Courage and Creativity in Legal Scholarship

Date: March 31 – April 1, 2016
Speaker: Shari Motro

Tracks: General or Core Programs

“Risk being unliked,” counsels Anne Lamott in her classic guide for writers. “Tell the truth as you understand it. If you’re a writer, you have a moral obligation to do this.” Some legal scholars never face this type of dilemma; law-review-speak comes naturally to them and the truth as they understand it poses no threat to their popularity. But for those whose authentic voice or substantive area of interest does not correspond with the modes and topics most prized by the arbiters of excellence in our profession, breaking out of the mold can be hard. What if I look like a fool? What if I disappoint my mentors? What if, having trained myself to conform for so long, I can’t find my truer, more “authentic” voice? In this session we will explore writing practices designed to enhance courage and creativity. After a brief introduction, the session will be structured as an experiential writing workshop with time for writing as well as sharing (though sharing will be entirely optional).

This recording was provided by the University of Baltimore Law Library and the University of Baltimore School of Law and presented at The Fate of Legal Scholarship in American Law Schools Conference.

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