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Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine, School of Law.
 
 
A founder of the dispute resolution field, Professor Menkel-Meadow came to UC Irvine School of Law from Georgetown University Law Center, where she is the A.B. Chettle, Jr. Professor of Dispute Resolution and Civil Procedure and Director of the Georgetown-Hewlett Program in Conflict Resolution and Legal Problem Solving. She has been the Faculty Director of Georgetown’s innovative partnership with 20 law schools from around the world, the Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London, in which faculty and students from participating programs study international and comparative law in a multi-national setting.

 

Professor Menkel-Meadow was a professor of law at UCLA for nearly 20 years, also serving as a professor in the Women's Studies program, Acting Director of the Center for the Study of Women, and Co-Director of UCLA's Center on Conflict Resolution. She has taught as a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Legal Theory at the University of Toronto, a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, and as a clinical professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fiona Cownie studied English Language and Literature at Bristol University, graduating with 2.1 honours, after which she trained to be a primary school teacher at the College of Ripon and York St John, gaining a Merit in her teaching diploma. She taught in Nottinghamshire for three years before leaving to read Law at Leicester University. She graduated with First Class Honours and gained a scholarship to read for an LL.M. at the LSE. After graduating from the LSE, she trained as a barrister and was called to Lincoln’s Inn. She did 18 months’ pupillage, 12 months in Chancery chambers (11 Old Square and 12 New Square) and 6 months at Brick Court Chambers, one of the leading commercial sets in London. In 1987  Fiona Cownie was appointed to a lectureship at Leicester University. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1997 and left in 2003 to take up the Hugh Bevan Chair of Law at the University of Hull. She was appointed to a Chair in Law at Keele in 2006, and became Pro Vice Chancellor (Education and Student Experience) in September 2013.
 
Fiona Cownie’s research interests centre on legal education and the legal system. Her work covers all areas of legal education. It includes analysis of the ways in which law is taught, especially arguments about the importance of educational theory and philosophy to legal education. It also includes work on the purpose of the law school and on relationships between the academic study of law and vocational training as required by the legal professions. Professor Cownie has also made a major contribution to debates about the academic staff who work in law schools; she has carried out extensive empirical research in this area, both in the U.K. and in Canada, and has written a monograph and a series of articles exploring different aspects of legal academic life. Professor Cownie is the co-author of one of the leading textbooks on the English legal system. Her interest in this area led her to carry out an extended anthroplogical study of dispute resolution among Quakers, which was published as a monograph. She has also carried out empirical research relating to victims of crime for the Ministry of Justice.

 

 

Professor Paul Maharg Distinguished Professor of Practice - Legal Education at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Ontario 

Paul is Distinguished Professor of Practice – Legal Education at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Ontario, and Honorary Professor, ANU College of Law.  Prior to that he was Professor of Law at the ANU College of Law, and Director of the PEARL centre (Profession, Education and Regulation in Law).  He is also part-time Professor of Law, Nottingham Law School.  Previously he was Professor of Legal Education at Northumbria Law School, and before that Professor of Law in the Glasgow Graduate School (GGSL), University of Strathclyde where he was Co-Director of Legal Practice Courses, and Director of the innovative Learning Technologies Development Unit at the GGSL, as well as Director of the two-year, JISC/UKCLE-funded project, SIMPLE (SIMulated Professional Learning Environment).  He is the author of Transforming Legal Education: Learning and Teaching the Law in the Early Twenty-first Century (2007, Routledge), co-editor of and contributor to Digital Games and Learning (2011, Bloomsbury), co-editor of and contributor to Affect and Legal Education: Emotion in Learning and Teaching the Law (2011, Routledge).  He is the co-editor of two book series, Emerging Legal Education and Digital Games and Learning, has published widely in the fields of legal education and professional learning design,