Professor Philip L. Merkel recently published Scholar or Practitioner? Rethinking Qualifications for Entry-Level Tenure-Track Professors at Fourth-Tier Law Schools, 44 Capital University Law Review 507 (2016). The article is based on an empirical study of recent law school tenure-track hiring patterns, with particular emphasis on the experience of fourth-tier law schools. It challenges these schools whose mission is to train practicing lawyers to hire individuals with significant, relevant practice experience for tenure-track positions rather than following the current trend of basing hiring decisions mainly on a candidate’s law school pedigree and the ability to produce academic legal scholarship. The article appears in an issue of the Capital University Law Review devoted to current topics in legal education.
Professors Jennifer Koh and Judge Halim Dhanidina (LA County Superior Court) have joined the Community Advisory Council for the nonprofit Asian Americans Advancing Justice’s Orange County office. Advancing Justice is the country’s largest legal and civil rights organizations for the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community. The newly created Community Advisory Council to the organization’s Orange County office is comprised of key leaders from the county’s nonprofit organizations, law schools, judiciary and bar associations, and will focus on building a strong coalition of AANHPI community leaders and groups.
Professors Monica Todd, Eunice Park and Lori Roberts presented at the Legal Writing Institute’s 17th Biennial Conference in Portland, Oregon, held July 10-13. As part of the Social Justice Panel on Client-Centered Advocacy, the professors discussed why cultural competency should be included as a learning outcome in the legal writing curriculum; suggested how it can be done, including some of the challenges of posing culturally sensitive issues in the classroom; and provided ideas for assessment and following up on the results.
The State Bar Solo and Small Firm Section selected Western State alumni (’88) and Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen as 2016 Attorney of the Year. The annual award is given to one attorney each year who demonstrates diligent work to increase the public’s confidence in the legal profession; demonstrated leadership and dedication to the legal profession; contribution to the betterment of the practice of law; devotion of significant service to the public and legal community; exhibition of exceptional accomplishments in the practice of law; and contribution to the positive image of the legal profession. The honor was presented to Professor Pedersen at the annual Solo and Small Firm Summit on June 17 in Newport Beach, California.
On June 11, Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen presented at the Orange County Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section’s 2016 Labor and Employment Law Symposium, held at the Fowler School of Law at Chapman University. Professor Pedersen spoke on the topic, “New Developments in Discrimination, Retaliation and Harassment Law,” in which he discussed state and federal regulatory, statutory and case law changes over the last year.
Professor Paula Manning conducted a topic call for legal educators across the country discussing her article, “Understanding the Impact of Inadequate Feedback: A Means to Reduce Law Student Psychological Distress, Increase Motivation, and Improve Learning Outcomes.” Professor Manning was invited by the Balance in Legal Education Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) to conduct the topic call, which was held on May 4.
After attending Professor Paula Manning’s presentation at the AALS annual meeting, the Dean of Ohio Northern University College of Law invited Professor Manning to speak to their law school faculty about integrating assessment and academic support into the law school classroom. Professor Manning’s workshop, held on April 29 in Ada, Ohio, included a discussion of current research on learning and memory, as well as ideas for developing and implementing formative assessment.