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About Linda L. Berger

Linda Berger is the Family Foundation Professor of Law at UNLV. Her research, writing, and teaching converge on the study and practice of legal rhetoric, drawing on cognitive psychology as well as composition, rhetoric, metaphor, and narrative theory. She is one of the co-editors of the U.S. Feminist Judgments Project, a collaborative effort to produce an edited collection of feminist re-visions of influential Supreme Court opinions.

Professor Berger was President of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) from 2014-16. She is a long-time member of the LWI Board of Directors and the editorial board of the LWI Monograph Series. Professor Berger was a founder and the long-time editor of Legal Communication & Rhetoric: JALWD; she initiated and continues to co-edit the Law & Rhetoric e-Journal on SSRN's Legal Scholarship Network; and she was one of the first ALWD Visiting Scholars in Legal Communication & Rhetoric. She is a former member of the national board of directors of ALWD.

Professor Berger's early scholarship applied New Rhetoric composition theory to the reading and writing processes of law students and law teachers. In her later articles, she blended persuasion science with rhetorical analysis, applying theory and research results from analogy, metaphor, and narrative studies to examine persuasive briefs and judicial opinions. Based on the resulting analyses, these articles recommend methods for professional legal writers to strengthen their effectiveness and persuasiveness.


Present Professor of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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