Lurene Contento is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Writing Resource
Center. She has been teaching legal writing and other skills at The John Marshall Law
School since 2001. She believes strongly in interactive teaching and experiential
learning and has developed her courses based on these principles. Courses taught include
Lawyering Skills I, a first-semester writing, reasoning, research, and speaking skills
course; Writing for the Practice of Law, a third-year course that prepares students for
the bar and for practice; Counseling & Negotiations; and SCALES, a writing course for
conditionally admitted students. Professor Contento also works closely with the
school's international students and has taught legal writing, research, and other
lawyering skills in China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ireland, and Turkey. 

As Director of the Writing Resource Center, Professor Contento supervises a staff of
professional writing advisors and individually counsels students from 1Ls to graduate law
students. Since joining John Marshall's writing center in 2002, she has counseled
over 1,500 students in individual appointments. She has also developed a series of
workshops aimed at training students in the skills they will need as practicing lawyers. 

Professor Contento has lectured widely at national and international conferences,
focusing on strategies for interactive teaching and skills training. She has served on
planning committees for the series of Global Legal Skills conferences held in the U.S.
and abroad, and she is also active in a number of legal writing organizations, including
the Legal Writing Institute, where she is the past co-chair of the Global Legal Skills
Committee, and the Association of American Law Schools' Section on Legal Writing
Reasoning and Research. 

After being admitted to the Illinois bar, Professor Contento worked at a small general
practice law firm, researching and writing on a range of topics. She earned her JD magna
cum laude from The John Marshall Law School and graduated summa cum laude from Loyola
University with a BA in English Literature. She has published practical tips for legal
writing professionals, and in 2012 was awarded the Deborah Hecht Memorial Award for her
article Freeing Students to Write More Effectively – Taking the Fear Out of Plagiarism.


Plagiarism: What Every Legal Writer Should Know, Kazanci Peer-Reviewed L.J. (2011)
Plagiarism: What Every Legal Writer Should Know, J. Rus. Acad. Leg. Sci. (2011)


Outputs and Outcomes and Assessments: Oh My! (with Susan L. Brody and Arthur Acevedo), The John Marshall Law School Annual Teaching Effectiveness Workshop (2015)
Plagiarism: What Every Law Student Should Know, Half-day Interactive Workshop for International LLM and Global JD Students, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law (2015)
Plagiarism: What Every Law Student Should Know, Interactive Half-day Workshop, Foundations of U.S. Law and Practice: Intensive Summer Institute for Non-US Law Students, Boston College Law School (2015)