During law school, Maureen Straub Kordesh was a member of the Indiana Law Journal.
After graduation, she represented the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of General
Services. In 1991, she joined the faculty at Widener University School of Law, where she
directed the writing program and taught legal writing, property, and land-use planning.
One of her articles, published in the Harvard Environmental Law Review, was a finalist
for best land use planning article of 1996.
She has led workshops on drafting for HUD housing discrimination investigators and has
written articles and made numerous presentations to legal professionals on the practical
and pedagogical issues of legal writing, lawyering skills, and the bar exam. She has made
presentations on pedagogy to law schools internationally, and has designed Street-Law
style curricula for elementary and junior-high students.
Professor Kordesh is a former president of the Association of Legal Writing Directors and
board member of the Legal Writing Institute. She has served as an assistant editor for
the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute and a reviewer for the Multistate Performance
Professor Kordesh joined the John Marshall faculty in 1996 and directed the Lawyering
Skills Program from 1996-2004. In 2008, she became director of the the special admissions
program at John Marshall, the Summer College for Assessing Legal Education Skills
(SCALES). She teaches Lawyering Skills and Property.
Speaker, National Association of Administrative Law Judges (2013)