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Weresh selected as Galen Distinguished Guest in Legal Writing

October 18, 2016

Melissa Weresh, professor of law at Drake University Law School, has been selected to be an inaugural Galen Distinguished Guest in Legal Writing at the University of Oregon School of Law Oct. 20-22.

The Galen Distinguished Guest in Legal Writing program welcomes distinguished professors and practitioners to the University of Oregon School of Law each year to work with students, faculty, and other groups on enhancing student writing.

The Distinguished Guests are chosen based on their record of excellent teaching and innovative scholarship; their experience in making dynamic and engaging presentations; and their current research on topics related to excellence in legal writing.

During the visit, Weresh will speak to law faculty about her article “Stargate: Malleability as a Threshold Concept in Legal Education” with an emphasis on writing and writing instruction. She will also present to a broad group of university faculty about her innovative use of team-based learning in writing and doctrinal law classes.

Weresh joined the Drake Law faculty in 1997. Her areas of expertise are in legal writing, appellate advocacy, environmental law, and ethics and professional responsibility.

She has written numerous articles and textbooks, including her most recent article “Stars upon Thars: Evaluating the Discriminatory Impact of ABA Standards 405(c) “Tenure-Like" Security of Position” in Law & Inequality.

Among her many involvements, Weresh has served as president of the Legal Writing Institute, member of the LexisNexis Law School Publishing Advisory Board, and chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Teaching Methods.

In addition, Weresh was recently named the winner of the 2017 Thomas F. Blackwell Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Legal Writing by the Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute.

For more information, visit Weresh’s faculty profile.