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September 6, 2013

National Law Journal Reports on Sovern’s Research

The National Law Journal reported on Professor Jeff Sovern‘s article, Law Student Laptop Use During Class for Non-Class Purposes: Temptation v. Incentives, 51 University of Louisville Law Review 483 (2013), in a story titled Laptops Found More Likely to Distract 2Ls and 3Ls in Class.  The report quoted both from the article and from an email interview with Professor Sovern.

The article quotes Sovern’s reaction to his findings and their relation to the current debate on the length of law school as follows: “I was surprised and disappointed at how many upper-year students tune out.  Those arguing that law school should be only two years may find support in the findings that many upper year students are not engaged during doctrinal classes. But the study sheds no light on the value of small seminars or skills courses.”

The Legal Skills Prof Blog also posted an item about Sovern’s article, in which it noted that the article had “generated a lot of buzz.”

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September 6, 2013

Borgen’s First Two Installments on The Peace Palace at 100 at Opinio Juris

Earlier this week, we posted on Professor Borgen‘s recent trip to The Hague as part of a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Peace Palace.   As part of the commemoration, Professor Borgen, who is the St. John’s Associate Dean for International Studies, is writing a series of essays about events at The Hague on Opinio Juris, the blog he co-founded with Professor Peggy McGuinness and others nine years ago.  The first two posts in the series are here and here.  The first piece, Blogging from The Hague: The Peace Palace Centennial, introduces the series and provides an outline of the conference.   The second piece, Peace Palace at 100: Getting Reintroduced to the Permanent Court of Arbitration, recounts conversations from the conference with Secretary General Hugo Hans Siblesz and Senior Counsel Sarah Grimmer of the Permanent Court of Arbitration.   Borgen states, “The main take-away from the PCA meetings is how rapidly its case-load has increased and changed in the last ten years.”

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