Allie Robbins and Ryan Dooley, City University of New York: “The Law School of a Classroom”
Ryan Dooley teaches in the Pipeline to Justice Program and Allie Robbins serves as the Assistant Academic Dean at the City University of New York. Dooley and Robbins presented as a part of the Beyond Traditional Law Subjects Pod at LegalED’s 2014 Igniting Law Teaching conference. Their talk, “The Law School as a Classroom,” explains that law school offers a myriad of opportunities for experiential learning, many of which exist beyond the classroom and clinical setting. By realizing the valuable role that every member of the community plays in the education of advocates, law schools can formulate a holistic pedagogy that views every member as both teacher and student. In so doing, they assert that we will educate more mindful, compassionate, and effective lawyers while simultaneously creating a more mindful, compassionate, and effective law school.
Ryan Dooley graduated from George Washington University and then served as an Americorps volunteer, a wild land firefighter, and a teacher in Mexico before attending CUNY Law School. Upon graduation, Ryan served as a clerk with the New Jersey Superior Court, and then with Catholic Charities Immigration Services, advocating on behalf of immigrant children in federal custody. Ryan returned to CUNY Law to teach in the Pipeline to Justice Program and work in Student Affairs.
Allie Robbins also received her BA from George Washington University and then went on to get her J.D. from CUNY Law School. After graduating from CUNY she served as an organizer and Assistant Counsel for the National Treasury Employees Union. Since returning to CUNY Law, she has provided academic support, helped coordinate bar support programs, served as Director of Student Affairs, and is currently Assistant Academic Dean. Prior to attending law school, Robbins worked for United Students Against Sweatshops.
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