Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff joined Concordia University, School of Law as the Director the Legal Research and Writing Program in April of 2012. Professor Fordyce-Ruff created and directed the first-year legal writing course, in addition to teaching Legal Research and Writing I and II. She has also developed upper level electives.
Prof. Fordyce-Ruff brought prior teaching experience to Concordia Law. She served as a Visiting Professor of Legal Research and Writing at the University of Oregon, School of Law. In this position she taught legal research and writing, advanced legal research and intensive legal writing. She authored Idaho Legal Research, a textbook designed to help legal professionals and students in the state. Prof. Fordyce-Ruff is also a monthly contributor to The Advocate, the Idaho State Bar's monthly publication.
After law school, Prof. Fordyce-Ruff clerked for the Honorable Joel D. Horton in the Fourth Judicial District, Ada County, in Boise, Idaho. Following her clerkship in Ada County, she clerked for Justice Roger S. Burdick of the Idaho Supreme Court. Prof. Fordyce-Ruff also served as a partner in two law firms in Boise.
Prof. Fordyce-Ruff received a Bachelors of Arts, with honors, in international studies from the University of Wyoming in 1999. She received her Juris Doctor from University of Oregon, School of Law in 2004. Prof. Fordyce-Ruff served as the managing editor of the Oregon Law Review (2003-04). She lives in Boise with her husband and loves to hike and snowshoe with their dog and teach yoga.
My Inbox: Follow-Up Advice, The Advocate (February 2012)
Garner's Dictionary of Legal Usage, Third Edition, Book Review, The Advocate (January 2011)
Confusing Word Pairs, The Advocate (January 2012)
Laughing All the Way to Court: Avoiding the Humor and Headaches Created by Misplaced Modifiers, The Advocate (November/December 2011)
Using Quotation Marks Correctly, The Advocate (October 2011)
Six Simple Steps to Correct Commas, The Advocate (September 2011)
E-Editing: Time Saving Tips, The Advocate (August 2011)
Five Tools for Writing Fixes: Stocking the Legal Writer's Toolbox, The Advocate (June/July 2011)
Do Some Spring-Cleaning: Throw Out Grammar Myths, The Advocate (May 2011)
Creating Separation and Emphasis in Your Writing Part II: Using Punctuation within Sentences, The Advocate (March 2011)
Creating Separation and Emphasis in Your Writing Part I: Joining Independent Clauses, The Advocate (February 2011)
Cutting the Clutter: Three Steps to More Concise Legal Writing, The Advocate (January 2011)
Adding People to Your Writing: Eliminating Passive Voice and Vague"ing" Words, The Advocate (November/December 2010)
A Legal Writer's Toolbox: Five References for Every Attorney, Oregon State Bar Bulletin (June 2010)
Six Simple Steps to Correct Commas, Oregon State Bar Bulletin (November 2009)
Idaho Legal Research (Carolina Academic Press 2008) (with S. Rowe)