West Virginia University College of Law is sponsoring a special weeklong event with contests, guest speakers, prizes, and special events intended for those interested in the pursuit of excellence in writing entitled Celebration of Excellence in Writing Week.

The event from Oct. 5-9 is organized by WVU College of Law’s Director of Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing, Professor Hollee S. Temple; Professional Writing Program Specialist Jean Daley; and Assistant Dean of Career Services Jennifer Powell.

The event will feature:

  • A “Dark and Stormy Night” contest, inviting faculty, students and staff from across the WVU Campus to submit their best first sentence of a novel. Prizes and hospitality are provided by LEXIS-NEXIS and WestLaw. Contest rules can be found at http://law.wvu.edu/writingexcellence.
  • On Wednesday, Oct. 7, a “Lunchtime Practitioner Panel” will be conducted in the Davis Gallery at the WVU College of Law. Guest panelists include Rodney Bean, of Steptoe and Johnson; Kimberly Croyle, Bowles Rice McDavid Graff and Love; and Debra Scudiere, Kay Casto and Chaney who will speak on the importance of writing to legal practitioners.
  • The capstone event held at noon on Friday, Oct. 9 will be a live Twitter interview with practicing lawyers nationwide. Temple will host the event, in collaboration with Lance Godard, creator of 22 Tweets.com. Godard organizes monthly Twitter roundtables in which he brings together five lawyers or legal professionals on Twitter at the same time to ask them 12 questions around a single theme (the questions will be crowd-sourced via Twitter in advance of the roundtable). The transcript of the roundtable discussion will be posted to 22Tweets.com shortly following the discussion. The roundtable theme will be work/life balance, although students can ask questions about all aspects of law practice. Temple writes a work/life balance column with Becky Beaupre Gillespie for the ABA Journal magazine; they tweet as @beckyandhollee and blog at www.beckyandhollee.com.)



Contact: Brian Caudill, College of Law
(304) 293-7439