This past week, I was lucky enough to participate in the Law and Rhetoric Colloquium at Stetson University College of Law, put together by the inimitable Professor Kirsten K. Davis.

Below is the announcement of the Colloquium, which includes a picture of the participants having fun in the sun.

It was a fabulous time. Thank you Kirsten for organizing (you could run a small country with ease), and thank you Stetson Law for being such a great and gracious host.


Dear Friends,

I’m pleased to tell you about the first Law and Rhetoric Colloquium that just took place at Stetson this weekend.  A small group of scholars from both inside and outside legal academia met to discuss the connection between law and rhetoric, the future of legal education and rhetoric’s role in that future, and the possibilities for a scholarly agenda for law and rhetoric.  In addition, the group shared works and ideas in progress on topics that ranged from the intersection of rhetoric and dialectic, to rhetorically mapping supreme court traditions, to rhetorical genres in law, and to the rhetorical constraints of facilitated publics.

Stetson Participants

Above is a picture of the participants.  They included:

Front Row, L to R

  • Kristen Tiscione, Professor of Legal Research and Writing, Georgetown University School of Law
  • Colin Starger, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Baltimore  School of Law
  • Dr. J. Clarke Rountree, Chair and Professor of Communication Arts, University of Alabama, Huntsville
  • Dr. Jeff Todd, Assistant Professor of Law, Florida Coastal School of Law  (Co-organizer)
  • Dr. Jennifer Andrus, Assistant Professor, University of Utah, College of Humanities
  • Dr. Kirsten K. Davis, Professor of Law, Director of Legal Research and Writing, Stetson University College of Law (Co-organizer)

Back Row, L to R

  • Dr. Katie Rose Guest Pryal, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law
  • Julie Oseid, Associate Professor of Law, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis School of Law
  • Francis J. Mootz, Dean and Professor of Law, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • Nick Scuillo, Graduate Assistant, Georgia State University Department of Communication
  • Dr. Greg Pingree, Professor of Law, Florida Coastal School of Law
  • Jack Sammons, Professor of Law, Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University

We are hoping to expand the reach of the colloquium, start a listserv, and begin a law and rhetoric blog.

Kirsten K. Davis, J.D., Ph. D., Professor of Law