, including criminal defense, civil litigation and appellate practice. Before establishing his own firm, he was a prosecutor in the Kings County District Attorney's office, where he served in the sex crimes and homicide bureaus.

Kimberly Hausbeck Assistant Professor Northern Kentucky University Chase School of Law Nunn Hall, Suite 561 Highland Heights, KY 41099 859-572-7820 [email protected] Professor Hausbeck received her J.D. in 1994 from the Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia. Immediately following law school, Professor Hausbeck joined Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), an AmeriCorps program, and was assigned to work on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana. As a VISTA volunteer, Professor Hausbeck engaged in anti-alcohol and anti-drug activities on the Crow Indian Reservation. After her VISTA appointment, she was hired by the National Park Service as a Legal Research Staff Specialist. She completed several legal research and writing projects for national parks in the Rocky Mountain Region, primarily in the field of Federal Indian Law. In 1997, Professor Hausbeck left the Park Service and opened a general law practice in Hardin, Montana. During this time, she began teaching Business Law as an adjunct professor at Little Bighorn College. In the fall of 2000, she was hired to teach full-time at Louisiana State University - Alexandria. Two years later, she joined the faculty at Temple University Beasley School of Law as a Graduate Teaching Fellow. It is at Temple University that she earned her LL.M. in Legal Education. Professor Hausbeck moved to Florida in May 2004 to take a faculty position at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center. She arrived in Northern Kentucky in the Fall of 2009 in order to teach legal writing at Chase College of Law. She has taught a variety of classes, including Legal Research & Writing, Property Law, Conflict of Laws, and Federal Indian Law. When not teaching, Professor Hausbeck is addicted to camping, kayaking, and trekking. Two summers ago, she trekked in the Himalayan mountains of Nepal. She wandered around both Annapurna and Mt. Everest, and managed not to get too lost.


Erin Karsman Assistant Professor of Legal Writing Duquesne Univ. School of Law 600 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15282 412-396-2117 [email protected] Professor Erin R. Karsman joined the Duquesne Law School faculty in 2008 and teaches in the school's nationally recognized legal research and writing program. Professor Karsman is a magna cum laude graduate of the George Mason University School of Law, where she won the school's upper-level moot court competition, a national moot court competition, and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Student Advocacy Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy. During law school, Professor Karsman was a teaching fellow in George Mason's legal writing program; after graduation, she taught appellate writing as an adjunct. Before going into teaching, Professor Karsman was an associate at Smith Pachter McWhorter in Vienna, Virginia, where she focused on government contract issues and engaged in litigation, including prosecution of contract appeals and bid protests, before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, the Government Accountability Office, the United States Court of Federal Claims, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Prior to law school, she was an analyst for Accenture in Reston, Virginia. She received her B.A. from Washington & Lee University. Professor Karsman lives in Ohio Township with her husband, Chase, and their two daughters, Lily and Chloe.

Sherri Lee Keene Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Legal Writing University of Maryland School of Law 500 West Baltimore Street Baltimore, Maryland 21201 410-706-7371 [email protected] Law School Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Legal Writing Sherri Lee Keene was most recently a staff attorney at the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Maryland. In that position, Ms. Keene litigated appeals and motions, and researched novel issues of criminal law. She also served as an adjunct faculty member at the George Washington University School of Law. Ms. Keene previously clerked for Judge James T. Giles of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and worked as a civil trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. She is a graduate of Spelman College and New York University School of Law.

P. Camille Lamar Assistant Professor of Law Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center 3305 College Avenue Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314-7721 954-262-6212 [email protected] Camille Lamar is an Assistant Professor at Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center where she teaches Lawyering Skills & Values I and II. Prior to joining the faculty at the Law Center, Professor Lamar was an adjunct professor at the Miles College School of Law where she designed the school's first comprehensive legal research and writing curriculum. A member of the bar since 1996, Professor Lamar has broad practice experience in a variety of legal areas. For seven years, Professor Lamar worked for the federal judiciary, first as a law clerk for a United States Magistrate Judge and then, as a staff attorney for a United States District Judge. In both positions, Professor Lamar prepared memorandum opinions on a broad spectrum of federal


litigation, including school desegregation cases, civil rights cases, securities class actions, and employment discrimination cases. While in private practice, Professor Lamar represented tenured teachers, school administrators, and educational support staff on behalf of the Alabama Education Association. Professor Lamar also prosecuted misdemeanor cases and de novo appeals as an Assistant City Prosecutor for the City of Anniston, Alabama. Professor Lamar's scholarship interests focus primarily on Learning Theory and Education Law, particularly issues relating to equity in funding and educational opportunities for disabled and economically disadvantaged students.

Jan M. Levine Associate Professor of Law Director, LRW Program Duquesne Univ. School of Law 600 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15282 412-396-1048 [email protected] Professor Jan M. Levine is in his twenty-sixth year of teaching legal writing and has more than two decades of experience leading legal writing and research programs. In 2007, Prof. Levine joined the faculty at Duquesne after eleven years on the faculty at the Temple University School of Law; both law schools' writing programs have been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as being among the best in the nation. Professor Levine previously directed the writing programs at the University of Arkansas School of Law and the University of Virginia School of Law, and taught as an adjunct writing professor at his alma mater, the Boston University School of Law. Before going into teaching, Levine served the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Regional Counsel for the Department of Social Services, and as Deputy General Counsel for the Office of Children. He began his career as a lawyer as a staff attorney at the Boston University Center for Law & Health Sciences, and at the Boston University Health Policy Institute. A graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Prof. Levine is a nationally recognized scholar who has published many articles on legal research and writing, including contributing to several chapters of the second edition of the ABA Sourcebook on Legal Writing. He is also a frequent presenter at national conferences on legal research and writing. Professor Levine was the founding president of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD); has twice been elected to the ALWD board of directors; was a member of the board of directors of the Legal Writing Institute and the board of directors of SCRIBES, the American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects; and served as chair and member of the ABA Communications Skills Committee.


Allison Martin Clinical Associate Professor of Law Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis Lawrence W. Inlow Hall, Room 210A 530 W. New York Street Indianapolis, IN 46202-3225 317-278-4776 [email protected] Allison Martin joined the Legal Analysis, Research and Communication (LARC) team at Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis in the summer of 2003. Prior to 2003, she taught at Alabama and Illinois. She teaches in the areas of legal writing, advocacy, and professional responsibility. She is the faculty advisor for the national and international moot court teams. She has written articles related to teaching and has presented at regional and national conferences on these topics. She also is a contributing co-author of the Indiana Pleading and Practice Treatise. In addition, she has served on regional and national legal writing conference planning committees, and currently serves as a member of the LWI Moot Court Advisors Committee.

Karin Mika Professor of Legal Writing Cleveland-Marshall College of Law 1801 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, OH 44115 216-687-5278 [email protected] Professor Mika has been associated with the Cleveland-Marshall Legal Writing Program since 1988. She has also worked as an Adjunct Professor of English at Cuyahoga Community College and is a research consultant for various firms and businesses in the Cleveland area. Professor Mika travels nationally judging at various moot court competitions and presents nationally on topics related to integrating technology and multimedia into classroom teaching. She has lectured on essay writing technique for several bar review courses, and has written bar exam essay questions for both the California and Minnesota bar examiners. Prof. Mika's areas of scholarly research are varied and she has published in the areas of Native American Law, Internet Law, and Health Care.

Shannon M. Moritz Director of Legal Writing Univ. of Illinois College of Law 504 East Pennsylvania Ave. Champaign, Illinois 61820 217-333-1046 [email protected] Shannon Moritz graduated from Northwestern University, earning a B.A. with Highest Distinction in Economics and Psychology. She then received her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School. Following law school, she practiced labor and employment law at the Chicago law firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt. Professor Moritz began teaching at the College in 1998, and became the Director of Legal Writing in 2000. She served as the Interim Assistant Dean of Student Affairs in 2002. Her current research and writing interests are focused in two areas: employment discrimination and legal research, writing and analysis. She has been admitted to the bar in Illinois and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She is a member of the American Bar Association and the Association of Legal Writing Directors.


Mary-Beth Moylan Director Global Lawyering Skills University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law 3200 Fifth Avenue Sacramento, CA 95817 916-739-7223 [email protected] Professor Moylan joined the faculty of University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 2000. Prior to beginning her teaching career, she was a civil litigation associate with one of Sacramento's largest law firms, Downey Brand Seymour & Rohwer. Professor Moylan clerked for Judge Lawrence K. Karlton, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, following graduation from law school at Case Western Reserve University. She also practiced political law with Olson, Hagel & Fishburn in Sacramento, California. While a law student, Professor Moylan was a co-founder of the Miami-based Haitian Refugee Center National Project. In addition to teaching in and directing the Pacific McGeorge Global Lawyering Skills program, Professor Moylan teaches election law and a seminar on the initiative process. She is a co-author of a study on Capital Clemency in California, and a co-author of Case File IV, an Aspen publication that offers court documents for use in practice oriented classes.

Johanna Oreskovic Lecturer in Law University at Buffalo Law School The State University of New York 416 O'Brian Hall, North Campus Buffalo, NY 14260-1100 716-645-2474 [email protected] Johanna Oreskovic earned her B.A., M.A. in History, Ed.M. and J.D. from UB, graduating from the Law School in 1997. At UB, she served as Book Review Editor of the Buffalo Law Review. She has been associated with the Buffalo law firms of Hodgson Russ and Rupp, Baase, Pfalzgraf, Cunningham, and Coppola. Her practice concentrated on commercial and employment litigation. She has taught at the Law School since 1998. Her courses have included Legal Research and Writing, Adoption Law: Domestic and International, and the LL.M. Colloquium. She also administered the Law School's LL.M. programs from 2000-2008. Her publications include articles on labor law and adoption law. Prior to entering the legal profession, she taught History and English and served as an administrator at several independent secondary schools, including The Buffalo Seminary, The American School in Switzerland, and John Burroughs School in St. Louis, Missouri.

Kevin L. Rand Assistant Professor Department of Psychology Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis 402 North Blackford Street, LD 124 Indianapolis, IN 46202-3275 317- 274-6771 [email protected] Kevin Rand received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas and completed his internship at Duke University Medical Center. His clinical experience has centered on treating depression, anxiety, and personality disorders. Currently, he conducts research on how people think about and pursue goals, and how these goal pursuits affect people's mental and physical health. More specifically, his work focuses on the influences of hopeful and optimistic thinking on coping and performance, especially during times of great stress. He has conducted research with diverse populations, including college students, law students, athletes, cancer patients, and individuals with severe mental illness.


Sheila Rodriguez Clinical Associate Professor of Law Rutgers School of Law - Camden 217 N. Fifth Street Camden, NJ 08102-1203 856-225-6692 [email protected] Sheila Rodriguez joined the Rutgers-Camden faculty in 2006 after teaching Legal Process at Pacific McGeorge School of Law and Appellate Advocacy at Golden Gate University School of Law. From 1994 to 2001, Professor Rodriguez was a freelance legal writer in Northern California. Her legal writing clients included the Animal Protection Institute, a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Sacramento. As Counsel for API, she testified before Congress on critical habitat issues affecting wild horses and burros throughout the Western United States. From 1988 to 1994, Professor Rodriguez, an instrument-rated commercial pilot, practiced appellate and administrative law with the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington, DC, and Chicago. Professor Rodriguez is a 1988 graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law. She holds a BA in Psychology and Political Science, and an MA in English, from SUNY Buffalo. Professor Rodriguez's publications include: Using Feedback Theory to help Novice Legal Writers Develop Expertise, 86:2 U. DET. MERCY L. REV. 207 (2009); and Restricting the Use of Animal Traps in the US: An Overview of Laws and Strategy, 9 ANIMAL L. 135 (2003) (with Dena M. Jones).

Judy Rosenbaum Clinical Professor of Law Northwestern University School of Law 375 East Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60611 312-503-8943 [email protected] Judith Rosenbaum is a Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Communication Initiatives. She has been on the Law School faculty since 1984 and has spent the majority of that time teaching in and, for ten years, directing the required first year course on Legal Reasoning, Writing and Research, called Communication and Legal Reasoning. Currently she is teaching the upper level elective, Advanced Legal Communication. She attended undergraduate school at the University of Rochester and law school at the University of Michigan Law School. Prior to coming to Northwestern she spent seven years as a senior staff attorney for the American Judicature Society, where she developed expertise in judicial ethics and in various aspects of the administration of justice. Before that she briefly practiced corporate law . Her current research interests are in the areas of law school pedagogy, learning theory and communication, particularly as they relate to helping law students to excel in written and oral communication. She is also extremely interested in using technology in an appropriate manner to assist students in their learning. Professor Rosenbaum has published books and articles on court administration and judicial ethics and a number of articles on the pedagogy of Legal Writing. She has often spoken at conferences and seminars on either judicial ethics or on her current areas of interest, teaching methods and the pedagogy of teaching Legal Writing.


Deborah Schmedemann William Mitchell College of Law 875 Summit Avenue St. Paul MN 55105 651-290-6388 [email protected] Professor Schmedemann has taught at William Mitchell College of Law since 1982, where she served as associate dean for skills and clinics from 2000 to 2005. She co-coordinates the Writing & Representation: Advice & Persuasion course (WRAP), William Mitchell's first-year skills course, which encompasses legal research, writing, and interpersonal skills such as client counseling and negotiation. She also teaches Contracts and Employment Law. Professor Schmedemann is the co-author of seven editions of The Process of Legal Research and three editions of Synthesis: Legal Reading, Reasoning, and Writing. Her recent research focuses on pro bono, researched from an empirical perspective; she is editing an anthology of first-person pro bono stories, Thorns and Roses: Lawyers Tell Their Pro Bono Stories (due out in 2010 from Carolina Academic Press). Her new teaching and research project is the development of moral reasoning in law students through the writing of personal narratives, a project informed by her participation in the Master Track Program in Creative Non-fiction at the Loft Literary Center. Professor Schmedemann practiced with a major Twin Cities law firm as well as legal aid in eastern Kentucky. She currently represents teenagers in foster care. She received a B.A in 1977 from Sanford University, a J.D. in 1980 from Harvard Law School, and an M.A. in Industrial Relations in 1993 from the University of Minnesota.

Nancy Soonpaa Professor of Law Director, Legal Practice Program Texas Tech University School of Law 1802 Hartford Avenue Lubbock, TX 79409 806-742-3990 x357 [email protected] After graduating from the University of North Dakota School of Law and serving as a judicial law clerk in North Dakota and Minnesota, Professor Soonpaa began teaching undergraduate writing courses at the University of North Dakota. She then taught for three years at the University of Puget Sound School of Law in its nationally recognized legal writing program. Following a clerkship with a federal judge in Texas, she joined the Lawyering Program at Albany Law School, where she taught Lawyering, Negotiating for Lawyers, and Advanced Writing and served as associate director of the program. She joined the Tech faculty in 2001. Professor Soonpaa serves as Director of the Legal Practice Program, one of few programs in the nation to devote six credits to skills training in the first-year curriculum. The program typically ranks as one of the top legal writing programs in the nation in the U.S. News & World Report review of law schools. In addition to directing and teaching in the Legal Practice Program, Professor Soonpaa teaches Health Law, Family Law, and a Negotiations Workshop. Professor Soonpaa has served as coach to the ABA Law Student Division Negotiation Competition teams at both Albany Law School, where she formerly taught, and Texas Tech. Her teams have advanced from regionals to nationals five of the eight years that she has coached, culminating in a Tech team's winning the International Negotiation Competition in July 2005. After a three-year term on the ABA subcommittee that advises and administers the competition, she is again coaching teams. She is also a recent past member of another ABA committee, the Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar's Communication Skills Committee, which revised the Sourcebook on Legal Writing Programs. She is past chair of the AALS Section on Academic Support and founding board member of the Section on Balance in Legal Education. She is also a co-editor of the Legal


Writing Prof Blog on the Law Professors Blog Network. She frequently presents at regional and national conferences on topics related to legal writing and effective law school teaching. Professor Soonpaa was nominated for the Hemphill-Wells New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award and the Spencer A. Wells Faculty Award for Creativity in Teaching; in addition, she was awarded the Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Award and elected to the Texas Tech University Teaching Academy for demonstrated teaching excellence (limited to 15% of professors campus-wide). She has recently been nominated for Tech's President's Excellence in Teaching Award.

Stephanie Thompson Assistant Director Global Lawyering Skills University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law 3200 Fifth Avenue Sacramento, CA 95817 916-739-7322 [email protected] Professor Thompson joined the Pacific McGeorge faculty in 2003, after five years as a labor and employment associate in Los Angeles. She worked at Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal from 1998 to 2000 and at Winston & Strawn from 2000 to 2003. As a labor and employment associate, Professor Thompson defended employers in most areas of employment-related litigation, including claims of wrongful termination in violation of public policy, discrimination, breach of contract, sexual harassment, retaliation, and violation of wage and hour laws in both state and federal courts.

Carol L. Wallinger Visiting Professor of Law University of Wyoming College of Law Clinical Associate Professor Rutgers-Camden School of Law 217 North Fifth Street Camden, NJ 08002 856-225-6397 [email protected] Carol L. Wallinger joined the Rutgers-Camden Law faculty in 2001, and since then has taught legal writing to both first-year and upper-level law students. She also has taught Workers' Compensation Law. Before joining the faculty, she taught Legal Writing at Temple University. For the Fall, 2009 semester, Professor Wallinger taught legal writing as a visiting professor at the University of Wyoming College of Law. Professor Wallinger earned a B.S. in Nursing from Rutgers-Newark, cum laude, and a J.D. and Estate Planning Certificate from Temple University School of Law. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Richard B. Klein, of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. She then entered private practice, where for over 12 years she represented employees and employers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey workers' compensation and insurance defense matters. She also practiced Social Security, Estate Planning and Elder Law. Professor Wallinger concentrates her research on humanizing the law school experience, by applying self-determination theory and autonomy support techniques. Her research builds on the ground-breaking work of Professor Larry Krieger, of Florida State University; in 2007, Professor Wallinger's research received support via a competitive scholarship from the Association of Legal Writing Directors. On the national level, in 2007 she became a founding member of the board of directors of the new American Association of Law Schools "Balance in Legal Education" section, led by Professor Krieger. She also is the national chairperson of the Idea Bank Committee for the Legal Writing Institute, an organization whose members include law professors, judges and practitioners. Rutgers-Camden is now the home of this national teaching document database.


Tara W illke Assistant Professor of Legal Writing Duquesne Univ. School of Law 600 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15282 412-396-4637 [email protected] After serving four years on active duty in the United States Air Force as a Command Post Crew Commander, Ms. Willke attended Southern Illinois University. She received her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in 2000 with a major in History and minor in Political Science. She earned her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2004, where she graduated magna cum laude and was elected for membership in the Order of the Coif. While at the University of Pittsburgh, Ms. Willke served as the Senior Managing Editor of the Law Review and was a Teaching Assistant for Legal Research and Writing. After graduating from law school, Ms. Willke was a litigation associate with the Pittsburgh law firm of Babst, Calland, Clements & Zomnir, P.C., where her practice included commercial, construction and environmental litigation, as well as other types of complex litigation matters. She is currently a member of the Pennsylvania Bar.

Emily Zimmerman Associate Professor of Law Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law 3320 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 215-571-4713 [email protected] Emily Zimmerman is an Associate Professor of Law at Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Emily teaches courses in Legal Methods and Criminal Procedure. Emily has also taught Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiation. Emily is a member of the Global Legal Writing Skills/International Outreach Committee of the Legal Writing Institute, and the Award Committee of the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research. Emily is the co-editor of the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) Legal Writing Journal. Emily is also a board member of APPEAL (Academics Promoting the Pedagogy of Effective Advocacy in Law) and is the Co-Chair of APPEAL's Faculty and Student Exchange Committee. Before joining the inaugural faculty at Drexel in 2006, Emily taught at Villanova University School of Law. During the fall semester of 2002, Emily helped to design and was the Course Leader for a new Legal Writing and Drafting course at the School of Law of the City University of Hong Kong. In 2003, Emily returned to the School of Law of the City University of Hong Kong to help teach an Intensive Advocacy course. Emily has given presentations about course design and pedagogy in the United States and abroad. Emily's scholarship focuses on legal education and her empirical research regarding legal education. Emily's most recently published article is An Interdisciplinary Framework for Understanding and Cultivating Law Student Enthusiasm, 58 DePaul Law Review 851 (2009). Before becoming a professor, Emily was the Chief of the Civil Litigation Unit of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.



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