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 Engaging Legal Research and Writing Students in the "New Normal" - Teaching in a Time of Crisis

Friday, February 26, 2021  |  11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. EST

NSU Shepard Broad College of Law  

“Engaging LRW Students in the ‘New Normal’ –Teaching in a Time of Crisis” will address both the challenges and opportunities presented by teaching legal research and writing (LRW) in a time of great change. It will examine the various ways LRW pedagogy has been impacted by technology, politics, and contemporary anti-racism initiatives, as well as the impact of COVID-19 on these developments. It will also examine the ways in which these various issues intersect the LRW classroom and how LRW professors can address them. The Symposium presents an opportunity for academics, practitioners, and students representing a variety of perspectives to explore these timely and vitally important issues.

Full Program & Biographies



Richard Sena
NSU Shepard Broad College of Law
Nova Law Review | Editor-in-Chief Vol. 45



Olympia Duhart
NSU Shepard Broad College of Law
Associate Dean for Faculty And Student Development, Professor of Law
Director of the Legal Research and Writing Program

juarez.jpg José Roberto (Beto) Juárez, Jr.
NSU Shepard Broad College of Law
Dean and Professor of Law

Karen Sneddon
Mercer University School of Law
Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After: Engaging Student Learners from the First Minute to the Last Minute of Class Time



Joshua Aaron Jones 
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Building a Community of Inquiry Through Interactive Materials: The Interactive Syllabus



Christine Tamer and Melissa Shultz
University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law 
Keeping the Magic of an Oral Argument Competition Alive on Zoom (Pandemic be Damned)




Amy Day, David Austin, Allison Cato, Liam Vavasour
California Western School of Law
The Unified Legal Skills Program: How CWSL Adapted to Meet the Needs of Students Online, and How Those Adaptations May Inform Post-Pandemic Teaching


Ramona Biholar and Sha-Shana Crichton
The University of West Indies at Mona & Howard University School of Law
Yes We Can!: Student Scholarly Exchange in the Time of Crisis



Vanessa Zboreak and Michelle Zakarin
Elon University School of Law & Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
On Lenience, or, Preparing the Profession for Pandemic Graduates / Meaningful Feedback Through Technology in the Online Classroom



Justice Timothy S. Driscoll and Conrad Sturm
Brooklyn Law School & New York State Supreme Court Justice / Qatar University College of Law
From Classroom to Zoom-room: An Adjunct Legal Writing Professor’s Reflections on Adjusting to the New World of Teaching / Teaching LRW Online to International Students: Does it Have a Future?


Jennifer Cooper and James Levy
University of Denver, Sturm College of Law & NSU Shepard Broad College of Law
Let Them Talk: Cognitive & Social Benefits of Elaboration / Bend It Like Beckham? Using Cognitive Science To Inform Online Teaching In A Time Of Covid



 Rachel Croskery-Roberts and Ezra Ross
University of California Irvine School of Law
Connecting Students to the Community Even When In-Person Experiences are Impossible: 1L Client Interviewing Opportunities in the Lawyering Skills Classroom



 Priscilla Harris and Tonya Walker
Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University College of Law
5G LRW Network: Geared to Connect Virtually Everyone and Everything in the New Normal Classroom


A symposium issue based on the presentations at the conference will be published by the Nova Law Review.

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