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Gonzaga University School of Law founded the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning in 1991, and Gonzaga professor Gerry Hess served as the Institute's director from 1991 through 2005. The Institute is currently sponsored by the Washburn University School of Law and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. The members of the Institute's current leadership team are:

Professor Emily Grant serves as a Co-Director of the Institute. She joined the faculty at Washburn University School of Law in 2011, where she teaches courses in legal writing and estates and trusts. Prior to coming to Washburn, she taught legal writing courses at her alma mater, the University of Illinois College of Law, where as a student she served as articles editor for the University of Illinois Law Review. Professor Grant then joined the University of Kansas School of Law faculty as a part-time lecturer in the Lawyering Program; she was later named as a full-time lawyering professor while also working with students as part of the Academic Resources Program.

Before transitioning to a teaching career, Professor Grant was senior court counsel for the Palau Supreme Court, which serves the small island nation located in the Pacific Ocean. She also clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, and the United States District Court for the District of Kansas.

Professor Grant can be contacted at emily.grant@washburn.edu.

Professor Lindsey Gustafson

Professor Lindsey Gustafson serves as a Co-Director of the Institute. She joined the faculty at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law in 1998. Since that time, she has worked extensively on improving student scholarship and supporting faculty-edited, peer-reviewed journals. She was hired as the founding Executive Editor of The Journal of Appellate Practice and Process, and still serves on its editorial board. She is also a Managing Editor for The Journal of Legal Writing Institute and a Co-Editor of The Law Teacher, published by The Institute for Law Teaching and Learning. She has published articles on improving student scholarship and on the impact of technology on student writing, and has created three new classes to train students in writing and editing legal scholarship. She has also frequently presented at both regional and national legal writing conferences on effective teaching methods. Professor Gustafson has been nominated four times for the Bowen School of Law Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, and has won the award twice, in 2004 and 2014.

Prior to joining the law school, she clerked and then served as staff attorney for several Utah trial court judges. Professor Gustafson is a graduate of the J. Reuben Clark School of Law, Brigham Young University, where she was the Executive Editor of the Brigham Young University Law Review and elected to the Order of the Coif.

Professor Gustafson can be contacted at lpgustafson@ualr.edu.

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Professor Sandra Simpson serves as the Institute’s Communications Director. She joined law faculty at Gonzaga University School of Law as an Assistant Professor of Legal Research and Writing in August 2007 and was promoted to Associate Professor in August of 2012. She served as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs from 2013 – 2017. Professor Simpson joined the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning as a contributing faculty member in the fall of 2008. Professor Simpson took over as the co-director of the Institute in the fall of 2013.  As a contributing faculty member and co-director, Professor Simpson has edited a book for Carolina Academic Press, writes for The Law Teacher, organizes and writes for the Institute’s teaching blog, organizes and presents at numerous conferences, and participates in training of international law teachers. Professor Simpson also researches, publishes, and speaks in the area of assessment, rubric creation and utilization, and teaching.

Prior to joining the law faculty at Gonzaga Law School, Professor Simpson spent three years teaching at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. Before entering the teaching field, she spent two years in general practice in Iowa City, Iowa, and five years as an employment defense litigator for Workland and Witherspoon, P.L.L.C., in Spokane, Washington.  She also has a Master’s in Teaching from Whitworth University.

Professor Simpson can be contacted at simpsons@gonzaga.edu.

Professor Kelly Terry serves as a Co-Director of the Institute. She is the Associate Dean for Experiential Learning & Clinical Programs, Ben J. Altheimer Professor of Law, and Director of the Public Service Externship Program and Pro Bono Opportunities at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. She joined the law faculty in 2006.

Prior to becoming a law professor, she practiced law for 12 years in a variety of settings, including private practice and state and federal government. She started her legal career as a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and, after that, served as an assistant attorney general in the Criminal and Civil Departments of the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office. Immediately prior to joining the UA Little Rock Bowen faculty, she was a partner for several years in a mid-sized commercial law firm in Little Rock, where she focused on business litigation.

Professor Terry teaches the Public Service Externship course and has co-taught a required first-year course called Professionalism and the Work of Lawyers. Her expertise includes legal education, assessment, externship pedagogy, and access to justice. She is a co-editor of Experiential Education in the Law School Curriculum (Carolina Academic Press 2017) and has published articles in the Clinical Law Review, the Journal of Legal Education, and the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy. Professor Terry can be contacted at ksterry@ualr.edu.
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