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Every professor that you will encounter in law school has his or her own approach to the subject matter. For myself, I have a decidedly practical focus. In my view, a lawyer must understand the foundational institutional principles and public policies in any given area of law, but must also understand how the law is applied pragmatically.
For law students, I think it is optimal to balance the study of statutes and cases with the practical application of the law in a contemporary context. So, for example, to understand the law of probate (the judicial validation of a Will and the appointment of an ‘Estate Trustee’) it is also important to understand the process by which probate is sought, how objections to probate are brought and resolved, and what professional obligations are owed by lawyers to their clients that context. Put in perspective like this, to understand the law’s practical application aids one’s understanding of the substance of the law and vice-versa.
As far as my own research interests, I am interested in estates law (especially probate), trusts and fiduciary law, estates and trusts administration, substitute decision-making, elder law, and the remedies available in all these various areas. These areas of law are all related and, for me anyway, really interesting. I love the historical development of much of the law over many centuries and its ability to respond to new social circumstances and changing public policy.
If you are interested in having me supervise your ISP or graduate research, please get in touch.