Associate Professor of Legal Writing Robert Volk, a resident of Brookline, MA and the director of the Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy Program at Boston University School of Law, will be presented with BU Law’s Silver Shingle Award for Service to the School on Saturday, October 26 at the law school’s annual awards ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston.
Volk, who has been program director since 1982, has taught numerous writing courses, including the First Year Writing Program and the Advanced Writing and Editing Workshop, and has coached many of BU Law’s moot court teams. He also teaches Legal Writing at BU's Summer Legal Institute in London, as well as Legal English at Chuo University Law School in Tokyo. In addition, Volk has taught a seminar dealing with the legal rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered citizens since the late 1980s. He has spoken on LGBT and legal writing issues on many occasions, and is a member of the Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Bar Association.
At BU Law, Volk has served as chair of the Admissions Committee, the Career Development Committee and the Student Life Committee and as faculty advisor to the Review of Banking and Financial Law, Asian American Law Student Association and OUTLAW, the Law School's LGBT student group. He has been a member of the Boston University Faculty Council Executive Committee since 2007, and has chaired the University Council Committees on Student Life, Academic Policies, and Curriculum and Academic Programs. He has also served on search committees for the University Registrar and the Dean of the College of General Studies.
Besides his work at BU, Volk is a Town Meeting Member in Brookline, and has served on the Town’s Advisory Committee. He has also tutored in the Boston Public Schools, served as a Big Brother and volunteered for the AIDS Action Committee.