"Teaching is a way to learn my field and legal area better, and hopefully impart knowledge to the students."

Learning by Teaching

Why do you like to teach?

The level of research and professionalism displayed by a recent class truly impressed me, and made me realize how wonderful it is to teach motivated students.  I believe that ultimately the success of a class has as much to do, if not more, with the students, then with the teacher. 

 

What do you learn from teaching?

At a certain point in your legal career you realize that you are practicing in a certain style, and doing things just because you “think” you know what you are doing.  By teaching, you find you have to break down nearly every assumption and choice you routinely make, and re-evaluate it.  While that process can sometimes be scary, it is ultimately beneficial.   I approach teaching as a way to learn my field and legal area better, and hopefully impart knowledge to the students.  As part of that process, I always welcome comments and criticism from students on how to better explain the course materials. 

 

Where do you work?

I am an attorney at FrankGecker, LLP a seven-attorney firm focused primarily on corporate bankruptcy matters. My legal specialty areas are bankruptcy law, real estate law, and generally knotty-thorny legal problems that might encompass multiple areas of law. Prior to becoming a lawyer, I worked as a paralegal for a personal injury law firm handling asbestos-related lawsuits.