Ruth Buck headshot
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Donna R. Buck

Professor
Co-Director
Unit: School of Law
Department: School of Law
Office location and address
WB343
580 Massie Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
J.D. University of Virginia School of Law 1985
M.Ed. University of Virginia 1976
B.A. University of Virginia 1974
Biography

Ruth Buck joined the faculty in 1988 as co-director of the Legal Research and Writing Program. Prior to entering law school, Buck published several articles and lectured extensively in the field of emergency medicine. In her third year of law school at Virginia, Buck was a finalist in the Lile Moot Court Competition and won the Stephen Pierre Traynor Award for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy. After graduation, Buck practiced in the litigation section of Neely & Player in Atlanta, handling cases ranging from personal injury and contract disputes to securities fraud. During 1986-88, Buck served as assistant director of the Committee on Continuing Legal Education of the Virginia Law Foundation. She also served on the faculty of Piedmont Virginia Community College.

LAW 6004: Legal Research and Writing I
Credits: 1
This is the first semester of the yearlong basic skills course in the first-year curriculum covering fundamental legal research techniques, two styles of legal writing, and oral advocacy. In this first semester, students complete various research and citation exercises and write three office memoranda of increasing length and complexity.
LAW 6005: Legal Research and Writing II (YR)
Credits: 2
This is the second semester of the yearlong basic skills course in the first-year curriculum covering fundamental legal research techniques, two styles of legal writing, and oral advocacy. In this second semester, students write an appellate brief and present an appellate oral argument before a panel of alumni, faculty, and Dillard Fellows (upperclass teaching assistants).
LAW 8800: Legal Writing Fellow (YR)
Credits: 2
This is the first semester of a yearlong practicum in which selected upper-level students serve as teaching assistants in the law school's Legal Research and Writing Program.
LAW 8801: Legal Writing Fellow (YR)
Credits: 1
This is the second semester of a yearlong practicum in which selected upper-level students serve as teaching assistants in the law school's Legal Research and Writing Program.