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Myra G. Orlen

Director of Academic Success Programs

Associate Professor of Legal Research & Writing


B.A., University of Massachusetts
M.Ed., Antioch University
J.D., Northeastern University School of Law


Appellate Moot Court
Client Counseling & Negotiation
Legal Research & Writing
Persuasion in Legal Writing
Public Interest Externship


Email: morlen@law.wne.edu
Phone: 413-782-1415
Office: L 221


After graduation from law school, Professor Orlen served as the Law Clerk for the Honorable Alexander O. Bryner, Chief Judge of the Alaska Court of Appeals, and later served a clerkship in the Superior Court of Massachusetts. After her clerkships, she worked as a Staff Attorney for the University of Massachusetts Student Legal Services Office in Amherst and as an Associate in a Northampton, MA, law firm. Professor Orlen has taught in the law program since 1995.


Journal Articles

Myra Orlen, Celebrating Twenty-five Years of the Legal Writing Institute, THE SECOND DRAFT (The Legal Writing Institute), Spring 2010, at 16. SSRN Digital Commons

Myra Orlen, Beyond the First Year: A Brief Look at Ways to Use Implicit Reasoning and Implicit Communication, THE SECOND DRAFT (The Legal Writing Institute), Fall 2009, at 11. Digital Commons

Jeanne Kaiser & Myra Orlen, Using a Literary Case Study to Teach Lawyering Skills: How We Used Damages by Barry Werth in the First-Year Legal Writing Curriculum, 12 J. LEG. WRITING 59 (2006) (with Jeanne Kaiser). SSRN Digital Commons Cited by

Myra G. Orlen, The Transition to Legal Analysis Begins with Orientation, THE SECOND DRAFT (The Legal Writing Institute), July 2003, at 7. SSRN Digital Commons

Myra G. Orlen, Modeling: Placing Persuasion in Context, THE SECOND DRAFT (The Legal Writing Institute), Dec. 2001, at 7. SSRN Digital Commons

Beth Cohen, Jocelyn Cuffee, Harris Freeman, Jeanne Kaiser & Myra Orlen, Commenting on Student Writing, THE SECOND DRAFT (The Legal Writing Institute), Nov. 1999, at 2 (with ). SSRN Digital Commons

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Main University: 413-782-3111
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