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@Melissa: One of my thoughts is to have the students form smallish (4-5 people) law firms, give them a faux petition and schedule, and give each firm a different "backstory" (Firm A used to represent creditor A w/a s/i in X collateral and currently represents creditors B & C and vendor D; Firm B represents two of the debtor's directors in matters unrelated to the bankruptcy, etc.). What'cha think?
I'd love to see them do a mock conflicts check. (No surprise there.)
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Mar 15, 2010
"Mean test" certainly could have been an editorial comment, both in terms of my exam AND in terms of Congress's bankruptcy amendments!
Um, there's a nonfiction dean in Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. :) &
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I give up. Just go to YouTube, search for "EDS Cat-Herding Commercial," and enjoy.
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For all potential cat-herders, this YouTube video is, of course, required viewing:
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That's a good idea. I tried orienting them w/a lecture on the Code sections that the problems would be covering that day, but apparently some of them want more. I'll mull over your ideas, and I sure appreciate them!
Wow--we could also start a whole post on "nasty, unfair student evals." Of course, I haven't finished grading my other set of finals (I will! I will! Tonight!), so I haven't read the second set of evals yet.
Toggle Commented Jun 9, 2009 on Student evaluations I love at The Faculty Lounge
This afternoon's joy in reading PR exams came when I read that a law firm (named after our cats, Grace & Shadow) could avoid a conflicts problem by establishing an "iron curtain." So that's why the former Soviet Union did it....
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2009 on Fun while grading.... at The Faculty Lounge
Of course, my all-time favorite one was when I taught the "shaken faith" doctrine in contracts, and one exam writer wrote about the "Shake & Bake" doctrine....
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BTW, one of my buddies (Seymour) has this suggestion: Even after 50+ years out of [his school] - advise the newcomers NOT TO TALK DOWN TO THEIR STUDENTS even when called upon and they are unprepared - treat them as equal human beings. I still remember (after 50+ years) 2 of my professors [names snipped] who "talked down" to 1st year students. (I doubt if I remember all the names of my other professors.) I agree. At some point, if you're too aggressive, students stop listening and therefore stop learning.
Thanks, all y'all, for your comments! Vladimir, I think that some schools are less focused on teaching than others, and there's something really rewarding about making those connections with students, even in the first year. I'm friends w/several former students, and I even IM'd with a former student last night. (Hey, beats grading!) The fact is that there's only a limited amount of time, and EVERYTHING takes longer for a newbie academic, just as everything takes longer for a newbie lawyer. As with any other environment, find out what's valued, and focus on that first. PRIORITIZE. And don't forget to save a little time for yourself.
Thanks, y'all! After I grade another tranch (!) of bankruptcy exams, I'll start posting. Any suggestions?