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Jo Ellen Dardick Lewis

Professor of Practice

Jo Ellen Dardick Lewis is the director of the Legal Practice program, the legal analysis and writing curriculum for first-year JD students. She helped develop and currently teaches Legal Practice I, which focuses on objective legal analysis and communication and Legal Practice II, which focuses on persuasive legal analysis and communication. Professor Lewis works closely with law students on all aspects of writing, including professional resumes and cover letters, to enhance clerkship and employment opportunities for the students. She has developed and taught the online writing course through our sophisticated platform @WashULaw to international law students and lawyers. Professor Lewis has extensive experience teaching in law schools in Japan, China, Korea, and Portugal. She was a Fulbright Scholar in China while she taught at Fudan University Law School.

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  • Education
    • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1986
    • M.Ed., University of Missouri, Columbia, 1979
    • B.S.Ed., University of Missouri, Columbia, 1978
  • Courses
    • Legal Practice I
    • Legal Practice II
  • Areas of Expertise
    • Legal Analysis and Writing
    • Legal Communication – Oral and Written
    • Professional Development
  • Publications

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  • Activity and Affiliations
    • Bar Member: Missouri, District of Columbia and Maryland
    • Member, Association of Legal Writing Directors and Legal Writing Institute
    • Member, Washington University C2RG Meeting Group (cross campus discussion group focused on improving higher education) (2017 – 2020)
    • Chair – Global Gatherings Subcommittee of the Global Skills Committee of the Legal Writing Institute (2020 – present)
    • Member, Global Skills Committee – Legal Writing Institute (2020 – present) Member, Strategic Planning Committee – Covenant Place St. Louis (HUD senior housing community) (2015-2017)
    • Member, Executive Committee of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research (2011-2013)
    • Co-Leader, Mentoring Committee – Legal Writing Institute (2010 – 2012)
  • Honors and Awards
    • Georgetown University Law Center: Executive Editor American Criminal Law Review and Dean’s Award for Service to GULC
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