Nancy C. Kraybill '76

I managed to combine my interest in teaching and law as a law professor. What a fulfilling journey it has been!

I come from a long line of teachers--both of my father's parents, my mother, and all four of my siblings.  As the youngest in my family, my mom would take me to school with her when I was sick.  I loved those sick days because I could watch my mother in action--captivating a room of 5th and 6th graders on the wonders of the solar system or the mechanics of pulleys and weights.  I went to a different elementary school in my school district and my teachers focused on boring seat work.  But not my mom!  All the students were out of their chairs working on experiments and having fun while learning.  She had high expectations for her students and "ran a tight ship" (her words) in the classroom, but also knew how to unlock the joy of learning held within each of her students.   

I was in the teacher prep program my senior year and student taught social studies and American history in Hightstown High School.  When I graduated from Princeton, I got my M.A. as a fellow in the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture.  After a few years as a curator in historic house restorations, I went to UCLA Law.  Although I had a successful practice as a partner in litigation firm in LA, I never left teaching behind.  I was a T.A. in law school and also a tutor for underperforming first year students.  During my clerkship with a federal judge after law school, I worked closely with student externs to make sure they prepared correct, clear, and concise bench memos for the judge's review.  And at my law firm, I took new associates under my wing and taught them how to think and write as lawyers.

I left practice and LA when my father died, moved back east, and had my mom come live with me and my two children.  Instead of going back into practice, I accepted a job as a clinical supervisor and lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where I taught in the live-client Mediation and Civil Practice Clinics. I also helped to launch LaSalle University’s Graduate Certificate Program in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, where I continued to work for several years as an adjunct professor, first in the Certificate Program, and then in Lasalle's Master's Program in Human Resources. 

I am now a full-time faculty member at the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University, which opened its doors in 2006.  I teach courses in mediation and arbitration, legal analysis and writing, and academic skill development.  I developed and currently run the academic skills and bar preparation program to complement the law curriculum and enhance student achievement.  I created and currently run the Dean’s Scholar Program, a peer-based academic support program for first year law students.  I also am faculty advisor for the co-curricular ADR Competition Team (ABA Arbitration, Client Counseling, Negotiation, and Mediation competitions), the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, and Outlaw.  I managed to combine my interest in teaching and law as a law professor.  What a fulfilling journey it has been!