“Igniting Law Teaching” a TEDx-Styled Conference

A unique academic conference showcasing leading professors in teaching innovation

 @ American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C.

Friday, April 4, 2014   8am — 6pm (cocktail reception to follow)

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8:00am:  Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:15am: Welcome and Introduction, Billie Jo Kaufman, Assoc Dean for Library and Information Services

Michele Pistone, Villanova University School of Law, Visiting Professor American University Washington College of Law: “Why Law Schools Need to Change”


8:45am—Flipping the Law School Classroom

William Slomanson, Thomas Jefferson School of Law: “Why Flip? & Macro Design”

Jennifer Rosa, Michigan State Univ., College of Law: “Legal Writing on Steroids: The Art of Flipping Your Classroom”

Debora L. Threedy, University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law: “Flipping Contracts: The Making of the Videos”

Wes Reber Porter, Golden Gate University School of Law: “A Better Class to Class Process to Accompany Flipping”

David Thomson, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law: “Move 1L Online”


9:45am—Using the Classroom for Active Learning

Jamie R. Abrams, University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law: “The Socratic Method, Revisited”

Jeremiah Ho, University of Mass. School of Law (Dartmouth): “Not Your Father’s Case Method: Bringing Skills into Doctrinal Courses”

Victoria Duke, Indiana Tech Law School: “Bringing Exercises in Large Classes”

Victoria Szymczak, University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law: “An LLM, an Oral Presentation, and a Video Camera”



10:55am-11:15am: Break


11:15am—Applying Learning Theory to LegalEDucation

Leah Wortham, The Catholic Univ. of America, Columbus School of Law: “Graduating Them Whole Not Broken”

John P. Joergensen, Rutgers University School of Law (Newark): “Scaffolding”

Paul D. Callister, University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Law: “The Metacognition Imperative: Beyond Research Training”

Warren Binford, Willamette University College of Law: “How to Be the World’s Best Law Professor”

Jeffrey B. Ritter, Georgetown University Law Center: “Mapping the Law: Building and Using Visual Mindmaps in Legal Education”


12:15pm—The Craft of Law Teaching

Sharon Keller, University of the District of Columbia—David A. Clarke School of Law: “Old Professor Tricks”

Kim Hawkins, New York Law School: “What Law Professors Need to Know About Visual Arts”

Jill A. Smith, Georgetown University Law Center: “Going Hollywood on your Desktop: Creating Great Screencasts”

Doni Gewirtzman, New York Law School: “Teaching and Theater: The Craft of Law Teaching”

Leah A. Plunkett, University of New Hampshire School of Law: “An Improviser’s Guide to Law Teaching”     


1:15pm Luncheon: Leo Martinez, University of California, Hastings College of Law

President, Association of American Law Schools (AALS)

Introduction by Dean Claudio Grossman,

Raymond Geraldson Scholar for International and Humanitarian Law 


2:15pm—Simulations, Feedback, & Assessment

Renee Nicole Allen, Florida A&M University College of Law: “Metacognition and the Value of Reflection in Learning”

Michele Gilman, University of Baltimore School of Law: “Why Use Clickers? To Provide Students Real Time Feedback”

Sydney Beckman, Lincoln Memorial University, Duncan School of Law: “Using Technology For Engagement and Assessment”

Margaret Hahn-Dupont, Northeastern University School of Law: “Learning Through Reflection and Self-Assessment”


3:15pm—Beyond Traditional Law Subjects

John M. Bickers, N. Kentucky University: Chase College of Law: “Using a Wok:  How Non-Bar Tested Electives Can Teach Lawyering”

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”

James G. Milles, SUNY Buffalo Law School: “Returning the Client to Legal Education”

Emmeline Paulette Reeves, University of Richmond School of Law: “Teaching with the End (Bar Passage) in Mind”


4:45pm-5:00pm: Break 


5:00pm—Teaching for the 21st Century

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”


6:00pm—Cocktail Reception


Thanks to UIF for its generous support

Thanks to UIF for its generous support