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Aaron Taylor

Aaron is the executive director for the AccessLex Center for Legal Education Excellence. He joined AccessLex Institute in June 2017 from Saint Louis University School of Law, where he was a member of the law school faculty. He also served as director of the Law School Survey of Student Engagement, a national study that seeks to measure the effects of legal education on students.

Aaron's scholarly articles have appeared in journals published by American University, Howard University, Stanford University, University of Notre Dame, and University of New Mexico. His commentaries have appeared in numerous publications, including the Chronicle of Higher Education and the National Jurist. He is also a frequent media commentator on education and diversity issues.

Aaron received a bachelor of arts in political science from North Carolina A&T State University, a juris doctor from Howard University, and a doctorate in higher education leadership and policy from Vanderbilt University. He is also an alumnus of the Harvard University Administrative Fellowship Program.

Podcast episodes

Helping Schools Work with Families, Regulations, And More

Episode #35
March 1, 2016

Seamus Boyce, a graduate of the University of New Hampshire School of Law, is an education lawyer at a mid-size firm with offices throughout Indiana. In this episode, he tells us about routine work advising clients with one-off questions, as well as more complex work involving student services, discrimination, and legislation. Seamus also discusses his ascent to partner and the choices his firm makes in pursuit of client satisfaction.

Defending Management in Employment Litigation

Episode #26
October 13, 2015

Matt Parker, a graduate of Boston College Law School, represents management in employment disputes. While he rarely finds himself in court, he often participates in adversarial proceedings like arbitration and administration hearings. In this episode, we'll hear about how he prepares for proceedings. We'll also learn about the finer details of employment litigation, such as burden shifting, different fee models, and venue shopping.

Criminal Pleas, Fees, and Justice

Episode #14
May 18, 2015

Jessica Burke, a graduate of Washington & Lee College of Law, details her role in the criminal justice system as a criminal defense lawyer. From her approach to plea bargaining to her philosophy on fee arrangements, her choices underscore the importance of letting clients make informed choices about their future. Jessica also shares how expanding the geography she covers, rather than the scope of practice, allowed her firm to grow in a saturated legal market.

Delving into Residential Real Estate Law

Episode #5
February 2, 2015

Barbara Stewart, a graduate of University of Texas School of Law, is a real estate lawyer. Barbara started her career as in-house counsel for a large communications company before venturing into real estate law. Today, she spends her time drafting real estate transaction documents to help clients purchase and sell residential homes. Barbara outlines several common trappings that face real estate lawyers. If her sky-high malpractice insurance is any measure, it's among the riskier practice areas around.

Mediation, Conciliation, and Litigation in Family Law

Episode #1
January 19, 2015

Gabriel Cheong, a graduate of Northeastern Law School, is the owner of a small family law firm in Boston. In this episode, Gabriel explains how his use of technology and fixed fees maximizes time spent on his clients' legal dilemmas. He mixes traditional litigation with mediation, conciliation, and guardian ad litem. With this kind of work, Gabriel experiences emotional ups and downs. Yet he observes that they’re two sides of the same coin. After all, his job is to help clients whose lives are being torn apart.