Widener Law’s Legal Writing Professors Earn Several Scholarship Grants
Web Editor - Published: April 20, 2010
LegalWritingAwardsPromo235The Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute recently announced the winners of the 2010 LWI-ALWD Summer Research Grants after evaluating 21 applications. The ALWD and LWI jointly fund scholarship grants each summer to selected members of legal writing community who have shown an interest in, and commitment to, producing scholarship. Four of the seven grants awarded went to legal writing professors at Widener Law School.

Delaware Legal Writing Professors Alison Donahue Kehner & Mary Ann Robinson received an ALWD grant for their proposal, “Mission Impossible, Mission Accomplished, or Mission In Progress?: An Empirical Study of the Professionalism Movement in American Law Schools,” as did Professor Jean K. Sbarge for “No Swedish Bikini Team Screensavers: Teaching Professionalism in the Legal Writing Classroom and Beyond.”

In Harrisburg, Legal Writing Professor Jennifer Lear received one of the Lexis Nexis backed grants for her proposal, “Plain English for Legal Writing Professors: Creating Legal Writers Through Six Traits Instruction and Assessment,” and Professor Amanda Smith received an AWLD grant for “Preparing for Practice from Behind the Bench.”

LexisNexis generously agreed to donate $10,000 this year to promote two of the scholarship projects by legal writing professors, while LWI and ALWD agreed to invest an additional $25,000 to promote these projects. Each recipient will receive a $5,000 scholarship grant.

“The LWI grant will allow me to explore how we can best teach students to become lawyers,” said Professor Amanda Smith, adding, “Recently, I developed and taught a course on judicial opinion writing. While teaching the course, I realized that one of the best ways to teach students to assume their roles as attorneys is to have them assume the roles of judges.”

The Association of Legal Writing Directors is a non-profit professional association bringing together directors of legal writing programs from law schools throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia. Boasting more than 200 members representing more than 150 law schools, the ALWD seeks to support the administration of legal writing programs, enhance the leadership abilities of legal writing professionals, and support research and scholarship in the discipline of legal writing.

A non-profit organization that supports efforts to improve legal writing through discussion, scholarship, research, and analysis, the Legal Writing Institute has more than 2,100 members representing 38 different countries. The organization is based at the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University.