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Wayne Schiess

  • Senior Lecturer; Director - The David J. Beck Center for Legal Research, Writing, and Appellate Advocacy


  • JD Cornell

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Wayne Schiess is the director of the David J. Beck Center for Legal Research, Writing, and Appellate Advocacy. He teaches legal writing, legal drafting, and plain English and speaks frequently on those subjects. He has written dozens of articles and four books on practical legal-writing skills. He graduated from Cornell Law School, practiced law for three years at the Texas firm of Baker Botts, and in 1992 joined the faculty at Texas.

Honors: In 2012, he was chosen as the Law School's legal-writing teacher of the year. In 2011, the Texas Pattern Jury Charges Plain Language Project, for which he was the drafting consultant, was named a finalist for a ClearMark Award by the Center for Plain Language. In 2009, five of his short articles were featured in the Scribes Journal of Legal Writing "Best of" series. In 2007, his legal-writing blog was selected for the ABA Journal Blawg 100: "The best Websites by lawyers for lawyers."

Recent Publications

  • Bouncing and E-Bouncing: The End of the Citational Footnote?, 26 Appellate Advocate 409 (2014) (with Elana Einhorn).
  • Frequent Contributor, Austin Lawyer, 2007-Present.
  • Issue Statements: Different Kinds for Different Documents, 50 Washburn Law Journal 341 (2011) (with Elana S. Einhorn). View Article

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Recent Activities

  • Seminar speaker



    Austin Bar Association, Texas Office of the Attorney General, Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings, Law Firm of Rash Chapman, Texas Department of Insurance, Texas Office of the Comptroller, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

  • Visiting speaker

    November 8, 2013

    Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University

    Legal Communication & Rhetoric Visiting Scholar. Made possible by support from ALWD through a grant to support the Legal Communication & Rhetoric Visiting Scholars Grant Program

  • Seminar Speaker



    Speaker on legal writing for Austin Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, UTCLE, Texas District & County Attorneys Association, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

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Contact Information

Wayne Schiess

Work (512) 232-1333

Fax (512) 471-6988

Office: TNH 4.117
The University of Texas at Austin
727 E Dean Keeton Street
Austin, TX 78705

Faculty Assistant

Sarah J. Wimer
(512) 232-1254

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