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Robin Boyle Laisure

Professor of Legal Writing
J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 1989
B.A., Vassar College, 1980

Professor Boyle has been teaching at the law school since 1994. She currently teaches first-year sections of Legal Writing I and II, and she has taught Contracts I for seven years.  She additionally teaches the following courses in the upper division: Drafting: Contracts; Drafting: Litigation Documents and Contracts; and Legal Writing Advanced.

She is the Recipient of the 2005 Faculty Outstanding Achievement award from the President of St. John’s University.  Her articles, essays, and book chapters appear in legal and other academic publications.  Her recent article, Employing Trafficking Laws to Capture Elusive Leaders of Destructive Cults, was published by the Oregon Review of International Law.  Prof. Boyle presents regularly at national and international conferences on topics concerning legal writing, learning styles, academic support, human trafficking, and undue influence in high-demand groups.  She is a co-founder of the Empire State Legal Writing conferences and also the annual One-Day LWI workshops.  She has served as Secretary for the Board of the Legal Writing Institute and as Editorial Board member for the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute.  For AALS, Prof. Boyle served as Chair of the Section for Academic Support and as Executive Committee member for the Section of Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research.  She has additionally served as Program Chair for the Sections of ASP, LWRR, and Teaching Methods.

Community Service

AALS, Section of Legal Writing, Reasoning & Research: Program Chair 2015 and Exec. Comm. Board Member 2016

LWI Board of Directors: Member     
July 2008 to July 2012

The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute: Editorial Board Member        
July 2008 to July 2012

AALS Section on Academic Support, Chair 
January 2010 to January 2012

Scholarship Committee for (sponsored by LSAC), Chair
January 2010 to 2012