The 2010 Thomas F. Blackwell
Memorial Award Recipient
In Recognition of His Outstanding Achievements in the Field of Legal Writing
Steve Johansen, Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School.
Steve Johansen is a Professor of Law at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, where he has led the school’s Legal Writing program for more than twenty years. As a national leader in the field, Steve was a member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute (1996-2008), and not only served as the Institute's President (2002-2004) and as Treasurer (1996-2000), but has also served on the Board of Editors of Legal Writing: the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute. He founded LWI’s highly successful Writers Workshop. Steve is former Chair of the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Research, and Reasoning (2002), and he served on the section’s Executive Committee (2000-2002), and as Chair of its Program Committee (1999). He is one of the author/editors of Interpreting Oregon Law, a publication for the Oregon State Bar.
Steve’s influence, however, extends far beyond the borders of the United States. He has been in the vanguard of developing Legal Writing pedagogy on the international stage. Steve was one of the first U.S. Legal Writing scholars to teach lawyering skills courses overseas, beginning as a visiting scholar at the University of Latvia (1999), then visiting at the University of Cork, Ireland (2002), and most recently, as a program planner or presenter at conferences in the Czech Republic, Kenya, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. In fact, Steve is the author of the first Legal Writing textbook in Latvian, Juridiska Analize Un Tekstu Rakstisana, now in its third edition. Steve was one of the creative forces shaping a new international series of conferences in Applied Legal Storytelling, the first conference being held in London, England, in July 2007, and the second in Portland, Oregon, in July 2009.
Read Steve's acceptance speech here.