Thus summer, Tonya Bastian Galanis, Principal of the Eugene Dupuch Law School and Nicole Sutherland-King, Director of the Eugene Dupuch Law School Legal Aid Clinic, participated in an intensive training program at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). Over twenty law professors from around the world attended the first, annual NSU Law International Consortium for Global Legal Education Conference which took place from July 18-21, 2016 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Participants included law faculty from The Bahamas, England, Jamaica, India, Lebanon, and Trinidad and Tobago.
The workshop focused on the use of active teaching methodologies and best practices in legal education. Principal Bastian Galanis looks forward to implementing some of the new methodologies and skills in the upcoming academic year. “The information that was shared at NSU’s Global Law Education Conference was enriching,” said Bastian Galanis. “Topics that were covered included discovering new ways to use technology, describing and employing the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s (NITA), and the ‘Learning by Doing’ model. We benefitted by learning from each other, exploring techniques from around the world, and experiential learning in transactional classes. The skillful presentations by facilitators and presenters and the collegiality of the participants created a supportive environment which permitted participants to actively engage.”
Participants also learned how to develop workshops, and methods for improving clinical education, and student assessment. Nicole Sutherland-King expressed that she benefitted, and by extension, her students will benefit tremendously from the experience. “Attending the Global Legal Education Conference at NSU was a professionally rewarding experience. Not only were the instructors and their presentations engaging and topical, but in addition, during formal sessions we explored recent developments and trends in legal pedagogy,” she said. “The opportunity to network with counterparts from across the region and around the globe to share insights and exchange ideas for enhancing the student learning experience was invaluable”.