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Center for the Study of Written Advocacy

Our Mission

The mission of the Center for the Study of Written Advocacy is to advance the discipline of legal writing, and more specifically, the practice of professional legal advocacy by producing, facilitating, and promoting research and scholarship that explores the substance, procedure, and ethics of written legal advocacy. In addition to supervising student research assistants, the Center hosts a variety of activities including scholarly writing workshops, continuing legal education presentations, and legal writing conferences.

With the emphasis of writing skills in the legal profession, the Center boasts nationally recognized Legal Writing Professors that establish the University of Wyoming College of Law as a leading institution in legal writing and research, and provide exceptional legal writing instruction to law students.

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Director of the Center for the Study of Written Advocacy

Professor Michael Smith is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of legal writing and written advocacy. His primary areas of scholarly interest are the psychology of persuasion and, more generally, the cognitive processes underlying effective legal writing.

Assistant Director of the Center for the Study of Written Advocacy

A nationally recognized legal writing expert, Professor Ken Chestek is one of three co-authors of a new textbook for first-year courses in legal persuasion. His current scholarly interest is in the emerging discipline of Applied Legal Storytelling, which examines the role of narrative reasoning and storytelling in how judges decide cases.

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