In Employment Discrimination, Sturm uses interdisciplinary readings,
role plays, and case studies to expand students’ exploration
beyond the courtroom and to introduce psychological, organizational,
and transactional dimensions of lawyers’ responses to workplace
With enrollments from 40 to 90 students, Sturm has weekly panels
of five or six students who are responsible for facilitating the
class. She meets with them in advance. If the subject matter of
the upcoming class is technical, such as statistics or burden
shifting, she uses these students as a focus group to determine
how best to run the class.
If the subject matter lends itself to normative questions or
discussion, then these students participate in planning the class.
Another less time-consuming strategy is to assign a panel of students
to email the professor individually a comment about the readings
and a question they would like to explore in class. For issues
such as affirmative action that often spark stylized or polarized
discussion, she either uses small group discussion or a role-play
within the large class itself.
See resource page for examples
of problems and role plays.