Lawrence M. Grosberg
As a clinical professor, Lawrence M. Grosberg spends most of his time working with aspiring lawyers to develop the skills they will need to be effective and humane practitioners in a changing the world.
Professor Grosberg, director of New York Law School’s Lawyering Skills Center, believes law schools need to continue to experiment with new methods of teaching and examining students to “better reflect what they do in practice.” His scholarship has focused on how law schools might improve their clinical instruction and, in turn, how the bar admission process might better evaluate an applicant’s competence to practice law. To that end, he recently completed a three-year term as chair of the Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar of The New York City Bar Association.
“New York Law School is supportive of innovative clinical methods, where students learn how to interact with clients and lawyers and how to conduct themselves in the courtroom,” he says giving as a prime example, the first-year use of actors to portray clients who then provide written feedback to students on their client interviews. “The Law School’s extensive use of this standardized client teaching method is unique in legal education,” Professor Grosberg explains.
Professor Grosberg has taught Civil Procedure and Complex Litigation and most of the Law School’s clinical and skills classes, including the Civil and Human Rights Clinic; Negotiating, Counseling and Interviewing; Trial Advocacy; Alternative Dispute Resolution; the Externship Course; the first-year course, Lawyering; the Mediation Clinic; and the Elder Law Clinic.
Before joining New York Law School in 1983, Professor Grosberg taught a Housing Discrimination Clinic at Columbia Law School. Prior to that, he ran a legal services office in Manhattan and was an associate at Spear & Hill. He has litigated individual and class actions in the areas of employment and housing discrimination law in federal and state courts. He received a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was an editor on the Journal of Transnational Law, and a B.A. cume laude with the Order of the Palm from the University of Southern California.
He has published articles and given lectures on civil procedure, clinical teaching, and bar examinations. He has been a consultant to the California Committee of Bar Examiners and the National Conference of Bar Examiners and was a member of the Executive Committee of the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. He was a member of the Clinical Skills Committee of the ABA Section on Legal Education and the AALS Committee on Bar Admissions and Lawyering Performance.
His interest in clinical education has prompted him to promote it through lectures and teaching in Poland, Scotland, Nicaragua, Jordan, Qatar, and Russia, where he spent three months as the clinical legal education specialist for the American Bar Association Central and East European Law Initiative (CEELI). Most recently he conducted a clinical education workshop for the faculty at the University of Barcelona Law School.
Professor Grosberg has reached out to the local community through New York Law School’s Law in TriBeCa Program in a venture that made mediation services available to TriBeCa neighborhood and Lower Manhattan co-ops and condominiums. “It was a way to get connected with our neighbors,” he explains.
Originally from Detroit, Professor Grosberg now lives in Manhattan and considers himself a tried and true New Yorker. “I love this city. I love working here, walking through it, and simply being here,” he says.
LAW REVIEW AND OTHER SCHOLARLY PUBLICATIONS
“How Should We Assess Interviewing and Counseling Skills?” 9 International Journal of Clinical Legal Education 57-72 (2006).
“Looking Toward Future Bar Examinations: The Standardized Client?”74 The Bar Examiner 20 (2005).
“Standardized Clients: A Possible Improvement for the Bar Exam (Symposium: Rethinking the Licensing of New Attorneys – An Exploration of Alternatives to the Bar Exam),” 21 Georgia State University Law Review 841–875 (2004).
“Using Mediation to Resolve Residential Co-Op Disputes: The Role of New York Law School (Special Issue: Reflecting on the Legal Issues of Our Times. New York Law School Faculty Presentation Day),” 46 New York Law School Law Review 499–515 (2002–2003).
“Clinical Education in Russia: ‘Da and Nyet,’” 7 Clinical Law Review 469–496 (2001).
“Medical Education Again Provides a Model for Law Schools: The Standardized Patient Becomes the Standardized Client,” 51 Journal of Legal Education 212–234 (2001).
“Should We Test for Interpersonal Lawyering Skills?” 2 Clinical Law Review 349–384 (1996).
“Introduction: Defining Clinical Scholarship,” 35 New York Law School Law Review 1–6 (1990).
“Class Actions and Client-Centered Decision Making,” 40 Syracuse Law Review 709–788 (1989).
“The Buffalo Creek Disaster: An Effective Supplement to a Conventional Civil Procedure Course,” 37 Journal of Legal Education 378–387 (1987).
“Illusion and Reality in Regulating Lawyer Performance: Rethinking Rule 11,” 32 Villanova Law Review 575–690 (1987).
NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, PRACTICE MATERIALS
“Law School Debt and the Practice of Law” (Chair, Report of the Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar), 58 The Record 419 (2003).
“Report in Opposition to the Board of Law Examiners’ Proposal to Increase the Passing Score of the New York Bar Examination” (Chair, Report of the Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar), 58 The Record 97 (2003).
“The Bar Exam: Should the Test Continue in its Current Form or are Alternatives Needed?” New York Law Journal Magazine (Point /Counterpoint), April 2003.
“Public Service Alternative Bar Exam” (Chair, Report of the Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar), www.abcny.org (June 14, 2002). < http://www.abcny.org/pdf/report/Joint%20report%20on%20th%20State%20Bar%20Exam.pdf >.
Essay in “Eight Blocks Away: Memoirs of September 11, 2001,” at 24–29 (New York Law School, 2002).
“The Advantage of Being in NYC,” 14 In Brief 15 (Spring 1996).
“Report on Admission to the Bar in New York in the Twenty-First Century—A Blueprint for Reform” (Reporter for the Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, Association of the Bar of the City of New York). 47 Record of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York 467–564 (June 1992).
“Selected Documents, Dennis Price et al v. Pittston: The Buffalo Creek Disaster” (New York Law School, 1990).
“Circuit Gives No Guidance in Eastway: The Rule 11 Debate (Sanctions for Baseless Litigation),” 10 National Law Journal 19 (September 9, 1987).
“Cases and Materials for a Lawyering Skills Course in Housing Discrimination Law,” (Columbia Law School, 1982).