Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Symposium: Advancing Leadership Development in the Legal Profession: Addressing Challenges in Legal Education and the Practice of Law

Symposium: Advancing Leadership Development in the Legal Profession: Addressing Challenges in Legal Education and the Practice of Law

March 23 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Mission Room, Benson Center, Santa Clara University

Sponsored by Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara Law Review, and the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Leadership


Symposium Schedule
Event Details

Santa Clara University School of Law, together with the Association of American Law School’s Section on Leadership and the Santa Clara Law Review, is hosting a one-day Symposium on leadership education and development in the legal profession and in legal education.

Preparing and retaining law talent has always been a top priority for law firms and corporate law departments. The growth of non-tradition legal services and financial pressures on law firms requires an increased focus in the development of leadership skills for law professionals. But, there are great contemporary challenges to the practice of law, to the legal profession, and to legal education, and more and better leadership education and development will help address many of these challenges. Current research and scholarship in leadership education is helping courts, law departments and others respond to these changes and law schools are increasing providing educational courses and programs to develop leadership skills and values for young lawyers.

The symposium will bring together lawyers, law students and academic professionals to discuss this important topic, share information on leadership courses and programs, and continue the dialogue on advancing leadership skills for and by lawyers.

The Symposium will feature:

  • Keynote presentations by Hilarie Bass, President of the American Bar Association, Deborah Rhode of Stanford University School of Law and author of Lawyers as Leaders (Oxford University Press) and Barry Posner of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University and co-author of The Leadership Challenge (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.);
  • Presentations on teaching leadership in law schools and the profession and leadership development in law firms and general counsel departments;
  • Presentations on new trends and research and scholarship on leadership in the legal profession and in law schools;
  • Panel discussion of cutting edge issues of leadership education and development in these challenging times for law schools, law firms, corporate law departments and others;
  • Confirmed speakers include corporate general counsel, law firm leaders, law professors teaching leadership skills and national renown experts on leadership education;
  • The Santa Clara Law Review is soliciting articles by speakers and participants for a Leadership for Lawyers symposium issue of the Law Review which will be published in Summer 2018.

The symposium is being generously supported by the Heafey Center for Trial and Appellate Advocacy at the Santa Clara University Law School. Registration: Law students and other participants (admitted free but must register) and practicing attorneys applying for continuing education credit ($35).

The program will qualify for 7.5 hours of continuing legal education ethics credit under the California MCLE regulations.

A block of rooms has been reserved for symposium attendees at Candlewood Suites (across the street from University and immediately adjacent to the Santa Clara Caltrain station; with access to SFO airport). Contact Kerrie Bindi (kbindi@scu.edu) at Santa Clara Law for information on room reservations. The San Jose International Airport is a short 15 minute, ride from Santa Clara University.

For additional information, please contact Donald Polden, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law at Santa Clara University (dpolden@scu.edu).

(Scott Fruehwald)


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