2016 DU Lawyering Process Program Highlights

Sharing Ideas & Leading Change

Nantiya Ruan, Professor of the Practice
Diversity Matters: LRW Faculty as Leaders
As law school teachers, we do not teach in a vacuum divorced from important societal issues. We are charged with instilling professional values to our students, and therefore, must address critical cultural competency issues in the classroom, as well as work to diversify the (mostly-White) legal writing field. Learn more

Debra Austin, Professor of the Practice
Feel Better Be Better
Five Performance Enhancing Practices, derived from Positive Psychology research, to help you and your students improve well being and boost performance. Learn more

Suzanna Moran, Professor of the Practice
Ignite Learning with Labs
Moran lectures only once a week, and the rest of the time she teaches action-packed “labs.” She and her teaching assistants give every student feedback on simulations, guide their group discussions, and use technology to watch and comment—live—on their drafting. Her teaching manual will show you how.

Tanya Bartholomew, Professor of the Practice
Cultural Sensitivity in the LRW Curriculum
“Practice ready” contemplates an expansive skill-set, including cultural inclusiveness and cultural competence. Failure to educate our students about these concepts shortchanges students and their future clients. Cultural inclusivity and competence are not developed quickly, but we can enhance inclusivity and foster cultural competence in our teaching. Ideas | More resources

David Thomson, Professor of the Practice
Multiple-Choice Tests as Formative Assessment
The new ABA Accreditation Rules on assessment now require some amount of formative assessment during law school. Some professors have suggested that multiple-choice tests are sufficient to meet the formative assessment requirement, but that is a more complex question than it seems. Learn more

John Campbell, Associate Professor of the Practice
Great coaches employ the whole-part-whole method for teaching a skill. Show what a jump shot looks like, break it into parts, then build back to the whole. And don’t spoon feed; make the player unravel the parts. Then they own it. We can do the same for legal writing. Here’s how

Robert Anderson, Professor of the Practice
Seatbelt Statute as a Relatable Example for How to Outline a Rule
Anderson uses an example of statutory analysis that will be familiar to anyone who has driven a car or been a passenger in one. He welcomes questions about his findings that use a seatbelt statute to teach how to outline a rule.
Case: Carlson v Ferris | Teaching Materials | More resources

Randy Robinson, Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice
Reflections of a Newly-Minted Professor
This is a guide to empower transparency, establish credibility, and engender trust for the first year LRW professor transitioning from practice to academia. Read more