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Kamela Bridges


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J.D., University of Texas at Austin
B.J., University of Texas at Austin
B.A., University of Texas at Austin

Ms. Bridges teaches legal writing at University of Texas at Austin. Her courses include Legal Research & Writing, Brief Writing and Oral Advocacy, and Advanced Legal Writing: Litigation.

Prior to joining the faculty in 2000, Ms. Bridges was a partner at Locke Liddell & Sapp LLP (now known as Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell). Her practice focused on civil litigation and appellate law.


Wayne Schiess


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J.D., Cornell University

Mr. Schiess teaches legal writing, legal drafting, and plain English at University of Texas at Austin. He is also a frequent seminar speaker on those subjects. He has published more than a dozen articles on practical legal-writing skills, plus four books. His blog on legal writing was named one of the ABA Journal's top 100 law-related blogs for 2007. He graduated from Cornell Law School, practiced law for three years at the Texas firm of Baker Botts, and in 1992 joined the faculty at Texas.


  • The Legal Memo: A Basic Guide (Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt, 2008).
  • Preparing Legal Documents Nonlawyers Can Read and Understand (Chicago: American Bar Association, 2008).


  • Frequent Contributor, Austin Lawyer, 2007-Present.
  • The Texas Pattern Jury Charges--A Plain-Language Project: The Writing Consultant's View, Michigan Bar Journal, November 2010, at 48.
  • E-Mail Like a Lawyer, Michigan Bar Journal, September 2010, at 48.
  • Write Like a Human--Not Like a Lawyer, Trial, April 2010, at 30 (with Kamela S. Bridges).
  • Legal Writing is Not What It Should Be, 34 Southern University Law Review 1 (2010).
  • Advice for Drafting a New NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement, 11 Texas Review of Entertainment and Sports Law 205 (2010).
  • Writing to the Trial Judge--For Affidavits, 12 Scribes Journal of Legal Writing 141 (2008-2009).
  • When Your Boss Wants It the Old Way, 12 Scribes Journal of Legal Writing 163 (2008-2009).
  • Writing to the Trial Judge--For Motions, 12 Scribes Journal of Legal Writing 131 (2008-2009).
  • Blogging for Fun Instead of for Profit: Post Regularly, Relax the Language and Try a Bit of Humor, Conneticut Law Tribune, April 20, 2009 at 5.
  • Seven Tips for Writing a Successful Legal Blog, New Jersey Law Journal, May 18, 2009, at 466.
  • Tips for Writing a Law-Related Blog, Texas Lawyer, March 23, 2009, at 30.
  • Teaching Transactional Skills in First-Year Writing Courses, Special Report Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law 53 (2009) (with Craig Smith, Pamela Wilkins, Danton Berube & Irene Segal Ayers).
  • E-Mail Like a Lawyer, 12 Scribes Journal of Legal Writing 151 (2008-2009).
  • Writing for Your Client, 12 Scribes Journal of Legal Writing 123 (2008-2009).
  • The Texas Pattern Jury Charges Plain-Language Task Force: The Writing Consultant's View, Clarity, November 2008 at 23.
  • The Best of Wayne Schiess, 12 Scribes Journal of Legal Writing 123 (2008-2009).
  • Email Like a Lawyer, Student Lawyer, May 2007, at 23.
  • The Art of Consumer Drafting, 11 The Scribes Journal of Legal Writing 1 (2007).