Colonial Frontier Legal Writing Conference Tackles Statutes and Rules

Nearly 100 attendees are expected at an upcoming conference at Duquesne that will address the drafting of statutes, ordinances, regulations and rules in law schools.

Drafting Statutes and Rules: Pedagogy, Practice and Politics offers attendees an opportunity to hear from academicians who teach how to write statutory materials; practitioners who craft statutes and similar rules; and other scholars who study all forms of legislation. The 5th Annual Colonial Frontier Legal Writing Conference will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the law school.

"This is the first national conference to focus on the teaching of statutory drafting in law schools, and the resulting symposium issue of the Duquesne Law Review will be of great value to scholars and teachers who seek to incorporate courses in law school curricula," said Jan Levine, associate professor and director of the School of Law's nationally ranked Legal Research and Writing Program.

Drafting Statutes and Rules is open to the public and will begin with presentations about teaching statutory and rule drafting in law school by Richard Neumann, professor of law at Hofstra University's Maurice A. Deane School of Law, and J. Lyn Entrikin, professor of law at the William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Luncheon keynote speakers will be former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and Pennsylvania Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny), who will present From Chaos to Creation: A Look Behind the Curtain on the Flow of Policy-Making Powers Between Pennsylvania's Executive and Legislative Leaders. Afternoon sessions will feature presentations by various law school professors from across the country.

The full conference agenda can be found here. Drafting Statutes and Rules, which is sponsored by LexisNexis and Wolters Kluwer Legal Education, offers up to four substantive hours approved for Pennsylvania continuing legal education credit.

The Duquesne University Legal Research and Writing Program was ranked No. 15 in the legal writing category of U.S. News and World Report's 2017 Best Graduate Schools edition.

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