Date + Time: Monday, July 15, 2019: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Speakers: Alyson Drake, Texas Tech University Law School; Ryan Metheny, LA Law Library; Morgan Wood, Holland & Knight LLP
BoK Domains: Professionalism + Leadership at Every Level, Teaching + Training
With the American Bar Association’s (ABA) increased emphasis on experiential learning, many academic law librarians are transitioning their courses to better fit the ABA’s experiential simulation course standards. The new ABA standards require students to perform actions that are reasonably similar to the lawyering tasks they will undertake during practice. Many government and firm librarians, meanwhile, have taken on additional research instruction responsibilities for new associates, law clerks, and other attorney patrons. As such, it’s critical for law librarians to open up lines of communication with our colleagues in other types of law libraries to get a fuller picture of the research needs of practicing attorneys, and how our colleagues are addressing them. This program will provide a brief refresher on the ABA’s requirements for simulation courses. Then, firm and government librarians will outline the types of research problems their patrons most frequently face, and the research skills that practicing attorneys most need but often lack. Participants will then have discussions at their tables about what types of questions they most frequently see in their workplaces and brainstorm how courses can be best adapted to more accurately simulate students’ professional experiences.