Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Steve Johansen (Director of Legal Writing and Professor of Law at Lewis & Clark) will present on This is Not the Whole Truth: The Ethical Limits of Storytelling. Fresh from a storytelling conference in London, Steve will explore whether truth and justice are incompatible. (I'm here with Steve in Philadelphia, and he tell's me that he's been on the Legal Writing Institute Board for 12 years now. Wow. Steve, is that just a story?) Steve has been the driving force behind many good things in the legal writing community -- and that's the truth! Come to this presentation to learn where the boundary is between legitimate persuasion and improper deception. (Quick quiz -- true or false? Steve is the author of Juridiska Analize Un Tekstu Rakstisana, the first legal writing textbook to be published in Latvia).
Danton Asher Berube (Assistant Professor in the Applied Legal Theory and Analysis Program at the University of Detroit Mercy) will present on Effective Presentation of Statistics in Legal Writing. As the use of statistics continues to increase, we have a greater need to teach our students how to incorporate statistics into their legal writing. If statistics is an area that you want to strengthen, you might consider coming to this presentation even if you would otherwise be afraid of numbers. It's a very useful topic for many of us.
You Had Me at "Hello" -- Structuring the Classroom Experience to Optimize Learning is the title of a presentation by Wanda M. Temm (Director of the Legal Writing Program and Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, pictured here on the left), Barbara E. Wilson (Associate Clinical Professor of Law, also at UMKC, pictured here with the books), and Judith Popper (Assistant Clinical Professor, also at UMKC, but whose photo I could not find). They'll discuss how the learning environment (both verbal and non-verbal) impacts students. They'll discuss specific teaching techniques through a brief presentation and a mock class with participants modeling the techniques.
Deanne Lawrence Andrews (Associate Clinical Professor of Law at Michigan State University College of Law in East Lansing, Michigan) will present on Goodbye to Kingsfield? Increasing Student Autonomy in the Legal Writing Classroom. She'll discuss research by Kennon Sheldon and Lawrence Kreiger that documents the ill effects that law school has on the emotional well-being of students. She'll explore concrete teaching tips designed to increase stduent autonomy in the legal writing classroom.
R2D2 -- R2D2 isn't a session, it's a robot from the Star Wars Movie. Just keeping you on your toes here.
Kathryn Mercer (Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills at Case Western Reserve School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio) will discuss Dealing with Race, Culture, and Gender in the Classroom. She'll discuss diversity and non-traditional law students, including video of students commenting on the law school environment and the critical learning moments in law school. In the second part of the presentation, Christine M. Ventner (Director of the Legal Writing Program at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana) will discuss Gender and Law School Performance: How Legal Writing Professors Can Bolster the Peformance of Women Law Students. Her presentation will develop specific strategies that legal writing professors can implement to help women students in law school, and to create a more positive learning experience for students. Christine is also an international law fan (like me). She was raised in Zimbabwe and earned her law degree in South Africa. Click here to learn more about her.
Teresa Brostoff ( Professor of Legal Writing and Diretor of the Legal Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law) and Ann Sinsheimer (Associate Professor of Legal Writing, also at the University of Pittsburgh) will present on a subject they know well, Using Comparative Legal Principals to Teach International Students in U.S. Law. They will demonstrate their use of comparative case reading and briefing to help international students draw upon their prior knowledge of civil law reasoning to master U.S. common law reasoning. They will illustrate this using decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice.
Marilyn Walter (Professor and Director of th e Legal Writing Program at Brooklyn Law School) will then share her experiences from teaching at the University of Delhi Law School in Spring 2008. Her presentation is called Expanding Your Horizons: Going Global.
That's it for session 2 on Thursday!
Prof. Mark E. Wojcik, The John Marshall Law School, Chicago
For information about the law professors who will be visiting from Africa, click here.