Teaching Law Practice Across the Curriculum
Session 1 Workshops

Thursday, June 17, 2010 – 9:00-10:15 a.m.

[A] Ebooks As Social Media, Courses As Communities Of Practice (Room 120)

John Mayer, Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)

The very word "ebook" evokes the simple transformation of the paper bound casebook or textbook into a nearly identical electronic analog that is delivered on a website, computer, iPhone or ereader device, but there is so much more to the idea of ebooks than this uncomplicated characterization. In this workshop, the presenter will demonstrate gadgets (Kindle, iTouch, iPad, and Nook), compare capabilities and appropriateness to task for legal education, and talk about the new freedoms that faculty now have when constructing their courses.


[B] Integrating Courtroom Practice With Classroom Theory: Merging the Academy, Bar and Bench to Create a Collaborative Legal Learning Community (Room 100)

Myra E. Berman, Touro Law Center

Touro Law Center's Collaborative Court Program is a three-year curricular innovation that incrementally moves from Court Watching (a 1L Court Observation Program), to Court Studying (a 2L series of integrative courses), to Court Participation (a 3L program of advanced court internships, externships, and student clerkships). During the first half of this workshop, the presenter will describe the conceptual framework of the program and its components. The second half of the workshop will consist of brainstorming sessions in which small groups will be encouraged to explore ways of replicating Touro's court program into their own law school's curriculum.


[C] Incorporating Practical Exercises to Develop Students' Consultation Skills (Room 119)

Mareesa Kreuser, University of Pretoria Law Clinic
Anneke Smit, University of Pretoria Law Clinic

Are you searching for new innovative and fun exercises as a tool to teach your students? If so, you will find this session rewarding. During this workshop attendees will be actively engaged as students. A consultation skills exercise will be used to illustrate certain practical teaching methods which include: role plays, simulations and assessments. Attendees will leave with a copy of the power point presentation on consultations skills, a script of the role play with a list of do's and don'ts, a simulated set of facts, and assessment forms to incorporate into their courses.


[D] What on Earth Could They be Thinking? Designing and Using Electronic Surveys to Find Out (Room 106)

Paula Manning, Whittier Law School

If you wonder what your students think about class, the syllabus, the textbook, their learning, your teaching or just about anything else, electronic surveys are an easy and effective way to find out. They can help you communicate and collaborate with students before, during and after your course, as well as regularly and easily assess learning, teaching and the classroom environment. The session will feature hands-on practice—you will design and create an electronic survey – and no prior experience or success with technology is required.