Professors share innovations in teaching of legal writing at UHLC workshop 

Caption – Donivan Flowers, a 2004 University of Houston Law Center alumnus, gives advice on efficiency, technology and cost-tutting for independent practitioners.

Laura Killinger of William & Mary Law School discusses "Resetting After a Rough Semester" at a workshop for legal writing educators hosted by the University of Houston Law Center.

Jan. 24, 2018 — Legal writing educators from law schools across the country recently gathered at the University of Houston Law Center for a professional development program organized in coordination with the Legal Writing Institute's nationwide One-Day Workshop series.

With a theme of "Stepping into Spring: Preparing for the Second Semester," program topics ranged from the use of the Multistate Performance Test in the second semester to introducing students to persuasive writing.  Attendees learned how to incorporate partner meetings, self-assessment, cultural competency, and a pro bono culture into the classroom.

"The One-Day Workshops are an excellent way for professors to learn about innovations in the legal writing classroom," said Clinical Associate Professor Sarah Morath, director of Lawyering Skills and Strategies at the Law Center. "The smaller size of these workshops makes it easy for attendees to connect with other professors and offers a friendly environment for first-time presenters."

The workshop featured presentations by professors from Brooklyn Law School, William & Mary Law School, Pepperdine University School of Law, Loyola Law School, St. Mary's University Law School, Texas A&M Law School, and the University of Texas Law School.  Several UHLC faculty members made presentations throughout the day, including Assistant Clinical Professors Kate Brem and Whitney Heard.  Hillary Reed, Miriam Werner and Alissa Gomez, visiting lecturers at UHLC, also led a session. 

The Legal Writing Institute annually sponsors One-Day Workshops on selected topics at up to a dozen law schools on a range of topics. Seven law schools across the nation were selected to host the 2017 workshops.

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