For Immediate Release:  May 22, 2012
2012, 05, 22

Andrew Schepard Named Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers Fellow

Andrew Schepard Named Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers Fellow

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Andrew Schepard, director of the Center for Children, Families and the Law and a professor of law at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, has been named a fellow of Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers (ETL) in recognition of his role in advancing legal education.

Schepard was selected for this honor for his work  in developing the Family Law with Skills course, which was profiled on ETL’s website last October as an example of innovative teaching that follows the Carnegie Model of legal education. Schepard co-created the course with Professor J. Herbie DiFonzo.

“Professor Schepard is an effective and committed educator, and we are proud to see him recognized for it,” said Interim Dean Eric Lane. “Family Law with Skills is an enriching and exciting course that provides students with an opportunity to combine doctrinal learning with exercises designed to introduce them to the essential skills necessary to practice family law.”

An upper-level, elective practicum, Family Law with Skills incorporates the traditional content of a family law course with court observation and extended simulation exercises relating to divorce, child protection and surrogacy-based skills.  The course also harnesses the talents of alumni practitioners in the area of family law who work with students to help them hone family law practice skills. Family Law with Skills has been offered at Hofstra Law since the fall 2008 semester.

Schepard is also the editor-in-chief of the Family Court Review and writes “The Law and Children” column for the New York Law Journal. He received his B.A. from the City College of New York, M.A. from Columbia University and J.D. from Harvard University.

About Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers

ETL is an initiative of IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denever. ETL’s mission is to encourage and facilitate innovation in legal education and train new lawyers to the highest standards of competence and professionalism. The organization leverages the Carnegie Model and the work of law schools and professors committed to legal education reform to align legal education with the needs of an evolving profession by providing a supported platform for shared learning, experimentation, ongoing measurement and collective implementation. Hofstra Law is a member of the ETL consortium of law schools

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