Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Today's highlight at the 2017 AALS Annual Meeting in San Francisco:
Section on Balance in Legal Education:
Understanding and Connecting the Student Experience
Moderating and Speaking: Joseph Bankman (Stanford), Rhonda Magee (San Francisco)
Students’ perspectives on law school may influence their effectiveness and well-being. Yet as we progress as professors, our own student histories fade into the distance. Over time, it’s all too easy to make assumptions about how students are reacting to the law school experience, and to miss opportunities to craft our teaching to address their actual needs. In this session, Professors Bankman and Magee will join a panel of students to reflect on the many and varied ways people experience law
school. The professors will also describe specific strategies they have used to understand and connect with the students’ felt experience. Professor Bankman is a clinical psychologist as well as a lawyer, and among other things has developed a course on anxiety psychoeducation. Professor Magee is a national leader in the movement to humanize legal education and an expert on contemplative pedagogy. This program is appropriate for those who are new to teaching as well as more experienced professors who seek to refresh or enrich their own practices.