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Lurene Contento (USA)

Lurene Contento is an Assistant Professor and Director of The John Marshall Law School’s Writing Resource Center. She teaches Lawyering Skills I, a required first semester writing course, Writing for the Practice of Law, a class designed to prepare students for practice and the bar examination, and Counseling & Negotiations.   As Director of the writing center, she counsels students individually and presents workshops on a range of legal writing topics from organizing memos, to writing scholarly articles, to plagiarism. She also works with the school’s international students, helping them to develop expert skills in reading and writing.

Professor Contento has lectured throughout the U.S. on topics related to legal writing.  She has taught lawyering skills to students and lawyers abroad, including in Costa Rica, Ireland, and China.  She is an organizer of the Global Legal Skills Conference series, which brings together legal writing professionals from around the world.  She has presented on the topic of plagiarism at local, national, and international conferences and has had plagiarism articles published in Russia, Turkey, and the U.S.  She recently won the Deborah Hecht Memorial Writing Award for her article, Freeing Students to Write More Effectively: Taking the Fear Out of Plagiarism. 

In her years at The John Marshall Law School, Professor Contento has counseled nearly 2000 students.  When not teaching or counseling students, she has concentrated her efforts on teaching abroad, and in providing practical tips for legal writing professionals.