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Writing Faculty

Jane Wise

Professor Wise started teaching legal writing at BYU Law School twenty years ago and has taught legal writing in online programs at the University of Tulsa College of Law and Concord Law. She has developed curricula for the American legal academy including materials for English as a–second-language law students. She has written essays for nationally syndicated radio programs, newspapers, magazines, as well as screenplays; edited books; contributed chapters to books; has written for and lectured at legal writing conferences. She has also edited print publications at BYU Law School for the past fifteen years.  Currently, she is an Associate Director for the International Center for Law and Religion Studies.

She researches and teaches about law and literature and storytelling in the law. She writes for textbooks and in law journals and is a presenter at legal writing conferences. She clerked for the Utah Supreme Court and maintained a general practice.

Lance Long

Professor Long teaches legal writing and environmental law courses at Stetson University College of Law. Long joined Stetson after teaching legal research and writing at the University of Oregon School of Law and Brigham Young University Law School. Before teaching, Professor Long practiced law with Morrison & Foerster in Orange County, California, USA. His practice primarily focused on contract, intellectual property, civil rights, and construction law. He is the author of the book, The Science Behind the Art of Legal Writing, and has written articles addressing legal aspects of environmental advocacy and empirical analyses of language patterns in appellate briefs and opinions. He presents his research regularly at national and regional environmental law and legal writing conferences.

Mary Jensen

Professor Jensen has been teaching legal writing at the J. Reuben Clark Law School for over twenty years, and also teaches online courses at the University of Tulsa College of Law and Concord Law School where she has designed course curricula. She has published in law journals and lectured at presented at legal writing conferences.  She maintains an active private practice and writes fiction (under pseudonyms) when there’s time.