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Legal Research and Writing Faculty

Nicole Chong
Associate Dean and Professor of Legal Writing

"Learning legal writing is an ongoing process that may seem daunting to first year law students.  Penn State Law’s legal writing faculty help students on an individual basis to help each student become more comfortable with writing for law practice."

Barbara Brunner
Professor of Legal Writing

"Justice Scalia has noted an 'immense difference between writing and good writing' and has emphasized that converting the former to the latter 'takes time.' In Intense Legal Writing and Drafting, we take that time, so that each student in the course can become an excellent legal writer."

Jeffrey Erickson
Professor of Law, Director of the International Sustainable Development Projects Clinic, Supervising Attorney of the Rural Economic Development Clinic, Professor of Legal Writing.

Mandee Baumer

Visiting Assistant Professor in Applied Legal Analysis and Writing


Legal Research Faculty

Steven Hinckley,
Associate Dean for Library and Information Services, Director of the Law Library, Professor of Law


Jenny Ham
Reference and Information Services Librarian and Professor of Legal Research


Theresa K. Tarves
Associate Director of the Law Library and Professor of Legal Research

"Now more than ever, lawyers in practice are voicing concerns that new law graduates lack the basic legal research skills that they need to thrive as new associates. It’s important to teach the foundations of legal research during the first year of law school so that Penn State Law students can demonstrate to future employers that they already have these basic skills and will exceed expectations as they begin their legal careers. Being a thorough and efficient legal researcher is what will set you apart among your peers and allow you to maintain a competitive advantage in the early parts of your career."


Rebecca A. Mattson
Head of Faculty and Research Services and Professor of Legal Research

"Legal research skills form the backbone of a strong legal education.  Throughout law school and law practice, efficient legal research skills are essential.  Penn State Law’s first-year legal research course teaches students not only the many types of law they will encounter, but also the most efficient and effective ways to find the laws and resources they are seeking.  When a student can demonstrate to a potential employer that she has excellent basic legal research skills, that student is setting herself apart from others in the job market."

Tig Wartluft
Head of Instructional Services and Professor of Legal Research