University of Pittsburgh

Ann Sinsheimer

Professor of Legal Writing

Ann Sinsheimer teaches legal writing. In addition to her interest in writing, her research interests include international legal education and the study of law and language. She also co-teaches a course at the law school entitled "U.S. Law and Language," a summer intensive program for international lawyers, and has had the opportunity to teach this course overseas in places such as Ethiopia, Serbia, Belgium, and Iceland.

She has extensive experience as a teacher and consultant of legal and technical writing, and of English as a Second Language and has served as a lecturer and consultant at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Michigan's English Language Institute. Before joining the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, she worked at the University of Oxford's Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics in the United Kingdom.

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh;
  • JD, University of Pittsburgh
  • Program in Professional and Technical Writing, Carnegie Mellon University
  • MA, University of Michigan
  • BA, University of Michigan
  • Currently Teaching

    • ADR Advance Legal Writing

    Specialization

    • Legal Writing
    • Rhetoric/Law and Language
    • English as a Second Language

    Selected Publications

    Books:

    • Teresa Brostoff & Ann Sinsheimer, LEGAL ENGLISH:  AN INTRODUCTION TO THE LEGAL LANGUAGE AND CULTURE OF THE UNITED STATES (2000).

    Scholarly Articles:

    • Ann Sinsheimer, 'English Only' and Our Struggle to Understand the Concept of Language, 25 Language & Communication 61 (2005). Available on SSRN.
    • Ann Sinsheimer, The Ten Commandments as Secular Historic Artifact or Sacred Religious Text:  Using Modrovich v. Allegheny County to Illustrate How Words Create Reality, 5 J. Race, Religion, Gender & Class (2005). Available on SSRN.
    • Ann Sinsheimer, Individualized Instruction in Teaching the Law School Curriculum (Steven Friedland & Gerald F. Hess eds., Carolina Press 2004). Available on SSRN.
    • T. Brostoff, M. Ford, & A. Sinsheimer, Practice and Procedure: English for Lawyers: A Preparatory Course for International Lawyers,, 7 Berkeley Women's L.J. 137 (2001).
    • T. Brostoff, M. Ford, & A. Sinsheimer, English for Lawyers, 7 Legal Writing:  The J. Legal Writing Inst. 137 (2001). Available on SSRN.
    • C. Feak, S. Reinhart, & A. Sinsheimer, A Preliminary Analysis of Law Review Notes, 19 English for Specific Purposes 19 (2000).  Horowitz Prize winner for the best article in the journal during 2000. Available on SSRN.

    Essays and Other Writing:

    • Ann Sinsheimer, “Tradition and Change in Legal English by Christopher Williams” (Book review) Language in Society (2007), 36:473-474, Cambridge University Press.

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