Mercer has served as the host school of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) since 2003. Mercer’s houses the LWI Archives and serves as LWI’s administrative office.
If you are interested in membership with the Legal Writing Institute, please send your name, title, organization, address, city, state, zip, country, e-mail address, and telephone number to Yonna Shaw, by e-mail to Shaw_yw@law.Mercer.edu, by snail mail to Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, 1021 Georgia Avenue, Macon, Georgia 31207, or by fax to (478) 301-2649. For further information, please call (478) 301-2622.
The Legal Writing Institute was founded in 1984 as a non-profit organization dedicated to improving legal writing by providing a forum for discussion and scholarship about legal writing, analysis, and research. LWI promotes these activities through its publications, workshops, specialty conferences, and the national biennial conferences held in even-numbered years.
The Legal Writing Institute has over 2,100 members and includes representatives from 38 different countries. LWI is the second largest organization of law professors in the United States. Only the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) involves more members of the legal academic community. LWI sponsors many different working committees and projects.
The Institute provides a forum for discussion and scholarship about legal writing, analysis, and research. It publishes The Second Draft, a semi-annual newsletter including short articles on topics pertaining to legal writing, and The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute, a peer-edited scholarly journal dedicated to legal writing topics.