Rachel Croskery-Roberts

Professor of Lawyering Skills

Associate Dean for Lawyering Skills

Rachel Croskery-Roberts

Expertise:

Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research, Employment Law, Persuasion

Background:

Professor Croskery-Roberts comes to UCI Law after nine years at the University of Michigan Law School. At Michigan, Professor Croskery-Roberts most recently served as the associate director of the Legal Practice Program.

She has also worked as an associate in the Labor and Employment Department at Baker Botts in Dallas, and she clerked for the Honorable Janis Graham Jack of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas.

She has presented on various topics at academic conferences in the United States and abroad. Her article on the theory and practice of using teaching assistants, co-authored with Professor Ted Becker, appeared in the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute, and she is currently working on a book on employment discrimination for Aspen Publishers.

She is a past-Chair of both the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research, and the Section on Teaching Methods. She is a member of the editorial board for the peer-edited Journal of the Legal Writing Institute and a member of the State Bar of Texas and the American Bar Association.

She earned her B.A. at the University of Oklahoma, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and received her J.D. from the University of Michigan, magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, graduating in the top 5% of her class. While in law school, she served on the Michigan Journal of International Law and the Michigan Journal of Gender and Law.

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  • Rachel Croskery-Roberts, Alison Mikkor, Sarah Berman, and Olympia Duhart: Essay, Demystifying the Lawyering Skills Classroom for First Generation Law Students: Classroom Strategies, Fostering First Gen Success and Inclusion: A Guide for Law Schools (forthcoming 2022 with Carolina Academic Press)
  • Rachel Croskery-Roberts, The Power of the Pack: How to Claim Your Individual Power and Unite Your Pack (with Matthew Cordon, Cassandra Hill, Sarah Morath, and Suzanne Rowe), Proceedings, Volume 1, Issue 3 (July 2021) (an Online Publication of the University of Oregon School of Law).
  • Rachel Croskery-Roberts, Helping Students Succeed in Synchronous and Asynchronous Environments, Law Teaching Strategies for a New Era: Beyond the Physical Classroom (with Queena Mewers) (Carolina Academic Press, 2021)
  • Rachel Croskery-Roberts and Ezra Ross, Creating and Administering an Interviewing Project for 1Ls: Benefits, Challenges, and Lessons Learned from COVID-19, 29 Persps. ___ (forthcoming 2021).
  • Rachel Croskery-Roberts, Ten Years In: A Critical View of the Past, Present, and Future of Skills Education at UC Irvine Law School, 9 Univ. of Cal. L. Rev. 469 (2020).
  • July 2022: 
    Speaker, Yes, “Objective” Analysis Persuades: Introducing Legal Storytelling from Day One, Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference, Georgetown Law School
  • July 2022: 
    Panelist,
     An Uneven Playing Field: Demystifying the Lawyering Skills Classroom for First Generation and Other Nontraditional Students, Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference, Georgetown Law School
  • Dec. 13, 2019: 
    Presenter, “Using Simulations and Live Client Interview to Teach the Professional Value of Cultural Competency and Professionalism,” Global Legal Skills Conference, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Phoenix, AZ 
  • Dec. 6, 2019:
    Presenter, “Beyond the Traditional Course: What Do New Lawyers Actually Need to Know and Are We Meeting Their Needs?,” Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop, UCI Law, Irvine, CA
  • Sept. 28, 2018: 
    Speaker, “Teaching Professionalism from Day One,” Western Regional Legal Writing Conference, UCI Law, Irvine, CA
  • Aug. 8, 2015:
    Presenter, Fifth Annual Western Regional Legal Writing Conference
  • Dec. 5, 2014:
    Speaker, Innovations in Legal Writing workshop, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Sept. 17, 2011:
    Presenter, “Teaching Students How to Interview Clients and Investigate Facts,” 7th Biennial Central States Legal Writing Conference, Chicago