Elizabeth Fajans, Associate Professor of Legal Writing, has been selected as the winner of the 2011 Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning & Research Section Award. The award is given to an individual who has made a significant lifetime contribution to the field of legal writing and research.
“Betsy Fajans has not only been a dedicated teacher, mentor, and author, she has been an inspiration to many in the field of legal writing,” said Martha A. Pagliari, Chair of the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning & Research, and the Associate Director of Legal Analysis, Research & Communication at DePaul University, College of Law.
Professor Fajans has been Brooklyn Law School’s writing specialist since 1984. She is a co-author of the seminal book, Writing and Analysis in the Law, now in its 5th edition, and the more recent Writing for Law Practice, as well as the publication, Scholarly Writing for Law Students: Seminar Papers, Law Review Notes, Law Review Competition Papers, co-authored by Fajans and BLS Professor Mary Falk. Fajans also served as an editor of the Journal of Legal Writing from 2002-2008 and was also a founding member of the Writing Specialists Network.
She is the second BLS professor to receive this award. Professor Marilyn Walter, Director of the Law School’s Legal Writing Program, received the award in 2005. Brooklyn Law School is one of only two schools in the country in which two members of the legal writing faculty have won this award.
The award will be presented at the Legal Writing Section lunch at the AALS Annual Meeting to be held in San Francisco on Thursday, January 6, 2011.