Judy Stinson Lecture Series

Judy Stinson Lecture

Reclaiming the Singular They in Legal Writing

March 21, 2024

Guest Lecturer


Robert Anderson

Professor Robert Anderson

Professor Anderson has taught Lawyering Process at the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver for more than fifteen years. He has extensive litigation practice experience, and has served on the Colorado Bar Association’s Litigation Section Council and Appellate Practice Subcommittee.

Professor Anderson presented his paper Reclaiming the Singular They in Legal Writing, which was recently published in Legal Communication and Rhetoric: JALWD.   


About the lecture

The Judy Stinson Lecture is an annual event featuring a legal scholar hosted by ASU Law. The lecture series is named after Judy Stinson, who retired in 2020 after teaching legal writing for 27 years. Judy's distinguished career includes both the Thomas F. Blackwell Award and the Rocky Mountain Award. She is a previous president of the Association of Legal Writing Directors and member of its Board of Directors. With Suzanne Rabe and Terry Pollman, she co-founded the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference in 2000. She is the author of EXAMPLES & EXPLANATIONS: LEGAL WRITING, now in its third edition (with Terry Pollman as co-author) and THE TAO OF LEGAL WRITING, as well as numerous articles.

Judy was the Director of ASU Law’s Legal Method and Writing Program from 1997 to 2011, when the program became autonomous. She was also the Director of the Academic Success Program from 1997 to 2006. She served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs from 2011 to 2017, and then Executive Associate Dean from 2017 to 2018. In 2019, ASU awarded her the Distinguished Professorship in Legal Method, a fully endowed $1 million professorship.

Past Lectures 

2024 - Robert Anderson


2023 - Christine Venter


2022 - Melissa Weresh


2021 - Linda Berger

Inaugural Judy Stinson Lecture on March 25, 2021