Legal Writing Director Laurel Oates Honored

Laurel Oates, director of the law school’s acclaimed legal writing program, received the award for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education from the Burton Awards for Legal Achievement.

“This is well-deserved recognition for Laurel and another commendation of the outstanding legal education offered at Seattle University School of Law,” Dean Kellye Testy said.

Seattle University School of Law’s Legal Writing Program has consistently been ranked by U.S. and World Report as one of the top legal writing program in the country.

Oates helped co-founded the Legal Writing Institute, which has more than 2,000 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. She 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.

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

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