On Friday, April 15 The John Marshall Law School co-sponsored the American Society of Legal Writers (Scribes) for a CLE and awards ceremony. The Scribes is an organization of professional writers who focus on legal subjects and matters of cultural and professional significance. The topics of the panels included; Ethics and Writing, Storytelling for Lawyers, Opinion Writing, and Basic Legal Tips. The panel discussions were not only informational but highly entertaining, with the Law Schools own Prof. Kim Chanbonpin and Prof. Mark Cooney of Thomas M. Cooley Law School offering the audience the opportunity to rewrite wordy phrases in the language of esteemed federal judges, Frank Easterbrook and Richard Posner.
This exercise provided an excellent segway to the awards ceremony later in the evening, where Easterbrook and Posner were awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards, presented by Bryan Garner, President of LawProse, Inc. and Distinguished Research Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. Also recognized at the ceremony, were Wil Haywood for his book Show- down: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination that Changed America and to Lawrence M. Friedman for The Big Trial: Law as Public Spectacle. Both of these distinguished writers received the prestigious Scribes Book Award.
Prof. Mark Wojcik is the Vice- President of the Scribes and it is in no small part due to his efforts that John Marshall has had the honor of hosting this year’s event. The event was free to students attending the law school and was an excellent way to learn more about the expectations of the legal profession and those who help maintain the quality of thoughtful analysis and clear writing needed to perpetuate our system of justice. Those continuing their legal education this coming year are encouraged to attend.
By DU Staff