Western Regional Legal Writing Conference

Fifth Annual Western Regional Legal Writing Conference

Register for the conference here, even if you are a presenter. Registration is free for all, but we need you to register so we can get a head count for lunch, materials, etc.

Loyola Law School is happy to invite you to the Fifth Annual Western Regional Legal Writing Conference in Los Angeles, California.  Come and see our beautiful campus, designed by acclaimed architect Frank Gehry, and enjoy Southern California’s beautiful weather. 

The conference will include panels and presentations exploring teaching ideas and complying with the new ABA and California State Bar Skills Requirements. 

Panels will include the following:

  • Linda Berger and Mary-Beth Moylan will be participating in a panel discussion on the State of LWI and ALWD. 

  • Daniel Bogart, Mary-Beth Moylan, and Jean Boylan will be participating in a panel discussion on Complying with the New ABA and California. State Bar Skills Requirement.

  • Cindy Archer, Grace Hum, Lybby Carroll, Andrea Funk, and Jeanne Merino will be participating in a panel discussion on the future of Director-Led Programs.

  • Jennifer Cooper will be leading a book discussion on Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning (Belknap Press 2014).

  • Gary Craig will be moderating a discussion by a distinguished panel of jurists on the bench’s view on current skills education.

We will also include a Director’s panel on the future of Director-led legal writing programs, and a panel of distinguished jurists discussing the bench’s view on current skills education. 

The conference will also include presentations by:

  • Robert Anderson
  • Deborah Borman
  • Robert Brain
  • Charles Calleros
  • Lybby Carroll
  • Annie Chan
  • Gary Craig
  • Rachel Croskery-Roberts
  • Mary Dant
  • Stephanie Der
  • Selina Farrell Brandt
  • Elizabeth Frost
  • Andrea Funk
  • Ezra Goldschlager
  • Rebekah Hanley
  • Tom Holm
  • Kimberly Holst
  • Maureen Johnson
  • Christine Kelton
  • Jennifer Kowal
  • Amy Levin
  • Jessica Levinson
  • Katherine Lyons
  • Susan Nevelow Mart
  • Kelley Mauerman
  • Claire May
  • Karin Mika
  • Kelley Poleynard
  • Jeffrey Proske
  • Hilary Reed
  • Trilby Robinson-Dorn
  • Bobbie Thyfault
  • Brenda Tofte
  • Tracy Turner
  • Anne Wells

For more information on the schedule . 

For a description of the presentations .

For presentation materials click here.

We are also seeking participants for a Teaching Methods Roundtable, which will be moderated by Aimee Dudovitz, Loyola's Director of Legal Writing. Although it will ultimately depend on how many want to participate, we anticipate each speaker will give a short (5-7 minute) presentation on an exercise that works well in class and that you like to do.  We see this an informal, relaxed time for sharing some interesting problems, and it will give us the chance to list you as a speaker at the conference.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Aimee at aimee.dudovitz@lls.edu

Hotel Information

A block of rooms have been reserved at a local hotel, the Hilton Checkers Hotel, for August 1, 2015 - August 10, 2015. The special room rate will be available until July 17th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. Checkers is centrally located in downtown Los Angeles and is a few blocks away from the "downtown-to-campus" complimentary shuttle Loyola provides for our guests and students.

To make a reservation, use the link below or phone 800-774-1500 and mention the Western Regional Writing Conference.

Book your room 

To see  a list of other hotels in the downtown area, click here.

Explore Los Angeles

For information on things to do while in the Downtown/LA Metro Area, please visit the Discover Los Angeles website.  Information on events occurring in August can be found here. There are a variety of events happening during the week:

August 2: The Phantom of the Opera at the Pantages Theater 
August 2: Aretha Franklin at the Microsoft Theater
August 4: Hail, The Might Horn! at the Hollywood Bowl
August 4: LA Sparks vs. Minnesota at the Staples Center
August 4: Beverly Hills International Music Festival at Greystone Manor
August 5: Jamie Cullum, Soulive, Lisa Fischer at the Hollywood Bowl
August 6: Yundi plays the "Emperor" at the Hollywood Bowl 
August 7-8: Sheryl Crow at the Hollywood Bowl
August 10: Washington Nationals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodgers Stadium

Daily Events:
Star Gazing at Griffith Observatory (closed on Monday)
Orange County Fair (closed on Monday & Tuesday)
Tour of the Los Angeles Coliseum
Knott's Berry Farm 
Universal Studios Hollywood
Santa Monica Pier: Twilight Concerts (Thursday's only for show; pier is open daily)
Disneyland : tickets & directions

Restaurants Nearby

LA Live: There are a variety of eateries located at LA Live, just blocks from Loyola Law School, located at 800 W. Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90015. Restaurants include:

  • Yardhouse
  • Rosa Mexicano
  • Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill
  • Katsuya
  • Smashburger 
    Lawry's Carvery
  • Many more found here!

LA Live also features several entertainment venues such as the Microsoft Theater, LA Convention Center, Staples Center, The Grammy Museum and a movie theater.  Click here for the LA Live main webpage. For specific venues, click here.   

Hilton Checkers: There are many restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. Below is just a partial list:

  • Perch: (448 S Hill St. Los Angeles, CA 90013): Glamorous rooftop setting with French small plates, handcrafted cocktails & grand views of the city. $$$
  • The Bunker Hill Bar & Grill (601 W 5th St R201 Los Angeles, CA 90071): Global bar food comes with craft brews & house cocktails in a sleek modern room & big patio space. $$
  • Casey's Irish Pub (613 S Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90017): Downtown fixture offering wood booths, tin ceilings & classic Irish fare. $$
  • Tossed (700 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90017): Modern counter-serve chain featuring a menu of wraps, sandwiches, salads & soups. $
  • click here to see the 10 best restaurants in downtown Los Angeles.  

Airport and Train Station Information

For those of you traveling to Los Angeles by plane or train, click here for more information.

Loyola Law School is located adjacent to LA Live and Staples Center, a multitude of restaurants and theaters, and the spectacular Disney Concert Hall.  It is about 20 minutes from Dodger Stadium, 30 minutes from the Hollywood Bowl, and only an hour from Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Magic Mountain.  To find out more about what else you can do in Los Angeles around the dates of the conference, click here

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