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October 8, 2007

Tarlton Law Library hosts “Teaching the Teachers” Conference

The Tarlton Law Library at The University of Texas at Austin is hosting a conference titled “Teaching the Teachers: Effective Instruction in Legal Research” at the Law School on October 18-20, 2007. The conference begins the process of preparing members of the legal profession to teach the next generation of law students in a time of enormous changes in information discovery, content, and delivery.

Presentations will focus on widely applicable principles of effective teaching and communication, rather than on the nuts and bolts of legal research. Leading the discussions are prominent lawyers and judges, law professors and law librarians who will explore diverse topics, including the use of technology in the classroom to engage the emerging generation of students, the role of librarians as teachers, what it means to be an effective teacher, and the impact of ongoing changes in legal publishing.

The conference also features three keynote speakers including Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson at a luncheon on Friday, Oct. 19; Sir David Williams, the emeritus vice chancellor of the University of Cambridge, at a dinner on Friday, Oct. 19; and lawyer and lexicographer Bryan Garner at a luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 20.

Other speakers include UT System Chancellor Mark Yudof, UT President William Powers Jr., UT Law School Dean Larry Sager, and UT professors Robert Abzug, Bill Allison, Sarah Buel, Mechele Dickerson, Stanley Johanson, H.W. Perry, R. Anthony Reese, David S. Sokolow, Paul Woodruff, and Patrick Woolley. Also scheduled to talk at the conference are UT alumni Joe Jamail Jr., Harry M. Reasoner and Stephen D. Susman, all nationally acclaimed trial lawyers and litigators, and Judge Nancy F. Atlas of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division.

“Teaching the Internet generation of law students requires a re-examination of teaching styles, communication strategies, and the context in which research is undertaken,” said Professor Roy M. Mersky, the Harry M. Reasoner Regents Chair in Law and Director of Research at the Law School’s Tarlton Law Library. “This conference brings together the leaders in the legal profession to discuss best practices for effective legal research instruction.”

To view a complete list of speakers, presentation topics, times, and locations, go to the Teaching the Teachers conference website at:

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Media contacts: Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330 or, or Casey Duncan, Reference Librarian, Tarlton Law Library, 232-1568.