McGeorge School of Law

Moylan Named President-Elect of Legal Writing Directors Association

June 28, 2013

Mary-Beth Moylan

Professor Mary-Beth Moylan

Professor Mary-Beth Moylan was announced as the president-elect of Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) at the organization's biennial conference on June 26, 2013.

Moylan, the director of McGeorge's Global Lawyering Skills (GLS) program, was one of the co-chairs of the conference planning committee. The three-day conference was held at Marquette University School of Law in Milwaukee, and Moylan participated via teleconference. She will begin her president-elect service in August, becoming the president of the organization in August 2014. Moylan represented ALWD in early June in St. Louis at a meeting of the ABA Council on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar.

"I am excited to be joining the leadership of ALWD at a time when skills professors have an important role to play in the changes being made to law school curriculum across the country, and when a new edition of the ALWD manual is coming out," Moylan said. "It should be an interesting and busy three years."

Moylan co-authored a new textbook, Global Lawyering Skills, with professor of lawyering skills Stephanie Thompson, and contributing authors from the current GLS faculty including Hether Macfarlane, Ed Telfeyan, Adrienne Brungess, Gretchen Franz, Jeff Proske, and Maureen Moran. Former GLS faculty members Kathleen Friedrich, Jennifer Gibson, and Maureen Watkins also contributed chapters. The skills book was published by West on May 29, 2013. The textbook is intended for use in legal research and writing classes, although it includes chapters outside the traditional legal research and writing curriculum including chapters on client interviewing, client counseling, international and transnational research, alternative dispute resolution, and includes cross-cultural considerations in most of the chapters.

ALWD is a non-profit professional association of directors of legal reasoning, research, writing, analysis, and advocacy programs from law schools throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. ALWD has more than 200 members representing more than 150 law schools. McGeorge hosted the organization's 2011 conference.