UHLC writing and editing gurus provide guidance to gifted and talented high school students

University of Houston Law Center Assistant Clinical Professor Merle Morris shares her technical writing advice with students in the Fort Bend ISD Gifted & Talented Mentorship Program.

October 26, 2016 – Assistant Clinical Professors Merle Morris and Lauren Simpson recently shared their editing and writing expertise with students enrolled in the Fort Bend Independent School District's Gifted & Talented Mentorship Program at the University of Houston Law Center. Mon Yin Lung, associate director of the O'Quinn Law Library, gave students a tour of the library and provided additional research tips.

The program consists of juniors and seniors enrolled in Fort Bend ISD high schools who have been identified as gifted and talented. Part of the program includes a visit to the Law Center for advice on an in-depth research project.

"It was a blessing and an honor to work with such scholarly high school students," Simpson said. "Professor Morris and myself were both thoroughly impressed with them."

Morris and Simpson encouraged students to budget their time wisely; to use clarity, organization, and simplicity in their writing; and lastly to perform a thorough editing process. The students' projects cover a wide range of topics, including business, medicine, politics, and more.

"Our job is to dissect what good writers do and come up with a paradigm so that we can teach it to someone else," Simpson said.

The Law Center's involvement with the program began in 2010, when former Dean and Professor Stephen Zamora encouraged Morris to start a writing workshop with the mentorship program.

High school scholars learn the fundamentals of editing from University of Houston Law Center Assistant Clinical Professor Lauren Simpson.

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