B.A., The College of William & Mary; J.D., The George Washington University
Professor Lear is a graduate of The College of William & Mary (1988) and The George Washington University Law School (cum laude 1992), where she served as an associate on The George Washington Law Review. Following graduation, she practiced at the Washington, DC law firm Crowell & Moring LLP in the Government Contracts, Business Crimes, Health Care, and Litigation groups.
She returned to GW Law to teach Legal Research & Writing as an adjunct professor from 1996–97. From 1997 to 2007, she was a writing consultant, developing and conducting courses for attorneys, paralegals, L.L.M. candidates, business professionals, and secondary school students. In 2007, she joined the Widener-Harrisburg Law School faculty and the Elizabethtown College faculty as an adjunct professor, and was a Visiting Professor at Widener from 2008 until 2012.
Professor Lear won a 2010 Lexis-Nexis sponsored Legal Writing Institute & Association of Legal Writing Directors Scholarship Grant to write her article “Can You Hear Me Now? –Speaking a Familiar Language to Create Legal Writers Through Six-Trait Instruction and Assessment.”
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