Samantha A. Moppett

Professor of Legal Writing, Associate Director, Legal Practice Skills

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Bar Admittance

  • MA
  • Federal District Court of MA

Biography

Upon graduating from law school, Professor Moppett clerked for the Justices of the Superior Court of Massachusetts. Subsequently, she worked as a litigation associate in Boston, Massachusetts. Professor Moppett began her teaching career at Suffolk University Law School. She taught at Suffolk from 1997-1999. Prior to returning to Suffolk University Law School in 2002, she was a Legal Writing Professor at Arizona State University College of Law in Tempe, Arizona, where she taught the first-year Legal Research and Writing course, Appellate Advocacy, Advanced Legal Writing, and Intensive Legal Research and Writing. She has also visited at the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada, where she taught Advanced Appellate Advocacy, and at Arizona State University College of Law where she taught Intensive Legal Research and Writing.


Professional Activities

Association of American Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research; Member, Outreach Committee, 2019-2020; Member, Nominations Committee, 2018-2019 Association of American Law Schools Section on Teaching Methods; Member, Program Committee, 2017-2018 Association of Legal Writing Directors; ALWD Guide Task Force, 2019; ALWD Conference Program Committee, 2018-2019; ALWD Inaugural Leadership Academy, Host School Liaison; Delegate, 2008-2009, 2015-present; Blackwell Reception Committee, 2017-2018; ALWD Conference Program Committee, 2016-2017, 2018-2019; Member, Association of Legal Writing Directors Conference Program Committee, 2016-2017; Member, Association of Legal Writing Directors Visiting Scholars Committee, 2015-2016; Legal Writing Institute, Executive Board Member 2012-present; Legal Writing Institute, Secretary 2014-2016; Legal Writing Institute, Editorial Board Member, Monograph Series, 2014-present; Legal Writing Institute, Editorial Board Member, Journal of the Legal Writing Institute, July 2006-2014; Co-chair, 2014 Legal Writing Institute Program Committee; Legal Writing Institute, Editorial Board Member, The Second Draft, 2004-2006; Legal Writing Institute, Assistant Editor, The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute, 2004-2006; Co-chair, Nominations Committee, AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research, 2016-2017 & 2017-2018; Co-chair, Program Committee, AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research, 2012-2013; Member, Program Committee, AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research, 2011-2012; Member, Poster Committee, AALS Section on Teaching Methods, 2011-2012; Chair, Poster Committee, AALS Section on Teaching Methods, 2010-2011; Chair, Poster Committee, AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research, 2010-2011; Member, Awards Committee, AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research, 2009-2010; Member, Nominations Committee, AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research, 2009-2010; Chair, Poster Committee, AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research, 2008-2009.


Publications


Books

MINDFUL LAWYERING: THE KEY TO CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING (2018) (with Shailini George & Kathleen Elliott Vinson)

NAVIGATING THE INTERNET: LEGAL RESEARCH ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB (2000) (with Herb Ramy)

ALWD Companion (2d ed. winter 2013) (co-author) (online format)


Articles

Digital Pro Bono: Leveraging Technology to Provide Access to Justice, 92 St. John’s L. Rev. 551 (2018) (with Kathleen Elliott Vinson)

Closing the Legal Aid Gap One Research Question at a Time, 8 HLRe 15 (2017) (with Kathleen Elliott Vinson)

Control-Alt-Incomplete? Using Technology to Assess "Parseltongues", 12 CHI. KENT J. INTELL. PROP. L. 77 (2013)

Lawyering Outside the Box: Confronting the Creativity Crisis, 37 S. ILL. U. L.J. 253 (2013)

Think It, Draft It, Post It: Creating Legal Poster Presentations, 18 LEGAL WRITING: J. LEGAL WRITING INST. 339 (2012)

Acknowledging America's First Sovereign: Incorporating Tribal Justice Systems into the Legal Research and Writing Curriculum, 35 OKLA. CITY U.L. REV. 267 (2010)

Heading the Reader in the Write Direction, MASS. LAW. WKLY. 21 (2009) (May 4)

Wikis While You Work: Incorporating Wikis in the Classroom, 23 :2 THE SECOND DRAFT 12 (2009)

Research Diagnostics: An Interactive Assessment Tool, 22 :2 SECOND DRAFT: BULLETIN OF THE LEGAL WRITING INSTITUTE (2008)

Library Research Labs: A Hands-On Approach to Taking the First Step with Your Students to Reflect Good Practice in Legal Education, 14 :2 PERSPECTIVES: TEACHING LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING 1 (2006) (with Rick Buckingham)

Three Views of Visiting, 18:2 THE SECOND DRAFT 1 (2004) (with James Levy and Terrill Pollman)

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act Preempts State Regulation of Public Employees on the Basis of Age, 28 SUFFOLK U. L. REV. 856 (1994)

Warrantless Airport Luggage Search Constitutional When Conducted Subsequent to Establishment of Probable Cause and Continual Disclaimer of Ownership, 28 SUFFOLK U. L. REV. 872 (1994)

Extending Eighth Amendment Protections to Prisoners Involuntarily Exposed to Unreasonable Levels of Environmental Tobacco Smoke, 28 SUFFOLK U. L. REV. 200 (1994)


Presentations

  • Diversity + Inclusion = Change, Southeastern Association of Law Schools Conference, Florida (2019) (panelist)

  • Restructuring Legal Education Discussion Group, Southeastern Association of Law Schools Conference, Florida (2019) (panelist)

  • “Creating” Scholars, Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop, University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, Oregon (November 2018)

  • Virtual Legal Research Assistance as a Means to Provide Access to Justice, Eighteenth Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (July 2018) (with Kathleen Elliott Vinson)

  • Designing Legal Writing Problems Incorporating “Access to Justice,” Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, San Diego, California (January 2018) (panelist)

  • Time Warp: Time-Pressured Writing in the Classroom, New England Consortium of Legal Writing Teachers Regional Conference, University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut (October 2017) (with Sabrina DeFabritiis, Dyane O’Leary, and Kathleen Elliott Vinson)

  • Get “Real”: Collaborative Researching, Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference, Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, Florida (April 2017) (with Kathleen Elliott Vinson)

  • Maximizing the Creative Potential of Our Students, Sixteenth Annual Rocky Mountain Regional Legal Writing Conference, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Tucson, Arizona (March 2016)

  • What Do I Have to Do Around Here to Get Published, Association of Legal Writing Directors Conference, University of Memphis School of Law, Memphis, Tennessee (July 2015) (with Brooke Bowman, Terrill Pollman, Ruth Anne Robbins, & Karen Sneddon)

  • Zooming In: A Prezi Primer, Fifteenth Annual Rocky Mountain Regional Legal Writing Conference, University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico (March 2015)

  • Teaching Tips for Advanced Research & Writing Courses, Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada (December 2014) (with Jeanne Price & Melissa Bernstein)

  • When the Novice Becomes Master, New England Consortium of Legal Writing Teachers Regional Conference, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, Vermont (September 2014) (with Kathleen Elliott Vinson)

  • Frantic Frankie s Faculty Talk or The Presenter s Predicament, Sixteenth Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (June 2014) (with Tamara Herrera, Kimberly Holst, Amy Langenfeld, & Chad Noreuil)

  • Creativity, the Changing Legal Landscape, and Legal Writing's Role in Fostering and Modeling Innovation, Plenary Presentation at the Fourteenth Annual Rocky Mountain Regional Legal Writing Conference, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada (March 2014) (with Ellie Margolis)

  • Control Alt Incomplete: Using Technology to Assess Parseltongues, Twelfth Annual Rocky Mountain Regional Legal Writing Conference, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University College of Law, Tempe, Arizona March 2012

  • E2 Efficient and Effective Feedback, Legal Writing Institute One Day Workshop, Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts December 2011

  • Think It, Draft It, Post It: Creating Legal Poster Presentations, Eleventh Annual Rocky Mountain Regional Legal Writing Conference, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada March 201

  • Teaching the Third Sovereign: How and Why to Include Tribal Nations and Courts in Legal Writing Courses, 14th Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, Marco Island, Florida June 2010 with Tonya Kowalski

  • Acknowledging America’s First Sovereign: Incorporating Tribal Justice Systems Into the Legal Research and Writing Curriculum, Poster Presentation Selected by American Association of Law Schools Section on Legal Reasoning, Research and Writing, American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Annual Conference, New Orleans (January 2010)

  • Wikis While You Work: Incorporating Wikis in the Classroom, New England Consortium of Legal Writing Teachers Regional Conference, Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA (December 2008)

  • Workshop on Critiquing Student Works, Small Group Leader, 13th Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana (July 2008)

  • Innovative Teaching Techniques, New England Consortium of Legal Writing Teachers Regional Conference, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, Vermont (December 2007) (with Joan Blum and Tracy Bach) Workshop on Critiquing Student Works, Small Group Leader, 12th Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, Atlanta, Georgia (June 2006)

  • Empowering Your Audience: Removing the Mental Gymnastics from the Reading Process, Sixth Annual Rocky Mountain Regional Legal Writing Conference, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Tucson, Arizona (March 2006) (with Kathleen Vinson)

  • Research Labs: A Hands-On Approach to Taking the First Step with Your Students, Fifth Annual Rocky Mountain Regional Legal Writing Conference, Arizona State University College of Law, Tempe, Arizona (March 2005) (with Shailini George)

  • Workshop on Critiquing Student Works, Small Group Leader, 11th Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, Seattle University, Seattle, Washington (July 2004)

  • Developing a Theme or Theory of the Case, Fourth Annual Rocky Mountain Regional Legal Writing Conference, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada (March 2004) (with Lisa Healy)

  • Legal Ethics Orientation, Small Group Leader, Suffolk University Law School STRIVE Program (August 2003) (lead discussion group on ethical issues based on ABA role play)

  • Incorporating the Tribal Legal System into the First-Year Legal Research and Writing Curriculum, Second Annual Rocky Mountain Regional Legal Writing Conference, Arizona State University College of Law, Tempe, Arizona (March 2002)

Education

  • BA, Bucknell University
  • JD, Suffolk University
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Courses Taught

  • Legal Practice Skills