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Professor Aliza Milner Presents on Asynchronous Legal Writing Courses at William & Mary Conference

Posted on Tuesday 6/23/2020
Aliza Milner

Professor Aliza Milner, Director of Legal Communication and Research, presented on "Developing Asynchronous Content in Legal Writing Courses" at William & Mary Law School’s Conference for Excellence in Online Teaching Legal Research and Writing, presented via Zoom across June 18 and 19, 2020. 

The conference focused on the best practices for online teaching, tailored to legal writing faculty and law librarians, an especially prescient topic given that many law schools will be employing hybrid teaching methods for the fall 2020 semester, due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. 

More than 375 people attended Milner's session, which also featured Brian Larson, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University School of Law, and Allison Martin, Clinical Professor of Law, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. 

Central questions the panelists posed were, What can related disciplines teach about delivering asynchronous content and how may evidence-based online teaching of technical writing inform online teaching of legal writing? The presenters also discussed strategies and "corresponding online gadgets and gizmos" for effectively converting a live legal writing course into an asynchronous course. Finally, the presentation addressed how to divide a course between asynchronous and live classes, as well as what works for self-study versus what teaching should be preserved for live classes?