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I Love Teaching Because . . .

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Anjum Gupta

I love teaching Refugee Law and the Immigrant Rights Clinic because these classes provide the perfect combination of theory, policy, and practice in a field where fascinating, and often heartbreaking, stories abound. In Refugee Law, we learn the international and domestic law and policy of protecting individuals fleeing persecution or torture at the hands of their home governments, rebel groups, or even family members. In the clinic, students put that knowledge to work, advocating for their clients and helping them obtain the safety and freedom that our asylum laws provide.

 

 

 


George Thomas

George C. Thomas III

I love teaching Criminal Law because the State, through the criminal sanction, has the power to imprison or execute its citizens; deciding which citizens are appropriate targets of this sanction is an enterprise that is momentous, difficult, and sometimes controversial.

 

 

 


David Noll

David L. Noll

I love teaching Civil Procedure because it is fundamental to the rule of law. Students enter the course expecting to learn an arcane and technical body of law. They soon find that without good procedure, legal rights are meaningless.


Suzanne KimSuzanne A. Kim

I love teaching, especially Civil Procedure and Family Law, because I enjoy helping my students discover what is hopeful and transformative in any area of the law. I see in them the future of our great profession and all the possibilities it presents to build society and bring change.


Reid WeisbordReid K. Weisbord

I love teaching Trusts & Estates because I’m fascinated by the interpersonal dynamics underlying the transfer of wealth. Lurking beneath every gift, whether by will, trust, or other form of conveyance, is a story about the donor’s relationships with family, friends, and sometimes enemies; the question is, will the law facilitate the gift or will tensions arising from those relationships ultimately frustrate the donor’s intent?


Stuart P. Green

Students often arrive at their first year Criminal Law class thinking, “I’ve seen so many cop shows on TV and in the movies – how hard could this stuff be?!” As it turns out, Criminal Law is much more interesting and essential than they ever could have imagined. No society could hope to survive without some basic prohibitions on homicide, rape, assault, theft, and other harmful conduct –  and some means to enforce those prohibitions. Seeing the terrible things that citizens do to their fellow citizens is fascinating in itself, but grappling with how society should respond to such behavior is even more so. I love teaching Criminal Law because I love seeing students begin to put those pieces together. 


Amy Bitterman

Amy Bitterman

I love teaching Legal Research and Writing because communication is the heart and soul of advocacy. I love teaching Legal Research and Writing because drafting is where the analytical and creative sides of the brain come together. I love teaching Legal Research and Writing because it’s a year-long course and I'm privileged to watch my students grow in confidence and skill over an extended period of time. I love teaching Legal Research and Writing because words matter.

 


Alan HydeAlan Hyde

I love teaching Law because legal rules and texts actually change when we examine and criticize them. If 30 future lawyers, and I, walk out of the room thinking of a legal doctrine in a different way, then the law is now different than it was. 


Paul TractenbergPaul L. Tractenberg

I love teaching Contracts so that I can watch the eyes of beginning law students open wide as they begin to understand that law is not some abstract, distant and theoretical construct, but rather the stuff of everyday life; it’s akin to the wonderment of the Moliere character who professed amazement that “for 40 years now I’ve been speaking in prose without knowing it!”


Dennis Kim-PrietoDennis Kim-Prieto

I love teaching Foreign, Comparative, and International Legal Research for many reasons. Not only am I fascinated by legal systems from around the world, but more importantly, I get to teach students research skills that allow them to add value to their practice and enhance their own research skills. No less a figure than Justice Breyer has espoused the necessity of teaching law students about foreign legal systems, and I am proud to be able to show students how to find primary legal material from jurisdictions outside of the United States.