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The Future Of Work: Apps, Artificial Intelligence, Automation And Androids, David R. Barnhizer Jan 2016

The Future Of Work: Apps, Artificial Intelligence, Automation And Androids, David R. Barnhizer

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The analysis offered here is not a Neo-Luddite rage against “the machine.” As with the oft-stated reproach about paranoia, there sometimes really are situations in which people are “out to get you.” In our current situation the threat is not from people but from the convergence of a set of technological innovations that are and will increasingly have an enormous impact on the nature of work, economic and social inequality and the existence of the middle classes that are so vital to the durability of Western democracy. The fact is that developed nations’ economies such as found in Western Europe ...


Would You Say That To Your Children? Enhancing Learning Through Improved Communication, Karin M. Mika Apr 2010

Would You Say That To Your Children? Enhancing Learning Through Improved Communication, Karin M. Mika

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This paper discusses how an aging professor must change how she teaches in relation to how her relationship with her student changes. Sometimes professors see themselves in one way and do not realize that they are not perceived the same way they were years ago. The paper sets out advice for appearing less intimidating to students as they grow younger while we grow older.


Games In The Law School Classroom: Enhancing The Learning Experience, Karin M. Mika Oct 2009

Games In The Law School Classroom: Enhancing The Learning Experience, Karin M. Mika

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Educators have always been concerned with devising ways to make education fun while engaging students in an activity that will be intellectually beneficial. This article explores the use of games in the legal writing classroom.


I Didn't Take The Road Less Traveled, And What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been, Brian A. Glassman Jan 2003

I Didn't Take The Road Less Traveled, And What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been, Brian A. Glassman

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The author describes his career path and the ways he has sought to combine his interests in law and art. The article concludes with ten survival tips to help others on their career journeys.


Thanks, But I'M Just Looking : Or Why I Don't Want To Be A Dean, Susan J. Becker Jan 1999

Thanks, But I'M Just Looking : Or Why I Don't Want To Be A Dean, Susan J. Becker

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The author discusses the challenges facing law faculty who consider taking on the duties of law school administration.


Self-Reflection Within The Academy: The Absence Of Women In Constitutional Jurisprudence, Karin M. Mika Jul 1998

Self-Reflection Within The Academy: The Absence Of Women In Constitutional Jurisprudence, Karin M. Mika

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This article will suggest that legal education has failed to represent the significant contributions of women in our American legal heritage within its curriculum. It urges that an acknowledgment of the feminine contribution must now be included within the curriculum of law schools in such a way that the contribution is incorporated within traditional substantive courses rather than select courses dealing with primarily "women's issues." Focusing on the Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries, this article highlights the achievements and legal battles of women which were integral to the overall development of legal theory in our country. It discusses some ...


Innovative Teaching Methods And Practical Uses Of Literature In Legal Education, Karin M. Mika Jul 1997

Innovative Teaching Methods And Practical Uses Of Literature In Legal Education, Karin M. Mika

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Because I believe a breadth of reading enhances one's ability to think and write, throughout the years I have tried to encourage extra curricular and diversified reading to be done in conjunction with my Legal Writing class. Unfortunately, yet understandably, law students generally only do the required work, but not more. As a consequence, I have discovered, over time, that the "readers" in my classes continue to read while the "non-readers" never take the opportunity to discover what advantage there might be in taking my advice. Because no change has occurred in students' overall attitudes, I decided to make ...


Of Rat Time And Terminators, David R. Barnhizer Jan 1995

Of Rat Time And Terminators, David R. Barnhizer

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A version of rat time is being created within the legal profession as law schools pump 40,000 graduates a year into a saturated system. Understanding our present condition as a period of rat time can help us diagnose the problems of the legal profession, identify the future responsibilities of law schools and the profession, and create more effective solutions than the bandaids that have been proposed or applied thus far. This is particularly important because lawyers and law schools have lost their way. They are afraid to address their most troubling problems and to take the principled actions necessary ...


Freedom To Do What? Institutional Neutrality, Academic Freedom And Academic Responsibility, David R. Barnhizer Jan 1993

Freedom To Do What? Institutional Neutrality, Academic Freedom And Academic Responsibility, David R. Barnhizer

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Our topic is whether law schools should remain institutionally neutral, presumably concerning the fundamental political and moral issues that besiege our society. The answer depends on several competing considerations, including one's concept of the university as either ivory tower or critical force obligated to serve the society that sustains it. I opt in the direction of the university as social force while also accepting the validity of the passive mode and seeing the dispassionate search for knowledge as a means to serve important human needs. The abstract formulation of the university as institutionally neutral is in many ways illusory ...


The Justice Mission Of American Law Schools, David R. Barnhizer Jan 1992

The Justice Mission Of American Law Schools, David R. Barnhizer

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The scholar's dilemma, particularly those scholars in disciplines such as law that are irreversibly linked to the operation of power and implicit willingness to do violence if necessary, is that societies require shared consensus far more than truth. Negative truths about the scientifically unsupportable premises of our fundamental beliefs might interfere with the quality of the operating consensus, at least for those satisfied with their lot. The stark truth about opportunity, fairness, racial and gender bias, about who receives economic benefits and so forth would not be knowledge that “sets us free” but “sets us at each other's ...


Advice For The New Law Professor: A View From The Trenches, Susan J. Becker Jan 1992

Advice For The New Law Professor: A View From The Trenches, Susan J. Becker

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A decade ago, Professor Douglas Whaley published an essay that offers comfort and advice to those commencing the metamorphosis from practitioners, judicial clerks, and students into professors of law. The purpose of this article is twofold: to offer a confirmation from the trenches of many of Professor Whaley's observations and to supplement his suggestions with some of my own.


The Revolution In American Law Schools, David R. Barnhizer Jan 1989

The Revolution In American Law Schools, David R. Barnhizer

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There is a continuing revolution in American law schools that is transforming legal scholarship, teaching, and the structure of the curriculum. The revolution is altering the law schools' relationships with the legal profession and judiciary. The revolution has not been contained within the schools, in part because it is being stimulated by events and sources outside the law schools with the schools being reactive rather than proactive institutions. This article examines the ten primary forces behind the revolution in American law schools.


The Clinical Method Of Legal Instruction: Its Theory And Implementation, David R. Barnhizer Jan 1979

The Clinical Method Of Legal Instruction: Its Theory And Implementation, David R. Barnhizer

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This article assists the process of understanding the clinical methodology by analyzing the following premises. 1. The method of instruction termed "clinical" differs from the Langdellian appellate casebook method in only one respect--the clinical method collects directly experienced legal processes involving a third party (the client) as its core of material studied by the law student while the casebook method utilizes collections of vicariously or indirectly experienced two-dimensional material as its core of learning material. 2. Issues of what specific educational goals are selected by the law teacher, and the techniques of instruction (Socratic, lecture, discussion, videotapes, etc.) are not ...


Clinical Education At The Crossroads: The Need For Direction, David R. Barnhizer Jan 1977

Clinical Education At The Crossroads: The Need For Direction, David R. Barnhizer

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This Commentary rests on five premises. The first is that it is both possible and necessary to understand clinical legal education as a general instructional method. The second is that all legal educators must be more willing to reexamine and clarify the purposes of legal education and to engage in discussion about the primary educational goals to be served. The third premise is that different educational methods possess distinct capabilities for the attainment of specific educational goals and that certain applications of the clinical method are manifestly superior vehicles to facilitate learning in the area of "professional responsibility." The fourth ...