Open door policy during normal business
hours of 8 – 5
- Sales and Leases
- Legal Analysis
- Contract Drafting
- Federal Jurisdiction
B.A., University of Nebraska – Lincoln
J.D., Yale University (Phi Beta Kappa)
Professor of Law
I believe that teaching is a crucial part of my job, and I devote considerable energy to it. My office door is open throughout the day, except during lunch and the hour or so before a class, when I’m busy preparing. Students are welcome to visit whenever my door is open.
To help students better prepare for class, I’ve prepared an extensive set of reading materials for each course. For each class session, those reading materials
- explain why the assignment is important;
- describe how the legal doctrines in the assignment are significant in the real world;
- provide background information that students may need to understand the cases in the assignment,
- present a series of questions that we’ll discuss in class; and
- provide one or more fact patterns that help show how a legal doctrine works.
To help students understand and follow the classroom discussion, about thirty minutes before each class I e-mail students the agenda for that class, and I display that agenda in the classroom.
To help students learn how to apply the rules they’ve found in cases and statutes, we’ll frequently approach a problem (usually drawn from an actual case) just as an attorney would. For example, after we’ve identified the elements of a rule, we’ll use those elements to create a list of witnesses we would call during the trial and the questions that we would ask them.
American and British history; the Union Pacific Railroad (its 2009 calendar uses one of my photos); Scottish and Irish music; major league baseball; and exploring Oklahoma.
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