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Jan M. Levine, J.D.

Jan Levine

Director of Legal Research and Writing and Professor of Law
School of Law
Legal Research & Writing

Room 223, Hanley Hall
Phone: 412.396.1048
levinej@duq.edu
https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=359360

Education:

J.D., Law, Boston University, 1978
B.A., Sociology, SUNY Albany, 1975
Bio

An expert in the field of legal writing and research, Jan M. Levine is in his thirtieth year of teaching legal writing and has more than two decades of experience leading legal writing and research programs. In 2007, Levine joined the faculty at Duquesne, and the legal research and writing program has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation's best every year since then, ranking sixth in the country for 2013. Before coming to Duquesne, Levine directed the legal writing program at the Temple University School of Law for eleven years, where the program was also recognized by U.S. News & World Report. Before that, Levine directed the writing programs at the University of Arkansas School of Law and the University of Virginia School of Law, and taught as an adjunct writing professor at his alma mater, the Boston University School of Law.

Prior to beginning his full-time teaching career, Levine served the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as assistant general counsel and assistant regional counsel for the Department of Social Services, and as deputy general counsel for the Office of Children. He began his career as a lawyer as a staff attorney at the Boston University Center for Law & Health Sciences, and at the Boston University Health Policy Institute.

A graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Levine is a nationally recognized scholar who has published many articles on legal research and writing; one of his most recent works was his contribution to several chapters of the second edition of the ABA Sourcebook on Legal Writing. He is also a frequent presenter at national conferences on legal research and writing.

Levine was the founding president of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD); served as elected member of the ALWD's board of directors; was a member of the board of directors of the Legal Writing Institute and the board of directors of SCRIBES, the American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects; and served as chair and member of the ABA Communications Skills Committee.

In 2014 Levine received the Thomas F. Blackwell Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Legal Writing, which is presented annually by the Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute to a person "who has made an outstanding contribution to improve the field of Legal Writing by demonstrating an ability to nurture and motivate students to excellence, a willingness to help other legal writing educators improve their teaching skills or their legal writing programs, and an ability to create and integrate new ideas for teaching and motivating legal writing educators and students." In the same year he was also given the Section Award by the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research, which honors "outstanding contribution to the field of legal writing, reasoning, and research via service, scholarship, and legal-writing program design or other activity valuable to the advancement of the field of legal writing."

Courses

FALL 2018
Advanced Legal Writing: Legal Drafting (01)
Legal Research and Writing (04)

SPRING 2019
Advanced Legal Writing: Legal Drafting (61)
Legal Research and Writing (04)

FALL 2020
Advanced Legal Writing: Legal Drafting (01)

Scholarship

Book

Analytical Assignments for Integrating Legal Research and Writing

Jan M. Levine, Analytical Assignments for Integrating Legal Research and Writing (Adams & Ambrose 1991-97) (1996 & 1997 editions written with co-author Kathryn A. Sampson).

Book Chapters

History of Legal Writing

Jan M. Levine, History of Legal Writing, in ABA Sourcebook on Legal Writing Programs (3d ed., 2019).

Sourcebook on Legal Writing Programs

Jan M. Levine and Susan P. Liemer, Eric Easton, Sourcebook on Legal Writing Programs, gen. ed., 2d ed., ABA 2006 (chs. 5, 6, & 7 written by Jan M. Levine & Susan P. Liemer).

Status and Salary

Jan M. Levine, Status and Salary, in The Politics of Legal Writing: Proceedings of a Conference for Legal Research and Writing Program Directors (Jan M. Levine, Rebecca Cochran & Steve Johansen eds., West & ALWD 1996).http://ssrn.com/abstract=993266

Emergency Medical Technician Liability, in Behavioral Emergencies: A Field Guide for EMTs and Paramedics

Jan M. Levine and Arthur Hoffmann, Emergency Medical Technician Liability, in Behavioral Emergencies: A Field Guide for EMTs and Paramedics (Ellen Bassuk ed., Little-Brown 1982).

The Use of Human Tissue in Experimentation

Stephen M. Weiner and Jan M. Levine, The Use of Human Tissue in Experimentation, in Ethics Advisory Board Report and Conclusions: DHEW Support of Research Involving Human In-Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer (U.S. Govt. Printing Off. 1979).

Articles

Fifth Colonial Frontier Legal Writing Conference Drafting Statutes and Rules: Pedagogy, Practice, and Politics (Foreword)

Jan M. Levine, Fifth Colonial Frontier Legal Writing Conference Drafting Statutes and Rules: Pedagogy, Practice, and Politics (Foreword), 55 (1) Duq. L. Rev (2017). https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3034219

Foreword: Teaching the Academically Underprepared Law Student

Jan M. Levine, Foreword: Teaching the Academically Underprepared Law Student, 53 Duq. L. Rev. 1 (Spring 2015).

Designing Spaces: Planning the Physical Space for a Legal Writing Program

Jan M. Levine, Designing Spaces: Planning the Physical Space for a Legal Writing Program, Perspectives (Spring 2015). https://info.legalsolutions.thomsonreuters.com/pdf/perspec/2015-summer/2015-summ...

Guest Blog on Skills: Professor Jan Levine's Legislative Drafting Course at Duquesne.

Jan M. Levine, Guest Blog on Skills: Professor Jan Levine's Legislative Drafting Course at Duquesne (March 19, 2014). http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legislation_law/2014/03/skills-professor-jan-le...

It's OK to Leave Law School

Jan M. Levine, It's OK to Leave Law School, 19:2 The Law Teacher 10 (Spring 2013). http://www.law.gonzaga.edu/review-test/files/2016/06/lawteacher2013spring.pdf

Remarks: One Path Towards the Future

Jan M. Levine, Remarks: One Path Towards the Future, 49 Duq. L. Rev. 569 (2011).

Commentary, Don't Blame Us!

Jan M. Levine, Commentary, Don't Blame Us!, The John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. http://popecenter.org/commentaries/article.html?id=2328

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

Foreword

Jan M. Levine, Foreword, 48 Duq. L. Rev. 199 (2010).

Foreword: Engendering Hope in the Legal Writing Classroom

Jan M. Levine, Foreword: Engendering Hope in the Legal Writing Classroom, 48 Duq. L. Rev. 199 (2010).

Legal Research and Writing: What Schools are Doing, and Who is Doing the Teaching (Three Years Later)

Susan Liemer and Jan M. Levine, Legal Research and Writing: What Schools are Doing, and Who is Doing the Teaching (Three Years Later), 9 Scribes J. Leg. Writing 113 (2003-04). https://ssrn.com/abstract=993276

Four Rules To Advance the Status of Legal Writing Faculty

Jan M. Levine, Four Rules To Advance the Status of Legal Writing Faculty, Sec. Newsltr. of the Assn. Am. L. Schs., Sec. Leg. Writing, Analysis, & Research 12 (Spring 2002).

Words from the Podium

Jan M. Levine, Words from the Podium, Quarterly Col., Winter 1996 - Spring 2002.

Women, Writing & Wages: Breaking the Last Taboo

Jan M. Levine and Kathryn M. Stanchi, Women, Writing & Wages: Breaking the Last Taboo, 7 Wm. & Mary J. Women L. 551 (2001). http://ssrn.com/abstract=968504

Gender and Legal Writing: Law School's Dirty Little Secrets

Stanchi, Kathryn, Levine, Jan M., Gender and Legal Writing: Law School's Dirty Little Secrets, 16 Berkeley Women's L.J. 3 (2001). https://ssrn.com/abstract=968690

Legal Research and Writing: What Schools Are Doing, and Who Is Doing the Teaching

Jan M. Levine, Legal Research and Writing: What Schools Are Doing, and Who Is Doing the Teaching, 7 Scribes J. Leg. Writing 51 (2000). http://ssrn.com/abstract=964912

Legal Research & Writing: What Schools are Doing, and Who is Doing the Teaching

Jan M. Levine, Legal Research & Writing: What Schools are Doing, and Who is Doing the Teaching, 7 Scribes J.L. Writing 51 (2000). https://ssrn.com/abstract=964912

Seven Short Suggestions for Using Your Computer to Teach LRW Better

Jan M. Levine, Seven Short Suggestions for Using Your Computer to Teach LRW Better, The Second Draft (newsltr. of the Leg. Writing Inst.) 13 (May 1999).

Some Concerns About Legal Writing Scholarship

Jan M. Levine, Some Concerns About Legal Writing Scholarship, Persp. 69 (Winter 1999).

Legal Writing Scholarship: Point/Counterpoint

Jan M. Levine and Grace C. Tonner, Legal Writing Scholarship: Point/Counterpoint, Persps. 68 (Winter 1999).

Leveling the Hill of Sisyphus: Becoming a Professor of Legal Writing

Jan M. Levine, Leveling the Hill of Sisyphus: Becoming a Professor of Legal Writing, 26 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 1067 (1999). https://ssrn.com/abstract=965522

Standards for Evaluating Legal Research and Writing Teachers

Jan M. Levine, Standards for Evaluating Legal Research and Writing Teachers, The Second Draft (newsltr. of the Leg. Writing Inst.) 4 (May 1995).

Voices in the Wilderness: Tenured and Tenure-Track Directors and Teachers in Legal Research and Writing Programs

Jan M. Levine, Voices in the Wilderness: Tenured and Tenure-Track Directors and Teachers in Legal Research and Writing Programs, 45 J. Leg. Educ. 530 (1995). https://ssrn.com/abstract=968698

You Can't Please Everyone, So You'd Better Please Yourself: Directing (or Teaching in) a First-Year Legal Writing Program

Jan M. Levine, You Can't Please Everyone, So You'd Better Please Yourself: Directing (or Teaching in) a First-Year Legal Writing Program, 29 Val. U. L. Rev. 611 (1995). https://ssrn.com/abstract=969811

Designing Assignments for Teaching Legal Analysis, Research and Writing

Jan M. Levine, Designing Assignments for Teaching Legal Analysis, Research and Writing, Persps. 58 (Spring 1995) (reprinted in Best of Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research & Writing 3 (West 2001)). https://ssrn.com/abstract=981019

The Final Word

Jan M. Levine, The Final Word, The Second Draft (newsltr. of the Leg. Writing Inst.) 12 (Mar. 1994).

Figure Out How You Fit Into the Law School

Jan M. Levine, Figure Out How You Fit Into the Law School, The Second Draft (newsltr. of the Leg. Writing Inst.) 3 (Mar. 1994). 

Evolving Limitations on Guardianship

Henry A. Beyer and Jan M. Levine, Evolving Limitations on Guardianship, Newsltr. of the Natl. College Prob. JJ. (Fall 1980).

Course Materials

Legal Research and Writing Course Materials

Jan M. Levine, Legal Research and Writing Course Materials (Duq. U. Sch. L. 2009-10, 2008-09, 2007-08).

Legal Research and Writing III: Course Materials

Jan M. Levine, Legal Research and Writing III: Course Materials, James E. Beasley Sch. L., Temp. U. Spring 2006, 2005, 2004, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998.

Legal Research and Writing I and II: Course Materials

Jan M. Levine, Legal Research and Writing I and II: Course Materials, James E. Beasley Sch. L., Temp. U. 2005-06, 2004-05, 2003-04, 2002-03, 2001-02, 2000-01, 1999-2000, 1998-99, 1997-98, 1996-97.

Editor

The Politics of Legal Writing: Proceedings of a Conference for Legal Research and Writing Program Directors

Jan M. Levine, Rebecca Cochran & Steve Johansen eds., The Politics of Legal Writing: Proceedings of a Conference for Legal Research and Writing Program Directors (West & ALWD 1996). https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=993266

Guardianship and Conservatorship in Massachusetts: An Attorney's Reference Manual

Guardianship and Conservatorship in Massachusetts: An Attorney's Reference Manual (Dorothy King & Jan M. Levine eds., B.U. & Worcester Cty. B. Assn. 1981).

Mental Retardation and the Law

Mental Retardation and the Law (Jan M. Levine, ed., President's Commn. on Mental Retardation, December 1979 and June 1980). http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2241456

Regulating Science Through Law

Regulating Science Through Law (George J. Annas & Jan M. Levine eds., B.U. Sch. Med. 1977).

Newsletter

Protection and Advocacy Newsletter

Protection and Advocacy Newsletter, Jan M. Levine ed., B.U. Sch. L. Nov. 1978 to June 1980.

Presentations

Doing More With Less, or Just Doing Less: Responses to the Tension Between Scholarship and Teaching

Jan M. Levine, Sue Liemer, Nancy Soonpaa, & Gail Stephenson, Doing More With Less, or Just Doing Less: Responses to the Tension Between Scholarship and Teaching, presentation at ALWD Conf. (July 2017).

"We Don't Need No Or-Ee-En-Tay-Shun:" Why An Early Start to Legal Research & Writing is the Best Way for Students to Begin Law Study

Julia M. Glencer and Jan M. Levine, "We Don't Need No Or-Ee-En-Tay-Shun:" Why An Early Start to Legal Research & Writing is the Best Way for Students to Begin Law Study, presentation at Legal Writing Institute Conference (July 10-13, 2016).

We're Not in Memo and Brief Land Any More: Statues and Rule and Regs! Oh My!

Ann Schiavone and Jan M. Levine, We're Not in Memo and Brief Land Any More: Statues and Rule and Regs! Oh My!, presentation at Capital Area Legal Writing Conference, Washington D.C. (2016).

Leading with Style: Administrative Choices with Institutional and Faculty Consequences

Nancy Soonpaa, Sue Liemer, Jan M. Levine, & Suzanne Rowe, Leading with Style: Administrative Choices with Institutional and Faculty Consequences, panel presentation and discussion at ALWD Conf. (June 2015).

Leading a Successful Law School Curriculum Reform Effort

Jan M. Levine, Leading a Successful Law School Curriculum Reform Effort, presentation at ALWD Conf. (June 2015).

Teaching Drafting Through Collaborations

Ted Becker, Jan M. Levine, & Sara Rankin, Teaching Drafting Through Collaborations, Panel Presentation and Discussion at Bringing Outside In: Social Justice Collaborations in the Legal Writing Classroom (June 2014).

2014 Blackwell Award Remarks

Jan M. Levine, 2014 Blackwell Award Remarks (Jan. 3, 2014). http://www.alwd.org/2014-speech/

Designing Spaces: Planning the Physical Space for a LRW Program

Julia M. Glencer, Jan M. Levine, Ann Schiavone, & Tara Willke, Designing Spaces: Planning the Physical Space for a LRW Program, presentation at ALWD Conference (June 2013).

Change from Within: Leadership for Law School Curriculum Reforms

Jan M. Levine & Susan P. Liemer, Change from Within: Leadership for Law School Curriculum Reforms, presentation at ALWD Conf. (June 2013).

Switching to the Mac

Jan M. Levine, Switching to the Mac, roundtable discussion at The Second Colonial Frontier Leg. Writing Conf. (2013).

Getting Your Points Across: Effective, Efficient, and Entertaining Critiques of Student Papers

Jan M. Levine, Getting Your Points Across: Effective, Efficient, and Entertaining Critiques of Student Papers, presentation at The Second Colonial Frontier Leg. Writing Conf. (2013).