UH Law Center LSS faculty share teaching insights at workshops from coast to coast.

Jan. 11, 2019 —Seven University of Houston Law Center Lawyering Skills and Strategies (“LSS”) professors recently traveled to law schools across the country to present their work on a wide variety of topics at the annual Legal Writing Institute “One-Day Workshops.”

“The workshops are a wonderful opportunity for legal writing professors and those interested in the discipline of legal writing to come together and share their insights and ideas,” said Clinical Associate Professor Sarah Morath, LSS director. “The breadth of topics presented on by UHLC professors demonstrates the strength of our faculty, each of whom brings extensive professional experience and outstanding legal skills and knowledge into the classroom.”

“I am very proud of all the Law Center faculty,” said Dean Leonard M. Baynes. “They are well-credentialed and talented teachers, who are committed to public service. Our LSS faculty are excellent! Under the terrific leadership of Professor Morath, the LSS faculty continue to soar. I am delighted that the larger academic community across the nation have the opportunity to learn about their innovations and observe their brilliance.”

Law Center participants and their topics were:

  • Whitney Heard presented at Loyola University in New Orleans, La.  Her presentation, “Let’s Talk: How to Maximize Law School Events to Improve Communication between the Bench, the Bar, and the Academy,” identified existing and new opportunities to connect among the three legal branches, focusing on effective listening techniques.
  • Alissa Gomez and Hilary Reed presented at Chapman University Fowler School of Law in Orange, Calif. Their presentation, “Reaching them Early: Teaching Gen Z Legal Analysis and Writing in Pipeline Programs,” discussed their methods and substance in teaching legal writing and analysis to the PLUS students who were part of the UHLC Pre-Law Pipeline Program this past summer.
  • Lauren Simpson and Morath presented with UHLC health law professor Jessica Mantel at the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign. Their presentation, “The Road Less Traveled: The Policy Memo Exercise,” explained how Law Center faculty collaborated to create and teach the writing of an effective policy memo in an upper level health law course.
  • Ken Swift presented at Ava Maria Law School in Naples, Fla.  His presentation, “Linking and Leading,” demonstrated in-class, experiential learning exercises that link multiple skills and concepts. The exercises, which can span multiple class sessions, are designed to practice new and acquired skills.
  • Irene Ten Cate discussed her work-in-progress, “The Performance Enhancement Paradox,” at the Scholars Forum, held at the University of Oregon School of Law in Eugene in connection with its One-Day Workshop on Teaching Scholars.

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