Justin Kishbaugh comes to RWU Law with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in English Literature. He has taught both Academic and Creative Writing at the collegiate level for over ten years, and has worked as a Legal Writing Specialist since 2010. Justin has published several articles on Imagist poetics, and his most recent article applies his background in poetry to legal writing. He has been invited to present papers, read poetry, and chair panels at a series of international conferences, and has authored several book reviews that range from a cultural study of the Notorious B.I.G. to a biography of the poet, Ezra Pound. In addition to his teaching and publications, Justin served as the Head Editor of the Duquesne University literary journal,Lexicon, and as Associate Editor of the Richard Aldington newsletter and Managing Editor of the Ezra Pound Society newsletter. As the Legal Writing Specialist for RWU Law, Justin is available to help students at any stage of the writing process. He does, however, encourage students to come see him as early and often as possible.
LSM.856Professional Legal WritingClick to Open
This course will meet for six weeks
In this course, which will function as part seminar and part workshop, students will explore the relationship between form and content in legal writing and employ the techniques learned to craft high-quality writing samples. Specifically, this course will review the foundational elements of writing—such as grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure—and guide students as they sculpt the structural components of their texts to match the ideas they express. More than an elaborate editing session, this course will also introduce more-sophisticated writing concepts like semiotics, prosody, and classical rhetoric to have students consider and refine not only their writing, but also their thoughts and opinions. Writing and revision will be required for, and likely in, each class but, if done with care, should result in a finely crafted and cohesive professional composition.