Duquesne University School of Law

Drafting Statutes and Rules: Pedagogy, Practice, and Politics

Event Date: 
Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

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Cost varies

5th "Colonial Frontier" Legal Writing Conference

Interested in viewing the December 6, 2016 presentations? Visit the post-conference page


Conference Details

The least common, but perhaps one of the most important, advanced writing subjects addressed in law schools is the drafting of statutes, ordinances, regulations, and rules (for public laws or governance of non-governmental entities). Instruction focuses almost exclusively on the repercussions of poorly written statutes or rules, on the courts’ efforts at application and interpretation of statutory language, and on scholarly criticism of statutes.  Instead, law schools should teach students and practitioners how to better draft statutes and similar documents to avoid confusion, ambiguities, disagreements, and litigation. 

Duquesne University School of Law's 2016 legal writing conference offers attendees an opportunity to hear from academicians who teach how to write statutory materials, practitioners who craft statutes and similar rules, and other scholars who study all forms of legislation. Join us for Drafting Statutes and Rules: Pedagogy, Practice, and Politics. 


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The conference will begin with two hours of presentations; Professor Richard Neumann of Hofstra Univ. and Professor J. Lyn Entrikin of the Univ. of Arkansas Little-Rock and others will speak about teaching statutory and rule drafting in law school. In the afternoon sessions, former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett (R) and Pennsylvania Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D) will discuss the state legislative process and politics and answer questions, and then there will be another hour of presentations. 

Review the conference agenda


Law Review Symposium Issue

The Duquesne Law Review, which has published papers from two previous Colonial Frontier events, plans to devote space in its Summer 2017 symposium issue to papers from the 2016 conference.


Continuing Legal Education

The conference offers up to four substantive hours approved for Pennsylvania continuing legal education credit. Uniform certificates of attendance forms will be provided to attendees wishing to submit the CLE credits to other states for consideration. 


Costs and Hotel Discount

Conference fees vary. Please see below. 

To accommodate persons wishing to stay in Pittsburgh on Friday or Saturday evenings, Duquesne has arranged for a block of discounted rooms at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center Hotel adjacent to campus, within walking distance of the School of Law and downtown Pittsburgh.  Please mention Duquesne University School of Law when calling The Marriott at 1-800-228-9290 or (412) 471-4000 or use this unique link to book your group rate for Duquesne University Room Block at the discounted nightly rate of $144.  Please note that the rate is only available for reservations made by November 10, 2016. 

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If you have questions, please contact the conference organizer, Professor Jan Levine, levinej@duq.edu, or the Legal Research and Writing Administrative Assistant, Carrie Samarin, at LRWadmin@duq.edu.