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Professor Lisa McElroy's Defense of Legal Writing Profs Cited by WSJ Blog

Professor Lisa McElroy

February 26, 2014

The Wall Street Journal Law Blog turned to Professor Lisa McElroy's thoughts on Georgetown University law professor Kristen K. Tiscione's poem regarding the unfair treatment of legal writing professors. 

In her poem Tiscione claimed that legal writing professors were treated as if they were of lesser quality than tenured faculty, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog reported.  As reported, Tiscione's poem had been criticized, with some claiming that legal writing professors were to legal education as nurses were to the medical profession and, thus, should not be held in as high regard as tenured faculty.

As pointed out in the Wall Street Journal Law Blog article, Professor Lisa McElroy, a tenured faculty member at the Drexel University School of Law, who also teaches legal writing, felt that critics of the poem underestimated the importance of legal writing professors as well as nurses.  Both professionals serve "on the front lines," McElroy claimed.  In the case of legal writing professors, their importance should never be underestimated, McElroy argued, as they are "pretty much ensuring that . . . students are qualified and competent to represent clients in the practice of law."

More of McElroy's thoughts on the subject can be found in her Dorf on Law blog post