Duquesne University School of Law

Jan M. Levine, J.D.

Professor of Law & Director, Legal Research & Writing Program

Office: Hanley Hall 223

Phone Number: 412.396.1048

E-Mail Address: levinej@duq.edu

Education: J.D., Law, Boston University, 1978
B.A., Sociology, SUNY Albany, 1975

An expert in the field of legal writing and research, Professor Jan M. Levine is in his thirtieth year of teaching legal writing and has more than two decades of experience leading legal writing and research programs. In 2007, Levine joined the faculty at Duquesne, and the legal research and writing program has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation's best every year since then, ranking sixth in the country for 2013. Before coming to Duquesne, Levine directed the legal writing program at the Temple University School of Law for eleven years, where the program was also recognized by U.S. News & World Report. Before that, Levine directed the writing programs at the University of Arkansas School of Law and the University of Virginia School of Law, and taught as an adjunct writing professor at his alma mater, the Boston University School of Law.

Prior to beginning his full-time teaching career, Levine served the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as assistant general counsel and assistant regional counsel for the Department of Social Services, and as deputy general counsel for the Office of Children. He began his career as a lawyer as a staff attorney at the Boston University Center for Law & Health Sciences, and at the Boston University Health Policy Institute.

A graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Levine is a nationally recognized scholar who has published many articles on legal research and writing; one of his most recent works was his contribution to several chapters of the second edition of the ABA Sourcebook on Legal Writing. He is also a frequent presenter at national conferences on legal research and writing.

Levine was the founding president of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD); served as elected member of the ALWD's board of directors; was a member of the board of directors of the Legal Writing Institute and the board of directors of SCRIBES, the American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects; and served as chair and member of the ABA Communications Skills Committee. 

In 2014 Levine received the Thomas F. Blackwell Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Legal Writing, which is presented annually by the Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute to a person “who has made an outstanding contribution to improve the field of Legal Writing by demonstrating an ability to nurture and motivate students to excellence, a willingness to help other legal writing educators improve their teaching skills or their legal writing programs, and an ability to create and integrate new ideas for teaching and motivating legal writing educators and students.”  In the same year he was also given the Section Award by the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research, which honors "outstanding contribution to the field of legal writing, reasoning, and research via service, scholarship, and legal-writing program design or other activity valuable to the advancement of the field of legal writing."

•Julia Glencer, Erin Karsman, Jan M. Levine, & Tara Willke, The Fruits of Hope: Student Evaluations, 48 Duq. L. Rev. 233 (2010).

 •Jan M. Levine, Foreword, 48 Duq. L. Rev. 199 (2010).

 •Jan M. Levine, Commentary, Don-t Blame Us!,  The John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

 •Jan M. Levine, Legal Research and Writing Course Materials (Duq. U. Sch. L. 2009-10, 2008-09, 2007-08). 

 •Sourcebook on Legal Writing Programs (Eric Easton gen. ed., 2d ed., ABA 2006) (chs. 5, 6, & 7 written by Jan M. Levine & Susan P. Liemer).

 •Susan P. Liemer & Jan M. Levine, Legal Research and Writing: What Schools Are Doing, and Who Is Doing the Teaching (Three Years Later), 9 Scribes J. Leg. Writing 113 (2003-04).

 •Jan M. Levine, Four Rules To Advance the Status of Legal Writing Faculty, Sec. Newsltr. of the Assn. Am. L. Schs., Sec. Leg. Writing, Analysis, & Research 12  (Spring 2002).

 •Kathryn M. Stanchi & Jan M. Levine, Gender and Legal Writing: Law Schools' Dirty Little Secrets, 16 Berkeley Women's L.J. 3 (2001).

 •Jan M. Levine & Kathryn M. Stanchi, Women, Writing & Wages: Breaking the Last Taboo, 7 Wm. & Mary J. Women L. 551 (2001).

 •Jan M. Levine, Legal Research and Writing: What Schools Are Doing, and Who Is Doing the Teaching, 7 Scribes J. Leg. Writing 51 (2000).

 •Jan M. Levine, Leveling the Hill of Sisyphus: Becoming a Professor of Legal Writing, 26 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 1067 (1999).

 •Jan M. Levine & Grace C. Tonner, Legal Writing Scholarship: Point/Counterpoint, Persps. 68 (Winter 1999).

 •Jan M. Levine, Some Concerns About Legal Writing Scholarship, Persp. 69 (Winter 1999).

 •Jan M. Levine, Seven Short Suggestions for Using Your Computer to Teach LRW Better, The Second Draft (newsltr. of the Leg. Writing Inst.) 13 (May 1999).

 •Jan M. Levine, Legal Research and Writing I and II: Course Materials (James E. Beasley Sch. L., Temp. U. 2005-06, 2004-05, 2003-04, 2002-03, 2001-02, 2000-01, 1999-2000, 1998-99, 1997-98, 1996-97).

 •Jan M. Levine, Legal Research and Writing III: Course Materials (James E. Beasley Sch. L., Temp. U. Spring 2006, 2005, 2004, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998).

 •Jan M. Levine, Words from the Podium, Scrivener (Quarterly Col., Winter 1996 - Spring 2002).

 •Jan M. Levine, Status and Salary, in The Politics of Legal Writing: Proceedings of a Conference for Legal Research and Writing Program Directors (Jan M. Levine, Rebecca Cochran & Steve Johansen eds., West & ALWD 1996).

 •The Politics of Legal Writing: Proceedings of a Conference for Legal Research and Writing Program Directors (Jan M. Levine, Rebecca Cochran & Steve Johansen eds., West & ALWD 1996).

 •Jan M. Levine, Voices in the Wilderness: Tenured and Tenure-Track Directors and Teachers in Legal Research and Writing Programs, 45 J. Leg. Educ. 530 (1995).

 •Jan M. Levine, "You Can't Please Everyone, So You'd Better Please Yourself": Directing (Or Teaching In) a First-Year Legal Writing Program, 29 Val. U. L. Rev. 611 (1995).

 •Jan M. Levine, Standards for Evaluating Legal Research and Writing Teachers, The Second Draft (newsltr. of the Leg. Writing Inst.) 4 (May 1995).

 •Jan M. Levine, Designing Assignments for Teaching Legal Analysis, Research & Writing, Persps. 58 (Spring 1995) (reprinted in Best of Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research & Writing 3 (West 2001)).

 •Jan M. Levine, Analytical Assignments for Integrating Legal Research and Writing (Adams & Ambrose Publg. 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1991) (1995 & 1996 editions written with co-author Kathryn A. Sampson).

 •Jan M. Levine, Figure Out How You Fit Into the Law School, The Second Draft (newsltr. of the Leg. Writing Inst.) 3 (Mar. 1994). 

 •Jan M. Levine, The Final Word, The Second Draft (newsltr. of the Leg. Writing Inst.) 12 (Mar. 1994).

 •Jan M. Levine & Arthur Hoffmann, Emergency Medical Technician Liability, in Behavioral Emergencies: A Field Guide for EMTs and Paramedics (Ellen Bassuk ed., Little-Brown 1982).

 •Guardianship and Conservatorship in Massachusetts: An Attorney's Reference Manual (Dorothy King & Jan M. Levine eds., B.U. & Worcester Cty. B. Assn. 1981).

 •Henry A. Beyer & Jan M. Levine, Evolving Limitations on Guardianship, Newsltr. of the Natl. College Prob. JJ. (Fall 1980).

 •Stephen M. Weiner & Jan M. Levine, The Use of Human Tissue in Experimentation, in Ethics Advisory Board Report and Conclusions: DHEW Support of Research Involving Human In-Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer (U.S. Govt. Printing Off. 1979).

 •Mental Retardation and the Law (Jan M. Levine, ed., President's Commn. on Mental Retardation December 1979 and June 1980).

 •Regulating Science Through Law (George J. Annas & Jan M. Levine eds., B.U. Sch. Med. 1977).

 •Protection and Advocacy Newsletter (Jan M. Levine ed., B.U. Sch. L. Nov. 1978 to June 1980). 

  • Jan M. Levine, Foreword: Teaching the Academically Underprepared Law Student, 53 Duq. L. Rev. 1 (Spring 2015).
  • Jan M. Levine, Designing Spaces: Planning the Physical Space for a Legal Writing Program, Persps. __ (Spring 2015).
  • Jan M. Levine, Guest Blog on Skills: Professor Jan Levine’s Legislative Drafting Course at Duquesne.
  • Jan M. Levine, 2014 Blackwell Award Remarks.
  • Jan M. Levine, It's OK to Leave Law School, 19:2 The Law Teacher 10 (Spring 2013).
  • Jan M. Levine, Remarks: One Path Towards the Future, 49 Duq. L. Rev. 569 (2011).
  • Jan M. Levine, Foreword: Engendering Hope in the Legal Writing Classroom, 48 Duq. L. Rev. 199 (2010).

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Books

Analytical Assignments for Integrating Legal Research and Writing

Jan M. Levine and Kathryn A. Sampson, Analytical Assignments for Integrating Legal Research and Writing (Adams & Ambrose Publg. 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1991) (1995 & 1996 editions written with co-author Kathryn A. Sampson).

Emergency Medical Technician Liability, in Behavioral Emergencies: A Field Guide for EMTs and Paramedics

Jan M. Levine and Arthur Hoffmann, Emergency Medical Technician Liability, in Behavioral Emergencies: A Field Guide for EMTs and Paramedics (Ellen Bassuk ed., Little-Brown 1982).

Guardianship and Conservatorship in Massachusetts: An Attorney's Reference Manual

Guardianship and Conservatorship in Massachusetts: An Attorney's Reference Manual, Dorothy King & Jan M. Levine eds., B.U. & Worcester Cty. B. Assn. 1981.

The Use of Human Tissue in Experimentation, in Ethics Advisory Board Report and Conclusions: DHEW Support of Research Involving Human In-Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer

Stephen M. Weiner and Jan M. Levine, The Use of Human Tissue in Experimentation, in Ethics Advisory Board Report and Conclusions: DHEW Support of Research Involving Human In-Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer, U.S. Govt. Printing Off. 1979.

Regulating Science Through Law

Regulating Science Through Law, George J. Annas & Jan M. Levine eds., B.U. Sch. Med. 1977.

Book Chapters

Sourcebook on Legal Writing Programs

Jan M. Levine and Susan P. Liemer, Eric Easton, Sourcebook on Legal Writing Programs, gen. ed., 2d ed., ABA 2006 (chs. 5, 6, & 7 written by Jan M. Levine & Susan P. Liemer).

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Articles

Foreword: Teaching the Academically Underprepared Law Student

Jan M. Levine, Foreword: Teaching the Academically Underprepared Law Student, 53 Duq. L. Rev. 1 (Spring 2015).

Designing Spaces: Planning the Physical Space for a Legal Writing Program

Jan M. Levine, Designing Spaces: Planning the Physical Space for a Legal Writing Program, Perspectives (Spring 2015).

https://info.legalsolutions.thomsonreuters.com/pdf/perspec/2015-summer/2015-summ...
Guest Blog on Skills: Professor Jan Levine’s Legislative Drafting Course at Duquesne.

Jan M. Levine, Guest Blog on Skills :Professor Jan Levine’s Legislative Drafting Course at Duquesne (March 19, 2014)

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legislation_law/2014/03/skills-professor-jan-le...
It's OK to Leave Law School

Jan M. Levine, It's OK to Leave Law School, 19:2 The Law Teacher 10 (Spring 2013).

http://www.law.gonzaga.edu/review-test/files/2016/06/lawteacher2013spring.pdf
Remarks: One Path Towards the Future

Jan M. Levine, Remarks: One Path Towards the Future, 49 Duq. L. Rev. 569 (2011).

Commentary, Don't Blame Us!

Jan M. Levine, Commentary, Don't Blame Us!, The John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

http://popecenter.org/commentaries/article.html?id=2328
The Fruits of Hope: Student Evaluations

Julia Glencer, Jan M. Levine, Erin Karsman, Tara Willke, The Fruits of Hope: Student Evaluations, 48 Duq. L. Rev. 233 (2010).

https://ssrn.com/abstract=1597334
Foreword

Jan M. Levine, Foreword, 48 Duq. L. Rev. 199 (2010).

Foreword: Engendering Hope in the Legal Writing Classroom

Jan M. Levine, Foreword: Engendering Hope in the Legal Writing Classroom, 48 Duq. L. Rev. 199 (2010).

Legal Research and Writing: What Schools are Doing, and Who is Doing the Teaching (Three Years Later)

Susan Liemer and Jan M. Levine, Legal Research and Writing: What Schools are Doing, and Who is Doing the Teaching (Three Years Later), 9 Scribes J. Leg. Writing 113 (2003-04).

https://ssrn.com/abstract=993276
Four Rules To Advance the Status of Legal Writing Faculty

Jan M. Levine, Four Rules To Advance the Status of Legal Writing Faculty, Sec. Newsltr. of the Assn. Am. L. Schs., Sec. Leg. Writing, Analysis, & Research 12 (Spring 2002).

Words from the Podium

Jan M. Levine, Words from the Podium, Quarterly Col., Winter 1996 - Spring 2002.

Women, Writing & Wages: Breaking the Last Taboo

Jan M. Levine and Kathryn M. Stanchi, Women, Writing & Wages: Breaking the Last Taboo, 7 Wm. & Mary J. Women L. 551 (2001).

http://ssrn.com/abstract=968504
Gender and Legal Writing: Law School's Dirty Little Secrets

Stanchi, Kathryn, Levine, Jan M., Gender and Legal Writing: Law School's Dirty Little Secrets16 Berkeley Women's L.J. 3 (2001).

https://ssrn.com/abstract=968690
Legal Research and Writing: What Schools Are Doing, and Who Is Doing the Teaching

Jan M. Levine, Legal Research and Writing: What Schools Are Doing, and Who Is Doing the Teaching, 7 Scribes J. Leg. Writing 51 (2000).

http://ssrn.com/abstract=964912
Legal Research & Writing: What Schools are Doing, and Who is Doing the Teaching

Jan M. Levine, Legal Research & Writing: What Schools are Doing, and Who is Doing the Teaching, 7 Scribes J.L. Writing 51 (2000).

https://ssrn.com/abstract=964912
Seven Short Suggestions for Using Your Computer to Teach LRW Better

Jan M. Levine, Seven Short Suggestions for Using Your Computer to Teach LRW Better, The Second Draft (newsltr. of the Leg. Writing Inst.) 13 (May 1999).

Some Concerns About Legal Writing Scholarship

Jan M. Levine, Some Concerns About Legal Writing ScholarshipPersp. 69 (Winter 1999).

Legal Writing Scholarship: Point/Counterpoint

Jan M. Levine and Grace C. Tonner, Legal Writing Scholarship: Point/Counterpoint, Persps. 68 (Winter 1999).

Leveling the Hill of Sisyphus: Becoming a Professor of Legal Writing

Jan M. Levine, Leveling the Hill of Sisyphus: Becoming a Professor of Legal Writing, 26 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 1067 (1999).

https://ssrn.com/abstract=965522
Status and Salary, in The Politics of Legal Writing: Proceedings of a Conference for Legal Research and Writing Program Directors

Jan M. Levine, Rebecca Cochran & Steve Johansen eds., Status and Salary, in The Politics of Legal Writing: Proceedings of a Conference for Legal Research and Writing Program Directors (West & ALWD 1996).

http://ssrn.com/abstract=993266
Standards for Evaluating Legal Research and Writing Teachers

Jan M. Levine, Standards for Evaluating Legal Research and Writing Teachers, The Second Draft (newsltr. of the Leg. Writing Inst.) 4 (May 1995).

Voices in the Wilderness: Tenured and Tenure-Track Directors and Teachers in Legal Research and Writing Programs

Jan M. Levine, Voices in the Wilderness: Tenured and Tenure-Track Directors and Teachers in Legal Research and Writing Programs, 45 J. Leg. Educ. 530 (1995).

https://ssrn.com/abstract=968698
You Can't Please Everyone, So You'd Better Please Yourself: Directing (or Teaching in) a First-Year Legal Writing Program

Jan M. Levine, You Can't Please Everyone, So You'd Better Please Yourself: Directing (or Teaching in) a First-Year Legal Writing Program, 29 Val. U. L. Rev. 611 (1995).

https://ssrn.com/abstract=969811
Designing Assignments for Teaching Legal Analysis, Research and Writing

Jan M. Levine, Designing Assignments for Teaching Legal Analysis, Research and Writing, Persps. 58 (Spring 1995) (reprinted in Best of Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research & Writing 3 (West 2001)).

https://ssrn.com/abstract=981019
The Final Word

Jan M. Levine, The Final Word, The Second Draft (newsltr. of the Leg. Writing Inst.) 12 (Mar. 1994).

Figure Out How You Fit Into the Law School

Jan M. Levine, Figure Out How You Fit Into the Law School, The Second Draft (newsltr. of the Leg. Writing Inst.) 3 (Mar. 1994). 

Evolving Limitations on Guardianship

Henry A. Beyer and Jan M. Levine, Evolving Limitations on Guardianship, Newsltr. of the Natl. College Prob. JJ., Fall 1980.

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Course Materials

Legal Research and Writing Course Materials

Jan M. Levine, Legal Research and Writing Course Materials (Duq. U. Sch. L. 2009-10, 2008-09, 2007-08).

Legal Research and Writing III: Course Materials

Jan M. Levine, Legal Research and Writing III: Course Materials, James E. Beasley Sch. L., Temp. U. Spring 2006, 2005, 2004, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998.

Legal Research and Writing I and II: Course Materials

Jan M. Levine, Legal Research and Writing I and II: Course Materials, James E. Beasley Sch. L., Temp. U. 2005-06, 2004-05, 2003-04, 2002-03, 2001-02, 2000-01, 1999-2000, 1998-99, 1997-98, 1996-97.

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Newsletters

Protection and Advocacy Newsletter

Protection and Advocacy Newsletter, Jan M. Levine ed., B.U. Sch. L. Nov. 1978 to June 1980.

Other

Mental Retardation and the Law

Mental Retardation and the Law, Jan M. Levine, ed., President's Commn. on Mental Retardation December 1979 and June 1980.

Presentations

“We Don’t Need No Or-Ee-En-Tay-Shun:” Why An Early Start to Legal Research & Writing is the Best Way for Students to Begin Law Study

Julia M. Glencer and Jan M. Levine, “We Don’t Need No Or-Ee-En-Tay-Shun:” Why An Early Start to Legal Research & Writing is the Best Way for Students to Begin Law Study, presentation at Legal Writing Institute Conference (July 10-13, 2016).

Leading with Style: Administrative Choices with Institutional and Faculty Consequences

Nancy Soonpaa, Sue Liemer, Jan M. Levine, & Suzanne Rowe, Panel Presentation and Discussion, Leading with Style: Administrative Choices with Institutional and Faculty Consequences (ALWD Conf., June 2015).

Leading a Successful Law School Curriculum Reform Effort

Jan M. Levine, Presentation, Leading a Successful Law School Curriculum Reform Effort (ALWD Conf., June 2015).

Teaching Drafting Through Collaborations

Ted Becker, Jan M. Levine, & Sara Rankin, Panel Presentation and Discussion, Teaching Drafting Through Collaborations (Bringing Outside In: Social Justice Collaborations in the Legal Writing Classroom, June 2014).

2014 Blackwell Award Remarks

Jan M. Levine, 2014 Blackwell Award Remarks (Jan. 3, 2014). 

Designing Spaces: Planning the Physical Space for a LRW Program

Julia M. Glencer, Jan M. Levine, Ann Schiavone, & Tara Willke, Designing Spaces: Planning the Physical Space for a LRW Program, presentation at ALWD Conference (June 2013).

Change from Within: Leadership for Law School Curriculum Reforms

Jan M. Levine & Susan P. Liemer, Presentation, Change from Within: Leadership for Law School Curriculum Reforms (ALWD Conf., June 2013).

Switching to the Mac

Jan M. Levine, Roundtable Discussion, Switching to the Mac (The Second Colonial Frontier Leg. Writing Conf., 2013).

Getting Your Points Across: Effective, Efficient, and Entertaining Critiques of Student Papers

Jan M. Levine, Presentation, Getting Your Points Across: Effective, Efficient, and Entertaining Critiques of Student Papers (The Second Colonial Frontier Leg. Writing Conf., 2013).

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