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November 30, 2020 Asked and Answered

Law prof finds ways to connect remotely amid historic election and COVID-19 restrictions

By Stephanie Francis Ward

April Dawson, an associate dean and professor at the North Carolina Central University School of Law, misses seeing her constitutional law students in person.

But more so particularly this term, as the nation witnessed the nomination and confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as a historic presidential election.

But the constitutional law and voting rights scholar has been finding creative ways to use technology in the classroom, even before the pandemic, and she says the experience helped her connect with students and foster meaningful discussions, even when classes can’t meet in person.

In this new episode of the ABA Journal’s Asked and Answered podcast, Dawson talks to Senior Writer Stephanie Francis Ward.

In This Podcast

April Dawson

A former computer programmer who also worked in the civil division for the U.S. Department of Justice’s honors program, April Dawson is a professor and associate dean at the North Carolina Central University School of Law, which is affiliated with a historically Black college. Additionally, she chairs the webinar committee for the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Technology, Law & Legal Education.

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