Focus on Pedagogy, Wellness, Professional Identity
UW Law faculty contribute to the advancement of law through their scholarship, teaching and service.
By Jennifer Fan
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development
In a few weeks, UW Law embarks on a new academic year. The beginning of the school year is always a time of excitement with new students and faculty joining our institution and the return of colleagues and upper division law school students.
While the pandemic brought great change and upheaval to our community, our faculty remained steadfast and dedicated to the advancement of law and support of our students. As an institution, we have demonstrated remarkable resilience. It is in this spirit that I wanted to share the pedagogical, wellness and professional identity advancements that UW Law faculty have undertaken.
Through e-books, casebooks, and articles in professional publications, our faculty have incorporated their scholarly endeavors to enrich the educational experiences of our students. Whether it is Prof. Zahr Said’s free casebook on tort law, Profs. Xuan-Thao Nguyen and Bob Gomulkiewicz’s casebook on licensing intellectual property, Prof. Toshiko Takenaka’s research handbook on patent law for the U.S., Europe and Japan, or Prof. Peter Nicolas’ casebook on evidence, our faculty continue to innovate in teaching, help to demystify the law, and make their books more accessible (and in some cases, free) to our students. Our faculty are also writing casebooks in new areas of law, such as Ryan Calo’s Robot Law II, which is forthcoming. In addition, our legal writing faculty have contributed extensively to the Write to Counsel column in NW Lawyer.
At UW Law, we not only value teaching, but also prioritize student wellness and the development of professional identity. We have far exceeded the ABA standards in these two areas. Even before the revisions to ABA Standard 508 that addresses student wellness, UW Law offered bold leadership in the arena of student mental health. It was one of the first law schools (and remains one of the few) to hire a dedicated mental health therapist.
Under the leadership of Associate Dean for Students Anna Endter, this new position was created in spring 2021 to provide students with free and confidential one-on-one therapy in partnership with the UW’s Counseling Center. Mental health has even been incorporated in our curriculum — this winter, Elizabeth Porter, Interim Toni Rembe Dean, and Dean Endter will co-teach a class on the topic called Reflective Lawyering.
In terms of the development of professional identity required under ABA Standard 303(b), UW Law offers a host of trainings beginning with orientation and a perspectives course offered in the first year of law school and culminating in clinical and externship opportunities. As an example, Introduction to Perspectives on the Law gives 1Ls the opportunity to understand the law through different lenses while tying what they learn to the first-year doctrinal curriculum.
I am inspired by the work of my colleagues in the areas of pedagogy, wellness and professional identity and look forward to sharing the many ways UW Law faculty contribute to the advancement of law through their scholarship, teaching and service.
I wish all of you a successful start to the school year!
Open Access casebooks
- Zahr K. Said, Tort Law: A 21st Century Approach (CALI eLangdell casebook series) (July 2021) (2nd ed. Forthcoming 2022)
- Jennifer S. Fan, Business Organizations, Harvard H2O (2020)
- Lisa Marshall Manheim, Constitutional Law: Structures of Government (2021)
Traditional casebooks/teaching materials
- Stuart Showalter & Sallie Thieme Sanford, The Law of Healthcare Administration (10th ed., Health Admin. Press, forthcoming 2023).
- Robot Law II (Ryan Calo, Michael Froomkin & Kristen Thomasen, eds., Edward Elgar Publishing forthcoming).
- Ryan Calo, Law and Technology: A Methodical Approach (Oxford University Press forthcoming).
- Robert W. Gomulkiewicz, Xuan-Thao Nguyen & Danielle M. Conway, Licensing Intellectual Property: Law and Application (4th ed. Aspen 2018) (Aspen Casebook Series)
- Xuan-Thao N. Nguyen, Robert W. Gomulkiewicz & Danielle M. Conway, Intellectual Property, Software, and Information Licensing: Law and Practice (2d ed. 2018 Bloomberg BNA)
- Robert W. Gomulkiewicz, Software Law and Its Application (2d ed. Aspen Publishers 2018) (Aspen Select Series)
- Peter Nicolas, Evidence: A Problem-Based and Comparative Approach (4th ed. Carolina Academic Press 2018)
- Thomas J. Schoenbaum, The Law and Legal Systems in the United States (2d ed. West Academic Publishing 2022)
- Thomas J. Schoenbaum, International Trade Law (4th ed. Aspen Publishing 2022) (with Daniel C. K. Chow and Gregory C. Dorris)
- Research Handbook on Patent Law and Theory (2d ed. Toshiko Takanaka ed., Edward Elgar Pub. 2019)
- Lisa Kelly & Kim Ambrose, Representing Youth: Telling Stories, Imagining Change (Carolina Academic Press 2017)
- Jessica L. West, Administrative Law: A Casebook (Aspen Publishing 2022) (with Bernard Schwartz, Roberto L. Corrada, J. Robert Brown, Jr.)
Legal Writing & Education Articles/Presentations
- Mireille Butler, Phil Lentz & Lauren Sancken, "Using Therapeutic Principles in the Legal Writing Classroom", Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference (July 22, 2022)
- William S. Bailey, Scaling Langdell's Wall: A Practitioner's Unlikely Journey into Full-Time Law School Teaching, Nw. Law., Mar. 2020, at 29.
- Mireille Butler, How to Use a Deep Issue Statement to Make a Lasting First Impression, Wash. St. B. News (April/May 2021) at 20-22
- Mireille Butler, Embrace Your Softer Side, Wash. St. B. News (July/August 2022) at 21
- Benjamin S. Halasz, Write Introductions that Will Bedazzle Rather than Bore, Wash. St. B. News, Sept. 2021, at 22-24.
- Benjamin S. Halasz, Strengthen Your Briefs: Argue Rules Before Comparisons, St. B. News, Feb. 2021, at 20-21.
- Benjamin S. Halasz, To Write with Flow, Use the Old-to-New Connection, NW Law., Feb. 2020, at 24-26.
- Benjamin S. Halasz, Activate Your Prose by Using the Passive Voice, NW Law., June 2019, at 16-17.
- Benjamin Halasz, Bringing the Court into the Classroom: Suggestions for How to Craft Exercises for Upper-Level Courses Using Real Practitioners’ Briefs, 27 Persp.: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing 9-18 (2019).
- Elizabeth G. Porter, Imagining Law: Visual Thinking Across the Law School Curriculum, 68 J. Legal Educ. 8-14 (2018).
- Lauren E. Sancken, The Importance of Being Earnest: Writing an Effective Supplemental Authorities Letter, Wash. St. B. News, June, 2021 at 22-24.
- Lauren E. Sancken, Re: Emails, Wash. St. B. News, April/May 2020, at 20-21.
- Lauren E. Sancken, Terrific Third Drafts: Taking Your Writing from Bad to Good to Great, Wash. St. B. News, Dec. 2020/Jan 2021, at 20-21.
- Lauren E. Sancken, Words of a Feather: Poetry as a Tool for Legal Writing, NW Law., Sept. 2019, at 18-20.
- David J.S. Ziff, From Anecdata to Data on Writing a Winning Brief, Wash. St. B. News, Dec. 7, 2021, at 20-22.
- David J.S. Ziff, Return on Investment: Editing for Professional Development, NW Law., Oct. 2020, at 21-22.
- David J.S. Ziff, Show Them the Way: Using Feedback to Improve Writing and Writers, 47 ABA Litig. J. 49-53 (Spring 2021).
- David J.S. Ziff, Practical Citation, NW Law., Mar. 2020, at 20-21.
- Davis J.S. Ziff, There Is No Such Thing as a “Bad” Case, NW Law., July-Aug. 2019, at 17-19.
- David J.S. Ziff, Say Goodbye to Bad Digital Presentations, Wash. St. B. News, June 2022, at 20.
- Karen E. Boxx, Shakespeare in the Classroom: How an Annual Student Production of King Lear Adds Dimension to Teaching Trusts and Estates, 58 St. Louis U. L.J. 751 (2014)
- Scott A. Schumacher, Learning to Write in Code: The Value of Using Legal Writing Exercises to Teach Tax Law, 4 Pitt. Tax Rev. 103-35 (2007)
- Well-Being for Life & Learning, The UW Resilience Lab (with contributions from UW Law’s Anna Endter, Well-Being for Life and Learning Fellow)
- Anna L. Endter, Mindfulness Meditation: A Tool for a Profession in Need, NW Law., Mar. 2019, at 44-47.
- Gallagher Law Library Research Guide, Wellness & Mindfulness Resources for UW Law Students
Jennifer S. Fan is associate dean for research and faculty development; faculty director of the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic; and faculty advisor for the Law, Business, and Entrepreneurship track. She also teaches business organizations. Fan is the 2019 recipient of the Philip A. Trautman Professor of the Year Award given by the student body.