Positions

Overview

  • Professor Evans teaches courses that require students to think and act like lawyers. Students engage in simulations and exercises that are designed to achieve three goals:

    -First, students develop foundational lawyering skills, such as information gathering, analysis, writing, and advocacy.
    -Second, students develop techniques that will enable them to continue refining their skills long after they’ve graduated, since
    lawyering is an art to which law school can provide only an introduction.
    -Finally, because lawyering skills cannot be mastered without an understanding of what it means to be a lawyer, students
    begin to develop a sense of professional identity.

    "I encourage students to bring a “growth mindset” to their work, and to apply their existing expertise in learning and self-development -- drawn from their previous experience as students -- to the new task of becoming a lawyer."

    Risa Evans
    Associate Professor of Legal Skills


    While in law school, Professor Evans pursued her interest in civil liberties by clerking at the Connecticut Civil Liberties Union in Hartford, CT, and the Federal Public Defender in Albuquerque, NM. At the Federal Defender, Professor Evans worked on a suppression motion that eventually led to a client’s freedom.

    Her experiences led her to seek employment as a public defender after law school. After several years as a trial attorney with the New Hampshire Public Defender -- where she represented people charged with felonies, misdemeanors and juvenile delinquency -- Professor Evans moved to the Appellate Defender Office. There, she represented criminal defendants in appeals to the New Hampshire Supreme Court. She wrote briefs and orally argued many cases, obtaining reversals for a number of clients.

    Professor Evans left the Appellate Defender in 2002 to home school her daughter. Since then, she has done freelance legal research and writing, in addition to teaching at the Law School--first as an adjunct, and full-time since 2011.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2016 My Turn: Lockdown in Manchester is a slippery slopeThe Concord Monitor2016
    2015 Legal Writing: A Catalyst for Student TransformationThe Second Draft.  28:8-9. 2015
    1993 Unspeakable Suspicions--Challenging The Racist Consensual EncounterThe Champion.  4-4. 1993
    1989 ‘An experiment is when you try it and see if it works’: a study of grade 7 students’ understanding of the construction of scientific knowledgeInternational Journal of Science Education.  11:514-529. 1989

    Teaching Activities

  • Fundamentals of Law Practice Taught course 2019
  • Legal Analysis & Writing 2 Taught course 2019
  • Legal Analysis & Writing 1 Taught course 2018
  • Writing for Practice Taught course 2018
  • Fundamentals of Law Practice Taught course 2018
  • Legal Analysis & Writing 1 Taught course 2017
  • Writing for Practice Taught course 2017
  • Fundamentals of Law Practice Taught course 2017
  • Legal Analysis & Writing 1 Taught course 2016
  • Legal Analysis & Writing 1 Taught course 2016
  • Fundamentals of Law Practice Taught course 2016
  • Writing for Practice Taught course 2016
  • Writing for Practice Taught course 2015
  • Fundamentals of Law Practice Taught course 2015
  • Legal Analysis & Writing 2 Taught course 2015
  • Legal Analysis & Writing 1 Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

  • B.A. Psychology, Barnard College
  • J.D., Yale Law School
  • Full Name

  • Risa Evans