I moved to Burke, VA, from Philly at the end of October, 2012 (to spend more time close to our teenage grandkids) after 42 years of civil and criminal litigation, municipal law and commercial litigation practice, and 39 years of teaching law courses at the undergraduate level to teachers, paralegals, undergrads, adult students, police personnel and court personnel, with an occasional guest appearance in law school classes.
Additionally, I have enjoyed working with younger people, from junior high school through law school, to improve their critical reading and writing skills. To me, the English language can and should be used like a surgeon's scalpel, sharp, precise and helpful in expressing exactly what you mean to say. And it can actually be fun to learn how to better communicate, both orally and in writing.
Over the years, my student evaluations have reflected my students' conclusion that I combine my real-world experiences, a keen sense of humor and a fortunate ability to communicate even complex ideas clearly and concisely.
As for tutoring law, at either the undergrad, graduate or law school level, there aren't many areas of the law in which I haven't immersed myself over the years, since the essence of being a good litigator is the ability to "acquire, assimilate and apply". That is, I long ago learned to ACQUIRE the the legal theories involved in any controversy, to ASSIMILATE that law into the facts and setting of the case, and to APPLY what has been learned and assimilated to the prep and trial of any case.
For almost all students, there is a 'light-bulb' moment, when, seemingly out of nowhere, the student says: "AHA! I GET it now!". I have been blessed over the years with the ability to accelerate and to produce those moments. I can do it for your students!
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