Kristin B. Gerdy

Teaching Professor and Director, Rex E. Lee Advocacy Program

Kristin Gerdy is a Teaching Professor and Director of the Rex E. Lee Advocacy Program at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU where she also teaches courses in Church History and Doctrine. Professor Gerdy is past president of the Association of Legal Writing Directors and currently serves as the Editor in Chief of Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute, a peer edited scholarly journal. Professor Gerdy joined the J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1995. Her scholarship focuses on legal education, issues arising from appellate practice and procedure, and the integration of religious principals in law practice and legal education. Professor Gerdy is also of counsel with a local law firm where she specializes in domestic appeals.

Expertise

  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Legal Education & Curriculum
  • Legal Writing
  • Public Speaking
  • Religion and the Law
  • Social Media

Courses Taught

  • Church History and Doctrine
  • Introduction to Advocacy
  • Introduction to Legal Research & Writing
  • Legal Research I
  • Legal Research II
  • Lawyering Skills I
  • Lawyering Skills II
  • Advocacy 1
  • Advocacy 2
  • Advanced Appellate Brief Writing
  • Intro. Legal Res. and Writing
  • Public Speaking for Lawyers
  • Adv Appellate Brief Writing
  • Co-Curr Moot Court
  • Appellate Court Judicial Clinical Alliance
  • Federal District Court Judicial Clinical Alliance
  • State Trial Court Judicial Clinical Alliance
  • Federal and State Trial Court Clinical Alliance
  • Moot Court Brief Writing
  • Judicial Clinical Alliance

Education

  • J.D., Brigham Young University, 1995
  • B.A., Brigham Young University, 1992

Publications

  • Articles
  • Clients, Empathy, and Compassion: Introducing First-Year Students to the “Heart” of Lawyering, 87 Neb. L. Rev. 1 (2008). [SSRN]
  • The Irresistible Force Meets the Immovable Object: When Antidiscrimination Standards And Religious Belief Collide in ABA-Accredited Law Schools, 85 U. Ore. L. Rev. 943 (2006).
  • Expanding Our Classroom Walls: Enhancing Teaching and Learning Through Technology, 11 Legal Writing: J. Legal Writing Inst. 263 (2005) (with Jane H. Wise & Alison Craig). [SSRN]
  • “Important” and “Irreversible” but Maybe Not “Unreviewable”: The Dilemma of Protecting Defendants’ Rights Through the Collateral Order Doctrine, 38 U. S.F. L. Rev. 213 (2004). [SSRN]
  • Continuing Development: A Snapshot of Legal Research and Writing Programs Through the Lens of the 2002 LWI and ALWD Survey, 9 Legal Writing: J. Legal Writing Inst. 227 (2003). [SSRN]
  • Teacher, Coach, Cheerleader, and Judge: Promoting Learning through Learner-Centered Assessment, 94 Law Libr. J. 59 (2002). [SSRN]
  • Making the Connection: Learning Style Theory and the Legal Research Curriculum, 19 Legal Reference Services Quarterly 71 (2001). [SSRN]
  • The Internet Alternative, 19 Legal Reference Services Quarterly 119 (2001).
  • Essays and Shorter Works
  • Highlights of the 2004 ALWD/LWI Survey of Legal Writing Programs, 19 Second Draft: Bull. Legal Writing Inst. 14 (December 2004).
  • Law Student Plagiarism: Why It Happens, Where It’s Found, And How To Find It, 2004 BYU Educ. & L.J. 431. (Invited, Symposium on Plagiarism). [SSRN]
  • eachable Moments: What is the Difference Between Substantive and Procedural Law? And How Do I Research Procedure?, 9 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing 5 (Fall 2000).
  • Encyclopedia of Latter-day Saint History, (Arnold K. Garr, Donald Q. Cannon, & Richard O. Cowan eds, Deseret Book 2000).
  • Many Utah Firms Are Adding CD-ROMs to Their Research Arsenal--Are They for You?, Utah Bar J., Aug./Sept. 1996, at 18.
  • Editorships and Miscellaneous
  • Editor-in-Chief, Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute, 2008-2010 (volumes 15-16).
  • Assistant Editor-in-Chief, Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute, 2006-2008 (volumes 12-14).
  • Tenth Annual National Legal Research Teach-In Training Kit, (West 2002).
  • AALL Newsline: Orlando, Executive Producer for this daily television program held during the AALL Annual Meeting, July 19-24, 2002.
  • Online Tutorial and Exercise: Case Finding, LEXIS-NEXIS Legal Research Series, http://lawschool.lexis.com/tutorials/casefinding/index.html (2001).
  • Online Tutorial and Exercise: Legislative History, LEXIS-NEXIS Legal Research Series, http://lawschool.lexis.com/tutorials/leghist/index.html (2001).
  • Online Tutorial and Exercise: Updating, LEXIS-NEXIS Legal Research Series, http://lawschool.lexis.com/tutorials/updating/index.html (2001).
  • Ninth Annual National Legal Research Teach-In Training Kit, (West 2001).
  • Eighth Annual National Legal Research Teach-In Training Kit, (West 2000).
  • Seventh Annual National Legal Research Teach-In Training Kit, (West 1999).
  • Sixth Annual National Legal Research Teach-In Training Kit, (West 1998).
  • Legal Research on the Internet, Sixth Annual National Legal Research Teach-In Training Kit (West 1998).
  • Cost-Effective Legal Research: Integrating Manual and Online Sources, Fifth Annual Legal Research Teach-In Training Kit (West 1997).
  • Legal Research Training Seminar - Legal Practice Materials, Fourth Annual Legal Research Teach-In Training Kit (West 1996).

Experience

  • J. Reuben Clark Law School Faculty, 1995-present
  • Editor in Chief of Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute
  • Member Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute and President of the Association of Legal Writing Directors
  • Recipient of University Fellowship for Teaching and Learning 2008-2011
  • Full Teaching Professor 2007
  • Director, Rex E. Lee Advocacy Program and Associate Professor, 2001-2006
  • Visiting Professor of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law, 1999-2001
  • Legal Research and Writing Professor, 1997-1999
  • Reference Librarian and Legal Research Professor, 1995-99