Ruth Anne  Robbins

Ruth Anne Robbins

Clinical Professor

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Law Office: E213
V: (856) 225-6456
F: (856) 225-6666

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Professor Robbins teaches courses across the lawyering curriculum and is a member of both the legal writing and clinic programs. She teaches courses in both programs. Part of her current role has been redesigning the Hunter Moot Court prgram. She also teaches 1L LAWR and upper level writing coures. She periodically supervises students in the Domestic Violence Clinic, which she founded in 2002. She has received the campus-wide Chancellor's Teaching Award, has been honored by the Women's Law Caucus, and has been chosen Lawyering Professor of the Year.

In her writing she has recently co-authored a textbook about persuasive legal writing. She has worked on sections of a forthcoming book about best practices in legal education, and on a national glossary of experiential legal education terminology. Her own articles focus on persuasion and lawyering theory and particularly 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 is 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 been President of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI), an international organization with an active membership of 2,100. She remains on the Board of Directors. She has served as the LWI biennial conference co-chair and on various national conference committees since 2008. She is also one of the founders of the biennial international conference series Applied Legal Storytelling.

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 (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).

Conserving the Canvas: Reducing the Environmental Footprint of Legal Briefs by Re-Imagining Court Rules and Legal Briefs, 7 J. ALWD 193 (2010).

New Jersey Domestic Violence Practice and Procedure 3d ed. (with the Hon. A. DiCamillo and M.A. Abatemarco) (N.J. Inst. of CLE 2009) (practitioner treatise). *2d edition published in 2005 and 1st edition published in 2002.

An Introduction to Applied Storytelling, 14 J. Legal Writing 3 (2008).

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).

Painting with Print: Incorporating concepts of typographic and layout design into the text of legal writing documents, 2 J. ALWD 108 (2004); reproduced on the website of the United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Creating New Learning Experiences Through Collaborations Between Law Librarians and Legal Writing Faculty (with Susan A. King), 11 No. 3 Perspectives 110 (Spring 2003).

Fiction 101: A Primer for Lawyers On How To Use Fiction Writing Techniques To Write Persuasive Facts Sections (with Brian Foley), 32, No. 2, Rutgers L.J. 459 (Winter, 2001).
*Reprinted in 51 No. 1 Defense L.J. 149 (Spring 2002)

Various shorter pieces appear in multiple issues of The Second Draft, available at and include President's Columns (between 2008-10) and The Next Step #1 Starting a Dialogue About Upper Level Writing (beginning of a regular column). IOther shorter pieces appear in various newsletters, Op-Eds.


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