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Prof. Leslie Culver Honored as 2018 Galen Distinguished Guest in Legal Writing

Prof. Leslie Culver

California Western’s Prof. Leslie Culver will visit the University of Oregon School of Law this month as the Galen Distinguished Guest in Legal Writing.

The Galen Distinguished Guest in Legal Writing is a prestigious honor for Prof. Culver and recognizes her reputation as an innovative scholar and dynamic speaker. This guest speakership is made possible by the Galen Fund which was established by and in honor of Oregon Law alum Morrie Galen, who is deeply committed to enhancing opportunities for law students to develop into outstanding legal writers.

Through this program, distinguished professors and practitioners visit Oregon Law each year to work with students, faculty, and other groups on enhancing student writing.

“It was a joy to see my scholarship, which is quite personal and reflective of my own journey in the legal profession, have practical application at an institution that desires to not just speak about diversity, but actively strive toward tangible inclusivity,” says Prof. Culver.

Prof. Culver is also joining UC Irvine School of Law as Visiting Professor of Lawyering Skills for both the fall and spring semesters. She will teach Lawyering Skills I and II, as well as Identity, Power, & Professional Responsibility.

“I am thrilled at this opportunity to teach at UCI and learn from new legal writing colleagues,” says Prof. Culver. “The experience so far has been tremendous, and I’m seeing myself grow as a professor of legal writing and scholar day by day. I am also very excited to teach an upper level writing seminar based on my scholarship. This experience has been a dream!”

For eleven years, Prof. Culver has taught legal writing—first at Saint Louis University School of Law from 2007 to 2009, and then at California Western since 2009. She has also taught Women & the Law and Race & the Law and is currently teaching a Legal Scholarship Training Seminar this trimester at California Western. She has also developed a new Advanced Pretrial Civil Litigation course for next year.

“When I think back to my early teaching days at SLU, in 2007, I never knew the academy would be so rewarding,” recalls Prof. Culver. “I am so grateful to God for this journey!”

Prof. Culver has several published and forthcoming articles, including Conscious Identity Performance in the San Diego Law Review, The Rise of Self-Sidelining in the Women’s Rights Law Reporter, and White Doors, Black Footsteps: Leveraging White Privilege to Benefit Law Students of Color in the Journal of Gender, Law, and Justice.

She has been a frequent presenter at legal writing and other conferences, and has been active in law school service at California Western, serving on the Faculty Diversity Committee (former Chair), Visiting Appointments Committee, and Curriculum Committee. She is currently the Faculty Advisor for the California Western Law Black Law Student Association and Christian Legal Society and the Director of the school’s A.I.M. (Achieve, Inspire, Motivate) for Law, a diversity pipeline program for college students from underrepresented backgrounds.