Southeastern Regional Legal Writing Conference -
Call for Proposals

We are happy to announce the call for proposals for the Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference, “Legal Writing in 3-D: Discourse, Discipline, and Doctrine,” to be held on April 22, 2017, at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida,

We hope you will come join us for what will be a great day of events, including research and writing presentations, a rhetoric seminar and workshop, and the conference lunch plenary “Speaking and Writing as Undergraduates: What's Going on Across Campus?" Dr. Juliane Mora, assistant professor of speech and director of the Center for Public Speaking at the University of Tampa, and Dr. Megan O'Neill, Jane Heman language professor and director of the writing program at Stetson University, will discuss what's being taught in undergraduate speech and writing programs today, how these programs are evolving, what new challenges faculty and undergraduate students face in speaking and writing, and their views on student preparedness for graduate and professional school.

We invite three types of proposals (see below) that focus on the Discourse of and about Legal Writing, including new avenues for legal writing scholarship and the rhetoric of legal writing; the Discipline of Legal Writing, including the changing technology landscape of legal research and writing; and the Doctrine of Legal Writing, including methods for teaching students the core skills necessary for effective legal research and writing.

1. Traditional Conference Presentations: These are individual and collaborative efforts for both 25-minute presentations and 50-minute presentations on any topic related to legal writing. We are particularly interested in topics addressing technology. We ask, however, that each participant limit himself or herself to one proposal in this category so that we may provide as many people as possible with opportunities to present.

2. “Out of The Box” Teaching Ideas Presentations: During breakfast, presenters will have 10 minutes to present to roving conference attendees who will join them at tables for a brief presentation of legal writing teaching ideas. Come with your most innovative teaching ideas and share!

3. Law, Rhetoric, and Legal Writing Seminar and Workshop: This event is for those who want to spend an afternoon exploring law, rhetoric, and legal writing with like-minded others. Dr. Katie Langford, Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Texas Tech University, will present her research on the rhetoric of Justice Antonin Scalia. Participants will then spend the afternoon discussing the connections between law, rhetoric, and legal writing and may also present works-in-progress. We seek (1) statements of interest to participate and (2) proposals to present works-in-progress (at any development stage).

The deadline for proposals is Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. To submit a proposal, please send the following information to Jason Palmer at [email protected] and Catherine Cameron at [email protected]:

1. Contact information for all presenters and co-presenters, including name of all presenters and co-presenters, name of institution(s), address(es), phone number(s), and email address(es).

2. Category of Presentation (Traditional, Out of the Box, Rhetoric Seminar--statement of interest or work-in-progress).

3. Title of presentation, if applicable.

4. Brief (one-paragraph) description of the presentation or work-in-progress.

5. For Traditional presentations, time needed for presentation (25 minutes or 50 minutes).

6. For Traditional presentations, technology needs for the presentation.

We look forward to hearing from you.

The Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference Planning Committee