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James R. Elkins

Professor James Elkins

Arthur S. Dayton Professor of Law 

Awards

Benedum Distinguished Scholar (1995)

Arthur S. Dayton Professor of Law (2013)

Editor, Lawyer Poets and That World We Call Law (Pleasure Boat Studio, 2013). an anthology of poems about the practice of law.

Legal Interviewing and Counseling(Thompson West, 4th ed., 2005)(with Thomas L. Shaffer)

Education

  • B.A., University of Kentucky, 1967
  • J.D., University of Kentucky, 1971
    • Member, Order of the Coif
    • LL.M., Yale University, 1975

Publications

  • Talking with Rebecca and Clara About Their Encounter with Fictional Lawyers, 65 Journal of Legal Education 966 (2016)
  • A Teacher's Reading of Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of the Motorcycle Maintenance, 37 Legal Studies Forum 37-62 (2013) (Suppl. 1)
  • Why Write? 63 Journal of Legal Education 333
  • Life Adds Up: Notes for a Teacher's Memoir, 35 Legal Studies Forum 165-225 (2011)
  • Popular Culture, Legal Films, and Legal Film Critics, 40 Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 745-791 (2007)
  • Meditations on the Odd Lives We Live, 31 Legal Studies Forum 885-931 (2007)
  • A Poetics of and for Ruthann Robson, 8 New York City Law Review 363-400 (2005)
  • In Search of the Lawyer Poets, Rattle #23 (Summer, 2005)(vol.11, no.1)(p117-124)
  • Ruthann Robson and James R. Elkins: A Conversation, 29 Legal Studies Forum 145-172 (2005)
  • Reading/Teaching Lawyer Films, 28 Vermont Law Review 813-879 (2004) [revised, condensed version, published in 25 (1) Les Cahiers de L’Apliut(Symposium: Cinéma et Langue de Spécialité) 8-25 (2006)]
  • An Anthology of Poetry By Lawyers (Introduction), 28 Legal Studies Forum 1-19 (2004)
  • “A Letter to ‘Law & Literature’ Students in Australia,” in Law, Memory & Literature 20-33 (Australian Legal Philosophy Students Association, ALPSA 2004 Annual Publication, 2004)
  • The John William Corrington & Charles Bukowski Correspondence: On Poetry and Writing, 27 Legal Studies Forum 561-611 (2003)
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