LAW 036 v05 : Advanced Legal Writing: Legal Writing as a Discipline

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Fall 2020
JD Adjunct
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cb677 Butler, Charles
LAW 036 v05: Advanced Legal Writing: Legal Writing as a Discipline
Advanced Legal Writing: Legal Writing as a Discipline
T 5:45-7:45p


Legal Practice: Writing and Analysis.


Students may not receive credit for both this seminar and the Advanced Legal Writing Seminar, Advanced Legal Writing and Practice for Judicial Clerks and Civil Litigators, Advanced Legal Writing: Practical Skills from Retail Industry Examples, Advanced Legal Writing for International Business Lawyers, or Writing for Law Practice.

THIS COURSE REQUIRES PROFESSOR PERMISSION TO ENROLL. Please submit the following to Professor Butler at no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 3, 2019: (1) resume and (2) short explanation of interest in the seminar. Professor Butler may conduct brief interviews by phone prior to June 10, 2019. After the June 3 application deadline, students will be admitted into open seats on a rolling basis.

Students may not withdraw from this class after the add/drop period ends without the permission of the professor.

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Personal Information


B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Georgetown University; J.D., New York University School of Law. Following graduation from Georgetown, Professor Butler served as an artillery officer in the U.S. Army, stationed for the most part in Germany. Professor Butler then attended law school at NYU, where he was Executive Editor of the NYU Law Review and published The Defense of Marriage Act: Congress’s Use of Narrative in the Debate Over Same-Sex Marriage, 73 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 841 (1998). Professor Butler clerked for Judge John Gleeson on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He then practiced litigation and legislative advisory work with Covington & Burling and Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C. While in private practice, Professor Butler represented civil rights groups in a successful challenge to a referendum petition to repeal Maryland’s Antidiscrimination Act of 2001, and represented the parents of slain Army soldier Barry Winchell in obtaining reforms to the Pentagon’s former “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy. Professor Butler then served as an Assistant Attorney General in Maryland, representing the State of Maryland in major litigation and advising state agencies and officials on legislative and policy matters. In 2010, Professor Butler became Senior Counsel with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel. Professor Butler is now Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division.

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