Regent Law Hosts 2017 Annual Capital Area Legal Writing Conference

On Saturday, October 21, Regent University School of Law was honored to host the 2017 Capital Area Legal Writing Conference.  The conference brings together legal writing and academic success professionals from across the Mid-Atlantic region, including several folks from as far away as Rutgers and Penn State. The conference included presentations on topics such using learning theory to help students prepare for a successful bar experience, teaching citation format in small, short lessons, and incorporating social justice in the first-year legal writing curriculum.


Regent Law Professor Janis Kirkland hosted the group with the assistance of Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Kimberly Van Essendelft and Regent Law Library Director Marie Summerlin Hamm. Professors Kirkland and Hamm presented a session entitled "Where the Rubric Meets the Road: Measuring Legal Analysis, Research, & Writing Competencies Across the Curriculum."

“This conference provided a great opportunity to share successful teaching approaches with other experts in the field,” said Professor Kirkland. “I think all participants left energized and equipped with new ideas to promote student success.”


The first Capital Area Legal Writing Conference was held in 2011 under the leadership of The George Washington University Law School. Previous hosts have also included The Georgetown University Law Center; American University, Washington College of Law; University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law and Howard University School of Law; William & Mary Law School; and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

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