Legal Writing Institute marks 25 years

Scribes - The American Society of Legal Writers - paid tribute to the 25th anniversary of the Legal Writing Institute, which was founded at Seattle University School of Law.

Laurel Oates, now director of the law school's top-ranked Legal Writing Program, and Chris Rideout, associate director, founded the institute.

"For all that the Institute has done, Scribes is pleased to pay tribute - and proud to consider it a sister organization in the good fight for better legal writing, a fight our profession must win," wrote Stuart Shiffman, Scribes president.

The Legal Writing Institute, with more than 2,100 members, has become the world center for information and guidance on teaching legal writing and legal analysis. It publishes a newsletter and journal and holds a biennial conference. LWI has sponsored conferences on legal writing in Eastern Europe, East Africa and Turkey, as well as an international conference series on applied legal storytelling.

Oates will speak at a symposium on Legal Writing in November as part of a 25th anniversary celebration at Mercer University School of Law, which has housed the institute since 2003.

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