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An Autobiography Of A Digital Idea: From Waging War Against Laptops To Engaging Students With Laptops, Diana R. Donahoe 2010 Georgetown University Law Center

An Autobiography Of A Digital Idea: From Waging War Against Laptops To Engaging Students With Laptops, Diana R. Donahoe

Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works

This is an autobiographical account of my attempt to bridge the digital divide to meet students' changing needs. When I first began teaching at Georgetown University Law Center in 1993, I employed many traditional teaching techniques and used printed textbooks. However, laptops soon began peppering my classroom; at first there were only a few, and then suddenly almost every student was hiding behind a laptop. I noticed that my students were looking down at their screens, typing furiously, instead of watching me while I discussed my material written on the blackboard or projected overhead. When I realized that I was ...


Narrative, Normativity, And Causation, Lawrence B. Solum 2010 Georgetown University Law Center

Narrative, Normativity, And Causation, Lawrence B. Solum

Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works

This essay examines the relationship between constitutional narratives, causation, and normativity in the context of Barry Friedman’s book, The Will of the People: How Public Opinion Has Influenced the Supreme Court and Shaped the Meaning of the Constitution. In his book, Friedman provides a grand narrative of American constitutional history that emphasizes the role of public opinion in the development of American constitutional law. That narrative involves both implicit and explicit claims about the causal forces that shape constitutional doctrine and about normative constitutional theory. The aim of this essay is to identify those claims, excavate their theoretical assumptions ...


Who Wants To Be A Muggle? The Diminished Legitimacy Of Law As Magic, Mark Edwin Burge 2010 Texas A&M University School of Law

Who Wants To Be A Muggle? The Diminished Legitimacy Of Law As Magic, Mark Edwin Burge

Faculty Scholarship

In the Harry Potter world, the magical population lives among the non-magical Muggle population, but we Muggles are largely unaware of them. This secrecy is by elaborate design and is necessitated by centuries-old hostility to wizards by the non-magical majority. The reasons behind this hostility, when combined with the similarities between Harry Potter-stylemagic and American law, make Rowling’s novels into a cautionary tale for the legal profession that it not treat law as a magic unknowable to non-lawyers. Comprehensibility — as a self-contained, normative value in the enactment interpretation, and practice of law — is given short-shrift by the legal profession ...


Enact Locally, Mary Whisner 2010 University of Washington School of Law

Enact Locally, Mary Whisner

Librarians' Articles

Legal researchers often forget about municipal ordinances when looking for governing authority. Ms. Whisner discusses the wide range of topics that can be covered by local law, and encourages law librarians to think about it both when researching and when teaching the process of legal research


Change And Continuity (Rip Van Winkle's Reference Office), Mary Whisner 2010 University of Washington School of Law

Change And Continuity (Rip Van Winkle's Reference Office), Mary Whisner

Librarians' Articles

How much has law librarianship changed over the past twenty years? Ms. Whisner imagines coming back to her library after being asleep for twenty years, and concludes that while our tools have changed, the basics of our jobs have remained remarkably stable.


The Rewards Of Tedium, Mary Whisner 2010 University of Washington School of Law

The Rewards Of Tedium, Mary Whisner

Librarians' Articles

While routine projects can be tedious, Ms. Whisner points out factors that make those tedious projects a little easier to bear, as well as some lessons to be learned from a specific project she undertook.


Learning From Reference Experience, Mary Whisner 2010 University of Washington School of Law

Learning From Reference Experience, Mary Whisner

Librarians' Articles

While we all learn from experience, law librarians seeking to improve their reference skills can speed up the learning process by using some of the methods Ms. Whisner outlines.


Interactive Citation Workbook For Alwd Citation Manual, Tracy McGaugh, Christine Hurt 2009 Touro Law Center

Interactive Citation Workbook For Alwd Citation Manual, Tracy Mcgaugh, Christine Hurt

Tracy McGaugh Norton

No abstract provided.


Cali Excellence For The Future Award -- Lawyering Skills I, Ann Long 2009 Lincoln Memorial University - Duncan School of Law

Cali Excellence For The Future Award -- Lawyering Skills I, Ann Long

Ann Walsh Long

No abstract provided.


The 90-Minute Memo -- A Summative Assessment That Builds Confidence, Suzanne Ehrenberg 2009 Selected Works

The 90-Minute Memo -- A Summative Assessment That Builds Confidence, Suzanne Ehrenberg

Suzanne Ehrenberg

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Making Effective Use Of Practitioners' Briefs In The Law School Curriculum, Anna Hemingway 2009 Widener University Commonwealth Law School

Making Effective Use Of Practitioners' Briefs In The Law School Curriculum, Anna Hemingway

Anna P. Hemingway

This article explains how practitioners’ briefs filed in cases law students are currently studying can be used in the classroom to enhance legal education. It provides pedagogical reasons, such as increased student interest and richer appreciation of the legal process, for why these documents should become part of the law school curriculum. It discusses the goals Roy Stuckey proposed for legal education in Best Practices for Lawyers and argues that by uniting theory with practice, the use of practitioners’ briefs would help law schools attain those goals. The article provides different ways that practitioners’ briefs can be used in the ...


A Practical Guide To Legal Writing And Legal Method, John Dernbach, Richard Singleton, Cathleen Wharton, Joan Ruhtenberg, Catherine Wasson 2009 Widener Univesity Law School

A Practical Guide To Legal Writing And Legal Method, John Dernbach, Richard Singleton, Cathleen Wharton, Joan Ruhtenberg, Catherine Wasson

John C. Dernbach

No abstract provided.


Acing Contracts, Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus 2009 Touro Law Center

Acing Contracts, Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus

Suzanne Darrow Kleinhaus

This study aid features an innovative method of content organization. It uses a checklist format to lead students through questions they need to ask to fully evaluate the legal problem they are trying to solve. It also synthesizes the material in a way that most students are unable to do on their own, and assembles the different issues, presenting a clear guide to procedural analysis that students can draw upon when writing their exams. Other study aids provide sample problems, but none offer the systematic approach to problem solving found in this book.


Massachusetts Legal Research, E. Joan Blum 2009 Boston College Law School

Massachusetts Legal Research, E. Joan Blum

E. Joan Blum

Massachusetts Legal Research is a concise guide to researching Massachusetts law and to the general process of legal research. Its intended audience includes law students as well as practitioners and paralegals. Extensive treatment of the research process—with Massachusetts and federal examples—makes this book suitable as a stand-alone text for an introductory legal research course. Chapters discussing how to locate and use specific Massachusetts sources make this book a useful quick reference guide for the Massachusetts lawyer or paralegal.


Interactive Citation Workbook For The Bluebook, Tracy McGaugh, Christine Hurt 2009 Touro Law Center

Interactive Citation Workbook For The Bluebook, Tracy Mcgaugh, Christine Hurt

Tracy McGaugh Norton

No abstract provided.


Erisa Preemption Of State 'Play Or Pay' Mandates: How Ppaca Clouds An Already Confusing Picture, Mary Ann Chirba 2009 Boston College Law School

Erisa Preemption Of State 'Play Or Pay' Mandates: How Ppaca Clouds An Already Confusing Picture, Mary Ann Chirba

Mary Ann Chirba

No abstract provided.


Avoiding The Avoidable: Why State Laws Need To Protect Kids From Airbags, Mary Ann Chirba 2009 Boston College Law School

Avoiding The Avoidable: Why State Laws Need To Protect Kids From Airbags, Mary Ann Chirba

Mary Ann Chirba

No abstract provided.


Who Wants To Be A Muggle? The Diminished Legitimacy Of Law As Magic, Mark E. Burge 2009 Texas A&M University School of Law

Who Wants To Be A Muggle? The Diminished Legitimacy Of Law As Magic, Mark E. Burge

Mark Edwin Burge

In the Harry Potter world, the magical population lives among the non-magical Muggle population, but we Muggles are largely unaware of them. This secrecy is by elaborate design and is necessitated by centuries-old hostility to wizards by the non-magical majority. The reasons behind this hostility, when combined with the similarities between Harry Potter-stylemagic and American law, make Rowling’s novels into a cautionary tale for the legal profession that it not treat law as a magic unknowable to non-lawyers. Comprehensibility — as a self-contained, normative value in the enactment interpretation, and practice of law — is given short-shrift by the legal profession ...


The Citation Of Blogs In Judicial Opinions, Lee F. Peoples 2009 Oklahoma City University

The Citation Of Blogs In Judicial Opinions, Lee F. Peoples

Lee Peoples

No abstract provided.


Winterthouhgts, Matilda Arvidsson 2009 Lund University

Winterthouhgts, Matilda Arvidsson

Matilda Arvidsson

No abstract provided.


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