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The Aspen Digital Learning Advisory Panel is a collaboration between Aspen Publishing and members of the legal education community to further the discussion of how learning science and technology can improve student engagement and learning outcomes in law school.

The members of the Digital Learning Advisory Panel are legal experts and passionate educators with a shared belief in the value and benefits of active learning and assessment through the use of technology in the classroom.

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Leah Grinvald

Dean, Professor of Law
Richard J. Morgan, University of Nevada Las Vegas

Dean Grinvald joins the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, where she was associate dean for academic affairs and professor of law.

Dean Grinvald is an internationally recognized intellectual property law scholar, whose research focuses on the enforcement of intellectual property law, and the potential negative impacts of related laws on small businesses and entrepreneurs. Her work has appeared in some of the nation’s leading law journals. Dean Grinvald’s most recent work focuses on the intersection of the “right to repair” and intellectual property law.

Dean Grinvald has previously taught courses in Contracts, Copyright, International Intellectual Property, Negotiation, Trademark Law and Trademark Practice at her prior institutions, Suffolk Law and St. Louis University School of Law.

Before joining academia, Dean Grinvald began her career in the private sector after clerking for The Honorable Frank Sullivan, Jr. (ret) of the Indiana State Supreme Court. She served as the global corporate counsel at TaylorMade Golf Company, and as a corporate associate at two international law firms, Latham & Watkins LLP and at Clifford Chance US LLP in their San Diego offices. Dean Grinvald received her JD from New York University Law School and a bachelor’s degree from The George Washington University.

In her spare time, Dean Grinvald enjoys cooking, watching home renovation shows, traveling, and exploring new destinations with her husband and two children.

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Jack Harrison

Director, Professor of Law
Center for Excellence in Advocacy, Northern Kentucky University

rior to beginning his academic career, Professor Jack B. Harrison spent almost twenty years as a practicing attorney, representing clients in litigation matters in the areas of product liability defense and employment discrimination defense. Professor Harrison was a partner at Frost Brown Todd, where he was the first openly gay person elected partner at a large Cincinnati law firm. Professor Harrison then moved his practice to Cors & Bassett, where he remains Of Counsel.

Professor Harrison has always been active in bar organizations throughout his career, including service on the Board of Trustees, the Admissions Committee, and the Fee Dispute Committee for the Cincinnati Bar Association. He was appointed by Chief Judge Susan Dlott to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio Admissions Committee. Beyond the legal community, Professor Harrison has served on Boards of Directors for The Point Foundation, the Cincinnati Opera, Caracole, and the National Gay and Lesbian Law Association.  Professor Harrison currently serves as an officer for the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues Section of the Association of American Law Schools.

Professor Harrison has also been involved in a number of pro bono matters throughout his career, including the representation of inmates alleging constitutional violations against state corrections facilities. In partnership with the Ohio Justice and Policy Center and others, Professor Harrison represented a class of severely mentally ill Ohio inmates in a suit against the Corrections Department of the State of Ohio regarding the lack of adequate pre-release discharge planning for these inmates.

Professor Harrison is also the coordinator for the trial competition teams at NKU Chase.

Professor Harrison’s research and scholarship is focused on topics related to civil procedure / federal courts and sexuality, identity, and the law.

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Marina Hsieh

Senior Fellow
Santa Clara University School of Law

Marina Hsieh is a Senior Fellow who teaches and directs the John Paul Stevens Fellowship program. She is particularly interested in institutional assessment and leadership education. She served as the School of Law’s first Faculty Director of Diversity from 2017-2021 and Assistant Dean for Academic & Professional Development from 2005-2011. She regularly teaches in the areas of Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility, and Race and the Law.

Prior to joining the Santa Clara law faculty, Hsieh was on the law faculties of the University of Maryland and the University of California Berkeley. She has also taught law classes at Stanford, the University of California Davis, University of San Francisco, Columbia University, and New York University. Before joining the world of academia, she was a civil rights lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. in New York, New York. Hsieh clerked for Hon. Louis Pollak, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and Hon. John Paul Stevens, Supreme Court of the United States.

Hsieh currently serves on the Boards of the National and Northern California Affiliate of the ACLU and was Chair of the Trustees of Deep Springs College from 2018-2022.

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Nicole Mills

Interim Dean
JFK School of Law, Northcentral University

Nicole Mills became the Interim Dean in the JFK School of Law in 2019, after teaching in the areas of: Legal Methods, Remedies, Professional Responsibility, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Legal Ethics (paralegal program).

Prior to joining Northcentral University, Mills taught at the University of the Rockies and served as a Mediation Trainer in the Center for Human Development, CA. Mills brings her professional experience as a mediator and ADR panel member for the Contra Costa Superior Court and litigator.

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Phebe Poydras

Director, Library Services and Professor
Southern University Law Center

Phebe Huderson-Poydras is the director of library services and serves on the faculty at the Southern University Law Center, where she is responsible for the overall management of the library and its staff. Prior to coming to SULC, she was the founding associate dean for library affairs and an assistant professor of law at Indiana Tech Law School. She was also previously the director of the Florida A&M University College of Law Library. She has taught Professionalism, Advanced Legal Research, Legal Research, Legal Bibliography, and Legal Methods. Poydras received a Master in Library and Information Science from Louisiana State University in 1998 and a Juris Doctor from the Southern University Law Center in 1995.

Professor Poydras is both active professionally and in the community. She is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries where she has served on various committees. She is also a past member of the Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries and a member of the Southeastern Association of Law Libraries in which she also served on various committees. She is also a member of American Library Association. She is a former president of the Zonta Club of Fort Wayne, former member of the Executive Board of the Fort Wayne Chapter of the NAACP and member of the Women in the NAACP (WIN). She has also served on Fort Wayne’s Arts United Board and volunteered for several committees. She is a member of the La Capitale Chapter of the Links Incorporated.

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Sophie Sparrow

Professor
University of New Hampshire School of Law

Sophie M. Sparrow, Professor of Law, University of New Hampshire School of Law, is nationally recognized as an innovative and expert leader in legal education. She focuses her research and scholarship on teaching and learning in law, and has authored or co-authored multiple articles, essays, and seven books, including Teaching Law By Design for Adjuncts (2nd Edition 2017), Teaching Law By Design (2ndEdition 2017), Working Together in Law (2014), What the Best Law Teachers Do (2013), and Techniques for Teaching Law 2 (2011). She has conducted over 100 workshops for professors, administrators, lawyers, and judges in the US, Canada, the Netherlands, India, Bhutan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Jordan on topics such as active learning, team-based learning, assessment, metacognition, professionalism, professional development, legal education, and legal writing.

UNH Law Students voted Sophie Sparrow as the 2018 Teacher of the Year, and in 2018 UNH awarded her the university-wide three-year Class of 1938 Professorship Award, which recognizes a UNH faculty member for excellence in teaching. Sparrow won the Inaugural Award for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching Professionalism in 2004, taught as a Fulbright Scholar in India in 2012, and has conducted teacher-training programs overseas for the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative since 2014. An innovator since she started teaching law in 1998, Professor designed and ran UNH School Law’s writing program for ten years (1998-2008) and helped design UNH Law’s Daniel Webster Scholar Program, an alternative bar exam program integrated into UNH Law's second and third year curriculum. She was one of the founding members of Arizona Summit (formerly Phoenix) School of Law (2005-2006), and was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School in spring, 2016, and The John Marshall School of Law in spring, 2012.

To her teaching, Professor Sparrow brings her experience practicing law, directing the UNH School of Law’s Career Services Center and teaching students ages 5 to 60. She learned about the transformative strategy of team-based learning a few years ago, and now uses it in her Torts and Remedies courses. Before joining UNH Law, she worked as a staff attorney for New Hampshire Legal Assistance and as an associate with a New Hampshire law firm. Her best teachers are her two children.

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Julie E. Steiner

Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for Legislative and Governmental Affairs,
Western New England University School of Law

Professor Steiner teaches Cannabis Law, Torts, Environmental Law, Land Use and Introduction to Law. Her scholarly work focuses on digital education, legal policy reform and enforcement theory.

Professor Steiner co-authored PracticePerfect Torts along with Professors Joseph W. Glannon and Patrick Shin. Produced by Aspen Publishing, PracticePerfect Torts is a digital supplement that breaks the subject down into its component parts, presents the doctrine through interactive animated video modules, and measures the students’ ability to apply the material and associate it with connected concepts through a variety of quiz questions with corresponding answers.

A passionate educator, Professor Steiner has been recognized for teaching excellence. She is a six-time recipient of the Catherine J. Jones Professor of Year Award (2022, 2021, 2019, 2015, 2013, 2012). Prior to joining the faculty of Western New England University School of Law, Professor Steiner was a member of the full-time faculty at St. John’s University School of Law where she received the honor of Professor of the Year (2009) and the Dean’s Teaching Award (2008).

Before joining the legal academy, Professor Steiner was a litigator with two New York law firms where she focused on environmental law and land use matters. Her pro bono practice included service as a Voluntary Appellate Defender in tandem with the New York Office of the Appellate Defender.

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Gabe Teninbaum

Assistant Dean of Innovation, Strategic Initiatives, & Distance Education
Suffolk University

Gabe Teninbaum is the Assistant Dean for Innovation, Strategic Initiatives and Distance Education, as well as a Professor of Legal Writing, at Suffolk University Law School. Among other responsibilities, he leads the #1 ranked legal tech program in the nation, as ranked by National Jurist Magazine. He has taught more than 10 different courses (including classes held in Hungary, Sweden, and at MIT) and published more than 30 law review pieces and other articles. In addition to his work at Suffolk Law, Prof. Teninbaum held appointments as a Faculty Associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, as a Visiting Professor at the MIT Media Lab, and as a Visiting Fellow at the Yale Law School Information Society Project. He is the founder of an educational technology startup, SpacedRepetition.com, which was named one of the Top 20 Legal IT Innovations in the world by ALM/Legal Week Intelligence; is a former trial attorney at Sugarman in Boston; and, before law school, protected dozens of dignitaries, including two sitting U.S. presidents, while serving as an Operations Support Technician in the U.S. Secret Service.