Tuesday, July 8, 2008
on This post continues the previews of sessions at this summer's Legal Writing Institute conference. Here are the third round of sessions on Wednesday, July 16, 2008, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (The LWI Membership meeting will be at 1:00 p.m.)
Richard K. Neumann (Professor of Law at Hofstra University School of Law in Hempstead, New York) is one of the nicest people in the entire world. The planet is a better place because he's here. Did you know that he did part of his education in Sweden? It's true. Did you know that HIS CHILDREN have read the Legal Writing Prof Blog? Also true!!! At the conference in Indianapolis he'll be presenting with Amy K. Langfield, whose picture unfortunately I don't have to share with you. Their topic is Developing a Methodology for Comparing Discourse Communities. They will examine why faculty talk as they do at faculty meetings, seeking audience assistance in designing a methodology to measure remarks that invoke hierarchy, shut down discussion, obfuscate issues, or protect turf or at the other end of the spectrum. Using this information, they might do an exhaustive social science discourse analysis, or instead write a satire . . . .
W3B -- Teaching to Different Learning Styles in the LR&W Classroom
This presentation is by Catherine J. Cameron (an Assistant Professor of Legal Skills at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida, pictured at the top left of this paragraph), Jeff Minneti (Director of the Academic Success Program at Stetson), and Robin A. Boyle (Professor of Legal Writing; Coordinator of Academic Support Program; and Assistant Director of the Writing Center at St. John's University School of Law in Queens, New York, pictured here on the right). They will discuss data suggesting that law students are diverse in their learning styles and, therefore, may also learn best when professors vary their teaching methods. Their presentation will compare law students at two law schools and provide a model lesson for an engaging legal writing class.
Rachel Croskery-Roberts is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Law in the Legal Practice Program at the University of Michigan School of Law in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her topic will be From Aristotle to Abraham Lincoln to Clarence Darrow and Everything In Between: Bringing Persuasive Techniques Alive in the Classroom by Using and Analyzing Political Speeches, Courtroom Arguments, Supreme Court Briefs, and Historical Reenactments as Teaching Tools.
W3D -- Podcasting in LRR&W: Downloading the Greatest Hits
Kathleen Elliott Vinson (Professor of Legal Writing and Director of Legal Practice Skills Program at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts, pictured here at the left) and Judith B. Tracy (Associate Professor of Legal Reasoning, Research and Writing at Boston College Law School) will discuss the ubiquitous nature of ipods. They'll look for and identify the "greatest hits" to download. They will examine how to use ipods to give written feedback on student performance.
Ursula Weigold (Visiting Clinical Professor of Law in the Lawyering Program at Cornell University Law School) will discuss Teaching the Unwritten Rules of Lawyering. She'll discuss how legal writing professors can teach about the professional expectations that our students will face, including the lawyer's quality of work, attitude, and conduct.
William E. Blais (pictured here standing in a law library) is a Legal Writing Instructor at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. His presentation is on A Narrative Approach to Teaching Grammar. With him on the program is Edward H. Telfeyan, a Legal Process Instructor at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California. (On the legal writing listserves Professor Telfeyan is better known as "Grumpy Ed." It is a term of endearment within the legal writing community, and his posts most often show that he isn't really as grumpy as he makes himself out to be. Nonetheless, that nickname has made him one of the legends of legal writing, and you might want to go to his session just to meet him. His photo is on the right, and as you can see, he's not so grumpy after all.) His presentation is on The “Grammar Bee” – Taking the Pain Out of One-Ls’ Grammatical Deficiencies. His presentation "is guaranteed to take to agony out of that part of the LRW prof’s work that is not included in the job description." How can you pass up a deal like that?
Tracy Bach is a professor at Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vermont. Her presentation is on Using Live Cases to Teach Legal Research, Analysis, and Communication: Problem-Based Service Learning. Problem-based service learning (PBSL) has become a core teaching strategy in undergraduate education and has even made its way into professional learning via medical and business schools. This presentation will explain what PBSL is and how it can help law students learning LRW, and then take you through a hands-on workshop to help you incorporate a PBSL problem into your next LRW course.
The LWI Membership Meeting will be at 1:00 p.m.
Mark E. Wojcik, The John Marshall Law School