July 22, 2009
School of Law
Professor Larry Cunningham presented at the "Conference on
Promoting the Teaching of Legal Writing in Southern Africa,"
sponsored by APPEAL (Academics Promoting the Pedagogy of Effective
Advocacy in Law) and the University of Pretoria Faculty of
The conference was held July 1 to July 4, 2009, in Pretoria,
South Africa. Professor Cunningham spoke about the
integration of legal writing assignments with large, doctrinal
courses. Law schools in sub-Saharan Africa are particularly
challenged by large class sizes, multiple official languages, and a
lack of resources to teach skills in a hands-on manner.
Professor Cunningham offered a number of strategies for teaching
writing skills in such an environment. The conference was
attended by over 100 professors and lecturers, drawn from both the
United States and Africa.