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This year, the Lawyering Process Program at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law has the honor of hosting a One-Day Workshop. We decided to focus on helping our peers develop their courses, their programs, and their careers. We asked each member of our LP team to contribute an idea that could be immediately incorporated into a course, program, or career. In the sections that follow, for each LP contributor, you’ll find a summary of the idea, a video that discusses it, and a link to detailed written information designed to help you implement it.

2015 DU Lawyering Process Program Highlights

  • 7th in U.S. News & World Report specialty program rankings
  • Created an Inclusive Education Fellowship and recruited our first Fellow
  • Published 23 books, chapters, and articles (view list)
  • Made 46 presentations at academic and professional conferences (view list)
  • Hold leadership positions in LWI, ALWD, and the AALS LWRR and Balance in Legal Education sections
  • Hosting a One-Day Workshop on December 5

Take Your COURSE to the Next Level

Professor of the Practice Robert Anderson
Client Interviewing & Counseling Exercise: Policy Argument
Public policy has its place in the law, but it also has its limits. Professor Anderson created an exercise that drives this point home for students in a systematic, thoughtful way, by incorporating client interviews, group discussions, case reading, and client counseling into one very effective activity. Read the full exercise.

Associate Professor of the Practice Tanya Bartholomew
Cultural Sensitivity
Are you comfortable being uncomfortable? Professor Bartholomew says you better be if you want to help students develop cultural competence. Through a series of units and through careful selection of class problems that highlight race, gender, and socioeconomic issues, she seeks to develop cultural competence in her first year students. Read about ways to foster inclusivity and cultural competence in the classroom.

Visiting Associate Professor of the Practice Teresa Bruce
Warmups – How to Get Students on Task Before Class Starts
Did you ever do a warmup in high school at the beginning of a class? Professor Bruce teaches us that warmups are great for adult learners too. They focus the class. And warmups can be used for everything from higher level thinking about complex issues to practicing how to identify and repair passive voice problems. Read warmup exercises.

Associate Professor of the Practice Suzanna Moran
Innovative Lawyering Process Labs
Professor Moran writes, “I spend my time doing what I do best: interacting with students directly. And my students spend their time learning how they learn best: actively.” How does she do this? By using weekly labs with small groups, Moran gives each student personal help and feedback and limits their time spent as passive learners. Read more about Moran’s new class model.

Professor of the Practice David Thomson
Hybrid Textbooks
Teaching from your own book gives you flexibility and lets you customize your classes. Professor Thomson has found it rewarding to write his own book. But this isn’t just any book. It is one rooted in an experiential model. Students may only have to read six or seven pages in the book for any given class. Then, they go online where they find exercises and other interactive tools to deepen their learning. For professors, the book comes with a teaching guide and a fully populated site, complete with exercises and instructions. Read about hybrid textbook design.

Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice Komal Vaidya
Client-Centered Thinking
Professor Vaidya is making her presence felt in her first year on the LP team. Drawing on her background representing underserved legal communities, she challenges her students to consider the inequalities in the justice system. Using small units, Vaidya imbues the teaching of legal research, writing, and analysis with lessons on client-centered thinking. This helps students develop a sense of professional identity in the first year by asking them what kind of lawyer they want to be and who they want to serve. Read about facilitating student metacognition.

Take Your PROGRAM to the Next Level

Assistant Professor of the Practice John Campbell
Torts/Lawyering Process Hybrid Course
A frequent topic in legal research, writing, and analysis circles concerns the silos that exist in law schools between doctrinal courses and lawyering skills courses. What if an institution married a first year research and writing course with a doctrinal course? Professor Campbell found out when he taught the first ever Torts/Lawyering Process Hybrid Course at DU. Read more about how to institute a hybrid course.

Professor of the Practice Nantiya Ruan
Inclusive Education
DU hopes its first-in-the-nation Fellowship for Inclusive Education will start a national trend by encouraging more cultural competence in the classroom and by diversifying the legal writing field. The Fellowship launched this year, and the long term goal is to create a pipeline at DU that trains talented legal research, writing, and analysis professors who can enrich classrooms and faculties around the country. Read about initiating change in diversity and inclusive education.

Take Your CAREER to the Next Level

Associate Professor of the Practice Debra Austin
Neuroscience and Brain-Enhancing Nutrition Tips
Neuroscience is fascinating, but what does it have to do with lawyers? Professor Austin has been answering that question for the last several years. Her work on how law school impacts the brain is well known. Now Austin is studying how nutrition impacts the way our brains function. She makes her research concrete and useful by sharing some basic tips on how to optimize a lawyer’s brain through nutrition. Read neuroscience-based nutrition tips.

Professor of the Practice Nantiya Ruan
Writing Impactful Scholarship
Can scholarship change the world? Just ask Professor Ruan, whose recent article was cited by a District Court Judge who, based on the insights of Ruan and her co-author, reversed his long standing course on wage and hour collective actions. The change will help workers, and it shows the impact great scholarship can have in the real world. Read about inspiring change and making meaningful contribution through writing impactful scholarship.