Faculty Coaches Lead Honors Moot Court Teams to Successful Year

Faculty coaches led students to success in five separate moot court competitions this year:

1. Appellate Lawyers Association Moot Court Competition, Chicago, IL (Fall 2016)

· Jesse Prieto, Brittany Rodriguez & Keith Gallarzo – Coach Robert Molko

2. National Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition, Costa Mesa, CA (2 teams) (Spring 2017)

· Andre Clarke & Melissa Padilla – Coach Monica Todd

· Laura Mergenthaler and Anahi Millot – Coach Elizabeth Jones

o 2nd Place Best Brief Award

3. Rendigs National Products Liability Moot Court Competition, Cincinnati, OH (Spring 2017)

· Kyle Case & Steve Kim – Coach Paula Manning

o Finalist – Runner Up (2nd place overall)

4. Asylum & Refugee Law Moot Court Competition, Davis, CA (Spring 2017)

· Jennifer Pyka & Luz Ayala – Coach Cheyanna Jaffke

o Best Brief Award

o Quarter Finalist

5. The Jerome Prince Evidence Moot Competition, Brooklyn, NY (Spring 2017)

· Keith Gallarzo & Ruby Becker – Coach Robert Molko

o Quarter Finalist


Paula Manning Presents on Feedback for Student Success at McGeorge

Professor Paula Manning’s presentation, “It’s What You Say AND How You Say It:  Autonomy, Supportive Feedback, Mindset, and Motivation,” was held at McGeorge School of Law on October 18.  In this presentation, Professor Manning discussed how faculty at McGeorge can provide feedback to students in ways that increase motivation, foster a growth mindset, and lead to greater student success.

Paula Manning Conducts Topic Call for AALS Balance in Legal Education Section on Effective Feedback

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.


Paula Manning Invited to Address Ohio Northern University College of Law Faculty

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.

Paula Manning Presents at AALS on Bar Preparation Based on Human Learning

Professor Paula Manning presented at the 110th annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), held January 6-10 in New York City. Her presentation, titled “Raising the Bar,” discussed the need to develop comprehensive bar preparation programs based on current research about human learning. With over 100 people in attendance, including faculty and Deans from law schools across the country, Professor Manning’s presentation highlighted accomplishments at Western State by sharing insights on teaching methodology and bar preparation strategies.  The AALS event is the largest worldwide gathering of law deans, faculty, and staff, and featured over 800 speakers at more than 200 sessions covering a wide range of legal topics.