What Legal Writers Can Learn from Paint Nite

Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing, Vol. 25, p. 35, 2016

Western New England University School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 17-3

6 Pages Posted: 14 Jan 2017 Last revised: 21 Jan 2017

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Beth Cohen

Western New England University School of Law

Pat Newcombe

Western New England University School of Law

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

Paint Nite activities and adult coloring have captured the nation’s interest and gone mainstream. Creating something on our own is what drives similar trends like the popular Do It Yourself movement and the resurgence of knitting after 9/11. At the same time, these fun, creative activities can provide us with a window into the process of legal writing. Using Paint Nite as a reference point throughout a legal writing course allows faculty to present a holistic view of the writing process and provides a useful analogy for faculty as well as an accessible context for students. Legal writing instructors share many techniques learned through their own writing experience to help inform the novice writer. Useful tips and empathy with beginning legal writers are also found in many of our other life experiences as well, even Paint Nites.

Keywords: legal composition, legal writing, Paint NIte, legal education

Suggested Citation

Cohen, Beth and Newcombe, Pat, What Legal Writers Can Learn from Paint Nite (2016). Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing, Vol. 25, p. 35, 2016; Western New England University School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 17-3. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2897709

Beth Cohen (Contact Author)

Western New England University School of Law ( email )

1215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01119
United States

Pat Newcombe

Western New England University School of Law ( email )

1215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01119
United States

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