Four new legal writing instructors join Duke Law faculty

August 5, 2011Duke Law News

Four lawyers with a broad range of practice experience have joined Duke Law School’s legal writing faculty.

Diane Reeves and Sarah Baker ’06 have joined the Law School's full-time writing faculty for the JD program. They will teach first-year Legal Analysis, Research and Writing and will develop upper-level classes for the spring-semester curriculum.

Phyllis Lile-King and Matthew Tulchin have joined the Law School as part-time instructors, teaching U.S. Legal Analysis, Research and Writing for International Students in the LLM program.

The depth of practical experience each brings to the classroom is evidence of Duke’s approach to teaching legal research and writing: blending academic rigor with real-world know-how in crafting clear, concise, and effective memoranda, pleadings, briefs, and scholarly articles. Read more about legal writing at Duke Law.

Diane A. Reeves comes to Duke Law after 12 years with the North Carolina Department of Justice, where she was special deputy attorney general in the Criminal Division, Capital Litigation/Federal Habeas Section. In the course of her career, Reeves has practiced in all levels of North Carolina’s state trial and appellate courts. She has been in private practice and worked as assistant district attorney in Charlotte, and taught Torts, Criminal Procedure, and Appellate Advocacy at Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans as a visiting professor of law. Reeves received her BA from Duke University, magna cum laude, in 1974, and her JD from Wake Forest School of Law in 1979, where she was notes and comments editor for the Wake Forest Law Review.

Sarah C. W. Baker clerked for Judge Allyson Duncan of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit before entering private practice as an associate in the litigation and employment groups at Smith, Anderson, Blount & Dorsett in Raleigh. She specialized in oral advocacy and legal research and writing, and served as a member of the litigation team in complex commercial cases. She also provided counseling on labor and employment issues to employers. As a Duke Law student, Baker served as a note editor for the Duke Law Journal and as a Hardt Cup coordinator and member of the Moot Court Board. She received her BA in 2001 from the University of Virginia, where she was a Jefferson Scholar and an Echols Scholar.

Phyllis Lile-King is the principal of The Lile-King Firm in Greensboro, N.C., where her practice focuses on specialized medical litigation and business litigation and consulting, including, franchise matters, commercial contracts, employment litigation and human resource consulting and training, and contracts and commercial matters. Before launching her firm in 2010 she was a partner at Pinto Coates Kyre & Brown in Greensboro and an associate at other firms in North Carolina and Washington, D.C. She clerked for Judge Pierce Lively of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit after receiving her JD, with honors, from University of Virginia, in 1992. At UVA she was on the editorial board of the Journal of Law and Politics. She received her BA from Georgetown College, summa cum laude, in 1986.

Matthew Tulchin was an associate at Goodwin Procter in New York, where he focused his practice on white collar crime and government investigations, securities law and SEC enforcement, and general commercial litigation. He also served as a “partner in prosecution” at the Kings County, New York District Attorney's Office. He clerked for Judge Edward R. Korman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York following a year of practice with White & Case. Tulchin received his BA, with honors, from Cornell University in 1996 and his JD, magna cum laude, in 2005 from Brooklyn Law School, where he was a Carswell and a Richard Frank Scholar and executive articles and symposium editor of the Journal of Law and Policy.
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