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Monday, February 1, 2010

Call for proposals for Institute for Law Teaching and Learning conference

Summer Conference of the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning
“Teaching Law Practice Across the Curriculum”
June 16-18, 2010; Topeka, Kansas
The Institute for Law Teaching and Learning invites proposals for conference workshops on techniques for teaching law practice across the law school curriculum.    The Institute’s summer conference provides a forum for dedicated teachers to share with colleagues innovative ideas and effective methods for modern legal education. 
The Institute invites proposals for 75-minute workshops consistent with a broad interpretation of the conference theme, “Teaching Law Practice Across the Curriculum.”  The workshops can address teaching and learning in first-year courses, upper-level courses, clinical courses, writing courses, and academic support.  The workshops can deal with innovative materials, alternative teaching methods, ways to enhance student learning, formative feedback to students, evaluation of student performance, etc.  Each workshop should include materials that participants can use during the workshop and when they return to their campuses.  Presenters should not read papers, but should model effective teaching methods by actively engaging the participants.  The co-directors would be glad to work with anyone who would like advice in designing their presentations to be interactive.
To be considered for the conference, proposals must be limited to one page, single-spaced, and include the following:
•        The title of the workshop;
•        The name, address, phone number, and email address of the presenter(s); and
•        A summary of the contents of the workshop, including its goals and methods.
The Institute must receive proposals by February 19, 2010.
Submit proposals via email to Professor Michael Hunter Schwartz, Co-Director, Institute for Law Teaching and Learning at
The conference is self-supporting.  The conference fee for participants is $450, which includes materials and meals during the conference (two breakfasts, two lunches, and one dinner).  The conference fee for presenters is $200.  Pleasant and reasonable accommodations are available near Washburn University School of Law, the site of the conference.  Presenters and participants must cover their own travel and accommodation expenses.
The conference workshops will take place on June 17 and 18.
Interested participants can take part in an optional Teaching Lab on June 16, in which they work on an aspect of their teaching working in small teams with a teacher-coach.  Depending on participant interest, possible teaching topics for the lab may include reviewing and discussing videotapes of participants’ teaching, designing one or more class session(s) to achieve particular goals, creating simulations, planning a course, creating opportunities for practice and feedback without killing yourself, or finding ways to bring real life into law teaching.
For more information, please contact:
Gerry Hess                                                               Michael Hunter Schwartz
ILTL Co-Director                                                     ILTL Co-Director                                 
(509) 313-3779                                                      (785) 670-1666

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