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So You Want to Teach: A Guide to Teaching a Law School Course on Social Security

Total Credits: 1 CLE - On-Demand

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Disability Practice
Frank Bloch |  Jon Dubin
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All Skill Levels
48 Minutes
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Tags: May 2021


CLE Information May 2021

This course was approved for NOSSCR's Spring 2021 Virtual Conference. It is eligible for On-Demand credit, please check with if you have questions about your states eligibility or check with your Bar Association for their rules and regulations.

This session will describe in detail how to teach a law school course on Social Security using a course book written by the session presenters. The session will begin with an overview of the contents of the book, Social Security Law, Policy, and Practice (published by West Academic in 2016, with annual updates), and the authors’ general approach to teaching the material. The book focuses primarily on disability law and practice, but it also includes sections on old age and survivors benefits and current policy issues. Model syllabi will be presented that demonstrate different ways to teach the course, ranging from an introductory course on social security law and policy to a specialized course on disability practice. Examples of selected class sessions will be presented as well, drawing on excerpts from the book and a Teachers Manual available to teachers using the book.



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Frank S. Bloch - is Professor of Law Emeritus at Vanderbilt University Law School, where he served as Director of Clinical Education and as Director of the Social Justice Program.  He began his legal career as a legal aid attorney with California Rural Legal Assistance and then taught at the University of Chicago Law School’s Mandel legal Aid Clinic before moving on to Vanderbilt in 1979.  At Vanderbilt, he taught live-client clinical courses on civil practice, as well as classroom courses on Social Security, poverty law, social justice, evidence, and civil procedure. Prof. Bloch is the author of numerous books and articles, including Westlaw’s Bloch on Social Security and Social Security Law, Policy, and Practice (with Prof. Jon Dubin).  He is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and has served as a consultant to the International Social Security Association, the Administrative Conference of the United States, and the Social Security Advisory Board.  Professor Bloch earned a B.A. and a Ph.D. from Brandeis University and a J.D. from Columbia University Law School.

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Jon C. Dubin - is the Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of Law, Alfred Clapp Scholar, and Associate Dean for Clinical Education at Rutgers Law School.  He teaches Administrative Law, Social Security Law, Poverty Law and the Civil Justice Clinic, among other courses. His clinical practice and scholarship focuses on the SSDI/SSID programs, including co-counseling the successful appeal and drafting the principal brief in a social security disability case before the U.S. Supreme Court in Sims v. Apfel, 530 U.S. 103 (2000)—a case in which the high court also twice cited Dubin’s National Equal Justice Library Award-winning law review article and adopted the article’s doctrinal label, “issue exhaustion,” and reasoning in its decision.  Dubin also successfully litigated and argued Sykes v. Apfel, 228 F.3d 259 (3rd Cir. 2000) which produced SSA “Acquiescence Ruling” (SSR 01-1(3)), agreeing to change policy and apply the Sykes case to thousands of disability claimants within the Third Circuit region each year. He is the co-author, with Professor Frank Bloch, of the first hardbound, social security law school casebook and has co-authored nine editions of a popular federal court SSDI/SSID practice treatise with Carolyn Kubitschek.  Finally, Dubin is also a recipient NOSSCR’s Eileen P. Sweeney Distinguished Service Award, has served on the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) Social Security Disability Adjudication Project Working Group, and was elected into the National Academy of Social Insurance.

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