JOSEPH M. OLIVENBAUM
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B.A. (English Literature), 1970
Visiting Associate Professor of Law and Associate Director of Academic Support
Teach two sections of Legal Skills, a required first-year course focusing on legal analysis, legal writing, research, oral argumentation, citations, and related topics. As Associate Director of Academic Support, provide academic support in a variety of contexts and have developed aspects of program design for delivery of academic support services. Teach students in individual conference settings and small groups; initiated, developed and teach larger weekly sessions open to all first-year students; created teaching materials appropriate to each of those settings. Teach bar exam preparation classes. Taught refresher citation classes to law review members. Delivered presentation to student group on surveillance provisions of the USA Patriot Act and appeared as guest lecturer in Law and Terrorism Seminar on same subject.
Associate Professor of Law
Acting Director of Legal Writing
Taught Lawyering Skills, Criminal Law & Legal Methods, all required first-year courses; for each course, developed curriculum designed to integrate substantive doctrinal materials, analytical writing, materials on professional responsibility, and practical skills.
Coordinated the first-year writing
program, both within the various sections of Lawyering Skills course and in
other first-year courses; worked closely with numerous faculty members teaching
in first-year, upper-year, and clinical courses on effectively integrating
writing into their curricula. Worked
closely with faculty in the
Associate Professor of Law
Developed and taught Criminal Law/ Legal Analysis and Writing, a required first-year course, presented as an innovative and unique integration of traditional substantive criminal law course and writing/ legal analysis/ lawyering/ "skills" course.
Other courses taught: Criminal Procedure, Advanced Appellate Advocacy. Also created and taught Introduction to U.S. Legal Analysis and Writing and U.S. Legal Culture as part of LL.M. Program in Comparative Law for Foreign Lawyers.
Recipient of the Outstanding Professor of the Year Award from the Class of 1999.
Acting Director, Academic Support Program (1999-2000). Taught the Academic Support sections of Criminal Law/ Legal Analysis & Writing (most years, 1995-2000).
Coached, mentored and mooted
numerous Moot Court teams; served as judge for National Environmental Moot
Court Competition; faculty advisor to many student organizations, including
Asian-American Law Student Association and Global Law Student Association; made
numerous presentations to student organizations on topical issues of criminal
law and procedure, legal writing, legal
history, legal culture, exam preparation and study techniques; active member of
many faculty committees; member, Screening Committee for the Minority Bar
Fellowship Program of the Bar Association of the City of
Instructor, Legal Research and Writing
Developed and taught required first-year course to 135 students annually and upper-level seminar. First-year course focused on writing as the expression of legal analysis, and on conducting effective and efficient research as the basis of legal analysis. Course highlighted practical problems of writing in law office environment; also introduced students to oral advocacy and to oral presentation of analysis in case conference setting. Responsibilities included teaching large first-year classes; designing sequence of problems to introduce students to technical and substantive aspects of legal writing, in a manner both challenging and manageable; providing extensive written and oral critiques of writing, both one-on-one and in class settings; and providing administrative and curricular direction for the course. Responsibilities also included substantial and ongoing re-design of course materials, format and objectives; and integration with other first-year courses. Upper-level seminar for teaching assistants, "teaching teachers to teach," focused on using the substantive law presented by writing assignments, effective commenting and conferencing strategies, pedagogy, and time management and organizational techniques.
Donahue & Donahue,
Associate in litigation section of this general practice law firm. Primarily responsible for firm's appellate litigation; prepared briefs in wide range of cases, involving issues of products liability, personal injury, contract, criminal, and administrative law. Handled extensive and varied litigation caseload; appeared frequently before state and federal courts, administrative agencies, municipal boards, and in negotiation and settlement proceedings. Extensive writing experience.
Founder, manager, business manager of The Eatery, a successful and innovative restaurant.
Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, 1981
United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1982
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