David H. Gibbs

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David H. GibbsDirector of Business Law Programs and the Corporate Counsel Externship

Contact Information

401-254-4563dgibbs@rwu.eduCurriculum Vitae

Education

J.D., University of California
B.A., Tufts University

David H. Gibbs is the Director of Business Law Programs and the Corporate Counsel Externship. He has extensive experience teaching at two law schools and in practice.

Most recently from 2013- 2017, he was an Associate Professor of Practice at the Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law where he worked on developing courses to help students prepare for the practice of law. He created and implemented a required course on transactional practice for all second-year students, Practice Foundations: Transactions, which is taught by practitioners in small sections. In addition, David taught Mediation, Negotiations and created a course on Leadership for Lawyers. Previously, he founded and directed the Investor Advocacy Clinic at Suffolk University Law School from 2010-2013 and had taught as an adjunct since 2002.

His teaching focuses on experiential education to help students develop and integrate their knowledge of the law, skills and values to become effective and ethical lawyers.  His courses use simulations of problems lawyers encounter in practice to enable students learn to solve problems and add value as well as develop their professional identities and judgment.  He is teaching an introductory transactional practice course that will be mandatory and is taught in small sections.  He also teaches negotiations and mediation. He was a former Practitioner in Residence at Suffolk University Law School, where he established the first Investor Advocacy Clinic in New England.  He created course materials and simulations emphasizing practical skills, effective advocacy, ethical practice and professional development. He is a former partner at Bowditch & Dewey, LLP and NixonPeabody, LLP in Boston, where he focused on corporate governance and planning, business litigation and alternative dispute resolution. He has tried more than 70 cases in court, arbitration and administrative hearings. He has a national practice in dispute resolution and has served as a mediator or arbitrator on more than 250 matters. Professor Gibbs is a founder of the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange. He regularly speaks on dispute resolution and experiential education.  Professor Gibbs is AV rated and listed in Best Lawyers in American and Massachusetts Super Lawyers based on the reviews of other lawyers.

Articles

Specific Transactional Law Programs and Courses, 18 Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Transactions 492 (2016)(with Jay Gary Finkelstein and Todd Starker)

Courses Taught

LAW.797.A (4 Credits)Corportate Counsel Clinical Externship

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Feinstein Center for Pro Bono & Experiential Education

Course Description

Students are assigned to in-house corporate offices of prominent for-profit and not-for-profit entities in and around Rhode Island and southern New England. Students will conduct legal research, write memoranda of law, draft legal documents, and engage in other activities as assigned. Students will be exposed to the various ways in which law is practiced in-house and for corporate clients. The program requires the devotion of substantial amounts of time both in and out of the assigned office and must be taken in conjunction with Seminar: In-House Counsel. 4 Credits- 180 hours (approx. 2 days/week for 14-weeks)

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Clinic/Externship

Course Credits

4.0

Course Degree

Juris Doctor

Faculty Associated

David H. Gibbs

LAW.797.B (6 credits)Corportate Counsel Clinical Externship

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Feinstein Center for Pro Bono & Experiential Education

Course Description

Students are assigned to in-house corporate offices of prominent for-profit and not-for-profit entities in and around Rhode Island and southern New England. Students will conduct legal research, write memoranda of law, draft legal documents, and engage in other activities as assigned. Students will be exposed to the various ways in which law is practiced in-house and for corporate clients. The program requires the devotion of substantial amounts of time both in and out of the assigned office and must be taken in conjunction with Seminar: In-House Counsel. 6 Credits -270 hours (approx. 3 days/week for 14 weeks)

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Clinic/Externship

Course Credits

6.0

Course Degree

Juris Doctor

Faculty Associated

David H. Gibbs

LAW.797 (8 Credits)Corportate Counsel Clinical Externship

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SUMMER ONLY

Feinstein Center for Pro Bono & Experiential Education

Course Description

Students are assigned to in-house corporate offices of prominent for-profit and not-for-profit entities in and around Rhode Island and southern New England. Students will conduct legal research, write memoranda of law, draft legal documents, and engage in other activities as assigned. Students will be exposed to the various ways in which law is practiced in-house and for corporate clients. The program requires the devotion of substantial amounts of time both in and out of the assigned office and must be taken in conjunction with Seminar: In-House Counsel. 8 Credits -360 hours (approx. 5 days/week for 10 weeks) SUMMER SEMESTER ONLY

Course Type See Course Type Descriptions

Clinic/Externship

Course Credits

8.0

Course Degree

Juris Doctor

Faculty Associated

David H. Gibbs
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Course Types

We have classified RWU Law classes under the following headers. One of the following course types will be attached to each course which will allow students to narrow down their search while looking for classes.

Core Course

Students in the first and second year are required to take classes covering the following aspects of the law—contracts, torts, property, criminal law, civil procedure, and constitutional law, evidence, and professional responsibility.  Along with these aspects, the core curriculum will develop legal reasoning skills.

Elective

After finishing the core curriculum the remaining coursework toward the degree is completed through upper level elective courses.  Students can choose courses that peak their interests or courses that go along with the track they are following.

Seminar

Seminars are classes where teachers and small groups of students focus on a specific topic and the students complete a substantial research paper.

Clinics/Externships

Inhouse Clinics and Clinical Externships legal education is law school training in which students participate in client representation under the supervision of a practicing attorney or law professor.  RWU Law's Clinical Programs offer unique and effective learning opportunities and the opportunity for practical experience while still in law school.