About TeachingLaw.com Legal Textbooks
Teachinglaw.com is an innovative, online platform designed for teaching today's law students. The platform integrates "traditional" legal content with interactive, engaging pedagogical methods, allowing professors to create a paperless classroom that meets today's students on their side of the laptops. Teachinglaw.com presents a multi-media rich, three dimensional, online platform that incorporates traditional content, such as cases, text, and samples that students typically read in a print casebook but are now presented in an interactive, digital format. It is updated each year to account for changes in the legal profession and upgrades on the various online commercial research platforms and free web sites.
There are currently three books on the Teachinglaw Platform:
The Road to Legal Practice
Diana R. Donahoe
Gateway to U.S. Law Schools: Law, Culture, and Context
Eun Hee Han, Michael J. Cedrone, and Diana R. Donahoe
Investigating Corporate Corruption
Michael J. Cedrone and Susan McMahon
Diana R. Donahoe
Creator, Architect, & Editor of TeachingLaw.com Textbooks
Author of The Road to Legal Practice
Co-Author of Gateway to U.S. Law Schools: Law, Culture, and Context
Diana R. Donahoe, Professor of Law, Legal Practice, at Georgetown University Law Center, is the creator, designer, architect, and editor of TeachingLaw.com Textbooks. Diana is also the author of TeachingLaw.com: The Road to Legal Practice and co-author of Gateway to U.S. Law Schools: Law, Culture, and Context.
Diana's inspiration for the TeachingLaw.com Textbook series began when she wrote a law review article, Bridging the Digital Divide Between Professor and Student, 5 Va. J. L. & Tech. 12 (2000), which compared the teaching and learning preferences of law professors, who grew up in a print age, with their students, who grew up in the digital age. As part of her conclusions, Professor Donahoe recommended that professors create innovative platforms to meet the students on their side of the laptops.
By 2006, Professor Donahoe had created the initial version of TeachingLaw.com: The Road to Legal Practice (formerly Legal Research and Writing) and tested multiple editions with her first-year law students. Since that time, TeachingLaw.com has expanded exponentially to become a national and international platform for engaging students in law school teaching.
Professor Donahoe is the author of The Road to Legal Practice, which has been published and successfully used by professors and students across the country (and in other countries) for over 15 years.
Professor Donahoe is also a co-author of another TeachingLaw textbook: Gateway to U.S. Law Schools: Law, Culture, and Context. This book took years to create and includes the expertise of co-authors who also have many years of teaching experience.
Professor Donahoe works with other authors to create and edit engaging material that meets the goals of the interactive platform.
Diana R. Donahoe is an expert in the pedagogical methods of using interactive, digital content to meet the needs of the current generation of law school students. She also wrote a book on Legal Writing Pedagogy, Diana R. Donahoe and Julie Ross, Engaging Pedagogical Methods: Commenting, Conferencing, and Classroom Teaching (eLangdell 2013). Her experiences, articles, and expertise have made her invaluable in helping other professors learn to adapt their pedagogical methods to teach digital students. As the TeachingLaw.com editor, she works with contributing authors to add and edit innovative chapters, and she also assists professors who use TeachingLaw to design the content and functionality of their courses to fit within the three-dimensional, interactive platform.
Diana R. Donahoe earned her B.A. from Williams College and her J.D. and L.L.M. from Georgetown University Law Center. After graduating magna cum laude from law school, Diana served as a law clerk on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. After her clerkship, she was a Prettyman Fellow in the Georgetown Criminal Justice Clinic, where she represented criminal defendants and supervised law students in court.
Professor Donahoe is currently a Professor of Law, Legal Practice, and the former Director and Chair of Legal Research & Writing at Georgetown University Law Center, where she has been teaching since 1993. Her courses have included Legal Practice, Legal Research and Writing, Advanced Legal Writing in Practice, Writing for Foreign Lawyers, Practical Lawyering, Applied Legal Composition, Legal Discourse, and Legal Practice.
In 2008, Diana was awarded the Georgetown Frank Flegal Award for Excellence in Teaching (Teacher of the Year), in part as a result of her innovative pedagogical methods using technology in and out of the classroom.
Michael J. Cedrone
Co-Author of Investigating Corporate Corruption
Co-Author of Gateway to U.S. Law Schools: Law, Culture, and Context
Professor Michael J. Cedrone's teaching and scholarship are rooted in the belief that professional identity is formed when law students must reason, act, and reflect as lawyers do. In his first-year Legal Practice course, students learn to research, analyze, and advocate orally and in writing through rich simulations involving complex facts and law. In his innovative Week One class, students represent clients dealing with a the internal investigation of a possible Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violation. Students gather facts through interviewing witnesses and report to the General Counsel of their corporate client (a role played by many of Georgetown's most prominent alums). Both of these courses provide intensive realistic opportunities for students to stand in the shoes of a lawyer.
Cedrone has explored the formation of young lawyers' professional identity in his law review article, The Developmental Path of the Lawyer, and he has frequently presented on these topics for the Legal Writing Institute and the Association of Legal Writing Directors. He lectures for Themis Bar Review and the International Law Institute, and he has conducted writing workshops for federal employees.
Cedrone joined the Georgetown Law faculty in 2008 following a federal District Court clerkship and four years of practice at the Boston firm Peabody & Arnold LLP. From 2005-07, he taught legal research and writing as an adjunct professor at Boston University School of Law and served as pro bono counsel for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners, grading the Massachusetts Bar Exam and representing the Board at a character and fitness hearing for an applicant to the Massachusetts bar. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown Law and Harvard College. Prior to law school, Cedrone taught for five years in the Massachusetts public school system and earned a master's degree in education from Boston University.
Eun Hee Han
Co-Author of Gateway to U.S. Law Schools: Law, Culture, & Context
Eun Hee Han is an Associate Professor of Law, Legal Practice, at Georgetown Law. Professor Han has previously taught first-year legal research and writing and directed the upper-level writing program at The George Washington University. She has also taught legal research and writing at Brooklyn Law School and has created programs for international LL.M. students at Fordham University School of Law and Georgetown Law. Professor Han received her J.D. from Georgetown Law, where she was a Law Fellow and an editor on The Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law. She received her M.P.P. and B.A. from The George Washington University. Prior to teaching, Professor Han served as counsel at Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. and was an associate at Greenberg Traurig, LLP.
Co-Author of Investigating Corporate Corruption
Susan McMahon is a Professor of Legal Research and Writing at Georgetown University Law Center. She has taught at the law school since 2011.
Professor McMahon is the co-author of the textbook, Legal Writing in Context, which aims to provide students and young attorneys with the fundamentals of legal analysis and communication. She is also the author of It Doesn’t Pass the Sell Test: Focusing on the Facts of the Individual Case in Involuntary Medication Inquiries, which was named a “must-read” by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
The Internal Investigations Simulation text was borne of her collaboration with Professor Michael Cedrone on an innovative one-week course at Georgetown. The course introduces students to a variety of lawyering skills, including fact-gathering, interviewing and counseling, in the context of an investigation into a potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violation. The course has received high marks in the years it has been taught at Georgetown; this textbook provides schools with the opportunity to incorporate this class into their curriculum.
Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, Professor McMahon was an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where she specialized in securities litigation, white collar criminal defense, and intellectual property disputes. She also represented several Guantanamo Bay detainees in their habeas corpus petitions before federal courts. From 2008 to 2009, Professor McMahon was law clerk to the Honorable Richard J. Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown in 2006.
Web Development and Design
Jill A. Smith - Design
Jill Smith is the Instructional Technology Librarian at the Georgetown Law Library. Among her many projects, she designs and creates legal educational materials that are delivered on the web such as video tutorials and other media. Prior to Georgetown, Jill was Research and Instructional Technology Librarian at The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where she also taught Introduction to Legal Research and Advanced Legal Research. Prior to beginning her library career, Jill spent two years as a legal index editor at BNA and 12 years working in executive relationship management with the NASDAQ Stock Market and in corporate communications for NASDAQ-listed companies.
Jill is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law and the University of Maryland's iSchool. She is a current member of the Reviews Committee for Library Quarterly and a member of the New Hampshire State Bar.
Laura Addiego Prospero - Web Development
Laura Addeigo Prospero is the Software Application Developer at the Georgetown Law Library. She develops and maintains the library website and other electronic services. She has over fifteen years of experience in web design, programming, database management, and systems administration. Laura holds a bachelor's degree in information technology and a master's degree in software engineering, both from University of Maryland Global Campus.
Brian LeBlanc - Web Development
Brian LeBlanc is the Web Applications Specialist at the Georgetown Law Library. He develops and maintains the library website and other electronic services. He has over fifteen years of experience in web design, programming, database management, and systems administration. Brian holds a bachelor's degree in English from Rice University.
Kimberli Kelmor - Project Manager
Kim is the Head of Law Library Technology at the Georgetown Law Library, where she oversees the library's technology initiatives and applications.
Former Technical Contributors
Matthew L. Zimmerman - Web Development
Matt Zimmerman is the former Electronic Resources Librarian at the Georgetown Law Library. He developed and maintained the library website and other electronic services. He has over fifteen years of experience in web design, programming, database management, and systems administration. Matt holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Vassar College, and a master's degree in library and information science from the Catholic University of America.
Tom Boone - Project Manager
Tom is the former Associate Law Librarian for Electronic Resources and Services at the Georgetown Law Library, where he oversaw the library's technology initiatives and applications. He has worked as a law librarian for over 12 years, including positions at the law libraries of Harvard, Loyola (Los Angeles), Yale, and UNLV. Prior to becoming a librarian, Tom worked as a public defender and a television production assistant. He earned his B.A. from Bellarmine University, J.D. from the University of Louisville, and M.L.S. from Indiana University.
About Contributing Authors
Jessica L. Wherry - The Road to Legal Practice Chapters on Law School Exams and The ALWD Manual
Jessica L. Wherry, Associate Professor of Legal Research and Writing at Georgetown University Law Center, was a Visiting Associate Professor at Georgetown University Law Center from 2012-2014 and was the Associate Director of the Legal Research & Writing Program and Co-Director of the Scholarly Writing Program at the George Washington University Law School, where she had been on the faculty since 2009. Professor Wherry was also a Visiting Associate Professor of Legal Research & Writing and an adjunct professor at George Washington while working as an associate counsel for the Department of the Navy Office of General Counsel.
Professor Wherry co-authored Scholarly Writing: Ideas, Examples, and Execution, a law student-friendly guide to writing scholarly papers, was selected as one of four Citation Scholars to contribute to the second edition of the ALWD Companion, serves as Lead Editor to Legal Communication & Rhetoric: Journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, and serves as the Reporter to the Maryland State Bar Association Standing Committee on Pattern Jury Instructions.
Professor Wherry earned her B.A. from Lawrence University, her M.S.Sc. from Syracuse University, and her J.D. from George Washington University Law School where she was a member of the winning team in the 2004 McKenna Long & Aldridge Gilbert A. Cuneo Government Contracts Moot Court Competition and received first prize in the 2004 Public Contract Law Journal Writing Competition. Before law school, she served on active duty in the United States Navy, receiving an honorable discharge as a Cryptologic Technician (Collection) Second Class Petty Officer.
Andrea Funk - The Road to Legal Practice Chapter on Professionalism
After graduating from UCLA School of Law, Andrea Funk clerked for a federal district court judge and then practiced law in both state and federal courts for six years before joining the faculty at Whittier Law School in 1997. She served as a full-time legal writing professor for three years and has directed the Lawyering Skills Institute since 2000. Currently, she is the Associate Dean for Lawyering Skills and Institutional Assessment at Whittier Law School.
Dean Funk’s passion is teaching students how to practice law. To that end, she has designed and implemented a comprehensive lawyering skills curriculum that prepares students to transition from student to lawyer. She believes that lawyers must write well and act professionally. Through the Institute, Dean Funk’s goal is to impress the importance of these two principles upon her students with the hope that they will carry them into practice – and into life – once they graduate.
A dedicated proponent of assessment in legal education, Dean Funk has focused her recent energies on the rapidly developing area of law school assessment. She has shared her experience with the legal community through her publications, presentations, and service on both national and institutional committees.
Will Foster - The Road to Legal Practice Chapter on Contract Drafting
Will Foster is an associate professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law. His teaching and scholarship focus primarily on business, transactional, and tax matters. Prior to teaching, he practiced in the mergers and acquisitions department of Friday, Eldredge & Clark in Fayetteville, Arkansas. His publications include Enduring Design for Business Entities (Utah L. Rev. 2015); Analogical Exercises for Transactional Drafting (with Emily Grant) 36 U. Haw. L. Rev. 403 (2014); Partisan Politics and Income Tax Rates, 2013 Mich. St. L. Rev. 703; and Making Plaintiffs Whole: a Tax Problem of Interest, 64 Okla. L. Rev. 325 (2012). He holds a J.D. from the University of Arkansas and an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University.
Lisa Avalos - The Road to Legal Practice Chapter on Contract Drafting
Lisa Avalos is an assistant professor of law at the University of Arkansas School of Law. She earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law. She also holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology from Northwestern University, and a B.A. in psychology from Northwestern University. Professor Avalos’s research focuses on international human rights with an emphasis on women’s human rights, gender-based violence, and sexual violence. She works with international nongovernmental organizations to develop policy solutions that address persistent human rights violations such as rape, child marriage, and honor-based violence. Her teaching interests include legal research and writing as well as international human rights.
Prior to joining the University of Arkansas faculty, Professor Avalos spent two years at Georgetown University Law Center, teaching in the legal research and writing program and developing a practicum course on Gender-based Violence and Human Rights. Prior to that, she worked as an associate in the corporate departments of McDermott, Will & Emery (New York) and Neal, Gerber, & Eisenberg (Chicago). Her publications include Prosecuting Victims While Rapists Run Free: the Catastrophic Consequences of Police Failure to Investigate Sex Crimes in Britain and the United States (Spring 2016); Female Genital Mutilation and Designer Vaginas in Britain: Crafting an Effective Legal and Policy Framework, 48 Vand. J. Transnat’l Law 621 (2015), and Ending Female Genital Mutilation and Child Marriage in Tanzania, co-authored with Naima Farrell, Rebecca Stellato, & Marc Werner, 38 Fordham Internat’l L. J. 639 (2015).
Shakira Pleasant - The Road to Legal Practice Chapter on Demand Letters
Professor Pleasant is an Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Legal Writing Resource Center at UIC John Mashall Law School. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Pleasant taught legal research and writing courses at the University of Miami Law School, Savannah Law School, and University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law. She also taught undergraduate courses at the University of the District of Columbia. In addition to teaching, Professor Pleasant has almost ten years of legal practice experience and is licensed in California, District of Columbia, and the Supreme Court of the United States. At the District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General, her practice areas included: land use, disability law, administrative law, housing, business licensing, and legislative rulemaking. She also has experience with HIPAA, FOIA, and other privacy-related matters. Professor Pleasant's courses include Legal Communications, Client Interviewing & Counseling, Pretrial Advocacy, and Advanced Appellate Advocacy.
Cover photos are from Peter Donahoe at donahoephotography.com.
Professor Diana R. Donahoe is grateful to the Georgetown University Law Center and particularly the Georgetown Law Library for their strong support of all aspects of this project, especially Michelle Wu, Austin Williams, Brian LeBlanc, Laura Addiego Prospero, Kimberli Kelmor, Jill Smith, Matt Zimmerman, and Tom Boone. Thanks to all co-authors and contributors listed on this page for their quality content and dedication to the interactive TeachingLaw pedagogy.
The Road to Legal Practice:
Special thanks to contributions on this edition of TeachingLaw.com: The Road to Legal Practice go to: Amanda Wong, Vadim Egoul, Jennifer Donahoe, Bryce Maxey, and Peter Donahoe.
This book includes links to interactive online materials from the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, http://www.cali.org/.
Gateway to U.S. Law Schools:
Professors Han, Cedrone, and Donahoe are grateful to the Georgetown University Law Center and particularly the Georgetown Law Library for their strong support of all aspects of this project.
Prof. Han would like to thank Janelle Taylor '23, Michael Satterfield '23, Tyler Bates ‘24 and Lily Li ‘24 for their excellent research assistance. She would also like to thank her family, especially Adam, Liberty, and Truth, for their constant support and inspiration.
Prof. Cedrone would like to thank Georgetown Law Assistant Dean Tiffany Joly for her assistance and encouragement in developing the materials in Unit 3, as well as Sabrina Elliot, J.D. ’23 and Eunice Ndingo, LL.M. ‘22, for their excellent research assistance. Further, Professor Jeronimo Lau Alberdi of the Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad Austral prepared the edited version of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization found in Chapter 5 of these materials during the summer of 2022, when he served as a Teaching Fellow with Prof. Cedrone for the Foundations of American Law course at Georgetown University Law Center. Prof. Alberdi also provided generous feedback on the entire set of materials.
Prof. Donahoe would like to thank Molly Connolly ‘23 for her excellent research assistance; Brian LeBlanc, Laura Addiego Prospero, Jill Smith, and Kimberli Kelmor for their technical support of this project; and Peter Donahoe for the use of his photograph of Arches National Park for the cover of the book.
The caselaw materials in Unit 3 are sourced from Westlaw and used by permission of Thomson Reuters.