On December 13, Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen presented a half-day seminar to young lawyers from all the Orange County law schools entitled “Hit the Floor Running: Practical Advice for New Attorneys.” Organized by Student Services’ Pam Davidson and held on the Western State campus, Professor Pedersen provided 75 “nuggets” of wisdom for young lawyers on topics that included time management, the written and spoken word, building competence, professional conduct, problem identification and problem solving, client handling, business development, and surviving and thriving in the practice of law. It was well received and is now being planned as a recurring program.
Professor Stephen Chavez presented at the Legal Writing Institute’s (LWI) one day seminar which took place at Southern Illinois University Law School, in Carbondale, Illinois, on December 12. The theme of the seminar was “Preparing Practice Ready Students.” Professor Chavez’s presentation, “Starting From Scratch: Developing Scratcher Exercises for Student Motivation and Engagement,” was designed to help both new and veteran instructors motivate students to participate in class discussions and group activities through the use of “scratcher” cards. Unlike traditional multiple choice exercises, scratcher cards provide immediate feedback to students and instantaneous information to professors to measure success in meeting teaching goals. Professor Chavez’s presentation provided exercises for both individual and group exercises.