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Paul Maharg
Professor of Legal Education, Northumbria Law School, Northumbria University
Interests: rhetoric, legal education, curriculum design, technology-enhanced learning, professional learning, law and literature.
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I was presenting yesterday on Standardized Clients at the Teaching Legal Ethics workshop organized and hosted by Clark Cunningham and Nigel Duncan, at City University. Very interesting workshop, well designed and implemented. The title of my session was 'The Standardized... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2011 at Standardized Client Initiative
You may remember that SCs are being used by the SRA in their newly designed Qualifying Lawyers’ Transfer Scheme (QLTS). They’re being used in the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), currently (and I mean currently…) being run by Kaplan, which... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2011 at Standardized Client Initiative
I was over in Dublin recently training a new group of Standardized Clients at the Law Society of Ireland. Six in total, and they were a wonderful, vibrant group of SCs -- we had a great time during the pretty... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2011 at Standardized Client Initiative
I'm moving blog host, from Typepad to Wordpress. I hadn't expected to go, but Typepad's recent newsletters on their company policies are making me edgy and, having been stung, like many academics, by Ning's recent policy changes (Dropbox seems to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2011 at Zeugma
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Spent two days at the invitation of Alan Paterson (Strathclyde) and Richard Susskind discussing legal practice and legal education at Ross Priory, Strathclyde's retreat house on Loch Lomond, which has one of the best views anywhere in Scotland. Great hospitality,... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2011 at Zeugma
Over the past six months or so, amongst much else I've been involved in putting together a couple of book series. This post is about the first: Emerging Legal Learning (ELL), published by Ashgate Publishing and co-edited with Caroline Maughan,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2011 at Zeugma
Before the conference started John Garvey took Karen Barton and me to a school in Tribeca where his daughter taught, and to a class where the grade one kids (ages of around 6) were learning about library cards. It was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2011 at Zeugma
Third place, by the way, landed us a cheque (or rather a check) for $6.62M (virtual). Any ideas how I get that into the UK? Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2011 at Zeugma
Long time no blog! I'm thinking of moving platform, and about to start that soon (the task of shifting old posts is non-trivial, as I've discovered), but meantime there are so many interesting happening. I've been on research leave since... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2011 at Zeugma
John Garvey, Karen Barton and Paul are at the third Future Ed conference in New York Law School, presenting on the Daniel Webster programme, which includes SCs and SIMPLE. Slides here, paper here. Really an update on the project, showing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2011 at Standardized Client Initiative
Gave a paper yesterday at IALS, U. of London. It was given in a workshop held in honour of William Twining, one of the finest legal educationalists we have in these isles. I first came across his work after my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2010 at Zeugma
Elizabeth Chambless's phrase, her ambition for the conference, and it summed it up. So many legal ed conferences end up as gabfests. Part of the intellectual buzz of legal education, for me at any rate, is the practical buzz of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2010 at Zeugma
Mitt Regan led the session discussion on technology -- summarised below. Four summaries: Professional Development Proposals Principles One size doesn't fit all law schools There are a different set of competencies that might predict law student abilities There are different... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2010 at Zeugma
Lunch time Laura Taylor, General Counsel, Chlorox. Q & A session with David Wilkins. David began by asking her what students lacked when they started with her dept. She replied: Project Management Leadership International business experience. Flexibility David -- global... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2010 at Zeugma
If the Apostles had Facebook pages, Christianity would never have got off the ground. Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2010 at Zeugma
Good introduction by Elizabeth Chambless -- feasibility, impact? These were defined as essential for the success of the proposals. Not all proposals presented are summarised below. All of them are interesting, though, and can be found on the NYLS web... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2010 at Zeugma
John Garvey (U of New Hampshire) and I present on our joint project to develop a new form of sim using SCs and SIMPLE (slides). If you want to follow up the discussions, please feel free to post comments here... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2010 at Zeugma
Session 3 focused on the view from regulators -- see the conference page at NYLS for a list of those taking part. Stephen Zack, ABA President, was useful on the dilemmas faced by regulators. But yr intrepid correspondent was beginning... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2010 at Zeugma
Keynote by CEO of the Legal Services Board. Good to see him at this conference because, as David Wilkins pointed out in introducing him, his organisation is taking seriously the issues also facing the ABA. More below the fold, adapted... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2010 at Zeugma
In the first panel session of the conference (Global Perspectives on Legal Education), interesting though rather general presentations. Daniel Foote gave a comprehensive, detailed portrait of reform failure in Japan, where in spite of efforts to the contrary, the Bar... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2010 at Zeugma
Oliver Goodenough’s comment about books and the Langdellian revolution stuck in my mind. A key issue is whether the technology of book production stimulated the revolution, or whether it was simply co-opted by legal academics as a useful technology and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2010 at Zeugma
Long hiatus -- got caught up in writing deadlines gridlock which I'm still not clear of. Plus I'm uneasy with the direction that Typepad are taking their blogging software (too commercial for me) and am looking for alternatives, probably Wordpress,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2010 at Zeugma
SCs have now been adoped by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) as part of the new Qualifying Lawyers Transfer Scheme assessment process. Paul has been working with a medical educationalist and others on a SRA Working Party chaired by Mandy... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2010 at Standardized Client Initiative
This is a plenary presentation being given at the IJCLE Conference at Northumbria Law School. Keynote slides at the usual place. It focuses on the place of Francis Hutcheson in an alternative tradition to that of the liberal law school,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2010 at Zeugma
Been thinking about this, since we're engaged in a project that incorporates them at Northumbria Law School. Talking to staff today it was borne in on me yet again how much lectures are culturally more sophisticated events than we tend... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2010 at Zeugma