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Law School sponsors first annual Beck Awards, presented by the David J. Beck Center for Legal Research, Writing, and Appellate Advocacy

On April 23, 2013, the University of Texas School of Law hosted the first annual Beck Awards at a luncheon recognizing the work of the new David J. Beck Center for Legal Research, Writing, and Appellate Advocacy. The Beck Center was launched in the spring of 2012 with support from David J. Beck, ’65, life trustee of the Law School Foundation and founder of renowned litigation boutique Beck Redden LLP. Among the Beck Center’s mandates is honing law students’ oral and written advocacy skills, which are foundational to all lawyers’ success.

Kamela Bridges and Wayne Schiess write book on litigation writing for students and new lawyers

To help prepare students and new lawyers for these forms of writing, Law School writing lecturers Kamela Bridges and Wayne Schiess have written a book, Writing for Litigation, organized around the types of documents a trial lawyer writes, from an engagement letter at the beginning of a case to jury instructions at the end.

Professor Justin Driver, Judge Diane Wood honored for exemplary legal writing by the Green Bag

The Green Bag Almanac & Reader 2011 includes writing by two members of the UT Law community—Professor Justin Driver and Judge Diane Wood, ’75. The collection recognizes outstanding legal writing from a variety of sources.