Ruth Anne Robbins
Clinical Professor and Director of Lawyering Programs
Law Office: E213
Professor Robbins teaches courses across the lawyering curriculum and is a member of both the legal writing and clinic programs. She teaches 1L and upper level writing courses, directs and teaches in the Hunter Moot Court program, and supervises students in the Domestic Violence Clinic.
In addition to co-authoring--with a family court judge and a prosecutor--the New Jersey practice treatise on New Jersey domestic violence law, she also writes about persuasion and lawyering theory. One of her areas of inqury focuses on story structure and elements as it relates to how lawyers represent clients. Another area of inquiry looks at the role of visual design in diligent lawyering. Her third area of expertise and study is in New Jersey domestic violence law and its practices and procedures.
As the Director of Lawyering Programs, she focuses on the law school's commitment to creating cohesion and collaboration among the different aspects of the skills courses and programs.
Nationally, Robbins is the recipient of national scholarship and teaching grants. She is currently the co-editor in chief of the peer-reviewed journal, Legal Communication & Rhetoric: JALWD, which publishes scholarly articles about legal writing and lawyering, written for a practitioner audience. She has been president of and was recently re-elected to the board of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI), an international organization with an active membership of 2,100. She is also one of the founders of the biennial international conference series "Applied Legal Storytelling," co-sponsored by the Legal Writing Institute and the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA). She has organized other national and regional conferences about legal writing. She also chaired the first committee on upper level writing for LWI.
Locally, she has received law school and campus-wide teaching awards.
Robbins, Johansen, Chestek, Persuasive Legal Writing: Constructing the Client's Narrative (Wolters Kluwer L. & Bus. 2013)(textbook).
Robbins, R.A., Harry Potter as Client in a Lawsuit, in The Law & Harry Potter 307(Jeffrey E. Thomas & Franklin G. Snyder, eds., Carolina Acad. Press 2010).
Also a past contributor to AALS Newsletters of the Legal Writing, Reasoning & Research and the Clinical Education Sections.