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June 30, 2014 — University of Wyoming College of Law Professor Michael Smith is one of two professors nationwide to receive a Legal Communication and Rhetoric Visiting Scholars Grant from the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD).
Smith, the founder and director of UW’s Center for the Study of Written Advocacy, says the grant will fund three presentations he will make at the Vermont Law School in October. His presentations at Vermont will be based on his scholarly research in the area of written legal advocacy, either from completed works or from works in progress. His audiences are the Vermont Law School faculty and the broader law school community along with a continuing legal education (CLE) presentation to members of the Vermont bar and judiciary.
Nationally recognized as an expert in the areas of legal writing and written advocacy, Smith received the inaugural ALWD Visiting Scholar Grant for presentations at the Rutgers Law School-Camden.
With more than 300 members representing 150 law schools, ALWD is composed of directors of legal research, writing and advocacy programs from law schools throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. The ALWD grant program is open to all legal writing scholars (a grant recipient does not have to be a member of ALWD) and is designed to fund trips by legal writing scholars to other law schools to deliver one or more presentations to law students, law faculty, law school alumni or local practicing attorneys and judges.