Tonya Kowalski Publications, Presentations, and Other Activity

Articles in Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

"A Tale of Two Sovereigns: Danger and Opportunity in Tribal-State Court Cooperation," 47 Tulsa Law Review 687 (2012).

"Toward a Pedagogy for Teaching Legal Writing in Law School Clinics," 17 Clinical Law Review 285 (2010).

"True North: Navigating for the Transfer of Learning in Legal Education," 34 Seattle University Law Review 51 (2010).

"The Forgotten Sovereigns," 36 Florida State University Law Review 765 (2009). [444 KB PDF]

Essays and Other Shorter Works

"Strengthen Your Paragraphs with Tailored Topic Sentences," 81:9 Journal of the Kansas Bar Association 12 (October 2012).

"Mentoring New Legal Writers," 81:1 Journal of the Kansas Bar Association 12 (January 2012).

"Demarginalizing Tribal Law in Legal Writing," 25:2 The Second Draft12 (Fall 2011). [300 KB PDF]

"Legal Writing as Art and Science," 50 Washburn Law Journal xiii (2011).

"Using Classroom Technology to Teach Oral Argument," 23:2 Second Draft: Bulletin of the Legal Writing Institute 8 (Spring 2009).

"From Conflict to Cooperation: State and Tribal Court Relations in the Era of Self-Determination," 45 Court Review 48 (co-author with Aliza G. Organick) (2009). [105 KB PDF]

Presentations

"Namaste India: A Summer of Teaching, Learning, Law, and Language," Washburn University Brown Bag International Lecture, Topeka, Kansas, April 16, 2014.

Legal Drafting: Translating the Deal into a Contract," Legal Analysis & Writing Workshop IV, Free University of Tbilisi School of Law, October 9-11, 2013 (with Aïda Alaka).

"Curricular Integration and Cat Herding," Central States Legal Writing Conference, University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas, September 28, 2013 (with Andrea Boyack).

Presenter, "Nation to Nation: The Essence of 'Government-to-Government' Relations in Tribal-Federal Consultations," Symbiosis Law School Faculty Seminar, Symbiosis International University, Pune, Maharashtra, India, August 6, 2013.

"Mind the Gap: Preparing Students for Experiential Learning with a Legal Writing Intersession Course," Association of Legal Writing Directors' 2013 Biennial Conference, Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 27, 2013.

Panelist, "Meow! Meow!: Ways to Herd Cats and Coordinate in a Directorless Program," Association of Legal Writing Directors' 2013 Biennial Conference, Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 27, 2013 (with Joseph Mastrosimone, Emily Grant and Jeffrey Jackson).

"Teaching Law Abroad: Bringing Home Interactive, Student-Centered Learning," Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, Hybrid Law Teaching, Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas, June 8, 2013 (with John Francis).

Moderator, "International Impacts of Climate Change on Indigenous Peoples," Tribal Law & Government Center Conference, University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas, March 1, 2013.

Legal Writing Curriculum & Course Design," Legal Analysis & Writing Workshop III, Free University of Tbilisi School of Law, January 21-23, 2013 (with Aïda Alaka).

"Persuasive Legal Writing for Professors and Practitioners," Train-the-Trainers Workshop, Free University of Tbilisi School of Law, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, October 8-10, 2012 (with Joseph P. Mastrosimone).

Moderator, "Demarginalizing Diverse Members of the Legal Writing Classroom," Student Populations: Diversity Matters (Legal Writing Institute one-day workshop), Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas, December 1, 2012.

Opening Plenary, "Value of Variety in Action," 2012 Annual Conference of the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Washington, June 25, 2012 (with Sandra Simpson, Gerry Hess and Michael Schwartz).

Co-taught One-Week Seminar, "Legal Writing and Analysis for Law Professors and Practitioners," Free University, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, June 11-15, 2012 (with Aida Alaka).

Panelist, "Views from the Tenure Track," The 15th Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, Palm Desert, California, May 31, 2012.

Panelist, "Designing Legal Research Exercises in Context and WestlawNext Pros & Cons," Legal Research: Teaching Strategies and Current Issues Panel, Legal Writing Institute Teaching Workshop, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri, December 2, 2011.

Moderator, "Curtailing Birthright Citizenship Panel," Breaching Borders: State Encroachment into the Federal Immigration Domain?, Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas, October 21, 2011.

Invited speaker, "Toward a Pedagogy for Clinical Legal Writing," The Clinical Theory Workshops at New York Law School, New York, New York, September 30, 2011.

"Teaching for Transfer in the Clinic, Learning for Transfer: (Re)conceptualizing What We Do in Clinics and Across the Curriculum," Conference on Clinical Legal Education, 2011 AALS Mid Year Meeting, Seattle, Washington, June 16, 2011 (with Shaun Archer, Jason Eyster, Jim Kelly, and Colleen Shanahan).

"Engaging Students Through Culture," Engaging and Assessing Our Students, Institute for Law Teaching and Learning 2011 Conference, New York Law School, New York, New York, June 3, 2011.

"Toward a Pedagogy for Teaching Legal Writing in Law School Clinics," Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, Florida, January 13, 2011.

"Teaching the Third Sovereign: How and Why to Include Tribal Nations and Courts in Legal Writing Courses," 14th Biennial Conference, Legal Writing Institute, Marco Island, Florida, June 30, 2010.

Co-Presenter, "Building a Bridge to Everywhere: Improving Transfer of Learning from Legal Writing Programs to Other Contexts," Teaching Law Practice Across the Curriculum, Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas, June 18, 2010 (with Aïda M. Alaka).

"The Transfer of Learning in Legal Education: Using Schema Theory to Connect the Curriculum," Teaching Law Practice Across the Curriculum, Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas, June 17, 2010.

Co-Presenter, "Building a Bridge to Everywhere: Improving Transfer of Learning from Legal Writing Programs to Other Contexts," Professionalization of Legal Writing Programs, Association of Legal Writing Directors Seventh Biennial Conference, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri, July 17, 2009 (with Aïda M. Alaka).

Co-Presenter, "Bridging Skills 'Back to the Future': Transfer of Learning within the Legal Writing Classroom," Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, March 14, 2009 (with Aïda M. Alaka).

"Toward a Pedagogy for Clinical Legal Writing," 23rd Annual Midwest Clinical Law Conference — Building Bridges: Creating Clinical Opportunities through Collaboration, Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana, November 14, 2008.

"The Forgotten Sovereigns," Faculty Exchange Lecture, University of North Dakota School of Law, Grand Forks, North Dakota, October 22, 2008.

"Substantive Criminal Law in Tribal Court" and "Tribal Court Practice," multi-session panels at Introduction to Tribal Court Practice, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Mayetta, Kansas, October 3, 2008 (with John Francis and Aliza Organick).

"The Invisible Sovereigns: Why and How to Introduce Native American Nations and Tribal Courts in the First-Year Legal Writing Curriculum," 2008 Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 22, 2008.

"Better Advocacy Through Persuasive Issues and Point Headers," The Art of Advocacy: Not-So-Secret Tips for Writing Effective, Persuasive and Ethical Legal Briefs, Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas, March 10, 2007.

Other Activity

Visiting International Scholar in Residence, Symbiosis Law School, Symbiosis International University, Pune, Maharashtra, India, July 17 - August 20, 2013

  • First Year BA/LLB Mooting Skills Training (research, writing, and analysis in Torts and Jurisprudence), July 17 - August 13, 2013
  • Guest Lectures, Second Year BA/LLB (advanced IRAC and case reading in Jurisprudence)
  • Guest Lectures, First and Second Year LLM (advanced IRAC; academic legal writing for thesis and publication)
  • Guest Lecture, Innovative and Indigenous ADR in the US, Fifth Year BA/LLB and LLM
  • Faculty Development Workshop I (developing scholarly productivity)
  • Faculty Development Workshop II (current methods for teaching basic and advanced IRAC)

Conferences Planned

Site Planning Committee Chair, "Student Populations: Diversity Matters," Legal Writing Institute (one-day workshop), Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas, December 1, 2012.

Professional Service

Member, Board of Directors, Association of Legal Writing Directors, 2014-2015.

Co-Editor, Appellate Advocacy Blog (a member of the Law Professor Blogs Network) (November 2013-).

Co-Editor, Kansas Bar Association Indian Law Section Newsletter, December 2011-present.

Member, Tribal Courts Council, American Bar Association Judicial Division, 2011-present.

Co-Chair, Legal Writing Institute Committee on Cooperation Among Clinical/Externship and Legal Writing Faculty, 2010-2012.

Member, Legal Writing Institute Diversity Initiatives Committee, 2010-2012.

Co-Chair, Website Committee, Association of Legal Writing Directors, 2009-2011.

Co-Chair, Website Committee, Association of Legal Writing Directors, 2008-2009.

Member, Committee on Cooperation Among Clinical, Pro Bono, and Legal Writing Faculty, Legal Writing Institute, 2008-.