Professors Speak at Experiential Learning Conference
Professors Courtney Anderson, Jessica Gabel Cino, and Leslie Wolf, with the Center for Law, Health & Society, along with professor Nicole Iannarone, presented “Experiential Learning Across the Curriculum: Options for Every Class,” at the Institute for Law Teaching & Learning summer conference at Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington.
The conference provided an opportunity to showcase the varied experiential learning opportunities Georgia State University College of Law professors –and its health law professors in particular – are offering their students. These ranged from in-class simulations in required classes and electives, including drafting and counseling exercises, to direct representation. Both Wolf and Gabel Cino received College of Law Teaching Innovation Grants to develop experiential learning into their courses. Gabel Cino offers a clinic-like experience in her Bankruptcy Assistance & Practice Program, as well as incorporating realistic exercises into her contracts, forensic medicine, and evidence classes. Anderson’s health equity course is clinic-like, with students working with Neighborhood Planning Units on an issue of concern within the community. Iannarone, who also directs the Investor Advocacy Clinic, asks her professional responsibility students to work as “law firms to learn the rules governing lawyers “
The health law faculty have been active in incorporating experiential learning into their classes. Lisa Bliss is the Director of Experiential Learning at the College of Law. She, Sylvia Caley and Emily Suski supervise law students who provide direct client representation in the HeLP Legal Services Clinic. Caley also engages students in the legislative process through her Health Legislation and Advocacy class. Jonathan Todres has long included legislative drafting in his public health law course. Last year, Erin Fuse Brown introduced a transactional health law class, which she co-teaches with two practicing health law attorneys. Charity Scott teaches the interactive negotiation course.
“Remarkably, we represent only a portion of experiential learning at the College of Law,” commented Bliss. “As a faculty, we are committed to ensuring that our students develop practical skills, as well as legal knowledge, across the curriculum, which has contributed to the success of our students.”
“The conference also provided us with new ideas for our teaching that we can share with our colleagues,” Anderson said. “We are always looking for ideas to enhance our students’ experiences.”
The four panelists will contribute a chapter based on their presentation for a book on experiential learning to be published by Carolina Academic Press and edited by conference organizers.