2021 Golden Pen Award Winner

The Legal Writing Institute is pleased to announce the winner of the 2021 Golden Pen Award:

Judge Carlton W. Reeves

2021 Blackwell Award Winner

The Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute are proud to announce the winner of the 2021 Thomas F. Blackwell Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Legal Writing:

Teri A. McMurtry-Chubb

Thank you for making the 2020 One Day Workshops a huge success!

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Materials for Teaching Online

A collection of helpful resources with kudos to Tracy Norton


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