Robert Volk

Director, Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy Program

Associate Professor of Legal Writing

BA, Lake Forest College
JD, cum laude, Boston University

Areas of Interest
Civil Rights, Diversity & Inclusion, Legal Writing & Research
Contact
Biography

Professor Robert Volk received his BA from Lake Forest College in 1973 and his JD, cum laude, from Boston University School of Law in 1978, where he was a member of the Law Review. Professor Volk has been director of the First Year Writing Program at Boston University since 1982 and has taught numerous writing courses, including the First Year Writing Program and the Advanced Writing and Editing Workshop. He also teaches Legal Writing at Boston University’s Summer Legal Institute in London as well as Legal English at Chuo University Law School in Tokyo. In addition, he has taught a seminar dealing with the legal rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered citizens since the late 1980’s.¬†Professor Volk has spoken on LGBT and legal writing issues on many occasions, is a member of the Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Bar Association, and serves as faculty advisor to OUTLAW, the law school’s LGBT student group.

Publications
  1. Robert Volk & Dennis S. Aronowitz, "Developments in Banking Law 1982," 2 Annual Review of Banking Law 1 (1983).
    Westlaw | HeinOnline (BU) | HeinOnline
  2. Robert Volk & Dennis S. Aronowitz, "Developments in Banking Law: 1980-81," 1 Annual Review of Banking Law 1 (1982).
    Westlaw | HeinOnline (BU) | HeinOnline
Courses

3 credits

The purpose of this seminar is to provide students with the opportunity to improve their writing, editing and communication skills. Students will prepare a variety of practice related documents based on a single fact pattern. Some legal research will be necessary, but the emphasis will be on writing, not on research. Students will also have the opportunity to edit other students' papers, with the goal of improving their own writing skills. Actors will perform a scenario for the class, from which students will extract the pertinent facts. From this fact pattern, students will draft an inter-office memo, a letter or memo to a non-lawyer client, and a trial or appellate brief. Students will also engage in simulated client interviewing and counseling sessions, as well as a simulated meeting with a supervisor. Students will be graded on the basis of their written work, editing work on their classmate's papers and on their classroom performance. There will be no final exam. NOTES: This seminar does not satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. This seminar satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills Requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This class will not offer the CR/NC/H option. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 16 students. ** A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar (designated by an (S) in the title), or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, may be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who are on a wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.

FALL 2015: LAW JD 874 A1 , Sep 3rd to Dec 3rd 2015
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Thu 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Robert VolkConstance A. Browne LAW 513
FALL 2016: LAW JD 874 A1 , Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Thu 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Robert VolkConstance A. Browne LAW 513

3 credits

This class is restricted to third-year students who applied and were accepted as directors of the BU Law Moot Court programs (Esdaile, Stone and Albers). NOTE: This class satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills requirement.

FALL 2015: LAW JD 901 A1 , Aug 31st to Dec 4th 2015
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD 3 Robert Volk
FALL 2016: LAW JD 901 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD 3 Robert Volk

3 credits

This seminar will consider the legal treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered citizens. In particular, the seminar will cover evolving family structures, privacy rights, the military, employment discrimination, and the tension between protecting the rights of victims of discrimination and those who discriminate. Students will write a research paper or an appellate brief and will prepare an oral presentation. Students may satisfy the upperclass writing requirement with their paper. OFFERING PATTERN: This class will not be offered in 2017/2018. Students are advised to take this into account when planning their long-term schedule. ** A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar, or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, will be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.

SPRG 2016: LAW JD 957 A1 , Jan 14th to Apr 14th 2016
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Thu 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Robert Volk LAW 513
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 957 A1 , Jan 19th to Apr 20th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Thu 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Robert Volk LAW 513

2 credits

This class is restricted to students who have applied and been accepted as Writing Fellows for the First Year Writing Program. Accepted students must register for both the fall and spring sections of the class.

FALL 2015: LAW JD 986 A1 , Sep 4th to Dec 4th 2015
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Fri 1:30 pm 2:30 pm 2 Robert Volk LAW 513
SPRG 2016: LAW JD 986 B1 , Jan 15th to Apr 15th 2016
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Fri 1:30 pm 2:30 pm 2 Robert Volk LAW 513
FALL 2016: LAW JD 986 A1 , Sep 9th to Dec 2nd 2016
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Fri 1:30 pm 2:30 pm 2 Robert Volk LAW 513
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 986 B1 , Jan 20th to Apr 21st 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Fri 1:30 pm 2:30 pm 2 Robert Volk LAW 513
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