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Faculty and Administration Profiles

Mary Ann Becker

Title/s:  Clinical Professor, Associate Director of Legal Writing Program

Office #:  Suite 1030

Phone: 312-915-7732

E-mail:

About

Prior to joining Loyola as the Associate Director of Writing Programs and Academic Support, Mary Ann Becker taught legal research and writing to first, second, and third year law students at DePaul University College of Law and a Law and Literature seminar to undergraduates at the DePaul University College of Arts and Sciences.  She focuses her teaching and research on the best techniques to prepare students for the practice of law and writing pedagogy.  Before teaching, Professor Becker practiced as a litigation attorney in several mid-size and large international law firms in Chicago.  She graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in French language and literature.  She earned her JD from DePaul University, graduating summa cum laude and Order of the Coif, where she was the Symposium Editor for the DePaul Law Review.

Degrees

Northwestern University, BA
DePaul University College of Law, JD

Program Areas

Legal Writing

Professional & Community Affiliations

CVLS Advisory Board Member, 2017-present

Member, Board of Editors, The Second Draft: The Official Magazine of the Legal Writing Institute (2010-2014)

Selected Publications

Recent Publications:

Understanding the Tethered Generation: Net Gens Come to Law School, 53 Duq. L. Rev. 9 (2015).

Step Away from the PowerPoint: Using Mirror Neurons to Enhance Student Learning in the Classroom, 19 Law Teacher 1 (Fall 2012).

What is Your Favorite Book?: Using Narrative to Teach Theme Development in Persuasive Writing, 46 Gonzaga Law Review 575 (Spring 2011)

Recent Presentations:

Presenter, "Constructed Reality: Understanding the Generations to More Effectively Teach the Current (and Upcoming) Generation of Law Students," Institute for Law Teaching and Learning Summer Conference, Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, KS, June 2019.

Panelist, "Leading Unicorns: A Roundtable Discussion of Adjunct-Based Legal Writing Programs," Association of Legal Writing Directors Biannual Conference, Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA, May 2019.

Panelist, “Legal Scholarship,” Southeastern Legal Writing Conference, University of Miami Law School, January 2016.

Invited Speaker, Faculty Speaker Series, “From Teacups to Lawyers: Why Understanding the Tethered Generation’s Viewpoint Matters to Law Professors,” Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, CA, November 2015.

Faculty Workshop, "You Are Not Alone: Developing Best Practices for Teaching the Tethered Generation," Campbell University, Raleigh, NC, March 2015.

"Understanding the Tethered Generation: The Net Gens Come to Law School," Fourth Colonial Frontier Legal Writing Conference: Teaching the Academically Underprepared Law Student, Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA, December 2014.

“Creating Practice Ready Students Through Post-Conferencing,”16th Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, Philadelphia, PA, July 2016 and Central States Regional Legal Writing Conference, Lawrence, KS, September 2013.

“Law & Literature: A Legal Looking Glass,” Law & Literature Conference, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, November 2013.

“Developing Student Assignments to Meet Learning Outcomes,” Best Practices: Focal Point Seminars, DePaul University, Chicago, IL, November 2013.

“Teaching Law as an Alternative to Career Practice or as a Complement,” Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Career Committee, April 2013 and January 2012.

“What is Your Favorite Book: Using Literature to Teach Persuasive Writing,” 15th Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, Palm Springs, CA, May 2012, Central Region Legal Writing Conference, Milwaukee, WI, October 2009, and First Capital Area Legal Writing Conference, Washington, D.C., February 2011.

“Teaching Legal Research and Citation,” LWI One Day Workshop, Chicago, IL, December 2010.