February 22, 2008
University of Denver Sturm College of Law ASP Job Posting
This Lecturer, Academic Support position is a one year appointment with the possibility of continuing for an additional 2 years (12 months per year).
Duties and responsibilities will include a variety of activities in the Academic Achievement Program. Responsibilities might include any of the following: teaching academic skills in the classroom and in workshops to first year students; meeting individually with students regarding academic performance issues; providing writing support for students in a variety of academic contexts; supervising student assistants; teaching introductory summer programs; working with the Director of Academic Achievement to design and implement an enhanced bar passage program; teaching upper level classes in analysis; teaching a course in bar examination preparation; working individually with students preparing for the bar examination; assisting with additional services to enhance the academic success of students.
Some evening and weekend work is required as the law school has both day and evening programs.
Qualifications: At least two years legal work experience in practice, government, non-profit organization, judicial clerking, or other legal setting. Admission to the bar of any state. JD from an ABA accredited law school. Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed.
Preferred Qualifications: Prior experience in law school academic support or law school teaching.
You can view a Univeristy of Denver benefits summary at Link to Benefits Summary.
The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans. DU is an EEO/AA employer.
February 21, 2008
Making Law Real--"A Raisin in the Sun"
A crossover possibility for both Property and Constitutional Law:
ABC will be airing a remake of the classic "A Raisin in the Sun" this Sunday night. This is a great example of how restrictive covenants impacted real families, and power of the law to change people lives.
February 19, 2008
Making Law Fun
About this time of year, I try to bring in examples of *fun* in the law for my 1L's in my ASP class. They tend to be so discouraged, so beat-up, and it's helpful to remind them that the law is alive, vibrant, and yes, fun. I want students see remember law is a part of their lives in ways they may not see in their 1L classes.
Credit where credit is due: This is not my idea; I borrowed this from one of my favorite professors at UNC Law, Dean Lolly Gasaway, who uses this in her Copyright class.
Law and Pop Culture:
Did George Harrison violate copyright laws by plagiarizing the melody from "He's So Fine" by the Chiffon's for his hit single "My Sweet Lord"?
This website allows you to play both songs simultaneously, so students can hear the similarities, and judge for themselves whether one of the best-selling artists of all time (as part of the Beatles) lifted the melody from a '60's classic.
The New York Times ran an article on fox-hunting with dogs in England on Monday, Feb. 18, 2008.
"Tally Ho! A Determined Crew Hunts for Fox Hunters" by Sarah Lyall
This article can be a great tool to make Pierson v. Post come alive for students who don't see the relevance of a case on fox-hunting, with cross-over possibilities for discussing Keeble v. Hickeringill and Ghen v. Rich. It also deals with ambiguity in the law; another great discussion-starter for a 1L class. There are a lot of silly details in the article that make it fun to read and discuss, but opens up the importance of old cases to young law students. And yes, fox hunting is still an important sport. (Rebecca Flanagan)