Legal Writing Institute

One Day Workshop

December 1, 2018

8:30 AM - 4 p.m.

Knoxville, TN

The event

Whose Job is it Anyway?

Examining the Role of Legal Writing and Academic Support in Bar Preparation

This year the Legal Writing Institute created the inaugural LWI Academic Support committee. Now is a great time to reexamine the relationship between academic support, legal writing and the bar exam. Most legal writing and academic support teachers agree that preparation for the bar exam starts at the onset of law school and is a collaborative effort of faculty, staff, administrators and students.

Presentations at this workshop will answer questions like: In addition to the MPT, what experiential assessments are legal writing and academic support using to bolster student success? What skills are transferable to bar exam success? How can academic support and legal writing collaborate to improve student success?


Event Speakers

Renee Nicole Allen

University of Tennessee

Sara Berman

AccessLex Institute

Ben Bratman

University of Pittsburgh

Paige Carlos

Florida A&M University

DeShun Harris

University of Memphis

Alicia Jackson

Florida A&M University

Lucy Jewel

University of Tennessee

Katherine Silver Kelly

Ohio State University

Cynthia Ramkellawan

Florida A&M University

OJ Salinas

University of North Carolina

Marlese Wells

Florida A&M University

Eurilynne Anise Williams

Florida A&M University

  • Registration 8:30 a.m.

    Breakfast - Sponsored by Kaplan

  • Welcome from Dean and Host School Chairs 9 a.m.

    Dean Melanie Wilson, Renee Nicole Allen, and Michael Higdon

  • Whose Job is it Anyway: Examining the Role of Legal Writing and Academic Support in Bar Prep 9:10 a.m.

    Renee Nicole Allen (University of Tennessee), DeShun Harris (University of Memphis), Alicia Jackson (Florida A&M University)

  • Kaplan Presentation 10 a.m.
  • Meeting Academic Challenges in the Face of the New Law School Normal with a Hybrid LRW/Academic Success Program 10:15 a.m.

    OJ Salinas (University of North Carolina)

  • Break 10:50 a.m.
  • Do As I Say and As I Do: Teaching High Stakes/High Pressure Performance Tasks 11 a.m.

    Lucy Jewel (University of Tennessee)

  • Reaching Today’s Law Students with Performance Test Writing Assignments: Springboards for Student Engagement and Bar Preparation 11:35 a.m.

    Sara Berman (AccessLex Institute)

  • Barbri Presentation 12:05
  • Lunch 12:30 - 1:45

    Sponsored by Barbri

  • The Role of Legal Writing and Academic Support in Bar Preparation: Florida A&M University College of Law’s Doctrinal Crossover Case Study 1:50 p.m.

    Eurilynne Anise Williams, Cynthia Ramkellawan, Paige Carlos, and Marlese Wells (Florida A&M University)

  • Break 2:20 p.m.
  • How the Bar Exam Under Emphasizes Legal Writing Even More Than We Might Think 2:30 p.m.

    Ben Bratman (University of Pittsburgh)

  • Break 3 p.m.
  • Self-Assessment is a Win-Win: The short and long-term benefits of integrating self- assessment tools into the legal writing class 3:10 p.m.

    Katherine Silver Kelly (Ohio State University)

  • Closing Remarks 3:40 p.m.

Additional info


University of Tennessee
College of Law
1505 Cumberland Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37996


Four Points Sheraton
1109 White Ave.
Knoxville, TN

Reserve your room now.


McGhee Tyson Airport
GPS: 2055 Alcoa Hwy

Taxi, Lyft, Uber – Parking available throughout the conference at the College of Law.


Contact Us

Renee Allen

Phone : (865) 974-4241