C|M|LAW Legal Writing Professor Karin Mika recently made two presentations on the teaching of legal writing. The first presentation, Using Color Coding to Teach Legal Analysis and Cogent Writing, took place at the Southeastern Regional Legal Writing Conference, April 26-27, 2013 (John Marshall of Atlanta Law School, Savannah Branch). The second presentation, Memo Writing in Technicolor, took place at the Rocky Mountain Regional Legal Writing Conference, March 22-24, 2013 (University of Colorado at Boulder Law School). Memo Writing concerned her theory that color coding segments of a memo could help students understand the order of how a memo should be written. She demonstrated by using good color-coded memos as compared to not-so-good color -coded memos to demonstrate how students could self-assess their work using visuals.
In Legal Analysis and Cogent Writing, Professor Mika demonstrated how color-coding particular analytical paragraphs could give students visual cues on the structure of legal analysis. She also demonstrated how highlighting various portions of sentences within a paragraph (e.g., active voice, linking transitions, parallel structure) gave insight into how a well-structured, easy-to-read paragraph would look in color when it had all the proper parts.
Finally, Professor Mika has been appointed Treasurer of the AALS Teaching Section.