PUBLISHED:November 09, 2010

Second Annual Empire State Legal Writing Conference


The Second Annual Empire State Legal Writing Conference will be held at the St. John’s University campus in lower Manhattan on Friday, May 13, 2011. We invite proposals for presentations on a broad range of topics relevant to those teaching legal writing and research. We hope to provide attendees with practical teaching suggestions to implement in their own classrooms. Some possible topics include the following: experiences in the first years of teaching, preparing students for practice, best practices for teaching written legal analysis, and effective responses to student questions. We seek proposals from those who have previously presented at legal writing conferences and also from those who have not presented before. Please feel free to contact any of the Planning Committee Members so that we may assist you in developing your proposal, or if you would like to see sample proposals. Individual and panel presentations are both welcome, especially where panel members are from different schools.

Our plenary speaker this year will be Stephen Younger, Esq., President of the New York State Bar Association and partner at the law firm of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP. He will be addressing a topic of importance to the bar and classroom: practical skills training of lawyers.

Please limit your proposal to one page, single-spaced, and include the following information:

1. Presenter(s), title(s), and school affiliation(s);
2. Title of proposed presentation;
3. A paragraph description of proposed presentation and the teaching method for the presentation (lecture, simulation, small group exercises, etc.);
4. A two-sentence summary of your presentation for the program brochure;
5. Indicate whether this presentation would benefit new or experienced (or both) LRW professors;
6. Time needed for presentation -- 25 minutes or 50 minutes (we will try to accommodate requests, but cannot guarantee);
7. Technology needs for your presentation (please describe);
8. Contact information for one presenter including email address, mailing address, and telephone number;
9. State whether you have previously presented at any national or regional legal writing conferences.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, December 20, 2010. We hope to have program selection completed before the end of March. Please e-mail proposals as a Word document attachment to:

Robin Boyle, Conference Chair, St. John’s University School of Law, (718) 990-6609, with a copy to Christine Patrizzo, at

Thank you. We look forward to reviewing your proposals!