2014 Lunch Workshops
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Wednesday, January 22, 12:10 in Room JGH104: "There Are Many Paths Into Law Teaching, and How Might You Start Blazing One?"
Speakers: Alexandra Carter, Sarah Cleveland and Peter Strauss
This introductory session is intended to introduce Columbia students to the ins and outs, ups and downs, and whys and wherefores of an academic career. It is the first of a series of weekly lunch workshops held throughout the semester on the subject of academic careers. This session will provide a brief overview of the mechanics of going on the market as well as a discussion of what teaching is like, why we do it, and why you might want to consider it too.
Wednesday, January 29, 12:10 in Room JGH546: "What I Wished I Had Known or Thought Harder About While I was in Law School."
Speakers: Robert Jackson (Associate Professor of Law and Milton Handler Fellow; Co-Director, Ira M. Millstein Center), and David Pozen
Two junior members of our faculty will lead an informal discussion of steps aspiring professors should take while in law school, with some emphasis on ways to find mentors and in other ways create fond lingering memories of your work here.
Wednesday, February 5, 12:10 in Room JGH546: "Developing Your Research Agenda – Generating Paper Ideas and Then Following Through."
Speakers: Vincent Blasi and Elizabeth Emens
Full-time teachers are generally classed as “academic,” research-centered, or “clinical,” practice-centered. Long ago, law schools filled entry-level academic positions based on credentials such as law school grades, journal experience, and other badges of accomplishment. Although formal credentials remain important, in recent years appointments committees have increasingly sought candidates with a scholarly track record that shows promise of blossoming into a full-scale set of research projects. If and when you try to obtain an academic position, you will be expected to have a "scholarly agenda," i.e., a set of themes or topics that connects your initial and future projects in a way that will, if all goes according to plan, establish you as a legal scholar with a distinctive voice and something to say. (Aspiring clinicians might face this as well.) This session will focus on how you develop a scholarly agenda -- or at least how to think about having one -- while you are here, and before you have had a sustained opportunity to work as a legal scholar.
**Thursday, February 13, 12:10 in Room JGH103 (in coordination with Student Services): "Diverse CLS Graduates Discuss Their Journey Towards Becoming Full Time Faculty."
Speakers: Kendall Thomas, Khiara Bridges '02 (Boston University School of Law), Elaine M. Chiu '94 (St. John's School of Law), Solangel Maldonado '96 (Seton Hall), Carl Minzner '00 (Fordham), and Kimberly Mutcherson '97 (Rutgers Camden Law School)
Come and listen to a panel of diverse CLS Alumni discuss their journey and experiences in becoming full time faculty at various law schools.
Wednesday, February 19, 12:10 in Room JGH546: "Finding Your Way Into Clinical Law Teaching."
Speakers: Brett Dignam and Elora Mukherjee
The discussion will focus on the ways one might prepare for a career in clinical teaching and how this is similar to and different from other types of teaching careers. We will also talk about the various types of clinical teaching positions that are available.
Wednesday, February 26, 12:10 in Room JGH546: "The Years Between – from Private Practice to Teaching."
Speakers: Kathryn Judge, Michael Gerrard, and Alex Raskolnikov
Learn from professors who have made the transition from private practice to law teaching for a discussion of questions such as these: How does practice differ from teaching? Why might one prefer to teach? What steps should one think about and begin to take to get ready to go on the teaching market while still in practice? How does one plan a scholarly agenda from the trenches of practice? You might wish to teach your specialty; what if you’d rather move to a different subject?
Wednesday, March 5, 12:10 in Room JGH546: "The Years Between – from Government Practice to Teaching."
Speaker: Jessica Bulman-Pozen
Associate Professor of Law Jessica Bulman-Pozen will discuss her work in government and the prospects and process for moving from there to careers in the legal academy (and back).
Wednesday, March 12, 12:10 in Room JGH546: "The Years Between – from Public Interest Practice to Teaching."
Speakers: Suzanne Goldberg and James Liebman
Learn from people who have made the transition from public interest law to law teaching for a discussion of questions such as these: How does this form of practice differ from teaching? Why might one prefer to teach? What steps should one think about and begin to take to get ready to go on the teaching market while still in practice? Can/should you build a scholarly agenda on the work you have been doing the trenches? How can you (do you want to) build connections from that work to curricular needs?
**Wednesday, March 19th, SPRING BREAK, no workshop**
Wednesday, March 26, 12:10 in Room JGH546: "Years Before or Between – Making Use of Having Studied Law Abroad in the American Teaching Market."
Speakers: Anu Bradford and Anthea Roberts
In an increasingly global world, training in a foreign legal system, either initially or subsequent to earning an American degree, can be an asset on the American teaching market – but it also presents challenges, among colleagues and in the classroom. If you are an American, should you seek out foreign training? How and where? If you were trained abroad, what difficulties might you face? How can you best position yourself for an American teaching career?
Wednesday, April 2, 12:10 in Room JGH546: "Law School Teaching in Other Than a Full-time Faculty Position."
Speakers: Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin and Taryn Merkl
Want to teach at law school while practicing law? Don't want to write law review articles? Want to teach outside of the formal classroom? Then come hear from Columbia Law School adjunct faculty and deans who have taken creative paths to law school teaching. Speakers to include Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin, Edward Greene, and Taryn Merkl, members of Columbia's adjunct faculty.
Wednesday, April 9, 12:10 in Room JGH546: "Possible Intermediate Steps to the Transition: VAPs, Legal Writing Programs, Fellowships and Publishing."
Speaker: Philip Genty and Ilene Strauss
Practicing law can be helpful in many ways for entering legal academy, but it can be difficult to publish while practicing. How can fellowships, positions like the Columbia Associates program, or the increasingly common temporary positions often labeled as Visiting Assistant Professorships help you transition into academia? Come learn about these things and more.
Wednesday, April 16, 12:10 in Room JGH646: "Getting on the Market – What You Do When You Are Ready to Teach, and Some Thoughts About When to do It and the Market’s Variations."
Speakers: Jamal Greene and Peter Strauss
The title says it all. This final session will speak to the mechanics of the teaching market, as you will encounter it, and from the perspective of the faculties considering your application (alongside many others). Are there keys to likely success?