About the Authors
Michael Hunter Schwartz is the Dean of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law, and he is a consultant to and a former Director of the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning. Dean Schwartz is the author of ten books, seven law review papers, three book chapters (one forthcoming), and three shorter works addressing a wide variety of teaching, learning and curriculum design topics. Schwartz's books include What the Best Law Teachers Do (Harvard University Press 2013) and a contracts textbook, Contracts: A Context and Practice Casebook, which was the first book in a textbook series he designed (and now edits) in collaboration with Carolina Academic Press. Schwartz also is a co-author of Assessment: A Comprehensive Guidebook for Law Schools (forthcoming 2015). Professor Schwartz is the former Academic Curriculum Consultant to the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, and he is the former chair of the American Association of Law Schools’ Sections on Teaching Methods and Balance in Legal Education. Dean Schwartz has spoken about a wide variety of law teaching, learning and curriculum design topics on more than 125 occasions as a conference presenter (including an AALS Presidential Program and more than two dozen plenary presentations), and he also has been an invited speaker at more than 50 US law schools (including top-rated US law schools such as Duke University, the University of Illinois; the University of Wisconsin; the University of California, San Francisco, Hastings College of the Law; American University Washington College of Law; and the University of North Carolina) and to law professors from the Republic of Georgia, Iran, Turkey, Germany, Taiwan, and Chile. Dean Schwartz’s contract law course was selected by the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System’s Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Project as reflecting “exemplary innovative teaching." Dean Schwartz practiced law in Southern California in the areas of insurance coverage and construction law. In January 2015, National Jurist Magazine named Dean Schwartz the 11th Most Influential Person in Legal Education.
Anastasia Boles joined the faculty of the University of Arkansas, William H. Bowen School of Law in the fall of 2012. Boles previously taught at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. Before teaching, Professor Boles was in private practice with corporate firms in Los Angeles and New York. Her practice focused on employment litigation, labor litigation, white-collar criminal defense, securities litigation, and general civil litigation. She maintained an active commitment to pro bono representation, and was part of the legal team recognized with a 2001 Gideon Award from the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for representation of New York County Lawyers’ Association in a highly publicized pro bono litigation. Professor Boles served as a judicial clerk for the late Honorable Napoleon A. Jones, Jr., of the United States District Court, Southern District of California. Professor Boles graduated with honors from Stanford University where she dual majored in political science and sociology. She is a Columbia Law graduate and served on the editorial board of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review and the National Black Law Journal. In addition to her journal work, Boles was an executive board member of the Black Law Students Association, a student senator, and was recognized for her pro bono work as an intern with the Harlem Legal Aid Society. She is currently a member of the California state bar and was a member of the New York state bar until July 2011. As a scholar, Boles examines the intersection between labor and employment law and legal issues involving race, age, gender, sexuality, disability, and class.
Lindsey Gustafson is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law, where she has been a member of the faculty since 1998. Since joining the faculty, she has worked extensively on improving student scholarship and supporting faculty-edited, peer-reviewed journals. She was hired as the founding Executive Editor of The Journal of Appellate Practice and Process, and still serves on its editorial board. She is also a Managing Editor for The Journal of Legal Writing Institute and a Co-Editor of The Law Teacher, published by The Institute for Law Teaching and Learning. She has published articles on improving student scholarship and on the impact of technology on student writing, and has created three new classes to train students in writing and editing legal scholarship. She has also frequently presented at both regional and national legal writing conferences on effective teaching methods. Professor Gustafson has been nominated four times for the Bowen School of Law Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, and has won the award twice, in 2004 and 2014. Prior to joining the law school, she clerked and then served as staff attorney for several Utah trial court judges. Professor Gustafson is a graduate of the J. Reuben Clark School of Law, Brigham Young University, where she was the Executive Editor of the Brigham Young University Law Review and elected to the Order of the Coif.
Amy Pritchard joined the law school faculty in 2013. She directs and teaches the Consumer Protection Clinic, where she supervises student attorneys who represent low-income individuals who are facing foreclosure, eviction, housing instability, fraud, unfair or deceptive trade practices, and problems with credit reports and credit access. Professor Pritchard began her legal career as a staff attorney with Legal Aid of Arkansas, where she handled a range of civil cases and helped develop a statewide medical-legal partnership with Arkansas Children’s Hospital. She graduated with honors from Seattle University School of Law where she was an inaugural recipient of the school’s Scholars for Justice Award. While at Seattle University, she was the executive editor of the Seattle Journal for Social Justice and the president of the Public Interest Law Foundation.