Faculty in the Legal Writing Program are experienced teachers with years of practical experience. They are actively engaged in the national legal writing academy. They serve on committees of national legal writing organizations, and frequently give presentations at legal writing conferences. All faculty in the program have published law review articles on legal writing and other topics. Here is a list of some of their recent accomplishments.
Tracy Bach served as a Deputy Editor for The International Lawyer, the scholarly journal published by the American Bar Association Section of International Law in cooperation with SMU Dedman School of Law. Her piece, the 2012 Year in Review article on Africa, will appear in the Spring 2013 edition. She presented a paper on incorporating service learning in the law school curriculum at the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Research, and Reasoning's program, In the New Millennium, What Are the Best Practices in Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research. Around 150 people attended. At the AALS, Tracy was also reelected to the Executive Committee of the Section on Africa. On December 16, Tracy presented at the New England Consortium of Legal Writing Teachers conference hosted by UNH School of Law. She is delighted to report that VLS alum Jessica Durkis-Stokes is now a professor at UNH teaching legal writing. Tracy will serve as a Deputy Editor for The International Lawyer, the scholarly journal published by the American Bar Association Section of International Law. Her first piece, the 2011 Year in Review article from the International Courts Committee, will appear in the Spring 2012 edition Tracy just returned from D.C., where she served on the Fulbright peer review committee for West and Central Africa. She and four other recent Fulbright Scholars reviewed almost 50 applications, and recommended candidates for teaching and research scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year. Tracy was invited to speak about her experience working for Vermont Legal Aid at a panel entitled, "Public Interest Lawyering," at Dartmouth College on February 25. The event was hosted by the Dartmouth Law Journal
Hillary Hoffman has a Law review article entitled "Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs: How the Wilderness Society v. Kane County Leaves Everyone Confused About Navigating a Right-of-Way Claim Under Revised Statute 2477", published in the Winter 2011 edition of the Hastings West-Northwest Journal of Environmental Law and Policy. Hillary will be facilitating a group of Students participation and networking at the American Bar Associations 41st Annual Conference on Environmental Law in Salt Lake City, UT.
Greg Johnson's new article, Spiralling Into Control: Appreciating the Groundbreaking Legal Writing Pedagogy of Professor Mary S. Lawrence, has made the "Top Ten Download" list on four SSRN sites: Legal Writing eJournal; Rhetoric & Communication Research Network; Rhetoric Educator; and Writing Across the Curriculum. The Legal Writing Institute honored Professor Lawrence with a lifetime achievement award at the AALS in New Orleans. The Institute asked Greg to draft the tribute for the event program. Greg presented the award to Professor Lawrence at the event. He also spoke at the Biennial Conference of the Association of Legal Writing Directors in June 2011. His topic, The Feedback Loop: How Teaching Informs Scholarship and Scholarship Informs Teaching. Greg was invited to speak about his experience working for Vermont Legal Aid at a panel entitled, "Public Interest Lawyering," at Dartmouth College on February 25. The event was hosted by the Dartmouth Law Journal
Laurie Kadoch earned certificate in Global Arbitration Law and Practice through a 6 week course of study at the School of International Arbitration, Queen Mary University of London sponsored with the Dispute Resolution Institute at Hamline University School of Law
Brian Porto has a new book, The Supreme Court and the NCAA: The Case For Less Commercialism and More Due Process in Commercial Sports, The University of Michigan Press (2012). Professor Porto spoke on February 20th to a group of visiting Egyptian professional, including lawyers, about American election law and American politics. The group was in Vermont on a State Department-sponsored visit hosted by the Vermont Council on World Affairs.
Tony Renzo published an article on American Constitution Society Blog on February 8, 2012. The article entitled "Rights in Search of Remedies: Supreme Court Sentences Federal Inmates to Vagaries of State Law When Prison Contractors Violate Their Constitutional Rights".