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Answering The Call: Flipping The Classroom To Prepare Practice-Ready Attorneys, Alex Berrio Matamoros 2015 SelectedWorks

Answering The Call: Flipping The Classroom To Prepare Practice-Ready Attorneys, Alex Berrio Matamoros

Alex Berrio Matamoros

In the rough and changing landscape of the legal job market, legal employers have called on law schools to prepare “practice ready” attorneys — newly minted members of the bar with better honed practical skills than the first year lawyers of the past. The increasing emphasis on legal skills sheds light on an interesting paradox within legal education; in legal skills courses, those that best lend themselves to active learning experiences, instructors frequently fill valuable classroom time with passive lectures to convey the related theory and best practices. Recently, several legal skills instructors have adopted a flipped classroom model to remedy ...


Book Review: “The Good Lawyer: Seeking Quality In The Practice Of Law”, Linda H. Edwards 2014 University of Nevada, Las Vegas -- William S. Boyd School of Law

Book Review: “The Good Lawyer: Seeking Quality In The Practice Of Law”, Linda H. Edwards

Scholarly Works

In their first collaboration, The Happy Lawyer, the writing team of Nancy Levit and Doug Linder tackled a crucially important subject: how to have a happy life in the law. As part of that project, they interviewed more than two hundred lawyers about what makes them happy in their jobs. Levit and Linder noticed that happy lawyers nearly always talked about doing good work. Curious about the connection, the authors turned to recent research in neuroscience and learned, not to their surprise, that a key to a happy life is, indeed, the sense of doing good work. It is our ...


Training The Superstar Associate: Teaching Workplace Professionalism In Legal Writing Courses, Sarah J. Morath, Elizabeth Shaver 2014 University of Akron

Training The Superstar Associate: Teaching Workplace Professionalism In Legal Writing Courses, Sarah J. Morath, Elizabeth Shaver

Sarah J Morath

This article details efforts to increase the professional workplace skills of law students by teaching professionalism skills in a first-year legal writing course. The article describes a series of videos that demonstrate how a new lawyer’s professional attributes and attitude can create either a positive or a negative impression on a supervising attorney. Nine “what not to do” videos highlight certain types of unprofessional behavior, much of which has been personally observed among students in first-year legal writing courses. The “what not to do” videos are juxtaposed with one “what to do” video that is designed to illuminate exemplary ...


Training The Superstar Associate: Teaching Workplace Professionalism In Legal Writing Courses, Elizabeth Shaver 2014 University of Akron

Training The Superstar Associate: Teaching Workplace Professionalism In Legal Writing Courses, Elizabeth Shaver

Elizabeth Shaver

This article details efforts to increase the professional workplace skills of law students by teaching professionalism skills in a first-year legal writing course. The article describes a series of videos that demonstrate how a new lawyer’s professional attributes and attitude can create either a positive or a negative impression on a supervising attorney. Nine “what not to do” videos highlight certain types of unprofessional behavior, much of which has been personally observed among students in first-year legal writing courses. The “what not to do” videos are juxtaposed with one “what to do” video that is designed to illuminate exemplary ...


Training The Superstar Associate: Teaching Workplace Professionalism In Legal Writing Courses, Sarah J. Morath, Elizabeth Shaver 2014 University of Akron

Training The Superstar Associate: Teaching Workplace Professionalism In Legal Writing Courses, Sarah J. Morath, Elizabeth Shaver

Akron Law Publications

This article details efforts to increase the professional workplace skills of law students by teaching professionalism skills in a first-year legal writing course. The article describes a series of videos that demonstrate how a new lawyer’s professional attributes and attitude can create either a positive or a negative impression on a supervising attorney. Nine “what not to do” videos highlight certain types of unprofessional behavior, much of which has been personally observed among students in first-year legal writing courses. The “what not to do” videos are juxtaposed with one “what to do” video that is designed to illuminate exemplary ...


Training The Superstar Associate: Teaching Workplace Professionalism In Legal Writing Courses, Elizabeth Shaver 2014 University of Akron

Training The Superstar Associate: Teaching Workplace Professionalism In Legal Writing Courses, Elizabeth Shaver

Akron Law Publications

This article details efforts to increase the professional workplace skills of law students by teaching professionalism skills in a first-year legal writing course. The article describes a series of videos that demonstrate how a new lawyer’s professional attributes and attitude can create either a positive or a negative impression on a supervising attorney. Nine “what not to do” videos highlight certain types of unprofessional behavior, much of which has been personally observed among students in first-year legal writing courses. The “what not to do” videos are juxtaposed with one “what to do” video that is designed to illuminate exemplary ...


Alan Watson's Controversial Contribution To Legal Scholarship, Gary Francione 2014 University of Georgia School of Law

Alan Watson's Controversial Contribution To Legal Scholarship, Gary Francione

Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law

No abstract provided.


One Hundred Nos: An Empirical Analysis Of The First 100 Denials Of Institution For Inter Partes And Covered Business Method Patent Reviews, Jonathan R. K. Stroud, Jarrad Wood 2014 SelectedWorks

One Hundred Nos: An Empirical Analysis Of The First 100 Denials Of Institution For Inter Partes And Covered Business Method Patent Reviews, Jonathan R. K. Stroud, Jarrad Wood

Jonathan R. K. Stroud

Tasked in 2011 with creating three powerful new patent review trial regimes, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office—through the efforts of their freshly empowered quasi-judicial body, the Patent Trial and Appeals Board—set to creating a fast-paced trial with minimal discovery and maximum efficiency. In the first two years of existence, the proceedings have proved potent, holding unpatentable many of the claims that reach decisions on the merits. Yet a small subsection of petitions never make it past the starting gate, resulting in wasted time and effort on the parts of petitioners—and likely sighs of relief from ...


Experiential Legal Writing: The New Approach To Practicing Like A Lawyer, Adam Lamparello, Charles E. MacLean 2014 SelectedWorks

Experiential Legal Writing: The New Approach To Practicing Like A Lawyer, Adam Lamparello, Charles E. Maclean

Adam Lamparello

Law students engage in various types of “experiential” learning activities while in school, such as clinics and externships, but they graduate without the experience necessary to practice law. This is traceable to a glaring deficiency at most law schools: a writing program that is comprehensive, properly sequenced, and integrated across and throughout the law school curriculum.

First, most graduates have never drafted the documents they will encounter in law practice. Additionally, they have not drafted and re-drafted such documents while also participating in real-world simulations as they would in actual practice. Instead, students graduate having drafted an appellate brief, a ...


The Care And Feeding Of The Twenty-First Century Developing Legal Writer: A Primer For The Supervising Practitioner, Mary B. Trevor 2014 SelectedWorks

The Care And Feeding Of The Twenty-First Century Developing Legal Writer: A Primer For The Supervising Practitioner, Mary B. Trevor

Mary B Trevor

The following abstract accompanies the submission of my article, The Care and Feeding of the Twenty-First Century Developing Legal Writer: A Primer for the Supervising Practitioner, for your publication. The article is under 10,000 words, footnotes included:

In summary, my article addresses the challenges supervising attorneys face in providing feedback for new attorneys (developing legal writers) and suggests techniques for providing effective feedback that supervisors can use on their own or in conjunction with LRW consultants. The article highlights the points that feedback to developing writers is critical at all stages, and that even with the significant developments in ...


Visual Rhetoric: Topics Of Invention And Arrangement And Tropes Of Style, Michael D. Murray 2014 Valparaiso University

Visual Rhetoric: Topics Of Invention And Arrangement And Tropes Of Style, Michael D. Murray

Michael D. Murray

This Article discusses the rhetorical value of visual-graphical devices in legal discourse. Rhetoric, the art of persuasive communication, studies the available means to communicate with an audience in an effective, persuasive manner so as to achieve the author’s purpose in the context of a rhetorical situation. This Article joins a rapidly growing conversation on visual rhetoric—the use of graphic and pictorial imagery for effective, persuasive communication.

This Article will discuss the communicative power of visual-graphical works as rhetorical topics of invention and arrangement and tropes of style within contemporary legal rhetoric and modern argument theory. This work will ...


Reflections On The Life And Times Of Alan Watson, Camilla Watson 2014 University of Georgia School of Law

Reflections On The Life And Times Of Alan Watson, Camilla Watson

Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law

No abstract provided.


Enigma: A Variation On The Theme Of Legal Writing's Place In Contemporary Legal Education, Ian Gallacher 2014 Syracuse University

Enigma: A Variation On The Theme Of Legal Writing's Place In Contemporary Legal Education, Ian Gallacher

Ian Gallacher

No abstract provided.


Whose Article Is It Anyway? Student Editors And The Law Review Process, Josephine R. Potuto 2014 University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Whose Article Is It Anyway? Student Editors And The Law Review Process, Josephine R. Potuto

Josephine R Potuto

Law professors publish in law reviews, not peer-reviewed journals. They are edited by law students. The editing process can be both irritating and exasperating. From experiences lived and those shared by colleagues across the country, I provide concrete examples of where law student editors go wrong, and also explain why.


Drafting New York Civil-Litigation Documents: Part Xxxiv—Contempt Motions Continued, Gerald Lebovits 2014 SelectedWorks

Drafting New York Civil-Litigation Documents: Part Xxxiv—Contempt Motions Continued, Gerald Lebovits

Gerald Lebovits

No abstract provided.


A Proposal To The Aba: Integrating Legal Writing And Experiential Learning Into A Required, Six-Semester Curriculum That Trains Students In Core Competencies, 'Soft Skills,' And Real-World Judgment, Adam Lamparello, Charles E. MacLean 2014 SelectedWorks

A Proposal To The Aba: Integrating Legal Writing And Experiential Learning Into A Required, Six-Semester Curriculum That Trains Students In Core Competencies, 'Soft Skills,' And Real-World Judgment, Adam Lamparello, Charles E. Maclean

Adam Lamparello

Experiential learning is not the answer to the problems facing legal education. Simulations, externships, and clinics are vital aspects of a real-world legal education, but they cannot alone produce competent graduates. The better approach is to create a required, six-semester experiential legal writing curriculum where students draft and re-draft the most common litigation documents and engage in simulations, including client interviews, mediation, depositions, settlement negotiations, and oral arguments in the order that they would in actual practice. In so doing, law schools can provide the time and context within which students can truly learn to think like lawyers, do what ...


Drafting New York Civil-Litigation Documents: Part Xxxiii—Contempt Motions Continued, Gerald Lebovits 2014 SelectedWorks

Drafting New York Civil-Litigation Documents: Part Xxxiii—Contempt Motions Continued, Gerald Lebovits

Gerald Lebovits

No abstract provided.


Beyond The E-Reader: Alternative Uses For The Ipad In Libraries, Rachel Evans 2014 University of Georgia School of Law

Beyond The E-Reader: Alternative Uses For The Ipad In Libraries, Rachel Evans

Articles, Chapters and Online Publications

Explores how libraries use iPads to improve productivity and maximize staff time. Includes recommendations for using iPads as web development, video conferencing, mobile service point, online polling and self-checkout tools, as well as suggestions for specific productivity apps,


Technology And Client Communications: Preparing Law Students And New Lawyers To Make Choices That Comply With The Ethical Duties Of Confidentiality, Competence, And Communication, Kristin J. Hazelwood 2014 University of Kentucky

Technology And Client Communications: Preparing Law Students And New Lawyers To Make Choices That Comply With The Ethical Duties Of Confidentiality, Competence, And Communication, Kristin J. Hazelwood

Law Faculty Scholarly Articles

That the use of technology has radically changed the legal profession is beyond dispute. Through technology, lawyers can now represent clients in faraway states and countries, and they can represent even local clients through a “virtual law office.” Gone are the times in which the lawyer’s choices for communicating with clients primarily involve preparing formal business letters to convey advice, holding in-person client meetings in the office, or conducting telephone calls with clients on landlines from the confines of the lawyer’s office. Not only do lawyers have choices about how to communicate with their clients, but they also ...


Drafting New York Civil-Litigation Documents: Part Xxxii—Contempt Motions, Gerald Lebovits 2014 SelectedWorks

Drafting New York Civil-Litigation Documents: Part Xxxii—Contempt Motions, Gerald Lebovits

Gerald Lebovits

No abstract provided.


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