November 13, 2019 — Penn State Dickinson Law, in conjunction with the Legal Writing Institute, will host "Dismantling the Separate But Equal Paradigm: Integrating Legal Research and Writing into the Law School Curriculum" from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 6, in Room 114, Lewis Katz Hall, Dickinson Law. This one-day workshop is designed for legal writing professors and law librarians.

Legal research and writing are essential components of any healthy law practice. Finding useful sources of law and translating that research into effective writing are critical skills of lawyers. This program will explore why legal research and writing courses are often limited to the first-year curriculum, the hierarchical structure of legal research and writing faculty and law librarians in the legal academy, the “separate but equal” status of legal research and writing in the classroom and beyond, effective tools to break down barriers of legal research and writing, and more.

Presenters and topics for this workshop include:

The Foundational Skills and Methods that Unify All First-Year Courses
Scott Rempell, Godwin Bowman and Martinez Research Professor and Professor of Law, South Texas College of Law Houston

Taking Collective Action to Integrate the Law School Curriculum
Sherri Thomas, Associate Dean of Institutional Climate and Equity, Assistant Library Director, and Professor of Law Librarianship, University of New Mexico School of Law; and Michelle Rigual, Associate Dean of Information Services, Professor of Law Librarianship, and Research Professor of Law, University of New Mexico School of Law

From the First Day Forward: Integrating Legal Research Into Law School Doctrinal Courses
Clanitra Stewart Nejdl, Research Services Librarian and Lecturer in Law, Alyne Queener Massey Law Library, Vanderbilt University

Connect 4: Student + Research + Writing + Theory
Nicole Chong '97, Associate Dean for Legal Writing, Penn State Law

Mastering the Model Answer
Elizabeth Sherowski, Visiting Assistant Professor, Mercer University School of Law

Incorporating Short Writing Exercises into Traditional Exam Courses: How to Do It & How to Encourage Others to Do It Too!
Candace Centeno, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; Director, Duane Morris LLP Legal Writing Program; and Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

The Traditional Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing Course: Does Subject Synthesis Serve Students Best?
Anna Hemingway, Director of the Legal Methods Program, Widener University Commonwealth Law School; and Sherri Keene, Director of the Legal Writing Program, University of Maryland Carey School of Law

Making Two Separates Equal: Combining Graduation Requirements and Research and Writing Skills
Ann Walsh Long, Head of Research and Digital Collections and Assistant Professor of Law, Lincoln Memorial University School of Law

Research Instruction at Yale Law School
Julie Graves Krishnaswami, Head of Research Instruction, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School

Paradigm and Parable: Legal Education’s Separate But Equal Premise and ABA Standard 405
Craig T. Smith, Clinical Professor and Assistant Dean for the Writing and Learning Resources Center, University of North Carolina School of Law

Exposing the Imposter: Imposter Syndrome and Legal Writing Faculty
Sara L. Ochs, Legal Method and Communication Teaching Fellow, Elon University School of Law

View the one-day workshop schedule here. For more information, please contact Gail Partin, Associate Dean for Library and Information Services and Director, Law Library, at gap6@psu.edu or 717-240-5294.