Win free massages for your entire team courtesy of the
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Lawyering Process Program!
This year at DU we are focusing on wellness for our students, for ourselves, and for our program. We selected this as the theme for the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, which we will host at the University of Denver on March 23-24, 2018. So, we decided to kick things off by asking all of you for your wisdom about wellness. And to say thanks for sharing your ideas, we’ll give away free massages to one person’s entire program (what’s better for wellness than a massage?). To enter, tell us:
- How do you keep yourself well while teaching legal writing; OR
- How do you promote wellness for your students; OR
- How do you nurture your program’s well-being?
Remember: Each member of your department can enter, so spread the word and increase your chances to win!
Tessa Dysart: University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
Take an evening or morning walk with your spouse. You can destress, get exercise, and rehash the day, without tech interruptions.
2017 Lawyering Process Program Highlights
Here’s our program by the numbers:
- U.S. News & World Report legal writing program rank: #8
- Average number of years teaching (full-time faculty): 16.4 years
- Total Presentations in the last year: 25 presentations
- Total Publications in the last year: 15 publications including chapters, books, and articles
- Leadership positions in AALS LWRR (Chair-Elect), Diversity Committee of ALWD (Chair), and AALS Balance in Legal Education Section (Board Member)
Our focus on wellness takes us in many directions, and it challenges us to constantly innovate and reimagine our program. Here are a few examples of what we are working on now.
- Inclusive Excellence Fellowship We hired Erik Estrada this year as our third Inclusive Excellence Fellow. Last year’s fellow, Randy Robinson, is now teaching two full-time sections. Robert Anderson, John Campbell, Randy Robinson, and Nantiya Ruan served on the committee and continue to grow the program.
- Debra Austin continues to produce and present scholarship as a national forerunner studying how neuroscience and psychology research can improve law student and lawyer well-being and performance. Debra is a contributing author on the 2017 ABA National Task Force Report on Lawyer Well-being.
- Suzanna Moran assumed the position of Chair-Elect of the AALS section on Legal Writing, Research and Reasoning, and she continues to serve on the law school’s Faculty Executive Committee, diligently representing each of us and our work.
- David Thomson is reimagining how night students learn legal research and writing, moving a full 1/3 of his curriculum online.
- In addition to leading the planning of the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, Tanya Bartholomew continues to challenge our entire faculty to consider inclusivity, equity, and social justice in the classroom, including leading a one-day workshop on the topic.