Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education

Presented for outstanding contributions to the education of new lawyers in the field of legal analysis, research and writing, whether through teaching, program design, program support, innovative thinking or writing.

The 2012 Award Winner

Tina L. Stark is a Professor of the Practice of Law at Boston University School of Law and the Director of the school's Transactional Program. In 2011, she was one of 24 professors chosen from a nationwide search to be included in the study What the Best Law Teachers Do.

Before joining Boston University in July 2011, Professor Stark taught for four years at Emory University School of Law, where she was a Professor in the Practice of Law and the Executive Director of that school's Center for Transactional Law and Practice. While there, she created an integrated transactional skills curriculum designed to graduate students with both a doctrinal foundation and the skills to provide value to an employer beginning on Day 1.

Professor Stark was previously an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School where she taught a seminar on drafting commercial agreements, a simulation course on transactional skills, and a course on business. Professor Stark began teaching at Fordham in 1993.

Professor Stark is a former corporate partner at Chadbourne & Parke LLP. While at Chadbourne, Professor Stark had a broad-based transactional practice, including acquisitions, dispositions, recapitalizations, and financings. In addition, she developed and implemented the firm's corporate training program.

Professor Stark's teaching emphasizes the relationship between law and business, and draws upon her experience as a corporate partner at Chadbourne and as a commercial banker at Irving Trust Company. She has lectured on law and business issues at programs in the United States, Canada, England, Italy, China, and Poland.

Professor Stark is the editor-in-chief and co-author of Negotiating and Drafting Contract Boilerplate, publisher, American Lawyer Media (2003). Her contract drafting textbook, Drafting Contracts: How and Why Lawyers Do What They Do, was published in June 2007, and her related treatise, A Handbook on Drafting Contracts, is to be published in 2013.

Professor Stark received her A.B., with honors, from Brown University and her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was a contributing editor to the Journal of International Law & Politics. After law school, Professor Stark clerked for Judge Jacob D. Fuchsberg of the New York State Court of Appeals and was an associate with Barrett Smith Schapiro Simon & Armstrong.