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Elyse Pepper

Professor of Legal Writing, Retired
B.F.A., New York University
J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School

Professor Pepper retired from the fulltime faculty as of August 31, 2015. In her 13 years as a professor of legal writing, she taught courses in legal writing and advocacy skills. She created two courses, Fact-Writing and Persuasion in Legal Documents, and Law Through Film, which she teaches as an adjunct professor.  She is the founder of Law School Prime LLC, a pre-law school success program.

Before joining the law faculty in 2002, Professor Pepper was a senior associate at the law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP, concentrating in complex civil litigation. While in law school, she was an Associate Editor of the Journal of International Business Law.  She co-authored and updated the “Joinder, Consolidation and Severance” chapter of Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts (2d ed. West) and co-authored the annual updates to the Arbitration chapter of the New York Lawyer’s Deskbook and Formbook.  Professor Pepper created two CLE programs, “Stop Thinking Like a Lawyer, Start Thinking Like a Judge: Improving Briefs Through Structural and Narrative Techniques,” and “Where Do I Begin? Reasoning and Writing in the Early Years of Practice,” which she presents to law firms and bar associations. Her scholarly publications include The Case for “Thinking Like a Filmmaker”: Using Lars von Trier's Dogville as a Model for Writing a Statement of Facts, Journal of the Legal Writing Institute (Vol. 14 2008).