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Chapter Two: Once Upon A Legal Story

Wednesday, July 22 to Friday, July 24, 2009

at the Lewis & Clark Law School 

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Podcasts of the conference

Why this conference?

This second Applied Legal Storytelling conference was imagined and realized because the conference organizers wished to create a sustainable dialogue about the application of storytelling elements to the practice and pedagogy of law. This conference continues the discussion began at the first Once Upon a Legal Time conference held at City Law School in London in 2007. We are committed to spotlighting the concept of a story in ways that will directly and tangibly benefit law students (i.e. future lawyers) and legal practitioners (i.e. former law students).

The 2009 conference, Chapter Two: Once Upon A Legal Story will include presentations by over fifty legal professionals from diverse areas of legal study and practice. Presenters will add their unique takes on this new area of legal scholarship that seeks to explore the role of narrative in legal practice and legal education.

About the Legal Writing Institute (LWI)

The Legal Writing Institute (LWI) was founded in 1984 as a non-profit organization to promote the exchange of information and ideas about all forms of legal writing. LWI also provides a forum for research and scholarship about legal writing and legal analysis. It promotes these activities by sponsoring many different activities:

  • Biennial national conferences, held on even-numbered years;
  • International conferences in countries with emerging legal education systems;
  • Specialty-subject conferences (such as this one);
  • Annual small-group scholarship workshops for emerging and mid-level scholars;
  • Online, password protected Aidea bank of simulation problems and teaching exercises;
  • Online open resources such as a comprehensive plagiarism handbook and course syllabi
  • Scholarly journal, Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute.
  • Competitive research grants awarded annually;
  • Awards presented for outstanding contributions to legal writing by people who are not active members of LWI (past recipients have included judges, deans, leaders in the Plain English movement).
  • Annual survey of the field to monitor program development, teaching loads and department staffing models;
  • Newsletter, The Second Draft;

LWI has close to 2,000 individual members, representing all of the ABA accredited law schools in the United States. It is the second largest academic legal organization in the United States.

LWI also has members who hail from Canada and Australia; from English departments; from independent research and consulting organizations; and from the judiciary and practicing bar. Anyone who is interested in legal writing or the teaching of legal writing may join. There is no cost. All of our funds are generated through our biennial conferences.


Logistical Details

When and Where:

The conference will take place from Wednesday, July 22 to Friday, July 24, 2009 at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. The Law School is set on the border of Tryon Creek State Park, just ten minutes from downtown Portland (Google map)

Costs to Participants:

In light of the economic uncertainties we have kept the conference fee to $350. The conference fee will cover 1) meals at the conference and 2) transportation to the Lewis & Clark Law School from the hotels and from Lewis & Clark Law School to the hotels.


We have reserved blocks of rooms in Portland at the Heathman Hotel ($179/night), and at the Marriott Portland City Center Hotel ($149/night single or double). The hotels are holding open these rooms until June 1, but the number of rooms is limited and thus, if you are using the conference hotels, we suggest that you make reservations as soon as possible.

There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rates, so we encourage you to sign up early. We will release any unsold hotel rooms by May 31, 2009.

For reservations at the Heathman, call (800) 551 0011, and request a reservation for The Applied Legal Storytelling Conference.

You may get more information about the hotel at the Heathman website

For reservations at the Marriott, call 1(800) 228 9290 and request a reservation for the Lewis and Clark Law School conference. Online reservations at the Marriott website.

Please note: there are two Marriott Hotels in Portland. The Marriott City Center is on SW Broadway.

Both the Heathman and the Marriott City Center are in the heart of downtown Portland and within easy walking distance of the waterfront, Powell’s Bookstore, Saturday Market, and a variety of dining and shopping experiences. We will provide transportation to and from the hotels to the Law School.


The hotels provide continental breakfasts. In addition to coffee service, we will provide lunch during the conference for participants. We are also planning a Wednesday night reception and a Friday night dinner. Additional tickets may be purchased for these two events.

Publication information:

Two journals are planning symposia issues related to this conference. The first is the Journal of Legal Writing, a peer reviewed law journal with a distribution to 2,000 law professors, practitioners and judges. The second is the Journal of Association of Legal Writing Directors. More submission instructions will be forthcoming.

For information about submissions to JALWD Call For Proposals:
http://www.alwd. org/JALWD/Submissions/ call_for_articles. html


Please direct any questions about the conference program to one of the organizers:

Prof. Steve Johansen at,

Prof. Ruth Anne Robbins at

Dr. Erika Rackley at or

Prof. Brian Foley at

Site questions should be addressed to Steve Johansen at

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