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Professor Lynch Talks ‘Transforming Legal Education’ at Cornell Conference

Professor Mary Lynch

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Professor Mary A. Lynch spent a part of her summer moving the needle on one of her biggest passions: improving legal education.

On August 10, Professor Lynch participated on the panel “Best Practices, Pedagogical Questions, Methods and Assessment” at the Upstate Clinical Conference in Ithaca, N.Y. She presented on two books: “Building on Best Practices: Transforming Legal Education in a Changing World,” to which she contributed a section on intercultural effectiveness in teaching; and “Learning from Practice: A Text for Experiential Legal Education,” co-edited by Albany Law colleague Professor Nancy Maurer. Professor Lynch’s presentation also included Albany Law’s Center for Excellence in Law Teaching (CELT) and its award-winning Best Practices for Legal Education blog.

The two-day event was organized by Albany Law School, Syracuse University College of Law, University at Buffalo School of Law, and Cornell Law School, which served as the host institution. Professor Sarah Rogerson, director of the The Justice Center, was one of the co-organizers of the conference that featured substantive workshops and a scholarship session for works-in-progress.

Legal education remains a focus of Professor Lynch’s writings. Her recent scholarship includes “Incentivizing and Assessing Faculty Committee Work Contributions, Why Now?” (co-author), forthcoming in the Journal of Legal Education.

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