eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Diane Desierto

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LAW520J, Spring 2014
LWJT536J, Spring 2014

Diane Desierto: LAW520J, Spring 2014

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Law
Course: LAW 520J - Advanced Legal Studies:Topic 9 Crn (Section): 87365 (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  
4.82 11 0.98 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (82%) 1 (9%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 10 (91%) 0 (0%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 11 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 8 (73%)
6. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (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 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (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 11 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 7 (64%)
9. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 11 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 9 (82%)
10. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 11 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 9 (82%)
11. I was able to get individual help when I needed it.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 11 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 9 (82%)
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 11 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 9 (82%)
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (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  
4.7 11 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 7 (64%)
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 11 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 8 (73%)
16. I feel that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (100%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (100%)
18. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Prof. Desierto is extremely knowledgeable and has a good and humorous way of teaching. The UNCTAD project required extensively more time than expected and announced at the beginning of the semester. It also did not provide the learning experience I was hoping for. Classes were sometimes very packed with new concepts and knowledge (slides and oral presentations combined) that it was hard for students to follow. I believe it would be helpful to have a handout of the class or limit the content of the slides so we can follow the slides as well as the presentation.
Having not taken any economic courses nor good international law courses, this class really pushed me. I felt that the work load was heavier than average for law classes at this school, but I learned a lot very quickly. Professor Desierto is incredibly knowledgeable, and I appreciated her approach of having students volunteer to present cases.
Lots of reading and the UNCTAD assignment really took a lot of time, but it was a great learning experience.
Fantastic. Excellent. Superlative. I have found very few classes in law school that challenged me intellectually and morally at the same level as this class. The intellectual challenges were varied as we walked through both the history and modern application of international trade, investment, monetary, and economic law. I learned to read international cases from a variety of institutions and how to apply their findings to international treaties and agreements between state and non-state actors. The class drew together knowledge learned in a variety of other classes - contracts, international law, international criminal law, comparative law, international labor law, etc... to create a compelling whole that emphasized the importance of international economic law to the future direction of the world - at both the macro and micro level. I especially appreciated the modern interpretation of the law in the context of the recent (as well as historical) financial crises around the world and the application that knowledge of that law might find in both local and international legal practice. Further, I learned tremendous amounts about treaty reading and interpretation via the UNCTAD project, and while mundane in parts, no good education comes without work, and this work was surely worth it. I now feel comfortable, though by no means a world-expert, in reading, understanding, and even commenting on a treaty and its application to my client. This is fantastically important in international practice and in domestic practice where these instruments affect the business of clients throughout Hawaii, e.g. any ex-im business. Near the end of the semester we were given the opportunity to engage in mock-negotiations over real contracts and treaties. This exercise helped me understand the process and preparation involved in identifying the needs and goals of real clients (state and non-state actors, developed and developing, at the domestic and international level) and then working to meet those needs through interpretation of multiple instruments in light of each other and then through negotiation with parties with both opposing and complementary interests. Every step of the class was elucidated by the Professor's encyclopedic knowledge of international law and practice and the powerpoint, lectures, case readings, and textbook readings were all carefully chosen to highlight that day's lesson and bring clarity to a new and vast area of international economic law.
Excellent, but possibly the most challenging class I have ever taken.
I very much enjoyed taking this class. Professor Desierto is an excellent professor; she can break down complex array of law and policy and translate it to a comprehensive summary of the fundamental values underneath state and private actors. She is engaging, knowledgeable, and particularly keen on giving us cutting-edge perspective. She was able to make the class relevant to the times, and had some great tips on career directions. This course exposed me to areas of law that I had no seen or heard of, and it has prepared me to focus more on international private law in hopes of continuing with Professor Desierto's efforts to mend the private/public international law fields.
Prof. Desierto is one of the greatest teachers I've ever experienced. She is absolutely brilliant. She knows, seemingly, everything about an area of the law that is booming and offering myriad rewards to lawyers who dare endeavor into it. I've had some excellent teachers at Richardson, but Desierto is head and shoulders above most, if not all, of them in terms of passion, organization, knowledgeability, and communication. Do whatever it takes to keep her. She's your Hank Aaron, Michael Jordan, etc. She's a STAR. Keep her. At all costs. She only adds value to all of our experiences and degrees.
19. Other comments:
Hopefully professor Desierto will teach more international law/economics/arbitration related courses in the future. With her background, especially her work experience, she's the most qualified person to teach international law at the law school
Please do everything you can to keep Professor Desierto at UH law school.
Additionally, this class challenged my moral thinking about the role of international economic law and each of its various subparts and about how I as a future lawyer should integrate a human-focused framework into my practice, whether domestic or international. Throughout the course as we learned of different treaty regimes, arbitration, trade law, economic law, and international monetary policy the Professor took great pains to ensure that at every step we understood not just the academic arguments and skills necessary to operate within each arena, but that we also understood the human consequences of each decision and mechanism. Whether the result of arbitral decisions regarding water rights in Argentina, US compliance with a WTO decision requiring the abolition of job subsidies for Boeing, investment treaties that exploit the recipient country's labor force and environment, or public health crises resulting from state monetary policies, these threads of the human impact of international economic law were tied together neatly at the end of class by a consideration of the duties of states in regards to their other international commitments. No decision is made in a vacuum, and this class challenged me to remember as I practice in the future, that every decision, every clever legal argument that I might create to save my client money, has a human impact. Those human impacts are subject to other international regimes, and the actions of states, non-state actors, and lawyers working for them both should balance these multiple obligations to find solutions that increase development, the standard of living, and my client's best interest. I found this perspective to be a breath of fresh air permeating the class and providing real world import to the activity of reading treaties and learning about the reporting procedures of the IMF. To me, this class's focus on both the intellectual and the moral, the law and the human, the theoretical and the practical, and our role as the arbitrator of the continued tension between them, uphold's Richardson's mission to: Prepare students for excellence in the practice of law and related careers that advance justice and the rule of law; Develop highly qualified, ethical professionals through excellence in teaching, scholarship, and public service; Embrace HawaiĆ¢??iĆ¢??s diversity and values; and to Recognize a special responsibility to our state and the Pacific region.
Reducing the amount of United Nations hell in future iterations of the class might be beneficial.
I hope this class continues to be taught because Richardson is particularly situated to orient students towards expanding field of international law.

Diane Desierto: LWJT536J, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Law
Course: LWJT 536J - Jessup Intl Moot Court Team Crn (Section): 84608 (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  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (50%) 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 2 0.0 Freq(%) 2 (100%) 0 (0%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
6. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (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 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
9. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
10. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
11. I was able to get individual help when I needed it.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (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  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
15. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
16. I feel that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
18. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Being a part of the Jessup Moot Court Team was the most beneficial law school experience. Professor Desierto, as a world renown international lawyer, is an essential asset to the law school, the international field, and the Jessup moot court team. Professor Desierto is an incredible teacher, cultivated my interest in international law, and was the most effective teacher I have had in law school. Jessup was the most valuable writing, research, and oral advocacy experience in law school.
This course was excellent. We did well at the tournament thanks chiefly to the hard work of the Professor's, their thorough knowledge of the subject matter, their experience with the competition, and their selfless willingness to help/travel/be available any time of day or night for two semesters.
19. Other comments:
No survey responses were found.