Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference

Scholar's Forum

Thanks to a grant from the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD),Mercer Law School will host a combined ALWD Scholars’ Forum & Workshop on Friday, April 15, 2011, in conjunction with the 2011 Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference.

The ALWD Scholars’ Forum & Workshop will precede the conference’s Opening Colloquium on Friday, April 15. The Friday morning sessions will be devoted to small group forums or workshops on scholarly works in progress. Depending on the interests of participants, the forums or workshops may be structured along specific disciplinary tracks or by subject matter, experience, or stage in the writing process.

The Scholars’ Forum is designed for the earlier stages of scholarly work while the Scholars’ Workshop is designed for those with substantial drafts of works in progress. Participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis as long as they are working on scholarly legal writing topics (broadly defined) and pursuing the goal of researching and writing a scholarly publication, including books, articles, or essays. Workshop (but not forum) participants will be asked to provide a completed draft at least three weeks before the workshop (March 25, 2011) so that the draft may be distributed to other workshop participants.

Experienced scholars will join the forums or workshops as facilitators or guides. We expect to limit participation to no more than sixteen participants total, preferably divided into groups of four, with each group to have at least one experienced scholar available to help guide discussion.

The Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference’s opening day colloquium will focus on feminist and critical theory and feature Professor Martha Fineman, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law at Emory Law School. A panel of legal writing and clinical professors will follow the keynote with a discussion that will provide an impressive range of perspectives and responses to questions about blending critical theory with our professional lives. Following the colloquium, we hope first-day participants will continue their conversations in small group dinners. The second day of the conference will feature a full day of panels and presentations drawing on interdisciplinary theory, practice perspectives, and experience to take another look at legal writing teaching, theory, and practice.

If you are interested in participating in an ALWD Scholars’ Forum or Workshop, please provide the following information and e-mail it to Suzianne Painter-Thorne ( no later than March 1, 2011.

1. Name and contact information:

2. Brief description of your scholarly project:

3. Brief description of where you are in the writing process:

4. Are you interested in participating in a ___ Forum only ___ Workshop only ___ Either

5. Any other information that you think may be helpful: