Associate Dean Eileen Scallen Publishes New Book on Legal Teamwork

May 29, 2014 -- Eileen Scallen, associate dean for curriculum and academic affairs, has published Working Together in Law: Teamwork and Small Group Skills for Legal Professionals (Carolina Academic Press, 2014). Scallen, along with co-authors Sophie Sparrow and Cliff Zimmerman, examines the advantages of effective collaborative work. They incorporate research on group dynamics, conflict resolution and decision making and use a wide range of examples, including the growing use of virtual legal work teams, to help legal professionals develop the cooperative and collaborative skills necessary to effectively work together.

Associate Dean Scallen, who joined the UCLA Law faculty in 2013, began her academic career at the University of California, Hastings College of Law.  She received an “Outstanding Faculty Member Award” in 1992, and served as associate academic dean from 1996-1998. In 2000, she joined the faculty at William Mitchell College of Law as professor of law. While in Minnesota, she handled extensive pro bono work for national, state and local LGBT organizations in addition to expanding her research and teaching interests. Her current research interests include rethinking theories of evidentiary privilege, and developing new theories of influence in small group and team settings.