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December 1, 2005

Press Contact: Allegra Young, UT Law, (512) 471-7330.

Professor Teresa R. Leclercq Honored with AALS Award for Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research

AUSTIN, Texas — The Legal Writing Section of the Association of American Law Schools honored Teresa Leclercq, senior lecturer at The University of Texas School of Law, with the 2006 Section Award. The award will be presented on Friday, Jan. 6, 2006, during the AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

"We're delighted that Terri's contributions to legal writing over her career, including her 20 years on our faculty, have been recognized with this award. We offer her our congratulations," said Dean Bill Powers.

"This award recognizes Terri's many years and broad range of contributions to our field—from her scholarship on the Doctrine of the Last Antecedent, to her practical plagiarism brochure, and her memorable presentations at legal writing conferences," said Jo Anne Durako, AALS Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research Section Chair.

"What an honor! Not only is it a great endorsement of my own work, but it is a strong statement that Writing Specialists contribute more than just punctuation advice to law students. Today, there are about 20 of us with extensive backgrounds in rhetoric and composition teaching in law schools; I hope someday each school will be able to offer this expertise to their students," said LeClercq.

Leclercq joins an illustrious list of teachers, including Mary Lawrence, Marjorie Rombauer, Helene Shapo, Laurel Oates, and Marilyn Walter in receiving this award.

Professor LeClercq, who holds a PhD in English from the University of Texas, teaches and writes about legal writing. She is the author of several widely used books, including Expert Legal Writing (Texas, 1995) and Guide to Legal Writing Style (3rd. ed., Aspen, 2004). She publishes articles on composition theory, teaching methodology, plagiarism, and ambiguities with legal consequences. Dr. LeClercq teaches Advanced Legal Writing, Editing for Editors, and Introduction to U.S. Law (for foreign lawyers). She helped The Federal Judiciary Center create plain-language notices for class-action lawsuits. Currently she is creating a handbook on legal process for prisoners.

The Legal Writing Section of the AALS is devoted to promoting teaching and scholarship in the field of Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research. It holds at least one Section Program at the AALS Annual Meeting in January each year, hosts a luncheon at the Annual Meeting, and publishes the Section Newsletter electronically in the spring and fall. The Section also helps the AALS in organizing the biennial conference for New Legal Writing teachers.

The AALS is a non-profit association of 166 law schools. The purpose of the association is "the improvement of the legal profession through legal education." It serves as the learned society for law teachers and is legal education's principal representative to the federal government and to other national higher education organizations and learned societies.

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