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Faculty to Present at SEALS Annual Conference

Dean Dan Filler and Professors Emily Zimmerman, Donald Tibbs, Deborah Gordon and Chapin Cimino speak ath 2018 SEALS Conference

August 01, 2018

Several members of the law school faculty will moderate and participate in workshops on diverse issues in the law and legal education at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida Aug. 6-9.

Dean Dan Filler will take part in a workshop focused on “The Role of the Law School Dean in Promoting Legal Writing.” Professor Emily Zimmerman, who organized the workshop, will moderate the panel, which will include legal writing faculty and deans from nine other law schools. Participants will discuss the ways that deans can promote legal writing and the professional status of professors who teach the subject.

Zimmerman will also present during the panel, “Professionalism, Pain and Personal Growth,” which will explore the ways professors can support students as they transition from undergraduate to professional students and ultimately to lawyers. She will discuss her research on grit and defensive pessimism and share insights about what spurs students to persevere.  

Professor Donald Tibbs will take part in a workshop examining “The Warren Court’s Impact on Criminal Justice.” The discussion will explore the dramatic changes in criminal law and criminal procedure that were ushered in during the tenure of the late Chief Justice Earl Warren, 50 years after its conclusion.

Tibbs will also serve on a panel focusing on the 50th anniversary of the tumultuous trial of the Chicago Seven for allegedly conspiring to incite anti-war riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Tibbs will join colleagues from 13 other law schools for the workshop.


Professor Deborah Gordon will join George Washington University Law School Professor Naomi Cahn in moderating a discussion on “New Directions in Trusts and Estates Scholarship.” The panel will focus on changes in trusts and estates law tied to elder law, feminist jurisprudence and comparative law.


Professor Chapin Cimino will present at a workshop on “Mindfulness and Creativity in Teaching and Scholarship.” The workshop is one of several at the conference that will explore the value of mindfulness in legal education and legal practice and its impact on students, practitioners and scholars.