From the Section Director: Section Spotlight - Legal Writing Sourcebook, Adjunct Faculty Committee, Event Updates

Erin Ruehrwein
Section Director

It’s certainly been a whirlwind these past few months as we’ve all tried our best to navigate through this “new normal.” The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us all as we work through feelings of fear, anxiety, and uncertainty, to name a few. Our day to day lives have been disrupted and many have had to adjust to new work (from home) environments and develop ways to continue our work successfully and efficiently. Most importantly, though, we’ve had to make the health and safety of ourselves, family, friends, and colleagues, our number one priority. While it hasn’t been easy, it’s been made easier by the collaborative efforts and support of our leaders, member volunteers, and colleagues, as we’ve all come together – often in new ways, such as remotely through Zoom – to continue our work. Because of that I am proud to report on several Section projects.

Legal Writing Sourcebook, Third Edition
I am thrilled to announce that the Section has published a Third Edition of its Legal Writing Sourcebook, Third Edition Legal Writing Sourcebook, which serves as a valuable guide and reference tool on the design, direction, and teaching of legal writing programs. This edition is available in both hardcover and e-book formats. While you can learn more about the Sourcebook later in this issue, I want to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to those who so generously volunteered of their time and expertise to produce this high quality publication. This book would not have been possible without its Executive Editor, Professor J. Lyn Entrikin, who oversaw the project from start to finish, in addition to authoring several chapters, among other things. You are an absolute joy to work with, Lyn, and for that I am grateful. I also owe a debt of gratitude to our Copy Editor, Emerita Professor Mary Trevor and Executive Steering Committee members Associate Dean and Professor Olympia Duhart, Professor J. Lyn Entrikin, and Dean and Professor Anthony Niedwiecki, whose leadership and great attention to detail contributed greatly to the book. I’d also like to thank the Section’s Publications Committee for their continued support on this new edition. And to all of our authors, thank you for your dedication and willingness to share your expertise. To say it took a village is an understatement.

Adjunct Faculty Committee
I’d like to highlight the Section’s newly created Adjunct Faculty Committee. The Committee serves to provide a forum for law schools to discuss ways to better recruit, train, mentor, and supervise adjunct faculty, and to provide a focus within the Section for discussion of issues that are of particular interest to adjunct faculty. The Committee has worked to create a Adjunct Faculty Committee website, which includes links to articles and programs of interest, among other valuable resources. Thank you to our committee members for volunteering their time and expertise to launch this new committee.

Co-Chair Larry Ponoroff, Professor and Former Dean, Michigan State University College of Law
Co-Chair David Lander, Professor of Practice, St. Louis University School of Law
Jerry Brown, Adjunct Professor, UIC John Marshall Law School
Danielle Conway, Dean and Donald J. Farage Professor of Law, Dickinson Law, The Pennsylvania State University
William Snape, Assistant Dean of Adjunct Faculty Affairs, American University Washington College of Law

2020 New Deans’ Workshop/Deans’ Workshops/Law School Development Conference
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty surrounding restrictions on large group meetings and travel, the Section felt it was the best decision and in the best interest of all participants to cancel these in person events and reschedule them for 2021. The 2021 events will also be held at the Marriott St. Louis Grand hotel. The Section will continue to provide updates on these events. Please note that the Section is exploring the possibility of hosting a virtual workshop for new deans in June and will provide information as soon as its available.  2020 New Deans’ Workshop/Deans’ Workshops/Law School Development Conference