Howard University

Faculty Colloquies

Spring 2009 Faculty Colloquies

Thursday, January 22nd
2008 ABA Bar Passage Conference by Professor Tanya Washington. Professor Washington presented some different ways to think about bar passage issues for both pedagogical and curriculum purposes. Her presentation reinforced many of the points made by Professor Francois in his memorandum on bar passage scholarship which he prepared as a part of the 2008 Self-Study. Professor Washington is on the faculty at Georgia State University School of Law. This is her fourth year teaching the Maryland Law in National Perspectives course at Howard. She has also taught bar related courses at UDC. Professor Washington is associated with the PTEX Bar Prep course.

Thursday, February 4th
Judge Yacoob of the Constitutional Court of South Africa will lead a faculty colloquy comparing positive rights in the South African Constitution (right to health care, education, housing etc.) with the rights protected in the United States’ Constitution. Professor Motala organized this colloquy for the faculty. The colloquy will be held at noon in the President’s Suite. Judge Yacoob will also speak to 1L Constitutional Law classes at 9:00 a.m. in the moot court room on February 4, 2009.

Thursday, February 19th
Professor Kurland will lead a colloquy on the Court is in Session: A Law Professor Returns to the Majestic Chaos of a Criminal Jury Trial. This is the title of an upcoming essay in the Howard Law Journal. Professor Kurland will discuss his recently completed federal RICO trial—lessons learned and applying those lessons to the classroom. This colloquy will be at noon in the President’s Suite. Lunch will be provided for the first 20 faculty members to RSVP for the colloquy to Mrs. Gorman. Lunch provided by Coburn & Coffman.

Tuesday, March 24th
Professor McDougall will lead a colloquy “Legal Reading and the Social Engineer.” He will discuss his beginning research in legal reading, artificial intelligence, and minority achievement, looking to see how we might better train our students. Prof. McDougall will circulate a rough draft before the meeting.

Thursday, April 2nd
Professor Phoebe Haddon at 3:30 p.m. in President’s Suite. The topic will be on “Becoming Teacher-Scholars in Our Changing Legal Education Setting.”

Thursday, April 9th
Professor Lisa Crooms’ colloquy is, most broadly, a talk about law and literature. She will discuss how she is using Ernest Gaines’ A Lesson Before Dying, Toni Morrison’s A Mercy and Gayl Jones’ Eva’s Man to explore legal issues related to the death penalty, parenting, and domestic violence, respectively. She is reading Gaines as part of the University’s Common Text Project. She has assigned Morrison and Jones in her course titled Gender and the Law. This colloquy will be at 3:30 pm in the President’s Suite.

Faculty members are encouraged to present papers and current projects in faculty colloquies. There are several dates still available for faculty to give a presentation on a topic, paper (work-in-progress) or recent publication. Contact Associate Dean Dark if you wish to lead a colloquy on a recently published article, work in progress, or a “mere idea” that may become the basis for a published work.

updated: April 3, 2009