bone picking | ugh twitter, international networks and academic housework

[this post was edited for typos and errors, july 11]

[edited again for NEWS july 12]


It is a good thing that Freya talked to me. When I looked, the feed broke down in late 2017, so even the small number of posts I have done haven’t been being pushed out by email via feedburner. Working on this technical problem as we speak and apologies to all the feed based subscribers, who probably aren’t reading this anyway!

so Freya Kodar of UVic law  just stopped me in the LSA2018 lobby and after some pleasant conversation about important and real things, said “I have a bone to pick with you”.   TL;DR, my heart restarted, i should figure out what i’m acting so guilty about, and the bone was just  twitter/communication from IFLS and the shift from blog-delivered-by-email to twitter.

So in the beginning there was a blog, and I was in a place in my life outside of work where sustained things were feeling highly disrupted by family responsibilities including but not limited to small kids.  Putting things on the internet about other people’s work and issues was a way for me to stay connected and au courant when I was worried i would never again be able to do sustained writing.  Then things shifted and twitter arrived and that was more mobile and i would sometimes remember to do roundups of the IFLS twitter feed (which is actually pushed through the IFLS FB page – otherwise not maintained) and clean out the chatter, leaving the links and announcements and things with at least some substance.  Those roundups were produced with Storify, which is no more (

I know i need a solution for this, because i do think that one of the things IFLS can/should do is highlight new legal feminist scholarship, to share interesting news,  to post items that might otherwise be hard to come by, etc. etc.    So it’s on my list of things to do this summer.   A partial solution (it isn’t really but) is this: if you want to see the IFLS twitter feed, i just opened up my google drive catalogue of the tweets which is a google sheets (google excel) file.  Access open here.  It seems likely that you need to sign in to google to do this which is why it’s not a real solution plus you have to read through a ridiculous amount of tweeting (i started this file to try to make sure i was paying attention to what a time suck twitter was, but it didn’t help).  It’s here.  And thanks Freya, for reminding me that this was something i was “dealing with”! Continue reading bone picking | ugh twitter, international networks and academic housework

A reading list on Legal Education: Guest post from SJ Nussbaum

Guest post from Osgoode PhD2, IFLS reading group member, GLSA conference organizer etc, Sarah-jane Nussbaum. Sarah-jane and I are really interested in your suggestions for important readings – I’m looking for new (but send your classics) work on race  gender in legal education. -sonia

Thinking about Law Teaching: A Legal Education Reading Group &A Reading List (a starting place) on Legal Education and Pedagogy

Over the course of the 2017-2018 academic year, I had the pleasure of facilitating a peer-led legal education reading group for Osgoode Hall Law School’s Graduate Program in Law. The idea to develop the reading group arose in collaboration with Professor Sonia Lawrence, Osgoode’s Graduate Program Director. We invited graduate students and faculty members to join informal meeting sessions aimed at fostering reflection on legal education and pedagogy. Session themes were chosen collectively, with members of the group sharing input on the types of topics they wished to explore.

Listed below are the readings we covered during this year’s sessions. I am tremendously grateful to reading group participants and Osgoode faculty members for introducing me to a number of the resources on this list, and for contributing to thoughtful and engaging discussions. Through our four sessions, we barely began to scratch the surface of the range of topics proposed and the wealth of literature available. The list below is meant to offer a sample of some exceptional, novel, and timely readings on legal education and pedagogy. I hope it might be helpful to anyone interested in tracking down materials on legal education, dipping into some of the scholarship, or developing a similar reading group!

I plan to continue facilitating the reading group at Osgoode this coming year, and I will post readings as the sessions unfold. I would also be grateful for any suggestions, ideas, and thoughts [you can put these in the comments, or write to Sarah-jane directly, her email is on the downloadable reading list]

— Sarah-jane Nussbaum, PhD Student, Osgoode Hall Law School


September 21, 2017

RA Macdonald, Book Review of Introduction to the Study of Law by SM Waddams, (1981) 31 UTLJ 436.

Julian Webb, “The ‘Ambitious Modesty’ of Harry Arthurs’ Humane Professionalism” (2006) 44:1 Osgoode Hall LJ 119.

October 2, 2017

Alli Gerkman & Logan Cornett, Foundations for Practice: The Whole Lawyer and the Character Quotient (Denver: Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, 2016), online: <>.

Mari J Matsuda, “Admit That the Waters Around You Have Grown: Change and Legal Education” (2014) 89:4 Ind LJ 1381.

November 24, 2017

Ruthann Robson, “Enhancing Reciprocal Synergies Between Teaching and Scholarship” (2015) 64:3 J Leg Educ 480.

Heidi Holland, “Utilizing Various Learning Styles and Repetition to Enhance Understanding”, Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, Law Teaching Blog, online: <>

Heather K. Gerken, “How to Teach the Socratic Method with a Heart” (Fall 2014) 21:1 The Law Teacher 24.

Sophie Sparrow, “Making Time for Students to Think” (Spring 2016) 22:2 The Law Teacher 16.

Steven I. Friedland, “Teaching Beyond Boundaries: Using Signature Pedagogies to Enhance Learning Outcomes” (Fall 2015) 22:1 The Law Teacher 25.

Nancy Levit, “Teaching to Engage” (Spring 2014) 20:2 The Law Teacher 7.

Note: The Law Teacher articles are all available electronically on the Institute for Law Teaching website: <>

February 5, 2018

Canada, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action (Winnipeg, 2015), online: <>. See especially Calls to Action #28, 50.

Jeffery G Hewitt, “Decolonizing and Indigenizing: Some Considerations for Law Schools” (2016) 33:1 Windsor YB Access Just 65.

Karen Drake, “Finding a Path to Reconciliation: Mandatory Indigenous Law, Anishinaabe Pedagogy, and Academic Freedom” (2017) 95:1 Can Bar Rev 9.



HOW TO [BE A BETTER] CHAIR [OF] AN ACADEMIC PANEL You didn’t choose the timing, the format or the speakers. You aren’t the organizer. But you’re the Chair. What now?

My colleague Dayna Scott and I have been thinking quite a bit about chairing of academic panels, having seen enough examples of how it can be done so as to exclude, shut out, shut down, and some shining examples of how it can be done so well.

We came up with this set of thoughts.  What do you think? Every time we ask someone they offer better ideas or incisive critique, so have at it in the comments or get at us via twitter @osgoodeifls  #FairChair


-sonia l

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