One Day Workshop

Legal Writing Institute One Day Workshop Mercer Law School - December 5, 2014

Preparing Practice Ready Students

Mercer Law is hosting a One Day Legal Writing Institute Workshop on December 5, 2014. The Workshop theme is Preparing Practice-Ready Students. In keeping with that theme, the program offers time for judges, lawyers, and law professors to collaborate and learn strategies to make our law students ready for the practice of law. 

Register online here.

Traveling to Mercer

 

All events to be held in the First Floor Moot Courtroom at Mercer Law School.

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Conference Check In

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.

Welcome

Professor Suzianne Painter-Thorne

Dean Daisy Floyd

Mercer Law School

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

Plenary Session

A Message from the Bench
The Honorable Verda Colvin
Bibb County Superior Court

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Perspectives from Practitioners

Moderator: Professor Karen J. Sneddon

Mercer Law School

Dwight Davis

Practitioner in Residence

Mercer Law

Laurie Daniel Webb

Partner

Holland & Knight

Kathryn Powers

Executive Assistant District Attorney

Clayton Judicial Circuit

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.

Break

11:30 – 12:30 p.m.

Developing Our Curriculum

Professor Shakira Pleasant

Savannah Law School

Trust Your Instincts- Developing an Upper

Division Pretrial Advocacy Course

Professor Jennifer Sheppard

Mercer Law School

Maximizing Experiential Learning throughout Law School

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon Presentation

Dean Daisy Floyd

Professor Patrick Longan

Mercer Law School

Professional Identity and the Practice-Ready Lawyer

1:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Break

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Fostering Professional Identity

Professor Anne Mullins

University of North Dakota School of Law

Professional Identity in the 1L Curriculum

Professor Katherine Kelly

The Ohio State University

Quick & Easy Exercises that Serve Double-Duty: Teach Legal Writing & Analysis, and Develop Professional Identity & Practice-Ready Skills


2:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Improving Our Classrooms

Professor Suparna Malempati

John Marshall Law School Atlanta

The Role of Advocacy in Teaching the Modern Day Law Student

Professor Henry Webb

Appalachian School of Law

Increasing the Focus On Basic Legal Analysis and Writing in the LRW1 Classroom

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.

Closing

Professor Teri McMurtry-Chubb

Mercer Law School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 One Day Workshop Program


8:30 – 9:00 a.m.Conference Check-In

Light refreshments available

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9:00 – 9:30 a.m.           Welcome

Professor Suzianne Painter-Thorne
Dean Daisy Floyd
Mercer Law School

 

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9:15 – 10:15 a.m.         Plenary Session - A Message from the Bench 

The Honorable Verda Colvin Bibb County Superior Court

 

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10:15 – 11:15 a.m.        Perspectives from Practitioners

Three experienced practitioners will share their perspectives on what makes a practice-ready law graduate.

Panelists:
  Dwight Davis
   Practitioner in Residence
   Mercer Law School

  Laurie Daniel Webb
   Partner
   Holland & Knight

  Kathryn Powers
   Executive Assistant District Attorney
   Clayton Judicial Circuit

Moderator:
  Professor Karen J. Sneddon
   Mercer Law School          


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11:30 – 12:30 p.m.         Developing Our Curriculum

Professor Shakira Pleasant
Savannah Law School

Trust Your Instincts: Developing an Upper-division Pretrial Advocacy Course that Incorporates Best Practices and a Practitioner's Perspective

This presentation describes the development of an upper-level pretrial advocacy course at Savannah Law School that utilizes an across-the-curriculum approach and other 'best practice' methods. Savannah law students use a course book and practical case file involving both criminal and civil matters, so they gain experience navigating both systems and anticipating and handling issues that arise in one context but that could affect the other. As a result, our students simultaneously learn the similarities, differences, and connectivity between both realms in the practice of law.

Professor Jennifer Sheppard
Mercer Law School

Maximizing Experiential Learning throughout Law School

This presentation will explore how law schools can integrate more experiential learning, practical, hands-on learning, into the curriculum. It will address not just the usual suspects where students gain such experience (such as externships, clinics, and skills courses), but also how to integrate experiential learning into "doctrinal" courses such as contracts, civil procedure, and evidence.

 

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12:30 to 1:30 p.m.          Luncheon Presentation

Dean Daisy Floyd
Professor Patrick Longan
Mercer Law School

Professional Identity and the Practice-Ready Lawyer

Being practice-ready involves more than having the fundamental knowledge and skills that new lawyers need. Law schools also must help the student develop a professional identity that will incorporate the traditional values of the profession and will equip the student to recognize and deal with challenges to those values.  This presentation will explore why such preparation contributes to the practice-readiness of new lawyers and how law schools can help students develop the professional identities that they will need.

 

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1:45 – 2:45 p.m.          Fostering Professional Identity

Professor Anne Mullins
University of North Dakota School of Law
Professional Identity in the 1L Curriculum

Something happens between the first day of law school and the first few years of practice that turns many joyful 1Ls into unhappy lawyers. One of the reasons for this satisfaction shift is that many lawyers never develop the habit of reflecting on who they are as a person and as a professional. This presentation will explore how we can encourage our students to be thoughtful and reflective about the kind of person they are and the kind of professional they want to be.

Professor Katherine Kelly
The Ohio State University

Quick & Easy Exercises that Serve Double-Duty: Teach Legal Writing & Analysis, and Develop Professional Identity & Practice-Ready Skills

Most of us already have assignments that serve double-duty: teach a substantive lesson and incorporate practice-ready skills. We know how helpful these activities are, but do students? In order to enhance the beneficial impact, make sure to identify the practical and professional benefits. Don't just imply, be explicit about the goals & objectives and make connections between and among assignments. This presentation highlights some "Quick & Easy Exercises" that serve this double-duty including not just how to incorporate them into the curriculum but how to explicitly make the professional/practice connection.

 

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2:45 – 3:45 p.m.           Improving Our Classrooms

Professor Suparna Malempati
John Marshall Law School Atlanta
The Role of Advocacy in Teaching the Modern Day Law Student

This presentation will begin by discussing some of the challenges that the modern day, digital age students pose for law school professors. It will then turn to how oral presentations can assist students to improve their ability to engage in effective legal analysis. Suggestions will be made for classroom exercises and for structuring legal writing courses to incorporate oral advocacy throughout the curriculum and not simply during the appellate argument.

Professor Henry Webb
Appalachian School of Law

Increasing the Focus On Basic Legal Analysis and Writing in the LRW1 Classroom

In an attempt to respond to the "new normal" in legal education, the Appalachian School of Law has this year moved research and citation from the fall LRW1 course to the spring LRW2 course, thereby freeing up four additional weeks to focus on basic legal analysis and writing in LRW1. This presentation will focus upon the specific changes made to our syllabi, the advantages and disadvantages of this new approach, the results from the first semester using this new approach, and how our experience this semester might be applicable to other law school classrooms.

 

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3:45 – 4:00 p.m.          Closing

Professor Teri McMurtry-Chubb
Mercer Law School

 

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