Professor of Legal Writing and Director of Legal Writing, Research, and Written Advocacy

Contact

  • Office: 120 Tremont St.,
  • Suite: 370-F
  • Phone: 617-573-8210
  • Fax: 617-305-3091
  • Email: kvinson@suffolk.edu

Degrees

  • BA, Stonehill College
  • JD, Suffolk University

Bar Admittance

  • MA
  • Federal District Court of MA
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court

    Teaching

  • Legal Practice Skills
  • Advanced Legal Writing
  • Problem Solving

Biography

Professor Vinson is an active participant in the legal writing field on a national, regional, and local level. She is the Immediate Past Chair of the AALS Section on Legal Reasoning, Writing and Research and also served as Chair-Elect and Secretary of the AALS Sections. She is President of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) and serves on the Executive Committee. She is an editor of The Legal Writing Institute's Monograph Series and a former editor of The Second Draft. She also served on the Board of Directors of The Legal Writing Institute. In addition, she co-founded the New England Legal Writing Consortium. She has published and presented extensively in the field of legal writing. For example, she co-authored the book, Legal Analysis: The Fundamental Skill. This book has been adopted and used at numerous schools across the country. She has also published numerous law review articles. In addition, she has given presentations on legal writing at national conferences and continuing education programs. She is currently the Director of the Legal Practice Skills Program and teaches first-year and advanced legal writing courses. In the spring of 2007, Professor Vinson was a visiting legal reasoning, research, and writing professor at Boston College Law School. She also works as a writing consultant for law firms and government agencies. She graduated, cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School and received her BA, magna cum laude, from Stonehill College. Before joining the faculty at Suffolk Law School, she clerked for Justice Howard Dana of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

Professional Activities

President Elect, Association of Legal Writing Directors; Immediate Past Chair, AALS Section on Legal Reasoning, Writing and Research; Member, Legal Writing Institute; Co-Founder and Member, New England Legal Writing Consortium; Member, Scribes.

Publications

Books

LEGAL ANALYSIS: THE FUNDAMENTAL SKILL (2d. ed., 2009) (with David S. Romantz)

LEGAL ANALYSIS: THE FUNDAMENTAL SKILL (1998) (with David S. Romantz)

Book Chapters

Chapter 9, Social Networking in the Medical Community, in SOCIAL MEDIA AND MEDICINE (New Forums Press, 2012)

Chapter 7, LEGAL ANALYSIS: THE FUNDAMENTAL SKILL, reprinted in DRAFTING EFFECTIVE LITIGATION DOCUMENTS 53-78 (Boston, MA: Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education), in (1998) (with David S. Romantz) 

Articles

Hovering Too Close: The Ramifications of Helicopter Parenting in Higher Education, 29 GA. ST. U. L. REV. 423 (2013)

The Blurred Boundaries of Social Networking in the Legal Field: Just "Face" It, 41 U. MEM. L. REV. 355 (2010)

What's on Your Playlist? The Power of Podcasts as a Pedagogical Tool, 2009 U. ILL. J.L. TECH. & POL'Y 405 (2009)

Teaching in Practice: Legal Writing Faculty as Expert Writing Consultants to Law Firms, 60 MERCER L. REV. 761 (2009) (with Joan Blum)

Road to Legal Writing Paved with Attention to Reader, 36 MASS. LAW. WKLY. 83 (2007)

Why I Teach, THE LAW TEACHER: A NEWSLETTER OF THE INSTITUTE FOR LAW TEACHING (2007) (Spring Issue)

Improving Legal Writing: A Life-Long Learning Process and Continuing Professional Challenge, 21 TOURO L. REV. 517 (2005)

You are Not in Kansas Anymore - Ten Tips to Succeed in Law School, lawschool.com, (2002)

What is the Point? Teaching Ideas for Thesis Sentences, THE LEARNING CURVE (2002)

Interactive Class Editing, 14:1 THE SECOND DRAFT (1999)

Legal Research: How to Find and Understand the Law, 9 BIMONTHLY REVIEW OF LAW BOOKS 9 (1998) (book review)

The Tenth Justice, 9 BIMONTHLY REVIEW OF LAW BOOKS (1998) (book review)

Who Will Publish My Manuscript, 7:1 PERSPECTIVES: TEACHING LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING 31 (1998) (with David S. Romantz)

Stephen Elias’ Legal Research: How To Find and Understand the Law, 9 BIMONTHLY REVIEW OF LAW BOOKS 9 (1998) (book review)

14 Ways to Avoid Pitfalls in Your First Year of Teaching, 6:1 PERSPECTIVES: TEACHING LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING (1997) (best of articles from 1992-2001; 185 authors contributed 292 articles in nine years - 29 selected in anthology)

Woe is I? The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English, 8:5 BIMONTHLY REVIEW OF LAW BOOKS 19 (1997) (book review)

No Due Process Right to a Speedy Extradition, 18 SUFFOLK TRANSNAT'L L. REV. 347 (1995)

Alien Who Attains Permanent Resident Status Cannot be Deported for Preconceived Intent to Remain Indefinitely, SUFFOLK TRANSNAT'L L. REV. 787 (1995)

OTHER   PUBLICATIONS


Watch, Listen, and Learn, 40 SUFFOLK LAW SCHOOL ALUMNI MAGAZINE ( 2008 )

Presentations

  • Problem Solving: Preparing Law Students to be "Client-Ready", Southeastern Regional Legal Writing Conference, Savannah, Georgia (April 2013)

  • Problem Solving: Enhancing Students’ Development as Legal Professionals, Suffolk University Law School Faculty Colloquium (co-presenter David Abrams), March 2013)

  • Contemporary Issues on Gender and the Law, Southern Association of Law Schools Conference, Florida (July 2012)

  • The Use of Checklists as "Cognitive Nets" and "Pause Points" for the Complexity of Legal Analysis, The Legal Writing Institute, Palm Springs, CA (May 2012)

  • Hovering Too Close: The Ramifications of Helicopter Parenting in Higher Education, Suffolk University Center for Teaching Excellence, (March 2012)

  • Productive Work Habits for Writing Competitions and Getting Published, Student Scholarship panel, Suffolk University Law School, (March 2012)

  • Teaching Legal Research Through Communication, Cooperation, and Collaboration, Harvard Law School Teaching Showcase, Boston, MA (January 2012)

  • In the New Millennium, What are the Best Practices in Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research?, American Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. (January 2012) (moderator)

  • Internet Culture and the Law, Southern Association of Law Schools Conference, South Carolina (July 2011)

  • Extending Your Leadership to Key Administrative Positions Within Your Law School, Association of Legal Writing Directors Conference, McGeorge Law School (June 2011)

  • Look Before You LEAPP (Legal Education and Practice Program), New England Legal Writing Consortium, Roger Williams Law School (June 2010)

  • Friending 101: The Role of Facebook in Legal Education, Suffolk University Center for Teaching Excellence Technology Symposium, (May 2010)

  • Getting Meaningful Feedback on Your Teaching from Colleagues and Directors, Legal Writing Institute Workshop, Suffolk University law School, (December 2009)

  • Research is Just a Click Away: Electronic Research Tools for Law Students (with Rick Buckingham and Diane D'Angelo), Suffolk University Law School (October 2009)

  • Facebook, Blogging, Discussion Boards – Oh My! Opening Classroom Doors to Technology and Using it Wisely, Southeastern Association of Law Schools Conference, Florida (August 2009)

  • Innovative Teaching Techniques, (co-cordinator), Association of Legal Writing Directors, University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School (July 2009)

  • Podcasting in LRR&W: Downloading the Greatest Hits, Legal Writing Institute Conference, Indiana Law School (July 2008)

  • Specialty Rankings, Faculty Retreat, Suffolk University Law School (May 2008) (panelist)

  • Clickers and Critiques, Dean's Advisory Committee, Suffolk University Law School (April 2008) (co-presenter Prof. Andy Perlman)

  • Teaching with Technology, Faculty Colloquial, Suffolk University Law School (January 2008) (co-presenters Professor Andy Perlman and Professor Andy Beckerman-Rodau)

  • LPS Weekly Legal Writing Tips, Co-Creator of Suffolk Law's Podcast Series.

  • Transitioning from Objective to Persuasive Legal Writing, presenter at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/legal-writing-tips-podcasts/id388452951?mt=10  (January 2008)

  • The Power of Podcasts, Poster Presentation Selected by American Association of Law Schools Section on Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing, American Association of Law Schools Annual Conference, New York (January 2008)

  • Meet the New Boss: Evolving Governance Models in LRW Programs, New England Consortium of Legal Writing Teachers Regional Conference, Vermont Law School (December 2007) (co-presenters Professor Gregory Johnson and Professor Robert Volk)

  • Expanding Your Thinking and Gaining a New Perspective: Opportunities for Rejuvenation, Rewards, Challenges, and Lessons Learned, 2007 Biennial Conference of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, at the University of Denver (June 2007) (with Linda Edwards and Suzanne Rowe)

  • Taking Our Expertise Into the Trenches: Consulting on Writing in Practice, 2006 Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Instiute, Atlanta, Georgia (June 2006) (with Prof. Joan Blum)

  • Empowering Your Audience: Removing the Mental Gymnastics from the Writing Process, Rocky Mountain Regional Conference, University of Arizona (March 2006)

  • A Writer's Workshop: Writing for the Reader, Suffolk University Law School Center for Advanced Legal Studies (December 2, 2005)

  • Improving Legal Writing Skills Beyond the Classroom Walls, 2005 Biennial Conference of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, Northwestern University School of Law (July 2005)

  • How the Profession and Academia Can Work Together to Improve Legal Writing, 2005 Biennial Conference of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, Northwestern University School of Law (July 2005)

  • Consulting on Legal Writing in Law Firms: Is it Possible to Set and Meet Realistic Goals? New England Consortium of Legal Writing Teachers, Albany Law School (June 10, 2005) (co-presenter: Prof. Joan Blum)

  • A Tradition of Excellence, The Legal Practice Skills Program, Dean's Advisory Committee, Suffolk University Law School (April 9, 2005)

  • Writing with Confidence and Clarity, Suffolk University Law School Center for Advanced Legal Studies (December 2002)

  • Workshop on Critiquing Student Works, 2002 Tenth Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, Knoxville, Tennessee, Small Group Leader (May 2002) (coordinator: Prof. Dan Barnett)

  • Appellate Practice: The Law Clerk's View, Continuing Legal Education, Maine State Bar Association (May 24, 2001) (invited speaker)

  • New Directors' Roundtable: Hiring and Training Legal Writing Faculty, American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Annual Conference (San Francisco, January 2001)

  • Women in the Law: Opportunities and Options, Boston College Law School (Moderator, January 2001)

  • Keys to Powerful, Persuasive Writing, Suffolk University Law School Center for Advanced Legal Studies (December 2000)

  • Utilizing Technology in the Classroom, Suffolk University Law School Adjunct Faculty Program (October 2000)

  • Teaching Legal Writing, Reflecting Legal Reasoning: Learning By Doing, Faculty & Administrators' Colloquial, Suffolk University Law School (October 2000)

  • Legal Ethics Orientation, Boston College Law School (August 2000) (lead discussion group regarding ethical issues)

  • Modeling Strategies for Legal Writing Programs, 2000 Legal Writing Institute Conference, Seattle University School of Law (July 2000)

  • Introduction to Law School and the Role of the Legal Writing Program, Suffolk University Law School Open House (January 2000)

  • Using "Web Course in a Box" in the Legal Practice Skills Program, 1999 Suffolk University Law School Dedication Ceremony of Sargent Hall-High Technology Demonstration (September 1999)

  • How Internet Novices Can Use "Web Course in a Box" to Design a Web Page, 1999 Association of Legal Writing Directors Conference, New England School of Law (July 1999)

  • Using Technology: Personal and Institutional Costs and Benefits, Invited speaker on panel at 1999 Association of Legal Writing Directors Conference, New England School of Law (July 1999)

  • Professionalism in Writing: Finding Publishers for Legal Writing Manuscripts, 1998 Legal Writing Institute Conference, University of Michigan Law School (June 1998)

  • Knights in the Courtroom: Transforming Roles and Responsibilities, Moderator, Suffolk University Law School's Third Annual Academic Convocation, Law in a Changing Society (March 1998)