cases on First Amendment rights, and privacy rights implicit in the Four-
teenth Amendment. At the beginning of the semester, and as the class
progresses, professors can set guidelines for ensuring a safe and open en-
vironment so as to encourage extended dialogue on the values and beliefs
associated with creation of these laws.
Professor Robin Wellford-Slocum utilizes student-faculty conferences in
both first-year legal research and writing and upper level seminar courses
to engage students in a sustained dialogue. She encourages building rap-
port and guides each student through his or her substantive writing ques-
tions. She recognizes that these interpersonal relationships extend far be-
yond law school, as law professors have tremendous influence on their stu-
dents’ lives. She recognizes, furthermore, how these relationships provide
a model for students to emulate in their subsequent client interactions
VII. Holistic Orientation
Holistic orientation relates to engaging the “whole person,” tapping into the
affective and relational ways of knowing and engaging emotions, feelings
and reflection within the transformative environment. Although Mezirow fo-
cused on rational discourse and critical reflection, recent theorists have
focused on other means of knowledge, such as the affective and relational.
Accordingly, recognition of feelings, emotions, and reflection has been in-
corporated into this element of holistic orientation.
Law school facilitators can incorporate holistic orientation by encourag-
ing artistic expressions such as with music, art, body movement, and med-
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