A Signal to Employers

Law schools across the country are talking about learning outcomes—what should they be, how do you develop them, and how do you measure them? But what if learning outcomes could be more than an ABA requirement and an internal tool to evaluate student learning objectives? What if learning outcomes could also signal to legal employers that students have the foundations they desire in their workplace? 

Our 5th Annual Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Conference: Learning Outcomes for Hire focused on how to create meaningful learning outcomes, how to measure whether those outcomes are being met, and how to turn those outcomes into tangible hiring criteria for legal employers. The conference was held in Denver on September 22-24, 2016.

Building on the success of our last four Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers conferences, the data from our Foundations for Practice project, and the wisdom of the conference participants, this highly interactive conference supported collaboration and sparked innovation—in law schools and across the broader movement to reshape legal education.


Thursday, September 22

11:00 a.m.  Registration Opens

12:45 p.m. Welcome and Five Years of Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers

Alli Gerkman, Director, Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers

1:00 p.m. Ignite Presentations

5:00 p.m. Adjourn

5:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception

6:30 p.m. Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers Award Ceremony and Dinner

Friday, September 23

8:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Welcome to Day Two

9:15 a.m. The Whole Lawyer and the Character Quotient

Alli Gerkman, Director, Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers

9:45 a.m. Evaluating Tomorrow's Lawyers: Leading the Way to Learning Outcomes

James E. Moliterno, Vincent Bradford Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law

Docia L. Rudley, Executive Director for Assessment, Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law

Monica Hof Wallace, Dean Marcel Garsaud, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Law, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

Moderator: Michael J. Madison, Professor of Law, Faculty Director, Innovation Practice Institute, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

11:15 a.m. Break

11:45 a.m. Small Group Breakout #1*

12:45 p.m. Lunch

2:00 p.m. Evaluating Tomorrow's Lawyers: Lessons from Legal Employers

Karen L. Febeo, Managing Director, Professional Development & Training, Goodwin

Ann Roan, State Training Director, Colorado State Public Defender

Moderator: Melissa Gibson Swain, Associate Director and Clinical Instructor, Health Rights Clinic, University of Miami School of Law

3:00 p.m. Break

3:30 p.m. Small Group Breakout #2*

4:45 p.m. Reception

Saturday, September 24

8:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Welcome to Day Three

9:15 a.m. Building on Foundations for Practice: Takeaways for Law Schools

Josie Gough, Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of Experiential Learning, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Jerry Organ, Professor, University of St. Thomas School of Law

Patty Powell, Assistant Professor of the Practice and Director of the Academic Achievement Program, University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Sophie Sparrow, Professor of Law, University of New Hampshire School of Law

10:15 a.m. Small Group Breakout #3*

11:00 a.m. Adjourn

* closed to press


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 21; Thursday, September 22; and Friday, September 23. The room rate is $172.00 per night; this rate is available for reservations made by Monday, August 29, or until the room block is full, whichever comes first. Please make your reservation here, or call (303) 571-0300/(800) 525-6651 and indicate that you are attending the 5th 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.