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Equality Lost In Time And Space: Examining The Race/Class Quandary With Personal Pedagogical Lessons From A Course, A Film, A Case, And An Unfinished Movement, Angela Mae Kupenda Jan 2016

Equality Lost In Time And Space: Examining The Race/Class Quandary With Personal Pedagogical Lessons From A Course, A Film, A Case, And An Unfinished Movement, Angela Mae Kupenda

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This essay is both personal and pedagogical. My hope is that it issues a clarion call to legal educators and administrators to choose the pursuit of racial and class equality. I believe that, as law faculty and administrators, we must first address our personal quandaries with race and class before we can effectively address the racial and class implications in our pedagogical or administrative roles in legal education. This essay focuses on race and class and is a clarion call for legal academics and administrators to address ongoing structural racism and classism in our institutions, by starting with our own ...


Chip Off The Old Block, Jim Rosenblatt Jan 2015

Chip Off The Old Block, Jim Rosenblatt

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What a proud moment it is for a father or mother to have a child pursue the same vocation as the parent. There is something affirming about knowing that a child has observed your work, your lifestyle, your colleagues, and your impact on the world, and chooses to follow in your vocational footsteps. A child who claims the lifestyle and work of the parent, after having observed it close at hand for a number of years, sends a positive message to the parents that what they are doing is worthwhile enough to be emulated. One son chose to attend law ...


The Tenure Of A Law School Dean: It's Not How Long You Make It - It's How You Make It Long, Jim Rosenblatt Jan 2011

The Tenure Of A Law School Dean: It's Not How Long You Make It - It's How You Make It Long, Jim Rosenblatt

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In May 2003, I attended the New Deans Course in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This event took place several months before I assumed my responsibilities as the Dean of Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, Mississippi (“MC Law”). Although some “repeat deans” attended this course, the great majority were serving as deans for the first time. A topic of discussion amongst those deans was the question of how long they planned to serve. Even at this early juncture, some knew that in the not too distant future they would be returning to the faculty to resume teaching. Others took the ...


Academic War Strategies For Nonviolent Armies Of One, Angela Mae Kupenda Jan 2011

Academic War Strategies For Nonviolent Armies Of One, Angela Mae Kupenda

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To engage the legal system in necessary critical action, critical actors are required. The law cannot be uprooted, re-sowed, and re-cultivated, unless future legal professionals engage in such action. And for future legal professionals to engage in such action, generally, they must first be engaged in critical thought during their legal educations. Moreover, for such thought to occur, the legal academy must include a diverse group of voices, minds, and experiences to engage with those seeking such a critical education. These critical voices may be in short supply in the academy for multiple reasons. One specific reason, though, is that ...


Law School Faculty As Mentors, Jim Rosenblatt Jan 2006

Law School Faculty As Mentors, Jim Rosenblatt

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Professors see potential in our students that they do not see themselves. Based on his or her knowledge of the student and his or her awareness of student performance in the classroom and on examinations, a professor might suggest a career path, an intern opportunity, a research topic, an advanced degree, or a job contact that the student had not considered through the "door opening" process by which the professor opens doors and helps the law student see what is behind that door. Without this mentoring assistance that door may never have been opened by the student left to her ...


Lessons Learned By A New Dean, Jim Rosenblatt Jan 2004

Lessons Learned By A New Dean, Jim Rosenblatt

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The account of my first year as dean of the Mississippi College School of Law in no way should focus on me as an individual, for my life and my decanal endeavors were inextricably woven into the life of the law school. The account of my first year as a "new dean" must, therefore, be a recounting of the events and activities of the law school in the academic year 2003-2004. Through this brief account, I shall share the story of the law school from my perspective and along the way recount the lessons I have learned and the nuggets ...


Making Traditional Courses More Inclusive: Confessions Of An African American Female Professor Who Attempted To Crash All The Barriers At Once, Angela Mae Kupenda Jan 1997

Making Traditional Courses More Inclusive: Confessions Of An African American Female Professor Who Attempted To Crash All The Barriers At Once, Angela Mae Kupenda

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"WE MUST DISMANTLE all barriers at once!"' "No, go slow!" These were two of the opposing cries heard during, the civil rights movement. Some thought the only way to eliminate exclusiveness, based on race and gender, was to dismantle all the barriers all at once. Others thought the costs of such change too great and urged for caution and patience. Even in the 1990s, barriers of exclusiveness continue to exist, even in the law school classroom. Here I share my story of how, as a beginning law school professor, I tried to bring change to the law school classroom. I ...