» Legal Writing Institute One-Day Conference: November 30, 2018

#amwriting: Reaching the Next Generation of Legal Writers.

Chapman University Fowler School of Law is proud to be one of the host sites for the 2018 LWI One-Day Workshops. At this workshop, Law professors from across the country will discuss how “Gen Z” will be different from and similar to past law student cohorts, how best to reach today’s and tomorrow’s students, and how to prepare them for the current landscape of legal practice.

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+ - Schedule

LWI One-Day Workshop Schedule
November 30, 2018

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Registration and Breakfast
Breakfast sponsored by Thomson Reuters

Dean Matt Parlow

10:00 – 10:45 
Generation Z Goes to College: Teaching and Reaching Law Students in the Post-Millennial Generation
Laura P. Graham, Wake Forest University School of Law

10:45 – 11:15 
Maintaining Empathy While Keeping Students Accountable
Sarah Hadjimarkos and Trina Tinglum, University of Wisconsin Law School


We Need to (Snap)Chat: Helping Students Cultivate a Professional Identity Online
Jenny Carey, Stephanie Lascelles, & Abigail Patthoff, Chapman University Fowler School of Law

Lunch & Practitioner Panel (listening lunch)

Break and select lunch
Lunch sponsored by Thomson Reuters

12:30 – 1:10    
#amwriting in “the Real World”: an Update on Writing and Research Trends in Practice
Carolyn Larmore, Director of Externships, Moderator
Paul A. Alarcón, Attorney at Buchalter 
Nancy Sandoval, Associate at Bienert, Miller & Katzman
Amna Chaudhary, Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Theodor C. Albert, U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Minhquan Nguyen, Attorney at Children’s Law Center
Nancy Sandoval, Associate at Bienert, Miller & Katzman

1:15 – 1:45     
Reaching them Early: Teaching Gen Z Legal Analysis and Writing in Pipeline Programs
Alissa Rubin Gomez & Hilary Reed, University of Houston Law Center

1:45 -2:15       
Don’t Just Argue, Tell a Story
Deborah L. Weiss, USC Gould Law School


Engaging Generation Z Students During the Rewriting Process
Lisa Cannon, Wendy Garewal, & Gail Greene, Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Sure You Can! Teaching a 2L/3L Transactional Drafting Course without Experience as a Transactional Lawyer
Andrew J. Turner, University of Wisconsin Law School

Empowering Students to Solve Problems Through a Simulation-Based Course Design
Alison Mikkor, UC Irvine School of Law

*All presentations will take place in Room 237A (except for the lunch practitioner panel). Breakfast and lunch will be provided in Room 237B.

+ - Directions and Transportation


Chapman University Fowler School of Law (Kennedy Hall)
1 University Dr,
Orange, CA 92866


  • John Wayne/Orange County Airport (SNA) – the closest airport (12 mi). Approximately 15- 20 minutes away.
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – the largest nearby airport (40 mi). Approximately 45 min – 1 hr away. 



  • Free guest parking is available in the Barrera Structure, which is located directly behind the law school building.
  • Attendees who register for the conference will receive a parking permit by email. The permit must be printed and placed face up on the dashboard of the car.
  • If Barrera is full, guests may also park in the Knott Studios lot, the Lastinger Structure, or the West Campus Structure.



  • The City of Orange and specifically historic Old Towne have an abundance of dining options that will not disappoint... all in walking distance: Restaurants Near Chapman University

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+ - Site Coordinator Contact Information:

Prof. Abigail Patthoff
Email:  patthoff@chapman.edu
Twitter:  @APatthoff