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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Ruth Anne Robbins teaches courses across the lawyering curriculum. In addition to her 1L legal writing she has worked on the upper level writing curriculum, developing and changing courses with curricular needs. She currently teaches Persuasion in Legal Writing, a course based in rhetoric and interdisciplinary theory. 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 Excellence 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 is the co-founder of the international biennial conference series, Applied Legal Storytelling. Professor Robbins was elected the President of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI), serving from 2008-10, and is completing a last term 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).

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). Other shorter pieces appear in various newsletters, and Op-Eds.


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