Wayne Schiess

  • Senior Lecturer; Director - The David J. Beck Center for Legal Research, Writing, and Appellate Advocacy


  • JD Cornell

Areas of Specialty

Wayne Schiess is the director of the David J. Beck Center for Legal Research, Writing, and Appellate Advocacy. He teaches legal writing, legal drafting, and plain English and speaks frequently on those subjects. He has written dozens of articles and four books on practical legal-writing skills. He graduated from Cornell Law School, practiced law for three years at the Texas firm of Baker Botts, and in 1992 joined the faculty at Texas.

Honors: In 2012 and 2015, he was chosen as the Law School's legal-writing teacher of the year. In 2011, the Texas Pattern Jury Charges Plain Language Project, for which he was the drafting consultant, was named a finalist for a ClearMark Award by the Center for Plain Language. He blogs on legal writing at LEGIBLE.

Recent Publications

  • Splitting Infinitives, Ending with Prepositions, and Beginning with But, Michigan Bar Journal, June 2015, at 46.
  • Bouncing and E-Bouncing: The End of the Citational Footnote?, 26 Appellate Advocate 409 (2014) (with Elana Einhorn).
  • Frequent Contributor, Austin Lawyer, 2007-Present.

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Recent Activities

  • Seminar speaker



    Seminar presenter and speaker on legal writing for UTCLE School Law Conference, Texas Office of the Attorney General, Austin Bar Association, UTCLE Conference on Criminal Appeals, Association of Judicial Disciplinary Counsel, Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Entergy Texas, Inc., and Texas Office of the Comptroller.

  • Seminar speaker



    Austin Bar Association, Texas Office of the Attorney General, Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings, Law Firm of Rash Chapman, Texas Department of Insurance, Texas Office of the Comptroller, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

  • Visiting speaker

    November 8, 2013

    Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University

    Legal Communication & Rhetoric Visiting Scholar. Made possible by support from ALWD through a grant to support the Legal Communication & Rhetoric Visiting Scholars Grant Program

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