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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 full-time at the law school since 1994. She currently teaches first-year sections of Legal Writing I and II.  She additionally teaches in the upper division - Drafting: Contracts; Drafting: Litigation Documents and Contracts; and Scholarly Research and Writing. 

Since the program’s inception in 2004, she has taught college students in the Ron Brown Prep Program, to help raise the number of diverse and disadvantaged students in law schools.  More recently, she teaches Introduction to Contracts and Legal Writing in the Ron Brown program and at Beijing Jiaotong University, China, where she taught law and undergraduates in the Spring of 2018.

She currently serves as Member of the Editorial Board for Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing. Her articles, essays, and book chapters appear in legal and 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,  human trafficking, and undue influence in high-demand groups. In 2017, she presented at a conference hosted by the International Cultic Studies Association held in Bordeaux, France.

She serves as Faculty Advisor to Federal Bar Association, SJU Student Division (since 2016) and the New York International Law Review (acting since 2017; permanent since 2018). She is a former Faculty Advisor to the SJU Moot Court Board (1995-2001).

Prof. Boyle is the Recipient of the 2005 Faculty Outstanding Achievement award from the President of St. John’s University.  She is a co-founder of the Empire State Legal Writing conferences and 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.

She is the former Assistant Dean for Academic Support and has taught Contracts I in the Summer Institute for seven years.

Community Service

International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA):  Editorial Board Member, since 2010

Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing: Editorial Board Member, since 2017

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

LWI Board of Directors: Member and Officer   
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

Professor Robin Boyle