9:00 - 10:00 Registration and check-in (first floor lobby, Sargent Hall)
9:00 - 9:45: Hot Breakfast (Faculty Dining Room, 4th floor)
- 10:00: Dean’s greeting and welcoming
(Faculty Dining Room, 4th floor)
All presentations will be held in room 285
- 10:45: “Helping
Students Learn in an Age of Digital Distraction.”
Dr. Katie Linder, Director of Suffolk University’s Center for Teaching Excellence.
students are inundated with an overwhelming amount of information each day as
they navigate social media, peruse various websites, listen to the radio, read print media, and flip through innumerable television channels.
Unfortunately, very little of this information is directly connected by our
students to their interactions with us in the classroom. In this session,
we will explore how to break through the cognitive overload that our students
experience on a daily basis and discuss how we can help our students develop
effective strategies for learning in the midst of this Age of Digital
(10 minute break)
- 11:40: “Mission
Impossible or Mission Accomplished? Our First Year Without the Traditional
Professors Anna Hemingway, Dionne Anthon, and Amanda Smith, Widener University School of Law.
Description: In response to evidence of the declining use of the traditional office memo in practice, some professors are exploring different vehicles through which to teach objective writing. Two viable alternatives to the office memo are a judicial opinion and an e-memo. This year, we replaced the traditional office memo with a judicial opinion and an e-memo in the first semester Legal Methods 1 course for our entire 1L class. This presentation will explain the changes we made to the course, the assignments we used, our experience, and our students’ feedback.
(10 minute break)
- 12:20: “Using
and Teaching Technology in the Legal Writing Classroom: New Ideas and Innovations.”
Andrew Perlman, Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School, and Director of Suffolk University Law School’s Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation.
Description: Legal writing faculty have been the resident experts at most law schools in teaching various technology-related skills, most prominently in the area of legal research. But legal technology is expanding well beyond legal research, and there is an opportunity for legal writing faculty to become leaders in teaching the new skills and competencies that lawyers need to have in this area. This presentation also will include a discussion of a Legal Tech Audit that Suffolk is automating as well as a demonstration of Google Glass and how it can be used as a teaching tool in the classroom.
12:20 - 1:30: Hot Lunch (Faculty Dining Room, 4th floor)
- 2:15: “Statutory and Contract Drafting.”
Professor Mary Trevor, Hamline University School of Law.
Description: Prof. Trevor will discuss the statutory and contract drafting assignments she has used, and how she connects them to a memo assignment or another first year course her students are taking.
(10 minute break)
- 3:00: “Introducing Transactional Skills into the
First-Year Legal Writing Curriculum through the use of Negotiation Simulations.”
Professor Julie Baker, Suffolk University Law School
Description: Prof. Baker will discuss her experience teaching a two-credit week-long Negotiation course and how we can bring some of the value of the course to the first-year legal writing classroom.
3:00 - 3:15: Afternoon break/refreshments
3:15 - 3:45: Open discussion, reflection, and idea sharing
3:45 - 4:30: Lexis Advance and Westlaw Next demonstrations
4:30: Closing remarks