Meredith A.G. Stange


Title: Director of the Legal Writing Program
Office Location: Swen Parson 179
Office Phone: 815-753-1958
Email: mstange@niu.edu
Education: B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
J.D., Boston College Law School

Meredith Stange is the Director of the Legal Writing Program. She teaches Legal Writing I and II, Legal Methods, Legal Analysis: Skills and Strategies, Writing for Practice, and Health Law. She is also a coordinator for the NIU Law Academic Success Program. A graduate of Boston College Law School, she visited Loyola University Chicago School of Law during her third year of law school, where she earned a Certificate in Health Law and served as an Articles Editor for the Annals of Health Law.

Professor Stange is a member of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) and the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD). She has served as co-chair of the LWI One Day Workshop and the ALWD Web Redesign Committees, as a member on the LWI Plagiarism Committee, and is currently a member of the LWI Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the ALWD Diversity Committee, and the ALWD Online/Distance Learning Committee. She serves as a brief judge for multiple national moot court competitions, is a peer reviewer for Legal Communication & Rhetoric: JALWD, and is an Assistant Editor for Legal Writing: Journal of the Legal Writing Institute. As part of the NIU community, she is a member of the Committee for Academic Equity and Inclusive Excellence (CAEIE) and was recently appointed to the Presidential Commission on Interfaith Initiatives (PCII).

Prior to coming to the College of Law, Professor Stange was a litigation associate with Hinshaw & Culbertson in Rockford, Illinois, practicing in the area of medical malpractice and insurance defense. Her practice also included corporate health care issues, with an emphasis on the privacy regulations to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

Publications

Presentations

  • Presenter, "The Front Line: Writing and the Bar Examination," Central States Regional Legal Writing Conference, UIC-John Marshall Law School, Chicago (September 2019) (with Jeanna Hunter).
  • Presenter, "Making the Most of Your Seat at the Table: Reflections on the First Year of Legal Writing Voting Rights,” Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) Biennial Conference, Suffolk Univ. Law School, Boston, MA (May 2019).
  • Facilitator, Keynote speaker breakout sessions, Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) Biennial Conference, Suffolk Univ. Law School, Boston, MA (May 2019).
  • "Everything Old is New Again: Incorporating Basic Legal Writing Skills into an Upper Level Writing for Practice Course," Legal Writing Institute Workshop, University of Illinois College of Law (December 2018).
  • "Yes, Virginia, there is Legal Writing on the Bar Exam: Teaching Writing and Bar Skills Together," Legal Writing Institute Workshop, University of Illinois College of Law (December 2018) (with Jeanna Hunter).
  • "Exit Laughing: Ideas for a More Fun, Productive Classroom," Central States Regional Legal Writing Conference, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Presenter (September 2017) (with Jeanna Hunter, Sandra Kupelian and Jay Streitz).
  • "Teaching Ideas: Analysis and Writing," Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) Biennial Conference, Panelist (July 2017) (with Joel Atlas and Robin Boyle).
  • Breakout Sessions, Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) Biennial Conference, Breakout Session Facilitator (July 2017)
  • Breakout Sessions, Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) Biennial Conference, Breakout Session Facilitator (July 2017)
  • "Social Justice and the Legal Writing Classroom," Society of American Law Teachers Conference, John Marshall Law School, Panelist, (October 2016).
  • “Entering Uncharted Waters: Using an Upper Level Writing for Practice Class to Reinforce 1L Writing Concepts,” Central States Legal Writing Conference, Presenter, (September 2015).
  • "Iamsexy2252@yahoo.com is an Inappropriate Email Address for Professional Correspondence: Why NIU Law Added a Status Email Assignment to First Year Legal Writing," Legal Writing Institute's Preparing Practice Ready Students Workshop, Southern Illinois University School of Law, Presenter, (December 2014).
  • “Welcome to the Study of Legalese: Teaching First Year Legal Writing as a Foreign Language,” Empire State Legal Writing Conference, Presenter, (May 2010).
  • “Divided We Succeed: Teaching Legal Writing and Research as Separate, Collaborative Courses,” Central States Regional LRW/Lawyering Skills Conference, Presenter, (October 2009) (with Jeanna Hunter, Elsa Miller, Frank Lima and Therese Clarke).
  • “Taking Risks in the Legal Writing Classroom,” Central States Regional LRW/Lawyering Skills Conference, Presenter, (October 2007).

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