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Scribes - The American Society of Legal Writers

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The John Marshall Law School is the generous host of Scribes. Thank you!


Kimble Center for Legal Drafting

Western Michigan University Thomas Cooley Law School has created the Kimble Center for Legal Drafting in honor of Professor Joseph Kimble, a Scribes board member.

Professor Kimble is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Cooley, and has written extensively on legal writing and, specifically, plain language for a range of publications.


To read more about the Kimble Center and Professor Kimble's work, click here.

Scribes Board Member Darby Dickerson Becomes AALS President

Congratulations to Scribes board member Darby Dickerson, who became President of the American Association of Law Schools at its January 2020 meeting.

She is the Dean of the UIC John Marshall Law School, the author of the first editions of the ALWD Citation Manual, and the recipient of the 2018 Section Award for Lifetime Contributions to Legal Writing from the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Legal Research, among other honors. Read more here.

"Using plain language can save businesses and government agencies a ton of money."


—Joseph Kimble, author of Writing for Dollars, Writing to Please.


2020 CLE in Chicago

We will hold our 2020 CLE in Chicago on Friday, April 3 from 2:00 to 5:00 at UIC John Marshall Law School.  


The event will feature a law review writing panel with Professors Mark Cooney and Teri McMurtry-Chubb as well as a judges' writing panel for which we are finalizing the participants. We are seeking two hours of CLE credit.

We will also present our writing awards as well as the Kimble Distinguished Service Award.

Register here, and contact Philip Johnson at scribeslegalwriters@gmail.com with any questions.

Scribes Co-Sponsored the Second Annual CLE in the City in Conjunction with the ABA on

August 2, 2018

Chicago law firms and top area law schools opened their doors for a CLE sessions in 8 tracks, including legal writing & persuasion, cybersecurity, family law, privacy & security, and more.

Participants earned up to 3.0 credits including 3.0 ethics credits in 60 minute jurisdictions or 3.6 credits including 3.6 ethics credits in 50 minute jurisdictions. Tickets were $35 per session.

Contact scribeslegalwriters@gmail.com with any questions.

Scribes Student Legal Writing Society at Texas Tech


Nominations for the 2019-2020

Book Award Have Closed

This year's winner will be presented at the Scribes CLE in Chicago on April 3, 2020.

For information on how to make nominations for future awards, contact Philip Johnson at scribeslegalwriters@gmail.com.

Scribes Welcomes a New Student Chapter

We are pleased to announce that  students at WMU Cooley Law School started a Scribes student chapter in spring 2019 under the sponsorship of Professor Mark Cooney.

WMU Cooley joins the John Marshall Law School and Texas Tech University School of Law as the third school with a Scribes student chapter. These groups encourage strong legal writing in law school work and assist students with publishing their work before they graduate.

2019 Award Winners

We're pleased to announce the winners of our 2019 Brief, Law Review, and Book Award.

First place in the Brief Award went to Caitlin Messinger and Keriann Smith of Florida State University College of Law.

Joe DeMott of Stanford Law School won our Law-Review Awardfor his note, Rethinking Ashe v. Swenson from an Orginialist Perspective.

The winner of our Book Award is We the Corporations by Adam Winkler.

For runners up and previous winners, please see the respective award pages. Congratulations to all of our winners!

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