Ruth Anne Robbins
Law Office: E213
Ruth Anne Robbins teaches courses across the lawyering curriculum. In addition to her 1L legal writing she has created several of the course offerings in the upper level writing curriculum. She currently teaches Persuasion in Legal Writing, a course based in rhetoric and interdisciplinary studies. She integrated those teaching materials and methods into the Hunter Moot Court Program during a four-year program redesign, from 2011 through 2015. She periodically co-supervises students in the Domestic Violence Clinic, which she founded in 2002. Professor Robbins has received The Chancellor's Teaching Award, has been honored by the Women's Law Caucus, and has been selected by graduating students as Lawyering Professor of the Year.
In her writing, she has co-authored a 1L textbook about persuasive legal writing; co-authored two sections of a forthcoming book for law professors about best practices in legal education; and worked on a national committee writing a national glossary of experiential legal education vocabulary. Her law review articles focus on persuasion theory in the two areas of storytelling/narrative and visual design. One of her articles appears by invitation on the website of the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. She also co-authors a New Jersey practitioner treatise about domestic violence practice and procedure.
Nationally, she serves as co-editor in chief of the peer-edited journal, Legal Communication & Rhetoric: JALWD, which publishes scholarly articles about legal writing and lawyering, written for a practitioner audience. She has served on planning committees for academic conferences and is the co-founder of the international biennial conference series, Applied Legal Storytelling. Professor Robbins has also served as President of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) and remains on the Board of Directors.
Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty she was an associate at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis in Philadelphia, and at Eisenberg, Gold & Cettei in South Jersey. She clerked for a presiding judge of the New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division, the Hon.Michael Patrick King, P.J.A.D.
Revisiting the Traditional Foundational Legal Skills of Analysis, Research, and Communication (with Kristen K. Tiscione and Amy Sloan), in Building on Best Practices & Carnegie’s Educating Lawyers: Legal Education in a Changing World (Maranville, Sedillo Lopez, Bliss, & Kaas, eds., forthcoming 2015).
Your Client's Story: Persuasive Legal Writing (with Steve Johansen and Ken Chestek) (Wolters Kluwer L. & Bus. 2013)(textbook).
Harry Potter as Client in a Lawsuit, Chapter in The Law & Harry Potter (Jeffrey E. Thomas & Franklin G. Snyder, eds., Carolina Acad. Press 2010).
Harry Potter, Ruby Slippers and Merlin: Telling the Client's Story Using the Characters and Paradigm of the Archetypal Hero's Journey, 29 No. 4 Seattle L. Rev. 767 (2006)(lead article).