Wayne Schiess

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

Education

  • JD Cornell

Areas of Specialty

Wayne Schiess teaches legal writing, legal drafting, and plain English and speaks frequently on those subjects. He has also written dozens of articles and four books on practical legal-writing skills. He graduated from Cornell Law School, practiced law at the Texas firm of Baker Botts, and in 1992 joined the faculty at Texas. From 2004 to 2016 he was director of the David J. Beck Center for Legal Research, Writing, and Appellate Advocacy (formerly Director of Legal Writing).

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

  • Editing for Concision, 95 Michigan Bar Journal 34 (2016).
  • Third Time Still Charms The Lawyer’s Guide to Writing Well, 13 Legal Communication & Rhetoric: JALWD 249 (2016) (reviewing Tom Goldstein & Jethro K. Lieberman, The Lawyer’s Guide to Writing Well).
  • Splitting Infinitives, Ending with Prepositions, and Beginning with But, Michigan Bar Journal, June 2015, at 46.

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Recent Activities

  • Seminar speaker

    2016

    Seminar speaker on legal writing for Andrews Kurth LLP, Texas Office of the Attorney General, Austin Bar Association, Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, National Association of Workers Compensation Judges, UTCLE, State Bar of Texas, and Texas Department of Insurance.

  • Seminar speaker

    2015

    Various

    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

    2014

    Various

    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.

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