Jeanne M. Kaiser
Professor of Legal Research & Writing
Courses Taught: Appellate Moot Court, Appellate Practice, Child, Family & State, Employment Discrimination, First Amendment, Judicial Externship, Lawyering Skills
Professor Kaiser has been teaching legal research and writing, along with other skills-related courses, at Western New England University since 1998. Professor Kaiser also serves as private counsel for the Committee for Public Service Counsel, representing parents and children in appeals of child welfare cases. In the course of her work, she won an important case in the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts (SJC), securing rights to post-adoption contact between parents and their children. She has also served as counsel in both cases the SJC has considered regarding children in the federal unaccompanied refugee minors program.
Professor Kaiser has used her experiences in the child protection arena to create an upper level simulation course where students play the role of attorney for the state, a parent, or a child throughout the litigation of a case. In addition to her practice, she has published articles in the area of child protection law. Professor Kaiser also has an interest in legal storytelling and has published articles and presented at conferences in this area.
Professor Kaiser graduated from Western New England University School of Law in 1993, after attending as a part-time evening student. Following graduation, she served as a judicial clerk for a judge on the Massachusetts Appeals Court. Thereafter, she worked as a litigation associate in a small law firm in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Jeanne Kaiser, Where Truth and the Story Collide: What Legal Writers Can Learn from the Experience of Non-Fiction Writers about the Limits of Storytelling, in 4 THE MONOGRAPH SERIES OF THE LEGAL WRITING INSTITUTE: ADVANCED LEGAL WRITING: COURSES & THEMES 163 (Elizabeth Fajans ed., 2015), http://lwionline.org/volume-four.html. SSRN Digital Commons
Jeanne M. Kaiser, When the Truth and the Story Collide: What Legal Writers Can Learn From the Experience of Non-Fiction Writers About the Limits of Legal Storytelling, 16 J. LEGAL WRITING INST. 163 (2010). SSRN Digital Commons
Jeanne Kaiser & Myra Orlen, Using a Literary Case Study to Teach Lawyering Skills: How We Used Damages by Barry Werth in the First-Year Legal Writing Curriculum, 12 LEG. WRITING 59 (2006). SSRN Digital Commons
Jeanne M. Kaiser, Constitutional Law -- First Amendment -- No Constitutional Right to Vote for Donald Duck: The Supreme Court Upholds the Constitutionality of Write-in Voting Bans in Burdick v. Takushi, 15 W. NEW ENG. L. REV. 129 (1993). SSRN Digital Commons
Jeanne M. Kaiser, Family Separation Doesn’t Just Happen at the Border, AF-AM POINT OF VIEW, May 1, 2020, at 23.