The Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute awarded the 2014 Thomas F. Blackwell Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Legal Writing to Jan Levine at the AALS Conference in New York City.
Jan is an Associate Professor and Director of Legal Research and Writing at Duquesne University School of Law.
This distinguished award is presented annually to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to improve the field of Legal Writing by demonstrating:
- an ability to nurture and motivate students to excellence;
- a willingness to help other legal writing educators improve their teaching skills or their legal writing programs; and
- an ability to create and integrate new ideas for teaching and motivating legal writing educators and students.
As stated in his nomination letter, Jan exemplifies these qualities in several important ways:
For a quarter of a century, he has brought practical strategies for better legal writing education to his students. Through his work as a legal writing director, he has upgraded the legal writing programs at four very different law schools – Virginia, Arkansas-Fayetteville, Temple, and Duquesne – improving directly the legal education of all the students at those schools. In addition, his conference presentations, service, and scholarship have helped an entire generation of legal writing professors innovate and professionalize, helping to improve the legal skills training of many more students across the country. There are scores of legal writing professors and program directors who have benefitted from [his] assistance with their careers and his tireless mentoring, consulting, and strategizing.
If you would like to offer your congratulations to Jan, he may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.