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About Lurene Contento

Professor Contento has been teaching legal writing and other skills courses 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. Professor Contento works closely with the school's international students and has taught legal writing, research, and other skills in Australia, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ireland, and Turkey.  In 2017, she received a Global Legal Skills Award for her contributions to the promotion and improvement of global legal skills around the world.
Professor Contento has lectured widely at national and international conferences, primarily presenting on strategies for interactive teaching and skills training.  She was the keynote speaker at Melbourne University’s 2015 Legal Writing Symposium, the first legal skills conference to be held in Australia.  She has been a regular presenter at the Global Legal Skills Conference series and at Legal Writing Institute conferences across the country.
As Director of John Marshall’s Writing Resource Center, she supervises a staff of professional writing advisors and individually counsels students. Since joining the writing center in 2002, she has counseled over 2,000 students in one-on-one appointments. She has also developed a series of workshops aimed at training students in the skills they will need as practicing lawyers.
Professor Contento is currently the Chair of the national Association of Legal Writing Specialists, serves on the editorial board of The Scrivener, and is a member of the Legal Writing Institute’s Global Legal Writing Skills Committee. She has also had a leadership role with the Global Legal Skills Conference series since its inception in 2005.
Professor Contento 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 began teaching after working in a general practice law firm where she wrote on a variety of issues.  Since then, 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.  Courses taught include Lawyering Skills I, a first-semester course focusing on oral and written analysis; Counseling & Negotiations, taught from a problem solving perspective; Writing for the Practice of Law, a third-year course that prepares students for the bar and for practice; and SCALES, a writing course for conditionally admitted students.


Present Assistant Professor, John Marshall Law School
Present Director, Writing Resource Center, John Marshall Law School

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Chicago, Illinois 60604
Phone: 312.360.2653


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