OXFORD, Miss.–The School of Law will undertake its second Skill Session January 6-17, 2014, with 22 adjuncts lined up to teach a range of practical skills courses.
The adjunct professors come from around the state to bring their expertise in a variety of subject areas, with the goal of teaching intensive courses to bridge the gap from law school to practice.
“The Skill Session embodies the law school’s focus on graduating students equipped with the ability to practice law, rather than just think about the law,” said Matthew Hall, senior associate dean for academic affairs. “We’re excited to have these elite practitioners working side by side with our students to train the next generation of attorneys.”
The Skill Session is offered the first two weeks in January each year, just prior to the start of spring semester. Requirements to teach included being committed to train the next generation of lawyers, possessing deep experience in a particular professional skill, and possessing the ability and enthusiasm to translate that experience into a series of concrete exercises. The practical exercises must involve the students in a skills “performance” for each day of the Skill Session.
Skill Session instructors and their courses include:
- George Carlson (Case Analysis)
- Jim Carroll (Contract Negotiation and Drafting)
- Diala Chaney (Chancery Court Practice)
- Rick Courtney (Elder Law Workshop)
- Jack Dunbar (ADR)
- Brooks Eason (Litigating an Employment Law Case)
- Mike Frascogna (Entertainment Law Practicum)
- Katie Gilchrist (Health Care Law Workshop)
- Kenny Griffis (Strategic Solutions for Litigation Dilemmas)
- Ben Griffith (Municipal Law Practice)
- Jacinta Hall (Criminal Trial Practice)
- Victoria Holladay (Drafting Non-Compete Agreements)
- Sabrina Howell (Real Estate Practice)
- Parker Kline (Judicial Law Clerk Workshop)
- Bill Luckett (Lawyers as Entrepreneurs)
- Anita Modak-Truran (How to Do a Film Deal)
- David O’Donnell (Depositions)
- Denise Owens (Chancery Court Trial Practice)
- Bill Quin (Complex Personal Injury Case – Plaintiff)
- Bill Reed (Pre-Trial Practice)
- David Rozier (Eminent Domain Praticum)
- David Sanders (Contract Negotiation and Drafting)
- Amanda Urbanek (Agricultural Law Practicum)
- Matt Vines (Advanced Depositions or Litigation Drafting)
- Jim Warren (Contract Negotiation and Drafting)
All first year students enroll in Contract Negotiation and Drafting, while second and third year students choose from the electives above. Electives allow upper level students to focus on litigation, transactional work or public service lawyering, and any number of areas including estate planning, real estate, sports law, entertainment law and intellectual property.