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."
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.