Wednesday, September 2, 2009

free webinar on LRW outcomes and assessments

StetsonLib Professor Kirsten Davis, director of the legal writing program at Stetson University College of Law, has announced that school's innovative series of "virtual legal writing conferences," presented as free webinars for law school faculty.

The first in the series addresses the topic, "Outcomes and Assessments." The webinar will take place on Wednesday, September 16, from 3:00-4:15 p.m. Eastern time.Here's the program description:

In response to the Carnegie Report and increased focus by the ABA and regional accrediting agencies on student outcomes and their assessment, law schools across the country are exploring how to re-focus curriculum on student learning outcomes and how to assess those outcomes.  This session will explore how to develop outcomes, and how to incorporate them into the first year legal writing curriculum, at the program level and the course level.  The session will also provide ideas about developing assessment tools that are useful to students and faculty to determine whether students are meeting the expected outcomes.

Professor Davis will moderate the discussion, which will be led by Professors Linda Anderson (Stetson) and Sophie Sparrow (Pierce Law). Click this registration link to participate. Space is limited, but several persons can listen in from a single location. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar. PC users must be equipped with either Windows® 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, or Vista. Mac users will need Mac OS® X 10.4 (Tiger®) or newer.  
Upcoming webinar topics and dates include:

  • Wednesday, October 7, 2009, Strategies for Coaching Moot Court Teams 
  • Friday, November 13, 2009, Innovations in Upper Level Writing Courses
  • February 2010, What Is “Legal Writing Scholarship”?  A Roundtable Discussion 
  • March 2010, The Legal Writing Faculty Retreat:  Reasons to Have One and How to Do It
  • April 2010, Annual Scholarship Highlights:  New Voices and New Ideas in Legal Communication


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