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Temple brings pop-up pride event to Fox professor’s classroom
In early November, Temple’s marching band and cheerleaders paid a visit to a class at the Fox School. Temple Now, the university’s e-newsletter, featured Dr. Samuel D. Hodge, Professor of Legal Studies at Fox, and his class. Temple Update and Metro MBA Philly also highlighted the pop-up pride event.

Temple offering mini-MBA for law professionals
This month, Fox and the Beasley School of Law will collaborate for their second offering of the Mini-MBA for Law Professionals, an accelerated weekend program conceived by Dr. Samuel D. Hodge, Jr., Professor of Legal Studies.

Temple Law Hosts First Mini-MBA CLE
Temple’s Business Law magazine, a semi-regularly online publication, recapped a recent offering of the Mini-MBA. Dr. Samuel D. Hodge, Chair of Fox’s Legal Studies department, spoke to the weekend-long executive education program, made possible through a partnership between the Beasley School of Law and the Fox School of Business.

CNN’s Alex Wellen speaks to students during one of Fox School of Business professor Dr. Samuel Hodge’s recent classes.
CNN’s Alex Wellen speaks to students during one of Fox School of Business professor Dr. Samuel Hodge’s recent classes.

Dr. Samuel D. Hodge prides himself in using unconventional methods, like animated, voiced-over videos, to instruct his students.

Recently Hodge, Chair of the Legal Studies department at the Fox School of Business, turned to web-conferencing platform WebEx to bridge the geographic gap between his Business Law students at Temple University and a prominent guest speaker.

CNN Chief Product Officer Alex Wellen virtually addressed Hodge’s students from New York City during a March 31 class session.

As a guest speaker in Hodge’s course, Wellen discussed creative career paths for those with a law degree. Wellen, LAW ’97, served as a teaching assistant under Hodge while pursuing his graduate degree at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law.

“A law degree teaches you how to think outside of the box. Alex is a classic example of that principle,” Hodge said. “I wanted to show students that having a law degree can be a stepping stone for a number of career paths outside of practicing traditional law.”

Before joining CNN, Wellen produced and co-hosted an Emmy Award-winning television series, Cybercrime, which aired on TechTV. Cybercrime was the first investigative TV series devoted to covering high-tech crime. Wellen told students that, in his youth, he was fascinated by the thought of inventing new products. His childhood passion is now a reality, he said. In his current role, Wellen develops new products for CNN’s mobile, web, video, TV, data and emerging platforms and oversees the global business operations for CNN’s digital platforms.

“It’s important to analyze how people are getting news now and how they will retrieve it in the future,” Wellen told Hodge’s class. “It’s my job to figure all of that out and understand how we can make a business out of it and create good journalism.”

CNN is widely regarded as one of the top cable news networks, responsible for delivering breaking news from across the globe. Thusly, students asked Wellen questions relating to the importance of being first to break a story. Social media, Wellen said, has changed the game, in regard to how quickly people expect to receive news.

Photo of students viewing the Legal Studies WebEx session with CNN.“It’s more important to be right than be first,” said Wellen. “Social media allows us to connect with people from across the planet and receive news from first hand witnesses. So it’s extremely important to confirm details before we release information, just like in law.”

Wellen challenged Hodge’s students to view a law degree in a creative way. When starting out in the industry, Wellen said he hadn’t considered a career in journalism.

“You never know who you will meet along your professional journey that will help you get in the door,” Wellen said. “I’ve had great champions in my life that have opened my mind up and taught me how to look at my life untraditionally and to always be open to new experiences.”

Somewhat like Hodge’s innovative methods for bringing elite guest speakers to his students in a Philadelphia classroom.

Bridging education and entertainment
Looking to spotlight professors with unique teaching styles, the student newspaper profiled Dr. Samuel D. Hodge, Chair of Fox’s Legal Studies department, who often utilizes animated videos he designs and voices to entertain and educate his students.

As a kid, perhaps you spent summer vacations staring at the detective’s kit that mom bought for you, wishing some petty theft or—gasp!—a feline murder would happen because you wanted to swoop in, solve the crime and save the day.

Or maybe you didn’t get into crime solving until you spent nights watching CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and fantasized about examining evidence and chasing down leads.

Samuel D. Hodge Jr., chair of the Fox School's Legal Studies Department, recently organized a crime scene investigation course at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Now, he's co-teaching a CSI Temple summer course.
Samuel D. Hodge Jr., chair of the Fox School’s Legal Studies Department, recently organized a crime scene investigation course at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Now, he’s co-teaching a CSI Temple summer course.

If your pulse starts racing at the thought of reading case files and keeping track of victims

and suspects, you’ve got to take Sam Hodge and Michael Garvey’s CSI Temple course this summer.

At the beginning of class, students will learn that police have discovered the body of an unidentified female, approximately 25 years old, at a construction site. Medical examiners indicate that the victim was bludgeoned to death. And they need your help to solve the crime.

In the three-credit course, which meets Wednesday nights from 5:30-8:30 p.m. beginning May 20 and ending July 10, students will learn how criminal cases are pieced together through the collection of evidence, crime scene assessments and forensic analysis by compiling a “murder book” to help the Philadelphia and Temple Police Departments solve the homicide. They’ll even learn how to dust for fingerprints.

“The class will be very different and a lot of fun, and the students will get a workout as they learn law and medicine,” said Hodge, who prepared a script and hired actors, as well as filmed materials that students will use during the case.

In solving the murder mystery, students will learn from experts in the field such as Cooper Medical School’s Hector Lopez and Quest Labs pathologist Michael Panella, and explore various legal issues, including the law of search and seizure, lineups and polygraph testing.

If that weren’t cool enough, the Philadelphia Police’s mobile crime lab will visit campus, and students will get to see and touch body parts such as organs in class.

The class, which has no prerequisites, is offered as a special topics course in the Fox School of Business’ Department of Legal Studies, which Hodge chairs. Neither medical nor legal knowledge is required, and the course is open to any Temple student with a burning desire to learn how to solve a crime. Throughout the course, students will complete written assignments, a research paper and a group presentation.

Hodge is an award-winning teacher who lectures nationally on medical and legal matters. He has published more than 100 articles, two law texts and three medical books.

Garvey directs the Forensic Science Bureau for the Philadelphia Police Department and is a deputy managing director for the City of Philadelphia. In these roles, he is responsible for a nationally accredited full-service forensic laboratory, overseeing all police department forensic operations, maintaining national quality standards and advancing the city’s forensic capabilities.

Also assisting in teaching the course is Nicole Saitta of the Fox School’s Department of Legal Studies.

It’s a night of laughter for a serious cause.

Temple University men’s basketball coach Fran Dunphy is being roasted April 11 to benefit the campus chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Comedian Joe Conklin will serve as master of ceremonies for the roast, which is expected to draw area coaches, athletes, sportswriters, broadcasters, Temple athletics fans and surprise guests.

The Faculty and Staff Engagement Committee of the Fox School of Business and School of Tourism and Hospitality Management is organizing the event to honor one of its own and to support the operational but unfunded Temple chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Dunphy teaches leadership at the Fox School as an adjunct professor and is also a board of trustees member for Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania, which served 3,535 children last year and is the nation’s fourth-largest chapter.

In 2011, the university chapter matched 201 Temple students and children in community- and site-based programs, including those at Dunbar Elementary School, KIPP Philadelphia Charter School and Tanner Duckrey School.

Results are dramatic. At Duckrey, Temple’s Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter serves 60 of 318 total students at the elementary school at 15th and Diamond streets. Of the students served in 2010-11, 61 percent decreased their absences and 85 percent had zero disciplinary infractions, according to Ted Qualli, vice president of external affairs for Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania.

But program funding continues to be a challenge. Temple’s chapter does not have a dedicated funding stream, and Congress cut financial support last year, particularly for a special program for children with incarcerated parents.

And it costs approximately $1,200 per match, with the largest portion of that total going to child safety and support services.

Jody Romano, vice president of development for Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania, said some 1,100 children are on a waiting list for matches in Greater Philadelphia. Of that total, almost 900 are boys waiting for Big Brothers.

“It’s not just nice. It’s necessary,” Romano said of the nonprofit’s impact. “We affect communities, education, the future workforce, the future economy.”

Proceeds from the roast will benefit the Temple program and support more matches. The $100 per person ticket price includes a cocktail reception along with an open beer and wine bar. The event will be held at the Fox School’s Alter Hall on Temple’s Main Campus.

Samuel D. Hodge Jr., chair of the Fox and School of Tourism Faculty and Staff

Engagement Committee, promises “one surprise speaker after another” during the roast.

“So many people have donated their services to make the roast a success, but it’s the people who attend who are the most important part of the equation,” said Hodge, also chair of the Fox School’s Legal Studies Department. “Help show the community that we care. This is a win-win situation.”

The engagement committee has also raised more than $32,000 for an endowed student scholarship at Temple.

Visit here for event information and a link for online ticket sales.

Media Contact: Brandon Lausch, 215-204-4115, blausch@temple.edu

Fox School Legal Studies Chair Samuel D. Hodge Jr. has been recognized for his work training lawyers and judges in human anatomy for litigators with an award for Outstanding Achievement in the Best Program category from the International Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA).

The Pennsylvania Bar Association nominated Hodge, also a Temple Law adjunct professor, for the award. The CLE course he has been recognized for also serves as the basis for his Anatomy for Litigators course at Temple.

“So much of what we do in law has a medical base to it,” Hodge said. “Lawyers focus on the liability side and can be disadvantaged on the medical side.”

Hodge’s course is designed to fill in the gaps by providing a “guided tour” of the human body from a lawyer’s perspective, including insights into how various systems and parts work that can illuminate legal issues like causation and damages. Both the one-day CLE and the semester-long course include a trip to the anatomy lab at Jefferson Medical College. There, participants receive hands-on instruction with human cadavers, including the opportunity to hold various organs and to ask questions of and hear explanations from Jefferson medical students.

The law course, which involves serial writing assignments, has the added benefit of giving participants an opportunity to hone their research and writing skills. Also on the syllabus are appearances by top litigators and experienced medical practitioners, giving students a real-world view of how legal and medical issues intersect.

Hodge also makes arrangements with the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s office for students to witness a forensic autopsy, observing firsthand as the pathologist draws conclusions about cause of death from the information gleaned during the process.

Hodge, who has been named one of the most popular CLE speakers in the country by the Professional Education Group, has written more than 150 articles on medical/legal topics. He is the author of Anatomy for Litigators, published in 2007 and honored by the ACLEA as the best legal textbook published that year.

– Courtesy Temple Law

Sept. 13, 2010

Clickers, or personal response devices, have been taking hold on campuses across the country. Their use is shifting education away from the age-old practice of putting a professor at the front of a room to lecture to a passive audience. Instead, it forces participation from all students and encourages peer learning. Samuel D. Hodge, Jr., professor and chair of legal studies in Temple’s Fox School of Business, started using clickers more than five years ago in hopes of captivating the elusive attention of the college student. “They’re used to getting visual stimulation,” Hodge said. “Not only do they want to be educated, they want to be entertained.”

Spring 2010

Wearing lab coats and surgical gloves, the students circle the cadaver in the anatomy lab, carefully examining vital organs and the muscular skeletal system. A typical day in the life of a medical student? Yes, but these students intently studying the human body happen to be lawyers and judges. Welcome to Into the Anatomy Lab, a one-day, multi-media continuing legal education course designed to give legal professionals an in-depth understanding of the medical science they regularly encounter in the courtroom. “So much of what we do in law has a medical base to it,” observes Samuel D. Hodge Jr., a veteran litigator and professor at Temple University, who created the course. “Lawyers focus on the liability side and can be at a disadvantage on the medical side. Now they can acquire the knowledge of the medical issues underlying the legal matters they deal with every day.”

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