Engaging and Assessing Our Students
Workshop Sessions at a Glance

The Institute's summer 2011 conference, "Engaging and Assessing Our Students," features two plenary sessions and over 50 workshops exploring techniques for engaging and assessing law students across the curriculum.

Registration and workshop sessions are at New York Law School.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

6:00-8:00 p.m. – Registration and Opening Reception

Thursday, June 2, 2011

9:00-10:00 a.m. – Plenary I: Engaging Our Students — Allowing Relational, Social and Legal Issues to Intersect in Legal Education (Cooper Davis)

10:00-10:30 a.m. – Plenary I Follow-up Sessions

  1. Engaging Students In and Out of Class (van Sittert)
  2. How (Not) to Present the Most Boring Lecture in the Curriculum (Haupt)
  3. Teaching First-Year Contracts with Case Files (Leonard)
  4. The iPad Goes to Trial (Gear)
  5. Long-Distance Engagement: Using eLearning to Enhance the Study Abroad Experience (Carolan)

10:45 a.m.-Noon – Session 1 Workshops

  1. A Five-Lesson Framework for Reaping Dividends from Spontaneous Classroom Controversy (Alleva / Rovner)
  2. Student Grading of In-Class Quizzes (Klein)
  3. Connecting the Dots: Stimulating Law Students to Love the Law (Krause-Phelan)
  4. Make Someone Happy! Developing Optimistic Learners and Learning Environments (Flanagan / McClain / Manning / Rosen)
  5. Self-Assessment, Metacognition and Portfolios (Duhart / Niedwiecki)

12:10-12:45 p.m. – Session 2 Workshops

  1. Redirecting Laptop Users' Attention: Lessons from the Field (Novak Morse)
  2. Engaging Students with Havruta Style Learning (Blumenfeld)
  3. Reflecting Well: Guided Journaling to Improve Transfer of Learning (Balsam)
  4. The Law Classroom of the (Near) Future (Barton)
  5. Electronic Card Game: An Innovative Method for Teaching Relevance and Weight of Legal Authorities (Epstein / Burkhalter / Johnson)
  6. Integrating Mindfulness Theory & Practice into Trial Advocacy (Zlotnick)
  7. Integrating the Three Apprenticeships in an Insurance Practice Course (Young)

12:45-1:45 p.m. – Optional Lunch Sessions

  1. Feeling and Facing Our Fears: A Roundtable Discussion (Weisberg)
  2. Almost Paradigm: Working to Define and Categorize Modern Approaches to Teaching Law School (Groshoff / Manning)

1:45-3:00 p.m. – Session 3 Workshops

  1. How Engaging Students Outside of the Classroom Will Engage Students Inside the Classroom (Stein / Colesanti)
  2. Engaging Students for Transactional Practice (Malkus / Stevenson / Williams)
  3. Make It or Break It: Taking Assessment to the Next Level (Grobler / Keulder)
  4. The Sustainable Lawyer: Using Collaboration in the Law Classroom to Prepare Students for 21st Century Legal Practice (Greenberg / Milner)
  5. Self-Assessment, Millennials, & Learning Portfolios (Platfoot Lacey / Largent Purvis)

3:15-5:00 p.m. – Session 4 Workshops

  1. Autonomy, Mastery, & Purpose: Enhancing Critical Educational Goals (Blaustone / Klein)
  2. Introducing Ethical Skills Exercises in First-Year Courses (Albert / Gundlach)
  3. Are My Innovations Improving Student Learning? (Curcio)
  4. Gaming in the Classroom (Burke / Wandler)
  5. Using Pop Culture to Teach Legal Research (Irwin-Smiler / Graves Krishnaswami / Schander)
  6. Adding Collaborative and Formative Feedback Opportunities to Your Classes: How Grading by Design and Working Together Save the Day (Hemingway / Anthon / Smith / Clark / DeSanctis)

6:30 p.m. – Dinner: A Taste of New York

Friday, June 3, 2011

9:00-10:00 a.m. – Plenary II: Assessing Our Students — Assessment is Coming! What the New ABA Accreditation Requirements Mean for Your Classes and Your Law School (Walvoord)

10:00-10:30 a.m. – Plenary II Follow-up Sessions

  1. Formative Assessment Protocols: An Empirical Report from a Property Course (Colon-Navarro / Palasota / Huang)
  2. Using Rubrics to Assess and Engage Students (Cianciarulo / Lynch / Mayer / Pistone)
  3. Formative Madlibs Assessment Tools (Burgess)
  4. Assessment Challenges in Clinics: A South African Experience (du Plessis)
  5. Training Teaching Assistants to Provide Assessment Feedback (Lasso)

10:45 a.m-Noon – Session 5 Workshops

  1. Teaching Lawyer Effectiveness Across the Curriculum (Margolis / Seibel)
  2. Capturing the Interest of Civil Procedure Students Through Real-World Exercises (Mushlin / Smith)
  3. A Day-in-the-Life of a Transactional Lawyer: Negotiation, Ethics & Professionalism (Chesler / Longan / Sneddon)
  4. Lessons in Civic Engagement and Cross-Campus Collaboration from Interdisciplinary Clinical Programs (Galowitz / Lore / Lyon / Merino / Murphy)
  5. Rethinking "Thinking Like a Lawyer": Towards a New Paradigm (Wellford Slocum)

12:10-12:45 p.m. – Session 6 Workshops

  1. Law Teaching in Three Dimensions: Integrating Doctrine, Procedure, and Skills through the Lens of Rule-Drafting (Entrikin Goering / Neumann)
  2. Early Intervention: Teaching Students How to Swim Instead of Throwing Them In and Hoping They Don't Sink (Silver Kelly)
  3. The Conscious Teaching Assistant (North)
  4. Teaching an Integrated Course with a Hybrid Text (Thomson)
  5. Engaging Students Through Culture (Kowalski)
  6. YouTube Pedagogy: A Practical Guide (Murphy)
  7. Motivating Students to Succeed (Turner)
  8. Pouring Skills Content into Doctrinal Bottles (Slomanson)

1:00-2:15 p.m. – Session 7 Workshops (includes lunch)

  1. The Greeks Go Back to Law School: A Guide to Integrating Collaborative Learning (Garretson / Kinney)
  2. Student-Centered Assessment: How to Include Student Voices in Shaping Pedagogical and Curricular Choices (Brooks / Knighton / Zimmerman)
  3. Using Outcomes Assessment to Develop and Measure Acquisition of Practical Lawyering Skills (Rudley / Hill / Kadhi)
  4. Teaching Law with Online Role-Playing Simulations (Nathenson)
  5. Integrating Real Life Practice, Micro-Lawyering, and Simulations (Cohen / Katz / DiRusso)

2:15-3:00 p.m. – Closing