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Seven members of Elon Law’s faculty present at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools 2009 Conference

At the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS), held in August, seven members of Elon Law's faculty presented on subjects ranging from the 100-year anniversary of the NAACP and its impact on law and society, to teaching methods designed to improve the education of law students.

Elon Law faculty at SEALS conference, from left to right, Martha Peters, Faith Rivers James, Helen Grant, George R. Johnson, Jr. (Dean), Steven Friedland, Catherine Dunham, Howard Katz, and Eric Fink.

The following list details the presentations made by members of the faculty of Elon University School of Law at the SEALS conference:

Catherine Dunham participated in a Civil Procedure and Constitutional Law panel, presenting findings from her article published in the Winter 2009 Volume of the University of San Francisco Law Review, titled, “Zippo-ing the Wrong Way: How the Internet Has Misdirected the Federal Courts in Their Personal Jurisdiction Analysis,” and based on research for her work in progress, analyzing personal jurisdiction jurisprudence in an international context.

Steve Friedland, who recently co-authored a book for international law students interested in U.S. law, presented on a panel titled, “Invigorating the First Year and Other Required Courses,” exploring and evaluating a series of significant changes that many law schools have made recently to first-year curriculum.

Eric Fink, whose current research includes the study of law student participation in online social networking, presented on a panel exploring the value of legal blogs for law professors, discussing the merits of a range of blogs for legal scholars to access or visit.

Scott Gaylord presented on the panel, “Contract Law: Morality, Efficiency and Corrective Justice,” exploring contract laws descriptive and normative stance on morality, efficiency and corrective justice.

Howard Katz, co-author of a recent book on effective teaching methods in law schools, moderated and introduced a panel on “Part-Time Legal Education,” exploring the appropriate curricular design for part-time law school programs.

Martha Peters presented as part of the panel, “Diverse Teaching Methods to Improve the Education of Law Students,” exploring foundational principles of pedagogy and the ways students learn, diverse methods of teaching (to complement the case-based, Socratic method), ways to empirically test the effectiveness of different teaching methods and the need for a more developed body of literature on law school pedagogy.

Faith Rivers James, who recently authored a law journal article exploring how to increase minority representation in environmental nonprofits, moderated a panel presentation on “The NAACP at 100 Years,” exploring the organization’s effect on various aspects of the law and society. Click here to read Rivers James' special introduction of the panel, exploring the NAACP's legal accomplishments that shaped the every day experiences of African Americans over ten decades.

Elon Law also hosted a reception at the SEALS conference to continue the school’s effort to develop greater inter-school dialogue with the association’s 94 member law schools.

Philip Craft,
8/28/2009 2:55 PM