Monthly Archives: September 2013

A Move to Avoid in Email Communication

NPR had a very interesting piece on a practice that’s commonly used in the legal workplace, unfortunately, often in an unprofessional and unproductive way. It’s the practice of copying a third party late in an email exchange, to gain the upper hand over the original participants.

The piece is at: http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/09/26/226154772/the-worst-kind-of-email-cc-not-a-bcc-but-an-a-nnoying-cc?utm_content=socialflow&utm_campaign=nprfacebook&utm_source=npr&utm_medium=facebook

Lawyers Have Wicked Project Management Skills

I just ran across an interesting blog post on Ms. J.D., http://ms-jd.org, discussing the fact that those trained as lawyers have extremely well-developed project management skills. They can and do bring these to bear in legal jobs, but perhaps more suprisingly and, in the current economy, equally valuably, they can also carry project managment skills learned in legal environments over to almost any other kind of complex industry in which they may seek to work.

The blogger points out that those trained in law know “how to balance competing priorities (i.e., life and work or life and school) and, moreover, can see the general overarching themes (rules) of various problems (issues) that will help you solve problems (Paula Plaintiff’s claims, Defendant Danny’s defenses, and the likely outcomes of each) over and over again, back and forth, upside down and under.”

The blog post can be found at: http://ms-jd.org/combining-things-you-have-make-stuff-work-non-legal-skill-set

Aspiring Law Professors Conference on September 28

The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University will be sponsoring the Aspiring Law Professors Conference, which should be of interest to anyone interested in a career as a law professor. The conference will feature speakers on both doctrinal hiring and  clinical/legal writing hiring as well as offering opportunities for attendees to participate in mock interviews or mock job talks.

The conference will be held Saturday, September 28, 2013 in Tempe, Arizona. Here is additional information about the conference, courtesy of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

“The Aspiring Law Professors Conference is designed to assist visiting assistant professors, fellows, judicial clerks, and others who are interested in a career in law teaching. The conference is targeted both at those who plan on attending the AALS conference this October and those who are still merely contemplating whether to pursue an academic career. To that end, the conference will be organized around two main events. The first, the morning session, will consist of informational presentations and panels for people at any stage of interest in academia. Our speakers include faculty from various law schools, including two Deans, who have extensive experience with hiring in the entry-level law teaching market. The keynote speaker is Professor Christine Hurt, of the University of Illinois School Of Law. We have endeavored to make sure that conference speakers not only have general interest and expertise in entry-level law teaching, but also have specific experiences relevant to aspiring law professors. Some hold advanced degrees in other disciplines; others have held VAPs or fellowship positions themselves; some have taught at multiple schools; and most have been active in the AALS hiring process as members or chairs of hiring committees.

The second event, the afternoon session, will provide those who are “going on the market” the opportunity to practice job-talks or interviewing skills with full-time faculty members from law schools around the country and receive individualized feedback. Those who will be going on the market after 2013 will learn more about how to land a teaching job through various presentations on topics such as the value of advanced degrees, visiting assistant professorships, and fellowships.

The College of Law will provide both breakfast and lunch to participants and will also arrange for a hotel near the College to provide rooms at a reduced rate. There will be no registration fee for the conference, but conference attendees are responsible for their own travel expenses. Potential attendees may find more information about the conference and register for it at

http://conferences.asucollegeoflaw.com/aspiringlawprofs/.”

Welcome to the New Academic Year!

A new academic year has begun, and with the new year, I’ll be resuming regular posting here on the “Think Like a Lawyer” blog.

To start things off, I want to announce an interesting new student legal writing competition. As part of its upcoming 2014 Southeast/Southwest People of Color
Legal Scholarship Conference on Feb. 27-March 2, TSU Thurgood Marshall School of Law will sponsor its annual Student Writing Competition, open to all students enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school during the academic year.

Here is the law school’s description of the competition requirements:

“Typically, entries will be a scholarly paper fit for publication in a law review (20-page length minimum). The paper for this year’s competition is due on Monday, December 2, 2013.  Our conference theme is ‘Civil Rights as Human Rights: Still Struggling 50 Years after the 1964 Civil Rights Act.’  For more information, please visit the conference
site at http://www.seswpocc.org<http://www.seswpocc.org>.  (Detailed program information
will be posted soon.)

Detailed instructions about the competition may be found at http://www.seswpocc.org<http://www.seswpocc.org> and certain information
is provided below.

ELIGIBILITY: The competition is open to all students currently enrolled in an
ABA-accredited law school during the 2013-2014 academic years. The student
must be a current J.D. candidate.

DEADLINE: Due Monday, December 2, 2013.

FORMAT: Entries should be a scholarly piece fit for publication in a law review. Entries
should follow standard footnote formatting, including Bluebook (19th or newer
edition) citation form. All entries must be submitted in English. Each entry
should be no less than 20 pages and no more than 25 single-sided
double-spaced pages with one-inch margins and 12-point Times New
Roman font.  Entries containing endnotes or including appendices or
supplemental material will not be considered. Published papers or papers
already accepted for publication are ineligible. Each student may submit only
one entry. Entries should be the sole work of the author and should not yet
have undergone editing by others. Editing includes any significant revision as
well as technical or substantive review of citations. Informal support, such
as general comments on preliminary drafts, is permitted. All entries must
be submitted electronically in either Word or PDF format. The student
is responsible for confirming receipt of his/her submission. Technical errors
on the student’s end will not be the basis for extending the submission
deadline.

JUDGING: All competition papers will undergo a blind review
process from the writing competition panel. Therefore, entrants should not
include their name or the name of their school on the competition paper
itself. Instead, participants must submit a cover page indicating their name,
school, permanent address, and telephone number.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS: Please contact Assistant Professor M. Victoria Taylor at
vtaylor@charlottelaw.edu<mailto:vtaylor@charlottelaw.edu> or Linh K.
Dai at Linh.Dai@asu.edu<mailto:Linh.Dai@asu.edu>.”

This strikes me as a very timely and important topic for papers, and I hope that many law students will compete.