Aïda Alaka Publications, Presentations, and Other Activity

Articles in Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

"Learning Styles: What Difference Do the Differences Make?," 5 Charleston Law Review 133 (2011).

"The Grammar Wars Come to Law School" 59 Journal of Legal Education 343 (2010). [387 KB PDF]. Reprinted: 18:3 Legal Education Digest 38 (October 2010).

"The Phenomenology of Error in Legal Writing," 28 Quinnipiac Law Review 1 (2009). [3.6 MB PDF]

"The Supreme Court Lowers the Bar on Unlawful Retaliation Claims in Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway Co. v. White," 76:10 Journal of the Kansas Bar Association 19 (November/December 2007) [626 KB PDF].

"Corporate Reorganizations, Job Layoffs, and Age Discrimination: Has Smith v. City of Jackson Substantially Expanded the Rights of Older Workers Under the ADEA?" 70 Albany Law Review 143 (2006) [2.3 MB PDF].

Employment Background Investigations. Three part series with Howard Ebmeier, PhD., "Employment Background Investigations – Practical Aspects," AASPA (American Association of School Personnel Administrators) Perspective, February–April 2005; "Employment Background Investigations – Data Collection Limitations," AASPA Perspective, August–October 2005; "Employment Background Investigations – Possible Consequences," AASPA Perspective, November 2005–January 2006.

Note, "Victim Impact Evidence, Arbitrariness and the Death Penalty," 23 Loyola University Chicago Law Journal 581 (1992).

Articles in Magazines

"Removing Research Blinders: Controlling the Research Expenses of Recent Graduates," 83:7 Journal of the Kansas Bar Association 18 (July/August 2014).

"Eats, Shoots & Leaves: You Don’t Mean That!," 82:9 Journal of the Kansas Bar Association 19 (October 2013).

"Day-in-the-Life Films: Moving Pictures That Move the Jury," 33:12 For The Defense 20 (December 1991).

Other Publications

"Beyond "Wexis": Bringing Research into the Upper-Level Curriculum," Idea of the Month, Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, April 2014.

"Just the Facts Ma'am," Idea of the Month, Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, February 2014.

"Seeing Facts from More Than One Perspective: An In-Class Exercise," (p. 48-50) in Techniques for Teaching Law II (Gerald F. Hess et al.). Durham, North Carolina : Carolina Academic Press, 2011.

Review, "True North: Navigating for the Transfer of Learning in Legal Education" (Tonya Kowalski, 34 Seattle University Law Review 51 (2010)), Article of the Month (December 2010), Institute for Law Teaching and Learning.

Presentations

Co-Facilitator and Presenter, "Legal Writing Workshop V: Best Practices in Structure, Strategy, and Style," National Center for Commercial Law and USAID's Judicial Independence and Legal Empowerment Project, Free University of Tbilisi School of Law, Tbilisi, Georgia, June 12-14, 2014 (with Tonya Kowalski).

Presenter and Facilitator, "Best Practices in Government Report Writing," Ministry of Justice of Georgia Workshop, Tbilisi, Georgia, June 11, 2014 (with Tonya Kowalski).

Legal Drafting: Translating the Deal into a Contract," Legal Analysis & Writing Workshop IV, Free University of Tbilisi School of Law, October 9-11, 2013 (with Tonya Kowalski).

Moderator, "Technology, Social Media, and Privacy Issues in Employment and Labor Law," Employment and Labor Law in the 21st Century Changes in the Arenas of Conflict Symposium, Washburn University School of Law, February 28, 2013.

Legal Writing Curriculum & Course Design," Legal Analysis & Writing Workshop III, Free University of Tbilisi School of Law, January 21-23, 2013 (with Tonya Kowalski).

"Legal Writing and Analysis for Law Professors and Practitioners," Free University, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, June 11-15, 2012 (with Tonya Kowalski).

"Legal Writing for Practitioners," Symposium on Commercial Law, National Center for Commercial Law, Free University, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, March 22-23, 2012.

"Legal/professional Ethics: Lawyer and Media," Symposium on Commercial Law, National Center for Commercial Law, Free University, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, March 20-21, 2012.

Moderator, "Immigration and Employment Panel," Breaching Borders: State Encroachment into the Federal Immigration Domain?, Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas, October 20, 2011.

"Curricular Reform: The Next Wave," Association of Legal Writing Directors Biennial Conference, University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, California, June 24, 2011.

Poster Presentation, "No Law Student Left Behind: Reaching out to the New Legal Writer," 14th Biennial Conference, Legal Writing Institute, Marco Island, Florida, June 28, 2010.

"Building a Bridge to Everywhere: Improving Transfer of Learning from Legal Writing Programs to Other Contexts," Teaching Law Practice Across the Curriculum, Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas, June 18, 2010 (with Tonya Kowalski).

Invited Speaker, "Phenomenology of Error in Legal Writing and The Grammar Wars Come to Law School," Virtual Legal Writing Conference: Annual Scholarship Highlights--New Voices and New Ideas in Legal Communication, Project for Excellence in Legal Communication, Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, Florida, April 29, 2010.

"Building a Bridge to Everywhere: Improving Transfer of Learning from Legal Writing Programs to Other Contexts," Professionalization of Legal Writing Programs, Association of Legal Writing Directors Seventh Biennial Conference, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri, July 17, 2009 (with Tonya Kowalski).

"Phenomenological Practitioner Research: How to Study Your Students' Problems to Improve Your Teaching," Implementing Best Practices and Educating Lawyers: Teaching Skills and Professionalism Across the Curriculum, Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Washington, June 24, 2009.

"Bridging Skills 'Back to the Future': Transfer of Learning within the Legal Writing Classroom," Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, March 14, 2009 (with Tonya Kowalski).

Moderator and Panel Member "Ask an Expert!," Employment Law Update Seminar, City of Lawrence, Kansas, October 28, 2008.

"Writing with Clarity and Strength: Maximizing Advocacy with Best Writing Practices," The Art of Advocacy: Not-So-Secret Tips for Writing Effective, Persuasive and Ethical Legal Briefs, Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas, March 10, 2007.

"Recent Developments in Employment Law in Kansas," Kansas Women Attorneys Association Annual Meeting, Lindsborg, Kansas, July 2006.

"Recent Developments in Employment Law," Recent Developments in the Law CLE, Washburn University School of Law, June 2006.

Professional Service

Kansas Steering Committee Member, National Association of Women Judges, Informed Voter Project, 2014-present.

At-Large Member, Employment Law Section Executive Committee, Kansas Bar Association, 2014-.

Board of Editors, Journal of the Kansas Bar Association, 2010-2011.

Contributing Faculty, Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, 2010-.

Site Committee Member, Professionalization of Legal Writing Programs, Association of Legal Writing Directors 7th Biennial Conference, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, July 16-18, 2009.

Member, Scholarship Committee, Association of Legal Writing Directors/Legal Writing Institute, 2008-2011.