Lurene Michelle ContentoAssistant Professor and Director
Writing Resource Center
Plymouth Court, 611
Phone: 312.427.2737 ext. 653
BA, Loyola University, summa cum laude
JD, The John Marshall Law School, magna cum laude
Lurene Contento is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Writing Resource Center. She has been teaching legal writing and other skills at The John Marshall Law School since 2001. She believes strongly in interactive teaching and experiential learning and has developed her courses based on these principles. Courses taught include Lawyering Skills I, a first-semester writing, reasoning, research, and speaking skills course; Writing for the Practice of Law, a third-year course that prepares students for the bar and for practice; Counseling & Negotiations; and SCALES, a writing course for conditionally admitted students. Professor Contento also works closely with the school's international students and has taught legal writing, research, and other lawyering skills in China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ireland, and Turkey.
As Director of the Writing Resource Center, Professor Contento supervises a staff of professional writing advisors and individually counsels students from 1Ls to graduate law students. Since joining John Marshall's writing center in 2002, she has counseled over 1,500 students in individual appointments. She has also developed a series of workshops aimed at training students in the skills they will need as practicing lawyers.
Professor Contento has lectured widely at national and international conferences, focusing on strategies for interactive teaching and skills training. She has served on planning committees for the series of Global Legal Skills conferences held in the U.S. and abroad, and she is also active in a number of legal writing organizations, including the Legal Writing Institute, where she is the past co-chair of the Global Legal Skills Committee, and the Association of American Law Schools' Section on Legal Writing Reasoning and Research.
After being admitted to the Illinois bar, Professor Contento worked at a small general practice law firm, researching and writing on a range of topics. She earned her JD magna cum laude from The John Marshall Law School and graduated summa cum laude from Loyola University with a BA in English Literature. She has published practical tips for legal writing professionals, and in 2012 was awarded the Deborah Hecht Memorial Award for her article Freeing Students to Write More Effectively – Taking the Fear Out of Plagiarism.
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