Professor Michael Fricke
University of Illinois, Gies College of Business
HBO for ADR: Using TV's Silicon Valley to Understand Alternative Dispute Resolution
"This lesson uses a popular television show, HBO’s Silicon Valley, to present a surprisingly realistic, and legally accurate, example of an arbitration hearing. By comparing the fictional arbitration hearing to a typical litigation proceeding, students are able to understand ADR methods and how they differ from litigation. Second, by incorporating this lesson toward the end of the semester, students are able to synthesize and apply concepts learned earlier in the course to a scenario that incorporates issues of contract formation, ownership of intellectual property, and employer-employee relationships."
Professor Joshua Perry
Indiana University, Kelley School of Business
Using the Sadhu to Teach about Ethical Blindness
"Despite having a desire (or a mandate) to increase our students’ awareness of and sensitivity towards ethical issues in business, for a variety of reasons many business law professors struggle with this content-particularly when attempting to integrate ethics in the context of an already crowded business law course. This session discussing The Parable of the Sadhu and exploring the concept of “ethical blindness” presents an interactive opportunity to engage undergraduate, MBA, or executive education business students."
Professor Matt Roessing
University of Georgia, Terry College of Business
Introducing Frolick & DeTour, LLP
"The Frolick & DeTour role play brings experiential learning into the classroom. Three or four times per semester, actors posing as “clients” visit the classroom to consult with students on a legal problem. The students must apply what they’ve learned, giving the client some advice on the fly and then submitting a written memorandum with detailed analysis. Frolick & DeTour is an experience that students can take with them into the real world."
Professor Sean Shannon
State University of New York, College at Oneonta
Teaching Business Law Students the Basics of Civil Litigation through the Case of the Sleeping Yankee Fan
"At a Major League Baseball game held at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, April 13, 2014 between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees a fan was captured on television dozing in the stands during the game and ESPN sports announcers took note. From the less than two-minute verbal exchange between the announcers, subsequent fan blog commentary, and the image of a fan dozing at the game, a $10 million lawsuit ensued, a Decision and Order was entered, and a fun pedagogical exercise was realized."
Professor Mystica M. Alexander
Using the Flipped Classroom to Teach Product Liability
"Course goals for our Legal Environment of Business course include: (1) Our students will practice critical thinking and analysis and will enhance their writing and communication skills. Using the flipped classroom approach allows for approximately 50 minutes of class time to be used for student debate on five separate product liability fact patterns and provides students with an interesting and fun approach to critically analyzing the legal aspects of product liability. This approach pushes students to focus on their critical thinking skills because for the majority of students engaging in a debate inspires them to give their best to "win" (by class vote) their side of the case."
Professor Cristen W. Dutcher
Kennesaw State University
Create a Law Day
"These one day, in class group activities engage students with the aspects of the law which they will most likely encounter in their futures. The learning objectives for the Create a Law Day activities are to foster critical thinking about the law by giving students an opportunity to identify legal issues in real world scenarios and then analyze how those issues can affect an outcome, which aligns with the objectives of identifying and interpreting the impact that the legal environment has on business situations. Each Day gives students an opportunity to create their own private laws, helping them see how the law can be a help to their lives and lessening any intimidation they may feel about the law."
Professor Debbie Kaminer
The Meaning of “Sex”: Using Title VII’s Definition of Sex to Teach About the Legal Regulation of Business
"This lesson involves teaching about the complexities of the legal regulation of business in the United States through an analysis of whether Title VII’s prohibition on discrimination “because of . . . sex” includes discrimination based on sexual orientation. This is a timely and engaging question, and I have used this lesson in a course I teach on the Legal and Ethical Regulation of Business. I teach this lesson in the second half of the semester and I use it to pull together topics including statutory interpretation, jurisdiction, administrative law, stare decisis, the Commerce Clause and the Supremacy Clause. I also use this lesson to discuss ethical reasoning. In particular, I have students distinguish between whether discrimination based on sexual orientation is unethical, and what branch of government should get to decide if it is illegal."
Professor Ursula Ramsey
ADA Scavenger Hunt
Through this gamification teaching method "Students will demonstrate their knowledge of Title III of the ADA by participating in a scavenger hunt. Students will incorporate technology via use of camera phones. Students will develop effective communication and teamwork skills. Students will develop empathy for individuals covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act."
After reviewing the highest number of submissions in several years, the panel of judges has named four finalists in the 2016 Charles M. Hewitt Master Teacher Competition. Each of the finalist submissions will be presented at the Master Teacher Symposium during the ALSB's annual conference in August. The finalists are...
Wake Forest University School of Business faculty member Matthew Phillips has been named the Charles M. Hewitt Master Teacher by the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB), the international organization of professors who teach law in business schools.
Phillips, a professor of practice in business law and ethics, teaches across the School’s undergraduate and graduate programs. He is also associate dean of the working professional MBA programs and Bern Beatty Fellow.
For Mike Koval, good news often comes in threes.
In 2003, he gave up his full-time private law practice to become a stay-at-home dad to his new triplets. Seeking to re-enter the job market three years later, he was hired as an adjunct faculty member in Salisbury University's Management and Marketing Department in the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business. Three years after that, in 2009, he joined the department's Accounting and Legal Studies faculty, teaching legal environment and business law.
Now, three years later, he has been named one of the nation's top legal studies educators, earning the Academy of Legal Studies in Business' prestigious Charles M. Hewitt Master Teacher Award.
One of the most important aspects of the Hewitt Master Teacher competition is the way it raises the profile of the people who teach business law across our guild. This is a small sample of the stories about recent winners, which highlight their achievement, but also the great work done by business law professors around the country.