University of Pittsburgh

Teresa Kissane Brostoff

Professor of Legal Writing

Teresa Brostoff is Professor and Director of Legal Writing. She researches, writes and lectures on legal writing methodology and pedagogy. She teaches Legal Writing to first year students and Advanced Legal Writing to upper level students. She also works with Pitt's MSL students and teaches their core course, Introduction to Law and Legal Reasoning. Professor Brostoff has also taught Legal Writing during four CLEO Institutes hosted at Pitt Law.

Professor Brostoff created, with her colleague Ann Sinsheimer, the English for Lawyers Program, now titled U.S. Law and Language for which they co-authored the text Legal English, now in its third edition and titled as United States Legal Language and Culture, published by Oxford University Press. She teaches this law school preparation course each July at the University of Pittsburgh to a class of international lawyers, many of whom go on to LL.M. or S.J.D. programs around the country. She has written and lectured on methods of teaching international students. In addition, Professor Brostoff has taught English for Lawyers in Serbia, Ukraine and Kosovo under State Department auspices, in Iceland as a distinguished Fulbright Scholar, in Japan, Poland, and Ethiopia as an invited lecturer, in Belgium as a Fulbright Senior Specialist and member of the EU LL.M. faculty. She has also taught Bahrain, Oman and UAE under Department of Commerce sponsorship. Professor Brostoff has recently been reappointed to the Fulbright Peer Review Selection Committee in Law and the Fulbright Specialist roster.

Prior to joining the Pitt Law faculty, Professor Brostoff clerked for the Honorable Justin M. Johnson on the Pennsylvania Superior Court. She is also a registered nurse.

Education

  • JD, University of Pittsburgh
  • BS, University of Pittsburgh
  • Currently Teaching

    • ADR Advanced Legal Writing
    • Advanced Legal Writing
    • English for Lawyers

    Programs

  • Program Director - Legal Writing Program

  • Specialization

    • Legal Analysis and Writing
    • Law and Medicine

    Selected Publications

    Books:

    • Legal English: An Introduction to the Legal Language and Culture of the United States, (3rd rev. ed., with Ann Sinsheimer, Oxford Univ. Press, 2012). 

    Articles:

      Essays and Other Writing:

      • English for Lawyers-A Global Endeavor, Pitt Law Magazine (Spring 2008).

      Presentations:

      • "Succeeding in Teaching Legal Writing to International Law Students," AALS, (Jan. 2012).
      • Co-presenter, "Interpreting Statutes in the Common Law," Global Legal Skills Conference, (Mar. 2012).
      • Co-presenter, "Enrich Your Life and the Lives of Others-Be a Fulbright Specialist," Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference, (May-June 2012).  

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            Awards and Honors

            • 2005-2006 - Fulbright Senior Specialist (two year grant)-University of Ghent, Belgium
            • 2003-2004 - Fulbright Senior Specialist (two year grant)-University of Ghent, Belgium
            • 2002 - Fulbright Distinguished Scholar-University of Iceland

            Selected Professional Activities

            • Director, Legal Writing Program, Univ. of Pittsburgh School of Law.
            • Peer Reviewer, Fulbright Senior Specialist Program. 
            • Reappointed to 5 year term on the Fulbright Specialist Roster (2013)

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