What Lawyers Need to Succeed

In 2014, Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers launched Foundations for Practice, an ambitious national project to identify the foundations entry-level lawyers need for practice.

  • 37: The number of states that participated in the survey
  • 700,000+: The number of lawyers who received the survey
  • 24,000+: The number of valid responses from lawyers across the country

We debuted survey results at the 4th Annual Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Conference.

This conference served as a convening of experts who will identify the highest use of this data and create a roadmap for recommendations and implementation of educational models.


Thursday, October 1

11:00 a.m.  Registration Opens

12:00 p.m. Fellows’ Lunch

1:30 p.m. Welcome Remarks

Alli Gerkman, Director, Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers

1:45 p.m. Ignite Presentations

5:30 p.m. Adjourn

6:00 p.m. Reception & Dinner / Overview & Update on IAALS

Rebecca Love Kourlis, Executive Director, IAALS, Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System

Friday, October 2

7:30 a.m. Breakfast

8:30 a.m. Foundations for Practice: Introductory Remarks

Douglas G. Scrivner, Chair, University of Denver Board of Trustees and Retired General Counsel, Accenture

8:45 a.m. Foundations for Practice: What We Learned from the Profession

Alli Gerkman, Director, Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers

Corina Gerety, Director of Research, IAALS, Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System

10:00 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. Working Groups: Topic #1 Foundations as Outcomes

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. Working Groups: Topic #2 Models of Legal Education

2:30 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m. Panel: “External Influencers” on Legal Education

Paula Littlewood, Executive Director, Washington State Bar Association

Kyle McEntee, Executive Director, Law School Transparency

Greg Murphy, Chair-Elect, ABA Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar

Moderator: John Garvey, Director, Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program University of New Hampshire School of Law

3:45 p.m. Working Groups: Topic #3 External Influences

5:15 p.m. Reception

Saturday, October 3

7:30 a.m. Breakfast

8:30 a.m. Working Groups: Topic #4 A Template for Moving Forward

9:30 a.m. Colorado’s Plan: A Template for Moving Forward

Loren Brown, President, Colorado Bar Association

James C. Coyle, Attorney Regulation Counsel, Colorado Supreme Court

Justice Richard Gabriel, Colorado Supreme Court

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

Philip Weiser, Dean, University of Colorado Law School

Moderator: Mark Fogg, Past President, Colorado Bar Association

10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. Feedback on Data Visualization Tool

11:00 a.m. Working Groups: Topic #5 Next Steps, Challenges, and Opportunities

12:00pm Adjourn

Suggested Reading

A list of materials provided as suggested reading in advance of the conference:

Ahead of the Curve: Turning Law Students into Lawyers - A Study of the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program at the University of New Hampshire School of Law

Alli Gerkman, Director, Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers

Elena Harman, Principal, Vantage Evaluation

New Hampshire’s Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program: Placing Law School Graduates Ahead of the Curve

Anne F. Zinkin, New Hampshire Supreme Court

John Burwell Garvey, University of New Hampshire School of Law

The Growing Disjunction Between Legal Education and the Legal Profession

Harry T. Edwards, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit


The Curtis Hotel

1405 Curtis Street
Denver, CO 80202

Contemporary design meets good old-fashioned fun at this unique hotel in downtown Denver. Discover a vast array of arts, entertainment, and sports venues near Curtis Denver – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. Be welcomed with a warm chocolate chip cookie on arrival. Play a game of rock-paper-scissors, and then browse our Denver hotel’s library. The Five & Dime store brims with treats from the past. Each guest floor is designed to reflect a pop theme from TV to music to art or sports and beyond.

We have reserved a block of rooms for the nights of Wednesday, September 30; Thursday, October 1; and Friday, October 2. The room rate is $169.00 per night; this rate is available for reservations made by Wednesday, September 9. Make your reservation here, or call (303) 571-0300/(800) 525-6651 and indicate that you are attending the 4th Annual Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Conference.

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For more information or assistance with the logistics of this conference (hotel, travel, special needs, etc.), please contact Amy Downing, IAALS Special Events Coordinator, or 303-871-6649.

For questions or information about the agenda or program of the conference please contact Caitlin Anderson, Legal Assistant, Educating Tomorrow’s or 303-871-6624.