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Remembering Penny Pether: A Champion for Change in Legal Education and Our Judiciary

Rebecca Love Kourlis Posted in Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers®, News

IAALS is very sad to note the passing of Professor Penelope Pether, of Villanova Law School. One of Penny’s areas of scholarship was the theory and practice of judging, and in that context she and I became friends. She had a particular interest in the process of appellate review, and Penny and I presented together on a couple of occasions on the subject of judicial performance evaluation. Penny was also involved with our Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Initiative, because she was an innovative legal educator. I will miss her energy, her enthusiasm, and her passion, but know that her legacy will live on.

The Skills New Lawyers Need to Be Successful

Alli Gerkman Posted in Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers®

Ann Roan, State Training Director for the Colorado Public Defender’s Office, advocates for more practical skills education within law school classrooms in order to ease the transition into the high stakes environment of the courtroom. In her Voices from the Field interview, Roan suggests recalibrating the instructional emphasis between doctrine and practice in a way that allows students to actually apply what they learn. Underscoring the importance of balancing doctrinal and experiential learning, Roan believes “You have to know the rules of the game before you can excel in the skills of the game.”

Professional Identity in Legal Education

Zachary Willis Posted in Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers®

David Trickett is the founder of The Jefferson Circle, which focuses on the re-connection of people with purpose at the individual, organizational, and societal levels. He works to ensure that good ideas and aspirations can be lived out, and brings his expertise to the Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Advisory Committee. In his Voices from the Field interview, Trickett discusses the formation of professional identity in law students and the capacity to better serve clients.

Associate Dean of Experiential Education Shares Practical Learning Educational Model

Marnee Baker Posted in Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers®

The national dialogue about changing legal education has proposed many ideas aimed at making the system better, one of which being the outright elimination of the third year of law school. In the wake of this consideration, Luke Bierman, the Associate Dean for Experiential Education at Northeastern University School of Law, offers Northeastern’s Cooperative Legal Education Program (co-op) as an effective, alternative model that makes better use of all three years spent in law school.

Selecting a Law School for Its Practical Education

Marnee Baker Posted in Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers®

Elizabeth Phillips, a third year law student at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, knew she wanted to go to law school, but she also knew that selecting the right school that could equip her with the tools needed to actually practice law was essential. Having done her research, “it became clear to [her] that DU’s practical education was paying off” for new grads in the area and could afford her the best opportunities upon graduation.

Recent American University Law Students Laud Practice-Based Learning

Zachary Willis Posted in Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers®

The Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Initiative at IAALS is pleased to announce the addition of a new, innovative course to its growing list of course portfolios. International Business Negotiations is taught by Jay Gary Finkelstein and Daniel D. Bradlow at the American University Washington College of Law. The course is a semester-long simulated negotiation of an international business transaction offered to upper level JD and LL.M. students.

The Defining Point for Legal Education

Zachary Willis Posted in Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers®

Daniel Girard, founder and managing partner of a San Francisco- and New York-based litigation firm and a member of the Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Advisory Committee, recently sat down with ETL to discuss his insights into legal education and what he sees as a the most promising new teaching strategies being implemented by law schools and the qualities that new attorneys need to succeed in the practice of law.

Thinking Like a Lawyer vs. Performing Like a Lawyer

Zachary Willis Posted in Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers®

Mark Nadeau regularly teaches oral advocacy and trial tactics and is a leading commentator on international dispute resolution. As a member of the Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Advisory Committee, he recently sat down with ETL to discuss his insights into legal education and the issues facing both law schools and new attorneys venturing into practice.

Integrating Legal Education and Developing Common Skills

Zachary Willis Posted in Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers®

Terre Rushton is Associate Executive Director of Programs for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) as well as serving as a member of the Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Advisory Committee. In her Voices from the Field interview, Rushton comments about learning professionalism, practical learning as a gateway to understanding the role of a lawyer, and developing common skills and understanding different perspectives.

Helping Law Students and New Attorneys Navigate Ethical Problems

Zachary Willis Posted in Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers®

John S. Gleason is Regulation Counsel for the Colorado Supreme Court, where he directs the office responsible for lawyer admissions, registration, regulation, and client protection. He recently sat down with Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers to talk about legal education and the needs of the profession. In his Voices from the Field interview, Gleason talks about the ethical pitfalls that many law students and new attorneys need exposure to and practice navigating through, and provides insights into how law professors can help.

Student-Centered Learning and Lessons from Australia

Zachary Willis Posted in Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers®

Penny Pether is a Professor of law at Villanova University School of Law, where she teaches constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, law and literature, criminal law, and criminal procedure. In her Voices from the Field interview, Pether gives several suggestions for how the American legal education system can mirror some examples from her native Australia.

Teaching Leadership and Strategy in Law Schools

Zachary Willis Posted in Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers®

Dennis Kaw is the General Counsel for Appliance Factory Outlet and its affiliates. In his Voices from the Field interview, Kaw remarks on the need for law students to have more practical experience in law schools before entering the profession. He also suggests that law schools emulate the business school model of teaching students leadership and strategy.

Business and Finance Skills for Law Students

Zachary Willis Posted in Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers®

Annita M. Menogan is currently responsible for oversight of all legal matters for Red Robin, including compliance and corporate governance, and is a member of the Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Advisory Committee. She recently sat down with us to talk about the future for law students and new law graduates in the profession. In her Voices from the Field interview, Menogan raises several issues about the current state of legal education, and some possible solutions.

A Message on Innovation for Law School Deans

Zachary Willis Posted in Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers®

Douglas G. Scrivner is former General Counsel of Accenture, where he worked for 31 years, 14 of which as General Counsel. In his Voices from the Field interview, Scrivner outlines the shift in the legal profession away from providing on-the-job training, and how law schools can and should embrace this shift by changing the way they teach students. Scrivner also talks about the kinds of innovation that law schools need and that law schools deans would be wise to incorporate.

Learning from Other Professions and Evolving the Law School Model

Zachary Willis Posted in Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers®

Rich Baer is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Liberty Media Corporation, where he is responsible for overseeing the company’s legal, regulatory, and compliance matters. Baer recently sat down with Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers to talk about legal education and how law schools can better prepare students with the practical skills they need upon graduation.