Human Rights Writing Competition for Law Students and Recent Grads: Conference on Violence Against Women

by Yvette Brown 3. July 2013 10:10


Human Rights Writing Competition for Law Students & Recent Grads

Conference on Violence Against Women—Boston, MA

Posted: 02 Jul 2013 04:22 PM PDT

"The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) at Northeastern University School of Law announces a writing competition for current JD Students and 2012 and 2013 JD graduates in the United States. The organizers are looking for papers that address human rights issues or human rights-based approaches to economic and social justice. Papers addressing domestic violence from a human rights perspective will receive special consideration within this competition. The winner of the writing competition will receive $500, as well as an invitation to attend the PHRGE 2013 Institute in Boston, MA, Nov. 7-8, 2013. By attending this conference, the winner will have the opportunity to present his or her paper to other institute participants. The 2013 PHRGE Institute is co-sponsored by the Due Diligence Project and will explore states obligations to end violence against women. For details see PHRGE Student Writing Competition Announcement."

From:  Legal Scholarship Blog

Justice Kagan: Master of the Topic Sentence

by Yvette Brown 1. July 2013 14:55


“She is a master of the topic sentence (“A trip back in time begins to show why”) and the stylish dig (“wrong, wrong, and wrong again”). Yet what puts her in a class by herself is her combination of down-to-earth writing and the ingredients essential to influential opinions: conceptual insight, penetrating legal analysis and argumentative verve.”

For more highlights of Justice Kagan’s writing style see The Talented Justice Kagan by Lincoln Caplan in the New York Times.   

To add more style and grace to your own prose or to join the ranks of the Masters of the Topic Sentence consult one of the many writing resources PSL Law Library provides.

For example, Anne Enquist and Laurel Currie Oates provide helpful tips and advice on the art of writing a good topic sentence in Just Writing : Grammar, Punctuation, And Style For The Legal Writer.

Topic Sentence Example From Just Writing:

“The court extended these protections in Rosenbloom, holding that plaintiffs in a defamation action would have to prove actual malice if the published statements were of public or general interest.  Rosenbloom v. Metromendia, 403 U.S. 29 (1971).”

As Enquist and Oates note, the above topic sentence “introduces the point the paragraph will make.”  It also “demonstrates an excellent method for writing topic sentences that introduce a new case:  It begins with a transition that relates the point from the new case to the previous discussion and then follows with a paraphrase of the holding."

AWR & Study Aids Workshops This Week!

by Michelle Vallance 4. June 2013 12:15


Considering tackling your AWR soon? Join us on Wednesday, June 5th from 12-1pm in the Law Library's Teaching Lab, Classroom 1337, for a workshop titled Getting Started on Your AWR. This workshop will expose you to the pre-research process.  You will learn to identify research sources in order to narrow down topics and determine whether a chosen topic is practical - with enough accessible, available research.  This workshop will also include a discussion on setting personal research deadlines. Please feel free to bring your lunch!

Would you like to gain a better understanding of a legal topic you are studying this summer? Are you interested in finding out more about the Law Library's Academic Success collection and Westlaw's online study aids? Come learn some tips for success from your very own Law Library staff this Wednesday, June 5th from 3-4pm. The Study Aids workshop will take place in the Library's Teaching Lab, located on the 13th floor in Classroom 1337.

Take a look at our library workshops page to view a list of workshop descriptions and a link to the workshop calendar.

Editing And Writing With Style Via The AWR Display

by Yvette Brown 28. March 2013 13:46


Edit like a Maestro by checking out our AWR Display!  Ever wonder whether to capitalize or not capitalize?   Is your memory a tad bit foggy about grammar or punctuation rules?   Do you flip a coin to choose between which or that?  If you answered yes, our PSL Law Library is the go to place for style manuals and other writing resources.

Style manuals set the “standards” for writing.  The manuals answer questions about punctuation, word usage, capitalization, italics, underling, document design, plurals, possessives, and other writing conventions.

Plus, all of the style manuals and other writing resources in the AWR Display are available for check-out.  So, consult one of more of these handy writing resources before you turn in your motion, AWR, or other documents.

Bryan Garner, The Elements of Legal Style

Bryan Garner, The Redbook:  A Manual on Legal Style

Anne Enquist & Laurel Oates, Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer            

Black’s Law Dictionary (9th ed.) (WestlawNext) 

Merriam-Webster Online: Dictionary and Thesaurus

Introduction to Basic Legal Citation (2012) (free e-book)

The AWR Display is conveniently located by the Legal Research Help Desk. 

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