Law: Reflections on Law Teaching and the Importance of Disorienting Students to Enhance Learning

October 20

12:00pm - 1:00pm


Audience: Faculty

Dean and Professor Jane Aiken will share her insights about teaching law in a number of different contexts. In addition, she will talk about the transformative power of having students confront “disorienting dilemmas” in learning. In particular, she will discuss how we can use disorienting moments to teach important insights for lawyers, including how one "proves" facts in this time of deep suspicion of truth.

Jane Aiken is Dean of the Wake Forest Law School. Previously, she was the Blume Professor of Law at the Georgetown Law School. Before joining the faculty at Georgetown, Dean Aiken was the William Van Cleve Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis. While at Washington University, she was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to teach law at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal. She has also taught in law schools at the University of South Carolina and Arizona State University. Dean Aiken has directed a wide array of clinics involving prisoner's rights, domestic violence against women and children, HIV, homelessness, police brutality and international human rights. She has been a Carnegie Scholar for Teaching and Learning and was a member of the ABA Council on Legal Education from 2011 to 2017. She is a member of ALI and the American Bar Foundation. She received the Frank Flegal Award for Excellent Teaching at Georgetown in 2010 and the Faculty Member of the Year Award in 2013.