Using Collaborative Learning and Virtual Reality to Co-create a Legal Clinics Metaverse

Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 2:00 – 2:45 PM ET

Webinar Description:

Integrating virtual reality (VR) in the classroom brings forth both opportunities and challenges. Presenters will share their interdisciplinary journey in the project based ENGR 497 Design4Justice course offered Fall 2021 as part of the Law, Policy, and Engineering initiative at Penn State University. Join the session to learn how engineering students collaborated with law students to explore the use of human centered design principles to pioneer a VR scene for Penn State Law’s Family Law Clinic and Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic. Discover opportunities to incorporate VR in legal education and legal services, and the impact it can have for self-represented litigants.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will learn about the benefits and challenges of using virtual reality technology in the classroom.
  2. Attendees will be able to identify opportunities for incorporating VR in courses and legal services.
  3. Attendees will be exposed to a successful project incorporating VR into a law school’s clinic.


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Jon M. Garon, J.D., Director of Intellectual Property, Cybersecurity and Technology Law Program and Professor of Law, Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law

Jon M. Garon is Director of Intellectual Property, Cybersecurity and Technology Law Program and Professor of Law Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law. Professor Garon is a nationally recognized authority on technology law and intellectual property, particularly copyright law, entertainment and information privacy. A Minnesota native, he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota in 1985 and his juris doctor degree from Columbia University School of Law in 1988.

Garon served as Dean of the Shepard Broad College of Law from 2014-2020, focusing on projects that included new degrees for LL.M., M.S. in Law & Policy, and B.S. in Paralegal Studies; two new clinics – the Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Law Clinic and the Sharon and Mitchell W. Berger Entrepreneur Law Clinic; and numerous new programs including the Legal Launchpad and Legal Incubator program, the Intellectual Property, Cybersecurity and Technology Law Program, and the Honors Program.

Prior to joining Nova Southeastern University in 2014, Garon was the inaugural director of the Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Law + Informatics Institute from 2011-2014. The Law + Informatics Institute serves to integrate the specialized programming on technology and information systems as they apply across legal disciplines. A tenured member of the law faculty, Garon taught Information Privacy Law, Cyberspace Law, Copyright Law, Entertainment Law, and related courses.

Garon served as dean and professor of law at Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He was professor of law from 2003 to 2011, dean of the Law School from 2003 to 2008 and Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Management from 2005 to 2006. Before Hamline, Garon taught Entertainment Law and Copyright at Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire and Western State University College of Law in Orange County, California.

Among his numerous accomplishments, Garon has held key leadership positions as past chair of both the American Bar Association’s Law School Administration Committee, the Association of American Law Schools Section on Part-Time Legal Education, and the Online Education Committee of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools. His teaching and scholarship often focus on business innovation and structural change to media, education and content-based industries.

He has published over 50 books, book chapters, and academic articles. His books include his debut novel Burn Rate (2019) and nonfiction works The Entrepreneur’s Intellectual Property & Business Handbook (2d. Ed. Manegiere Publications 2018); The Pop Culture Business Handbook for Cons and Festivals (Manegiere Publications 2017); The Independent Filmmaker’s Law & Business Guide to Financing, Shooting, and Distributing Independent and Digital Films (A Cappella Books, 2d Ed. 2009); and Entertainment Law & Practice (3d Ed. Forthcoming 2020 Carolina Academic Press). His upcoming works include A Short and Happy Guide to Privacy and Cybersecurity Law (2021 West Academic) and Law Professor’s Desk Reference (2021 Carolina Academic Press).




Sandra Allain, Professor of Practice in the School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) in the College of Engineering and the School of International Affairs, Lecturer in Law at Penn State Law

Sandra Allain is Professor of Practice in the School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) in the College of Engineering and the School of International Affairs, Lecturer in Law at Penn State Law, and an affiliate of the Sustainability Institute at Penn State University. She is the inaugural director of the Law, Policy, and Engineering initiative – LPE, and the Design, Justice, & Sustainable Development Lab – DJSD. Prof. Allain has over 15 years’ experience as a practicing attorney in intellectual property and technology transfer in both private practice and as in-house counsel. She graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) in 2000 from the Universidad del Rosario, and continued her education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she received her Master of Education.






Michele Vollmer, J.D., Associate Dean, Clinics and Experiential Learning,  Director, Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic, and Clinical Professor of Law, Penn State Law

Prior to joining Penn State Law, Professor Vollmer has served as a senior counsel in the Division of Enforcement for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In 2006, she received an award from the Department of Justice for her work in assisting the Enron Task Force with its criminal prosecutions. She also represented the Commission in both litigation and appellate matters for the SEC’s Office of the General Counsel. Before joining the SEC, she was a partner in a law firm practicing commercial litigation.

Professor Vollmer directs the Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic, teaches Civil Pretrial Practice & Advocacy, Veterans Benefits Law, and created and teaches in the law school’s Explore Law program. She also helped to develop and taught Introduction to Common Law Analysis and Language, an online course for foreign-trained lawyers. Professor Vollmer also serves as a Board Member for the National Law School Veterans Clinic Consortium, and as a consultant to the College of Liberal Art’s online Penn State World Campus undergraduate major in Law and Society.