Tuesday, August 4, 2009

successful APPEAL conference

AppealsFrom July 1 to 4, the Conference on Promoting the Teaching of Legal Writing in South Africa, organized by APPEAL, and supported by ALWD and LWI, took place at the University of Pretoria.  At the conference, U.S. and African participants shared information about legal education, legal skills training, and the legal systems of their countries.  One highlight for the U.S. participants was a field trip to a local magistrate's court, to sit in on criminal, family, and civil proceedings.  Laurel Oates and Mimi Samuel, from Seattle University, deserve much of the credit for making the conference happen.  Apparently a legal writing organization for South Africa is now in the works.hat tips:  Cynthis Adams, Larry Cunningham, Catherine Wasson    (spl)


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I am very grateful to LWI and ALWD for the opportunity to attend the APPEAL Conference. In particular, I want to thank Laurel Oates and Mimi Samuel for organizing the conference and field trips. I learned during the conference that we share many of the same challenges as our South African colleagues: how to motivate and engage our students; how to get resources from our institutions; how to manage the workload. Yet, the challenges our South African colleagues face are far greater when we consider that they teach classes containing hundreds of students who speak eleven different languages (the number of languages officially recognized by the South African constitution). Nevertheless, even in the face of these challenges, I found our South African colleagues to be as enthusiastic and eager to learn and share ideas as I find my American colleagues.

Bobbie Thyfault
California Western School of Law
San Diego, California

Posted by: Bobbie Thyfault | Aug 5, 2009 10:17:55 AM

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