Category Archives: Law Teaching
Legally Blind Grading: Do Class Participation Docks and Boosts Unfairly Disadvantage Female and Minority Students?
I’ve been doing a series of guest posts (here, here, here, and here) over on PrawfsBlawg concerning what I refer to as “legally blind grading” in law school, i.e., the grading process under which law professors are deprived of information … Continue reading
Call for Panelists AALS Section on Women in Legal Education “Teaching Gender as a Core Value” 2011 AALS Annual Meeting January 4-8, 2011 San Francisco, California The AALS Section on Women in Legal Education will hold a program during the … Continue reading
The legal blogosphere has been embroiled recently in a series of discussions about Karen Rothenberg, formerly dean at Maryland law. For those living in a cave (or avoiding Above the Law as a paper-finishing strategy), the basic facts are these: … Continue reading
Feminist Law Prof Colleen Medill (Nebraska), on behalf of the AALS Section on Women in Legal Education, is assembling a list of women law profs who might be willing to share materials, experiences, perspectives, etc. with other women law profs. … Continue reading
Check out this article in the Atlantic Monthly. Here is an excerpt: … Starting in 2002, Teach for America began using student test-score progress data to put teachers into one of three categories: those who move their students one and … Continue reading
There are some nice teaching resources for African-American history at AfroAmericanHeritage.com. Many of the materials are geared more for primary and secondary school students, but there are some especially nice posters that would make for good law school classroom … Continue reading
From the FLP Mailbox, this notice of a student writing competition that Feminist Law Profs might want to pass along to their students: National Association of Women Lawyers ® Fifth Annual Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition The National … Continue reading
Law Stories is a 30-strong (and growing) volume series published by Foundation Press and edited by Paul Caron, the Charles Harstock Professor and Associate Dean of Faculty at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Each “Stories” volume … Continue reading
If you’re a law professor with young children, you’ve probably noticed that AALS has discontinued the previous practice of offering child care services to members attending the annual meeting, due to low enrollment in the past. Our understanding is that … Continue reading
From Law.com: … This July, Kyndra Rotunda filed a lawsuit against the Arlington, Va., school, where just three years before she had happily signed on as director of a legal assistance clinic for military service members. In her suit, she … Continue reading
Mary Dudziak has the details.
From the October 2009 edition of the ABA Journal, this information about iPhone applications that will interest students and professors: Federal Rules of Civil Procedure ($2.99); Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure ($2.99); Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act ($4.99); Federal Rules … Continue reading
My law school isn’t doing any hiring this year, but I was still very interested in this posts: Hire with Wisdom and Interview with Kindness at Center of Gravitas, and a five part eries by Squadratomagico 1) The … Continue reading
Somehow I missed “Wake Up and Smell the Epistemology,” a thought-provoking article by Tim Clydesdale (Sociology, College of New Jersey) from the January 23, 2009 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education (pay site – sorry- day passes available). Professor … Continue reading
Here. I got my start in law teaching as an Hon. Abraham L. Freedman Graduate Teaching Fellow at Temple University’s School of Law and it was a wonderful experience. I learned how to teach in a supportive, mentor rich environment, … Continue reading
Today I received this update on the Westlaw situation (described here) from JosÃ© JuliÃ¡n Ãlvarez GonzÃ¡lez, pictured at left, Professor of Law at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law (reprinted and attributed with his permission): After a very … Continue reading
Over at Prawfsblawg, Bennett Capers asks (here): Given the importance of this first impression, am I the only one that obsesses at the start of the school year about what to wear on the first day of class, down to … Continue reading
Westlaw has decided to discontinue providing free printers and associated supplies (paper, ink) to law school libraries in Puerto Rico. Westlaw provides these to other law schools on the U.S. mainland, and did provide them to the four Puerto Rican … Continue reading
Leiter has the details.
Is Sarah Palin really dumber than Joe Biden? Or is something else going on? From the WSJ: ************* Over the weekend, as we noted yesterday, Vice President Biden said that if Israel decides it needs to take military action against … Continue reading
Sonia Sotomayor, nominated by President Obama to the U.S. Supreme Court, has taught a course on Federal Appellate Court advocacy at Columbia for several years. While President Obama’s adjunct teaching job at the University of Chicago is often cited … Continue reading
The Deutsche Kinemathek Museum for Film and Television and the Bundeszentrale fÃ¼r politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education) are collaborating on the “Internet Archive,” an on-line resource for film, television footage and photography from Germany in 1989 and 1990. … Continue reading
I’ve discovered the Positive Coaching Alliance through volunteering with my local youth Little League. That organization uses the “broken windows” concept in training coaches, parents and players to take a holistic (my word, not theirs) approach to sports — as … Continue reading
Avoiding a Biased Exam: Always Expect Students to Know the Law But Never Expect Them to Know the Facts
(Cross-posted at PrawfsBlawg) I remember being a law student and taking the class Women and the Law with the terrific Susan Grover when a topic came up that would (thankfully) inform the way that I draft my law school exams … Continue reading
â€œThis job is easy for people who’ve never done it,”Justice Thomas said later.”What I have found in this job is they know more about it than I do, especially if they have the title, law professor.”
Ouch. Those are the concluding words of this article.
The University of South Carolina School of Law’s Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year is: Prof. Danielle Holley-Walker!
Hooray! Proof that our students have excellent judgment and taste.
The Library of Congress now has its own YouTube Channel (here)! For law profs looking for video clips to supplement teaching materials, this may become a valuable resource in the future. For now, the channel has clips of discussions by … Continue reading
Press release here. Via Leiter.
Editors: Kathleen A. Bergin and Tracy L. McGaugh Hurricane Katrina was unlike any other weather disaster to hit the United States in the way it exposed deficiencies in federal, state, and local disaster planning and management. It was also unique … Continue reading
Current Yale Law School Dean Harold Koh has been nominated by President Obama to serve as the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State. Taking his place as Acting Dean is Prof. Kate Stith. More here.
Columbia Law School division. This lecture series is advertising this speaker line up: ‘Hate Speech’ and Incitement to Violence This workshop series is being convened by Professor Kendall Thomas and Lecturer-in-Law Peter Molnar, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for … Continue reading
Tomorrow the International Law Society at my law school hosts its annual fund raiser. It’s an all you can eat lunch comprised of donated homemade ethnic foods. Here are the University-related fundraisers I’ve already contributed to this academic year: the … Continue reading
…here at Minding the Workplace, where there is also a post about workplace bullying generally. Via.
“Deconstructing the First Year: How Law School Experiences Lead to Misunderstandings of What Lawyers Do”
Great post you should read by this title at Clinicians With Not Enough To Do.
My very funny colleague and Feminist Law Prof Michael Mushlin asked this question today: Have you ever noticed that at about this time in the semester, law students’ grandparents, with whom they are “very close,” seem to die at a … Continue reading
My mother is one of the most straight-laced people I know. The woman has never been intoxicated in her life and has never dropped the “f-bomb.” She has tremendously accurate grammar and an iron will. I was simultaneously surprised and … Continue reading
June 26, 2009 Family Law Conference: A Family Law Education Conference With Topics to Enliven Your Teaching
William Mitchell College of Law has issued a call for papers and presenters for its upcoming workship, “Family Law Conference: A Family Law Education Conference With Topics to Enliven Your Teaching.” Share your teaching theories, ideas and experiments! Selected papers … Continue reading
Of the professors on the blogroll here, I’m still one of the newer ones. So I’m looking to those who have been doing this for a longer time for some advice. A regular part of our job is … Continue reading
Many of Columbia’s peer schools have recently undertaken reforms in their grading systems. Harvard and Stanford have moved in the direction of Yale’s system – three passing grades (1: Honors/High Pass, 2: Pass and 3: Restricted Credit/Low Pass) and … Continue reading
Professor What If has some advice and observations here. Below is an excerpt: Every time a semester is about to start or has just started, my email box is inundated with”URGENT”pleas from students. Many of the things they are writing … Continue reading
This CNN article asserts that law professors (Number 14 on the list of “Jobs with under 40-hour work weeks”) work an average of 35.2 hours per week and 1664 hours each year, and earn $158,353. To which I reply: … Continue reading
Candidate X guest posted here, asking for advice about going on the teaching market while breastfeeding an infant. FLP readers offered a lot of kind support both on blog and off. No surprise there – you’re feminists! Here’s an update … Continue reading
Details here and here. Paul Secunda has some observations here.
There are currently between 10-15 active law school dean searches being conducted around the country. It’s no secret that women, people of color, and every other category of academic short of a white male are under-represented in the higher reaches … Continue reading
Paul Caron has a critique of the proposal here. The impact on student/faculty ratio was one of the arguments that finally persuaded the doubters at my law school to hire a professional, full time legal writing faculty, which has been … Continue reading
From the FLP Mailbox, this announcement of the annual law student writing competition sponsored by the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence: Law students are invited to submit articles addressing domestic violence and the law from a national or international … Continue reading
So I’m probably the only one who missed this interesting development in the ongoing saga of reform of the ABA Standards for the Approval of Law Schools. There has been much hoo-ha and concern about the Special Committee Reports on … Continue reading
From the Program’s homepage: Lawyers need to be knowledgeable participants in the cultural and social debates such films provoke about the significance of our roles in the creation and maintenance of a just, democratic society. To fulfill this role, we … Continue reading
From the FLP mailbox, this announcement of the NAPW Law Student Writing Competition: Issues of concern to pregnant and birthing women have often been missing from discussion in law school courses and among reproductive rights activists. Thanks in large part … Continue reading