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Jo Ellen Dardick Lewis

Professor of Practice

Jo Ellen Dardick Lewis, Professor of Practice, helped develop and teaches in the Legal Practice program, the legal analysis and writing curriculum for first-year JD students. She currently teaches Legal Practice I, focusing on objective legal analysis and communication, and Legal Practice II, focusing on persuasive legal analysis and communication. Professor Lewis works closely with law students on all aspects of professional writing to enhance students’ employment and clerkship opportunities.

She developed and taught the inaugural online writing course for the LLM in U.S. Law program through our sophisticated platform, @WashULaw, to international law students and lawyers. Professor Lewis has extensive experience teaching courses and presenting workshops on legal writing in law schools in Japan, China, Korea, and Portugal. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Shanghai, China at Fudan University Law School.

In addition to teaching, on a pro-bono basis, Professor Lewis assists Veterans in drafting professional resumes and related materials as they transition from the military to civilian life.

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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
    • Member, Legal Writing Institute and Association of Legal Writing Directors
    • Chair – Global Gatherings Subcommittee of the Global Skills Committee of the Legal Writing Institute (2020-2022)
    • Member, Global Skills Committee – Legal Writing Institute (2020-2022 and 2010-2012)
    • Faculty Associate – Village East, Washington University in St. Louis (2018-2022)
    • Reviewer – Fulbright Scholar Applications (2017-2019)
    • Volunteer Professional Development Consultant for Veterans – Patriot Training Foundation (2016-present)
  • Honors and Awards
    • Fulbright Senior Scholar – Fudan University School of Law (Shanghai, China)
    • Association of Women Faculty – Washington University in St. Louis
      • Past President
      • Former Member of Board of Directors
    • Georgetown University Law Center
      • Executive Editor – American Criminal Law Review
      • Recipient – Dean’s Award for Service to Georgetown University Law Center
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