Jane Kent Gionfriddo began teaching in the Legal Reasoning, Research & Writing
Program at Boston College Law School in 1982 and was admitted to practice in
Massachusetts the same year. In 1985, she became the director of the program and held
this position for twenty-two years. 

In May 1999, Professor Gionfriddo was awarded the Boston College Distinguished Teaching
Award for 1999-2000. She was promoted to Professor of Legal Reasoning, Research &
Writing in 2012. 

Professor Gionfriddo has held a variety of positions with the Legal Writing Institute
(http://www.lwionline.org), an organization devoted to the pedagogy and scholarship of
legal analysis and writing and whose almost 2000 members come from law schools and
English departments in the United States as well as from foreign countries. She served as
a member of the Board of Directors for the Institute from 1995 to 2004, and served as
President from 2000 through 2002 (http://www.lwionline.org/past_presidents.html). From
1994 to 2000, she also co-edited, with several LRR&W colleagues from the Law School,
the Institute’s semi-annual newsletter, “The Second Draft.” 

Professor Gionfriddo has co-chaired many committees for the Legal Writing Institute,
including one that brought forward a proposal for an electronic monograph series to the
Board of Directors. Accepting the committee’s proposal, the LWI Board appointed Professor
Gionfriddo as the first Editor-in-Chief. This Series includes electronic volumes
published on the Institute's web site, each one of which is devoted to a topic
relevant to teaching legal analysis and writing. During Professor Gionfriddo’s time as
Editor-in-Chief, she designed the web site for the Series and coordinated the efforts to
create the first volume devoted to "The Art of Critiquing Written Work," which
was posted to the web site at http://www.lwionline.org/monograph.html. From 2008 to 2010,
Professor Gionfriddo also served on the Board of Editors of the Journal of the Legal
Writing Institute, which publishes articles on legal analysis and writing issues. 

Professor Gionfriddo has worked as a consultant at major Boston law firms, giving
presentations to and working individually with associates, and has also been a consultant
at other law schools on curricular issues, including Harvard Law School. In addition,
Professor Gionfriddo has presented widely, including multiple times at the Legal Writing
Institute Conference, at the Association of Legal Writing Directors Conference, at the
American Association of Law Schools Annual Conference, and at the American Association of
Law Libraries Annual Meeting and Conference. A co-founder of the New England Consortium
of Legal Writing Teachers, a regional organization that seeks to promote excellence in
teaching, Professor Gionfriddo organized an interactive workshop on analytical feedback
on student writing. 

Professor Gionfriddo’s scholarship focuses on pedagogical issues concerning legal
analysis and writing, including an article published in the Texas Tech Law Review on the
importance of lawyers’ synthesizing cases in a sophisticated manner. This article was
chosen as a lead article and awarded a Texas Tech Law Review outstanding lead article
award. As a member of the American Bar Association Subcommittee on Communication Skills,
Professor Gionfriddo worked as a contributing author on the second edition of the
Sourcebook on Legal Writing Programs, which discusses “best practices” in the field of
legal analysis, writing and research. 

Legal Education with a specific focus on Analysis and Writing

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A Methodology for Mentoring Writing in Law Practice: Using Textual Clues to Provide Effective and Efficient Feedback (with Daniel L. Barnett and E. Joan Blum), Quinnipiac Law Review (2009)

Becoming a successful legal writer is a process that begins in law school and continues...

 

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Monograph Series of the Legal Writing Institute (2008)

Editor-in-Chief, Monograph Series of the Legal Writing Institute, 2008 to 2010

 

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[Contributing Author], Sourcebook on Legal Writing Programs (2006)

The aim of the Sourcebook on Legal Writing Programs establishes the parameters and common features...

 

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'The Reasonable Zone of Right Answers': Analytical Feedback on Student Writing, Gonzaga Law Review (2005)

This article develops the theory behind and practice of written analytical feedback on student writing...

 

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The President's Column, The Second Draft: Bulletin of the Legal Writing Institute (2001)
 

Legal Profession

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A Methodology for Mentoring Writing in Law Practice: Using Textual Clues to Provide Effective and Efficient Feedback (with Daniel L. Barnett and E. Joan Blum), Quinnipiac Law Review (2009)

Becoming a successful legal writer is a process that begins in law school and continues...

 

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Thinking Like a Lawyer: The Heuristics of Case Synthesis, Texas Tech Law Review (2007)

In a common law system where cases play such an important role in legal problem-solving,...

 

Selected Professional Activities

Nuts and Bolts of Teaching--Using a Range of Teaching Methodologies in the Classroom, Legal Writing Institute Workshop for Legal Writing Professors (2010)