The Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute are

proud to announce the recipient of the 2016 Thomas F. Blackwell Memorial

Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Legal Writing:

Coleen Miller Barger

Altheimer Distinguished Professor of Law

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

William H. Bowen School of Law

This prestigious 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.

Those nominating her and the Blackwell Award Committee agreed that Coleen

exemplifies these qualities. Her nomination letters explained:

For nearly twenty-five years, Coleen has represented our profession

with the highest dedication and service in countless ways: as a

teacher, scholar, mentor, board member, advocate, committee

member, committee chair, and all-around leader of the legal writing


Coleen . . . embodies the sprit of the award. I knew Tom Blackwell

as a genuinely kind person who loved his students, interacted

heartily with his colleagues, and gave freely of his time to LWI and

ALWD. [This award] should go to persons who nurture their

students, motivate and support young professionals entering

academia as teachers of legal writing, and give back enormously to

our professional organizations. Colleen is that . . . person.

Coleen has inspired thousands of students; she has mentored legal writing

colleagues across the country; she is a co-founding editor of the Journal of

Appellate Practice and Process; and she has made exceptional contributions to

ALWD, LWI, and legal writing educators through her work on various editions of

the ALWD Citation Manual and the ALWD Companion as well as her service as a

Board member for both ALWD and LWI.

Please join us in congratulating Coleen at cmbarger@ualr.edu. We hope you will

be able to join us to congratulate her in person at the Blackwell Award Reception

at 8 p.m. on January 6, 2016, during the AALS Annual Meeting in New York.