Robert Minarcin, JD
Assistant Professor of Law
UALR - Bowen School of Law
Robert Minarcin, JD, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, where he directs the school’s advocacy programs. He also coaches the school’s mock trial competition teams and teaches an array of practical, experiential courses to prepare law students for law practice after graduation. Before entering the educational field in 2011, Professor Minarcin practiced criminal defense work for 12 years in Philadelphia and Central Florida.
Presenting at the Nexus Summit:
In order to continue to deliver high quality interprofessional education during the COVID-19 pandemic, educational innovations including virtual simulations have been necessary. The Mock Trial interprofessional learning event is designed to give law students and medical, nursing, pharmacy, public health and other healthcare professions students exposure to a medical negligence trial and the opportunity to learn about, from and with each other as they collaborate as a jury to reach a verdict. To enable this to continue during the pandemic, transition to the virtual platform was required.…
A medical negligence trial can be stressful for all involved and may be the first time in a courtroom for many health professionals. To provide students the opportunity to learn from, with and about each other, the Mock Trial was established as an annual collaborative learning event between the University of Arkansas Little Rock Law School and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in 2018. In 2021, Mock Trial was conducted virtually with the goal of continuing high-quality IPE throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Students participate as jury members via Zoom and first hear the…