The interim director of the Fundamentals of Lawyering Program for the 2020-21 academic year is Iselin Gambert. Iselin is a GW Law alumna and is an active member of the national and international legal writing and lawyering skills communities. In 2016 she was elected to a four-year term on the Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) and was re-elected to a second four-year term in 2020.
Anita Singh will continue her role as associate director of the Program, and will also direct the law school’s Scholarly Writing program, which coordinates training for the law school’s law review and journal members as well as upper-level writing courses taught by adjuncts drawn from DC’s diverse legal practices. Prior to joining the GW Law faculty, Anita was Chief of Staff and Counselor of the National Security Division of the Department of Justice. She infuses her classes with project management skills acquired in that role that are critical to lawyers’ career success.
Erika Pont will serve as an interim associate director and will serve as the Program’s liaison with the Inns of Court program. Erika, a GW Law alumna, taught for twelve years as an adjunct at GW Law and worked eleven years in the litigation department at McDermott Will & Emery before joining the start-up litigation boutique, Ward & Berry. There, she served as a hiring partner. This focus on engagement with lawyers seeking new challenges and opportunities led to Erika’s very active participation in the Inns of Court and Foundations of Practice programs at GW Law and her selection to serve as an interim associate director and the Program’s liaison to the Inns of Court program.
The 2019-20 academic year was a productive one for the FL Program faculty. View some of the recent scholarship and accomplishments from our faculty.
Michael Levine and Bethany Gullman presented an exercise designed to assist students in developing a professional identity that helps connect past experiences to key lawyering skills: “Introducing Lawyerly Problem Solving Through Self-Reflection,” The Whole Person: Helping Law Students Integrate Their Professional Identity with Their Existing Values, Santa Clara School of Law.
Iselin Gambert presented “They Want to Take Away Your Hamburgers: The Rhetoric of Fear in the Future of Food” at the first-ever Canadian Animal Law Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Bethany Gullman presented on the intersection of law and comics, describing how the story of Nimona reflects the female prosecutor's struggle to inhabit positions of power while maintaining an authentic self. “Not What She Seems: Exploring Perceptions of the Female Prosecutor through Stevenson’s Nimona,” Drawing the Human: Law, Comics, Justice, University of the Sunshine Coast School of Law and Criminology.
Iselin Gambert was a discussant in “If, How, and When: Politics and Priorities in the Classroom” at the AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.
Iselin Gambert was selected for a second four-year term on the Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute. She is the Secretary and Communication and Public Relations Officer for the Board.
Cheryl Kettler was selected to join the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute as an associate editor for the upcoming volume 25.
Brooke Ellinwood McDonough was selected to join the Legal Writing Institute Lives Committee, and to also serve as co-chair of the committee.
Jennifer Wimsatt Pusateri’s article “It Is Better To Be Safe When Sorry: Advocating a Federal Rule of Evidence Excluding Apologies” will appear in Volume 69, the fall issue of the Kansas Law Review. It advocates an exception in the Federal Rules of Evidence that excludes apologies.