Pedagogy Discussion Group

Professor Stephen Ellmann, Director of the Office of Clinical and Experiential Learning and Professor Anne Goldstein, Director of Legal Practice, Co-Chairs.

The Pedagogy Discussion Group is sponsored by the NYLS Initiative for Excellence in Law Teaching, whose Co-Directors are Professors Kris Franklin and Doni Gewirtzman. This workshop began meeting in the spring semester of 2013. Its purpose is, as its name suggests, to provide a forum for faculty to focus on the many important questions entailed in teaching with excellence.

Fall 2014

Monday, September 29: Professor Kirk Burkhalter, leading a discussion of How We Teach and Give Feedback on Writing Across the Curriculum

Monday, October 6: Professor Rory Bahadur, Washburn University School of Law, Learning the Building Blocks of Legal Analysis in the Large Classroom

Thursday, October 23: Professor Ian Weinstein, Fordham Law School, leading a “grand rounds” discussion of Socratic teaching

Monday, November 10: Professor Corie Rosen Felder, University of Colorado Law School, Mindset Theory

Monday, November 24: Professors John, Damian and Troy Pieper, The Pedagogy of Bar Preparation

Spring 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014: Course evaluations — discussion led by Anne Goldstein and Camille Broussard (with others)

Monday, March 17, 2014: Narrative theory in the classroom — discussion led by Doni Gewirtzman

Monday, March 24, 2014: Sophie Sparrow, University of New Hampshire School of Law — What the Best Law Teachers Do, and Giving Effective and Efficient Feedback (especially in doctrinal classes)

Thursday, April 10, 2014: Jean Koh Peters, Yale Law School, Exploring Non-Judgment 

Monday, April 21, 2014: Designing In-Class Exercises — discussion led by Steve Ellmann

Fall 2013

Thursday, September 26, 2013: Russell McClain, Assistant Professor and Director of the Academic Achievement Program, University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law, Ameliorative Law Teaching (discussing the effects of stereotype threat in the classroom)

Monday October 7, 2013: Aaron Dewald, Associate Director of the Center for Innovation in Legal Education, University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, discussing visual presentation techniques

Monday, October 28, 2013: David A. Binder, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, UCLA School of Law, discussing his book, co-authored with UCLA Professor Albert J. Moore, Demystifying the First Year of Law School: A Guide to the 1L Experience (2009)

Monday, November 18, 2013: NYLS Professors Doni Gewirtzman and Kris Franklin, discussing excerpts from Michael Hunter Schwartz et al., What the Best Law Teachers Do (2013)

Spring 2013

Monday, January 28, 2013: “Flip Teaching” (accompanying readings: Todd E. Pettys, The Analytic Classroom, 60 Buffalo Law Review 1253 (2012), and Educause, 7 Things You Should Know About … Flipped Classrooms (Feb. 2012)

Monday, February 11, 2013: “The Case File Method”: presentation by Arthur Leonard (accompanying readings: Douglas L. Leslie, How Not to Teach Contracts, and Any Other Course: Powerpoint, Laptops, and the CaseFile Method, 44 St. Louis U.L.J. 1289 (2000), and Douglas L. Leslie, Employment Law – CaseFile 1.5)

Monday, February 25, 2013: “About the Facts”: presentations by Jodi Balsam, David Epstein, Chaumtoli Huq and Lynnise Pantin of the Legal Practice faculty about the ways that they’ve taught attention to facts in their classes (accompanying reading: Deborah Zalesne with David Nadvorney, Integrating Academic Skills into First Year Curricula: Using Wood v. Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon to Teach the Role of Facts in Legal Reasoning, 28 Pace L. Rev. 271 (2008), and two documents from our Legal Practice course, its catalogue description and an outline of the skills it teaches)

Thursday, March 21, 2013: “Team-Based Learning in Law Classes”: a presentation and demonstration by Barbara Glesner-Fines, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Ruby M. Hulen Professor of Law, University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law (not a Pedagogy Discussion Group session as such, but an Initiative for Excellence in Law Teaching Pedagogy Workshop)

Monday, April 1, 2013: “The Curriculum Reform Process”: presentation by Jethro Lieberman, chair of the Curriculum Committee (accompanying reading: Memo to the Faculty from the Curriculum Committee, on “Curriculum Reassessment,” Feb. 25, 2013)

Monday, April 15, 2013: “A thought experiment on how to structure the curriculum to teach a comprehensive range of lawyering skills” (accompanying reading: William Henderson, A Blueprint for Change, 40 Pepperdine L. Rev. 462 (2013))