Tuesday, November 25, 2014
One-Day Workshop at the University of Detroit Mercy, co-hosted by the University of Windsor, on Friday, December 5, 2014.
Theme: Reaching, Teaching, and Employing Today’s Evolving Law Student
The Premise: Students in the “Millennial” and “Next Gen” generations approach the world, collaboration and social interaction, and the use of technology differently than previous generations. On the one hand, these characteristics may have a positive influence on their capacity to learn and on the practice of law. On the other hand, some behavior is equally likely to create challenges for these students. Either way, this generational shift invites us to explore how we might adjust our teaching approaches for Millennial and Next Gen students.
Special Conference Opportunities: In addition to a series of thoughtful presentations from our colleagues, you can
1. Consider the topic from several unique perspectives:
- *Undergraduate writing professors who can foreshadow what is to come
- *Judges and employers with insight into the impact Millennials are having on the practice of law and the challenges they may face
- *International speakers from Canada and Qatar;
2. Participate in an interactive roundtable discussion where participants explore how they might adjust their teaching approaches in light of the day’s presentations;
3. Celebrate Detroit, at the beautiful and historic conference setting, UDM’s Dowling Hall, which was built in1890 and restored just in time for UDM Law’s 100th anniversary in 2012, and enjoy a special outing to the Detroit Institute of Arts and its “Friday Night Live”; and
4. If this wasn’t sufficient reason to share the day in Detroit, please bid a fond farewell to Pamela Lysaght, who is retiring from UDM next spring. She will be honored (including a Skype appearance by LWI President Linda Berger) during the conference luncheon for her many contributions, including her leadership as a former President of ALWD, her work with the LWI and LWI Journal of Legal Writing, and her active role with the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and membership on its powerful Accreditation Committee. In addition to all of this, however, Pam may be most respected by her UDM colleagues as the Program Director who led the charge on security of position. As a result of Pam’s efforts over the course of more than ten years, UDM Law shifted from an adjunct program, to a program with one-year renewable contracts, then to clinical tenure, and, finally, in 2007, to a tenure and tenure-track program.
For all of these reasons and more, the workshop organizers hope you will join them on December 5. Please visit our conference page for registration and other logistical information: