National Conference of Law Reviews Challenges Law Students for the Future 

March 29, 2013 - Thomas M. Cooley Law School hosted the 59th Annual National Conference of Law Reviews in Lansing, Mich., from March 21 through March 23, 2013. Some 250 law students from 62 different law schools attended the conference, where legal experts shared their experiences related to student-edited law publications. Students had the opportunity to learn and share their experiences with law review editors and many well-known legal writers.

"Law reviews and journals are being forced to transition to a more digital world, and the National Conference of Law Reviews is the only forum for them to get together and share solutions," said Bradley Charles, Cooley Law School professor and chair of the National Conference of Law Reviews. "That's why we were able to get 62 different law schools to attend this year's conference."

Bryan Garner, the prolific author and founder of LawProse and editor of Black's Law Dictionary, and Joe Kimble, editor in chief of The Scribes Journal of Legal Writing and the longtime editor of the "Plain Language" column in the Michigan Bar Journal, gave informative discussions on topics involving word usage and how to be an expert on the subject. Garner also enlightened students on how a student-written article shouldn't be more than 5,000 words.

"Having the foremost expert on English usage, Bryan Garner, and the foremost expert on plain English, Joe Kimble, made this a special conference that the law students won't soon forget," said Professor Charles.

Following Garner's keynote, SandStory artist and finalist from the television show America's Got Talent, Joe Castillo, shared his unique form of art with the students by combining a light table, music and a story.

Bryan Garner, founder of LawProse and editor of Black’s Law Dictionary, signs students’ books at the National Conference of Law Reviews.

Bryan Garner, founder of LawProse and editor of Black's Law Dictionary, signs students' books at the National Conference of Law Reviews.

Joe Castillo, an 'America's Got Talent' finalist, shares SandStory art with students by using a light table and music, while creating a story in sand.

Joe Castillo, an 'America's Got Talent' finalist, shares SandStory art with students by using a light table and music, while creating a story in sand.

About Cooley Law School: Celebrating 40 years of excellence, the Thomas M. Cooley Law School is a private, nonprofit, independent law school accredited by the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission. Cooley has provided its more than 17,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world. Cooley offers its Juris Doctor program, Joint Degree programs, and Master of Laws programs three times a year with enrollment in January, May and September. Cooley Law School has campuses across Michigan in Lansing, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, and its new campus in Tampa Bay, Florida.

 

Highlights

The 59th Annual National Conference of Law Reviews was hosted by Cooley Law School, March 20-24, 2013.

Students from 62 different law schools attended.

Former U.S. Secretary Spencer Abraham, Writing Expert Bryan Garner, Among Speakers.


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