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Grace Hum

Assistant Professor of Legal Writing and Director of the Legal Writing Program

Grace Hum serves as the director of the Legal Writing Program. In this capacity, she helps to coordinate the curriculum, supervises the legal writing faculty, and oversees the administration of the program. Hum teaches legal research and writing to first-year students and elective courses to upper-division students. Her teaching emphasizes professionalism and practical skills, so that law students can hit the ground running in their summer jobs and careers as lawyers.

After Hum received her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Rhetoric & Communications from UC Davis, she attended Santa Clara University School of Law, where she was a member of the law review and the trial team. She also received a master’s degree in Law from Stanford Law School. She worked as a staff attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and as a research attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor. Hum has also taught at Stanford Law School and Santa Clara University School of Law.

Hum is a member of the Legal Writing Institute, as well as the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD). She serves on the ALWD Teaching Workshops Committee. She is a frequent presenter at regional and national legal writing conferences and transactional law conferences and received a teaching grant from ALWD for her Transactional Skills course.

In addition to her teaching, Hum works as a legal writing consultant by teaching continuing education courses about legal writing to legal professionals at law firms, working as a writing coach for individual lawyers, and tutoring bar applicants sitting for the California Bar Exam.

  • BA, UC Davis
  • JD, Santa Clara University
  • JSM, Stanford University
    • Teaching Grant, Asssociation of Legal Writing Directors (2012)
      Law Review and Journal Articles
      • "Legal Writing Professors Morphing into Contract Drafting Professors," 12 Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law 3 (2011). (Co-authored with Miki Felsenberg, Barbara Lentz, Carolyn Broering-Jacobs, and Ted Becker.) Read More
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              Court Citation of Research
                • Moderator, "Social Justice Entrepreneurialism," 17th Annual Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Law Retreat, "Re-Imagining Social Justice Lawyering: The Next Generation," Santa Clara Law School, Santa Clara, Calif. (March 2015).
                • Presenter, "A Starter Kit for Teaching Transactional Skills," Emory Law School "Educating the Transactional Lawyer of Tomorrow," Atlanta, Ga. (June 2014).
                • Presenter, "Turning up the Value of Guest Speakers in Skills-Based Upper Division Classes," University of Las Vegas School of Law, "14th Annual Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference," Las Vegas, Nev. (March 2014).
                • Moderator, "Q & A Session of Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts," University of San Francisco "Book Reading and Signing for Justice Scalia and Bryan Garner," San Francisco, Calif. (January 2014).
                • Presenter, "How Legal Writing Professors Can Add (Even More) Value to the Law School Curriculum by Developing and Teaching Upper Division Skills-Based Courses," Third Annual Western Regional Legal Writing Conference, "Lead the Change," Costa Mesa, Calif. (August 2013).
                • Presenter, "The Third Draft," University of Oregon School of Law Second Annual Western Regional Legal Writing Conference, "Olympic Gold: The Teaching, Scholarship, and Service Triathlon," Eugene, Ore. (August 2012).
                • Presenter, "Employers’ Changing Expectations: What Do They Want and How Do We Give it To Them?" 15th Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, Palm Desert, Calif. (May 2012). (Co-presented with Amy Flynn.)
                • Moderator, "Employer Panel IIA: Judges," 2011 Western Regional Legal Writing Conference, "How to Hit the Ground Writing: Meeting the Expectations of the Changing Legal Market," University of San Francisco School of Law (August 2011).
                • Commentator, 2011 Western Regional Legal Writing Conference, "How to Hit the Ground Writing: Meeting the Expectations of the Changing Legal Market," University of San Francisco School of Law (August 2011).
                • Presenter, "The Nuts and Bolts of Teaching Legal Research and Writing," 2010 Legal Writing Institute Teaching Workshop at Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, Calif. (December 2010).
                • Presenter, "What Students Should Know About Good Grammar But Don’t – Jeopardy Style!," Legal Writing Institute 14th Biennial Conference, Marco Islands, Fla. (June 2010).
                • Presenter, "Unfounded Fears," Emory University School of Law "Transactional Education: What’s Next?" Atlanta, Ga. (June 2010).
                • Presenter, "Diversifying Law School Faculty at All Levels," The Bar Association of San Francisco, San Francisco (September 2009).
                • Presenter, "From Case Briefing to Complex Case Synthesis: How to Get from Here to There in Three Easy Classes," University of Oregon School of Law and Lewis and Clark Law School, Northwest Regional Legal Writing Conference, Portland, Ore. (August 2009).
                • Presenter, "From Case Briefing to Complex Case Synthesis: How to Get from Here to There in Three Easy Classes," Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law , Tempe, Ariz. (March 2009).
                • Presenter, "Beyond Carrots and Sticks: Motivating Students To Do Their Best Work," Stanford Law School, 4th Annual Western Regional Legal Writing Conference ""Moving and Motivating Incrementally"," Palo Alto, Calif. (September 2014).
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                              • Invited Participant, Association of American Law Libraries 105th Annual Meeting and Conference, Boston, Mass. (July 2012).