Meet the Team
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.
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.