did you join the University of California, Irvine School of Law faculty?
The chance to work with Erwin Chemerinsky on building a law school for the future is exciting and irresistible. To be part of the creation of a new law school where experiential learning is emphasized and lawyering skills are an integral part of the curriculum will be challenging and rewarding. Although I have practiced and taught law for almost 30 years, I have always believed we could do both better. Starting from scratch gives us the opportunity to put our years of experience together to build a better law school and profession.
Why did you go into
I was inspired to teach lawyering skills classes because as a new graduate I discovered how little I had learned in law school about some of the skills a practicing lawyer should have. I believe we have to understand the demands placed on young lawyers and to try to prepare them for the responsibilities and reality of law practice. Students should emerge from law school with some confidence that they know how to solve legal problems and to be able to self educate themselves in new areas of the law. If we can instill good habits in law students that reflect the skills excellent lawyers possess, we give them the tools for their future. It is exciting to watch a first-year law student master these basic beginning skills. And to make that process easier and less intimidating is my goal as a teacher.