On January 31, 2018, Jay A. Mitchell, Professor of Law and Director of the Organizations & Transactions Clinic, presented at the Great Teaching Showcase, a university-wide event hosted by Stanford’s Office of the Vice Provost of Teaching & Learning (VPTL). The event featured faculty and instructors from all seven schools at Stanford. Speakers and poster presenters shared teaching stories and ideas to improve learning through pedagogical innovation. Stanford Law students Sarah Craig (’19), Abigail Xu (’18), and Omeed Anvar (’18) joined Jay at the session.
Jay’s presentation, titled “Drawing Pictures,” centered on the value of drawing as an activity for thinking and collaboration and the use of visual methods in teaching. The presentation reflected his research and writing on the application of information and graphic design principles to legal documents as well as transactional practice and teaching. At the event, Jay made available examples of drawings he developed with law students through their work with clients in the O&T Clinic. He also offered other resources to attendees interested in learning more about introducing visual methods to students in experiential and other teaching settings.