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Dean Dan Filler, Professors Emily Zimmerman and Liz Kukura Speak at Biennial Legal Writing Institute Conference

Dan Filler, Emily Zimmerman, Liz Kukura

July 16, 2018

Dean Daniel Filler was among a trio of law school deans who served on a panel at the 18th Biennial Legal Writing Institute Conference, held at Marquette University Law School July 11-14.

Filler joined Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea of the DePaul University College of Law and Dean Joseph Kearney of Marquette University Law School on the panel, which was organized and moderated by Kline School of Law Professor Emily Zimmerman.

The panel focused on the important role that deans can play in promoting Legal Writing programs, both by supporting developments in the curriculum and by promoting the status of faculty who leach legal writing. The panelists noted that professors who teach legal writing have not universally been recognized as equal to colleagues who teach courses such as constitutional law or torts.   

Filler said that hiring legal writing professors on a tenure track can favorably transform the culture of a law school, crediting Associate Dean Terry Jean Seligmann for making the policy a priority when the Kline School of Law was launched.

Zimmerman, who is among several tenured faculty members who teach Legal Methods at the Kline School of Law, has presented at numerous national and international conferences on legal education.   

Professor Liz Kukura discussed her research on health care providers’ mistreatment of women during childbirth during a panel focused on scholarship.  A visiting professor who teaches Legal Methods, Kukura is the author of “Obstetric Violence,” an article published in the Georgetown Law Journal.