About E. Joan Blum
E. Joan Blum received her B.A. degree summa cum laude from Harvard University in 1975, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 1978 she received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a member of the Law Review.
She was admitted to practice in Massachusetts in 1978, and in 1978-79 she was Law Clerk to Justice Robert Braucher on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Between 1979 and 1984, she was an associate at Palmer & Dodge in Boston, where she practiced primarily in the area of tax-exempt financing. She joined the faculty of Boston College Law School in 1985, and currently is an Associate Professor of Legal Reasoning, Research & Writing. In addition to teaching in the first-year LRR&W course, Professor Blum for several years taught an upper-level seminar in Legal Drafting and has consulted with Boston law firms on legal writing issues.
- Fall 2016: Law Practice 1
- Spring 2017: Law Practice II
E. Joan Blum
Associate Professor of Legal Reasoning, Research & Writing
Boston College Law School
885 Centre Street
Newton Center, MA 02459
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A Methodology for Mentoring Writing in Law Practice: Using Textual Clues to Provide Effective and Efficient Feedback Quinnipiac Law Review (2009)
Becoming a successful legal writer is a process that begins in law school and continues intensively during the beginning years of a lawyer's career. Throughout this process, in both contexts, a writer benefits enormously from ...
Teaching in Practice: Legal Writing Faculty as Expert Writing Consultants to Law Firms Mercer Law Review (2008)
As experts in the pedagogy and substance of legal writing, full-time legal writing faculty who serve as writing consultants to law firms help fill an increasing need for training and support of lawyers. In addition ...
Selected Professional Activities (26)
Drafting Indictments U.S. Department of Justice Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development and Training (2015)
Conducted a two-day training program entitled "Drafting Indictments" in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development and Training (OPDAT).
Using Legal Writing Teaching Methods to Train Judges and Prosecutors Global Skills Conference, John Marshall Law School (2014)
This presentation addressed how the methods we use in the first-year legal writing course at BC Law School can be adapted to train civil law judges in methods of common law reasoning.
Introduction to Common Law Reasoning for Civil Law Judges Visit of Turkish Judges and Prosecutors, Boston College Law School (2014)
Presentation to a group of judges and prosecutors from Turkey on a one-day visit to the Law School. Presented on my work training judges in Bosnia in common law reasoning through active engagement with a ...
A Methodology for Drafting Appeals Criminal Defence Section, Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (2012)
A workshop sponsored by the Criminal Defense Section of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Professor Blum worked with a group of approximately 25 defense lawyers on methods for structuring and drafting appeals in war ...
Conference Chair: What Legal Employers Want...and Really Need New England Consortium on Legal Writing (2010)
Planned and organized conference of over 50 law faculty and legal employers from Massachusetts and beyond to address the question of what makes a lawyer "practice-ready" and how the legal academy and legal employers should ...