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Stetson hosts Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference in Gulfport


Stetson University College of Law’s Institute for the Advancement of Legal Communication hosted the Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference, April 25-26, in Gulfport, Fla. The Conference was organized by Institute faculty Jason Palmer, Lance Long, and Kirsten Davis, Ph.D.

Professor Kirsten Davis, Ph.D., at the Southeastern Legal Writing Conference.

Professor Kirsten Davis, Ph.D., greeting speakers at the Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference.

The conference for law faculty and others who teach legal research and writing courses offered workshops on preparing students to be “practice-ready” and developing writing and research skills for the 21st century. Discussions highlighted developments in legal pedagogy, advances in advocacy, and theory on teaching the digital Millennial lawyer.

“There’s rapid growth in the critical study of legal communication by those who teach it, ” said Professor Davis, director of the Institute for the Advancement of Legal Communication at Stetson. “The Southeast Conference is known for energizing its participants to continue developing new approaches to teaching legal writing and examining how to improve it.”

Professor Jason Palmer talks at the Panel discussion at the Southeastern Regional Legal Writing Conference.

Professor Jason Palmer talks at the Panel discussion with Judge Catherine Catlin at the Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference.

Professor Lance Long at the Southeast Legal Writing Institute.

Professor Lance Long at the conference.

Vice President and Senior Scholar, Reporting, Writing & Editing Faculty at the Poynter Institute Roy Peter Clark, Ph.D., presented the Saturday keynote presentation.

Clarke Rountree, Ph.D., professor and chair of the communication arts department at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, was this year’s distinguished speaker. He spoke about the connection between rhetorical theory and the language of judicial opinions.

As part of the Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference, Stetson hosted an ALWD Scholars’ Forum that focused on legal writing scholarship addressing rhetoric, narrative, and storytelling subjects.

The Association of Legal Writing Directors funded the Forum.

Sponsors of this year’s conference included Wolters Kluwer/Aspen, Bloomberg BNA, LexisNexis and Carolina Academic Press.