Wake Forest Law faculty featured speakers at Carolinas Legal Research & Writing Colloquium

Photo of Professors Liz Johnson and Barbara Lentz

Professors Liz Johnson and Barbara Lentz

Five Wake Forest Law faculty members were featured speakers at the Carolinas Legal Research & Writing Colloquium held at the University of South Carolina on Friday, May 17.  

The Colloquium is a biennial event, hosted on a rotating basis by the law schools in North Carolina and South Carolina, that provides an opportunity for legal research and legal writing faculty to come together to exchange new ideas on teaching and scholarship.

Professors Sue Grebeldinger and Barbara Lentz presented at the morning session.  Professor Grebeldinger, in her presentation, “Bridging the Gap Between Civil Procedure and LAWR Faculty,” suggested several strategies for incorporating procedural issues into legal writing courses and including short answer and essay writing exercises in civil procedure courses. Professor Lentz’s presentation, “Using Advertising Principles to Teach Legal Writing,” described how professors can use advertisements to help students focus on various aspects of persuasive writing, including audience, purpose, and theme.

Professors Laura Graham, Tracey Banks Coan, and Liz Johnson with Professor Lentz presented at the afternoon session.  Professor Graham addressed “Pre-Writing Techniques,” which is the focus of her new book for students due to be released by Carolina Academic Press in June co-authored with Professor Miki Felsenburg.  Then, in her presentation “Transferring Legal Analysis and Writing and Academic Support Principals to Doctrinal Teaching,” Professor Coan described her very popular and successful Secured Transactions Course, which builds on many of the skills learned in LAWR.  She also shared strategies for weaving those same skills into other doctrinal courses.

Finally, Professors Johnson and Lentz presented on “Improving Course Website Design and Pairing Technology with Writing Assignments in Legal Research & Writing Classes.”  They described several innovative ways to use technology to enhance students’ learning, including e-portfolios, LibGuides, Voicethread, GoogleForms, and Word Press.  Professors Johnson and Lentz use these technologies to great effect in teaching LLMs, in working with students in the Nicaragua program, and in Professor Lentz’s Art Law class.