So far, so good. My first few weeks at Robson Hall have been uneventful. We’ve had a few full group lectures in Legal Methods, where first year students are being immersed in practical topics ranging from basic legal research to how to think like a lawyer to exam-writing tips. Right now they ought to be finishing off their first case brief assignment, struggling with how to summarize 87 dense pages from the Supreme Court into no more than 6 double spaced pages.
So far, I have been most grateful for the course coordinator, Richard Jochelson. He just joined the Faculty of Law this summer and I’m finding that not only is he well versed in criminal law, but Jochelson is also an organized, creative and articulate teacher. This is making my job as a new instructor ever so much easier.
One of Jochelson’s projects has been creation of a new blog, Robson Crim Legal Blog. While not creatively named, this collaborative blog already features a wide range of posts and perspectives from an array of academics across the country. Judging by the early posts, Robson Crim Legal Blog seems likely to make a meaningful contribution to discourse on criminal law both in the academy and the legal profession. Perhaps it will even be a contender in the next round of Clawbies.
While on the topic of criminal law writing, the Manitoba Law Journal has just put out a call for papers for an upcoming issue of the journal focused on current issues in criminal law. Academics, lawyers, judges and students are all invited to submit papers for consideration by no later than February 1, 2017.
And finally, it warms my social-media loving heart that some of the newer faculty members of University of Manitoba’s law school are becoming more visible on social media. Jochelson (@RiJochelson), Amar Khoday (@amarkhoday) and David Ireland (@irelanddavy) are all present and active on Twitter. This seems like progress in a province where lawyers and academics are notably absent from social media.