Professor Jim Moliterno Discusses Curriculum Reform, Receives Legal Education Award
W&L Professor Jim Moliterno spoke regarding the 3L curriculum reform recently at the University of Denver. At this conference of Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers (ETL), Professor Moliterno was given the Rebuilding Justice Award by ETL’s associated organization, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS). The award was in recognition of his 30 years of engaging in legal education reform.
At the conference, Moliterno presented the most current information about the 3L curriculum, including recent statistics from the Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE). The recent LSSSE numbers indicate that W&L’s third-year students are dramatically more engaged in their studies than were W&L’s past third-year students and the current third-year students at W&L’s peer law schools.
“I am thrilled to be the first legal educator to receive the Rebuilding Justice Award from IAALS,” said Moliterno. “Building or rebuilding justice starts in the law schools—law students represent the future of justice in any society.”
Moliterno has spent his career as a legal educator seeking ways to infuse experiential learning into legal education. He was the architect of William and Mary law school’s award winning ethics, skills, and professionalism program, which in 1991 won the American Bar Association Gambrell Professionalism Award, as the best law school or bar association program for the teaching of ethics and professionalism.