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My book, Law School 2.0: Legal Education for a Digital Age was published in January. More information about the book can be found here.

I gave a presentation in Indianapolis in July at the 2008 biennial conference of the Legal Writing Institute about teaching legal writing online. My presentation, with the slides in several formats and supporting resources, can be found here.
I gave a presentation in New York about laptops in the classroom at the 2008 American Association of Law Schools meeting; it was part of a debate about whether they should be banned.  An overview of my contribution to this program, together with the slides, can be found here.
I have created a new page that contains links to all my student evaluations since I started teaching full time at DU.  You will find it here.

Legal Writing Aids
Legal Citation
RSS Legal News Feeds
Grammar Sites
Resources for Foreign Law Students
Great Museums on the Web

Legal Writing Aids

The original Elements of Style, on the Web
Good legal writing starts with good writing skills. If you have read Strunk & White's Elements of Style before, it doesn't hurt to read it again. This version is where it all started, or you could purchase the newer version at this link.

Plain English for Lawyers, by Richard Wydick (Carolina Academic Press, 2001) 
Think of this book as Elements of Style for the legal profession. This is an excellent book that is highly recommended for anyone taking a course in legal writing.

Legal Writing: Getting it Right and Getting it Written, by Mary Ray & Jill Ramsfield (West, 2000) 
Plain English for Lawyers is probably the better, and is certainly the shorter, book. But if you are looking for more, check this one out.

Legal Citation

Introduction to the Bluebook
From the horse's mouth.

Cornell Law School's Citation site
Prof. Peter Martin's Introduction to Basic Citation. Covers purpose and general principles. Also has an excellent section covering principles and methods of citation to online materials.

RSS Legal News Feeds

Virtual Chase's List of Legal RSS News Feeds
Probably the best list available.

Information and Legal RSS Feeds from Harvard
The Berkman Center's RSS Resource list.

RSS News Readers
Good place to find free News Reader programs for many platforms.

Grammar Sites

Legal Writing in Plain English - Exercises
Includes excellent exercises and answers on common grammar issues, written by Bryan Garner.

The Law Student's Guide to Good Writing
Professor Marc Grinker's Legal Writing "Teaching Assistant" is a well-indexed source for legal writing tutorials, and it includes exercises as well.

The Guide to Grammar and Writing
This non-legal writing specific resource is nevertheless a terrific site for grammar questions and answers.  It also includes quizzes to test your knowledge.

Purdue's Online Writing Lab
An excellent site with many good and clear descriptions, particularly the ones on sentence structure.

Legal Writing Resources for Foreign Students and Lawyers

American Legal English: Using Language in Legal Contexts, by Debra Lee, Charles Hall, and Marsha Hurley (Univ. of Michigan Press, 1999).

Introduction to Legal English: An Introduction to Legal Terminology, Reasoning and Writing in Plain English, by Mark Wojcik (International Law Institute, 2001).

Legal English, An Introduction to the Legal Language and Culture of the United States, by Teresa Brostoff & Ann Sinsheimer (Oceana, 2003).

Great Museums on the Web

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
I spent many happy afternoons here as a teenager.

Museum of Modern Art
If you can't be in New York, the Web site is a good place to go instead.

American Folk Art Museum
American Folk art is much broader and richer than you might think. This site proves the point.

The Louvre
The classics, and much of it viewable on the Web. Not the same as being there, but still pretty cool.

A developing museum of Modern Art near Boston, with an excellent Web site.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
One of the great ones, with pictures of a lot of their collection online.

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe
Excellent narrated online exhibitions.

Seattle's Experience Music Project
A museum of music. Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, was one of the founders of this museum.

The Pompidou - Paris' Modern Art Museum
If you are ever in Paris, you must go. One of the coolest museums in the world.

The Van Gogh Museum
If you love Van Gogh, check this out.

The Museum of London
Very cool panoramic pictures of many of the rooms in this museum.

The Guggenheim Museum, New York
Lichtenstein, Koons, Johns, Barney, and much more.

If you don't see your favorite Museum on the Web in this list, suggest one!


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