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December 5, 2014

8:30 a.m.                                 Continental Breakfast

8:50 a.m.                                 Welcome

Dean Phyllis L. Crocker, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

Dean Camille Cameron, University of Windsor Faculty of Law

9:00-9:30 a.m.                        Foundations

Who Is the ”Evolving” Student? 

The Next Gen & Millennial Generations

Laurie Brit-Smith, University of Detroit Mercy,

College of Liberal Arts & Education, Writing Program Director 


9:35-10:50 a.m.                     Teaching the Evolving Student—Part One


The Potential of Blended Learning Environments for Legal Research and Writing Courses

Shelley Kierstead, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University


Encouraging Appropriate Collaboration

Craig Smith, UNC Chapel Hill School of Law


Innovative and Interactive Techniques for Teaching Critical LAWR Skills to Today’s Law Students

Laura Reilly, SUNY Buffalo Law School 

10:50-11:00 a.m.                   Morning Break

11:00-11:55 a.m.                   Empowering the Evolving Student

Teaching Our Students Emotional Intelligence and Intentional Change Theory – A New Practice-Ready Demand of Law Firms

Kathryn Mercer, Case Western Reserve University School of  Law

Law School Dissonance - How Was It For You?

Margaret Liddle, University of Windsor Faculty of Law

12:00-12:30 p.m.                   Luncheon (Sponsored by BarBri) & Special Recognition Award to Professor Pamela Lysaght



12:30-1:45 p.m.                     Judicial and Employer Perspectives of the Evolving Student


 A Professionalism Panel

Honourable Mary Jo Nolan, Ontario Superior Court of Justice

                                                     Honorable Cynthia Diane Stephens, Michigan Court of Appeals

                                                     Karen Kienbaum, The Kienbaum Law Group PC Saura Sahu, Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone PLC


1:45-2:00 p.m.                       Afternoon Break    


2:00-2:55 p.m.                       Academic Challenges & the Evolving Student


Where the Rubber Meets the Road:  Teaching the Current Law Student by Simplifying Concepts and Integrating Legal Writing and Doctrine  

Maureen Milliron & Kirk Miller, Ave Maria School of Law


What LARW Professors Can Learn from Teaching the Academically Worst Students

John Murphy, Texas A & M School of Law


3:00-4:15 p.m.                       Teaching the Evolving Student—Part Two


Teaching Millennials Legal Skills:  A Digital Marketing Approach

Renee Allen, Florida A & M University College of Law


I Love You, Mom, but Stay Out of My Arguments

Brenda Tofte, Qatar University College of Law


Parsing the Visual Rhetoric of Dress Codes

Karen Thornton, George Washington University Law School


4:20-4:50 p.m.                       The Evolving Professor? :  A Roundtable Discussion

4:50 p.m.                                Closing Remarks

5:30 p.m.                                Detroit Institute of Arts -- “Friday Night Live”

                                                (informal groups)