Conference Presenter Profile

Jodi Balsam

Name: Jodi Balsam

Professional Title: Associate Professor of Clinical Law, Director of Externship Programs

Affiliation: Brooklyn Law School

Country: United States

Title of Presentation(s):

  • Reflective Practice
  • Well-being
  • and Social Justice: How to Teach and Assess

Short Bio: Jodi S. Balsam is Associate Professor of Clinical Law and Director of Externship Programs at Brooklyn Law School, in Brooklyn, New York. She designs and teaches the clinical courses that support the 400+ BLS students enrolled in civil practice, criminal practice, and judicial externships each year, and oversees the field supervisors and adjunct faculty who also teach in the program. Her other scholarly and teaching interests include sports law, which she teaches at both BLS and New York University School of Law. She previously taught in the Legal Practice program at New York Law School, and in the Lawyering program at NYU School of Law. Professor Balsam also designed and taught an innovative class in sports contracts and negotiation at NYU’s Sports Business Graduate Degree Program and at the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany. She is a member of the CLEA Externship Committee and incoming Chair of the AALS Section on Law and Sports. Professor Balsam frequently appears at academic and professional conferences and symposia (including the 2015 GAJE conference in Eskisehir, Turkey), and has presented on law school pedagogy and skills training, as well as on issues in sports law. Her presentation at the 2017 GAJE conference will explore assessing reflective practice, building on her co-authored article, Assessing Law Students as Reflective Practitioners. Before joining academia, Professor Balsam was Counsel for Operations and Litigation at the National Football League and a litigation associate at the New York office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. She served as a law clerk for Chief Judge Dennis Jacobs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Judge Charles Brieant of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She also served as Counsel to the Clerk of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and spearheaded the court’s project to comprehensively revise its local rules and internal operating procedures. She now sits on the Court’s Attorney Advisory Committee on Local Rules. Professor Balsam earned her B.A. at Yale College and her J.D. at NYU School of Law.

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