eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Kenneth Lawson

Available Survey Results

LAW511, Non Traditional Spring 2014
LAW511, Non Traditional Spring 2014
LAW520F, Fall 2013
LAW541, Fall 2013
LAW511, Non Traditional Summer 2013
LAW511, Spring 2013
LAW513, Spring 2013

Kenneth Lawson: LAW511, Non Traditional Spring 2014

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Law
Course: LAW 511 - Professional Responsibility Crn (Section): 83718 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
5.02 43 0.15 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 42 (98%) 1 (2%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.85 41 0.36 Freq(%) 6 (15%) 35 (85%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 44 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (18%) 36 (82%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 44 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (23%) 34 (77%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 43 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (16%) 36 (84%)
6. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 44 0.25 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (7%) 41 (93%)
7. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 44 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 2 (5%) 41 (93%)
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 44 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (14%) 38 (86%)
9. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 44 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 5 (11%) 38 (86%)
10. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 43 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 6 (14%) 36 (84%)
11. I was able to get individual help when I needed it.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 44 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (14%) 6 (14%) 32 (73%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 43 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (14%) 37 (86%)
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.9 41 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (10%) 37 (90%)
14. I am generally pleased with the materials (texts, handouts) required for this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.66 44 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 15 (34%) 29 (66%)
15. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 44 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (27%) 32 (73%)
16. I feel that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 44 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 4 (9%) 10 (23%) 29 (66%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.77 43 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 8 (19%) 34 (79%)
18. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Professor Lawson brought life to this class. When you're at home, or in the library, reading the cases, they seem so dull. But you can always count on Professor Lawson to make things real and hold you captive.
I'm very glad Professor Lawson decided to teach this class. His perspective in invaluable, and I feel privileged to study ethics from his perspective. He made the course practical but also pushed me on my untouched assumptions of morality.
Professor Lawson is awesome!
Amazing course! Professor Lawson kept me engaged the entire class and created an environment where I felt comfortable (and eager) to participate. He brought to life the rule of professional conduct, which is no easy task to do. The way he structured his class had a good balance of black letter law, real life examples, and hypothetical problems. He didn't always give us the answer to hypotheticals right away and worked with us through our initial answers, which forced us to think about what we would do in tricky situations. The icing on the cake: I passed the MPRE this March on my first try.
Prof. Lawson brought a special perspective and energy to this course that made the material very relevant and meaningful. He is a welcome addition to the law school faculty.
Please keep teaching, Professor Lawson! You are amazing!
Wish we did more black letter law for the MPRE, but i'd much rather get Lawson's real world perspective and study black letter on my own
Mahalo LawDawg!
Professor Lawson is really engaging and interesting lecturer. He gave great motivational speeches throughout the semester.
Professor Lawson really applied all of the ethical concepts we were reading about to real life situations so the students got a sense of how to live up to their ethical responsibilities in practice.
Professor Lawson is a great professor!
It was very interesting and fun to hear everyone's different opinions. I wish the course would prepare us more for the MPRE.
Overall I thought Professor Lawson was great. Slides were helpful. Please tell more real-life experience stories(!)--helps the concepts stick. Consider giving at least 10 minutes per in-class discussion with our groups--whenever we had 5 minutes, I really could have benefited from a few extra minutes. Consider giving a five or ten minute break. The class is really long and a break would be great. Finally, thank you so much for bringing in the panelists over the last few class periods. I enjoyed all of them but the last panel was especially helpful. I had reached the time in the semester when I was really starting to question life post-law school. It was great to hear that none of the panelists would change anything about their life choices even though it was not so fun at times. Thank you again!
Professor Lawson was an excellent teacher and demonstrated thorough knowledge of the content of the course. He was extremely engaging and is definitely considered one of the most popular and approachable professors due to his amazing storytelling skills and experience as a criminal defense attorney.
It's really a "no-brainer" - best professor on campus. I'm not sure why Richardson has not put him in charge of the crim. division - so much better than Hench in every way. He's operating on another level.
I liked how this course brought in real-world situations and made you think about your life as a lawyer. I wish that I would have come out of this class a little better prepared for the MPRE but I think I gained some valuable perspective about the tough ethical and moral decisions lawyers have to make on a daily basis.
I really did not expect how the course would be as Professor Lawson taught me much more than just professional responsibility rules. I really appreciated listening to his personal advice and reflecting about myself and my future career. He succeeded in keeping us up to date with the rules and at the same time in raising ethical questions that we needed to think about in prediction of our future legal jobs. His outstanding career experiences were enriching as well as those of the legal professionals who were invited in the class towards the end of the course. Thank you Professor Lawson!
Overall thought Professor Lawson was a quality instructor for the course. Given the course is prepping for the MPRE, it might be good to have some kind of sample MPRE questions to do here and there as well, and/or a bit more discussion of the exam itself.
Professor Lawson is very effective at making an otherwise very boring subject quite interesting. He is very engaging, calls on students to participate and maintains a lively discussion for the length of the class. I give Professor Lawson high grades for his level of preparation, professionalism, knowledge of the material, and ability to motivate students to use healthy means to address potential ethical conflicts in law.

Kenneth Lawson: LAW511, Non Traditional Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Law
Course: LAW 511 - Professional Responsibility Crn (Section): 86225 (002)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
5.11 27 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 24 (89%) 3 (11%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.86 29 0.35 Freq(%) 4 (14%) 25 (86%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 32 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (19%) 26 (81%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 33 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (18%) 27 (82%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 33 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 4 (12%) 28 (85%)
6. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 33 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 1 (3%) 30 (91%)
7. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 32 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 2 (6%) 29 (91%)
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 32 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 4 (13%) 26 (81%)
9. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 32 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 2 (6%) 29 (91%)
10. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 32 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (16%) 27 (84%)
11. I was able to get individual help when I needed it.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 32 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (9%) 3 (9%) 26 (81%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 33 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (12%) 29 (88%)
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.88 33 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 2 (6%) 30 (91%)
14. I am generally pleased with the materials (texts, handouts) required for this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.61 33 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 9 (27%) 22 (67%)
15. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 31 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (19%) 25 (81%)
16. I feel that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 32 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 12 (38%) 19 (59%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.72 32 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 7 (22%) 24 (75%)
18. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Excellent course taught by an amazing professor!
Lawson should teach more courses
I thought this course was great. Rather than merely making us memorize the rules of professional ethics, Professor Lawson made us seriously analyze ethical problems that can come up in lawyering. The class was enjoyable.
A good course. However, not a thorough preparation for the MPRE but this is well-disclosed at the onset.
Professor Lawson is awesome and I am so thankful for the opportunity to have taken this course with him. I appreciate his thoughtfulness as well as willingness to engage with my peers and I. Taking evening PR doesn't sound too fun, but Professor Lawson made it that way for us which made it so much easier to retain information.
Lawson is awesome! Truly a wonderful teacher.
The only recommendation I have is more preparation in how to take the MPRE. Other than that, Professor Lawson is an asset to this school. I enjoy his teaching style and he really knows how to connect with students.
It was a very thought provoking class that made students really reflect on who they are as people?
Kenneth Lawson is a brilliant instructor. I had a wonderful learning experience under him.
I highly recommend that students take PR before taking the MPRE. I took the MPRE in March and I felt confident in studying for the MPRE and taking exam because of taking the course and what I needed to study for the MPRE.
I was in a night section of this course. My only issue is the dictomy and relationship between full time and part time students. I was very disappointed in the maturity and performance of some of the part time students in the class. I feel there is almost two standards excepted between full and part time students. I am not sure what can be done to cure this except for holding all students to the same personal and professional standards. Nonetheless the course was well designed, executed, and prepared me well for the MPRE.
Good.
Excellent
Course was presented well. I appreciated the fact that Professor Lawson was willing to use some of his own experiences to illustrate concepts.
Prof. Lawson is amazing!
Excellent!
great class. learned about real life cases
My comment is more about professor lawson than the course itself. Professor Lawson is a great teacher who not only was enthusiastic and professional when teaching is the material but also supportive and uplifting.
Excellent course with an excellent professor. Professor Lawson was well prepared for each class and challenged each student with his/her knowledge of the material. I enjoyed "walking through" each of the example problems from the text in conjunction with the rules. It was a great class. He was a great professor for this class and I would recommend it to others.
This was an interesting class and I'm glad I got to take it from Professor Lawson. The stories and problems were always interesting.

Kenneth Lawson: LAW520F, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Law
Course: LAW 520F - Advanced Legal Studies:Topic 5 Crn (Section): 79576 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
4.71 14 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 12 (86%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.0 14 0.0 Freq(%) 14 (100%) 0 (0%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 14 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (36%) 9 (64%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 14 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 7 (50%) 6 (43%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 14 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (29%) 9 (64%)
6. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 14 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (29%) 10 (71%)
7. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 14 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (36%) 9 (64%)
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 14 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 6 (43%) 7 (50%)
9. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 14 0.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 13 (93%)
10. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 14 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (14%) 11 (79%)
11. I was able to get individual help when I needed it.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 14 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (14%) 11 (79%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 14 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 6 (43%) 7 (50%)
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.71 14 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (29%) 10 (71%)
14. I am generally pleased with the materials (texts, handouts) required for this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.93 14 1.07 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 2 (14%) 5 (36%) 5 (36%)
15. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.14 14 0.95 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (14%) 5 (36%) 6 (43%)
16. I feel that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.21 14 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 5 (36%) 6 (43%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.36 14 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 5 (36%) 7 (50%)
18. My overall evaluation of this course is...
The course is a must have for all law students. The reality of the business of law is nothing to take lightly and it directly effects your livelihood and the sustainability of that livelihood. Excellent course.
The Professor is very enthusiastic about the course which makes it easier to be engaged.
I give this course an excellent rating. Professor Lawson provided us with credible, real-life examples of how to succeed in a solo or small firm practice. The speakers and course materials were very interesting and provided me with a deeper understanding of the basic principles of law firm economics, regardless of firm size. I would highly recommend this course to anyone considering running their own law firm or even to those who are more interested in joining the firm and understanding the overall economics of running a law practice.
I'm ready to go out and practice law. Best law class ever.
Solid first offering. Too much focus on guest speakers. Will be streamlined in the future, I have no doubt.
Great addition to the curriculum. Great class!
It was very good and we were very fortunate to have this course offered to us.
19. Other comments:
Professor Lawson the right person to teach this class.
A lot of the readings were redundant. I loved the guest speakers and the overall set up of the course.
I think it would be very helpful if we could get some guest lecturers who opened up their own practice upon graduation or very close to graduating.

Kenneth Lawson: LAW541, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Law
Course: LAW 541 - Criminal Procedure Crn (Section): 79579 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
5.11 48 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 40 (83%) 6 (13%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.09 48 0.28 Freq(%) 43 (90%) 4 (8%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 48 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (15%) 41 (85%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 48 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 1 (2%) 11 (23%) 35 (73%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 48 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (4%) 12 (25%) 34 (71%)
6. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.98 48 0.14 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 47 (98%)
7. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 48 0.31 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (10%) 43 (90%)
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 48 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (13%) 11 (23%) 31 (65%)
9. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 48 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (21%) 38 (79%)
10. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 48 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 11 (23%) 36 (75%)
11. I was able to get individual help when I needed it.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 48 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (8%) 10 (21%) 33 (69%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 48 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 10 (21%) 37 (77%)
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.77 48 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (23%) 37 (77%)
14. I am generally pleased with the materials (texts, handouts) required for this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 48 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (4%) 11 (23%) 34 (71%)
15. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.66 48 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (4%) 12 (25%) 33 (69%)
16. I feel that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 48 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 10 (21%) 37 (77%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.77 48 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (23%) 37 (77%)
18. My overall evaluation of this course is...
GREAT! Professor Lawson was very knowledgeable about the subject matter and was engaging and entertaining. My Favorite Professor EVER!
Professor Lawson is awesome! His practical experience add so much to the content of the course. He is motivating and always give individual time when requested. He needs to continue to stay at this law school because he is a great professor! I loved every part of his course. He really challenged us to think critically about criminal procedure. He also made the content so very interesting!!! Keep him and give him a raise! He deserves every bit of it!
This course was straight forward, easy to follow even though the material was lengthy at times.
Prof. Lawson is one of my favorite people. I find him inspiring and motivational and deeply appreciated the way he used his professional experience to illustrate the real world of the law. He was very accessible and his sense of humor was a delight. Richardson should keep him around.
excellent
This class, Criminal Procedure, was outstanding. I am such a fan of having Professor Lawson teach at UH law, he really is an amazing asset to our school. Very relatable, funny, honest, and just a brilliant Professor. Very knowledgeable about this area, its his expertise, and really enjoyed his class as a full-time Professor. I don't write this to flatter but be flat out honest that this dude is a great Professor for UH Law, especially compared with other Professors here that I've had as I wrap up my 1st semester of 3L year. I'd hope for him to expand and teach other criminal-based courses and clinics because he's just awesome. He's my vote for Professor of the semester. Thanks Professor Lawson
I don't intend to go into criminal law, but the course was still fascinating. I've found that lessons from Crim Pro have come in handy in my other classes this semester (Constitutional Law, in particular), and the enthusiasm and passion that Professor Lawson brought to class invigorated my Mondays and Wednesdays.
Such an inspiration!
Excellent, Professor Lawson is an expert in his field and his real life experience in the criminal law field is second to none. I would highly recommend this class to anyone. I loved his motivational speeches and I wish other teachers did more of this as well. You can really tell that he loves teaching, similar to professor Matsuda. He could use some help with powerpoint and the internet in the classroom should be improved as it significantly slowed down a class when he showed a video in class. But this is more of a problem with the classroom and not his teaching.
Loved it! Prof. Lawson made the class entertaining and informative.
Ken Lawson may very well be the most inspiring person I've ever met. Regardless of the challenges he's had in the past, he continues to selflessly give his time and energy to the betterment of the world by encouraging his students to challenge themselves, be "okay with who they are," to do what they love, and to work hard. Professor Lawson is reliably prepared and amazingly remembers details of the voluminous material we cover and explains things in a way that makes them meaningful and compelling. Having had no interest in criminal law in the beginning of my law school career, I just may end up doing criminal law now thanks to being inspired by Ken Lawson. Thank you for your commitment and generosity, Lawdawg! UH is very lucky to have you! Mahalo and Bravo!!! I will be the first in line to buy your biography!!
Excellent. Prof. Lawson is extremely knowledgable and an excellent communicator. Prof.Lawson is straightforward and precise about explaining the law. He also takes the time to have students look at the big picture of their lives and who they are...and where they are going with their careers in the field of lawyering. He personable and professional, and imparts the truth in United States history in an eye and heart opening way. Prof. Lawson engaged students in dialog and debate which made for some prettty memorable sessions.
Professor lawson is a very entertaining professor who is able to convey his passion for the material and for teaching. I appreciate his first hand knowledge of the law. The one thing I would have improved is the clarity of the rule being presented in class. Sometimes it was hard to pick out the black letter law from the readings. Also, sometimes when hypos were presented, the answer was not clear.
Great job professor Lawson =).
It was interesting, but needs to be more cohesive and he doesn't always reach the rule of the case.
Professor Lawson was a great Professor. Because Crim Pro is very similar to con law, I think the class could benefit from less distractions. Often times students would ask very unrelated questions which would throw the class for a spin. Other than that, I really appreciated Professor Lawson's use of real life experiences.
It was a fun course to sit through because Prof. Lawson is a very lively individual. It is clear from his teaching style that he is very enthusiastic about criminal law and the importance of criminal procedure to protect client rights. I appreciate his viewpoint. Sometimes I am not sure what I actually learned in this semester. I hope it will all come together as I prepare for the final exam.
If you don't give this guy more classes you're nuts. Best prof. ever. and he's actually practiced law.
Very enjoyable. I learned a lot and the instructor brings the topic to life.
Definitely one of the most enjoyable classes I have had thus far. The perspective he is able to give in his teaching method is truly unique and one that you will not likely find in any other law professor. I thoroughly enjoyed his class. I hope he is allowed to take the bar and hopefully get re-admitted some day. Good luck Professor Lawson. Great class.
Great course. The previous experience of the professor, being a defense attorney, allowed the students hear and see the true insights of courts and the ins and outs of criminal procedure.
Great course. However, there was occasionally more reading than seemed appropriate. Took up substantially more time than other comparatively substantive courses.
Great! Professor Lawson keeps the environment fun w/o lowering expectations of students.
Law Dog is the Man!
Great course to take in preparation for the bar. Also good to know for practicing law in general.
This was an amazing class!!!! Professor Lawson knows every aspect of this subject. He's a master. He also teaches us how to be great litigators! This class inspired me so much.. He also helps us stand proud, be strong, and care. He cares and it's contagious. Professor Lawson is in my opinion the best professor we have at this law school. He is by far the best professor I have ever had.
Thought provoking material. Made me (for the first time ever) want to work in criminal law.
This class was very informative and Professor Lawson was great.
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Professor Lawson did an incredible job preparing his students to approach criminal procedure. He goes out of his way to assist his students and even began developing slides to help us process the material.
Prof. Lawson was a great professor. I thoroughly enjoyed this course.
Professor Lawson has a unique and awesome approach to teaching that is all his own. He not only has complete mastery of the subject matter he compliments his teaching by reminding his students about the bigger picture in terms of amazing life lessons and pep talks. By far the best professor I've ever had in law school thus far.
I really enjoyed this course. Prof. Lawson takes an intense subject and peppers it with his own experience and more often than not the class was over way too quickly.
Bad Ass professor. Learned a ton and got stoked for crime pro
Professor Lawson is an amazing teacher. He is motivating, inspirational and extremely knowledgeable about crim pro. So lucky to be in his class. I look forward to taking more classes with him.
Having a professor with practical skills is extremely useful. What Professor Lawson lacked in the traditional academic nature of a teacher, he more than compensated through expression of the reality of criminal law. Our school is incredibly fortunate to have a former practitioner of his talent leading a course like Crim Pro. For someone likely to pursue criminal law, I could not have asked for a better class or professor. If I had any complaint, it could be argued that Professor Lawson was a little too obvious in his pro-defense nature. But he made conscious efforts to moderate his beliefs, which was appreciated. Great teacher!
Professor Lawson is a true asset to the school. Please keep him around for as long as possible.
Professor Lawson is a solid reminder of perseverance and strength. He challenges us to challenge ourselves and inspires beyond expectations. He is the reason I decided to "stick it out" here at Richardson. We are lucky to have him!
Professor Lawson is a really engaging professor, especially for this subject and I learned a lot over the course of the semester.
Thank you Professor Lawson for everything you have done for us!
Professor Lawson is so engaging and interesting! Class debates were always lively. I'd take any course he taught.

Kenneth Lawson: LAW511, Non Traditional Summer 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Law
Course: LAW 511 - Professional Responsibility Crn (Section): 92288 (801)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
5.24 17 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (76%) 4 (24%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
2.0 17 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 17 (100%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.95 19 0.23 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 18 (95%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.95 19 0.23 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 18 (95%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.95 19 0.23 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 18 (95%)
6. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 19 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 19 (100%)
7. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.95 19 0.23 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 18 (95%)
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 19 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (16%) 16 (84%)
9. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 19 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 19 (100%)
10. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 18 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (17%) 15 (83%)
11. I was able to get individual help when I needed it.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 18 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 16 (89%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.95 19 0.23 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 18 (95%)
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 17 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 17 (100%)
14. I am generally pleased with the materials (texts, handouts) required for this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 19 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 4 (21%) 14 (74%)
15. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 19 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (21%) 15 (79%)
16. I feel that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 19 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (32%) 13 (68%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.95 19 0.23 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 18 (95%)
18. My overall evaluation of this course is...
This course was very enjoyable because of Professor Lawson's approach to the course and teaching abilities. He brought the reading and different scenarios to life which is often hard to imagine given the sterile language used in the text and rules. The scenarios discussed in class parallel real life situations and because of this, I will always remember the key lessons to be learned or the rule. I especially liked the supplemental readings that we had where we acted out skits in class. I think this is the first time that this course is being offered in the summer. I really liked this class during the summer because it is a "lighter" class--not as doctrinal as some other courses, and no final exam. I think this course should be offered in the summer again.
The format of this class was very helpful for the subject matter involved, especially the role-playing opportunities. Professor Lawson is great at translating theoretical rules into real-world scenarios to help us better evaluate how we are most likely to act in a similar situation.
Professor Lawson is very thorough in covering relevant topics, especially in a condensed class setting where the course runs 6 weeks as opposed to a semester. He always keeps students engaged with his integration of personal experiences, which makes for a more exciting experience.
I liked this course, I was not that excited to take this course but figured it was required and probably quicker and less painless to do it during the summer... I was right. Ken made class interesting and related real world ethical problems to our text.
this class gave me lots of real world knowledge and straightforward instructions that I expect to help me greatly in my legal career.
Great Course.
Prof. Lawson is an amazing prof, particularly for this class. His background and real life experience in PR situations that come about brings a sense of realism to the otherwise theoretical side of rules. His speakers, examples, articles, and stories were particularly striking and relevant to course materials. He has a way of connecting with students that facilitates learning. Prof. Lawson's unique story intrigues students, and carries with it a sense of genuine concern and caring -- you know Prof. wants you actually learn the material, but more so to understand why its important to learn. I cannot speak highly enough of both his teaching style, and the content of his knowledge. He is the ideal professor for a class like PR, and has made this topic enlightening for me. I feel truly lucky to have been able to take this course with him.
Professor Lawson is loved by us because he has that rare combination of expert knowledge and an ability to connect us to abstruse concepts. Most professors that I have had so far at this school are missing the latter or relish their position as our superior. Professor Lawson was willing to connecting with us at our level and he made the material come alive. This class was more than just a law school class to me, it was therapy. I learned so much.
The course was amazing! I took it during the summer specifically to be in Prof. Lawson's class. I would highly recommend any student taking the PR class to take it with him. We need him to teach this during the Fall and Spring semesters!
Very Good
Prof. Lawson was a great teacher for this course. Ironic... yes,but he really makes the course real-world applicable and is an asset to the law school.
My primary motivation for taking this course with Professor Lawson was due not only to his overall reputation among the students, but also due to my limited experiences seeing him visit other classes I've attended. Being Professional Responsibility, and being a credit/no credit required course, many students seemingly brush it off as more of an annoyance than an opportunity to enlighten themselves. I was guilty of this, too. Professor Lawson, however, managed to make the class so much more. Many law professors have very little to no actual experience practicing the law on a daily basis. They're stuck in their own little worlds promoting scholarship and writing papers and getting published. Professor Lawson is the polar opposite, and I don't mean that in a deprecating way. He brought to our class real life experience in the practice of law, and all the conflicts that can arise between a lawyer and his client. His anecdotes were often spot-on and relevant to the conversation during class, and unlike many professors, treated each of us with just as much respect - if not more than - the respect we gave him in return. No answer was considered "stupid," no matter how far-fetched, and everyone was given the opportunity to share their opinions. In terms of practical, applicable knowledge regarding the daily practice of law and dealing with one's clients, it was one of the more useful courses I've taken thus far in the my law school experience.
I appreciated Lawson's approach, which placed the burden (responsibility) on the students to know the material or not. We were not subjected to an exam, which I believe helped to make the course more effective in the sense that it eliminated lingering stresses while allowing us to enjoy the material and our discussions. It helped that he could provide his own experiences from the field.
Very much in-tune with real-world issues.
excellent. transformative. Prof. Lawson is an inspiration speaker. I felt blessed that i got to take this course the first time prof. lawson taught b/ci don't know if anyone could sustain that level of intensity teaching the course for a long periond of time. Really really excellent.
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Despite the sub-par reviews that I have heard about this same class taught by a different professor, Professor Lawson made the class very real and interesting! Professor Lawson's personal life story and his knowledge is unmatchable. I am so thankful to have had Professor Lawson as a professor, and especially for this course! Professor Lawson is the first professor that I truly didn't feel judged by and this provided a safe environment for learning. Beyond the course material itself, Professor Lawson also effectively teaches life and career lessons. At times I wish I had the opportunity to have this type of teaching and learning during my 1L year. However, I am glad to have had the honor of having Professor Lawson as my professor before graduating. I plan to continue my student-professor relationship with Professor Lawson as I continue through law school as I know I can depend on him as a mentor as well. The lessons he taught us apply to other courses as well and I am forever thankful.
Professor Lawson is a beacon of inspiration and public service. I admire him greatly and am so grateful that he has blessed our law school. Thank you Professor!
Thank you.
Lawson showed a great improvement controlling the conversation this semester. He allowed for all students to participate by calling on people who raised their hands and stopping people who failed to raise their hands.
Professor Lawson is a gifted teacher.

Kenneth Lawson: LAW511, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Law
Course: LAW 511 - Professional Responsibility Crn (Section): 84392 (001)     87811 (002)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
5.01 82 0.72 Freq(%) 2 (2%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (80%) 9 (11%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.96 82 0.19 Freq(%) 3 (4%) 74 (90%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (4%) 4 (27%) 59 (72%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (5%) 3 (20%) 56 (68%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 15 0.26 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 0 (0%) 16 (20%) 65 (79%)
6. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 15 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 13 (87%)
7. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 11 (73%)
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 11 (73%)
9. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 15 0.26 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 14 (93%)
10. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 15 0.26 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 14 (93%)
11. I was able to get individual help when I needed it.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 15 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 13 (87%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 15 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 12 (80%)
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.93 15 0.26 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 67 (82%)
14. I am generally pleased with the materials (texts, handouts) required for this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 15 1.03 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (2%) 3 (20%) 31 (38%) 37 (45%)
15. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.32 82 0.82 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 2 (13%) 30 (37%) 9 (60%)
16. I feel that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.28 82 0.88 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 26 (32%) 10 (67%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.71 15 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (4%) 12 (15%) 2 (13%) 37 (45%)
18. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Mr. Lawson should be able to teach a full segment without interruption. Otherwise, what's there to say? Not much has changed in all the years the course has been offered. Why would it now?
I really enjoyed when Professor Lawson would speak. He was very engaging, constantly asking questions of the students, not just lecturing. I really appreciated his advice and insight to the topics we were discussing in class.
One of the best professors I've ever had!
I liked Professor Lawson's contribution to this class; however, the class on the whole seemed very contrived and disconnected from what students actually needed.
Succeeded in teaching what it was meant to teach.
The course was interesting and informative.
This course was more valuable than I expected. Prof. Lawson's participation really added a touch of reality to the scenarios in our reading and I appreciated his input
I appreciated the energy and experience that Prof. Lawson brought to an otherwise dull subject. He took it seriously and found up to date examples for us to consider.
Professor Lawson is amazing. He communicates effectively and in a way that is extremely relateable and real. He is candid in his story telling and when he answers questions and treats students with respect. Professor Lawson made us feel like we were equals rather than subordinates. The discussions that he led were engaging, informative, and led us to conclusions that we would not have arrived at on our own. He teaches by asking tough questions that are completely unexpected but present variations on situations. Professor Lawson is so knowledgeable and also extremely understanding and compassionate and is everything that a student would want in a professor.
The class fulfilled its goals
I really enjoyed having Professor Lawson as an instructor. He demonstrated a thorough knowledge of the subject and did a great job of engaging students and sharing his own experiences to illuminate the themes we were discussing in class. I liked that he did not spend too much time lecturing and instead really engaged the class in interesting and thought-provoking discussions. I also really enjoyed attending a small group discussion and getting to engage with him on a smaller group scale. He had a lot of insightful advice and was also very encouraging. I thought the course itself was ok, but thought Professor Lawson was great!
Professor Lawson was awesome. I don't think he knows the material nearly as well as Professor Roth, but Professor Lawson has been more personally engaged with these issues than Roth, which made Lawson's insight invaluable. I suggest more Lawson.
Great course, while I wish Professor Lawson would have contributed more (there were many times when he wasn't really involved), I did appreciate when he had something to say and contribute to the class. Having him as a Professor at our law school is a great asset and really gives a refreshing take to the PR class for some reason. I really appreciated his candor regarding his past and how honest he is, he is very approachable. His sense of humor was much needed, and hearing stories of his practice was really, really interesting.
Absolutely a great class and your input was vital!
Professor Lawson is an excellent instructor of this course. His real life experiences, enthusiasm, and honesty all make him an amazing instructor. Additionally, the 1:1 group sessions with Lawson were really helpful in thinking about careers in law and the obstacles we will encounter. I highly recommend he continue to teach this course.
Professor Lawson is an amazing professor for PR
Prof. Lawson was part of a team teaching class. His portion of the team teaching was about 25 percent - although he was physically present 100 percent of the classes. Of that 25 percent when Prof. Lawson was teaching, his contribution to the overall course was 150 percent. He was painstakingly honest about his lawyering experience and in his guidance to students as future lawyers. His teaching style demonstrated that he knows the law and he loves the law. On many occasions Prof. Lawson spoke directly to our hearts and souls as lawyers-to-be. His open sharing of how his life experience chiseled away at his lawyerly exterior exposed to us, as law students, the diamond he truly is.
I wasn't particularly fond of the course itself, but Prof. Lawson's teaching style (i.e., sharing with us his real-life experiences and sense of humor) was the highlight of the course.
This course scared me but in a good way. I learned a lot and felt well- prepared for the MPRE. There were a number of questions that I knew the answers to because of the many stories and anecdotes shared with us throughout the semester. Important class and I felt it was a great way to approach the overwhelming amount of material on the subject.
I enjoyed having Professor Lawson as my instructor. He made the material interesting and I enjoyed listening to his past experiences of working in the private firm and practicing criminal law. He also made the class fun through his personal stories. He is an awesome professor!
More Professor Lawson, less Professor Roth.
Professor Lawson's honesty is incredibly refreshing. His honesty forces tough conversations and evaluations that are necessary in a course like Professional Responsibility. His honesty challenges students not just in class, but in my opinion, challenges how the student look at ethical life issues.
I CHECKED ABOVE- ALL OF VERY EXCELLENT , STORONGLY AGREE(=VERY GOOD) PROFESSOR LAWSON AND ROTH IS VERY KIND TO LLM STUDENT LIKE AND RESPECT TWO PROFESSORS VERY MUCH JAEHO HWANG (2013 LLM) KOREAN
Professor Lawson cared about his students and brought real-life examples from his practice to bring the material to life. He cared about the students and wanted them to learn from his own experiences.
This course is required in addition to the MPRE. After taking the MPRE recently, I felt like the course did little to prepare me for the exam. The subject is interesting, but it should also have a practical application to the MPRE and the bar. Having theoretical discussions doesn't help much when you're answering multiple choice questions.
I'll take any class taught by Professor Lawson. He is fun to listen to, engaging, relatable, and funny. Brings a very real-world flair to the classroom.
Professor Lawson's portions of the course were consistently the most engaging and entertaining. I would like to see more of him teaching.
Professor Lawson was great. His real world experience really brought many of the lessons home and made us think about the decisions that we will make in our practice.
Horrible class. Amazing professor. Very, very helpful to the learning experience. Without Prof. Lawson, this class would have been nigh unbearable.
He is fantastic. Knowledgeable. Wonderful rapport with students. Great sense of humor and is able to communicate important lessons to students in a way that is practical and that makes sense.
One day Professor Lawson led the entire class and there was an actual discussion that occurred. It became a little heated, but the discussion helped bring home the lesson that day on lawyer fees. By allowing the discussion, the real issues are revealed and it fosters a true understanding of the rule, the problems with the rule, and the larger issue of impacting the community. Professor Lawson handled the discussion well. It may have veered off-course at some point, as most discussions tend to go, but he was really good at controlling the topic. I appreciate his ability to call a spade a spade, because it only aids the discussion. The class needed to have more of these discussions to help us understand the concepts of the rules and why they are important and how they work. Bar prep courses only help us memorize words, they do not help us apply those words to real life. This class should be the course which helps us prepare for the MPRE but also help us understand the true meaning and effect of the rules. That can only happen with guided discussions as opposed to lectures.
Awesome, Prof. Lawson gave us his real thoughts and experiences which made the class so much more interesting. Keep it real, Prof. Lawson
highest evaluated
I really enjoy your teaching style - it's very unique from many of the professors we have here at Richardson. You are also very approachable so if I had any questions, it was easy for me to talk to you after or outside of class. I thought the group meeting with you was a good additional requirement for this class. It really helped give this course a well-rounded and realistic approach to professional responsibility. I really enjoyed this course.
This was a very fun and interesting course.
To be very clear, I did not enjoy this class. I did, however, find Professor Lawson to be engaging, helpful, and enthusiastic.
Professor Lawson and Roth are a great team. They are both absolutely committed to their students, and to the profession.
A valuable course; I learned a lot in a short time. I especially appreciated working through the difficult and sometimes unresolvable ethical problems that lawyers faced in the real world. It helped to place in perspective the dense thicket of rules and restatements that we needed to plow through. I'd suggest, in future courses, that the lessons be structured to spend more time be spent on testing the rules against hypothetical and real examples, perhaps with expert guests against whom we can measure our responses. The rules and restatements were somewhat daunting; in some cases, I found them needlessly complex, considering they can't possibly cover all the vagaries of human behavior. But I suppose there's no substitute for working through them. The panel discussions and general articles on the practical aspects of being a lawyer were enlightening, especially when they addressed how the profession can and should serve a higher purpose than making money.
Professor Lawson is the living embodiment of second chances and what it means to be an agent of the law while abiding by and respecting the rules of ethical conduct for lawyers. Like many classes and many hypotheticals that can be reviewed as an exercise, it is easy to not grasp the true nature of the material as applied to real life. Being able to talk to someone like Ken Lawson, who has experienced the consequences first hand, makes this course real. It gives me a sense of responsibility to him, to vicariously learn from his past mistakes and to hold myself up to be an agent of the law with the sense of respect for it that he has. He is not your ivory tower type professor, and thank God he isn't. He speaks to you and to the class, with a sense of where we are this point in our lives. He speaks to us as equals. As a graduating 3L I appreciated his approach. The reality to stepping into the legal community in just a few short months became more real when spoke of his transition from student to practitioner. The law school is incredibly lucky to have a professor with as much talent, energy, and strong connection to the students as Ken Lawson. During a time in which law school applications are down and the needs and structure of the legal market is changing rapidly, having the knowledge and experience of a practitioner such as Ken Lawson is priceless. My only disappointment in this whole course is knowing that I will not be here next semester to take the course he is setting up for people preparing to practice on their own. Unfortunately, in Academia, much emphasis is given to ivy league credentials that will boost the US World and News Reports Rankings. I do not even know Professor Lawson's credentials, but what I do know, is that he is a dynamic professor and his addition to the faculty is an example of the fact that Richardson is in touch with the dramatic changes, controversies, and needs of the legal community. Having him on our faculty puts us on the cutting edge of the changes and decisions that law schools must now face in light of declining numbers and tough job markets. My law school career and training has been greatly enriched by Professor Lawson's contribution to this class, to student organizations, and to the future of this law school's course offerings.
Professor Lawson will make a good professor for this course. I think that his insight, and the way he challenges students using his own style of the Socratic method made this class come alive for a lot of us. Lawson's candid demeanor made a significant impact on all of us, and he is certainly a valuable part of our 'ohana. If I were to suggest anything to Lawson, it would be to continue to develop his own style of teaching - and to not compare himself in the negative to any single professor. It can be easy to compare him alongside with Roth, as they were almost always teaching alongside each other - often with Roth's seeming supervision, yet I don't think making any such comparison would lead to an accurate assessment of Lawson's ability and I will refrain from using Roth as the gold standard (even though I admire both teaching styles). I can easily imagine Lawson teaching PR on his own, self-tayloring lectures and coursework, and doing an excellent job.
I actually came to love Professional Responsibility because Professors Roth and Lawson did not just teach us about the ethical rules lawyers must abide by in practice; they also taught us about the struggles we'll have to face on our journey in law.
Excellent. I really appreciated Prof. Lawson's ability to speak candidly about ethical issues and feel this perspective is something that is needed for students that are about to enter the practice of law.
Excellent course; excellent professor. The class definitely brought some interesting perspectives on the issues of professional responsibility, issues that I would not have thought of otherwise.
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Prof. Lawson did an incredible job of conveying the "real life" impact of this course on the actual practice of law. His personal and professional experiences made the material come alive and got me to think more deeply about the consequences of failing to follow the rules. I highly recommend any course he teaches and plan to take more classes from him in the future.
Professor Ken Lawson was a much needed dose of reality. His life experience both personally and professionally added depth to the course. It was easier to grapple with ethical dilemmas from Lawson because he pushed without judging. This approach allowed students to work through problems from more practical perspective. Professor Lawson combines his experience and practical approach with his intimate knowledge of the law from both sides of it. I gather there are few opportunities to learn from a professor with this kind of background. WSRSL is lucky to have him.
Ken Lawson is the most amazing professor I've met so far. I'm a 3L and his style of teaching is very conducive to student participation. The day that he taught the class alone, I left with chicken skin because of the active and amazing participation he garnered from almost the entire class. Even students that didn't usually participate, partcipated on the day he taught alone. Lawson also has practical experience as a practitioner that really adds to the aspect of professional responsbility and what it requires of us future practionters. The school would be foolish to let someone with so much experience, talent, and skill to walk away from teaching and touching students lives. He is very frank with the students and says it how it is. It's amazing the type of expereinces he has had. It's a shame that I won't be able to take any more classes with him. I really feel like I'm missing out.
Professor Lawson knows the material but is hilarious and keeps it practical. The banter between Professor Lawson and Roth kept me entertained.
Thanks for keeping it real.
I wish I could have had the opportunity to take professional responsibility from him.
Really appreciated Professor Lawson's role in the course. I am very sad to graduate this semester because I would have liked to take the class he is offering in the fall. Both PR Professors were wonderful but I especially like the way that they worked together and shared their personal experiences with the class.
Would have liked to have seen more teaching from Prof. Lawson as the time was split up 85%- Roth/15% Lawson.
Prof. Lawson is a good complement to Prof. Roth
Love Professor Lawson! He knows how to reach students to make them understand the material, and is very well respected by the entire class.
Professor Lawson is a huge inspiration to me as a person and as a professional. I really appreciate that he shares so much of his personal experience while teaching. He's incredibly honest and I admire that so much, because it's not something you see often. He handles himself with integrity. I feel like everyone could learn something valuable from him.
Professor Lawson leads an engaging and joyous classroom. He is able to lead discussions that promote critical thinking, participation, introspection, and respectful good-natured debate. His practical experience in the legal world and his openness about his past act as an invaluable sounding board for law students just beginning to chart their course.
I greatly appreciated Professor Lawson's candor, and I hope he does not lose that as he goes on to teach other courses as well.
Thank you for your quick replies and feedback! Most of all, thank you for sharing your real life experiences, the good and the bad. I think you have helped and will help many students by that generosity. I forgot to put this in Prof Roth's eval/feedback, but I think you both teaching the course together is a huge plus.
He is great. I am really excited he is teaching more classes during the summer/fall!
Excellent professor. he should teach this class by himself.
I appreciate the time and care Profs. Roth and Lawson took to guide us through their own very different perspectives on the practice of law. I think their shared experiences humanized the course in a way that dry lectures can't. It seems to me in a course like this one, it's important to recognize and understand the personal point of view of those teaching the course, since so much of what's considered ethical appears to be left up to individual interpretation. The contrast between Prof. Roth and Prof. Lawson was in itself a useful teaching tool.
I really appreciated Professor Lawson's candid insight about his personal experiences. He is an invaluable teacher for the class and a mentor for the students and I sincerely hope the law school keeps him as a professor for a long time.
I can honestly say that no other professor at this law school has made a greater impact on me as a person than Professor Lawson. The one-on-one meeting with Professor Lawson in particular was an amazing experience that I will never forget. I consider myself to be extremely lucky to have been able able to take this course from him.

Kenneth Lawson: LAW513, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Law
Course: LAW 513 - Criminal Justice Crn (Section): 89372 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
4.67 23 1.59 Freq(%) 3 (13%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (57%) 5 (22%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
2.0 23 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 18 (78%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 23 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 23 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 23 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 21 (91%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 23 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (17%) 19 (83%)
6. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 23 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 23 (100%)
7. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 23 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 23 (100%)
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 23 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (30%) 16 (70%)
9. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.96 23 0.21 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 22 (96%)
10. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 23 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (17%) 19 (83%)
11. I was able to get individual help when I needed it.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 23 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 19 (83%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 23 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (17%) 18 (78%)
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.9 23 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 20 (87%)
14. I am generally pleased with the materials (texts, handouts) required for this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 23 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (26%) 16 (70%)
15. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 23 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 6 (26%) 15 (65%)
16. I feel that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 23 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (17%) 19 (83%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.87 23 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 20 (87%)
18. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Students could benefit from more focus on reviewing the elements of CL vs. MPC and some clarity in how to construct arguments for and against charges using the elements. This course would benefit from more structure.
Top rate: Appreciate the real world experience Prof. Lawson imparted to us. Would definitely take Crim Pro with him.
Professor Lawson was the best teacher I have had thus far. He not only has a vast knowledge of the subject but also displayed a sense of caring and concern for his students that is not normally seen in law school. The encouraging words he gave are things I will carry with me throughout law school
highest rated.
The class did a wonderful job of clearly illuminating all the basic concepts of criminal law. I believe I have a well-rounded understanding of ALL the basics, which is quite extraordinary, considering this is the first criminal law class I've had, and I'm only an L-1 in my second term. I have still not taken criminal procedure, Constitutional law, nor evidence. So for this course to have done such a good job of teaching the basics of criminal law while I was missing so many other foundationally intrinsic subjects is amazing.
Professor Lawson was excellent and challenged us intellectually! It was great that he could relate his real world experience to the course.
Great instructor. Should offer more classes
I truly hope to take more classes from Professor Lawson. He has so much enthusiasm for his work; it's infectious! Aside from reading cases, he brings in real-life examples of how the concepts we learn will work in practice. I LOVED this class and I find Professor Lawson to be an EXCELLENT professor.
Prof. Lawson made us all comfortable from day one. He got personal and real in sharing his story and it made the course of the semester smooth. I love his teaching style -- he never hides the ball and he conquers the material in a way that commands attention ALL the time. My favorite professor so far, and such an inspiration! Can't wait to work w/him in the future!
I really enjoyed the content that was covered in this course. Professor Lawson did a great job in explaining the concepts and the difference between Common Law and MPC.
loved the class ken, thanks. your a great teacher and i think your style is kinda of like a football coach--a total compliment--because your looking out for us, your connecting the dots of what were doign in class to the larger world, our life journey i guess you call it--....i got it, perspective your teching the material but giving us larger life lesson and perspectives about being a lawyer, being a good lawyer, being a good person...thank you, you are the opposite of myoptic which i find law tends to be and how often it is taught.
Lawson is very passionate about criminal law, he knows a lot! It was a fun class and educational.
Couldn't have asked for more. It was excellent.
awesome, Great course.
Ken not only showed a great comprehension for criminal law, he presented it in a very relatable way.
This was a great class. The only areas that I might like to see improvement would be with the syllabus. At times, it was difficult to reconcile points in the instructor's topical outline with that in the book.
I really enjoyed this course. Prof. Lawson clearly has a very good grasp on the topic, and was able to present the various legal concepts to us from a different perspective. He challenged us to view each case from all angles, and to question our own biases.
This course was excellent. Professor Lawson incorporated his real-life experience with criminal law into the classroom principles we were learning so the students could gain a more practical view of how these concepts apply. I also appreciated the practical advice he gave about what it takes to be a good lawyer as well as advice on life in general. I enjoyed the focus on analysis and how to defend the position we were advocating, whichever side it was. One area for improvement would be the organization / presentation of the syllabus.
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Prof. Lawson is very well informed about the subject, is passionate about criminal law, teaching and inspiring his students. He clearly knows all the details of the cases in the textbook, more structure to the class would make it even better (see above)!
I love the way Professor Lawson handles class: very inspiring, caring, helpful and enthusiastic. His knowledge and hands-on experience are tremendously broad making the great source for student to grow.
2500 words is not enough to express the gratitude I have for Professor Lawson. He goes beyond being a wonderful teacher; he is inspirational. He has also got me to change my mind about some concepts I held axiomatically, which is not an easy thing to do with someone as hard-head as I am. I look forward to taking many other classes with him in the future.
There were times that other students monopolized the time in class and may have talked about unnecessary things or made non-relevant comments, but as we progressed through the semester, Professor Lawson tried to minimize it/control it.
Prof. Lawson is an inspiration. Hope to see him for Crim Pro.
There were times when the class discussion veered from the topic at hand. This can sometimes be helpful, but there were times when some students would end up confusing the entire class.
I had my doubts when I found out my criminal justice course would be taught by a convicted felon and disbarred lawyer. However, I told myself to go into the course with an open mind, and I'm glad I did - Professor Lawson blew me away. From the first class when he gave us his entire background story from the last class, Professor Lawson was an inspiration. His skill with criminal law is enviable, and I appreciated the insight into how a criminal defense attorney thinks and works. There was also no shortage of practical advice for us to consider, both professional and personal. I look forward to taking future classes from Professor Lawson.