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Lurene Contento (USA)

Lurene Contento is a Visiting Professor of Legal Writing at Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she teaches Legal English and Legal Skills for International Students.  Before teaching at Chicago—Kent, Professor Contento was Assistant Professor and Director of the Writing Resource Center at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago where she taught skills-based courses for eighteen years. She also teaches skill-based courses abroad, including in China, Costa Rica, and the Czech Republic. She develops her courses around principles of interactive teaching and experiential education.

Professor Contento has presented widely to law faculties, both in the U.S. and abroad, on topics ranging from plagiarism to problem-solving to integrating foreign students into U.S. law communities.

Professor Contento serves on a number of national skills-related committees, including the Legal Writing Institute’s Global Legal Writing Skills Committee and the Global Legal Skills Program Committee. She is a 2017 recipient of the Global Legal Skills Award and the 2012 recipient of the Deborah Hecht Memorial Writing Award. She is also currently Chair of the Association of Legal Writing Specialists.

Professor Contento received her bachelor’s degree in English Literature summa cum laude from Loyola University. She received her Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude from The John Marshall Law School. She is a licensed attorney in the State of Illinois and worked in a general practice law firm before beginning her teaching career.