Duquesne University School of Law

School of Law hosts 5th Legal Writing Conference

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Up to 100 attendees are expected at this weekend's conference at Duquesne University School of Law addressing the drafting of statutes, ordinances, regulations and rules. 

Drafting Statutes and Rules: Pedagogy, Practice, and Politics 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. The 5th Colonial Frontier Legal Writing Conference will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the law school. Duquesne hosts the programs every two years. 

“This is the first national conference to focus on the teaching of statutory drafting in law schools, and the resulting symposium issue of the Duquesne Law Review will be of great value to scholars and teachers who seek to incorporate courses in law school curricula,” said Jan Levine, associate professor and director of the School of Law’s nationally ranked Legal Research and Writing Program. 

Drafting Statutes and Rules is open to the public and will begin with presentations about teaching statutory and rule drafting in law school by Richard Neumann, professor of law at Hofstra University’s Maurice A. Deane School of Law, and J. Lyn Entrikin, professor of law at the William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. 

Luncheon keynote speakers will be former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and Pennsylvania Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny), who will present From Chaos to Creation: A Look Behind the Curtain on the Flow of Policy-Making Powers Between Pennsylvania’s Executive and Legislative Leaders. Afternoon sessions will feature presentations by various law school professors from across the country. 

Drafting Statutes and Rules, which is sponsored by LexisNexis and Wolters Kluwer Legal Education, offers up to four substantive hours approved for Pennsylvania continuing legal education credit. 

Learn More

Visit the conference event page to read more about the agenda and register. Walk-in registrations will also be accepted. If you have a registration question, please contact Carrie Samarin at LRWadmin@duq.edu.