Gerry Hess

Professor Emeritus

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Education:

  • J.D. University of Wisconsin Law School, 1982, Order of the Coif
  • B.S. University of Wisconsin, 1976

Biography

Professor Hess has taught at Gonzaga University School of Law since 1988. He founded the Institute for Law School Teaching in 1991 and was its director until 2004. He became the co-director of the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning in 2008. He has served as a co-editor of The Law Teacher, as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Journal of Legal Education, and as an inaugural member of the editorial board of the Canadian Legal Education Annual Review.

Prof. Hess is a co-author and co-editor of five books on teaching and learning in law school: Teaching Law by Design, Techniques for Teaching Law, and Teaching the Law School Curriculum. He co-produced two videotapes and accompanying faculty development materials: Principles for Enhancing Legal Education, and Teach to the Whole Class: Barriers and Pathways to Learning. He has published articles in the areas of commercial law, civil procedure, environmental law, and teaching and learning in law school.

Prof. Hess is a frequent speaker at national conferences about legal education. He conducts workshops on law teaching at law schools in the United States, Canada, and Japan. Prof. Hess has been the chair of the AALS Teaching Methods Section and is a faculty member and educational consultant at the National Judicial College.

Before attending law school, Prof. Hess taught wonderful and challenging children in grades 2, 4, and 5. He is married to Dr. Layne Stromwall and has two children, Mike and Amanda.

Publications

Monographs

  • What the Best Law Teachers Do (with Michael Schwartz and Sophie Sparrow), Harvard University Press, forthcoming 2013
  • Techniques for Teaching Law 2 (with Steve Friedland, Sophie Sparrow and Michael Schwartz), Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming, 2011.
  • Teaching Law by Design for Adjuncts (with Sophie Sparrow and Michael Schwartz), Carolina Academic Press, 2010
  • Teaching Law by Design: Engaging Students from the Syllabus to the Final Exam (with Sophie Sparrow and Michael Schwartz), Carolina Academic Press, 2009
  • Teaching the Law School Curriculum (with Steve Friedland), Carolina Academic Press (2004)
  • Techniques For Teaching Law (with Steve Friedland), Carolina Academic Press (1999)
  • Judicial Ethics, Russian-American Judicial Partnership, USAID (2000)
  • Selection of Judges, Russian-American Judicial Partnership, USAID (2000)

Journal Articles

Revisions

Presentations

  • Teaching Excellence: Integrating Knowledge, Skills, Values, and Assessment, AALS Annual Meeting, Presidential Program, January 2011
  • Aspiring to be a Velvet Hammer: Creating a Supportive and Challenging Learning Environment, AALS Annual Meeting, Teaching Methods Section, January 2011
  • Designing and Presenting Programs Effectively, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Immigration Review, June 2010
  • Designing and Presenting Programs Effectively, The National Judicial College, June 2010
  • Teaching Law Practice Across the Curriculum, Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, June 2010
  • Engaging Students, Assessing Learning, and Developing Teachers, Southern University School of Law, May 2010
  • Formative Assessment of Teaching, University of Denver, September 2009
  • Presentation and Facilitation Skills, The National Judicial College, July 2009
  • Implementing Best Practices and Educating Lawyers: Teaching Skills and Professionalism Across the Curriculum,Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, June 2009
  • Innovative Teaching Methods and Materials, Washburn University School of Law, May 2009
  • Assessment to Improve and Evaluate Student Learning; Programmatic Assessment; Gonzaga’s Skills and Professionalism Curriculum, Workshops at Mercer University, March 4, 2009
  • Enhancing Student Learning Through Active Learning, faculty workshop at the University of Alberta, September 21-24, 2008
  • Using Variety to Improve Student Learning, Northern Kentucky University Chase School of Law, September 8, 2008
  • Gonzaga’s Skills and Professionalism Curriculum, The Legal Education at the Crossroads conference, University of Washington, September 6, 2008
  • Capital Litigation Improvement Initiative, The National Judicial College, May 2008
  • Value of Variety, Phoenix School of Law, May 2008
  • Collaborative Course Design, Humanizing Legal Education Conference at Washburn University School of Law, October 20, 2007
  • Creating an Active Learning Environment, The National Judicial College, July 2007
  • Using Active Learning to Engage Students, University of Wisconsin Law School, February 2007
  • Learning Theory, AALS Workshop for New Law Teachers, June 2006
  • Using Active Learning to Engage Students, Capital University Law School, March 2006
  • Teaching and Learning Values, AALS Annual Meeting, January 2006
  • Law School Survey of Student Engagement, From Anecdote to Analysis, AALS Annual Meeting, January 2006
  • Designing, Preparing, and Presenting Effective Learning Activities, National Judicial College, December 2005
  • Active Learning and Student Engagement, Salmon P. Chase College of Law, September 2005
  • Creating an Active Learning Environment, National Judicial College, June 2005
  • Legal Reasoning and Torts, Pacific Islands Legal Institute, February 2005
  • Resources for Teachers, AALS Annual Meeting, New Teachers Section, January 2005
  • Designing and Delivering an Active Learning Environment,Midwest Clinical Teachers Conference, October 2004
  • Principles for Enhancing Legal Education, Midwest Clinical Teachers Conference, October 2004
  • Creating an Active Learning Environment, National Judicial College, September 2004
  • Keynote Address-American Legal Education, Japan Legal Education Symposia, Tokyo and Osaka, March 2004
  • A Day in the Life of Law School Teaching, Japan Legal Education Symposia, Tokyo and Osaka, March 2004
  • Active Learning, Japan Legal Education Symposia, Tokyo and Osaka, March 2004
  • The Teaching and Learning Environment in American Law Schools, Nanzan University, Nagoya, March 2004
  • Innovative Teaching Techniques, Northwest Clinicians Law Conference, October 2003
  • Creating an Active Learning Environment, National Judicial College, June 2003
  • Teaching: Nuts and Bolts, AALS Workshop for New Law Teachers, June 2003
  • Principles for Enhancing Legal Education, Queen’s University Faculty of Law, March 2003
  • Heads and Hearts: Creating an Effective Teaching and Learning Environment, Queen’s University Instructional Development Centre, March 2003
  • Enhancing Legal Education-Better Teaching, Better Learning,Albany Law School, March 2003
  • Reflecting on Teaching and Learning, Washburn University School of Law, February 2003
  • Creating an Active Learning Environment, National Judicial College, June 2002
  • Good Days and Bad Days, Institute for Law School Teaching, June 2002
  • Manageable Feedback in Large Classes, AALS Annual Meeting, January 2002
  • Exams and Other Methods of Assessment, AALS Workshop for New Law Teachers, June 2001
  • Helping Students Learn in the Classroom, AALS Conference on New Ideas for Experienced Teachers, June 2001
  • Principles for Enhancing Legal Education, Brooklyn Law School, May 2001
  • Faculty Development Workshop, The National Judicial College, April 2001
  • Principles of Good Practice for Legal Education, University of Minnesota Law School, March 2001
  • Teaching and Learning Principles for Law School, Loyola University-Chicago School of Law, February 2001
  • Principles of Good Practice for Legal Education, Loyola University-Chicago School of Law, February 2001
  • Principles of Good Practice in Legal Education and Reflecting on Our Teaching, University of Montana School of Law, January 2001
  • Teaching Effectiveness, Michigan State University Detroit College of Law, December 2000
  • Faculty Development Workshop, The National Judicial College, April 2000
  • Active Learning, Dickinson School of Law, January 2000
  • Seven Principles of Good Practice for Clinical Legal Education, Northwest Clinicians Conference, September 1999
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Teaching, AALS New Teachers Conference, July 1999
  • Seven Principles of Good Practice for Clinical Legal Education, AALS Workshop on Clinical Legal Education, May 1999
  • Learning Principles for Clinical Legal Education, AALS Workshop on Clinical Legal Education, May 1999
  • Teaching and Learning Law, William S. Richardson School of Law, January 1999
  • Seven Principles of Good Practice for Legal Education, AALS; Annual Meeting, Teaching Methods Section, January 1999
  • Seven Principles for Good Practice in Legal Education,McGeorge School of Law, October 1998
  • Seven Principles for Good Practice in Legal Education,Institute for Law School Teaching, July 1998
  • Teach to the Whole Class: Barriers and Pathways to Learning, AALS Annual Meeting; Teaching Methods Section, January, 1998
  • Teaching and Learning, University of Montana School of Law, August 1997
  • Effective Teaching Methods for a Diverse Student Body,Institute for Law School Teaching, July 1997
  • Ideas to Improve the Quality of Your Clinical Teaching, AALS Workshop on Clinical Legal Education, May 1997
  • Listening to Our Students-Obstructing and Enhancing Learning in Law School, University of San Francisco Symposium on Legal Education for a Diverse World, March 1997
  • The Science and Art of Law Teaching, Institute for Law School Teaching, June 1996; July 1995; July, 1994
  • Legal Reasoning, The National Judicial College; March, 1998; March, 1997; March, 1996; June, 1995; June, 1994; July, 1993; November, 1992
  • Remedies, The National Judicial College, June, 1993; November, 1992; July, 1991; May 1990
  • Proposed Changes to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure,Charles L. Powell Inn of Court, December 1992
  • Rules of Professional Conduct, Rules of Civil Procedure, and Statutes Dealing with Frivolous Claims and Defenses,Spokane County Bar Association, December 1991
  • CR 11, Charles L. Powell Inn of Court, December 1991
  • Code of Civility, Charles L. Powell Inn of Court, April 1991
  • Legal Research, The National Judicial College, May 1990; March 1989; October, April, March, February 1988
  • Designing and Presenting Effective Programs, National Judicial College

Teaching Areas

  • Civil Procedure
  • Environmental Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • Legal Education
  • Litigation Skills and Professionalism