The Society of American Law Teachers presents interviews with great law teachers about how they are inspiring the next generation of lawyers to advocate for social justice.
Episode 18: Kim Holst on Pushing Past Discomfort
Professor Kim Holst, of Arizona State University, shares strategies for addressing social justice issues in her Advocacy classes. Note: The exercise Professor Holst discusses uses a case containing the word “negro.” The hesitant manner in which students approach the use of the word when discussing the case is one way that students encounter discomfort with race as it’s used in legal contexts. Feeling and facing discomfort is an important aspect of recognizing structural racism and its existence in our legal systems.
Episode 17: Atiba Ellis on Election Law and Student Engagement
Professor Atiba Ellis, of Marquette University Law School, talks about voter suppression, growing interest in election law and managing student chats as a space of engagement in online teaching.
Episode 16: Carwina Weng on Confronting Trauma in Clinical Law Teaching
Professor Carwina Weng, of Indiana University Maurer School of Law, talks about trauma-informed teaching and the importance of teaching clinic students how to support clients in difficult situations.
Episode 15: Amanda Levendowski on Intellectual Property as Social Justice Advocacy
Professor Amanda Levendowski, of Georgetown Law, talks about her experience as the founding Director of the Intellectual Property and Information Policy Clinic. She shares her goal of teaching core areas of IP using social justice case studies as a framework. You can read more about Amanda's course and her assignments here: https://www.levendowski.net/ipip-x-social-justice.
Episode 14: Mary Szto on Creating an Empowering Culture in her Classroom
Professor Mary Szto, of Syracuse University College of Law, talks about how she discovered her passion for teaching and how she helps her students recognize “what’s at stake” in the pursuit of social justice through law. She also shares her experiences as a First-Generation attorney as a means to encourage her students.
Episode 13: Sha-Shana Crichton on Empathy in the Law School Classroom
Professor Chrichton, from Howard University School of Law, discusses the value of helping law students manage anxiety as a step towards equity and inclusion. She also stresses the critical ways in which empathy can inform law school teaching.