Podia and Pens: Dismantling the Two-Track System for Legal Research and Writing Faculty

Columbia Journal of Gender & Law, Vol. 31, Issue 1, p. 47-64, 2015

Posted: 10 May 2017  

Kristen Konrad Tiscione

Georgetown University Law Center

Amy Vorenberg

University of New Hampsire School of Law

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

At the 2015 AALS Annual Meeting, a panel was convened under this title to discuss whether separate tracks and lower status for legal research and writing (LRW) faculty make sense given the current demand for legal educators to better train students for practice. The participants included law professors, an associate dean, and a federal judge. Each panelist was asked to respond to questions about the “two-track” system — a shorthand phrase for the two tracks of employment at many law schools whereby full-time LRW faculty are treated differently than tenured and tenure-track faculty. The panelists represented differing views on the topic. This article grows out of the conversation, information, and ideas that emerged.

Under increasing economic pressure to attract law students, law schools have begun to market their “practice ready” programs aggressively. Legal research and writing, as well as other skills programs, are typically featured in marketing materials and on websites. However, even as they are prominently represented in marketing efforts, LRW faculty continue to be underrepresented as full faculty members and suffer as a result, in terms of lesser job status and lower salary. The vast majority of legal research and writing faculty are women, many with similar credentials, practical experience, and teaching loads as male faculty. However, female law faculty compensation, as a whole, is significantly less than males, and their status is usually less secure

Keywords: Legal Writing, Status, Legal Research, ABA, Gender

Suggested Citation

Tiscione, Kristen Konrad and Vorenberg, Amy, Podia and Pens: Dismantling the Two-Track System for Legal Research and Writing Faculty (2015). Columbia Journal of Gender & Law, Vol. 31, Issue 1, p. 47-64, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2964949

Kristen Konrad Tiscione

Georgetown University Law Center ( email )

600 New Jersey Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
United States

Amy Vorenberg (Contact Author)

University of New Hampsire School of Law ( email )

Two White Street
Concord, NH 03301
United States

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