Drake Law Professor Melissa Weresh (BA ’89) to speak to Wake Forest School of Law faculty, students
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September 12, 2017
Wake Forest School of Law will host visiting distinguished scholar, Professor Melissa Weresh (BA ’89) of Drake University Law School on Thursday, Sept. 14, and and Friday, Sept. 15 thanks in part to a grant from the Association of Legal Writing Directors.
Legal Analysis, Writing and Research (LAWR) Program Director and Professor Laura Graham (BA ’86, JD ’94) is responsible for obtaining the grant and arranging Professor Weresh visit to the law school.
At 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Faculty Classroom, room 3317, Professor Weresh will lead a discussion for faculty and students based on her widely-acclaimed article, “Malleability as a Threshold Concept.” At noon on Friday, Sept. 15 Professor Weresh will meet with students for a discussion, Professor Graham said.
“This discussion is designed not just for LAWR faculty, but for the broader law faculty and for interested students, as it touches on the very foundations of our efforts to educate our students well,” Professor Graham says.
Professor Weresh, who received her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Wake Forest, has chaired the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) section on Teaching Methods and has served as president of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI).
Professor Weresh, the Drake Law Dwight D. Opperman Distinguished Professor of Law, has authored articles on numerous subjects, both LAWR- and non-LAWR-related, and she is a widely sought-after speaker at law schools across the country. Her partial CV that follows reveals the breadth and depth of her scholarship and her contributions to legal education, Professor Graham added.
Professor Weresh’s accomplishments include serving as Past President, The Legal Writing Institute (an organization of over 2800 members); receiving the American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize; serving as 2009 Past Chair, Association of American Law Schools Section on Teaching Methods; serving as Past Chair, Iowa Bar Association Professionalism Section Editorial Board; serving as member, Publications Advisory Board; receiving of Lexis/Nexis Madelyn Levitt Service Award and the Drake University University of Iowa College of Law Alumni Service Award; receiving Association of Legal Writing Directors 2010 Teaching Grant; serving as ALWD Visiting Scholar; UNLV (invited guest scholar); University of Oregon, Galen Distinguished Scholar (invited guest scholar); and in 2017 receiving the Thomas F. Blackwell Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Legal Writing.