Legal Writing Professors Jill Barton and Rachel H. Smith Present at Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference

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Jill Barton and Rachel H. Smith, Professors of Legal Writing and Lecturers in Law, recently presented at the 2014 Biennial Conference for the Legal Writing Institute, the second largest organization of law professors in the United States. Their presentation, “Thinking Deeper: Introducing ‘Anchors’ to Help Students Read Authorities More Carefully and Deepen their Legal Analysis” discussed their pioneering concept of “anchors.” This concept appears in Barton and Smith’s recently published legal writing textbook, The Handbook for the New Legal Writer, which is the assigned text for Miami Law’s innovative 1L course Legal Communication and Research Skills (LComm) program. Professors Barton and Smith are founding faculty of the LComm program and also teach courses in judicial writing, advanced persuasive techniques, and storytelling.