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From IRAC to CruPAC: Does Structure Matter in Legal Writing?
Start Date: 5/5/2021Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 5/5/2021End Time: 1:00 PM
Event Description:

From IRAC to CruPAC: Does Structure Matter in Legal Writing?

May 5, 2021

Mitchell Hamline School of Law- Zoom



Timed Agenda

Lecture                                                                 12:00pm                                                               60 minutes


Incorporating basic organizational structure into your legal writing makes it easier and more effective for others to understand and use it.  Presenters will lead a discussion of the modern reader, the legal writing reader, and provide an introduction to the many organizational structures for legal writing and their shared elements.

Presenter Biographies

Melissa Bezanson Shultz

Professor Melissa Shultz has taught legal writing, family law, and a domestic violence practicum, and has participated actively in bar preparation for the past five years. In addition to founding and leading the legal writing program, Shultz chaired North Texas Dallas College of Law’s curriculum and bylaws committees and served on both the hiring and dean search committees.

Peggy Kline Kirkpatrick

Peggy received her B.A., summa cum laude, in History from Middlebury College. She also received an M.A. in American History from Northwestern University.

Peggy graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School and was admitted into the Order of the Coif. During law school, she served as an Articles Editor on the Minnesota Law Review and received the Minnesota Law Review Volume 35 and 36 Memorial Award for “Outstanding Note or Comment Authored by a Member of the Minnesota Law Review.” Peggy’s article, “Writing Wrongs: The Common Legal Writing Mistakes of Law Students and Lawyers,” was published in September 2019 on the Mitchell Hamline Law Review’s Amicus Curiae blog.

Peggy worked in private practice for several years at Leonard, Street and Deinard (now Stinson). Her work at the firm focused primarily on environmental and land use law, although she worked on a variety of litigated matters. Part of her practice also involved negotiating on behalf of clients before state and federal administrative agencies. Peggy served on the firm’s Recruiting Committee and co-led the summer associate program one summer.

Peggy’s experience also includes a clerkship with the Honorable Matthew E. Johnson of the Minnesota Court of Appeals.


In 2010, Peggy began teaching legal writing at William Mitchell College of Law. Over the past ten years, she has taught primarily in the Legal Writing on-campus program, although she also has experience in the blended learning program.


Erica Strohl

Erica Strohl has taught in MHSL's legal writing program for more than a decade in both the Blended and BAM programs.  Earlier in her career her worked as a public defender, at a civil litigation firm, and as a clerk at the Minnesota Court of Appeals.


Contact Information:
Name: Allison Burke

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