CFD Event: “The Power of Empathy in the Classroom”


Paula Franzese

Peter W. Rodino Professor of Law

Seton Hall University
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Faculty Lounge, University Center

Light refreshments will be served.

Professor Paula Franzese, the Peter W. Rodino Professor of Law, is one of the country’s leading experts in property law as well as government ethics. Nationally renowned for her excellence in teaching, a new book names Professor Franzese one of only 26 “best law teachers in the United States.” The book, What the Best Law Teachers Do (Harvard University Press 2013), profiles in detail the pedagogical approach that renders her a “dazzlingly effective model of rigor, hard work, creativity and humility.” Professor Franzese is the unprecedented ten-time recipient of the Student Bar Association’s Professor of the Year Award, has been named “Exemplary Teacher” by the American Association of Higher Education, was ranked the Top Law Professor in New Jersey by the New Jersey Law Journal and in 2015 was named Faculty Teacher of the Year. She has demonstrated and deconstructed her pedagogical expertise on teaching as both art and science at workshops and colloquia across the country. Most recently, she served as Distinguished Teaching and Learning Professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. She is the Gilbert’s “Legend of the Law” in Property (CD series, Lexis) and the national Property lecturer for the BAR/BRI bar review course. She is the past Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Teaching Methods and serves as Vice-Chair of the Legal Education Section of the American Bar Association.

Deeply committed to education reform and the public interest, Prof. Franzese serves on the Boards of Trustees of Mount St. Dominic Academy, St. Catherine of Siena School and the Community Health Law Project. She has pioneered the cause of law-related education and informed mentoring initiatives throughout the country as Past President of the Justice Resource Center. Her presentations on the importance of teachers have been showcased at teacher conferences, leadership academies, bench-bar symposia and school district convocations. In 2015, Professor Franzese was named one of twenty Inspiring Women in Education by sheknows media.


This event is sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development.

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