Monday, July 3, 2006
Your Family LawProf Blog editors will be taking a short sabbatical to review our first year's operation, update the "left side" of the blog, and plan for the coming year. We appreciate your readership and would be very interested in knowing how we can improve the blog. Feel free to comment here (the comments are not automatically posted, but rest assured that we will receive them) or email us individually with your suggestions and criticisms.
Look for the blog to resume regular postings next Monday, July 10th.
Sunday, July 2, 2006
With great regret we inform our readers that Prof. Oliphant is retiring from the Family Law Prof Blog. We know that you will miss his regular postings and his nose for new, interesting, and important family law developments.
Prof. Oliphant retired from William Mitchell College of Law in December of 2005 after twenty-six years on the faculty. In addition to family law, he taught civil procedure and internet legal research skills. Prof. Oliphant is intensely interested in the use of technology and computers in teaching and learning and he is known for his “experiments” with cutting-edge technology. However, he has also found time to publish thirty articles and thirty-four books! (Prof. Oliphant worked his students hard but never asked anything of them that he didn’t expect of himself.) Prof. Oliphant has been a pioneer of clinical legal education and he spent seventeen years creating and administering the nationally recognized NITA trial skills program. He is very much missed by his former students and colleagues at William Mitchell – for his personal warmth and generosity, his creative spirit, and his wonderful sense of humor.
As you might imagine from his highly successful career, “retirement” is a relative word for Prof. Oliphant. Although he is no longer teaching and blogging, he is hard at work on the second edition of Family Law: Examples & Explanations as well as a few other projects . . .
Our heartfelt THANK YOU to our colleague for his extraordinary contributions to this first year of Family Law Prof Blog.
Nancy Ver Steegh and Barbara Glesner Fines