July 9, 2010
In addition to fielding lots of questions about the law school's innovative Global Lawyering Skills program, the McGeorge writing professors were busy making presentations to their peers from across the country at the 14th Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, which was held June 27-30, 2010, at Marco Island, Florida.
Stephanie Thompson presented an "Interactive Research Workshop," exploring a variety of teaching methods that appeal to many different learning styles and can get students excited about research.
Jenny Darlington-Person had another fun approach to research problems. She spoke on "Hitting the Mark: Using the Games of Darts to Teach Selection of Authority," drawing on student knowledge of target games to zero in on the selection of authorities.
Jennifer Gibson talked about "Integrating a Mediation Component in a First or Second Year Legal Writing/Skills Course." She provided an overview on the potential for introduction of mediation into a first- or second-year program and offered options for student assignments.
Hether Macfarlane spoke and was a panelist on a lengthy discussion of "Teaching After Dark: Evening Students and the LRW Classroom," something she and other McGeorge professors are very familiar with because of the school's long-standing Evening Division.
Ed Telfeyan lectured on "Outlining from Scratch: How to Make the Process Meaningful." He cautioned that just telling students to develop outlines before they write their memo isn't meaningful and stress the effective use of outlines from the initial research of an issue to the actual writing of a legal memorandum.
The entire GLS faculty attended the event, including professors Mary-Beth Moylan, Adrienne Brungess, Gretchen Franz, Kathleen Friedrich and Jeffrey Proske. All return for the next academic year to welcome incoming students into a new way of learning legal skills and work with last year's first-year students in the finale of the two-year program.