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Senior Lecturers

Laura Dunek

In addition to being a LAWriters senior lecturer, Laura A. Dunek is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Wisconsin Law School and is also employed by the Office of General Counsel for the University of Wisconsin System Administration. As an undergraduate student at Marquette University, Ms. Dunek spent eight semesters on the Dean's Honors List; was inducted into the Jesuit Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu; and graduated cum laude. Upon graduation, Ms. Dunek served as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, coordinating the Houston Refugee Pro Bono Project for the YMCA International Services of Houston, Texas. Thereafter, Ms. Dunek attended the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she served as President of the Moot Court Board, was elected to an editorial position for the Wisconsin International Law Journal, and clerked for the Soros Foundation in New York City.

After graduating from law school, Ms. Dunek first worked for the Minnesota Attorney General's Office and then as a Guardian ad Litem for the Circuit Courts of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin. During this time, she also served as President of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Wisconsin; as a Commissioner for the Parks Commission for the City of Plymouth, Wisconsin; and as a Board member for the Family Resource Centers of Sheboygan County. Because of her extensive public service, as well as her fundraising and project management skills, Ms. Dunek was honored by the City of Plymouth Chamber of Commerce with the 2000 Outstanding Community Service Award.

In May of 2000, Ms. Dunek began working for the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she teaches both legal writing and negotiation skills. In addition, Ms. Dunek is the Regent Records Policy Advisor for the Office of General Counsel of the University of Wisconsin System, providing advice on and assistance with a broad array of Board business ranging from real estate holdings to gifts to the University system to open meetings compliance and freedom of information requests.

Lori Ann Haydu

In addition to teaching writing for LAWriters, Ms. Haydu has for several years taught seminars on many topics in law and theatre in a variety of settings. She has served as counsel to several trade associations and taught at the annual meetings of the Society for Human Resource Management - Atlanta, the National Roofing Contractors Association, the Exterior Insulation Manufacturers Association, and the Southeastern Insulation Contractors Association. She has also lectured on construction and employment topics for many programs for Georgia's Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

Ms. Haydu attended Emory University School of Law, and attended Drew University for her undergraduate studies in political science and psychology. After completing her law degree and joining the Georgia Bar Association, Ms. Haydu's practice has focused primarily in the areas of employment and construction law. She was a partner at Glass, McCullough, Sherrill & Harrold before serving as corporate counsel for The Facility Group, a large construction design and management firm. In supporting the human resources department of The Facility Group, Ms. Haydu conducted employee training sessions for managers and design personnel in the areas of employment and risk management. She is currently assisting in editing the newsletter of the Atlanta Bar Association Construction Law Section.

Nancy Lewis Tuten

Nancy Lewis Tuten is a tenured professor of English, head of the Division of Languages and Literatures, and director of the writing-across-the-curriculum program at Columbia College, Columbia, South Carolina, where she has served on the faculty since 1988. Her undergraduate degree is from Newberry College (1982, magna cum laude), and she earned both the MA (1985) and PhD (1988) from the University of South Carolina, where she served as associate director for the freshman composition program. In 1996, she was named Outstanding Professor by the South Atlantic Association of Departments of English.

As the owner and founder of Get It Write, Professor Tuten has taught hundreds of seminars on writing-related issues to professionals in the workforce, including employees of state and local governments, judges and staff members of state and federal court systems, bankers, and attorneys. In 2002, along with cowriter Gayle Swanson, Tuten published The First Fifty Tips, a collection of short essays on a variety of English grammar, mechanics, and usage issues.

In addition, she has published two scholarly books: Critical Essays on Galway Kinnell (G. K. Hall) and The Robert Frost Encyclopedia (Greenwood 2001). Other published works include articles in peer-reviewed journals on such writers as Alice Walker, Theodore Roethke, Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, and Galway Kinnell. For nearly two decades she served first as a consulting editor and later as an executive editor for the scholarly journal The Explicator, an internationally distributed scholarly journal of literary criticism.

Jeffrey Van Detta

Jeffrey A. Van Detta is a tenured Professor of Law at John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, Georgia. Professor Van Detta teaches primarily in the areas of contracts, torts, and conflict of laws, and has taught courses in other specialties, including civil procedure, commercial law, employment discrimination law, and labor law. At John Marshall Law School, he has also served as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.

Professor Van Detta is a summa cum laude graduate of Union College, and a cum laude graduate of Albany Law School. He is admitted to practice before the bars of New York and Georgia. After law school, Professor Van Detta served as law clerk to the Honorable Roger J. Miner of the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City. For 12 years he practiced federal court litigation, international business law, and labor and employment law in the Atlanta office of Kilpatrick Stockton LLP, where he was a partner in the firm. His representations included Lockheed Martin Corporation, Frito-Lay International, PepsiCo, The Home Depot, Sema Group Telecoms, and Asahi National Broadcasting Company of Japan (TV Asahi).

Professor Van Detta's published scholarship is extensive, appearing in major law journals at Harvard, Northwestern, Texas, USC, Marquette, Drake, and Alabama, and his work has been regularly cited by state and federal appeals courts. He is also a contributing editor and author to ABA treatises including International Labor and Employment Law as well as Practice and Procedure Before The National Labor Relations Board.

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