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Judy Stinson

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Clinical Professor of Law
Academic Professional, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9520
Biography

Clinical Professor of Law

Judy Stinson’s research and teaching focuses on Legal Method and Writing and Sexual Orientation and the Law.  Professor Stinson published the advanced text, The Tao of Legal Writing, and several articles. She also co-authored Examples & Explanations: Legal Writing. She has given numerous presentations in the legal-writing arena in addition to speaking about legal education more generally and issues related to same-sex relationships.

Professor Stinson practiced law for six years before beginning her teaching career at the University of Illinois in the Legal Research and Writing Program. She also served as assistant dean at Illinois. In 1997, she joined the College of Law, where she has served as director of the Legal Writing and Academic Success programs.

Professor Stinson is the recipient of the 2013 Thomas F. Blackwell Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Legal Writing, a prestigious honor given annually by the Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute. She is a past-president of the Association of Legal Writing Directors and a member of the Legal Writing Institute.

Education

B.S., University of Arizona 

J.D., University of Arizona

Research Interests

My research focuses on the proper role of the courts in resolving disputes.  I argue that trial courts ought to have greater power and make this argument in a variety of contexts: by more carefully exploring the holding/dictum distinction; by recognizing tribal courts’ inherent, unlimited criminal jurisdiction over their own members; by allowing courts, pre-Obergefell, to grant same-sex divorces even in jurisdictions that did not permit or recognize same-sex marriage; and by allowing courts to mitigate severe legislatively-imposed criminal penalties for sexual conduct between minors.

Publications

When Tribal Disenrollment Becomes Cruel and Unusual, 97 Neb. L. Rev. 820 (2019).

Examples & Explanations:  Legal Writing (with Terrill Pollman) (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 3d ed. 2019).

So You Haven't Taught Legal Writing in a While . . . , 27 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing 38 (Spring 2019).

How LRW Faculty Can Best Position Themselves for Law School Administration, 30 The Second Draft 48 (Spring 2017). 

Essay, Out and About: The LGBT Experience in the Profession 5 (ABA & Nat’l LGBT Bar, eds.) (2015). 

Team Up for Collaborative Teaching (with Susan M. Chesler), 23 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing 169 (Summer 2015).

Examples & Explanations:  Legal Writing (with Terrill Pollman & Elizabeth Pollman) (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2d ed. 2014).

Juveniles, Sex Offenses, and the Scope of Substantive Law (with Carissa Byrne Hessick), 46 Texas Tech. L. Rev. 5 (2013) (symposium issue).

The Teaching, Scholarship, and Service Triathlon, 27 The Second Draft 28 (Summer 2013).

The Right to (Same-Sex) Divorce, 62 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 447 (2012).

Generating Interest, Enthusiasm, and Opportunity for Scholarship, 9 Legal Comm. & Rhetoric: JALWD 315 (2012).

Examples & Explanations:  Legal Writing (with Terrill Pollman, Richard Neumann, & Elizabeth Pollman) (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business 2011).

Teaching the Holding/Dictum Distinction, 19 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing 192 (2011).

Why Dicta Becomes Holding and Why it Matters, 76 Brook. L. Rev. 219 (2010).

The Tao of Legal Writing (Carolina Academic Press, 2009).

The Pros of Regional Legal Writing Conferences, AALS Sec. on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Res. Newsl. 5 (Spring 2004).

IRLAFARC!  Surveying the Language of Legal Writing (with Terrill Pollman), 56 Me. L. Rev. 239 (2004).

“Depth” or “Breadth”—or Can You Have Both? 18 The Second Draft 21 (December 2003).

 

Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 519Legal Method and Writing
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
LAW 781Independent Study
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 781Independent Study
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 524Legal Advocacy
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
LAW 781Independent Study
LAW 795Cont Registration
LAW 797Visiting Student Program
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 781Independent Study
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 781Independent Study
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 781Independent Study
LAW 795Cont Registration
LAW 797Visiting Student Program
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 781Independent Study
LAW 791Seminar
LAW 795Cont Registration
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 691Seminar
LAW 781Independent Study
LAW 784Internship
LAW 791Seminar
LAW 797Visiting Student Program
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
LAW 781Independent Study
LAW 791Seminar
LAW 795Cont Registration
LAW 797Visiting Student Program
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
LAW 781Independent Study
LAW 791Seminar
LAW 795Cont Registration
LAW 797Visiting Student Program
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 691Seminar
LAW 781Independent Study
LAW 784Internship
LAW 791Seminar
LAW 797Visiting Student Program
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 724Privacy
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
LAW 781Independent Study
LAW 791Seminar
LAW 795Cont Registration
LAW 797Visiting Student Program
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
LAW 781Independent Study
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 781Independent Study
LAW 791Seminar
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 691Seminar
LAW 724Privacy
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
LAW 781Independent Study
LAW 791Seminar
LAW 795Cont Registration
LAW 797Visiting Student Program