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Visiting Scholar to Discuss the Legal Writing, Truth Commissions

September 28, 2010

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT -- Teresa Godwin Phelps, a national leader in legal writing, will deliver two public presentations on Oct. 4 at Vermont Law School, where she will be a visiting scholar.

Her first talk, titled "Latin American Truth Commissions (Después de la violencia y opresión: las comisiones de verdad y sus consecuencias en América Latina)," will be from 12:45 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Chase Center. Her second talk, titled "Developing Strong Poets in Legal Writing," will be from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Chase Center. Both events are free and open to the public.

Phelps' visit to VLS is funded by a grant from the Journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors' Visiting Scholars in Rhetoric and Writing Program. The new grant program is funding visiting scholars at four law schools this year to encourage scholarship that focuses on the study and practice of professional legal writing.

Professor Greg Johnson, director of the VLS Legal Writing program, said VLS was honored to receive the grant. "We're very excited to have Professor Phelps visiting Vermont Law School," he said. "She's one of the biggest names in legal writing in the United States."

Phelps, who is director of Legal Rhetoric at American University's Washington College of Law, has had a key role in legal writing scholarship for 30 years. She has published widely in the field, including a 1986 article, "The New Legal Rhetoric," that helped to establish a new legal writing pedagogy. Her other academic interests include law and literature, international truth commissions, women and the law, and human rights.

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