Igniting Law Teaching Conference 2014

Last March LegalED hosted the first Igniting Law Teaching Conference at American College of Law.

Last March LegalED hosted the first Igniting Law Teaching Conference at American College of Law.

This conference was the first of its kind featuring over 35 TEDx styled presentations on different ways to improve law school. 

This page has everything that you need to know about the 2014 ILT Conference. If you are interested in viewing all of the videos from the conference head over to our YouTube playlist for the conference! 

Learn more about the 2015 ILT conference here!

ILT 2014 Schedule 

Includes the list of all the amazing professors that presented! 

Welcome and Introduction

Founder of LegalED, Michele Pistone and organizer of the event Billie Jo introduced the event!

Leo Martinez the former President of AALS was our luncheon speaker. 

Flipping the Law School Classroom

What is flipped learning and how do you flip the law school classroom?


Wes Reber Porter, Golden Gate University School of Law. 

Jennifer Rosa, Michigan State Univiversity, College of Law. 

David Thomson, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. 

William Slomanson, Thomas Jefferson School of Law. 

Debora Threedy, S.J. Quinney College of Law

Using the Classroom for Active Learning

Active Learning is the best kind of learning. How can we make this a reality in law school? 


Jamie R. Abrams, University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. 

Jeremiah Ho, University of Mass. School of Law (Dartmouth). 

Victoria Duke, Indiana Tech Law School. 

Victoria Szymczak, University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law. 

Applying Learning Theory to LegalEDucation

Students learn in all different ways. How can we take this knowledge make Law School better?

Warren Binford, Willamette University College of Law. 

John P. Joergensen, Rutgers University School of Law (Newark). 

Jeffrey B. Ritter, Georgetown University Law Center. 

Leah Wortham, The Catholic Univ. of America, Columbus School of Law. 

Paul D. Callister, University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Law: “The Metacognition Imperative: Beyond Research Training” (We are still waiting on the video for Paul's presentation)

The Craft of Law Teaching

Law Teaching is a skill, a craft. How can we improve our craft?


Kim Hawkins, New York Law School. 

Doni Gewirtzman, New York Law School. 

Leah A. Plunkett, University of New Hampshire School of Law.

Jill A Smith, Georgetown University Law Center.

Sharon Keller, University of the District of Columbia: “Old Professor Tricks” (We are still waiting on the video for Sharon's presentation)

Simulations, Feedback, & Assessment

Self assessment and gaining feedback from students is vital to improve our teaching. How we can we incorporate that in law school? 

Featuring: Shawn Marie Boyne, Indiana University. Robert H. McKinney School of Law. 

Renee Nicole Allen, Florida A&M University College of Law. 

Sydney Beckman, Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law. 

Margaret Hahn-Dupont, Northeastern University School of Law. 

Michele Gilman, University of Baltimore School of Law

Beyond Traditional Law Subjects

Law school does not consist of only traditional law subjects anymore.  

Featuring: John M. Bickers, N. Kentucky University: Chase College of Law.

Ryan Dooley & Allison Robbins, CUNY School of Law: “The Law School as a Classroom”

Vicenç Feliú, Villanova University School of Law: “Clinics and Librarians Collaborating”.

Elizabeth Keyes, University of Baltimore School of Law: “Teaching Narrative”. 

Emmeline Paulette Reeves, University of Richmond School of Law: “Teaching with the End (Bar Passage) in Mind” (We are still waiting on the video for Emmeline's presentation)


Teaching for the 21st Century

How do we use new technology to our advantage in the law school classroom?


Dan Jackson, Northeastern University School of Law: “Designing Lawyers: Leading an Experiential Law School Design Lab”

Jay Gary Finkelstein, DLA Piper: “Get Real!: Using Experiential Learning and Collaborative Teaching to Train ‘Practice Aware’ Lawyers”

Christine P. Bartholomew, SUNY Buffalo Law School: “Finding Time”

Jeanne Eicks, Vermont Law School: “Game On! Educational Games for Law Students”

Brett Johnson, Harvard Law School: “H2O: Remixing the Casebook”