Developing Business and Legal Knowledge
It is my responsibility and honor, as a professor and an attorney, to teach the substance of the law so that my students understand black letter law as well as the role law plays in business transactions.
As a business law professor, I teach my students to identify legal procedures and actions that pertain to the business sector. As my students enter the world of business, I strive to instill in them, as I learned not too long ago, that laws and regulations affect nearly every business activity.
I facilitate student learning by presenting the materials in a variety of formats, including traditional lectures supplemented by PowerPoint presentations, review questions, and group activities. In an age of ever-changing global developments and technological innovations, it is imperative that I include technology in the classroom and as part of my students’ learning process, which I achieve through the use of Moodle and MindTap through Cengage Learning.
Because many of my students do not have any previous legal coursework, to enhance the learning process I build repetition of the materials into the course. I am also a strong advocate of bringing real world experience to the classroom. As often as possible I relate my own personal experiences, working at large, international law firms, and those of my colleagues to the business and legal theories that I teach.
Instilling Professionalism and a Knowledge of Business Ethics
As future businesspersons, my students must acquire the skills to apply moral and ethical principles to the myriad situations that arise in the workplace and act with the professionalism that a dynamic global business environment requires. Therefore, I strive to treat my students in a professional manner and to build their framework for business ethics.
I raise and identify ethical issues throughout every course, devote an entire class or two solely to business ethics, and require my students to write a paper analyzing ethical decision making.
Developing and Improving Analytical and Critical Reasoning
To ensure that my students make good business decisions when they embark on their careers, I help them to develop critical thinking and legal reasoning skills so that they can evaluate how various laws might apply to a given business situation and determine the potential result of their course of action.
As future business leaders, my students must be able to logically and coherently express themselves. Therefore, each exam that I give, both at the undergraduate and graduate level, has an analytical and critical reasoning component.
Moreover, my students are required to submit written papers to demonstrate their abilities to comprehend, analyze, and critically express themselves.
Fostering Strong Faculty-Student Relationships
Lastly, I seek to foster strong faculty-student relationships. I strive to bring out the best in every student by being friendly, approachable, and available. I give each of my students my personal cell phone number and encourage them to call or text me, which they do, and hold office hours every day that I teach.
Low-Income Mediation Clinic and Alternative Dispute Resolution Course
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), particularly mediation, offers the prospect of resolving disputes involving members of low-income communities more effectively than is possible through formal legal processes. I would like to form, staff, and direct a low-income mediation clinic and analyze its economic impact on the local community, particularly with respect to crime and recidivism.
Simultaneously, I will teach ADR principles (through a course that I will develop) to undergraduate and graduate students who will use their knowledge to staff the clinic.
Resolving Indigenous Peoples’ Land Claims Through International Arbitration
The political activism of indigenous peoples is a relatively recent phenomenon, surging predominantly after World War II in the wake of a larger “post-war global rights revolution” demanding decolonization. Within the last several decades, indigenous rights, long ignored by the international human rights community, have emerged at the head of an international agenda embraced by indigenous groups, non-profit organizations, and international legal and administrative bodies.
In upsetting the status quo, indigenous people have sought recourse to a variety of dispute settlement mechanisms including adjudication, arbitration, mediation, conciliation, negotiation, and avoidance. Many commentators believe there is nothing inherent about conflict that requires resort to one particular form of dispute settlement, and throughout history societies have adopted various strategies to deal with conflict.
Although no one form of dispute resolution is inherently superior, one can argue that certain types of disputes and the dynamics and relationships involved in those conflicts lend themselves to particular forms of resolution, perhaps even predictably so. My research seeks to test this proposition, asking whether international arbitration can be an effective tool for the protection of indigenous peoples’ land rights.
The Impact of IMF Structural Adjustment Policies on Latin America in the 1990s: The Welfare of Argentinean and Bolivian Women
Many people throughout the world criticize the International Monetary Fund (IMF or Fund) as the verifiable puppet of powerful industrialized countries whose supreme economic control allows the “developed” to control the “developing.”
Historically the lynchpin of IMF mantra, structural adjustment policies (SAPs) have oftentimes intensified economic crises rather than squelched them. Opponents of the IMF view loan arrangements and their requisite conditionality with extreme suspicion.
Speaking not from sophisticated economic models this group speaks from the experience of unemployment, impoverishment, and hunger when criticizing the macroeconomic reforms that the IMF so often employs. My research will explore the impact of structural adjustment policies, namely those employed by the IMF, during the 1990s on the welfare of Latin Americans aggregately, and on Argentinean and Bolivian women specifically.
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