Academic Achievement Program

Writing Clinic

Writing Specialist: Kate Stoker
Office Room 472A
Office Hours by appointment on Calendly:

The Legal Writing Clinic provides writing advice and assistance to DU College of Law students. The Writing Specialist, Professor Kate Stoker, staffs the Writing Clinic.

  • Assistance on LP or Other Assignments

Prof. Stoker meets with students individually to help them with Lawyering Process writing assignments or writing assignments for other classes (with the professor’s prior permission). Individual meetings include assistance with issues such as organization, analysis, and legal style, as well as grammar, punctuation, usage, and citations. Students may visit the Writing Specialist at any stage in the writing process.

While the Writing Specialist offers specific advice and suggestions, her role is to help students improve their own writing and self-editing skills, not to edit or proofread papers for them.

  • Diagnostic and Proficiency Testing

The Writing Clinic administers a diagnostic and proficiency testing process that some Lawyering Process classes have implemented to help assure that students are proficient in formal grammar, punctuation, and usage. Prof. Stoker helps these students identify specific areas for improvement through workshops and individualized study and otherwise assists them in preparing for the final proficiency test.

  • Writing Clinic Workshops

Each fall, the Writing Clinic offers workshops on grammar, punctuation, and usage to help Lawyering Process students prepare for the proficiency test and improve their skills generally. Click here to see the workshop materials.

The Writing Clinic e-mails weekly Writing Tips to all first year students. These brief tips address common writing problems in student papers, including some of the topics that are covered on the proficiency test. The tips are also posted on the Legal Writing Clinic Canvas course.

  • Writing Samples

Students may also seek assistance with writing samples for the job search. Students who would like assistance with writing samples for OCI or other job opportunities should provide their writing samples to Prof. Stoker at least two business days before a scheduled appointment.

  • About the Legal Writing Specialist

Before joining the Academic Achievement team at DU, Professor Kate Stoker practiced in the business and tax departments at Holme Roberts & Owen LLP (now Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner) in Denver for 11 years. While in private practice, Prof. Stoker served for several years as a governing council member of the Health Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association and co-editor of the Section’s newsletter. She is the author of two articles in The Colorado Lawyer: “Control and Accountability of the Nonprofit Corporation” (March 1995) and “H.B. 94-1193: Health Care Purchasing Reform” (December 1994). She has also served as an officer or director of several nonprofit organizations. Prof. Stoker received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.A. in Journalism/Mass Communication and Political Science from the University of Iowa. During law school, she was a teaching assistant in the legal research and writing program and Articles Editor of The Journal of Law & Politics.


Sturm College of Law
University of Denver
2255 E. Evans Avenue
Denver, CO 80208