Legal Writing Institute founders Oates and Rideout honored

Professors Laurel Oates and Chris Rideout, founders of the Legal Writing Institute at Seattle University School of Law, will be honored and speak at a symposium on Legal Writing in November. The event marks the LWI 25th anniversary celebration at Mercer University School of Law, which has housed the institute since 2003.

The Legal Writing Institute was founded at Seattle University School of Law. Oates, now director of the law school's top-ranked Legal Writing Program, and Chris Rideout, associate director, will be recognized for their contributions to the field of legal writing.Laurel Oates

Oates will receive the 2009 Rombauer Award, named for Marjorie Rombauer, one of the founders of the field of Legal Writing who taught at the University of Washington School of Law for more than 30 years. Rombauer is the author of "Legal Problem Solving: Analysis, Research and Writing," first published in 1970, and was an author of Legal Writing in a Nutshell.

Chris RideoutRideout will be the first recipient of the Mary Lawrence Award, established in 2009 in honor of Professor Emerita Mary Lawrence of the University Oregon School of Law. It will be periodically awarded to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of legal writing by demonstrating the qualities that Professor Mary Lawrence personifies: innovative teaching, pioneering scholarship, and consummate professionalism.

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, a 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.