Faculty Professional Development Programs, 2007-2008 Academic Year

October 2007

  • 10/3: Professor Emeritus Carol S. Bruch (UC Davis School of Law)
    The Use and Misuse of Social Science Data
  • 10/4: Professor Michael Hunter Schwartz (Washburn Law)
    How the Best Law Teachers Plan Their Classes
  • 10/10: Professor Bill Merkel (Washburn Law)
    Unprincipled Originalism and the Right to Arms
    The Supreme Court is expected to review the D.C. Circuit's decision in Parker v. District of Columbia in the coming term, and will likely recognize, for the first time, a right to possess guns for purposes other than service in the lawfully established militia. The intellectual engine driving the impending jurisprudential revolution is a grotesque variant of results-oriented, historically untenable originalism.
  • 10/12: Professor John Bickers (Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law)
    Of Non-horses, Quantum Mechanics, and the Establishment Clause
  • 10/31 (3:30-5:15 p.m.): Professor Bill Rich (Washburn Law)
    Rights and Realities of Marriage and
    Visiting Professor Charlene Smith (Washburn Law) and Associate Professor Jane Ellen Cross (Nova Southeastern University Law Center)
    Families Redefined: Contracts and 'Marriage' Rights

January 2008

  • 1/17: Associate Professor Jeffrey Jackson (Washburn Law)
    Unenumerated Rights and the Constitution: The Ninth Amendment and Idealized British Constitutionalism
  • 1/24: Professor Ali Khan (Washburn Law)
    Law's Temporality
  • 1/31: Associate Professor Lyn Goering (Washburn Law)
    Tailoring Deference to Variety: Judicial Deference to Administrative Interpretation

February 2008

  • 2/8: Professor Sophie Sparrow (Franklin Pierce Law Center)
    Workshop: Using Grading Rubrics to Improve Teaching, Learning and Grading
  • 2/14: Associate Professor Tonya Kowalski (Washburn Law)
    Imperatives and Incentives to Introduce Native American Nations and Law in First-Year Legal Method Courses

March 2008

  • 3/7: Professor Michael Hunter Schwartz (Washburn Law)
    Instructional Design-Based Law School Teaching Methodologies
  • 3/27: Professor and Associate Dean Alex Glashausser (Washburn Law)
    The Misbegotten Modern Doctrine of Federal Question Jurisdiction

April 2008

  • 4/3 (3:30-5:00 p.m.): Randy Gordon (Partner, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, Antitrust Group)
    A Narrative Theory of Legal Pedagogy
    Abstract: Whether or not one believes that law is or should be an autonomous discipline, few would dispute that it is a conservative institution and that its members (at least in the United States) are trained via a pedagogical method quite different from that of the other professions. A central aspect of this training is the case method and -- thus -- the specialized narrative form that appellate opinions take. This paper looks closely at the case method and suggests ways to crack it open a bit -- without discarding it -- and thereby achieve one of the goals set forth in the Carnegie Report: namely, to supplement the analytical, rule-based mode of reasoning inherent in the method.
  • 4/4 (Room 102): Dr. Ian Curry-Sumner (Molengraaff Institute for Private Law of the Faculty of Law, Utrecht University) and Professor Nancy Maxwell (Washburn Law)
    Same Sex, Different Status? The Conflicts of Laws Implications Involving Civil Unions, Domestic Partnerships and Same-Sex Marriage
  • 4/24: Professor Margaret Moore Jackson (University of North Dakota School of Law)
    Confronting 'Unwelcomeness' From the Outside: Using Case Theory to Tell the Stories of Sexually-Harassed Women

May 2008

  • 5/2 (Room 100): Professor Janice Kay McClendon (Stetson University College of Law)
    Retirement Planning: Making the Most of Your 403(b) Retirement Plan, Health Care, Housing Equity and Investments