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Stephen Armstrong

For more than 20 years, Steve Armstrong has taught writing programs for lawyers in the U.S. and Canada and for federal and state judges. He conducts the opinion-writing segments of the Federal Judicial Centers orientations for new district, bankruptcy, and magistrate judges, as well as programs for state supreme court and appellate judges. His program for lawyers have been conducted under the sponsorship of ALI-ABA, the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and other major CLE organizations, and he has also taught in-house programs for law firms, in-house legal departments, and such government agencies as the SEC and FTC.

Armstrong has also led professional development and talent-management programs at major law firms for more than 20 years. During that time, he has guided firms to think strategically about managing their talent, has taught programs on managerial and leadership skills, and has designed and implemented a wide range of programs and policies. He has published and spoken widely on the topic of talent management, and has served as chair of the Professional Development Consortium, the professional organization for in-house legal educators, and as co-chair of the ABA Committee on Business Law Education.

Most recently, he has been Director of Career Development for WilmerHale. Previously, he was the Director of Professional Development at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and at Shearman & Sterling. With Professor Timothy P. Terrell, he is the co-author of Thinking Like a Writer: A Lawyers Guide to Effective Writing and Editing. You can also learn more about him at

Tina Stark

Tina L. Stark is a professor in the practice of law and executive director of Emory's Center for Transactional Law and Practice. The Center was established in 2007 to focus on the business and legal aspects of transactional law and skills. Professor Stark speaks frequently on drafting, transactional skills, the intersection of law and business, and boilerplate in contracts. She has lectured at programs in the United States, Canada, England, Italy, China and Poland.

After graduating from Brown University with honors, Professor Stark was a commercial banker at Irving Trust Company. She then attended New York University School of Law where she was a contributing editor to the Journal of International Law & Politics. Professor Stark clerked for Judge Jacob D. Fuchsberg of the New York State Court of Appeals from 1980-1982. Following her clerkship, Professor Stark was an associate at Barrett Smith Schapiro Simon & Armstrong. She was a corporate partner at Chadbourne & Parke LLP from 1988-1993. While there, she had a broad-based transactional practice, including acquisitions, dispositions, recapitalizations and financings. In addition, she developed and implemented the firms corporate training program.

Before joining the Emory faculty, Professor Stark was an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School for 14 years. She taught courses on drafting, transactional skills and business. In addition, through her business, she taught continuing legal education courses at the major law firms in North America, Europe and Asia.

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