University of Denver

The Development of Professional Identity

1st Annual Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers Conference
September 27, 2012 to September 29, 2012

Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers hosted its first annual conference, The Development of Professional Identity in Legal Education: Rethinking Learning and Assessment, September 27-29, 2012, at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. This was a working conference of two-three person teams from the participating ETL consortium schools. It focused on developing expertise around the formation of professional identity in legal education.

Through interactive presentations from legal as well as other professional disciplines, this inaugural conference will enable ETL consortium schools to improve curricula, forms of learning, and assessment in order to foster students' growth in professional identity as a key outcome of an integrated law school education.

Due to extremely limited space, the working nature of the conference and because the primary purpose is for consortium schools to collaborate, attendance is currently by invitation only. 

Thursday, September 27

1:00 p.m.  Shuttle from Loews Hotel to DU

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Registration, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Corridor 140

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  Introduction to the Conference

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.  Consortium School Team-based Speed Networking

3:45 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.  Break

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Consortium School Team-based Speed Networking, continued

5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Cocktail Reception, University of Denver Mary Reed Renaissance Room

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Dinner, University of Denver Mary Reed Renaissance Room

8:15 p.m.  Shuttle from DU to Loews Hotel

 

Friday, September 28

8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Session I.  Interactive Pedagogicalpresentation on Professional Identity Formation (William M. Sullivan, Director of Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers andDavid Thomson, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law)

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Session II.  Role of Professional Identity in Legal Work and Legal Hiring (William Henderson, Indiana University Maurer School of Law)

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Break

 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  Session III.  Interactive Discussion of Morning Sessions

12:00 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.  Lunch, Team-to-Team meetings

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.  Session IV. Empirical Research on How Most Effectively to Foster Each Student's Professional Formation (Neil HamiltonJerry Organ and Verna Monson, the Holloran Center at the University of St. Thomas Law School)

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Session V(a).

Group 1: Teaching Simulations (Roberto Corrada and David Thomson, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law);  

Group 2: Their Respective Programs (William Henderson, Indiana University Maurer School of Law and James Moliterno, Washington & Lee University School of Law)

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Break

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Session V(b).  Groups 1 and 2 alternate: Their Respective Programs; Teaching Simulations

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Interactive Discussion of Afternoon Sessions

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Cocktail Reception, John Moye Hall, Trish Nagel Court

6:15 p.m.  Shuttle from DU to Loews Hotel

 

Saturday, September 29

8:00 a.m.  Shuttle from Loews Hotel to DU

8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  Session VI.    Knowledge, Wisdom, and Service: The Meaning and Teaching of Professionalism in Medicine (Matthew K. Wynia, MD, MPH, FACP, Director, the Institute for Ethics and Center for Patient Safety, American Medical Association)

10:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. Break

10:10 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.  Session VII.  Cultivating Self-Reflection and Lawyer Integrity (Daisy Floyd, Mercer University)

11:10 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Break

11:20 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Interactive Discussion of Morning Sessions

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Session VIII. Lunch, Deans’ panel: Implementing Institutional Change

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  Session IX.   Goals, Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment, William M. Sullivan, (Director, Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers)

1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.  Closing remarks

1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.  Focus Group post-conference meeting

2:00 p.m.  Shuttle from DU to Loews Hotel

2:15 p.m.  Super Shuttles from DU to DIA

William M. Sullivan
Director of Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers
Senior Scholar at the Center for Inquiry in the Liberal Arts at Wabash College

Rebecca Love Kourlis
Executive Director, IAALS

Martin J. Katz
Dean, University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Karen J. Mathis
Associate Executive Director, IAALS
Past President, American Bar Association

William D. Henderson
Professor, Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Neil W. Hamilton
Interim Dean, Professor of Law, and Director of the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions
University of St. Thomas School of Law

Jerry Organ
Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions
University of St. Thomas School of Law

Verna Monson
Research Fellow, Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions at the University of St. Thomas School of Law

Roberto Corrada
Professor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law

David Thomson
Professor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH, FACP
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Chicago Hospital

Daisy Hurst Floyd
Professor of Law and Ethical Formation, Mercer University School of Law

Before you arrive, please complete the Goal Setting exercise as a team and submit your responses to the four questions to Marnee Baker. Please submit no more than one page, single spaced, four paragraphs total. In order to make the conference work, your team’s response is needed by August 31, 2012

Please also review the following three articles to set the tone and direct our focus for the conference:

Conference Materials:

  • Click here to view and download materials from the conference.

Post-Conference Report

The Report on the 2012 Conference aims to provide a breakdown of the discussions and exchanges that took place at the Conference and a snapshot of the shared ideas and goals presented about reforming legal education. We hope that the Report will spur discussion and implementation of the materials and methods therein, and help foster further law school dialogue, classroom innovation, and collaboration among our Educating Tomorrow’s LawyersConsortium and all those invested in legal education reform.

Post-Conference Materials

Session I.  Interactive Pedagogical presentation on Professional Identity Formation (William M. Sullivan, Director of Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers and David Thomson, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law)

  1. Chart Excercise
  2. "Teaching" Formation of Professional Identity Abstract
  3. Exercise illustrating a GSFPI
  4. Formation of Professional Identity

Session II.  Role of Professional Identity in Legal Work and Legal Hiring (William Henderson, Indiana University Maurer School of Law)

  1. The Role of Professional Identity in Legal Work and Legal Hiring

Session IV. Empirical Research on How Most Effectively to Foster Each Student's Professional Formation (Neil HamiltonJerry Organ, and Verna Monson, the Holloran Center at the University of St. Thomas Law School)

  1. Life Span Professional Formation (Professionalism): Empirical Data that Legal Education Can Make a Difference

Session V.

Group 1: Teaching Simulations (Roberto Corrada and David Thomson, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law);  

  1. Abstract: Teaching Simulations
  2. Carnegie Integration through Simulations

Group 2: Their Respective Programs (William Henderson, Indiana University Maurer School of Law and James Moliterno, Washington & Lee University School of Law)

  1. Abstract: Their Respective Programs (Moliterno)
  2. Charts Regarding 3L Class Participation and Preparedness
  3. Applicant Data Trends
  4. Indiana Law's 1L Legal Professions Course

Session VI.  Knowledge, Wisdom, and Service: The Meaning and Teaching of Professionalism in Medicine (Matthew K. Wynia, MD, MPH, FACP, Director, the Institute for Ethics and Center for Patient Safety, American Medical Association)

  1. Knowledge, Wisdom and Purpose: The Meaning and Teaching of Professionalism in Medicine
  2. The Short History and Tenuous Future of Medical Professionalism
  3. Health Care Quality Improvement: Ethical and Regulatory Issues

Session VII.  Cultivating Self-Reflection and Lawyer Integrity (Daisy Floyd, Mercer University)

  1. Abstract: Cultivating Self-Reflection and Lawyer Integrity
  2. Cultivating Self-Reflection and Lawyer Integrity