Colonial Frontier Legal Writing Conference

Date(s) of Conference:

March 5, 2011


Duquesne University School of Law
Pittsburgh, PA


The theme of the conference will be “The Arc of Advanced Legal Writing: From Theory through Teaching to Practice.”

There will be six presentations.  The three lead presentations will be from nationally-renowned scholars of advanced legal writing:  Michael Smith (Wyoming), Elizabeth Fajans (Brooklyn) and Mary Ray (Wisconsin). They will be followed by Sheila Miller (Dayton), Susan Wawrose (Dayton), Victoria VanZandt (Dayton) and Johanna Oreskovid (Buffalo), who will speak about surveys of the bench and bar, reporting on the advanced writing skills that lawyers and judges believe new attorneys should have. Then Julia Glencer (Duquesne), Erin Karsman (Duquesne), and Tara Willke (Duquesne) will speak about the team-taught advanced legal writing “law firm simulation” course they created, supported by an ALWD Research Grant. The closing session will be a panel of law firm partners addressing how law firms can be agents of curricular change, encouraging law schools to implement advanced legal writing courses.

The Duquesne Law Review will be publishing a Proceedings Issue containing articles reflecting the presentations. CLE credit will be available for attendees. Aspen Law and Business will be the prime sponsor for the event.

A continental breakfast, buffet lunch, and closing reception will be available to all attendees.  There will be no charge for attendance.  Accomodations for Friday, March 4, and Saturday, March 5, will be available at a discounted rate at a hotel adjacent to campus, a five-minute walk to the law school. 

Contact Information:

Prof. Jan M. Levine
Duquesne University
School of Law
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282


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