Prof. Ken Chestek Becomes President-Elect of LWI
At the recent Legal Writing Institute (LWI) conference held at the IU School of Law-Indianapolis in July, Clinical Associate Professor of Law Kenneth D. Chestek was chosen as President-Elect. He will succeed Ruth Anne Robbins of Rutgers-Camden as President for a two year term beginning in 2010.
"I am honored to be chosen as President-Elect of LWI," said Professor Chestek. "As the importance of skills education in American law schools grows, LWI will continue to be at the forefront of changes in the legal academy. During my term as President I hope to continue LWI’s growing outreach to the practicing bar nationwide, in order to help bridge the gap between law school and law practice."
He has been active in numerous capacities with the LWI, an organization of more than 2100 legal writing professionals in the United States and around the world. Previously, he served as a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of LWI. From 2005-2008 he co-chaired the ALWD/LWI Annual Survey Committee, and from 2004-2008 he served as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute, a peer-reviewed academic journal. He currently serves as list manager for the LWI discussion listserv (hosted at IU-Indy law school).
He has published and given lectures on a wide variety of subjects, including persuasion, teaching methods, tax exemption policy, hospitals and the uses of computers in law offices.
Professor Chestek joined the Legal Analysis, Research and Communication (LARC) team in the Summer of 2003 after working as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan. He graduated cum laude from University of Pittsburgh School of Law where he was Editor in Chief of the Law Review. He has extensive practice experience and has worked as the managing attorney for Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin's Erie office and as a partner in both his own firm (Chestek and Bax) and at Agresti & Agresti, in Erie, Pennsylvania. While in practice, he also served for 18 years as Chief Civil Counsel to Erie County, Pennsylvania.