Reform In Law

The 2007 "Reform in Law" Award was presented for the restyling of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The recipients were two federal rules committees: the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules and the Standing Committee on Federal Rules and legal-drafting consultant Joseph Kimble, a professor at Thomas Cooley Law School. The awards were given for the enormous effort to revise the federal rules for clarity, consistency, and a more plain and understandable style. The project took almost four years to complete and produced a complete stylistic overhaul.

The selection was made under the direction of the Honorable Jim Ward, Chair of the "Reform in Law Committee," and it were spotlighted at the awards event on June 4, 2007.

The 2006 "Reform in Law" Award was presented to the California Judicial Council for rewriting the California criminal jury instructions. The California Judicial Council is the umbrella organization for the largest court system in the nation. Previously, the organization was also honored for reforming and rewriting the civil jury instructions.

Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education

Under the direction of renowned legal writing authority, Anne Kringel, the award for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education is presented each year.

The award is presented to an individual or group that has made an outstanding contribution to educating new lawyers in the field of legal analysis and/or research and writing... whether through teaching, program design, program support, innovative thinking or writing.

In 2007 the distinguished award winner was Professor Laurel Oates of Seattle University School of Law.

Professor Laurel Oates is the Director of Seattle University's Legal Writing Program, which has been ranked by U.S. and World Reports as the top legal writing program in the United States.

In 1984, Professor Oates helped co-founded the Legal Writing Institute, which has more than 2000 members from more than 150 law schools and which works to improve the teaching of legal writing. As a member of the Legal Writing Institute, Professor Oates helped establish The Second Draft, which is the Institute's bulletin, and helped organize and host seven national conferences, including the 1984, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004 Legal Writing conferences.

Professor Oates is the co-author of five books, including The Legal Writing Handbook, which is now in its fourth edition, and Just Research, Just Memos, Just Briefs, Just Writing, and a Practice Book. She has also authored a number of articles, which are listed in the publications list.

During Spring Semester 2007, Professor Oates will be working in India and Africa. In February 2007, Professor Oates and Samuel will be training magistrates in Uganda; in March, they will be hosting a conference for law school professors and providing workshops for attorneys; and in April, they will be providing training for judges in South Africa.

Records in Distinction

2007 Record of Distinction Awards for Law Firm and Law School Winners

Law Firm Recipients:
This award is given annually to law firms which have had winners in the program for 3 or more years. It is felt that this achievement is a direct reflection on the quality of writing by the partners at the law firm. This year the award is given to:

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, L.L.P.
Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto
Goodwin Procter LLP
Jenner & Block LLP
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Patton Boggs LLP
Proskauer Rose LLP
Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Law School Recipients:
This award is given annually to law schools which have had winners in the program for 3 or more years. It is felt that this achievement is a direct reflection on the quality of writing by the students at the law school. This year the award is given to:

Columbia Law School
University of Minnesota Law School


2006 Law Firm Record of Distinction Awards

ARNOLD & PORTER LLP
BRACEWELL & GIULIANI LLP
BRINKS HOFFER GILSON & LEONE, PC
SKADDEN, ARPS, SLATE, MEAGER & FLOM LLP
THOMPSON HINE LLP
WEIL, GOTSHAL & MANGES LLP

2006 Law School Record of Distinction Awards

WILLIAM & MARY SCHOOL OF LAW
GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN LAW SCHOOL