Monday, February 2, 2009

In Praise of Technology

PSU Law is setting the standard for distance learning. With our dual-campus system, students at either location are able to enjoy the curriculum offered at the other campus via AV technology. The technology is some of the most sophisticated around, and it along with our excellent IT personnel do a phenomenal job of facilitating meaningful interaction with our professors and colleagues who reside 100 miles away. As a tech-savvy campus, we also have the additional opportunity of engaging with third parties at locations distinct from both campuses.

This morning, our Class Actions Seminar, taught by the Honorable D. Brooks Smith, Judge on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, was able to enjoy a a very distinguished guest speaker. The Honorable Anthony Scirica, Chief Judge of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States, joined our seminar from his 20th floor conference room in Philadelphia. He spoke to us for about an hour on the judicial process involved in drafting the Federal Rules. It was an amazing experience, and one made possible by the innovations of the Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law.

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