Lysaght, Pamela

Associate Professor of Law


  • Room: 331
  • Telephone: 313-596-0286
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  • J.D. University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
  • B.G.S. University of Michigan

Professor Lysaght’s principal scholarly interests are in the fields of legal writing and research pedagogy and legal education.  She has authored several books and articles on these topics. Professor Lysaght is an active member of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, serving as president in 2000-2001, and the Legal Writing Institute and frequently presents at national conferences held by these organizations.  Currently, she serves on the editorial board of Legal Writing: Journal of the Legal Writing Institute.  Within the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, Professor Lysaght has been a frequent member of site evaluation teams and currently serves on the Accreditation Committee.   

At UDM, Professor Lysaght was the inaugural director of the Applied Legal Theory and Analysis Program and was instrumental in designing the School’s Writing Across the Curriculum Program.  During her tenure as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor Lysaght instituted a new academic advising program, initiated a comprehensive academic advising guide, launched the Faculty Handbook Steering Committee, and commenced meetings among 1L faculty members to discuss teaching and assessment methodologies.  She currently co-chairs the Curriculum, Strategic Planning, and Assessment Committee.  While in law school, Professor Lysaght was a member of the University of Detroit Law Review and the Moot Court Board of Directors.  


MICHIGAN LEGAL RESEARCH– Carolina Academic Press (now in its second edition) (with Cristina D. Lockwood) 

SUCCESSFUL LEGAL ANALYSIS AND WRITING: THE FUNDAMENTALS– Thomson-West  (now in its third edition) (with Bradley G. Clary) 

CITESTATION, an interactive and contextual approach to learning what to cite, when to cite, and how to cite legal authority  (available through Westlaw) (now in its third edition) (with Bradley G. Clary, Danielle Istl, and Sharon Reich) 

THE SOURCEBOOK ON LEGAL WRITING PROGRAMS, 2D EDITION– American Bar Association (Eric Easton, ed.) (contributor) 


Law Review Articles: 

Writing Across the Law School Curriculum in Practice: Considerations for Casebook Faculty, 12 LEG. WRITING 191 (2006).   

Writing Across the Law School Curriculum: Theoretical Justifications, Curricular Implications, 2 J. ALWD 73 (2004) (with Cristina Lockwood). 

Integrating Technology: Teaching Students to Communicate in another Medium, 10 LEG. WRITING 163 (2004) (with Danielle Istl).