What excites you most about joining the UCI Law faculty?
I am very excited about the opportunity UCI Law has to be a leader in integrating the teaching of lawyering skills throughout the law school curriculum. The strong commitment of the faculty to make skills teaching a priority, coupled with the school's vision and high-caliber students, place UCI Law in a unique position to innovate and lead. I look forward to drawing upon my background as a practicing lawyer with expertise in a wide range of litigation, transactional, and client counseling skills to help prepare students to embark on a fulfilling, successful legal career.
Why is skills training so important?
As the Carnegie Report and other studies of legal education have recognized for some time now, the traditional case method of teaching alone is not enough to train excellent lawyers. It provides only limited focus on the problem-solving skills needed to succeed in the context and complexity of law practice, including the ability to research, draft a variety of types of legal documents used by practitioners, develop and use facts, interview clients and witnesses, and counsel clients. UCI Law introduces students to these core skills in the first-year Lawyering Skills course, and expands upon them in more specialized upper-level skills courses, as well as through partnerships between doctrinal faculty and Lawyering Skills faculty.
What would you like to accomplish at UCI Law?
I am looking forward to working with faculty and students to create the country's best Lawyering Skills program, and to help students bridge the gap between law school and practice.