Maureen Straub Kordesh
Director, SCALES Program
The John Marshall Law School
315 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, Illinois 60604
BA, Kalamazoo College
MA, Indiana University-Bloomington
JD, Indiana University-Bloomington
During law school, Maureen Straub Kordesh was a member of the Indiana Law Journal. After graduation, she represented the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of General Services. In 1991, she joined the faculty at Widener University School of Law, where she directed the writing program and taught legal writing, property, and land-use planning. One of her articles, published in the Harvard Environmental Law Review, was a finalist for best land use planning article of 1996.
She has led workshops on drafting for HUD housing discrimination investigators and has written articles and made numerous presentations to legal professionals on the practical and pedagogical issues of legal writing, lawyering skills, and the bar exam. She has made presentations on pedagogy to law schools internationally, and has designed Street-Law style curricula for elementary and junior-high students.
Professor Kordesh is a former president of the Association of Legal Writing Directors and board member of the Legal Writing Institute. She has served as an assistant editor for the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute and a reviewer for the Multistate Performance Test.
Professor Kordesh joined the John Marshall faculty in 1996 and directed the Lawyering Skills Program from 1996-2004. In 2008, she became director of the the special admissions program at John Marshall, the Summer College for Assessing Legal Education Skills (SCALES). She teaches Lawyering Skills and Property.
Sailing Against the Wind: How a Pre-Admission Program Can Prepare At-Risk Students for Success in the Journey Through Law School and Beyond, 39 U. Mem. L. Rev. 307 (2009) (with Professors Sonia Bychkov Green and Julie Spanbauer)
Presenter: JMLS Faculty Works in Progress Series (CLE), "Institutionalizing the Multiple Assessment Teaching Assistant Program" (May 2014) (with Rogelio Lasso and Julie Spanbauer)
Speaker: National Association of Administrative Law Judges, Chicago, IL (September 2013)
Panelist: Representing Justice: The Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities Conference, "Exploring Legislative and Judicial Law in Cultural Context in the First-year Law School," Texas Wesleyan School of Law (March 2012)
Speaker: Representing Justice: The Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities Conference, "If It Doesn't Fit, Force It; If It Breaks, It Needed Fixing Anyway: Understanding the Use of the Term 'Holding' as a Means and measure of Professional Acculturation," Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (March 2012)
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