Erin Karsman

Adjunct Professor, Director for Thomas R. Kline Center for Judicial Education, Director of the Appellate Moot Court Program
School of Law
Law

Thomas R. Kline Center, School of Law, Office 410
Phone: 412.396.4706
karsmane@duq.edu

Education:

J.D., George Mason University School of Law, 2003
B.A., History, Washington & Lee University, 1999
Bio

Erin R. Karsman, who most recently taught in the School of Law's nationally recognized legal research and writing program, currently coordinates the Appellate Advocacy Program and teaches moot court.

Karsman is a magna cum laude graduate of the George Mason University School of Law, where she won the school's upper-level moot court competition, a national moot court competition, and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Student Advocacy Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy. During law school, Karsman was a teaching fellow in George Mason's legal writing program; after graduation, she taught appellate writing as an adjunct.

Before going into teaching, Karsman was an associate at Smith Pachter McWhorter in Vienna, Virginia, where she focused on government contract issues and engaged in litigation, including prosecution of contract appeals and bid protests, before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, the Government Accountability Office, the United States Court of Federal Claims, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Prior to law school, she was an analyst for Accenture in Reston, Virginia. She received her B.A. from Washington & Lee University.

Karsman lives in Franklin Park with her husband, Chase, and their three daughters, Lily, Chloe, and Claire.

Courses

FALL 2019
Appellate Moot Court I Course (01)

Honors and Awards

Grant Recipient, Legal Writing Institute and the Association of Legal Writing Directors (Spring 2009)

Scholarship

Articles

Got Skills? Adding Skills Through Professional & Business Development Exercises, The Second Draft
Julia M. Glencer, Erin R. Karsman, & Tara Willke (Spring 2014)

The Fruits of Hope: Student Evaluations
Julia Glencer, Jan M. Levine, Erin Karsman, Tara Willke, The Fruits of Hope: Student Evaluations, 48 Duq. L. Rev. 233 (2010). https://ssrn.com/abstract=1597334

Strayhorn v. Raytheon E-Systems: Determining the Government's Share of Texas Sales and Use Taxes Refunds to Federal Contractors
Erin Karsman, Strayhorn v. Raytheon E-Systems: Determining the Government's Share of Texas Sales and Use Taxes Refunds to Federal Contractors, Pub. Cont. L. J. (Fall 2006).

Presentation

Legal Writing Presentation for Alcoa, Alcoa Corporate Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Julia M. Glencer & Erin R. Karsman, Pro bono "refresher" training session designed to fit needs of in-house corporate legal department (live in Pittsburgh and videoed to other offices) (February 10, 2015)

Back-to-the-Bar: Intensive Legal Writing Refresher
Julia M. Glencer & Erin R. Karsman, Koppers Building, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (6-hour Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Presentation for the Allegheny County Bar Association providing hands-on legal writing "refresher" training for lawyers returning to the practice of law after time devoted to other responsibilities, including child-rearing and parental care). (October 1 & 8, 2013)

Turf Wars: Skills Courses and LRW
Julia M. Glencer, Erin R. Karsman, & Tara Willke, Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) Bi-Annual Conference, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, California (June 23, 2011)

Writing in a Law Firm Context: Creation, Collaboration and Course Corrections
Julia M. Glencer, Erin R. Karsman & Tara Willke, The Second Colonial Frontier Legal Writing Conference, Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (March 5, 2011)

The Fruits of Hope: Student Evaluations
Julia M. Glencer, Jan M. Levine, Erin R. Karsman & Tara Willke, The First Colonial Frontier Legal Writing Conference, Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (December 5, 2009)

Fast Track to Success: Building and Advancing a New Program
Julia M. Glencer, Jan M. Levine & Erin R. Karsman, Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) Bi-Annual Conference, University of Missouri/Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri (July 17, 2009).

Effective Persuasive Writing for Lawyers
Erin Karsman, Effective Persuasive Writing for Lawyers, 3-hour Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Dean John J. Sciulla Fundamentals of Law Continuing Legal Education Series (December 2008).