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Steven Friedland
Professor of Law

Elon University School of Law

Steven Friedland comes to Elon from Nova Southeastern University (NSU),  Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where he has been a professor of law for 20 years. At NSU he was awarded various teaching honors, including several law school "teacher of the year" awards and one university-wide honor. He has taught at law schools across the southeast, including the University of Florida, the University of Georgia, Georgia State University and the University of Miami. While in practice, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. A co-author of two books published by Carolina Academic Press, "Techniques For Teaching Law" and "Teaching the Law School Curriculum," he is a national leader and frequent speaker and consultant on improving law school teaching, including the establishment of law schools in Japan. He is on the Board of Advisors for the Institute for Law School Teaching and has directed NSU's Guardian Ad Litem and Street Law programs. Friedland has a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton, a juris doctor from Harvard Law School, and a master of laws and a doctor of jurisprudence degree from Columbia Law School, where he was also a Dollard Fellow in Law, Medicine and Psychiatry.

Michael Hunter Schwartz
Director of Ex-L, Professor of Law
Washburn University School of Law

Professor Schwartz has been teaching law full-time since 1991. He previously taught at Western State University College of Law and at Charleston School of Law. Before becoming a law professor, Professor Schwartz practiced in the areas of contract law, construction law, insurance law and entertainment law with two, large California-based law firms.

Professor Schwartz possesses particular expertise in the fields of law school teaching, assessment of legal education and law student learning. He has authored two books designed to help students succeed in law school, on the bar exam and in law practice, each of which includes a scholarly teacher's manual and both of which have been adopted at multiple law schools. He also has written two law review articles and four shorter works addressing various topics relating to law school teaching and learning, and he is on the Steering Committee for and is a contributing author to the Clinical Legal Education Association's "Best Practices for Legal Education" Project. Professor Schwartz has delivered presentations on teaching and learning topics at conferences sponsored by the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, the American Association of Law Schools, the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, the Institute for Law School Teaching, and the Association of Legal Writing Directors. In addition, he has delivered law teaching and learning presentations as an invited speaker to the law faculties at Hastings College of the Law, Santa Clara University School of Law, Mercer University School of Law, John Marshall Law School (Atlanta), The John Marshall Law School (Chicago), Albany Law School, Southern New England School of Law and University of District of Columbia School of Law. At Albany and at John Marshall in Chicago, in addition to delivering presentations, Professor Schwartz served as a consultant on teaching; he visited classes and authored written reports addressing his observations. Professor Schwartz also has consulted with the University of Denver School of Law and Hamline University School of Law on the development of their academic support programs.

Professor Schwartz is serving as Chair of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Balance in Legal Education Section (formerly Humanizing Legal Education Section) in 2008.

Gerald Hess
Professor of Law
Gonzaga University School of Law

Professor Hess has taught at Gonzaga University School of Law since 1988. Professor Hess founded the Institute for Law School Teaching in    1991 and was its director until 2004. He has served as a co-editor of The Law Teacher, as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Journal of Legal Education, and as an inaugural member of the editorial board of the Canadian Legal Education Annual Review.

Professor Hess is a co-author and co-editor of two books on teaching and learning in law school: Techniques for Teaching Law and Teaching the Law School Curriculum. He co-produced two videotapes and accompanying faculty development materials: Principles for Enhancing Legal Education and Teach to the Whole Class: Barriers and Pathways to Learning. He has published articles in the areas of commercial law, civil procedure, environmental law, and teaching and learning in law school.

Professor Hess is a frequent speaker at national conferences about legal education. He conducts workshops on law teaching at law schools in the United States, Canada, and Japan. Professor Hess has been the chair of the AALS Teaching Methods Section and is a faculty member and educational consultant at the National Judicial College.

Before attending law school, Professor Hess taught wonderful and challenging children in grades 2, 4, and 5. He is married to Dr. Layne Stromwall and has two children, Mike and Amanda.

Barbara Glesner Fines
Ruby M. Hulen Professor of Law B.Ph., J.D., LL.M.
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law

Professor Glesner Fines has been on the faculty of UMKC Law School since 1986. She teaches Professional Responsibility, Family Law, Ethical Issues in the Representation of Families, Seminar in Family Violence, and Remedies. She co-directs the Child and Family Services Clinic, Family Court Clerkship, Legal Aid Clinic, and the Guardian ad Litem Workshop. She is the director of the Structured Study Group program. Course and resource pages for Professor Glesner Fines' classes and for the Teaching & Learning Law project can be found on her Home Page.

Professor Glesner Fines received her Masters of Law Degree from Yale University in 1986 and her J.D. (cum laude) from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1983. She holds a Bachelors of Philosophy degree from Thomas Jefferson College of Grand Valley State University (1980), and was selected as the distinguished alumna in 1998. Prior to joining the faculty at UMKC, Professor Glesner Fines taught at the law schools of the University of Oklahoma and the University of Cincinnati.

Professor Glesner Fines' research interests focus on professional responsibility issues and family law, as well as aspects of legal education. She is President of the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) and serves on the advisory board for the Institute for Law School Teaching. She also hosts the website for the AALS Section on Academic Support.

Kerri L. Sigler, Elon University School of Law, Greensboro, N.C.

Kerri is currently a second-year law student concentrating in Litigation. She is Chair of the Academic Committee of the International Law Society; Chair of the Arabic Language Group; member of Moot Court's Seton Hall Team; a Legal Research & Writing Scholar; winner of Best Comprehensive Performance in Contracts I; winner of SBA's "Most Likely to Bill 100 Hours In A Day" award; a teaching assistant; a 1L mentor; and a member of the law school softball team. Law school is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for Kerri, which inspires her belief that the experience should be both educational and ridiculously fun. In her largely non-existent spare time, Kerri enjoys reading, hiking, indoor rock climbing, and watching football. GO STEELERS!!!

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