NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 08/29/13 -- Professor Richard K. Sherwin and Professor Stephen J. Ellmann have been named Fulbright recipients, announced Anthony W. Crowell, Dean of New York Law School (NYLS). Sherwin, who received the honor to work on a new project called "The Moving Images of Law," will be the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Law and Literature at the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada this academic year. Ellmann received a Fulbright Specialist Award to work on comparative constitutional law and clinical legal education planning this summer at the University of Capetown Faculty of Law in South Africa.
Sherwin, a faculty member of NYLS since 1988, is an expert in visual communication, specializing in the domain of visual persuasion in litigation and litigation public relations. Ellmann joined NYLS in 1992. He is an award-winning author on legal ethics and an expert in clinical legal education, constitutional law, and South African law.
"We are delighted that the scholarship of Professor Sherwin and Professor Ellmann has been recognized with these extraordinary awards. Sherwin's pioneering work in the area of visual communication as applied to our legal system is a brilliant example of the innovative methods and curriculum that flourish at New York Law School. Ellmann's understanding of two legal systems, our own and South Africa's, has given him special insights not only into comparative constitutional law but also legal ethics and legal education," said Dean Crowell. "Their Fulbright awards are validation of their great talents and of the importance of these growing areas of study and practice."
In 2001, Professor Sherwin debuted Visual Persuasion in the Law, the first course of its kind in the nation to teach students about the role, efficacy, and pitfalls of using visual evidence and visual advocacy in contemporary legal practice. During the semester students create original short films pertaining to a legal topic or controversy, produced in the Law School's digital media lab. In 2005, he launched the Visual Persuasion Project website, the first and to date the only site to showcase "best practices" in the visual litigation services field. The goal of the Visual Persuasion Project is to promote visual literacy among lawyers, judges, law students, and the lay public, based on a better understanding of visual communication practices.
According to Sherwin, "We are living in a pervasively visual culture. Law has migrated to electronic screens in court and out. In order to maximize effective communication, including direct and cross examination at trial, lawyers need to cultivate visual literacy. There is no escaping this technological imperative."
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