Clients First: Placing Legal Consumers at the Center of Legal Education
A couple years ago, IAALS co-sponsored a conference called Client-Centric Legal Services. While there were many interesting takeaways, there was one that I still think about all the time. A speaker suggested that, in legal education, we spend so much time thinking about how to teach students to think like lawyers that we often forget we also need them to think like clients.
The challenges facing the legal profession right now are many—and many of them will be more successfully addressed if we listen to and better understand the needs of legal consumers. That mindset begins in law school, which is why clients are at the center of our 6th Annual Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Conference.
Always interactive and always provocative, this year’s conference will highlight changes in the profession, in delivery of legal services, and in the needs of legal consumers, and challenge participants to identify opportunities to bring these concepts to life for law students.
Our list of accomplished speakers pulls from innovators in legal education, leaders from alternative legal service organizations, and pioneers in the quest to rethink legal services to meet the needs of legal consumers.
And the big news this year is that all registrants are welcome. No longer do you need to be part of the ETL Consortium to attend. We are excited to see new faces and learn new perspectives.
Joining us at the podium will be my conference co-chair, Keith Lee, who practices law at Hamer Law Group in Birmingham, Alabama, who writes about professional development and the law at Associate’s Mind.
You’ll hear more from both of us in the coming months. Look forward to seeing you all soon!