Well-Being Teaching Strategies

Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021, 4:00 – 5:00 PM EST

Webinar Description: The AALS Section on Balance in Legal Education General Programming Committee is excited to present a six-part “Speed-Idea Sharing Series” on Promoting Well-Being in Law School.  Each session will feature a collection of brief presentations highlighting different approaches to promoting law student well-being, followed by Q&A and conversation.  Session 3 will focus on a diverse array of brief approaches to improving outcomes and bringing well-being into a course, clinical, or academic support program.

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Lawrence Krieger, J.D., Clinical Professor of Law, Florida State University College of Law

Professor Krieger co-directs the Externship Program and supervises criminal justice externships at the College of Law. His teaching focuses on litigation skills and the sources of lawyer professionalism. He was one of 26 law professors featured in the 2013 book, What the Best Law Teachers Do (Harvard University Press).

Professor Krieger is internationally recognized for his research on the well-being, satisfaction, values, and motivations of law students and lawyers. His publications on law student well-being and career planning have been used at more than half of the law schools in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

Professor Krieger has served on numerous boards and committees of the American Bar Association and The Florida Bar.  He is founding Chair of the Section on Balance in Legal Education, Association of American Law Schools. He is a 1978 honors graduate of the University of Florida College of Law and is a member of the Order of the Coif. He practiced criminal, civil, and administrative law for 11 years, serving most recently as chief trial counsel to the Florida Comptroller.

Supplemental Exercise: This exercise has shown positive effects on many levels for student professional development while markedly improving the classroom dynamic. It takes a maximum of 20 minutes to do fully and would work well in a course or program of any size.




Dena R. Bauman, J.D., Externship Director and Lecturer, UC Davis School of Law

Dena Bauman is the Director of Externships at UC Davis School of Law. Prior to joining King Hall, she was an adjunct professor of the Externship Program at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, and a co-author of the chapter on externships in Building on Best Practices: Transforming Legal Education in a Changing World. She also directed the School of Law’s Office of Career and Professional Development and, prior to joining UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, practiced law in several public interest settings.  She earned her J.D. from Cornell Law School, a M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, and her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College.




Susan Brooks, J.D., M.A., Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and Professor of Law, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Professor Brooks has close to 30 years of experience as an educator, facilitator, presenter, and trainer in the areas of experiential learning, professional development, civic engagement, and cross-cultural communication. Since 2007, she has served as the Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and Professor of Law at the Drexel University’s Kline School of Law. Susan has written extensively and has conducted workshops in the U.S. and across the globe to promote “Relational Lawyering,” an integrative humanistic approach to legal practice and education aimed at positive social change. She received her J.D. degree from New York University in 1990, an M.A. in clinical social work from the University of Chicago in 1984, and earlier received a B.A. from the same university. She is a member of the Pennsylvania bar, family mediator, trained peacemaking circle-keeper, yoga and mindfulness teacher, and also maintains her social work certification.



Michelle Hunt, J.D., Director of Academic Success and Assistant Professor of Law, Ohio Northern University, Pettit College of Law

Michelle “Cheli” Hunt teaches law courses to help students develop and improve skills necessary for success with the law school curriculum and bar examination. Prior to joining ONU Law, Hunt practiced in administrative law, ethics and federal appeals. She served as assistant dean for law admissions at The University of Toledo College of Law and as executive director of student services at the University of Wyoming College of Law. Previously, she was an elementary and middle school teacher and volleyball and cheerleading coach. Hunt earned her law degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law, and her Master of Education and Bachelor of Arts in psychology from The Ohio State University.






Michael Murphy, J.D., Clinical Supervisor and Lecturer in Law, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

Michael Murphy is the Clinical Supervisor and Lecturer in Law of the Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. He teaches students how to provide transactional legal services to entrepreneurs, using a unique perspective based on his experience working as an attorney for a large law firm, a startup, and a publicly traded corporation. His research explores two distinct areas: (a) how technology changes legal practice and (b) how members of the legal profession can lead happier, more meaningful lives.

Before joining Penn Law, Michael was an in-house attorney at SEI Investments Company, where he was responsible for the negotiation of outsourcing agreements for SEI’s technology platform.

Michael created an Electronic Discovery course at Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law, where he taught as an Adjunct Professor. He regularly teaches continuing legal education courses to practicing attorneys about the intersection of technology and legal practice.

Michael is a past recipient of Blank Rome LLP’s Pro Bono Hero Award in 2014 for work on behalf of senior citizens. He is also Co-Chair of “The Dude Hates Cancer,” Philadelphia’s finest (and only) annual charity bowling tournament benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, through which he has helped raise over $775,000 to fight blood cancers.

Michael is an award-winning storyteller. He won the Audience Favorite award at the FirstPersonArts StorySlam GrandSlam in Philadelphia on November 2019. Michael’s stories have been featured on WHYY-Philadelphia’s “NewsWorks Tonight”, WHYY’s “CommonSpace” podcast, and WNYC’s “The Takeaway.” He is also a (less accomplished) stand-up comedian and comedic improviser, and can be seen on stages across Philadelphia from time to time.