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Beazley wins national award for legal writing

May 9, 2017 | Faculty

Professor Mary Beth Beazley, a pioneer in the field of legal writing, is a recent recipient of the prestigious Marjorie Rombauer Award. Granted on behalf of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, this distinctive honor recognizes significant contributions to the field of legal writing through education, published scholarship, involvement in national and individual legal writing organizations, and efforts to promote legal writing faculty across the country.

The award is named after Marjorie Rombauer, a prolific scholar and luminary in the field. She became the first tenured female teaching faculty at the University of Washington School of Law, where she served from 1960 to 1993.

“I was stunned, to say the least,” Beazley says. “I remember meeting Marjorie Rombauer when I was a new teacher. She is one of the founding mothers of legal writing, so to receive an award named for her is an amazing honor.”

Since joining Moritz as Director of Legal Writing in 1988, Beazley has spent nearly 30 years dedicated to establishing the College’s own legal writing program. Generations of Moritz students have been fortunate to take her courses on Legal Analysis and Writing, Appellate Advocacy, and Advanced Legal Writing, and to experience her tireless energy and endlessly creative approaches to teaching.

Beazley’s contributions to the national legal writing field are equally impressive; she has served as president of both the Legal Writing Institute (1998-2000) and the Association of Legal Writing Directors (2009-2010). She is also a former editor-in-chief and editorial board member of Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute, former chair of the American Bar Association’s Communications Skills Committee, and former member of the American Association of Law Schools Curriculum Committee. Her book, “A Practical Guide to Appellate Advocacy,” remains a widely-used text across the country.

The Marjorie Rombauer Award has been awarded only twice before, to Mary Lawrence (Professor Emerita at the University of Oregon School of Law) in 2000, and to Laurel Currie Oates (Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law) in 2009. Beazley was jointly nominated by faculty at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Beazley is retiring from Moritz at the end of the academic year.