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Rummana Alam: Illinois College of Law, Illinois, United States
David Austin: California Western School of Law, San Diego, California, United States
After graduating from law school, David clerked for the Chief Justice of the Hawai’i Supreme Court and then worked as a litigator for Jenner & Block in Chicago. He also worked at the National Immigrant Justice Center as interim director of its Asylum Program. Before joining the faculty at the California Western School of Law, he taught appellate advocacy at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. David has extensive experience teaching abroad. In addition to lecturing in Mexico and Egypt, he has taught legal skills at the University of Cagliari Department of Law in Sardinia, Italy and sexual orientation law in the Czech Republic. His most recent foreign teaching experience was in The Kingdom of Bhutan, where he served as a Fulbright Specialist and co-taught the inaugural legal writing class at the Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law, the country’s first and only law school. Prior to his career in the law, David worked for the Italian Ministry of Health and with non-governmental health organizations in Italy and other European countries. He was elected to the board of the European Council of AIDS Service Organizations and served as a representative for Southern Europe.
Dr. Marta Baffy
Marta Baffy is Faculty Director of the Two-Year LL.M. Program at Georgetown Law, where she teaches academic legal discourse to foreign-trained attorneys. Dr. Baffy received a Ph.D. in Sociolinguistics from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Cardozo Law. She also holds an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University and a B.A. in Psychology from UMass-Amherst. Dr. Baffy’s research interests lie at the intersection of language and law and she has published articles on classroom and courtroom discourse in the Journal of English for Academic Purposes; International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law; and Linguistics and Education.
Elizabeth Baldwin: University of Washington School of Law, Washington, United States
Professor Baldwin is a Lecturer and the Associate Director of the Master of Jurisprudence program. She teaches a variety of legal research and writing courses across the graduate and JD programs at the law school, including American Legal Systems and Method, Legal Research Methods, and Intensive Legal Writing Workshop, among other courses. She has also provided tutorials in Legal English and has served as a Writing Advisor for the UW Legal Education Support Program-Afghanistan (LESPA) and the Ph.D. program. Before she entered law school, Professor Baldwin spent several years teaching ESL and earned an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College at Columbia University. Then, as a student at Seattle University School of Law, she served as Research and Technical Editor on the editorial board of the law review and worked as a Legal Advocate at Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. She also externed for Judge Marsha J. Pechman of the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington. Upon graduation, Professor Baldwin spent nearly two years clerking for Judge David H. Armstrong of the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division II. Later she coordinated the Children's Legal Rights Program at Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice (now KIND, Kids in Need of Defense), where she gave writing and oral advocacy support to pro bono attorneys serving children in removal proceedings. Professor Baldwin's academic interests center on her work with international graduate students, particularly on issues related to Legal English, contrastive analysis, rhetorical preferences, and transnational practice.
Hilary Bell: Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar
Hilary Bell is an assistant professor of legal writing, research and advocacy in the Hamad Bin Khalifa University Faculty of Law and Public Policy. She has more than a decade of practical dispute resolution experience, having previously worked as: a litigation lawyer in Scotland; a construction disputes lawyer in Qatar, advising clients on development projects and local court procedures; and negotiator in insurance disputes. She is a qualified solicitor and Notary Public; She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; and has an LLM (with distinction) in Construction Law and Arbitration. My master’s dissertation was a comparative study of Qatar and English construction law. She previously taught legal writing, research and advocacy at Qatar University.
Kevin Bernnardo: University of North Carolina School of Law, North Carolina, United States
Kevin Bennardo joined the Carolina Law faculty in 2016. At UNC Law, Bennardo teaches courses in Research, Reasoning, Writing, and Advocacy. Bennardo is also the author of over twenty-five published articles in legal academic journals. His scholarship has been cited by federal courts of appeals, state supreme courts, and lower courts. Before joining the UNC Law faculty, Bennardo held faculty positions at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, and the University of Richmond School of Law. At those schools, he taught courses in legal communication and analysis, criminal sentencing, and inheritance law. In 2016, the graduating students at IU-McKinney voted Bennardo the most outstanding professor who had been with the law school for three years or fewer. In 2017, the President of Palau appointed Bennardo to be one of five Non-Resident Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau. In this role, Justice Bennardo hears cases on the country’s appellate court of last resort on an as-needed basis.
Kate Brem: University of Houston Law Center, Texas, United States
A Big Law refugee, Kate Brem has taught Lawyering Skills and Strategies to 1L students and foreign LL.M. candidates at the University of Houston Law Center for more than 10 years. She also teaches a writing seminar, Federal Pretrial Drafting, to students interested in litigation practice. Professor Brem regularly speaks on best teaching practices for the global law student, best writing practices, and mindfulness in practice. She serves as a graduate advisor to non-U.S. students seeking an LL.M. in U.S. Law. She is an active member of the Legal Writing Institute’s Global Legal Writing Skills Committee, as well as other AALS and ALWD committees. And Professor Brem focuses her research on the intersection of legal research and writing, evidence, procedure, and doctrinal law. Follow Professor Brem on Twitter at @BremKate
Teresa Kissane Brostoff: University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pennsylvania, United States
Teresa Kissane Brostoff is Professor and Director of Legal Writing at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where she has taught since 1993. She teaches Legal Analysis and Writing to J.D. and LL.M. students. Her research interests include Legal Writing, International Legal Education, and Mindful Lawyering. She has taught legal English and introduced common law reasoning to LL.M. students at the University of Pittsburgh School of law and to law students and lawyers in Serbia, Ukraine, Poland, Japan, Belgium, Kosovo, Iceland, Slovakia, Ethiopia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, and China. She is happy to once again attend the Global Legal Skills Conference.
Kathryn Falk Campbell: Southwestern Law School, California, United States
Kathryn Falk Campbell (Fehrman) brings the unusual combination of perspectives and experience of a former Navy JAG officer, prosecutor, chief public defender, civil litigator, magistrate, arbitrator, hearing referee, state policy executive, and longtime educator of many disciplines to the law classroom. She came to Southwestern from California Western School of Law where she was a Professor of Legal Skills from 2008 to 2015, teaching a variety of Legal Skills courses as well as specialty courses such as International Trafficking in Humans.
Susan Chesler: Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona, United States
Susan Chesler teaches Legal Method and Writing, Legal Advocacy, and Contract Drafting and Negotiating at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. She frequently publishes articles and regularly presents at national and regional conferences on the use of narrative techniques in transactional drafting, teaching legal writing and transactional skills, professionalism, and other legal writing topics. Professor Chesler is an active member of the Legal Writing Institute, the Association of Legal Writing Directors, and other professional organizations focusing on teaching skills and promoting the use of plain language in the practice of law. She is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section and presents Continuing Legal Education seminars to practicing lawyers on legal writing, contract drafting, and negotiations.
Bruce Ching: Syracuse University College of Law, New York, United States
Before coming to Syracuse to teach legal writing, Bruce Ching taught the same subject at several other law schools. He was a staff attorney for the national office of United Auto Workers Legal Services Plans, advising and assisting the employer-funded benefit organization's offices throughout the country, and previously clerked for the Michigan Court of Appeals and for a trial judge in Detroit. Bruce received his master’s (English Language and Literature) and J.D. degrees from the University of Michigan; between those times, he did editorial work for a reference book publishing company. Bruce also taught English for a year in Wuhan, People’s Republic of China. His articles have addressed constitutional issues, professional responsibility concerns, criminal law and procedure, and narrative and rhetorical aspects of law.
Adam Chodorow: Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona, United States
Adam Chodorow is the Jack E. Brown Professor of Law. His research and teaching interests lie in tax, administrative and regulatory law. He teaches a variety of tax courses, as well as business organizations. His research focuses on religious taxation and a variety of contemporary tax issues, such as the taxability of virtual income.
Professor Chodorow is a past Chair of the Teaching Tax Committee of the ABA’s Tax Section and the AALS's Section on Jewish Law. He is a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Tannenwald Writing Competition. He previously served as Faculty Editor of Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology, published by the College together with the ABA’s Section of Science & Technology Law.
Diana Coetzee: Georgia State University, College of Law, Georgia, United States
Professor Diana Coetzee teaches Legal English to international LL.M. students at Georgia State University’s College of Law. As a Legal English instructor, Professor Coetzee is responsible for designing and implementing corpus-based curriculum that prepares foreign trained lawyers to sit for the Georgia-Bar exam. Additionally, Professor Coetzee teaches English for Academic Purposes at Brenau University’s Intensive English Program, ON Language. Previously, she taught English as a Second Language in Thailand, Turkey, and Slovakia. In addition to teaching English, Professor Coetzee taught Social Problems and spearheaded the implementation of a campus-wide, interdisciplinary service-learning program at Tillamook Bay Community College in Oregon. Professor Coetzee holds an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Georgia State University, a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, and a minor in Italian from Florida Atlantic University. Professor Coetzee's academic interests are focused on research topics related to Corpus Linguistics, Legal English, and Academic English.
Lurene Contento: The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Lurene Contento, Assistant Professor and Director of the Writing Resource Center at The John Marshall Law School, has been teaching skills-based courses at John Marshall, a school known for its “practice-ready” focus, since 2001. She also teaches legal skills abroad, including in China, Costa Rica, and the Czech Republic. She develops all her courses around principles of interactive teaching and experiential education. Lurene has presented widely to law faculties, both in the U.S. and abroad, on topics ranging from plagiarism to problem-solving to foreign students’ participation in U.S. classrooms. Lurene has been involved with the Global Legal Skills Conference since its inception. She also serves on a number of national skills-related committees, including the Legal Writing Institute’s Global Legal Writing Skills Committee. In addition, she is currently Chair of the Association of Legal Writing Specialists. She is a 2017 winner of a Global Legal Skills Award.
Rachel Croskery-Roberts: University of California Irvine School of Law, California, United States
Professor Croskery-Roberts comes to UCI Law after nine years at the University of Michigan Law School. At Michigan, Professor Croskery-Roberts most recently served as the associate director of the Legal Practice Program. She has also worked as an associate in the Labor and Employment Department at Baker Botts in Dallas, and she clerked for the Honorable Janis Graham Jack of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas. She is a past-Chair of both the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research, and the Section on Teaching Methods. She is a member of the editorial board for the peer-edited Journal of the Legal Writing Institute and a member of the State Bar of Texas and the American Bar Association.
She earned her B.A. at the University of Oklahoma, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and received her J.D. from the University of Michigan, magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, graduating in the top 5% of her class. While in law school, she served on the Michigan Journal of International Law and the Michigan Journal of Gender and Law.
Evelyn Cruz: Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona, United States
Evelyn Cruz is a clinical professor of law, teaches immigration law and comprehensive law practice, and directs Sandra Day O'Connor's College of Law’s Immigration Law and Policy Clinic, which represents unaccompanied minors in immigration removal proceedings and received the 2007 President’s Medal for Social Embeddedness at ASU.
Professor Cruz writes articles about immigration law, clinical education and therapeutic jurisprudence, and has co-authored several immigration law manuals used by immigration practitioners and pro-se detainees at Immigration Detention Centers throughout the country. She also comments at Immigration Prof Blog, A Member of the Law Professor Blog Network. Professor Cruz’s paper, "Competent Voices: Noncitizen Defendants and the Right to Know the Immigration Consequences of Plea Agreements," discusses the Sixth Amendment’s right to effective assistance of counsel in relation to the criminal prosecution of undocumented workers arrested at the 2009 Postville, Iowa immigration raids and the pending Supreme Court case Padilla v. Kentucky. The article appeared in the Harvard Latino Law Review (2010).
Leslie P. Culver: University of California Irvine School of Law, California, United States
Professor Culver’s research interests lie at the nexus of critical race theory, feminist communication, and social science, with a central goal to empower marginalized law students and attorneys toward conscious identity performance. Her work intersects fundamental tenets of critical race and communication theories into the law school environment to empower marginalized groups who sometimes feel pressure to perform strategies to communicate their identity in a predominantly white legal profession. She has presented and published widely in this area, and is passionate about empowering all her students to be culturally conscious attorneys in this racial era.
Megan Davis: University of Houston Law Center, Texas, United States
Megan Davis is a Lecturer at the University of Houston Law Center, where she will remain as a Clinical Assistant Professor starting in the fall of 2019. She teaches the Introduction to American class to foreign LLM students as well as a Bar Prep course and workshop. Before joining the legal academy, Megan practiced as a school law attorney and represented Texas school districts in contract matters and internal investigations. Before entering private practice, Megan established a legal department for a non-profit radio station and ticketing agency. She began her career as a deputy city attorney with a blend of criminal prosecution and transactional work.
Susan DeJarnatt: Temple University School of Law, Pennsylvania, United States
Professor DeJarnatt began teaching legal research and writing at Temple Law School in July 1996. Her scholarly research focuses on rhetoric in the debates about bankruptcy and education reform, on the psychology of parental choice in education, and on the connections between composition theory and legal writing pedagogy. In 2008 Professor DeJarnatt won the University Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. Before teaching full time, she was a staff attorney at Community Legal Services, Inc. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 1985 to 1996, specializing in consumer protection, bankruptcy, and housing issues; and from 1982 to 1984, an associate at the Philadelphia law firm of Litvin, Blumberg, Matusow and Young. Following graduation from law school, she served for two years as law clerk to the Honorable Joseph S. Lord, III, Chief Judge of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Janet Dickson: Seattle University School of Law, Washington, United States
Professor Dickson currently serves on the Board for Legal Voice, a well-respected northwest nonprofit organization that uses the law to better the lives of women and girls. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Dickson practiced in the areas of estate planning and probate law at a boutique law firm, where she worked with large estates involving complicated tax issues. Additionally, as the former faculty advisor to the student organization, Global Brigades, Professor Dickson accompanied groups of students to Costa Rica, Panama, and Honduras for week-long service trips. Additionally, Professor Dickson served on the initial board of directors for APPEAL, an international organization developed to support the teaching of legal writing and the exchange of information among U.S. and African academics.
Dr. Beverly C. Duréus: Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, Texas, United States
Dr. Duréus served as a judicial clerk intern for Chief Judge William Stuart for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. Following graduation she worked in civil litigation at Gardere & Wynne, L.L.P. in Dallas, was a shareholder at Chapman & Reese, P.C., and returned to Iowa as an Associate Professor of Law at Drake University where she taught civil procedure, evidence and legal research & writing. She has served as Senior Counsel and the Chair of the Ecclesiastical Section of White & Wiggins, L.L.P. in Dallas since 1994 as a consultant, and is the Founder and President of Katallasso Ministries International™ and Katallasso Alternative Dispute Resolutions (K-ADR Christian Conciliations).
Fabio Fisicaro is a 5th year student in the Building Construction and Architectural Engineering Course at Catania University (Italy).
Eun Hee Han: George Washington University Law Center, Washington DC, United States
Eun Hee Han received her JD from Georgetown University Law Center, and her MA and BA from The George Washington University. Prior to joining GW Law, Professor Han was a Visiting Instructor of Legal Writing at Brooklyn Law School and the Director for Graduate and International Student Academic Support Program at Fordham University School of Law.
Priscilla Harris: Vanderbilt Law School, Tennessee, United States
Priscilla Harris has taught law for over fifteen years and is currently teaching LL.M. students at Vanderbilt Law School. As a 2016-2017 U.S. Core Fulbright Scholar, she taught at Vilnius University and worked with Lithuanian courts. She has also taught undergraduate students in China. In addition, she has conducted field research in Appalachia funded by a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program. She received her J.D. from University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. from Florida State University. Earlier, she practiced law for over ten years in four different jurisdictions and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Health.
Dr. Alissa Hartig: Portland State University College of Liberal Arts & Sciences: Department of Applied Linguistics, Oregon, United States
Alissa J. Hartig is an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics at Portland State University, where she teaches in the MA TESOL, TESL Certificate, and BA in applied linguistics programs. Dr. Hartig previously worked with international LL.M. students in the legal writing program at Penn State Law for four years. Drawing on this experience, her 2017 book, Connecting Language and Disciplinary Knowledge in English for Specific Purposes: Case Studies in Law, offers an in-depth look at how language and content interact in learning to read and write in a second language and legal culture. She has also taught in Guinea, Mexico, South Korea, Turkey, and Ecuador, and conducted research in China.
Maryann Herman is the Director of Academic Excellence and an Assistant Professor of Legal Skills at Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She teaches Property and Advanced Legal Reasoning, and she is interested in developing methods of teaching legal reasoning to novice law students. In addition, Maryann is the director of Duquesne’s Summer Study of Law in Ireland program. She received her J.D. from Wayne State University, and prior to joining academia, she worked in bar exam preparation and with a legal services clinic.
Kim Holst: Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona, United States
Professor Holst served on the Program Committee for GLS-13 and she will be Co-Chair of the GLS-14 Conference being held in Arizona in December 2019. Professor Holst’s interests focus on pedagogy in legal education and global legal education. She has focused her efforts on projects that advance legal skills training in the U.S. and around the world. Her recent scholarship examines the importance of teaching reflective practices to law students so that they develop those skills in law school and transfer them to practice. Professor Holst teaches writing and skills in both the 1L and upper level curriculum at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. She is a 2017 Winner of a Global Legal Skills Award.
Marcy Karin: University of the District of Columbia David A Clarke School of Law, Washington D.C., United States
Marcy Karin is Jack and Lovell Olender Professor of Law and Director of the Legislation Clinic at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. Through the clinic, she teaches law students how to be effective, ethical and reflective legislative lawyers. This is accomplished by seminar instruction and supervising student work on policy projects for non-profit and community organizations that are working to lift vulnerable populations out of poverty with better economic security and workplace protections as well as access to other civil rights. In addition to directing the clinic, Professor Karin teaches and writes in the areas of employment law, civil justice for the military community, women’s legal history, and clinical pedagogy. She is an active member of the national work-life and military support communities and is regularly invited to speak about the role of thoughtful public policy in these areas.
Andrew Kerr: Georgetown University Law Center, District of Columbia, United States
Andrew Kerr is a Lecturer of Legal English at Georgetown Law, where he teaches academic writing, legal writing, torts and U.S. constitutional law to foreign-trained LL.M. students. Andrew received his J.D. from Columbia and his B.A. from Wesleyan. He has published on topics related to law and language. He also is an editor of the Legal Writing Institute Monograph Series and the Asian Journal of Legal Education. He was previously a Senior Lecturer at the Peking University School of Transnational Law.
Rosa Kim: Suffolk University Law School, Boston, United States
Before attending Boston College Law School, Professor Kim received an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies with a concentration in International Economics and Latin American studies, and worked at the Republic of Korea s Mission to the United Nations. Upon graduation from law school, Professor Kim worked as a litigation associate at the Boston firm of Rubin Rudman, then as Assistant Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the Civil Trial Division, litigating cases in the areas of civil rights, torts and employment law. Prior to joining the Suffolk University Law School faculty, Professor Kim taught legal research and writing at Boston University School of Law and also taught in the Legal Studies Department at Brandeis University as a Guberman Fellow.
Joe Kimble: Western Michigan University-Cooley Law School, Michigan, United States
Joseph Kimble taught legal writing and drafting for more than 30 years at Western Michigan University–Cooley Law School, in Michigan. He now provides seminars for legal and business organizations. He has lectured throughout the United States and abroad, published many articles on legal writing, and written three books, the latest of which is Seeing Through Legalese: More Essays on Plain Language. He is senior editor of The Scribes Journal of Legal Writing, the longtime editor of the “Plain Language” column in the Michigan Bar Journal, the editor of the “Redlines” column in Judicature, a past president of Clarity, and a founding director of the Center for Plain Language. Since 1999, he has been the drafting consultant on all U.S. federal court rules. He led the work of redrafting the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Federal Rules of Evidence. He has received several national and international awards for his work.
Leila Lawlor: Georgia State University College of Law, Georgia, United States
Leila Lawlor received her B.B.A., cum laude, from the University of Georgia and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgia State Law, where she served as associate editor for the Georgia State University Law Review. During law school, Lawlor served as a community and tax clinic legal volunteer and as a student editor for a book written by L. Lynn Hogue, professor emeritus. She received the American Jurisprudence Awards for excellence in Constitutional Law and Research, Writing and Advocacy; the Outer Barrister Guild Award; and the Best Brief Award in a competition among Georgia law schools Lawlor clerked for Judge Orinda Evans of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. She practiced real estate law in metro Atlanta and began teaching part-time while clerking for Judge Wayne Purdom of the State Court of DeKalb County. While teaching, she returned to graduate studies, earning an M.B.A and an M.S. in criminal justice. Lawlor is also a certified TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) instructor. Lawlor is a member of the American Academy of Legal Studies in Business, the Southeastern Academy of Legal Studies in Business, and the Western Academy of Legal Studies in Business, in which she serves as president. She is also an active member of several philanthropic educational societies and has received a teaching award for incorporating technology in her classroom. She is a member of the Georgia State Faculty Senate.
Sylvia Lett is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at University of Arizona where she has taught legal writing to 1ls and International LL.M. students for almost fifteen years. She has a special interest in EAL student legal writing development. She formerly represented death row clients in capital habeas appeals, practiced civil litigation in private practice, and clerked for the Ninth Circuit and Arizona Court of Appeals.
Antonino Longo: Universita degli Studi di Catania, Sicily, Italy
Antonino Longo (Italy) is Associate Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture (DICAR) at the University of Catania, where he teaches Urban Planning Law and Public Procurement Law. His foundation, Fondazione Floresta Longo, received a 2015 GLS Award for the commitment to improving legal service by teaching global legal skills to lawyers and law students. He is member of the Istituto Nazionale di Urbanistica (INU). He is a founding partner of FLA – Floresta Longo e Associati Firm in Catania, concentrating on Civil Law, Company Law and Administrative Law.
Tatiana Caldas Lottiger
Tatiana is an international business lawyer originally from Colombia where she got her J.D, and worked as a legal advisor for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, before moving to the US to get her Masters in International Business & Trade Law from John Marshall Law School. After graduating from JMLS and working as a visiting attorney at Freeborn & Peters, LLP in Chicago, she moved to Stockholm, Sweden, where she also got her Masters degree in European Law from Stockholm University. Ever since, Tatiana has been working with Telecom and IT Law related topics. She is also a mentor at the American-Swedish Chamber of Commerce for young Swedish lawyers.
To further develop her legal tech competency, Tatiana follows all new technology-related policies to keep abreast of the risks, and changes relevant to the legal practice to better support companies and their clients, whenever developing technology is subject to comply with up-coming and existing laws, and regulations. Continued education for her has been crucial to keep broadening her legal tech knowledge and obtain clear understanding of legal issues related to cyber-risks, encryption; blockchain; IoT; data privacy as well as getting to understand that Artificial Intelligence (AI), may represent a challenge for the new generation of lawyers. A.I is already solving legal questions that only lawyers could solve in the past decade.
John Mounier is a Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area dog rescuing English major from Loyola Marymount University and a UCLA Law Grad who defends elders and senior citizens, fights financial abuse and neglect of elders, battles against fraud, protects animals, supports and raises funds for no-kill animal rescue organizations, and tries Elder Abuse Cases and Animal Rights Cases all over Northern California and Southern California. He serves on the Ethics Committee of the San Francisco Bar Association, was the 2018 Vice Chair Ethics Committee of the San Francisco Bar Association, and was the Secretary Ethics Committee of the San Francisco Bar Association 2014-2017. His outside interests include non-profit fundraising, animal rescue, teaching film students, and sailing.
Michael Murray: University of Kentucky College of Law, Kentucky, United States
Michael Murray graduated from Loyola College in Maryland and from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He was a member of a national champion Jessup International Law Moot Court team at Columbia, and Notes Editor of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. After law school, he clerked for U.S. District Judge John F. Nangle of the Eastern District of Missouri, and Chair of the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. Murray also practiced commercial, intellectual property, and products liability litigation for seven years at Bryan Cave law firm in St. Louis. After leaving private practice, Professor Murray taught at Saint Louis University School of Law, the University of Illinois College of Law, Valparaiso University School of Law, the University of Michigan Law School, and the University of Massachusetts School of Law. He currently teaches at the University of Kentucky College of Law. He has also taught in Italy and the United Kingdom. He has published 27 books and numerous law review articles on legal writing, rhetoric, art law, copyright, the right of publicity, and other topics.
Mark Nadeau, DLA Piper
Mark Nadeau is an advocate involved in complex commercial cases throughout the United States and has represented clients in many high-profile disputes. Amongst the cases is significant industry focused work involving television, aviation, real estate hospitality, energy, trade secret and unfair business practice matters. Mark received recognition by Martindale Hubbell as an AV Preeminent Lawyer with the highest possible rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards reflecting the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary.
Beyond a very active litigation practice in the United States, his international arbitration practice spans Europe, Asia and South America. Mark is widely recognized as a leading commentator and has chaired numerous symposia on international dispute resolution.
At DLA Piper, Mark is the founding partner of the Phoenix office, where he now acts as the co-managing partner and chair of the office's litigation department. He is currently on DLA Piper's North American Pro Bono Committee. He is a former member of DLA Piper's Policy Committee and was the National Co-Chair for Business and Commercial Litigation.
Nadia Nedzel: Southern University Law Center, Louisiana, United States
Nadia is the Reilly Family Professor of Law at Southern University Law Center. She published "Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing for International Graduate Students" and is currently working on a fifth edition (suggestions for improvement are welcome!). While now primarily a doctrinal professor of commercial law, she ran Tulane's LL.M. programs for several years and still travels and teaches both law and legal reasoning widely: in 2018, she taught French students in Lyon and Chinese students in Turin. In the past, she has addressed the Russian Constitutional Court (in Russian), as well as Chilean students in Spanglish. Her undergraduate degree in languages as well as her in-depth training in both civil and common law has proven helpful to many students.
Nell Novara: Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Nell Novara is the Assistant Director of International and Area Studies at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. In this role, she serves as the law school’s ESL specialist and supports the Director of the LLM program. She earned her BA in English from McKendree University and her MA from the University of Vermont. She has taught English in Poland, Australia, and Hong Kong, and has worked as an adjunct English professor in the US, teaching both international students and training TEFL professionals to teach abroad. Since beginning at Northwestern in 2014, Nell has focused on teaching English for legal purposes and has worked to expand the law school’s English language support services for both LLM and JD students.
Dr. Olugbenga Oke-Samuel
Dr. Olugbenga Oke -Samuel, is a senior lecturer, Head of Department and Law Clinic coordinator at Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba -Akoko. Nigeria. Presently on Nigerian Government Technical Aid Assistance on Higher Education to Republic of Uganda. He holds a Doctor of law Degree from the University of Zululand, South Africa. He is a member of the Governing Board of Network of University Legal Aid Institutions (NULAI NIGERIA) the umbrella body for Clinical Legal Education in Nigeria. He is the founding (and current) coordinator of the KIU law Clinic, Kampala International University, Kampala Uganda and Akungba law Clinic of the Adekunle Ajasin University one of the first four law clinics in Nigeria. Some of his activities include Training of trainers in Clinical legal education, environmental justice and International environmental & climate change law; Provision of legal aid to Pretrial detainees; Freedom of information Campaign; community justice issues; weekly radio broadcast on access to justice & social justice in general.
Cathren Page: Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, Orlando, Florida, United States
Professor Cathren Page started her career advocating for abused and neglected children in appeals and litigation for Texas's child protection agency. Having a fascination for story, she served as a first and second round judge in Austin Film Festival's screenwriting competition and was a quarter-finalist in ASA's screenwriting competition. After obtaining her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, she taught Appellate Advocacy, Legal Research and Writing, and Special Problems in Evidence at Golden Gate University School of Law. In 2011, she joined the faculty at the Barry University School of Law. She has authored eleven Applied Legal Storytelling articles while there and published Op Eds and made news appearances regarding sexual abuse narratives. She has served as co-chair of LWRR's Outreach Committee and currently co-chairs LWI's New Member Committee.
Trevor Reed: Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona, United States
Trevor Reed is an Associate Professor of Law in the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, where he teaches courses in Federal Indian Law and Intellectual Property. Prior to joining the faculty at ASU, Reed taught in Columbia’s Core Curriculum and worked for Columbia's Copyright Advisory Office on the development of intellectual property rights automation.
Professor Reed’s research explores the social impacts of intellectual property law on individual and group autonomy. His recent work has focused on the linkages between creative production and Native American sovereignty, which has involved community-partnered research coupled with on-the-ground efforts to repatriate indigenous intellectual properties from museums, archives and other holding institutions back to local communities. His recent publications include Who Owns our Ancestors Voices? (Columbia Journal for Law and the Arts, Andrew Fried Prize), Reclaiming Ownership of the Indigenous Voice in the Oxford Handbook of Musical Repatriation (Oxford University Press), and Listening to Our Modern Lives in Music and Modernity among First Peoples of North America (Wesleyan University Press). Forthcoming publications include articles in the journals Anthropological Quarterly and the Journal for the Society of American Music. Professor Reed remains an active musician and composer.
Trilby Robinson-Dorn: University of California at Irvine School of Law, California, United States
Trilby Robinson-Dorn is Associate Dean of Lawyering Skills and Professor of Lawyering Skills at University of California, Irvine School of Law. Trilby also regularly teaches Employment Law, and serves in a number of law school leadership positions, including her current role as chair of the law school’s Equity and Diversity Committee. Before joining UC Irvine in 2011, Trilby was a partner in the Seattle and Orange County offices of the international law firm K&L Gates, where her employment law practice included advising companies and non-profit organizations on employment issues, representing them in complex litigation, and handling the employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions. Throughout her career, Trilby has dedicated significant time to advancing the rights of women, children, racial minorities, and members of the LGBTQ community.
Karen M. Ross: New York University School of Law, New York City, United States
Karen M. Ross is the Director of the Legal English Program and the Deputy Director of the Graduate Lawyering Program at New York University School of Law. She designed and teaches Graduate Lawyering Research, Writing, and Analysis courses, an Intensive Workshop, and Legal English courses in the LLM program at NYU Law. She holds an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and a JD and previously worked in private practice, as a law clerk in the New York state court system, and as an administrative law judge in New York City and taught paralegal studies for many years.
Her book, Essential Legal English in Context: Understanding the Vocabulary of US Law and Government (NYU Press 2019) explores legal vocabulary related to the three levels and branches of contemporary U.S. government. The book is designed both for instructors to use in a preparatory Legal English course and for foreign-trained attorneys and other students, unfamiliar with the U.S. legal system, to use on their own before studying U.S. law.
She focuses on creating innovative classroom activities in order to build legal vocabulary and integrate reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills and draws inspiration from her own study of Spanish and French.
Susie Salmon is the Director of Legal Writing and a Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law. In her role as Director, she oversees legal-writing curriculum for all of University of Arizona Law’s students, approximately a quarter of whom have law degrees from foreign countries and for whom English is an additional language. She also designs legal-writing curriculum for University of Arizona Law’s micro-campuses in China and Cambodia. Her scholarly writing focuses on how practices in legal education affect diversity in the legal profession and access to justice, and she recently published pieces in Marquette Law Review, Akron Law Review, and Legal Communication & Rhetoric: The Journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors. She also writes periodic columns on legal-writing-related topics for Arizona Attorney, the magazine of the State Bar of Arizona. Before joining University of Arizona Law, she spent over nine years as a civil litigator in private practice. She has also represented several individuals in immigration proceedings.
Dr. Shelley Saltzman: Columbia University, New York City, United States
Shelley A. Saltzman is Associate Director for University Partnerships and Senior Lecturer at the American Language Program of Columbia University in New York City. Thirty years ago she developed one of the first English for Law programs in the US and continues to specialize in curricula development for English for Specific Purposes. A frequent presenter at national and international conferences, Shelley spoke at the inaugural GLS Conference in 2005 and received a Global Legal Skills Award in 2015. During Columbia’s bicentennial, she was named as one of “The 250 Columbians Who Have Made a Difference” and in 2018, was awarded a Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award. Recently, Shelley was elected to the Columbia Faculty Senate and appointed to the Higher Education Advisory Council of IELTS. She currently teaches Advanced (CEFR C2) Academic Writing at Columbia University and English for Graduate Legal Study at Columbia Law School.
Dr. Kirsten Schaetzel
Kirsten Schaetzel, English Language Specialist, Emory University School of Law, works with graduate students to develop academic reading, writing, and oral communication skills. Dr. Schaetzel received a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Boston University. She received a master’s in TESL from the University of Illinois and a bachelor’s in English Literature from Wheaton College. Prior to joining Emory, she worked at the Georgetown Law Center, the Center for Applied Linguistics, the National Institute of Education, Singapore, and UNICEF.
Professor Scharf earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she served as an editor on the Journal on Legislation. Before beginning her teaching career at the Boyd School of Law, Professor Scharf worked at the National Center for Law and Economic Justice in New York City, conducting class action impact litigation, primarily in the area of public benefits law. Prior to this, she worked as an attorney for The Legal Aid Society of New York City, providing legal services to impoverished families in the South Bronx. Professor Scharf serves as an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute. Since coming to Boyd, she has published articles in the areas of Family Law, Juvenile Law, and Legal Writing. Her current scholarship focuses on Privacy Law and Technology. She teaches Privacy, Publicity & Defamation; Wills, Trusts, and Estates; Legal Research and Writing; and Family Law.
Diana Simon: University of Arizona Law School, Arizona, United States
Diana Simon is Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Arizona where she currently teaches legal writing, analysis, persuasion, and advocacy. Diana has been teaching at the law school for over 20 years and has taught various classes to first, second, and third-year students. She brings with her over 23 years of experience as a practicing attorney and has worked in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Tucson. During those years, she developed an expertise in entertainment-related litigation, including copyright and trademark, as well as other areas, including general contract litigation, insurance coverage, and employment law.
Sheila Jeanne Simon: Southern Illinois University School of Law, Illinois, United States
Sheila Simon rejoined the School of Law faculty after serving as Lieutenant Governor of Illinois from 2011 to 2015. Since returning to the school she has taught Property, Torts, Legal Writing, Advanced Real Estate Transactions, Children and the Law, Government Ethics, and a seminar on Crime Victims and Witnesses. As Lieutenant Governor she worked on many issues including education policy and secure funding for rape crisis centers. In addition to her experience in state government and local government, Simon has been a long-time teacher at the School of Law, and was the first staff attorney for the Domestic Violence Clinic. Before joining the faculty, she was an assistant state’s attorney for four years, with two of those years spent prosecuting domestic batterers. Her civil law experience includes five years as a staff attorney at Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance, and three years in private practice. Simon is one of the authors of Legal Writing, now in its third edition. Simon graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1987, and from Wittenberg University in 1983. Ms. Simon is a member of the board of the Women’s Center, Equality Illinois, and Marcy’s Law Illinois. She has served on a panel to screen federal judge applicants and been a pro bono attorney for the Association for Late Deafened Adults. She also served on the Carbondale City Council from 2003 to 2007.
Dr. Ann Sinsheimer: University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pennsylvania, United States
Ann Sinsheimer is a Professor of Legal Writing at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She holds an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Michigan, a JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and a PhD in Rhetoric from Carnegie Mellon University. Her research interests include international legal education and the study of law and language. She also teaches legal English to international attorneys in the U.S. and abroad, including teaching in China, Oman, Ethiopia, Serbia, and Belgium.
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JoAnne Sweeny: University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, Kentucky, United States
JoAnne Sweeny is a Professor of Law at the University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law where she teaches Lawyering Skills, Writing for Practice, and Comparative Human Rights Law. Her current scholarship focuses on the intersection of freedom of expression, technology, and feminist jurisprudence. She recently completed a Fulbright Teaching Award at the University of Turku in Finland and is currently working on several comparative articles relating to her scholarship focus.
Maria Termini: Brooklyn Law School, New York, United States
Maria Termini is an Assistant Professor of Legal Writing. Before joining Brooklyn Law School, she worked in the Appeals Division of the New York City Housing Authority and as a litigation associate at Hughes Hubbard & Reed. She was a member and Managing Editor of the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems. Before practicing law, she taught high school mathematics and was an adjunct professor of education.
John Thornton: Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Illinois, United States
John Thornton is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. Professor Thornton specialized in complex commercial litigation, practicing law at Jenner & Block LLP; Vedder, Price, Kaufman & Kammholz, PC; and at a Chicago litigation boutique. He received a BA from Notre Dame, a Masters in Applied Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he taught English as a Second Language, and a JD from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Professor Thornton’s book, U.S. Legal Reasoning, Writing, and Practice for International Lawyers (LexisNexis 2014, now Carolina Academic Press), won the Global Legal Skills Award in 2015, and he was Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Graduate Programs for Non-US Lawyers. He served on the GLS-13 Program Committee.
Grace Tonner, UCI Law, California, United States
Professor Tonner frequently makes presentations around the world on legal writing, and has authored numerous articles on the topic.
Maggie Vath: Georgia State College of Law, Georgia, United States
Margaret Hughes Vath, senior lecturer of law, earned her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 1998 and her B.A. in English/journalism with a minor in music in 1995 from the University of Delaware, where she graduated cum laude. Vath spent eight years in private practice at the law firms of Weinstock & Scavo and Weissman, Nowack, Curry & Wilco, both in Atlanta. Her recent experience includes a corporate transactional and litigation practice where she represented Georgia nonprofit corporations in the form of community associations. Vath is the author of the 2002-2005 supplements for West’s “Criminal Offenses and Defenses in Tennessee.” In addition, she has written and edited numerous articles for Firm and trade magazines.
Jesse Weins: School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University, Arizona, United States
William Jesse Weins is a principal lecturer in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. Before teaching, Weins worked in juvenile case management and practiced criminal defense and constitutional claims. Weins earned a juris doctor degree in 2007 from the University of Nebraska (UNL) and a master's degree in 2014 from Wilmington University. At UNL, Weins served as an executive editor of the Nebraska Law Review and a symposium issue editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. In 2018, Weins accepted a U.S. Fulbright specialist post at the Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law in Bhutan.
Weins' scholarship on criminal law and court precedent has appeared in more than a dozen publications, including the Tennessee Law Review, Nebraska Law Review, and Michigan State University’s Journal of Medicine and Law. His work has been noted by the high courts of Maryland and Wisconsin, a federal district court, and the Harvard Law Review. He has served as a referee for the Yale Law Journal and on the editorial board of Contemporary Justice Review, as well as done interviews on teen sexting with The Huffington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, and The New York Times. He lives in Phoenix with his wife and four children.
Mark Wojcik: The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, United States
Mark Wojcik is the founder of the Global Legal Skills Conference Series and Co-Chair of the GLS-13 Conference. He is a professor of law at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, where he has taught courses in international law, international business transactions, international trade law, international criminal law, international human rights law, torts, and legal writing. He was the Director of the Legal English Program at the International Law Institute in Washington D.C., and is the author of Introduction to Legal English published by that Institute. He has taught in law schools in Bhutan, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, and Switzerland. He previously worked as Court Counsel to the Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau (Micronesia), and clerked for the Supreme Court of Nebraska and the U.S. Court of International Trade. He has held many leadership positions within the Association of American Law Schools, the American Society of International Law, the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Chicago Bar Association. He is President of Scribes—The American Society of Legal Writers and the 2018 recipient of the Burton Foundation Award for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education.
Dr. Bobette Wolski: Bond University of Law, Australia
Bobette Wolski is an experienced litigation lawyer and mediator. After a decade in private legal practice, Bobette began her teaching career at Bond University on the Gold Coast, Australia in 1994. She is currently an associate professor of law at Bond University where she teaches civil procedure, international dispute settlement, mediation, advocacy and a range of other dispute resolution courses. Bobette has also taught dispute resolution and legal skills at a number of other universities including the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia); the University of Applied Sciences, Jena (Germany); the Martin-Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg (Germany), North-West University, Potchefstroom (South Africa) and Thomas Gordon University, Aberdeen (Scotland). Bobette has published extensively in the areas of dispute resolution, legal skills and legal education. Her most recent publications are Legal Skills: A Practical Guide for Students (2006) and Skills, Ethics and Values for Legal Practice (2009).