Duquesne University School of Law

Jan Levine, J.D.

Associate Professor & Director, LRW 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 twenty-ninth year of teaching legal writing and has more than two decades of experience leading legal writing and research programs. In 2007, Professor 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, Professor 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, Professor 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, Professor 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, Prof. 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.

Professor 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.

  • Lisa Eichhorn, Jan M. Levine, Cristina Lockwood, Deborah Paruch, and Marilyn Walter, Panel Presentation, A Talk About Tenure: Moving Forward with Your Eyes Open (ALWD Conf., June 2011).
  • Christine N. Coughlin and Jan M. Levine, Roundtable Discussion, Dancing with Deans (ALWD Conf., June 2011).
  • Conceived of, planned, and hosted a national legal writing conference, 'The Arc of Advanced Legal Writing: From Theory through Teaching to Practice
  • (The Second Colonial Frontier Leg. Writing Conf., 2011).
  • Lisa Eichhorn, Jan M. Levine, and Marilyn Walter, Panel Presentation, Getting Tenure: Variations, Expectations, and Celebrations (Leg. Writing Inst. Conf., June 2010).
  • Julia Glencer, Erin Karsman, Jan M. Levine, & Tara Willke, Plenary Session Presentation, The Fruits of Hope: Student Evaluations (The First Colonial Frontier Leg. Writing Conf., 2009).
  • Conceived of, planned, and hosted a national legal writing conference, Engendering Hope in the Legal Writing Classroom: Pedagogy, Curriculum, and Attitude (The First Colonial Frontier Leg. Writing Conf., 2009).
  • - Jan M. Levine, Host for Panel Discussion, The Legal Writing Professor's Perspective (Assn. Am. L. Schs. Faculty Recruitment Conf., 2007-09, 1998-2005).
  • - Jan M. Levine, Workshop Presentation, Painless and Efficient Critiques of Student Documents Using ClipCache (& an Unlimited Library of Comments) (ALWD Conf., 2009).
  • Julia Glencer, Erin Karsman, & Jan M. Levine, Presentation, Building and Advancing a New Program (ALWD Conf., 2009).
  • Richard Neumann, Linda Berger, Eric Easton, & Jan M. Levine, Panel Presentation, How Can Directors Protect Academic Freedom? (ALWD Conf., 2009).
  • Jan M. Levine, Invited Panelist, Our Place on the Continuum: Re-envisioning the Way We Prepare Law Students for Practice (Practice Meets Pedagogy Conf., St. John's Univ. Sch. L., December 2008).
  • Ken Chestek, Jan M. Levine & John Mollenkamp, Panel Presentation, Geek 101: Using Technology Effectively (Without Having to Learn the Difference Between Star Wars and Star Trek) (Leg. Writing Inst. Conf., July 2008).
  • Jan M. Levine & Molly Warner Lien, Presentation, Stilled Voices: The Future of Legal Writing? (ALWD Conf., July 2007).
  • Mary Garvey Algero, Ralph L. Brill, Jan M. Levine & Susan P. Liemer, Plenary Sess. Breakout, Staffing Models and Other Personnel Issues: Focus on Full-Time, Hybrids, & Fellows (ALWD Conf., July 2007).
  • Jan M. Levine, Presentation, Rating U.S. News: What's Behind the Rankings of LRW Programs (Leg. Writing Inst. Conf., June 2006).
  • Cynthia Adams & Jan M. Levine, Presentation, Grading in Legal Writing (N. Eng. Consortium of Leg. Writing Teachers Regl. Conf., 2005).
  • Rebecca Cochran & Jan M. Levine, Presentation, Grading With Fewer Tears & Fears (ALWD Conf., 2005).
  • Ken Kirwin, Jan M. Levine & Deborah Schemedeman, Presentation, Writing Outside the Usual Box: Expository Writing Options in LRW Courses (ALWD Conf., 2005).
  • Jan M. Levine, Moderator, Discussion of Keynote Speech by Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Lacy (ALWD Conf., 2005).
  • Jan M. Levine, Presentation, The Complete and Rapid Integration of Legal Research & Writing: A Model Curriculum (Great Lakes Leg. Writing Consortium Conf., 2005).
  • Jan M. Levine, Invited Presentation, Electronic Critique of Student Papers, Workshop on Technology & Pedagogy (Assn. Am. L. Schs. Ann. Meeting, 2004) (cancelled due to illness).
  • Jan M. Levine, Invited Panelist, Cutting the Gordian Knot: Reactions to Philip Kissam's The Discipline of Law Schools (Rutgers-Camden Sch. L., 2004).
  • Jan M. Levine & Susan P. Liemer, Presentation, Leadership Tools: Visions, Strategies, and Tactics (ALWD Conf., 2003).
  • Kristin B. Gerdy & Jan M. Levine, Half-Day Workshop Presentation, Opening Windows: A Computer Workshop for Legal Writing Professors (Leg. Writing Inst. Conf., 2002).
  • Jan M. Levine, Testimony, Testimony on Proposed ABA Accreditation Standards (ABA Stands. Rev. Comm. & the Council of the ABA Sec. Leg. Educ. & Admiss. to the B., 2000).
  • Kristin B. Gerdy & Jan M. Levine, Half-Day Workshop Presentation, Opening Windows: A Computer Workshop for Legal Writing Professors (Leg. Writing Inst. Conf., 2000).
  • Jan M. Levine, Workshop Presentation, Opening Windows: Taking Control Over Your Computer (ALWD Conf., 1999). Jan M. Levine et al., Panel Presentation, The Personal and Institutional Risks and Benefits of High Technology (ALWD Conf., 1999).
  • Jan M. Levine, Plenary Sess. Presentation, Salaries Paid to Full-Time Legal Writing Professors (ALWD Conf., 1999).
  • Jan M. Levine et al., Panel Presentation, Issues Surrounding Adoption of the ALWD Citation Manual (ALWD Conf., 1999).
  • Susan DeJarnatt, Jan M. Levine, Ellie Margolis, Michael Smith, Franklin Snyder & Kathryn Stanchi, Panel Presentation, The Death of the Closed Universe, Farewell to the Easter Bunny, and other Cosmological Myths of LRW - or - The Total Integration of Legal Research, Legal Writing, and Legal Analysis (Leg. Writing Inst. Conf., 1998).
  • Jan M. Levine et al., So You Want to Be a Writing Program Director? (Leg. Writing Inst. Conf., 1998).
  • Jan M. Levine & Grace Tonner, Lunchtime Presentation, Legal Writing Scholarship: Point/Counterpoint (Leg. Writing Inst. Conf., 1998).
  • Jan M. Levine et al., Panel Presentation, The Revised ABA Accreditation Standards and Law School Site Visits (ALWD Meeting, 1998).
  • Jan M. Levine, Remarks, ALWD President's Welcoming Remarks (ALWD Conf., 1997).
  • Jan M. Levine et al., Plenary Sess. Presentation, The Legal Writing Director's Visions and Goals: Strategies for Long- and Short-Term Institutional and Personal Planning (ALWD Conf., 1997).
  • an M. Levine et al., Panel Presentation, Movin- On: Taking Your Act on the Road - Strategies and Tactics for Running -Your- Program at a -New- Place (ALWD Conf., 1997).
  • Jan M. Levine, Remarks, ALWD President's Welcoming Remarks (Jt. Awards Ceremony of ALWD & Leg. Writing Inst. at the Assn. Am. L. Schs. Yearly Meeting, 1997).
  • Jan M. Levine, Remarks, ALWD President's Welcoming Remarks (ALWD Meeting, 1997).
  • Jan M. Levine et al., Panel Presentation, Learning Theory, Learning Disabilities, and Legal Writing (Leg. Writing Inst. Conf., 1996).
  • Jan M. Levine et al., Panel Presentation, Skills Training and Legal Writing Programs: Tastes Great or Less Filling? (Leg. Writing Inst. Conf., 1996).
  • Jan M. Levine, Presentation, Status and Salary (The Pol. of Leg. Writ: A Conf. for Leg. Research & Writing Program Dirs., 1996).
  • Jan M. Levine, Presentation, Voices in the Wilderness: Tenured and Tenure-Track Directors of LR&W Programs (Leg. Writing Inst. Conf., 1994).
  • Jan M. Levine, Presentation, Designing Assignments for Teaching Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing (Leg. Writing Inst. Conf., 1994).
  • Jan M. Levine et al., Panel Presentation, Learning Disabilities and Legal Education (Leg. Writing Inst. Conf., 1992).
  • Jan M. Levine, Presentation, The Role of Attorneys in Child Protective Services Teams (U. Va. Med. Ctr. Child Protec. Comm., 1991).
  • Jan M. Levine, Presentation, Models of Interagency Cooperation in the Provision of Services to Children (Charlottesville-Albemarle Child Sexual Abuse Task Force, 1991).
  • Jan M. Levine, Panel Moderator, Forgotten Victims: Children of Violent Families (U. Va. Sch. L. & the Shelter for Help in Emerg., 1990).
  • Jan M. Levine, Course Guest Lecture, Children in the Legal System (U. Va. Sch. L., 1988).
  • Jan M. Levine, Presentation, Baby Doe and State Intervention in Medical Decisionmaking (Children's Hosp. Med. Ctr. Second Annual Health Care Conf., Stonehill College, 1984).
  • Jan M. Levine, Presentation, Rehabilitation Laws: How They Affect the Disabled (Mass. Gen. Hosp., 1980).
  • Jan M. Levine, Course Guest Lecture, Advocacy for Older Americans (Lesley College Graduate Program in Human Servs., 1980).
  • Jan M. Levine, Course Guest Lecture, Introduction to Rehabilitation (Ne. U. College Educ., 1980).
  • Jan M. Levine, Course Guest Lecture, Human Services Cooperative Seminar (Ne. U. College Educ., 1980).
  • Jan M. Levine, Course Guest Lecture, Introduction to Special Education (Ne. U. College Educ., 1980).
  • Jan M. Levine, Course Guest Lecture, Psychology of Mental Retardation (Ne. U. College Educ., 1979).

•Julia Glencer, Erin Karsman, Jan M. Levine, & Tara Willke, The Fruits of Hope: Student Evaluations, 48 Duq. L. Rev. 233 (2010) (available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1597334).

 •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 (available at http://popecenter.org/commentaries/article.html?id=2328).

 •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) (available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=993276).

 •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) (available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=968690).

 •Jan M. Levine & Kathryn M. Stanchi, Women, Writing & Wages: Breaking the Last Taboo, 7 Wm. & Mary J. Women L. 551 (2001) (available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=968504).

 •Jan M. Levine, Legal Research and Writing: What Schools Are Doing, and Who Is Doing the Teaching, 7 Scribes J. Leg. Writing 51 (2000) (available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=964912).

 •Jan M. Levine, Leveling the Hill of Sisyphus: Becoming a Professor of Legal Writing, 26 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 1067 (1999) (available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=965522).

 •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) (available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=993266).

 •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) (available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=993266).

 •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) (available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=968698).

 •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) (available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=969811).

 •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) (available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=981019) (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).