A Forum for Law Professor Interaction with the High School Debate Community

Monday, September 19, 2005

Qualifications and Disclaimers

I am a Lecturer in Law at the University of Miami School of Law. I teach one course entitled Legal Research and Writing and one course entitled Civil Rights Litigation Strategy. I attended Harvard Law School (J.D. 2003) and the University of Southern California (B.A. 2000). I clerked for United States District Judge Alan S. Gold (Southern District of Florida) from 2003-2004, worked at Jenner & Block in Washington D.C. practicing mostly appellate litigation, and am now teaching before I begin clerking for Judge Rosemary Barkett (Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals) in January 2006.

Debate-wise, I debated for four years at the Greenhill School and for three years at the University of Southern California. For several summers, I taught at the Michigan Classic.

My qualifications may be found at: http://www.law.miami.edu/facadmin/faculty/lharrison.htm

Disclaimer #1: None of the statements on this blog reflect the views of the University of Miami, nor the views of any of my former or future employers.

Disclaimer #2: I work occasionally as a judge and part-time, pre-round coach for Carrollton (School of the Sacred Heart). Nothing in this blog is available exclusively to Carrollton debaters, nor do any of my posts exist for the purpose of providing evidence for debaters.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

The Purpose of This Blog


This blog intends to provide a forum for high school debaters debating this year's Civil Liberties topic to engage in discussions with law professors about the topic. Many of the arguments that reoccur year after year in the debate community are areas where law professors have special expertise: federalism, presidential powers, separation of powers, the hollow hope, critical legal studies, etc.

My hope is that this forum functions as a site for clarification of debaters' questions about the law, as well as a site for argument innovation.