The UB School of Law’s Legal Writing Center is a great resource for one-on-one assistance for currently enrolled students. UB Writing Fellows can help you with any writing assignment in law school, if permitted by the student’s professor. If you are an accomplished writer or somebody who is just getting comfortable with legal writing, we welcome you to seek feedback on your writing.
The Legal Writing Center is now closed and will reopen in late September or early October. If you are a current law student and need assistance with your writing during this time, please contact Dean Claudia Diamond.
You may bring any substantive writing to the Legal Writing Center, including memos and letters, seminar papers, advocacy papers such as court memoranda and briefs, and writing samples for job interviews. Our Writing Fellows are available for appointments during a variety of times—contact us to schedule your consultation to get started on revising your work!
To meet with a Writing Fellow, please log in through the Appointment Tool in MyUB. Click the light bulb icon in the Tools section. Choose “Legal Writing Center” in the drop-down menu to see available times and to receive instructions about forwarding your paper to your Fellow prior to your appointment. Appointments are typically 45 minutes to one hour and are generally available Monday through Friday. If you’re new to the online appointment system, you’ll have to register first.
The following students have been appointed as Legal Writing Fellows for the current academic year. Feel free to ask for them when scheduling an appointment with the Legal Writing Center.
Sumbul Alam graduated from the Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics. As a third-year student, she serves as the articles editor for the University of Baltimore Law Review, a board member of the National Lawyers Guild, and chairs the Honor Board.
Alam has interned as the Court of Special Appeals, in The Hon. Alexander Wright’s chambers, and at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. This past summer, Alam enjoyed working at Ballard Spahr LLP.
Raquel Flynn graduated from the University of Baltimore with a bachelor’s degree in jurisprudence and a minor in business management. As a second-year day student, she serves as a staff editor for the University of Baltimore Law Review and as a law scholar for Prof. Bessler’s ILS/Civil Procedure class. She is also on the Honor Board, the National Moot Court team, and serves as the community service chair for the Women’s Bar Association.
Flynn also is a research assistant for both Professors Bessler and Lynch. This past summer, Flynn was a summer associate Gallagher, Evelius, & Jones. Next summer, she will serve as a summer associate at Venable LLP.
Reginald Smallwood is a Baltimore native who graduated from Morgan State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. As a third-year student, Smallwood is a staff editor for the University of Baltimore Law Review and a student attorney in the Mediation Clinic for Families.
Smallwood is also a Scholar for the Fannie Angelos Program for Academic Excellence. Smallwood has served as a summer associate at Miles & Stockbridge and Gallagher, Evelius & Jones. In addition, he has interned for the Hon. George L. Russell, III in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.
Prior to law school, Molly Shaffer attended Stevenson University, where she majored in legal studies and minored in English. As a second-year student, in addition to serving as a Legal Writing Fellow, Shaffer serves as a staff editor for the University of Baltimore Law Review and a research assistant for ITA Prof. Patricia Smith.
This past summer, Shaffer was a judicial intern for the Hon. Robert N. McDonald of the Maryland Court of Appeals.
Nicholas Jordan is a third-year student who graduated from Salisbury University with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. In addition to being a Legal Writing Fellow, he serves as the publications editor for the Law Review and as a law scholar for Profs. Sellers’ and Stone’s Con Law and Criminal Law courses. He also works for Prof. Robert H. Lande and Visiting Prof. Scott Burnham as a research assistant.
Jordan is the team mentor for the National Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Team, for which he competed last spring. Following graduation, he will be clerking for Judge Arthur of the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland for one year and then working at McGuireWoods as an associate in the business and securities litigation group.
Eaujee Francisco graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington, cum laude, with a B.A. in philosophy and a French minor. He also earned an M.A. in Human Resources Management from the Catholic University of America. He has studied Francophone literature and culture in his hometown of New Orleans, as well as in Canada and France.
Prior to law school, Francisco worked as a human resources and payroll manager for Greenpeace, the largest independent environmental NGO in the world. After serving as a 1L Representative for the Student Bar Association, Wilson was chosen to serve on the Honor Board.
During the summer following his 1L year, Francisco interned for the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City.