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.
From April 30 – May 2, Professor Jennifer Koh attended the annual AALS Clinical Conference, where she spoke at two sessions. First, she served as a moderator of a breakout session on immigrants’ rights during the Clinical Law Review symposium entitled, “Rebellious Lawyering at 25.” The symposium was organized by the Clinical Law Review, the only peer-edited scholarly journal devoted to clinical legal pedagogy, for which Professor Koh serves on the Board of Editors; and celebrated the 25th anniversary of law professor Gerald Lopez’s influential book, Rebellious Lawyering: One Chicano’s Vision of Progressive Law Practice. Second, Professor Koh organized and presented at a concurrent session entitled, “Back to the Future: Engaging Communities Through Individual Representation and Impact Litigation.” Her co-presenters were Elizabeth Keyes (Baltimore), Sarah Rogerson (Albany), Stefan Krieger (Hofstra), and Shoshana Krieger (Texas RioGrande Legal Aid).
Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen was asked by the Placer County Bar Association to speak at its annual conference on April 22 in Lake Tahoe on the subject of Creating and Maintaining a Digital Law Office. This two hour presentation discussed how to create a “paperless” law office, as well as secure and effective methods of storing and protecting the digital data maintained by the modern digital office.
Thompson Reuters has published its list of Super Lawyers for 2016, with Adjunct Professors Neil Pedersen, Doug Schroeder and William Shapiro once again being named to this prestigious list. This distinction is conferred on select attorneys based on a process involving peer nomination, independent research and evaluation by the publisher, resulting in only about 5% of all attorneys in the state being named to the list.
Adjunct Professor William Shapiro has been named to the 2016 faculty of both The National Trial Academy sponsored by the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) of the American Bar Association and American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) in Reno, Nevada, and ABOTA’s Trial College at Harvard Law School. The Trial College is offered every two years, and Professor Shapiro was on the faculty in 2012 and 2014 as well. Professor Shapiro also will be a featured presenter at ABOTA’s “Masters in Trial” presentation in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in May. Elected 2016 ABOTA National Secretary, Professor Shapiro has been invited and featured in numerous “Masters in Trial” presentations, including in Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Arkansas, and Nashville.
On Friday, April 15, Professor Jennifer Koh served as a commentator for an academic article presented at the Southern California Clinical Scholarship Workshop held at UC Irvine School of Law. The purpose of the workshop is to foster critical thinking about clinical education, provide a rigorous and supportive venue in which clinical scholars can present their work, and nurture a sense of community amongst clinical law professors in the southwest region of the United States.